This time last year, I was working on the movie Godzilla on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I spent the whole summer on the island and had a magnificent time. In the past I had visited and worked in Hawaii many times, each time the wheels would turn in my head and I would ask my self how I could manage to live here. It never occurred to me that I could do my regular job here (training animals for movies and television) even though Hawaii does get its fair share of films.
Here I am, on the set of Godzilla.
The pigs were in a very small part, but unfortunately cut out of the movie.
Some work acquaintances (now, very good friends) who worked on Godzilla suggested I move here and start my own company. At first I kind of just chuckled to myself and walked away at that suggestion – but it kept nagging at me. I gave it a lot of thought and decided that I needed a bit of a change in my life, so I did it! A year later here I am living in Oahu.
I was very lucky to get another movie to work on right when I moved here, so that was a huge bonus. I continue to go back and forth to Los Angeles, I am still very involved with my pet line here at The City Farm. And I still love doing all their photography for the website. So its a win/win for me. I love it here, I feel like its my home and my dog was just shipped out so it feels especially like home now.
My local beach is a 7 minute walk and the best part is you are allowed to take dogs on the beach! I cannot tell you how amazing that is! Its just wonderful. I go nearly every morning and walk Jesse (I am taking care of him while his parents are out of town) and my dog Dennis Hopper. I feel very fortunate.
Not only am I still doing studio training here in Hawaii, I am also branching out to offer some local pet services, like dog sitting and also helping people get their pets here to the islands from the mainland. I will be writing a post about that shortly – it seems like a very daunting process, but with planning your dog never has to set foot in quarantine in order to live on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific!!