In a real-life tale that mirrors the story of Little Orphan Annie, a five-year-old, abandoned on the streets, was able to make a name for himself on the Broadway stage. But there's one key difference - this little orphan was a terrier named Fred.
Found wandering the streets of the South Bronx as an 8-month-old puppy, Fred was sent to an ASPCA city animal rescue
shelter, the New York Daily News reports.
That's where he caught his lucky break. When Bill Berloni, an animal trainer who has prepared stray dogs for Broadway shows for more than 30 years, strolled into the shelter in 2005, he noticed some glimmer of star power in the urchin pup.
After some training, Fred went on to appear in the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and with the help of Berloni, was adopted into the upscale home on New York's upper West Side.
"It's definitely something of a freak of nature that he was to end up in a Broadway show," Berloni told the news source.
He added, "But he was friendly, intelligent, cute as hell - you look at him and smile."
To give a shelter dog or cat a chance at the good life, consider visiting a local animal rescue shelter
and making a cuddly addition to your home.