BUDDING STARS: ?Tahitian Tiger? Maree, from Pet Passion in Byron Bay, with a variety of animals.
BUDDING STARS: ?Tahitian Tiger? Maree, from Pet Passion in Byron Bay, with a variety of animals.

Supermodels a pet subject

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

Animal talent agency opens in Byron

MOVE over Babe, Skippy and Lassie, it's time for Byron Bay's supermodels to strut their stuff.

Former German animal talent scout Regina Weinstein has just opened the first animal talent agency in Byron Bay, Pet Passion, and she is calling for all creatures large and small, feathered or slimy, to register for their chance at fame.

Once registered, the shire's pets will be trained by renowned trainer Vera Stevens and added to a database available to film and television casting agents.

You just never know when a film director might need an unusual animal, Ms Weinstein said, recalling the time she was asked by a German tractor company to find a tiger for a promotion.

"Their logo had a tiger," she said. "I thought: 'Where am I going to find a tiger in the midst of this industrial city (Heidelberg)?'

"But I did find one. It was living with a family in Holland. They had bottle-fed him and he was kept as a pet."

And, while it may not have tigers, the Northern Rivers houses some amazing pets.

Among those she has found so far are mini-pigs, alpacas, axolotls, piranhas, mini-donkeys and turtles. But even the average mutt can make it as a potential Lassie with the right attitude.

"The pet has to love people and be able to be trained," Ms Weinstein said.

Ms Weinstein's pet shop also offers alternative and holistic healing treatments for pets, organic foods, pampering, fashion products and services, and even a website that will host a pet dating agency so pets can meet their ideal partner (their human owners can meet up too.)

For more information email:

pet-passion@bigpond.com.



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