HOUSTON — The stars were aligned when singer-songwriter Arthur Yoria set out one day to film a music video for his song “Ruff Life.” It was supposed to be used at the ending of a documentary based on the stray dogs in Houston.
Yoria and the World Animal Awareness Society set out with an area in mind for their video shoot. He was in the a big surprise that day.
On route, the film team spotted three stray dogs on the side of the road. Although this wasn’t unusual to see, they pulled over to investigate further. Two of the dogs scampered off into the underbrush but one small chestnut and white puppy was too inquisitive to hide. She came over to see what the humans were up to (and to maybe find some breakfast.)
The crew decided that, not only were they in the perfect place to film their video, but that this small 8-week-old puppy would make the perfect star alongside Yoria.
Once the shoot was completed, Yoria couldn’t fathom leaving this underweight, flea-ridden puppy behind. She deserved much better and he decided he was going to give her a new home— with him.
“She was the perfect actress for the role of stray dog in the video and over the course of shooting, as often times happens on the set, the musician falls for the actress and vice versa,” said Deanna Vollano, a camera person for the shoot.
Vollano contacted Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward to help Yoria get the puppy checked out by a vet and to make sure she wasn’t already microchipped. Less than 24 hours later, along with a bath, a de-worming and some basic shots, the puppy was ready to begin her new life with Yoria.
Yoria decided to name the puppy Rita Hayworth, after the beautiful singer, dancer and actress. She’s going to be a huge star!