Hello, it’s me Heidi, not Diane, to tell you about the Golden Collar Awards!
Guess where I got to go in the car on Monday night? I was the only dog reporter on the Red Carpet with the peoples at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, covering Dog News Daily’s Golden Collar Awards, where dogs from movies and TV got to come and go onstage and get prizes just for being dogs.
I didn’t get a trophy because I wasn’t in a TV show or even a straight-to-DVD movie -- but because I was the only dog who was there as press, I got interviewed by ABC-7 TV and did my “speak” into the microphone. I was proud even though I watched the news afterward and I wasn’t on. I think it is because I don’t know Whitney Houston, the really good singer who is dead. That’s sad.
But I do know Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who won in the big category, Best Dog In A Theatrical Film. I met him at the press conference announcing the nominees a while ago at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. We touched noses and sniffed butts! Uggie barked a lot there. His voice was raspy and Diane said he was a little horse but no, I’m pretty sure he’s a little dog, otherwise how could he be nominated?
But this was such a much bigger party! Uggie wore a bow tie and arrived in a stretch limo, such a big car for a dinky dog. And I got to meet lots of other famous dogs, including Rocky the Rottweiler from Entourage and Brigitte the French Bulldog from Modern Family. I watch that. The announcing peoples said she got that job without any acting experience just because she is funny. There was also there Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who said he was snubbed for a nomination just like at first was Blackie the Doberman from Hugo, but nobody cared because he’s really just a puppet with a cigar and a people’s hand up his rear end.
People celebrities that I met were James Cromwell from The Artist, who is super tall, and Pauley Perrette the kooky scientist from the TV show NCIS who is from Studio City and goes to church with our editor Mike Szymanski, who has dachshunds. She said that because everyone was crouching down by their dogs, she wished she wasn’t wearing such a short skirt.
OK since I am a reporter I should tell you who else won: Koko as Red Dog from Red Dog (Foreign Film); Brigitte as Stella from Modern Family (TV Series), and a tie for Giggy of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Hercules for Pit Boss (Reality TV Series). And this little Golden Retriever puppy Rowdy won for Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (Direct-to-DVD Film). Maybe it is just a DVD because nobody wanted to watch it with popcorn at the movies but this way dogs can see it at home, too.
But this is not the most important thing. Well, there were two important things – first, I loved the little square of grass they had set up in the waiting room for all us dogs, I liked it so much I peed on it three times, and maybe a little on the carpet on the side. But the real big important thing was the bag! They call it a “swag bag,” and everybody gets them in Hollywood at Awards shows. But instead of watches and jewelry and dumb electronic stuff like they have for peoples awards, ours had all kinds of treats and a new plastic bowl and toys and good things! When I got home Diane let me put my head in it to look, but then put it up on the kitchen counter so I couldn’t get in by mistake and eat things including the wrappers, which I do sometimes. Every dog got one.
At the Awards Ceremony, on the tables there were squeaky toys too with the centerpieces on the tables, but before Diane could get one for me two ladies at our tables grabbed them for their own dogs at home, even though they could see I was looking at them; I love squeaky toys. But I was brave and didn’t cry. And then afterwards Diane got me one from the nice peoples at the next table who said I could have it because I am such a good dog, and a smart dog too. I think I like Awards Season in Hollywood!