Most people know David Bryan, 48 year-old keyboardist for the band Bon Jovi for well, his keyboard talent, and maybe that big mop of wavy blond hair.  But David’s talents go beyond popular music as his recent Tony award for Best Musical shows.  Last Sunday night, David, who co-wrote the lyrics for the award-winning Broadway Musical, Memphis, shared in a great victory in receiving the highest honor bestowed on a Broadway production.  He even won out over Green Day’s very popular American Idiot. If you haven’t seen Memphis, it really is special, and worth the trip to the city.  I saw it in January and blogged about David and his accomplishments in the post Lyrics Made In Jersey (see Archives for January 21).

Staying on a Jersey theme, and of course going to the dogs, please help Nikki Mousaki of the Pet Postcard Project as she tries to get enough votes to help her land her very own Oprah show.  Nikki, who has Jersey connections, now splits her time between Manhattan and Miami.  She is a prolific writer, and tv personality who has done so much to help shelter animals, especially with her Pet Postcard Project (see my article about her in a recent Newark Pets Examiner).  To learn more about Nikki’s Oprah ambitions, and to vote for her go to  http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=7717&promo_id=1.  Nikki also maintains a Facebook page and a website for the Pet Postcard Project.

Also, this week I will posting a Father’s Day piece featuring David Muriello, CPDT,  of Biscuits and Bath Training in Manhattan. David, (a resident of  New Jersey) has appeared on ABC’s Rachael Ray Show and is a new father.  He will talk about that special bond that exists between dog, dad, and kid and may have some advice to the dads out there dealing with that eternal question, “Dad, can we please get a dog?”  Oh now, don’t be so quick to say no…..And stay tuned for many other great stories of people who make a difference in the way we look at man’s best friend.

David and Nikki exemplify the spirit of Will Judy’s National Dog Week Movement, and by movement, we mean ongoing.  Don’t let a great American tradition fall by the wayside.  This year, honor this seven-day observance of the dog the last full week of September. And hats off to some very talented people with Jersey credits!

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