Schmitty The Weather Dog
Schmitty The Weather Dog is a philanthropic pup and celebrity in her own right. After 9/11, Schmitty became the inspiration and model for New Yorkie Greetingss, a line of greeting cards created to raise money for the Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, a fund for fallen firefighter and their families.
Everything just snowballed from there. In raising money for displaced pets after Katrina, Schmitty appeared on The Ellen Show and Access Hollywood. Schmitty has also appeared with Oprah on stage in Central Park, posed in the green room of The Regis & Kelly Show with Betty White, and is the only dog to ever been named New Yorker Of The Week on NY1. Schmitty even has handwritten letters personally addressed to her from President George HW Bush!
Along with Meteorologist Ron Trotta, Schmitty the Weather Dog has posted over 500 weather pawcasts on her Schmitty The Weather Dog You Tube Channel and are the weather team for the National Science Teachers Association, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Schmitty is the inspiration for the popular children’s book, Schmitty the Weather Dog: Daydream. She is the spokesdog for the New Yorkie© line of pet & their people products, and even has her own theme song and blog posted on her SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com website.
When not chasing squirrels, you can find Schmitty the Weather Dog visiting schools on both coasts with her Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather/Science Assembly to inspire kids, especially girls, to get excited about studying STEM subjects.
Meteorologist Ron Trotta
When you look up the word, “Icebreaker” in the dictionary, Ron Trotta’s picture should be underneath it.
As an award winning Ragtime piano player and raconteur, Ron Trotta has been breaking the ice at parties, events, corporate meetings, and at clubs for years. Ron is so renown at engaging his audiences in song and entertainment, that he (and his fiance’ Elly – who plays the spoons btw) were personally invited by President George HW Bush to join him and his wife, Barbara Bush on a private yacht in Greece to “break the ice” with their guests. Ron and Elly were such a hit that they were asked to stay as their guests for another week. Ron and Elly also were invited to stay at their home in Kennebunkport and entertained for friends and family there as well.
While earning his math/education degree at Purdue, Ron helped put himself through school by playing ragtime and sing-along piano. Having the unique distinction of being a three time World Champion Ragtime Pianist, Ron has since added meteorologist to his title. Behind the scenes he has worked on national weather stories for ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, ABC World News Weekend, and ABC Nightline. But as Ron likes to say, “more importantly” in front of the camera he does the weather with Schmitty The Weather Dog. Together they have more than 500 weather pawcast videos posted on their Schmitty The Weather Dog You Tube channel and are also the weather team for the National Science Teachers Association, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
You can now find Meteorologist Ron, along with Schmitty The Weather Dog and Author Elly McGuire bringing science and fun to kids in schools all across the country with the Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather/Science Assembly.
Author Elly McGuire
Elly McGuire has been obsessed with dogs since she was a kid. A former elementary school teacher turned corporate executive, Elly has always taken inspiration from her furry canine muse. After the tragedy of 9/11, she created New Yorkie Greetings, a line of cards using her Yorkshire terrier as the model to raise money for the Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund. After Hurricane Katrina, Ellen DeGeneres flew Elly and her pup to be on The Ellen Show for her creative efforts to raise money for animal shelters. Elly created the BARK THE VOTE National Tour and traveled 8000 miles across the country with her pups to raise awareness for small animal shelters and get out the vote.
Eventually, Elly gleefully left her corporate life to work with her dog. For the past five years, Elly has been the host of #PETCHAT, the popular Monday night show trending on Twitter. Today, Elly continues to raise money for pet charities through her line of New Yorkie© products and producing the annual New Yorkie Runway Celebrity Doggie Fashion Show during Fashion Week in NYC.
Inspired by her pup and her weatherman fiance, Elly wrote her first children’s book, Schmitty The Weather Dog:Daydream. Now you can find Author Elly, Meteorologist Ron, and Schmitty the Weather Dog visiting schools across the country with the Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather/Science Assembly bringing science and fun to kids.
Perhaps the only person in history to teach a US President to play spoons, Elly lives in NYC with her pooch, Schmitty and forever fiance’, Ron.