How did you find your pet?
Sophie Hoty (alliterative, right?) is a six-(ish)-year-old classic orange Pomeranian, with three legs (missing her right hind leg). She's a small dog, and weighs about 7-8 lbs.
Now, Sophie's shelter name was "Linda," which my Hispanic doormen loved (because "linda" is Spanish for "beautiful," and Sophie is! — see pix below.) About the third night I had her, we were taking our late-night walk. She did something so cute, I leaned down to her and said, "Who's a good girl? Sophie is a good girl — !!" And that dog turned and looked at me as if to say, "How did you know my name?" And that was that — Sophie was named by chance, but 1. "Sophie" is the daughter in Mamma Mia! (I played Donna 2.5 years on the 1st national, then for a year on Broadway) 2. The "Sophie's Choice" connection — rescue, etc. The "chosen one!" 3. Sophia is the Greek goddess of wisdom and knowledge (my Dad was Greek).
What is the one thing your pet has eaten that he/she shouldn't have?
I have pulled a full-on chicken leg/thigh bone from out of her mouth/throat. (She picked it up on the street in Nashville…)
Where does your pet sleep?
Sophie sleeps in her bed on my bed. She has two other beds: one in the living room, another on the bedroom floor.
Is this your first pet? If not, elaborate?
She is my first pet: As children, we had birds and fish — so romantic! (I think my mother knew she'd be stuck with the grunt work of having any pets, and she was probably right!)
Do you use a groomer, no groomer?
Sophie goes to Central Park Pet Spa, on 57th. They love her there, and because Poms can't shake themselves dry, they can catch cold even in the summer. So I let them bathe and dry her. We brush and comb, etc. regularly. She has lots of fur! (see pix.) I have gone through many of those roller/lint things. So much for my all-black New York wardrobe!
Best Halloween costume?
Sophie will not wear costumes, per say, but she does let me "decorate" her: I have a couple of ruffs (no pun intended!--that go around her neck on loose elastic) for Christmas and Halloween. She's so furry, collars don't show, and as a result, she wears a harness for her info and tags. A neck scarf, that sort of thing she's okay with. Her cutest Halloween costume was a baby bumble bee, including an antennae hat on her head. That lasted about 30 seconds. I didn't even get a picture! No head gear for her. Now she has pretty raincoats and tee shirts. That's it. On rainy days, she "assumes the position." Best trip with your pet?
Best trip: Sophie went on the 2009-10 9 to 5 national with me — what a great traveler she is! She was one of a few dogs on that tour — what a Rock Star! She earned the nickname (which I gave her, of course!) "The Amazing Tour Dog." ATD for short.
Does your pet do tricks/commands?
Sophie knows the basics: sit, stay, come, wait....I'm not saying she does these commands....but she knows them!
If you could talk to your pet for five minutes, what would you ask him or her?
If I could ask her anything, I'd want to know how her leg was hurt (if she wanted to talk about it, that is) and also if she knew her own mom, and if she has any psychic or other abilities she wants to share.
Does your pet have a best friend?
Soph's best pal is Munson, a French bulldog whose mom, Elizabeth, works at Curious Incident. Although a year or so younger than she is, and many pounds heavier, little brother Munson is her favorite playmate; they grew up together.
Is there a pet product you swear by that you can't live without?
My favorite dog product: grooming wipes made by Earth Bath! They are brilliant for wiping feet when we come inside, wiping down my low-to-the-ground, long-hair-furry girl every night before bed, and for "accidents." I really couldn't live without them! Mamie Parris introduced them to me.
If your pet was a character in a Broadway show, who would that character be?
If Sophie was in a Broadway show, she'd be Sandy, in Annie. Open-minded casting, people!! Maybe Mrs. Harcourt's Pom in Anything Goes. Mostly, the Artful Dodger in Oliver! suits her! Or someone would write her a show of her own! (Wait —that's me, sorry!)
If there was one thing you would want people to know about your pet, what would it be?
I want people to know that Sophie is the sweetest dog — and such a complete surprise. Let me be clear when it is said that I rescued her: Make no mistake: we rescued each other. I never thought I could love anything or anyone as much as I love her. Also, don't be afraid to adopt any pet — they are so grateful and can become a most important family member. And, there is such a great need.
You and your pet go on a talk show. What is your anecdote about him/her or his/hers about you?
My TV anecdote involves my disrobing to shower, and then bending down to pick up something, and my new dog checking me out. You fill in the blanks. It was hilarious. I still laugh at what that picture could have looked like!
Most embarrassing thing your pet has ever done in public or when guests are over.
In the middle of a dinner party, Sophie got so excited she peed and pooped in the middle of the floor. We weren't that used to company yet..... I must say that everyone was very understanding and feigned coolness, even if they weren't cool about it. She was a puppy. Whatcha gonna do?