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During filming of Alien Nation, Michele saved Boo from the pound. The loveable Boo is a mix of Lhasa Apso and Bichon Frise – a small dog “…with a great personality and relatively deep bark, which he uses judiciously”. Michele describes Boo as “a wonderful companion”.
However, in an exclusive interview with Boo, himself, we have learned of a few facts which until now had been kept secret. The truth is, Boo tells us, that during filming of the hit movie The Pound, Boo saved Michele from Alien Nation. As has been revealed, Boo is an accomplished actor himself. Further information is being uncovered at this very moment but it is astounding how much Boo’s acting career mirrors that of Michele’s…
THE BOO SCARABELLI FACTOR
Most recently, while Michele was busy filming an episode of the hit teen series Dawson’s Creek, Boo was simultaneously filming an episode of the hit puppy series Pawson’s Creek. Boo found it very taxing because he had to bark a lot due to the fact that the story had everyone grieving when a young puppy died following a party. This was episode 19 of season two of Pawson’s Creek entitled Abbey Pawgan RIP.
This is just the latest in a career that is almost a parallel of Michele’s acting history. Indeed, during Michele’s first long-running series of Airwolf, Boo was equally busy filming the high-action series Airwoof which starred Barry Van Doberman, Geraint Wyn Poodle and Anthony Shetland-Sheepdog.
A few years later, Boo landed a starring role in an episode of the Sci-Fi series Star Trek : The Next Dalmatian. Playing the pet of a gorgeously stunning and cute crewmember (the name of the actress eludes me at the moment), Boo’s character fell in love with Data’s cat Spot.
It wasn’t until 1996 that Boo was to star in his own series. Unfortunately, following the pilot episode of Boo South, the series wasn’t picked up. This was a great disappointment to Boo because he saw great potential in playing a sleuth dog, owned by a nun, who goes onto solve some of doggie-kinds most baffling of cases – like Why do supermarkets sell dog-food in tins that the dog can’t get into?
But, Boo wasn’t to be stopped by such disappointment. He starred in an episode of the teen series Beverly Hills 9-0-Boo-1-0 playing a librarian’s puppy before taking a strong role in the brilliant film Alien Nation : The Udoga Legacy. This was a film based on the thought-provoking series Alien Dalmatian (sorry, I’ve done that joke already) filmed in 1989.
This wasn’t the first of Boo’s appearances in Alien Dalmatian for he previously had a role in the film Alien Nation : Boo-dy And Soul and Alien Nation : Dog Horizon. Boo has stated that, although he’d like to see the return of Alien Dalmatian for the next millennium, he isn’t too fond of having to wear the alien “head”. He recounts the one day on set when the make-up man sat Boo in the chair upside down – and the glue just got into all the wrong places!
Boo is also quick to point out that he has also starred beside Raymond Furr in the tv movie Poodle Mason : The Case of The Defiant Dachsund and also as an intrepid newshound in the Sci-Fi series War of The Woofs. The episode of War of The Woofs (entitled A Mutitude of Irish Water Spaniels) also starred Jared Mastiff, Lynda Mason Grand bleu de Gasogne and Philip Affenpinscher. Most remarkable is that Philip Affenpinscher also appeared in one of Boo’s earlier films – The High Price of Pomeranian.
All of these television and film appearances are very close to the roles played by Michele Scarabelli. For instance, while Michele was starring in an edition of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Boo was appearing in an episode of Alaskan Malamute Presents. The coincidence is uncanny.
One of Boo’s rarest films is one which stars Lorenzo Leonberger (later to star in the Stephen J. Chihuahua series Renegade). That film had a working title of “SnakeEater II : The Dog called Buster” but was released in America under the abbreviated title SnakeEater II : The Dog, Buster.
Boo almost had a chance at long-term fame again when he starred as the lead role in the revival series Kung Boo – The Legend Continues following a strong role in the film Dogbolt. He also had a very active part in the sweet romantic film I Don’t Buy Dog-biscuits Anymore which told the tale of Bernie (short for Bernese Mountain Dog), a slightly overweight puppydog who tries to woo Tress (short for Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen – oh, come on! Don’t I get credit for finding all of these dog-names?).
Also, while Michele Scarabelli was starring in the dramatic film The Wrong Woman, Boo was busy working on the film The Wrong Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Michele went onto a brief role in the film The Colony while Boo went on to star in the film (yes, you guessed it) The Collie-knee.
Michele was busy in the film Breaking All The Rules when Boo got the call to take part in the film Broken by All The Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
At the moment, everything possible is being done to track down Boo’s earlier works but this is proving to be close to impossible. More information will be placed on this page as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you get the chance to see one of Boo’s great TV shows or films, be sure to let us know.
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Boo is a Lhasa Apso and a Bichon Frise mix. That’s fine – but what is a Lhasa Apso and Bichon Frise..? Read on…
Lhasa Apso is a dog that originated in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Although it’s classed as a nonsporting dog, the Lhasa Apso was once regarded as a terrier. It has a mop-like long, heavy coat and its hair falls thickly over its face, covering its eyes and ears. The Lhasa Apso has whiskers and a beard and has a long, low body. It carries its feathery tail curled tightly over its back. In Lhasa, this dog was used as a watchdog – even though it’s only about ten inches (25cm) high. A large dog would guard the door on the outside while the little Lhasa Apso stayed inside to warn of danger.
Bichon Frise is a breed of toy dog with a distinctive white coat of silky curls which originated in the area around the Mediterranean Sea. By the 1300s it was popular in Italy and Spain. Most bichons are white, but some young dogs have cream or apricot coloured markings and some have the coat clipped like that of a poodle. Bichons have a round head, abundantly covered with hair. The skin is black and can be seen around the eyes, nose, and mouth. The tail is raised and curves gracefully over the back. The dogs are about nine to eleven inches (23-28cm) high at the shoulder and weigh between 3 and 5 kilograms.
*We would like to recognise that some of this information regarding the Lhasa Apso and Bichon Frise was sourced from The World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia (TM) 1997.
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