Since 2003, I have operated under the strongly held, fiercely defended belief that the greatest thing to happen to Christmas is the film Love Actually. Mostly because of moments like this.
Well, today my world was shattered, but in the best way possible. Because, ladies, gentlemen and dogs of the world, I learned that there is something even more amazing than Love Actually. An all-dog production of The Nutcracker called Canine Nutcracker.
If you’re not drooling already, here’s the trailer:
The non-profit’s founder, Becky Jankowski, devised the idea for Canine Nutcracker in 1999. Inspired by the rise of dog freestyle dancing and the impact that the troupe’s therapy dogs were already enjoying in more traditional settings, the first Canine Nutcracker took place at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. After a few years, the production’s doors opened to the public, and it’s been a smashing success ever since.
We were able to snag some headshots of this year’s cast, as well as some behind-the-scenes peeks at the pawduction. Take a look!