GOTTA DANCE: Visually Defining the Human-Canine Bond
Carolyn Scott & Golden Retriever Rookie exemplify the bond that can be achieved through a positive working relationship between dog and handler. They are truly the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of the Canine Freestyle worldone in which training, teamwork, music, and movement combine in a unified celebration of joy. Founders of the Musical Dog Sport Association and involved in this sport since 1996, this team has appeared on Good Morning America, The Jane Pauley Show, Regis & Kathie Lee, Pet Star, and Petsburg. "People who see the Internet clip of Texas-born Carolyn Scott performing a song from Grease with her golden retriever Rookie are riveted to the screen. Thousands have sent her e-mails, many saying they cried with joy."
Paralyzed due to childhood polio at the age of four years, and additionally diagnosed with a significant heart disorder, Carolyn has suffered much physical and psychological pain. And, today, she suffers from the after effects of her initial polio and treatments, evidencing Post Polio Sequelae. This has resulted in Carolyn's no longer competing in the ring or providing freestyle workshops worldwide.
Candidly told in Carolyn's own words, Gotta Dance is a frank, yet
amazingly, inspiring tale. Poignant commentary is
shared by esteemed veterinarians and authors, Dr. Allen Schoen and Dr. Marty Becker,
as they further detail the healing benefits of the human-canine Bond and what especially
moves them about Carolyn & Rookie's relationship. Dr. Margaret Backman, a clinical
psychologist who specializes in working with Post Polio Sequelae/Syndrome sufferers,
further provides insight about Carolyn's amazing ability to overcome her acutely painful
beginning and formative years. Work
continues on our film as we prepare for a 2012 debut. The film truly captures
the journey of Carolyn Scott and her Golden Retriever Rookie, hand and paw
together, moving from fear to freedom, and so inspiring the lives of all whom they have touched.
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