Smithville Dog picked for film “The Tree of Life”
Terri Krueger, ‘mom’ to Dexter Krueger, explains that Smithville, Tx is more than just a quiet community and home to the M.D.Anderson Science Park. It’s also become a popular location for movies. In 1997 it was the setting for “Hope Floats” starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr, and Gena Rowlands. In the Spring of 2008, “The Tree of Life”, began filming in Smithville. The film features actors Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. But the real movie star is Smithville is Terri’s dog, Dexter.
While visiting Galveston one summer, Terri had spotted a puppy lying in the rain outside an appartment complex. It did not take her long to rescue the six-month-old Heeler, which showed signs of abuse, and bring him back home to Smithville.
Last Spring, Krueger entered Dexter in a casting call for “The Tree of Life”, and he was selected to play Brad Pitt’s family dog in the movie, which is set in the 1950s. The home used in many of the scenes is just two block from the “Hope Floats” house, and ten blocks from the Katy House Bed and Breakfast.
“I guess you could say that Dexter went from starvaion to stardom,” Terri says. And yes, she did get to meet Brad Pitt. “He was very nice, very friendly. I was very impressed how approachable he was…..and he love Dexter.”
After toting Dexter to and from the movie set, Krueger’s next adventure is writing a children’s book about him. Terri say that “It’s occurred to me that no matter what I may accomplish in my life, it’s entirely possible that I could be known in the future only as Dexter’s ‘mom’.”