Who would have thought that owning an affectionate, good looking dog would have a downside? According the film maker Dave Stolz it does, especially when they're out and about.
No matter how hard Dave tries to avoid it, he and Odie just can't get away from unwanted attention. In a humorous short film called The Dog Walk, Dave tries to give a better understanding of the 'curse of cute'. Whilst walking around Brooklyn, NY, the pair are constantly stopped by strangers who desperately want to shower Odie with affection as Dave stands on the sidelines.
Commenting on the video, Dave said, "I can’t quite remember when exactly the idea sprung. I’m assuming it came during a time I was walking Odie and didn’t want to talk to anyone, which is a somewhat frequent occurrence.
"More often than not, I’m pretty accommodating during those types of situations - I’ll do the whole small talk thing; tell them the breed, how old he is, etcetera, etcetera. However, there are times, when all I want from a walk is for Odie to do his biz and of course, it’s those times when I am stopped the most frequently."
However, for the one-year-old Miniature Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog/Poodle cross), his opinion is quite the opposite.
"Odie loves the attention he receives on walks – almost to the point where he seems offended if someone ignores him," Dave adds.
This will be Odie's second acting gig and he'll also be appearing in the upcoming children's book, Vivian the Dog Moves to the Big City, created by Mitch Boyer who also directed The Dog Walk. Odie will play Lulu, a native New Yorker who shows Vivian - a 'giant' Dachshund photoshopped to a size that matches her giant personality - around the city.
For Dave, however, this is his first short film, having left his job last autumn to become a professional screenwriter and producer. "I was hoping this video (my first ever short film) would serve as a positive learning experience for me, as well as something that people might enjoy. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect for it to receive the reception it did. It’s incredibly encouraging and I’m grateful for everyone who helped to make it a possibility."
You can expect to see Odie in Daves' upcoming projects too and follow him on Instagram. "I have a handful of shorts in development (both dog and non-dog related). Hoping to have the next one out soon."