Join the adventures of Giovanna and Willie as they emBARK! on a journey across America
Sharing stories to inspire and illuminate, the emBARK! Team travels the world to reveal unique and distinct achievements, innovations and discoveries benefiting our many furry friends.
As Giovanna goes to work… traveling America to discover new stories, adventures, and characters. Willie enjoys his “home alone” freedom to pursue character-building “gag” stories and adventures. emBARK! transports viewers to new locations, exploring innovation and trends in how we relate, interact, and care for our furry-friends. Pet-centric, interesting, positive, feel-good stories are hidden across America. Aspiring innovators, lifestyle integrators, four-legged saviors, even social media personalities. emBARK! shares their stories through focused storytelling and cinema-style video production.
A story repeated too many times in cities across America, someone abandoned a pit bull puppy on the rough streets of a crime-ridden DC neighborhood. Chances of survival were slim for the homeless, injured puppy.
Cold, hungry, and barely hanging on, a good Samaritan found the timid pup and took him home for a few days; providing a safe, warm place to recover. After a friend offered to take him in, the demands of bringing him back to health were too great, and Humane Rescue of DC was called to pick him up. Living in the shelter, cared for by skilled volunteers, the young pup started the slow path to a healthy recovery. His photo and story were posted on their pet adoption website, but the impact of homeless wandering left him less than photogenic. The odds of living a normal life with a loving home, were poor at best.
It would take a true pet lover and advocate to give him any shot at a normal life.
While searching online for a special puppy to adopt for her growing family, Giovanna was taken aback by the photo of that timid pit bull rescue puppy. Appearing anxious… the sad eyes… his feeble and humble look tugged on Giovanna’s heart strings. Having the appearance of a pig and cow trapped in a dog with squirrel paws, he captured her attention. Calling the Rescue to learn more about this pit bull puppy in need, Giovanna discovered he was a well behaved, dependable and appreciative puppy.
After stopping by to visit a few times, Giovanna made the choice to adopt. With his pig-like looks and grunting sounds, the name Willie stuck. Knowing his history, being rescued from the streets of Southeast Washington DC, and his passion for bacon, his full name became Willie H. Bacon, after the famed architect of the Lincoln memorial.
With a loving home and abundant TLC, the once abandoned and homeless pup left to die on the streets, regained confidence and strength, growing into one of the most affectionate, gentle pets anyone could hope for. As a pup pampered in luxury, Willie now enjoys memory foam beds, wearing bow-ties, endless treats, trips to the pet store… and generally being adorable, running in circles, trying yoga, making new friends at doggie daycare, and pretending to be a lap-dog.
After a failed but fun run for Mayor of Annandale Virginia, hoping to change its name to “Annantail” in support of a dog friendly community. Applying his warm personality to the small screen, Willie started an entertainment career starring in a local Toyota commercial.
Understanding the unfavorable stereotype applied to pit bulls and knowing the truth most are adorable and loving companions, Giovanna and Willie became partners to promote animal rescue and pit bull advocacy, embarking on a journey to produce a pet positive television show.