Homes for Dogs: The Story of Layla

As part of the Homes for Dogs Project, stars of the Coldwell Banker TV spot tell their stories of finding home. Meet Layla: a farm pup turned doggy star.

Howya! That’s how we Irish Setters say hello. My name’s Layla. I can hardly believe a little farm girl like me is now a dog star on the Coldwell Banker TV commercial on the Academy Awards! In case you didn’t catch my debut, check out my cameo at 00:14.

I’m a true country girl. Born on a farm near Toronto, I was bred to be put to use as a hunting dog. While most Irish Setters like myself have hunting ability in their genes, I just don’t have it in me. I’d rather hang out with people and keep them company! When my birth home realized they had no use for me, they decided that putting me up for adoption was the best option.


A young couple on tour with a Broadway show stopped by a shelter near the farm. They had been looking for an older dog to adopt, as they didn’t think they had time to train a puppy. As chance would have it, they overheard the call from the farm house saying they were going to put me up for adoption. Because the couple was already close by, they volunteered to drive out to the farm and pick me up for the shelter, though they agreed that a young pup like me wasn’t what they were looking for.

Unlike my hunting brothers and sisters on the farm who couldn’t get enough of the outdoors, I spent most of my time in the house. I really like people, so I stayed where I could hear voices and nuzzle humans to pet me. I was in the kitchen when the couple arrived and I was so excited to greet them, I couldn’t control my tail from slapping the floor. I decided I would adopt these two adorable humans on the spot and gave them my best puppy dog eyes.

The couple couldn’t resist my cuteness and decided to adopt me. We fell in love instantly and my new Mom and Dad took me home on the spot. On the drive home, Mom and Dad put on some Clapton and jokingly called me Layla. Well, the name stuck!


Now, home is a place always filled with people, music and love. And, happily for me, the only hunting I do these days is for more hands to pet me!

Thanks for letting me share my story. I hear that there are a lot of other dogs out there who are looking for humans to adopt. Learn more about the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project and search for a dog to add to your home.

Victoria Keichinger is the Director, Brand Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. When she's not managing national media and advertising for the Coldwell Banker brand at work, she finds herself most at home in Jersey City, NJ with her pre-school crush turned spouse (and baby on the way). A true francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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