Many Kraftwerk K9 German Shepherds do great things, competing at high levels in Schutzhund competitions and serving our police and armed forces. Sometimes though, doing something great doesn’t involve great feats of bravery. Nikolai Mikhal Vom Kraftwerk, or “Mikey,” has proved to be an amazing dog in the highly intense Hollywood movie production, Hunger Games.
His owner, Joey Rodriguez, shared this story with us:
A couple years ago, I went thru one of those completely unpleasant and wholly unexpected breakups. I was just miserable for a few months as I tried to get my collective “stuff” back together.
One day, when I was particularly upset and completely unprepared to deal with humans (or dogs), I took Mikey to the small park were we normally play.
I was really at the end of my tether – one of those break up/days where you just struggle with every single minute. Mikey’s attempts to get me to play failed to pierce the gloom. Honestly, I just wanted to lay down and not wake up.
I threw myself onto a bench by the playground and told Mikey to, “Get away from me!”
“Go play! Leave me alone, Mikey!”
(Yeah – I was kind of a jerk. I was a mess.)
Instead, he did something completely new.
He ran over to the kids jungle gym there in the park.
And he ran up the stairs.
And then across the swinging bridge.
And up another set of stairs.
And then he came down the slide.
Which deposited him in the sand box just a few feet in front of me.
I was too surprised to react at first.
And then he did it again.
And the look of absolute joy and exuberance on his face seemed to shout, “Did ya’ see that, dad!?! Did ya’ see what I just did!?!”
And I laughed for the first time in quite a while and my haze started to finally lift.
He had never done it before and hasn’t done it since.
This is a great reminder of the power of canine companionship, when we’re down in the dumps, our dogs can sense it, and they’ll go to great lengths to make us whole again.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Mikey has proved to have other talents too. He recently was filmed for a role in the sequel to the Hunger Games, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s a shot behind the scenes on set: