Being a LARPBO dog is lots of work and lots of fun. We want to let some of our stars shine, so occasionally we’ll be going out and interviewing them.
Of course, for our first installment we just had to have a talk with Tito. Tito is Founder Troy Smith’s dog and a movie star in his own right. We had a little talk with him about what it is to be Tito. His little sister Kima (the Belgian Malanoise) joined in…
We asked Tito what it’s like to be the owner of such a famous dog trainer and if it’s hard to live up to the hype.
Tito’s response was all Tito:
“Dad would not be such a good famous trainer if I did not listen and perform so well…You all would not think very highly of him if I just decided to do what I want when I wanted to all of the time so it is really me that is famous he just has to relate all of what I do to English. I really think there’s too much focus on the trainer and not the trainee. I just tell all my friends at those classes to behave or I will let them have it so everyone just thinks it is my dad controlling everything but he can’t speak dog! You know that slogan “Speak LARPBO” when it is really dad telling me to tell all the other dogs to behave so he looks really good at what he does.”
What’s his favorite and least favorite trick?
“Oh favorites are probably handstand, pretty, bounce, and riding on dads back and frisbee! Wait did you say frisbee, see ya later!”
“oh wait, interview and being famous… Film me catching the frisbee… I promise it will only take 100 attempts and I bet we can get a good shot! What the heck lets go for 200 throws…what was the question again??? Frisbee yes I like to play Frisbee.”
Editors Note: It can be confirmed that Tito does have a slight obsession with his favorite Frisbee. Enough so that when his mom tried to save a few pennies and bought a cheaper version, Tito ignored it, and went and dug HIS out of the toy box, leaving his mom rather… perplexed. The Frisbees were the same cut (big hole in the middle to help make it easier to catch), size and color.
Least favorite trick:
“Whatever one every other dog can easily do. No seriously, any time dad makes me walk backwards for long distances. I can definitely do without that in my life.”
We know that one of the favorite activities LARPBO does are the swimming and dock diving classes they have ever couple of weeks..tell us what you think of those classes.
“Swimming is great excercise… Lots of fun and you can add cool techniques like swimming vertical (which only the cool kids do)! Swimming is only fun when we get to play ball… My frisbees sink so the tennis ball will have to do.”
Tito appears as “T” in the movie Counterpunch starring Alvaro Orlando and Danny Trejo and we thought we’d ask about it.
We heard you were recently in a Feature Film. How was that?
“You know, besides just being another day in Titoland, it was cool. Still waiting for the break out role that really portrays all my talents. The movie thing was pretty cool… I mean I got my own trailer, hung out with dad every day for like 25 days in a row. I got to love on lots of people and lots of kisses… I didn’t get to play much frisbee but we did shoot a lot of footage about Pit Bulls and saving them and the role that my organization plays in helping everyone. There is a big story on how I got the role and how they had to rescue a mom and nine puppies before they could shoot a picture of me. They did a documentary and followed the whole rescue process and you know…
Well then they tried to kill me off in the movie and I knew that was where I was going to light up the crowd, nothing like catching a girls heart with a beat up dog…
It wasn’t easy and I had to practice my lines every night, the actors were really cool and we had lots of fun on set… I really got to make fun of Al (Alvaro Orlando) as he couldn’t get any girls without me.”
Tito is one busy dog..and along with his little sister Kima they are working one day at a time to help dogs and their owners have better relationships. We thought we’d ask Kima to share her thoughts on Tito before we left..she only had one thing to say..
“He’s okay for a boy, but come to a class, I’ll show you, anything he can do, I can do better”.
Yikes…raising the bar for pit bulls world wide there Kima!
Meet LARPBO Dogs & Peeps
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- Bodhi: Better than a Doodle!
- Cali: It’s All About Cali!
- Cathy & Isaac: A Note to LARPBO
- Dexter: There’s No Stopping Dexter
- Frannie: How Did this Happen?
- Grace: An Addict, a Pit Bull and Grace
- Hope: Where there is Hope
- Houston: From a Dog No One Wanted to Therapy Dog
- Jane, Moses & Andie: A Human-K9 Pack
- JJ: Capturing the Heart of a First Time Pit Bull Owner
- Lacy: What’s in a Name
- Lisa: LARPBO and My Journey
- Lynwood: The Chick Magnet
- Miles Woo: So You Think My Dog is Good?
- Ollie: LARPBO Dog Becomes Therapy Dog
- Rusty: Discarded “trash” to therapy dog
- Samson: Samson is Family
- Tito: LARPBO Speak!
- Wesley: Following Wesley