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Happy Hobbit Week!!

HAPPY HOBBIT WEEK!!! by Terrie M. Scott, December 17, 2012

The last week has been full of highs and lows. First, let me pay my deepest condolences to those families that lost children and loved ones in Connecticut. What a sad, senseless tragedy. As a parent, I grieve with them. Man's inhumanity to man. Sickens me. Our prayers are with all of them.

A couple of incredible things have happened since my last blog that I am going to share with you.

As a military veteran and animal rescuer, I received news this week that was very dear to my heart. NO BUDDY LEFT BEHIND. Brings tears to my eyes. In 2007, M.A.R.S. Safe Haven, which I founded to help our troops and their dogs, began a petition on written to the Department of Defense, asking that its policy on MILITARY WORKING DOGS be rescinded. It has been the military's policy for decades to dispose of the dogs as "unnecessary equipment" when they were no longer needed. By dispose I mean they were shot or released into the wild to fend for themselves. Our poor thanks to their years of service.

When I was working on the "Clemency for Ratchet in Iraq" campaign back in 2007, I received dozens of letters from veterans of previous wars, begging me to help change the military's policies about service animals. I made a promise to them. And, I kept it. I certainly did not do this alone. I just lit a fire and others joined in to help this cause.

Over 32,000 signed, and others took up this fight. Congress stepped in after all these long years. I am proud to say that AS OF TUESDAY , DEC 4, a bill has been passed by the US House and Senate that declares that our MILITARY WORKING DOGS OF ALL BREEDS will NO LONGER BE CLASSIFIED AS "MILITARY EQUIPMENT" TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN FOREIGN LANDS...but as MILITARY VETERANS. These dogs will now be returning back to the US, for their services as HEROES. They will be evaluated, retrained and rehomed if needed. We now await President Obama's signature to make this law. WE AS DOG LOVERS ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TO THE CONGRESS FOR DOING WHAT HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE. Never again will our Military Working Dogs be put down or disposed of like waste. What fabulous news!

And, on a much lighter note . . .

I have stated before that I am a bookworm and a geek. A science fiction/fantasy geek to be sure. For 40 plus years J.R.R. Tolkien has been one of my favorite authors. I passed my love of Lord of the Rings onto my children. It's something we shared in common all these years.

Through our own passion for film making and Tolkien, we became friends with They're like family to us. Our Lord of the Rings fan film was the first fan film ever featured on their website years ago.

My daughter, Ashlee said in her own blog last week:

"It is no secret that I am a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit/Tolkien fan. This fandom has led me to some of the best experiences of my life, but most importantly brought me to some of the greatest friends a girl could ever ask for. My journey began as an awkward 11-year-old girl who was obsessed with HarryAshlee Rose Scott - Andy Serkis Potter, and frankly mildly resembled the title character. When they announced that New Zealand director Peter Jackson was making the Lord of the Rings into a film trilogy, my mother was beside herself with excitement. Having been a Tolkien fan her entire life, she was looking forward to sharing Middle Earth with her kids. I’m never going to forget, I was sitting on the couch in our living room reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and my mom says to me “Sweetheart, I think you would really like these books” referencing the LOTR trilogy and I responded in the manner that any HP nut would “Mom, I like Harry Potter. They are my FAVORITE books! I don’t want to read those”. My mom then asked me if I would at least see the movie with her and I humored her by agreeing. I was so stubborn, and so proud that I refused to like the Fellowship of the Ring, just to prove that my love for Harry could never be replaced…. Until… when chance came…. Another love was made… Seriously though, the scene where the Fellowship walks over the mountain in slow motion to the spectacular Fellowship theme… I was sold…. Harry who?

So thanks to my mother, I began my Tolkien journey. I read all of the books several times after seeing Fellowship several times in theaters, we spent about six hours downloading a pirated version of the Two Towers trailer on dial up no less, watched it frame by frame, opening night premiers, extended edition special features, every piece of merchandise we could get, every single trading card over the course of seven years, played parts of the score on the piano, made a Fellowship Musical, a 90 minute parody of Two Towers and a full length scene by scene parody of Return of the King. Which brings me to TheOneRing.Net part of this story."

Having said that, my daughter, Ashlee, graduated from the NY Film Academy in August and last week she represented at the NYC premiere of THE HOBBIT. I am proud to share my daughter Ashlee's film coverage of the NYC Hobbit premiere featuring her interviews with Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and almost all of the dwarves!! It was an amazing opportunity. You can also find her coverage on

WATCH my daughter at the NYC premiere of THE HOBBIT last week!!!  SEE BELOW!

I LOVED the movie THE HOBBIT. Have seen it three times already, and especially loved the new HFR 48fps 3D technology. If you can, find a theater that has this format and enjoy. Regardless, it's a wonderful movie and was worth waiting 40 years to see!!!

Pictured: Ashlee and Andy Serkis (Gollum) Andy also played "King Kong" and Caesar from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."