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TCA Press Conference Report

Jim, Rene and Spirit Jerry on TCA Press Conference Nature PanelI joined my people – in spirit and on stage – as they helped launch Nature’s Why We Love Cats and Dogs at the recent TCA Press Conference. The event turned out to be a bigger deal than they expected, but then they really had no idea what to expect.

Jim and René sat on a big stage under bright lights with the program producer Ellen Goosenburg Kent, animal behavior expert Sarah Wilson, and PBS executive director William Grant; and I sat on their laps. After being introduced by WNET‘s vice president of content, they walked on stage while a trailer played on huge screens.

Watch Nature’s Why We Love Cats And Dogs February 15, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. (Check local PBS listings for station and time.)

Jim and Rene on TCA Press Conference Nature PanelWhen the lights came up on a ballroom full of reporters, the questions began immediately. How did you decide to sell your home and travel in an RV? How old was Jerry? How’d he lose his leg? Is he still with you? Will you get another dog? Are you still traveling in your RV?

It was all over in an instant. Or so it seemed. But there were plenty of cat questions too. And questions about therapy dogs, animal shelters, and Obama’s dog.

It was strange seeing me larger than life, in front of such an audience, but luckily they were finally able to see the finished program the night before in their hotel room – good thing they brought a laptop! It blew away all of their expectations, but again, they had no idea what to expect.

Jim, Rene and Jerry in Why We Love Cats and Dogs on NatureBy no means is the show all about me. It consists of interviews with dozens of pet owners – cat people, dog people, and those who love both. We hear from animal behavior experts who help explain Why We Love Cats and Dogs. The program delves into the relationship we share with our animals, and they share with each other. My story is but one of many touching human / animal bonds.

There is the cat who saved an alcoholic’s life. The woman who broke up with her boyfriend because she couldn’t love him like she loved her dog. And many more. There is even some science explained behind cat agility training. Yes, cat agility!

Filming Jerry for PBS Nature Series Show Why We Love Cats and DogsTwo segments feature me in my element – out in the woods with my people, and at my first oncology visit where Dr. Mullins discussed treatment options.

The Nature crew followed us around for a couple days and got to see how I loved life on three legs, and how my people loved life with me.

We are honored that PBS chose us for this program, and that they chose this program to promote the upcoming season of Nature. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

13 Responses to “TCA Press Conference Report”

  1. I’ll be watching and thinking of both Jerry and Ben, great dogs who have passed.

  2. Just want to mention that the date is February 15th, not February 17th, according to the PBS website and it’s at 8:00 p.m. (EST). I’m only trying to help here because I want EVERYONE to see this show!

    Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)

  3. Wow! Very impressive! I can hardly wait to see the show! We’ll TIVO it and show it to everyone. Again, congratulations on a great job! I liked the way you used the little “Jerry” who sat on your lap with the collar and tags. Just perfect!

    Sandra and “Angel” Luna

  4. you guys look beautiful!! we can’t wait to see the show!! 😀

  5. LOL – as i read these comments, I was thinking the same thing, “damn you guys clean up nice!” In all seriousness, this is just HUGE and we feel so honored to be a part of your lives and Jerry’s Place. Some tears of sadness seeing Jerry on your lap…but it is without doubt that he was truly there. What an amazing experience that must have been…we cannot wait to see the show!

  6. I’m so proud of you guys! Jim, you do own a jacket! haha! Alec and I and Bree, Celtie and Emmie will all watch and I’m sure cry. The girls miss their cousin Jerry and can’t wait for Uncle Jim and Aunt Rene to come visit again. We love you guys and miss you! Talk to you soon! xoxoxo susan

  7. Rene – I hardly recognized you without the pony tail!! You clean up nice.

  8. Rene…Love the hair-do…Jim…Love the suit jacket…You two look VERY sharp.
    Can’t wait to see the show.
    xo LE&W

  9. How exciting! You both look great on stage and so comfortable. LOVE the fact that you brought Jerry with you (on your lap)! I am so looking forward to seeing the show… I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long!

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