Emporia Animal Shelter thrilled that 'big goofball' Buckley is now a movie, Instagram star Featured

Emporia Animal Shelter thrilled that 'big goofball' Buckley is now a movie, Instagram star Promotion photo

Area residents have another reason to watch a major film coming out next week.


The latest rendition of "Call of The Wild" opens Feb. 21, and a dog from the Emporia Animal Shelter has the featured role -- even though it's a computer-generated image for most of the movie. Buckley is a St. Bernard mix and was at the shelter for about three weeks, according to shelter manager Peggy Perez. She says inquiries about him started about a week after he arrived.

 

The initial thought at the shelter was Buckley would be a family pet, not a movie star. In an email to KVOE News, Jessica Steele-Sanders, the wife of movie director Chris Sanders, confirmed Buckley is indeed a family pet and his casting in "Call of The Wild" came about by accident. She also says Buckley's movie stardom makes him a natural ambassador for adopting shelter pets.

Perez says Buckley is loving life.

 

The shelter is planning to take $10 off adoptions for anybody bringing in tickets from the movie while it's running in Emporia.

1:30 pm Friday: Dog from Emporia Animal Shelter takes featured role in 'Call of the Wild'

A local dog has gone from roaming the streets to a featured role in a major movie.

The latest rendition of "Call of the Wild" opens Feb. 21, and a dog from the Emporia Animal Shelter has the featured role. Jessica Steele-Sanders, the wife of director Chris Sanders, says Buckley was originally a stray in Emporia.

 

Buckley was also a good 30 pounds underweight when he was found at the Emporia Animal Shelter.

Audio from The Pawducer.

The tale gets better for Buckley because he has been adopted by the Sanders family.

Now you won't actually see much of Buckley on screen. Most of the shots are computer-generated because of the danger involved.

The movie is based off Jack London's classic, "Call of the Wild," which was published in 1903.

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Last modified on Saturday, 15 February 2020 07:12