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Doggone Smart: Curry, Rob, and Taylor

courtesy of AP Photos

Meet Champion Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty, a three year old Glen of Imaal terrier, recipient of the Best of Breed award at the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Nicknamed “Curry”, the terrier prefers Hebrew National hot dogs (grilled not boiled), enjoys lazy mornings in bed, and is uber friendly.

She’s a lot like her owner, Rob Shuter.  Yet outside the show ring, and away from his day job as Popeater’s celebrity columnist, Rob is most often found at home.  He’s a private person who prefers the local dry cleaner and sandwich store, and doesn’t venture out to the parties at night.

Perhaps it is that shared sense of privacy and individuality that has led to a friendship between Shuter and musician/singer Taylor Hicks.  Rob reports that when the two recently met for drinks, the fancy bar setting was quickly exchanged for a neighborhood dive where ball cap and T shirt were appropriate fashion. 

Rob describes his friend as a gentleman, a kind and decent man who is “comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t need fame so badly that he needs to lose himself”.  Rob reports that Hicks is a savvy businessman who recognized the disarray that currently describes the music industry, and so quietly went his own way, recording the songs that he wanted to sing and making the album he wanted to make.

What’s next for Rob Shuter?  It could be television, “Naughty but Nice” on cable with a theme song co-written and sung by Barry Manilow.  What’s next for Taylor Hicks?  His friend couldn’t be certain, but suggested that a major televison opportunity may be on the way for the American Idol winner.

What’s next for Curry?  With a face like that, surely the film directors will be calling.

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for the second half of this sweet interview. Looking forward to more, please, as the kid in the sausage commercial used to say! 🙂

    July 15, 2010
  2. Mac #

    Loving this interview you did. Rob is a class act for sure. I love how two people who are seemingly such opposites have developed a friendship.

    July 15, 2010
  3. I will follow Curry’s career with interest, as I love that breed of dog. …….who was that other guy Rob spoke about; oh, yes, Taylor Hicks. He isn’t such a bad breed of cat either.

    It sounds like this dog and cat get along just fine.


    July 15, 2010
  4. kim #

    NIce article. Cute dog

    July 15, 2010
  5. Pat P #

    A very enjoyable and interesting read…thanks so much THN!~!!

    July 15, 2010
  6. Tammy #

    what a great article~ so glad Curry likes Hebrew National hot dogs. I dont think I couldve read another word if it were Ball Park franks. Lazy mornings in bed? hello?! arent there some cats to chase away?! Are u sure Curry isnt Male? LOL! Nice article! enjoyed every bit of it!

    July 15, 2010
  7. LaurieH #

    Enjoying the interview so far. Thanks to Rob and THNews.

    July 15, 2010
  8. Louise #

    This is so well written and entertaining. Thanks to THN, Rob and of course the star of the piece, Curry! What a sweet dog and dog lover that I am, I look forward to seeing him in the next Championship. Looking forward to hearing the next part about Taylor!

    July 15, 2010
  9. His friend couldn’t be certain, but suggested that a major televison opportunity may be on the way for the American Idol winner???

    Sounds intriguing!

    July 15, 2010
  10. tishtx #

    This just gets better and better!

    July 15, 2010
  11. Ange Bleu #

    I love dogs & Curry is absolutely adorable. Rob, as always, is the best. I hope something big in TV is coming Taylor’s way. He was the very best of the American Idols. He’s very handsome, & given the right part could make it big in motion pictures.

    July 15, 2010
  12. Dee #

    Aww. Nice interview. Rob seems like an OK guy. I’ve made him, in his words, “Howl” a couple times on Twitter. LOL. It’s always nice to get a response from him.

    July 15, 2010
  13. Sherri #

    WELL DONE Thanks! Television? Dancing with the Stars?? And Curry is adorable!! Along with his owner 🙂

    July 15, 2010
  14. skeeter226 #

    Very nice interview! Looking forward to part III. All three are ADORABLE, TH, Rob and “Curry”!! 🙂

    Major television opportunity? HOPE SO!!

    July 15, 2010
  15. Ange Bleu #

    Major television opportunity on its way for TH? Gad, I hope its NOT “Dancing With the Stars.” I don’t see this show as a career enhancing opportunity for him – More like career dissipating & dissolving.

    July 15, 2010
  16. R U kidding Ange Bleu? Dancing wih the Stars had a larger audience last year during some weeks than Idol! Upwards of 22 Million. How can that possibly be a bad thing – being seen by that many people? Its a huge pop culture happening show right now and Taylor’s name will be all over the TV and media – especially being the firt Idol to do both shows.

    I say hip hip horray and I HOPE this is it. If it’s not it, then something along those lines would be awesome.

    July 15, 2010
  17. TMW #

    Adorable dog for an adorable man! Great piece and interesting about the TV opportunity for Taylor. Sitcom guest star perhaps?

    July 15, 2010
  18. Sherri #

    It’s not up to me to decide or even debate his choices in his career. Whatever he does I will follow and enjoy, no doubt!

    July 15, 2010
  19. juliegr #

    AWWWW!! What a cutie and what she poses for the camera. BTW, I want to see her outfit. 😀

    July 15, 2010
  20. mond105 #

    What a nice story. Love Curry, Rob and Taylor.

    July 15, 2010
  21. meekowl #

    Great job on this article. I enjoyed it very much.

    July 15, 2010
  22. J. #

    Good stuff! Wonder if Taylor will pursue the major television opportunity. Hmm…

    July 16, 2010

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