McCullough, of the American Humane Association,
sits with Browny, one of six local shelter dogs in
a competition to become The Weather Channel
Therapy Dog and tour the country visiting
survivors of natural disasters, Jan. 14, 2014, in
N.J. — Browny the Cavalier King Charles spaniel just
could not sit still Tuesday while making his national
television debut with The Weather Channel.
energetic pup scampered this way and that inside the
Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center,
frantically sniffing outstretched hands and rolling
around on the floor as a camera from the NBC-affiliated
station devoted to Mother Nature’s mood swings rolled
a prime candidate," commented a member of the
four-person production crew, as shelter personnel
snapped behind-the-scenes photos of the TV shoot.
segment set to air next week will feature Browny and
five other adoptable pooches from the Teterboro shelter.
All six are contenders in a nationwide search for what
is being called The Weather Channel Therapy Dog.
channel, partnering with the American Humane
Association, will continue searching at shelters across
the country this week, looking for a dog that can be
trained by Amy McCullough.
who will also adopt the animal into her home, is the AHA’s
national director of animal-assisted therapy.
will train the winner to be a therapy dog," said
Kash Alexander, an executive producer for the channel.
"We hope the dog will have a following, and that
people follow his or her story."
are also visiting shelters in Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas
and the winning animal will visit schools, hospitals,
and shelters in the wake of natural disasters "to
help comfort" those living in affected areas.
Yankow, the shelter’s manager, learned a little over a
week ago that The Weather Channel would be visiting,
giving the facility some national exposure.
press is good," Yankow said as McCullough took
shots for the segment with a large mastiff named Cody.
said the shelter was included in the search because of
its affiliation with the American Humane Association —
strengthened in Superstorm Sandy’s wake.
shot Tuesday will be shown sometime next week. Viewer
voting starts Monday. The official naming of The Weather
Channel Therapy Dog is Feb. 14.