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This week: Every dog has its day and you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks.
They say every dog has its day and it’s finally Monty’s turn.
Not only was the two-year-old terrier mix saved from a kill shelter in New Mexico, the lucky dog is also voiced by ageless actor Justin Theroux in Disney’s upcoming Lady and the Tramp live-action remake, which will debut on Disney+ this fall.
Monty was adopted by a Hollywood animal trainer and ended up being cast in the film as the titular Tramp. A cocker spaniel named Rose will play Lady. The remake will also feature other rescues, like Air Bud did with Buddy the golden retriever in 1997.
Monty’s story is truly rags to riches.
James McManus’s passion for tango wasn’t lifelong. In fact, it’d barely be of legal age.
The Irish man turning 100 in January was first introduced to the dance in 2002 when he was 82.
McManus, 99, applied to a dance competition Buenos Aires, Argentina, the dance’s birth place, after his friends bought him a plane ticket.
“I knew I had no chance of winning, but I thought it would be a good experience," McManus told The Associated Press.
He fell in love with the dance when he saw a couple perform. He thought to himself, “That is fantastic, I’ve got to do that.”
Cut to: him taking lessons, him meeting with partner Lucia Seva, and Seva suggesting they take an Argentinian vacation and enter the competition.
Just as he thought, McManus didn’t win — but he did receive a plaque from tournament organizers.
"There is always room for improvement," McManus said. "So maybe next time, I will make a better effort."