Meet Sandy: From Shelter to Superstar!
The musical, Annie, is all about finding a forever home, and we can’t think of a better example than Macy, the dog playing Sandy in this production. Rescued by animal trainer Bill Berloni, Macy is truly an example of “wags to riches,” when she was adopted after so many months of being left behind. We love that this shelter pup has found her furever home on stage!
Macy was adopted from Rocky Spot Rescue of Oklahoma City, OK in December of 2009 by guardian and trainer Bill Berloni at the age of 18 months. He had seen her on Petfinder.com and traveled all the way to Oklahoma to adopt her. She had been a stray early in 2009 when she was picked up by the local animal control. Miraculously, Macy avoided euthanasia for months but was overlooked for adoption. Fortunately, she was picked to enter the Prison Dog Training program at the Davis Correctional Center in Holdenville, OK by the new Leash on Life Pen Pal program. She spent 10 weeks living with the inmates and received all her basic training. Unfortunately, even though she was a model student she was the only one from the program that was not adopted. Rocky Spot Rescue, a no kill shelter, took her, which is where Bill Berloni found her.
Her journey is truly inspiring. Her first production of Annie was in the summer of 2010 and since she has starred in dozens of productions nationwide. On Thanksgiving Day 2011, she was seen on NBC during The National Dog Show, sharing spots with John O’Hurley.
The team here at The Music Hall holds Macy’s story and the message of Annie close to our hearts. Many of us have rescue dogs and some even foster and run adoption events. This is a message that matters to us, and we hope it matters to you too. Join us for a story of love and finding a home this holiday season, and don’t forget to share your pet stories with us too! See you at Annie and woof woof!