I initially posted about Golden Orbit in October 2007. For background, here is the scoop about talented Golden Orbit . . . .
I love the Golden (named Orbit) who plays Digby on Pushing Daisies (Wednesdays at 8pm). Here is is with Kristin Chenowith, who plays Olive in the show. Pushing Daisies is built around the fact that corpses spring to attention if Ned lays a finger on them.
It’s an ability he discovered as a child, when his Golden, Digby, was killed by a truck, only to be instantly revived by his young master’s touch.
Of course, given how old Ned is now, that would make Digby quite, quite old in doggie years. But, this show is not based too much in reality so I guess that detail really doesn’t matter too much.
Lee Pace is shown below (who plays Ned) with Digby during filming of a scene for the show
Orbit has been in show business for some time, originally appearing in the 1999 movie, The Love Letter and also as J.D. (Just Dog) in the Showtime series, Dead Like Me.
She reportedly fancies games of fetch and loves to have her stomach rubbed.
In the show Pushing Daisies, the character Olive’s love for Ned is not returned, and instead, the affection she receives comes from Digby.
Digby was featured in one of the shows that actually revolved around show dogs but it couldn’t compare to the one episode when Kristin Chenowith, who plays Olive, sings to him.
It is just an unbelievable piece. And, sadly, I have not heard Kristin again on any of the shows even though her singing is fabulous. If you missed the duet that Olive had with Digby, which was pure genius, check it out below.
Well, now I have learned that Orbit was involved in the filming of the movie, For The Love of a Dog.
This film details a small town that bands together to save the life of a heroic dog named Semper Fi. The family led by the dad, a U.S. Marine captain, can’t afford the expensive surgery the dog needs to survive his recent cancer diagnosis. The children take action and plan a huge community yard sale, actually donating their most prized possessions. A grumpy neighbor, played by Sherman Hemsley (of sitcom “The Jeffersons” fame), plays an unlikely part in making this sale a success. But before Semper goes in for his surgery, a sudden emergency finds this loyal companion willing to give up his life for the sake of his loving family.
The film just came out in DVD. It is available for rent, but at Netflix (where I have a membership) there must be lots of interest as there is a wait time for it to become available. If anyone has seen it already, please let me know so that I can write your review here. Here is a review from Amazon:
This movie was made in our town. Fayetteville TN It had the biggest turnout I have ever seen for a movie. The line was so long it stretched out all around a block and back again. There was going to be two performances. However the movie theater was kind enough to put on six. half of the proceeds went to the Animal Shelter here. Which was very kindly donated by producer and studio, in appreciation for the participation of the town and its people. The movie is wonderful, a great family movie, showing what a family working together, and then the townspeople working together can do to save a wonderful dog, that had become a local character from cancer, in raising money to pay for his treatment.
I would love to find out the real family that this story was based on. Sheree Le Mon, who loves animals and writing movie scripts, wrote the screenplay for the film, basing it on a true story of a military family whose dog, Semper Fi, survives cancer, thanks to a devoted family and community. She got the idea for the screenplay after seeing the story on a news broadcast.
The dog is played by Orbit, who stars in the new TV series “Pushing Daisies.” He was trained by April Morley of Animal Actors of Hollywood.
“He is a wonderfully talented and sweet animal,” Le Mon said. “His trainer is a special person who is an amazing trainer and animal lover.”