ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Looking at Marshall you see a happy, healthy, tail wagging Lab mix. Just a few years ago, it was a completely different story for the pup. In 2010, he was found barely alive in a hoarder’s house with bite marks all over his body and a broken leg. During surgery to save his life, he died three times on the operating table.
“His heart stopped beating numerous times and this dog refused to give up. And everyone at the Humane Society new he had a purpose to serve. And after I adopted him he showed me what his purpose was.” said Cynthia Willingbrock.
Willinbrock says Marshall’s purpose was to inspire others. One night, this self described closet writer began penning his story.
“I woke up in the middle of the night when he was having a nightmare. I thought maybe telling his story would help me forgive his hoarder and help him heal. It was really written for an audience of one. I had no intention of it becoming so large.”
But it did blow up, first a book title Marshall The Miracle Dog. Next up is a movie. The director of the film believes it will not only address the issue of animal abuse but will also sent an anti-bullying message.
“What it says kids have a voice, through communication, concern through friendship we can do a lot to stop the bullying that goes on out there.” said director Jake Kanzler.
Marshall has also also been trained as a therapy dog. He has visited dozens of schools, sharing his message of empathy, courage, perseverance, and, most of all, forgiveness.
The movie will be cast in St. Louis. The open call will be held on Sunday, April 27, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Clayton High School (1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton). A wide variety of extras are needed for numerous scenes, as are supporting cast members. Aspiring performers of all ages, races, and ethnicities are encouraged to attend.