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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 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Woe is Chewy.  He had to actually take a bath.  Can a dog look any more pathetic???

Both dogs had to take a bath actually.  It's bath day.  Neither one likes it.  But Jasmine will do anything for a treat.  (as you know from her dog trick resume!)  So one of her "tricks" is to jump into the bathtub.  (and get rewarded with a treat.   Chewy doesn't care about treats.  I've finally trained him to get in the bathtub on his own.  (with the use of squeaky toys as a reward).  But he's going to look as pathetic as possible while doing it.