Remmy takes on Hollywood
By Priscilla Miller, Contributing Writer
A film crew with Pilgrim Studios out of Hollywood, California, best known for their “Dirty Jobs” productions, along with movie and television personality, R. Lee Ermey “Gunny,” arrived at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, on Monday. They are in the area to film an upcoming Sportsman Channel documentary about Remmy, the retired military service dog, adopted by Antrim County business owner, Doug Davis and his wife Pam.
The story, “Hero Dogs of War,” first appeared on the front page of the Elk Rapids News in August 2013. As a result of that article, Dan, who had been Remmy’s handler during the war in Afghanistan, and had been wondering about the whereabouts of his K-9 partner for eight years, discovered the article while surfing the web and was able to locate and then reunite with Remmy.
In January, the follow-up story “Serendipity and a dog named Remmy,” told of their reunion, along with accounts of the many lives saved as a result of Remmy’s heroic efforts.
A story within a story
At the end of her follow-up article, Elk Rapids News writer Priscilla Miller mentioned that she thought that “Remmy’s story had taken on a life of its own” and that he might one day take on Hollywood. Priscilla was later privileged to be invited to observe the filming of the documentary and to meet Dan, who flew in from Chicago for the occasion. While on camera, she presented him with a copy of the “Hero Dogs of War” article, and when asked by “Gunny” how it felt knowing that all of what happened was a result of her article, she told him, “I was at a loss for words and when I wrote the story, never could have imagined anything like this ever happening.” Priscilla concluded by simply stating, “ It was serendipity, it was just meant to happen.” The documentary is tentatively scheduled to air sometime in May. Update on time and date will follow soon.
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