Millie lost her home right before Christmas and wound up in Hollywood.
Not a bad rags-to-riches story, said Walt Partin, past president of South Central Bloodhound Club, which rescued the 7-month-old pup.
"We rescue bloodhounds from shelters and people who just don't want them anymore," he said.
Millie's owners gave her to the North Richland Hills Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.
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Shortly after the pup arrived Dec. 10, someone notified the bloodhound club. "Whenever we have dogs available for adoption, a volunteer puts a photo and brief bio on email@example.com," said Chun Mezger, humane division supervisor. The center also uses Petfinder.com.
On Dec. 14, Millie was placed with the rescue group, which serves the region, and information about the pup was posted at southcentralbloodhounds.org.
Soon, dozens of people were inquiring about Millie, said the club's rescue coordinator, Karen Gillespie. Gillespie wasn't surprised by the response.
"Millie is a red bloodhound with a beautiful face and long ears," she said.
After a weeks-long process that Gillespie said rivals human adoptions, Millie got a new mom: Karin McElhatton, the owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, Calif., in north Los Angeles County. The company's talent appears in movies, TV shows and commercials.
Millie could have done anything from search-and-rescue to trailing fugitives, Gillespie said. She's outgoing, curious and fears nothing.
That makes the dog ideal for TV and movies, said Sue Chipperton, a Studio Animal Services trainer.
"That's what we look for in a studio dog," she said. "It's easier to train them to do all the things that movie and television production companies want them to do."
City spokeswoman Mary Peters was glad to hear that Millie's in show business.
"It will be neat to see her on TV or in the movies someday," she said.
It could be a year before the dog gets her first part -- maybe helping a tidy cat find its litter box, or tracking a bad guy for a CSI team, Chipperton said.
"When we go on jobs, we take Millie out with us to see what sets are like and to get used to all the people doing weird things," Chipperton said. "She's a long way from being submitted for any job."
She's also a long way from home, but she's in Hollywood.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620