Doggone Smart: Curry, Rob, and Taylor
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.