Brad Smith Loves Rescue Dogs
We love celebrities who love dogs, especially rescue dogs. We interviewed heart-throb Brad Smith, Canada’s first Bachelor, CFL veteran and TV personality, for our TV episodes Fit Dogs Rock and Rescues Rock (as you can see in the photos, Angela and I rather enjoyed work that day).
Brad was also kind enough to narrate for both episodes and help us inform audiences about the benefits of adopting rescue or shelter dogs and the benefits of an active lifestyle and good diet.
Smith has been featured as an entertainment reporter with Rogers Media and on City’s popular morning show Breakfast Television. Before TV, Brad was a professional athlete – a CFL wide receiver with the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos.
While filming Rescues Rock, Brad shared with us the story of how he adopted his own dog, Rider.
Brad was studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, where he received his bachelor of arts in history. After moving into a new house in their second year, Brad and his roommate really wanted a dog. They chose to adopt from a local SPCA. Rider is now fifteen years old and at the time of the interview, still lived with Brad and his friend (they share custody). We decided not to film Rider as it might have been too stressful for the lovely senior.
Brad appeared in the TV episodes alongside a fit 10-month-old Husky puppy Laika- what a cute pair. It was such a beautiful day in Toronto’s High Park. The sun was shining and Laika couldn’t wait to get out and run around with Brad. Brad’s co-star was adopted from Moosonee Puppy Rescue by friends of mine (thank you Keith and Susan).
Moosonee Puppy Rescue officially began in May 2003 to help improve the conditions homeless dogs living in rural Northern Ontario towns.
There are no veterinary services in these isolated communities so the dogs are not usually spayed or neutered. This can lead to overpopulation and dogs living on the street.
For years, the annual dog cull where stray dogs were rounded up and shot was the standard way to control these numbers. The dogs that survived the cull often didn’t survive living outdoors in the harsh winters.