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Incredible once in a lifetime opportunity last 2 days. I and the other 5 artists in the film (6 when you count Hallie ) were treated VERY well by Animal Planet and were flown to LA for the Television Critic’s press tour, and Brian Golden Davis's documentary panel "Million Dollar Duck" which will be aired on Animal Planet Sept 14 9 pm PST.

I am so thankful that Hallie and I were included in this project, it's been an amazing journey and feel honored to be in with a group of such talented artists. Tim Taylor, Adam Grimm, Rob McBroom, Rebekah Knight.

We got to play movie star for a couple of days, interviews, photos, wined and dined, party, got to stay at the Beverly HILTON hotel....my room was just a few doors down from the one that Whitney Houston passed away in. So sad. (see pic below)

We we're chauffeured to and from airports, had hair and makeup done by celebrity makeup artists, (I noticed I was in there longer than everyone else combined even into the start of the panel...hmmm LOL). First time in fake eyelashes! My makeup person was telling me about all of the celebrities she works on including Betty White. Saw a few celebrities, got to meet many people behind Animal Planet and everyone of them were SO nice. They really do love animals there.

Never would have dreamed to be part of something like this and of course especially special to have Hallie part of it also. The film is great if you get a chance to see it in September.

I did miss the fun there on Sunday because I was afraid to leave Sophie more than one night at home, but her sitter and aunt Kelli Hightower was awesome with her and put up with me calling several times a day. I was really afraid she'd get sick again with me gone but very happy that she did great! Very happy to see me when I got home, she wanted to play like ALL night...she kept bringing me all her toys as if to say "remember this one mom? Oh and this one too!". She even got me up early this morning by shoving a toy in my face then taking off to the back door as soon as she saw I was awake so of course followed her out and played until she decided she could take a nap. <3 I really wanted to take her to LA with me but was afraid to this close to her being sick. Thankfully had a great village here watching her for me.

Here is a trailer for the documentary
The Million Dollar Duck
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Congratulations Dee Dee!!! So much fun hearing about your Hollywood adventure. I'm glad you had a good time and that Sophie did well while you were away. Love picturing her bringing all her favorite toys to you
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That is sooo cool! I will be sure to watch the film. I looked Hallie up on your website and she truly was amazing! My gosh I still can't believe a dog is painting and she looks like she really enjoyed it! Glad Sophie did well while you were gone. She'll be going with you soon!
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She really was so cute I was dreading coming home because last 3 times it was to a sick pupper but that was before we had been treating her for long.

One of the things I missed out on Sunday was a group photo for TV guide! Wish they would let me photoshop Hallie into it, I am fine not having my mug in there lol
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Thank you Hallie really was my heart and soul even if she hadn't been blind I think it was pretty amazing how well she painted! I can't imagine doing what she did, blind. It was so good to see her happy again after all she went through she went blind literally overnight so neither of us had a chance to adjust to it.

I LOVE Layla's little white booties by the way!!!!!
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Looks like a great time! Can't wait to see you and sweet Miss Hallie on my tv screen
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Felicidades tia Dee Dee, but iam very dat yu didn bring amiga Sophie so we cud play to get her!

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I found this description of The Million Dollar Duck documentary. The part that mentions "the eccentric nature of the contestants" made me smile. Bless you and your late little Hallie.

"The Million Dollar Duck is a documentary that focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government. This film explores the eccentric nature of the contestants who enter each year for a chance at wildlife art stardom, while also reflecting upon the history and challenges facing the continued existence of this successful conservation program."

Glad to hear Sophie was fine when you returned home to her.
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glad everything went well for you, you deserved it.
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