Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of Fox’s popular dance-off show So You Think You Can Dance, was contemplating—gasp—purchasing two puppies from a breeder until a friend pointed out the obvious: “I don’t know why you want to go through a breeder anyway,” said the friend. “There are too many dogs in the world that haven’t got homes that are already alive.”
Lythgoe went to an animal adoption event in Los Angeles and promptly fell in love with Bonnie and Clyde, an odd couple (she’s a Dalmatian, he’s a pit bull) who had formerly been cared for by a homeless man. Thanks to Lythgoe’s good nature, the inseparable duo have, in his words, “moved from downtown homeless to Bel-Air.”
Know someone who’s thinking about getting a dog? Urge him or her to follow Nigel’s example and dance, not walk, to the nearest animal shelter.
Written by Alisa Mullins