Achieving Balance and Harmony


A Leash-Hating Maltese, a Barking American Eskimo, and a Water-Fearing Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Season 5 | Episode 1 | Fluffy, Kuma, and Molly

Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio in Las Vegas showcases Adir Ionov’s acrobatic talents 60 feet in the air. But after a long night of clinging to trapeze bars and sailing steel ships through the sky, Adir has one more feat ahead of him before he goes to bed: He needs to walk Fluffy.

The three year old Maltese has given Adir and his wife Anastasiia problems with the leash and walk ever since they’ve been together. Fluffy has never, ever liked wearing the leash. As soon as it’s on, Fluffy just freezes. If they try to walk him, he lies down on his side. If Adir stands him up, he’ll simply stand there like a statue. But as soon as the leash comes off, he runs and romps like a normal dog. Because he refuses to be walked, Fluffy often relieves himself throughout the house. He even shows teeth and barks at Anastasiia when she tries to pet him. Adir and Anastasiia know that Fluffy needs structure, but they need Cesar to jump start their new regime. Can Cesar help this star from “O,” or will Fluffy have to go?

Stranger-Hating Eskimo

Jason Zulauf, a featured player in Cirque du Soleil’s show “Ka” at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, always had dogs when he was growing up. Once he was on his own, he knew that he wanted his own dog. He got Kuma, an American Eskimo, at a pet shop 2 years ago. From the start, Kuma detested strangers entering the house and her shrill bark has been echoing through the home as a statement of protest. When a visitor arrives, she’ll bark and circle the person continuously. If she gets cornered and a stranger attempts to pet her, she’ll show her teeth and growl. Kuma even drew blood on Jason’s father’s hand during a family visit. With people that come over often, such as Cheri Haight, Jason’s girlfriend and co-performer in “Ka,” Kuma will jump relentlessly, ramming into the guests with her front legs. To discipline Kuma, Jason will usually tell her “no” and put her in her cage. Once there, she’ll continue to bark and ignore Jason. In an effort to reduce Kuma’s anxieties, Jason got a Corgi puppy, Chewy. The dogs get along fine, but Jason is concerned that Chewy may pick up Kuma’s bad habits. While Kuma’s owners are used to the grueling challenges of Cirque du Soleil, is Cesar ready for the Cirque du Kuma?


Paul Cameron is an accomplished acrobat in the company of Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystere” at Treasure Island, Las Vegas. Wanting a dog and aware of the scorching summers in Las Vegas, the Canadian native decided to get a breed that would take to water quickly. That’s when Paul found 8-week-old Molly, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, from a breeder in Oregon. Oddly enough, this water dog quickly developed a fear of water. Because of the extreme Nevada heat, exercising the dog in water is a no-brainer, but not if your dog is petrified of the pool. Paul cannot coax Molly into the water

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