The Mutt: A new twist on The Bachelor®
The Mutt: A new twist on The Bachelor®
In The Mutt TV series, rescued shelter dogs get to pick their new owners and teach them to be great companions!
In The Mutt TV series, rescued shelter dogs get to pick their new owners and teach them to be great companions! Read more
About this project
You’ve heard of The Bachelor®. You’ve seen The Bachelorette®. Now meet The Mutt®!
Every day too many perfectly adoptable dogs are euthanized in shelters across America, because they aren’t placed in loving homes. These furry, wet-nosed, tufty-pawed, bottomless-pits-of-love are at the mercy of time. And humans.
But what if all that changed?! What if some of these beautiful creatures were able to pick their human? What if they were put in charge of their destiny?!
What is The Mutt?
The Mutt is a TV documentary/reality series modeled after some famous dating shows. But this time a shelter dog will choose its new owner from three human contestants. Through a series of challenges and activities, the humans will be tested to see who has what it takes to be a good companion and friend to The Mutt. Since animal adoption is serious business, we’ll mix the fun with education. From games in the park, to managing aggression, to daily care; every episode will teach us how to master canine/human relations.
The host of the show, Louisa Morrissey, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of Victoria Stilwell's Positively Dog TrainingTM global network of professional dog trainers. She’ll travel throughout the US and select an abandoned dog from a shelter. Louisa will be the dog’s assistant in screening potential humans, mediating and translating a human’s ‘blah, blah, blah’ into what a dog really needs to see and hear. Viewers will be trained as well through valuable tips in every episode.
The show will find an owner for a different, homeless Mutt each week and spotlight a different shelter. The human candidates will be selected from areas across the US and could include you! Since this show will combine fun with education, we’ll be sure to provide a wide variety of personalities: the young kid who wants to play all day, the urban professional who requires obedience and clean paws, the elderly retiree with endless hours of free time but limited energy. Every slice of life will be represented so that the series is realistic as well as highly entertaining.
What Are You Funding?
Help us make this idea a reality by funding the filming of The Mutt series pilot episode.Your support will find The Mutt a home on The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel or whatever network will give it the love it deserves.
Your support will put a spotlight on these animals’ plights by encouraging the audience to rescue pets from a local kennel and learn what it takes to have a great pet/owner relationship
We can make this happen. We have the team. We have the heart. We have the talent. And now we have you!
Why Should I Fund This Show?
In every episode of The Mutt, we go into a shelter or kennel somewhere in the USA to find a lovable canine. The tables are turned when that lucky dog gets to pick its new owner from three human suitors. By virtue of The Mutt's format and content it will:
- Improve the human/canine relations of viewers by learning from a certified professional dog trainer what dogs really need from their humans!
- Get millions of viewers thinking about adopting their next pet from a local shelter or kennel!
- Get its audience thinking there is probably a shelter in their area that has animals who need love and attention (cats, birds, exotics, and yes.., even mutts).
You can be part of this inventive concept right from the start and get really fun rewards like being a contestant, visiting a shoot, DVD's, t-shirts and certificates!
How Else Can I Help?
- Email this Kickstarter campaign site to all your friends!
- 'Like' our Facebook page and share it on your timeline too: https://www.facebook.com/TheMuttSeries
Risks and challenges
There are no guarantees in the television industry. The hardest thing to do is to beg a network to fund your pilot project. The BEST WAY is to fund and create your own pilot and as many additional episodes as possible; then bring those finished products to the networks. That's the path we're choosing here with KICKSTARTER. And if we exceed our funding goals, we'll be able to produce more episodes! With your kind and generous support, you're enabling us to take the strongest path to production and distribution with this entertaining and educational family show about lucky rescued dogs who get to pick their owners!.
The Discovery Channel is always looking for documentary "reality TV" products to fill airtime for their Animal Planet series. We think you'll agree that this concept is right in line with what they do. And since our show will travel across the US encountering many different regional cultures and their unique beliefs about humans and canines, it will also be a strong candidate for the Travel Channel!
So while there is no guarantee this will be produced as a television series, we believe and are passionately committed to taking all the right steps to see that it is!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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