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Greatest American Dog: How Did Bella Starlet Dog Get Named?

I recapped last Wednesday's episode of Greatest American Dog with some answers from my chat with Beth Joy, but here's the rest of the interview – you don't think I'd get off the phone without asking about her pooch's name, do you? Don't forget to tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to see which duo's going home this week!

PetSugar: How did you decide on her name?
Beth Joy: When I rescued her, her name was Maggie and I was like "eh, you're too beautiful – you're bella" so I named her that. She does movies so she has her middle name Starlet, all my dogs and cats have middle names it's not just Bella. Her nicknames are Cuddle Muffin, Puppy Monkey, Baby Girl, Smoopy, it's a wide range however I'm feeling.

PetSugar: What's it like seeing her on TV?
Beth Joy: She looks gorgeous! It's funny to see her and let all of America and the world see who she is. It's just an honor. I love watching her and every time it's on, she sits in her California bed that we got from the show and watches herself.

PetSugar: Is there anything you wished you'd see more of?
Beth Joy: This show should have been so much more about all the dogs having fun than all the drama. There are some funny things that happened in the pool and wild stuff around the house that they didn't show and it was sad because that was really what we all (as the cast members) thought that they would have shown because it's about dogs.

PetSugar: What was your experience being on the show?
Beth Joy: We learned amazing things on the show, dogs can learn tricks at any age, I want everybody to know that. I'm happy to be the one representing rescue dogs with Bella Starlet on the show, she's a pure mutt and she's quite an amazing dog as you can see on her website – we have fun.

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PetSugar: Does she get recognized now in NYC?
Beth Joy: Totally! She got recognized yesterday, this little girl came up and asked if she could pet the dog and she was like "Mommy, it's Bella Starlet!" and her mom and all these other kids come running – it was so cute. Bella just wags her tail and greets them and it's so adorable. She knows who she is, she prances when she walks, she really is Bella Starlet Dog. It's her trademark.

PetSugar: How does Bella get along with your other pets?
Beth Joy: She's the diva, the actress dog of the group, she plays with them once in a while. She doesn't really think she's a dog. She does her own thing, like me, we go to the beat of our own drummer.

PetSugar: What's up next for you both?
Beth Joy: We have some surprises in the works but I don't really want to talk about it because I don't want anyone taking my ideas. Bella's always surprising and doing fun stuff. We have her Halloween float coming up for the Village parade and the theme is "Totally Pawsome '80s" and we're going to dress really funny '80s style and it will be cool.


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