Madison, who is six
years old, “enjoys tracking, [and is] obsessed with tennis
balls and the game of fetch,” said Stahl, “and
she loves to be at work on Lost. Madison thrives on the excitement
and craziness of being on set,” Stahl added.
Before her television career, Madison was an obedience competitor
and tracker. She was ranked the No. 8 obedience dog in Hawai‘i
Stahl said she first heard about the canine casting call from
a fellow animal trainer, and at first she was under the impression
that the production was either for a video or commercial. “It
wasn’t until I had a meeting with J.J. Abrams, Lost creator
and executive producer, that I was informed about the role of
Vincent in the two-hour pilot for a potential television series,” she
Stahl and Madison had a “very informal” audition
with Abrams in March 2004. “The audition consisted of Madison
acting out the scenes J.J. had written for the pilot script.
This consisted of some simple basic commands: “sit,” “stay,” “walk
slow,” as well as more complicated directions: “come
to a stand and stay while alone” and “run off leash
while still under voice control,” Stahl said.
I honestly did not do anything to prepare Madison for the audition.
The fact that she’s very well trained in obedience, coupled
with her obsession for tennis balls, [means] I’m able to
get her to do anything,” Stahl said. “She’s
the kind of girl who is always on top of things, and if she ever
found out that she’s a dog, she’d be devastated.”
Madison was cast for the role, and Stahl was hired on the spot,
after a 10-minute demonstration of the duo’s capabilities
Stahl said that days on-set are quite unpredictable, so she
tries to takes things as they come. She also explained that
she does “a
lot of juggling between my full-time job, my full-time schedule
with HPU, and Lost. With all of the demands on my schedule,” Stahl
said, “my GPA has dropped to a 3.7, but I wouldn’t
trade this experience for the world.”
Stahl is also the owner of Rygwood Labradors, which she established
in 2001. She provides obedience training, boards puppies, occasionally,
and develops animal talent. Stahl said she hopes to grow these
activities into a larger venue.
I have always been passionate about animals, but dogs, in particular,
hold most of my heart. Even though I’ve worked full time
as an accountant for the past 10 years, my goal is to be able
to make my living working with animals,” Stahl said.
Madison can be seen in action on ABC, Wednesday nights at