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Cesar Millan — star of the National Geographic Channel series “Dog Whisperer” — took the oath last week and is now an official U.S. citizen.

Millan, who passed his citizenship test earlier this year, attended a swearing in ceremony Thursday morning with dozens of others in Montebello, Calif., just north of Los Angeles.

Millan was joined by his wife Ilusion and two sons, Andre and Calvin, who attended to cheer him on (they are already U.S. citizens).

“This is the ultimate culmination of living the American dream,” said Millan. “Becoming an U.S. citizen has been a goal of mine since I first came to this great country. I have much to thank this country for, and all of the success it has afforded me and my family, and now I am proud to be a citizen.”

Millan, who shot to fame in 2003 when his series premiered on the National Geographic Channel, was born in Mexico, where his talent for rehabilitating dogs was developed on his grandfather’s farm.

He chronicles his childhood in Mexico and how he crossed the border as a young man in his first best-selling book “Cesar’s Way.” He has been a legal resident of the United States since 2000.

(Photo by Ray Mickshaw, courtesy of National Geographic Channel)


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time March 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I may not always agree 100 percent with his methods, but I have read “Cesar’s Way.” Cesar Millan certainly does embody the old-fashioned American dream of hard work, diligence, and perseverance. I’m delighted he’s become a citizen. We can always use another American dog-lover.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time March 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I watch his showes often despite that his methods are often contrary to how I believe dogs should be raised and trained, but I agree with Anne. Cesar’s life story is touching and inspiring, and I do believe that he truly loves the animals. I think that he is especially important for newer pet owners who really don’t have the experience nor instinct to properly raise their pets. I am definitely not aligned with implementing “perfect manners” among dogs, but I do derive insight and fortitude from some of Cesar’s coachings. Good for him in fulfilling his personal dream in becoming a U.S. citizen!

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time March 16, 2009 at 11:10 pm

You know what resonated with me, Eighteenpaws? His concept of “energy” in terms of the “energy” you express to your dog. I’ve been fond of Pit Bulls for years, but I’ve often said that I probably won’t ever have one. It’s because I’m either lazy or laid back, depending on your viewpoint. It would just wear me out to provide the physical exercise and the mental discipline that the Pit needs to be healthy, happy, and productive. I’m glad I know that about myself. Cesar really has a lot to say about matching up your personality, or your “energy level” with that of your dog for a happy relationship.