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- November 03, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 18
From Stray Dog to Movie Star
Rusco Leaves the Shelter and Finds a Home in the Hearts of Millions
From the moment he laid eyes on the mutt, Alexander knew he had found a star. "Rusco was sticking his chest out, bouncing around and shredding newspapers," says the trainer, who adopted the dog without hesitation. "He had attitude."
Over the next six months, Rusco learned to jump from a moving van and latch onto a villain's nose. He also settled into his new home, sharing an oversize bed with his Chihuahua costar Angel. "The first time I saw him, I thought, 'This dog is a badass,'" says George Lopez, who voiced Papi's character. "I've got three Chihuahuas at home, and the three combined are not nearly as charming as Rusco." Or as lucky.
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