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Three pups of Delaware take the stage for Shakespeare


Three adoptable dogs are taking to the stage and sharing a part in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona at Delaware’s Shakespeare Festival, according to Delaware Online. Three dogs from Faithful Friends will be sharing the role of Crab the dog — with laughter, adorableness and hopefully some great benefits for homeless pets! The three dogs are Zoe (an American Staffordshire Terrier), Fella (a Newfoundland) and Prince (a terrier mix)

Want to adopt a star? Zoe is still looking for a home.

I didn’t remember Crab’s character well, so I called my friend Caitlin from Folger Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC. What she told me about Crab and his dad, Lance, made me think that all of you would love the pair as well. Here’s the quick Petfinder-notes summary of Lance (the servant) and his dog, Crab.

Lance is poor but he loves his dog and struggles to keep him no matter what. “Lance describes the dog as his only friend in the world,” Caitlin told me. “Crab is his most constant companion through whatever happens.” Like many pet parents, Lance sacrifices for his dog — although more than many of us have ever been called to do. In one scene, Crab steals meat from the dinner table and pees on the tablecloth. When Lance’s master is angry and guests want to punish the dog, Lance takes the blame on himself — saying that he was the one to cause the stink!

I have to say, if I were closer to Delaware I’d be going to see the show. As it is, I’ll have to wait until the Folger stages it next year near me.

It seems perfect that a fictional pup rescued from drowning will be played by pups who have been rescued themselves. This is great exposure for these adoptable pets and homeless pets in general. For these three dogs, I suspect that someone in the cast, crew or audience will end up applying. For homeless pets in general, it shows how smart and well-trained they can be.

Tell us: Would you be more likely to see a play if it featured an adoptable pet?


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