We got the lowdown on a gorgeous canine who plays the character Poncho in the film (Re) Assignment by director Walter Hill, a gender-bending action thriller starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver.
Everyone calls him Rush. His Professional name is Michl R Redneck Reflection and he’s an American Staffordshire terrier, registered with AKC and CKC.
Rush was whelped in the year 2012 and was conceived via surgical implant using fifteen-year-old semen from Redneck, a Nationality Specialty winner. His mother Diva resides in the Czech Republic – with exceptional gene-pool pedigree giving him good looks, great temperament and smarts. His love of of agility sports, has earned him awards in Rally and Trail Obedience.
Rush gives his all in whatever he does, whether it’s performing in Canine Vaudeville acts at senior homes in British Columbia ( his turf ) or being the mascot and instructor dog for the Bridge Canine Care where his “human grandma” Kelly Thorburn teaches.
It was Vancouver-based animal trainer Ian Doig who provided the opportunity for Rush to act in this film. We asked Doig, via telephone, what he saw in him. “It was his broad range (previous training and alertness to cues ) and looks.”
A widely-seen talent onscreen, Rush has sired multiple Champion Offspring in the USA. His son “Animal” whose registered name is ( Michl R|Only Dates Models ) is currently the #1 Amstaff in Canada.
You’ll see more of Rush in future film projects. This is one doggy whose career is written in the stars.