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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

One MILLION views on YouTube!! Whoa!

I have some pretty exciting news!  One of Jasmine's dog trick videos just reached a MILLION VIEWS on YouTube!!!  Whoa!!  That's weird to think about!  

I have had so many people from all over the world write to me on Jasmine's YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter account.  They told me how much they love Jasmine and how much her videos make them smile and laugh!

Who knew when I got that cute little puppy that she would end up with friends all over the world??  
And more so, who would have ever thought that I would have been able to do everything I have accompanying her?  I personally have no desire to be on TV, and yet because of Jaz, I've ended up traveling all over the country as her chauffeur!

 We were in New York performing live on Good Morning America. 

 We were in California- performing on Animal Planet's show "Who Let the Dog Out?"

We've done modeling photo shoots.

And been on the news and TV countless times, mainly here in the USA, but also as far away as  in Japan, Denmark and England!

 We auditioned for David Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks...

And for America's Got Talent (the current season, so I can't talk about it yet.)

It's been a wild, exciting adventure with this little dog!

Some of my favorite memories also involve being a therapy dog team.  We mainly visited a children's hospital on Fridays.  Because of HIPPA regulations, we weren't allowed to get pictures or video at the hospital, but Jasmine's picture hangs up in the hall there.  

But she also made a few appearances at schools, libraries, and nursing homes.  (And have some cute videos to remember those visits by!)

It seriously blows my mind to think about this.  One little dog ended up completely changing the course of my life!  (and for the better.)

This all started when I created a YouTube channel showing Jasmine's dog tricks.  I did it so I could show my Grandma (who lived in Utah) all the fun tricks my dog had learned.  But apparently a few other people liked her dog tricks too!  ;)

Because here's her most popular video that just hit one million views:

The best thing about owning a canine celebrity is that they never let it go to their head!  ;)  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Live Long and Prospurr

My sister's kitties decided to hijack Jasmine's dog blog!!  

I am going to be writing a post for Morris the Cat on how to "Live Long and Prospurr"...  ;)  
They are sending me some cat food to try, but since I don't have kitties, I have to borrow hers!

So without further adieu ... here are the future stars of that post..
Kat Von Dee and Ganke. 

Keep an eye out for them next month!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SuperBowl Memories

Anyone who knows me, knows I don't really care about sports.  But every time the SuperBowl comes around, it always makes me smile.

Because I remember in 2012, when my dog Jasmine was featured in a promo during half-time of the SuperBowl!!!

Channel 12 had a contest, and we won!!

It's funny looking back on it now... because that was when I had first started teaching Jasmine that basketball trick.  She's way better at it now!

I remember people texting and emailing me, asking if that was Jasmine on TV!  They were shocked to hear my voice on TV, then recognized my dog!  

Anyway- fun memories.  That's why SuperBowl time always makes me smile.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Office Dog


Wanted:  a friendly, out-going, hard-working office assistant.  Applicants can apply within.  

I don't know how you could possibly outshine this candidate?!  It sounds like most "want ads" just need a good dog!!  ;)

Jasmine LOVES to go with me everywhere.  So this time she accompanied me to the office!  

June 24, 2016 is Take Your Dog to Work Day!  Better start practicing!  ;)   Take Your Dog To Work Day takes on a whole new meaning when Jasmine comes along!

No matter where Jaz goes, she is greeted by smiles and grins.  She still LOVES to do tricks, and so I make little YouTube videos because it's fun for her.  And I do it to inspire others to work with their dogs.  

I encourage relationship-based training using positive reinforcement.  I believe dogs are family.  And we train our children to be polite and have good manners.  So it's equally as important to spend that time with your dog to do the same.  I think this promotes life-time acceptance and a positive relationship with animals.

Tricks are just a bonus on top of that.  It just develops the bond you already have with your dog.  I didn't start out teaching Jaz tricks.  I was just trying to teach basic obedience (Sit, stay, etc.)  But she picked it up really fast, and loved to learn.  So I had to come up with new things to teach her!

Jasmine was trained using positive reinforcement.  (Her favorite reward is treats.)    And if you know Jaz, you'll know that she LOVES to do her tricks.  If you walk into our house, she'll lead you over to the treat counter and start doing some tricks to get you to give her a cookie!  She's sneaky that way!  

Thanks for watching!  And now get offline and go spend some time with YOUR favorite pup!  :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jaz is in the Peanuts Movie Promo!!

I think this is the closest Jasmine will ever come to being in a movie!

I'm so proud of Jaz!   She is featured in the new Peanuts Movie promo in the UK!!  

Keep an eye out for the dog riding the scooter with the boy, and also the dog playing the keyboard with the toddler!  (Around 0.26 seconds into it.)   That's Jasmine!!!  :)  :)

I think all the dogs in it are super cute!!  This just turned out adorable!

Friends For Life - Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie from Fabula London on Vimeo.

The marketing company found Jasmine's clips on YouTube, and asked me if I had videos of kids and dogs together.  (Going along with the theme "Friends for Life".)  I didn't have a lot to choose from since most of our videos are just of dog tricks.  So I went out and filmed some new footage and sent it to them.  And they ended up choosing 2 clips to use! I was so excited!!  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

America's Got Talent Audition- Jasmine's Dog Tricks

Today is a big day!!   Jasmine and I are auditioning for America's Got Talent!!  And I have signed a non-disclosure contract saying I can't talk about our audition or anything related to the show.  So I won't be able to tell you how it goes.  You'll just have to wait and watch Season 11 on TV to find out the answer!

I will tell you I'm pretty excited and nervous about it. I'm not in any way expecting to win it. I get so nervous on live TV, we'll probably end up on the blooper reel. But so what?? We can say we tried out for AGT. How many other people can say that? It'll be a cool experience. No matter how it ends. 

And afterwards, I get to hang out with some of my other trick dog friends (and their people) wink emoticon (And that I will post pics of.) And I'm excited about that too.  It's nice to have friends around to give you moral support!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dogs are the Ultimate Trick-or-Treaters!

It's my favorite time of year!   I always dress up for Halloween.  And so do my dogs!  Kids get so excited when they come to the door trick-or-treating and see Jaz dressed up!   Do you celebrate Halloween with your dogs?  Are they going to dress up this year?  What are they going to be?  

I have WAY TOO MANY dog Halloween costumes, and I was trying to think of a way to use them all.  And I came up with the idea of making a doggy Halloween video!   

It was actually pretty challenging considering that Jasmine is really the only well-trained dog in the bunch!  The rest of her friends can mostly just sit!  (and sometimes not sit and stay!!)   So we ended up with a lot of blooper footage!!  (Which I showed at the end of the movie!)

Here's a screenshot from Dogs Go Trick or Treating:

So, even though this took forever to make... it was totally worth it!   Enjoy!!

Just so you know- I didn't really let Jasmine eat the whole box of Milkbone treats at the end!!  But she did get quite a few!!  :D   #TreatsForAll