roadway’s brightest stars
have always had someone
like legendary acting coach
Stella Adler behind the
scenes. So why would Broadway’s most
talented animals be any different? Well,
they are not. When it comes to grooming
and training future four-legged stars, there
is only one name in the biz: Bill Berloni,
the Tony Award-winning animal trainer.
Berloni’s resumé oozes with the
who’s who of Broadway’s animal world.
Sandy from Annie, Trixy from Bullets Over
Broadway and Pepe from Lady Day are
only a few of his animal stars. With his
mile-long list of credits, it is no surprise
that the Pet Philanthropy Circle named
him Dog Trainer of the Year at this year’s
Pet Hero Awards.
“Being named Trainer of the Year is
a great honor. I actually have not been
recognized many times as a trainer, so
this has been very humbling that the Pet
Hero Awards looked at my body of work
and recognized me,” says Berloni.
Hamptons Pet What is the best part
about working with animals for a living?
Bill Berloni Animals enhance our lives,
they break down barriers and connect
It is hard to believe that you have not
been recognized more often as a trainer.
BB Actually, most of my awards have
been for the performance of the animal.
So to be recognized as the trainer is very
cool. It is nice to be recognized, but more
importantly, the Pet Hero Awards are very
serious about helping animals, and I think
that is just fantastic.
Having been a presenter at the 2013
Pet Hero Awards and an award winner this
year, what can you tell us about the Pet
BB I get to work with so many fantastic
groups, and what is so great for me is—
whether it is a philanthropy group in the
Hamptons, a grass roots campaign in
Brooklyn or a wildlife sanctuary in California—people are taking it upon themselves
in whatever social environment they live
in to help animals.
To be perfectly honest, I had never been
to the Hamptons before last year. I would
never have gone out there if it were not
for an animal cause which we are all in on.
There is a misconception that people in
the Hamptons only care about themselves,
but here is a group of people using their
various resources to help animals. To
see this community using their money
and celebrity to help animals is fantastic.
I applaud Jewel Morris and the group of
people she has put together. P H
Tony Award-winning pet trainer unleashes the pet talent.
BY BRIAN FISCHLER
Marti is geared to captivate America’s heart in this year’s highly anticipated big screen, Annie;
ƨƫƲƵƼ Animal lovers all around, Berloni with Melissa Rivers and the late Joan Rivers.