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Friday, September 30, 2011

Doggy Day Care at BarkWorld!

While I was attending classes at BarkWorld on Friday, Jasmine got to stay at Best Friends Pet Care! (with the other YouTube Rockstar Paige!)

When I first left her there, Jaz was being a baby, and trying to tell me "Don't leave me, I want to go with you!!" (This photo cracks me up!)

But I went inside and watched out the mirrored doors, and soon she was just fine. Once she realized I had left, she went right up to another person to get her snuggles!

They took good care of her! They emailed me this picture while I was in class! SO CUTE!!!!! Jaz looks like she's modeling, while all the other dogs are just... being dogs! :D (But I swear, this wasn't a posed pic!)

Paige liked to snuggle too! :D (I snuck out between classes to check on Jaz and snap a few pics of my own!)

Check out this BarkWorld ice sculpture! It was pretty cool! It was a fire hydrant, and a water bowl for the dogs!! :D Pretty sweet!

This was so nice that the doggy daycare was located right out on the terrace on the same floor of the hotel as our classes.
They were SO sweet to the dogs!

I loved watching these dogs play! This isn't a good picture of it, but there was a really cute Frenchie named "Bello"- who was Jasmine's friend. By the end of BarkWorld, we had met and become friends with all these dogs! (And their owners!)

Lauren had loaned us one of Paige's old kennels for Jasmine to use while we were there. But it's obvious from this picture that she still remembers it's hers!! LOL.

Of course Jaz was overjoyed to see me when it was finally time for me to pick her up. First choice was to be with me. If that's not possible, then the next best thing was to hang out with her new friends at Best Friends Pet Care.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meet & Greet w/ the Judges!

Tonight was the Meet & Greet with the judges for the "Dog Days of Summer" contest!We all met up at the Oh My Dog Boutique. (Which was a really fun store!) WAY too many cute things in there!!
All the Top 5 finalist dogs were there... Bacci, the labradoodle. CocoaPuff, the pomeranian. Jasmine, the Havanese. And Molly, the all american dog. (mixed) and Dino, the mastiff (pictured below) ALL these dogs were SOOO CUTE! It's going to be really hard to pick a winner! Do you judge on looks? Personality? Talents? Who knows?! But no matter who they pick, they'll make the right choice. You can't go wrong with this bunch!! All the dogs were very friendly, and the owners were super cool. And it was so much fun talking, and meeting the other dogs... I think everyone had a good time. The judges were really really nice, so it didn't feel like there was any pressure. It was just a bunch of dog-lovers enjoying each others dogs!
I wanted to take CocoaPuff home!!! I JUST LOVE HER!!!! She's absolutely adorable!! This has to be the cutesiest little dog on the planet! (Yes, I just made that word up!) But she was!! She's like a living teddy bear!
Molly was my other favorite- a SUPER CUTE dog! With little pink bows in her ears. SOOO adorable!!
Dino was dog-gone tired! ;) This dog was HUGE!! But he was nice! The judges are going to make a decision over the next few days and announce it on their website! So I'll let you know!

I need to finish packing for the BarkWorld Expo! We leave tomorrow morning to fly out to Atlanta!! I'm SOO glad the meet & greet was tonight! And not tomorrow night!! LOL

Monday, September 26, 2011

Atlanta.... Here We Come!!

I am getting so excited about our trip to Atlanta for the BarkWorld Pet Expo! (Jasmine is less excited.... lol... but she'll be okay.) I think she'll do better this trip because she's going to be under the seat in front of me on the plane. When we went to NY for the Letterman audition, she was in cargo, and that was kind of traumatizing for her! Lauren & her superstar dog Paige will be there with us! We're both giving the presentation on "How To Make Your Dog A YouTube Rockstar"! :) This is one of those presentations that could also be titled "Things I Wish I Knew 3 Years Ago!" There's a lot of good info! There's a little bit of everything- clicker training, editing videos, SEO, marketing, and the background story of Paige and Jasmine, to list a few! It's all the things Lauren and I have learned through experience! We've got the powerpoint presentation all done- and emailed to BarkWorld. So it will be ready for us when we arrive.

I'm trying to make sure I don't forget anything!! Jaz groomed... check. Vet health certificate... check. Now I just need to pack, and buy a new memory card for my camera! (So we can take a ton of pictures of our awesome trip!) We leave on Thursday!!

Life is insanely busy of course! Remember how Jaz was a Top 5 finalist in that "Dog Days of Summer" contest? Well, the meet & greet with the judges in this Wednesday! (to pick the final winner!) I'm so glad it was on Wednesday, not Thursday!! Or we would be in Atlanta!! so- it's go-go-go for us!! :D (But it's fun stuff, so it's all good!) :D

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jaz's TV appearance in England!!

Who lives in the UK?? I know Jasmine has friends all around the world! But now I'm trying to track down a friend in England or Scotland who can do a favor for us!!

I have great news!! I got an email from an assistant producer at the BBC, and Jasmine is definitely going to be on TV over there! He said Jasmine DEFINITELY got picked to be in the show! (And maybe more than one episode!) He said that "Jasmine pushing the trolley cart was our favourite clip!" (A.K.A. Jasmine's "Dog Goes Shopping" video!) So that's really exciting news!

First Japan, and now England/Scotland! The show is called "Who Let The Dogs Out", and you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer.... but only IF you live in the UK! :/ I can't even watch it because it's not available to view from USA.

So... I'm trying to find a few friends across the pond who can help me!! Please let me know if you would be willing to watch this series, and tell me when Jasmine is on!! (Then I'm going to try to find a friend in the UK to can record it for me!)

I'm pretty sure it's going to be on a segment called "Tails from Around The World".

Here's segments from the show- (Just scroll down to the bottom- it's Either on Part 2 or 3!) http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/who-let-the-dogs-out

If you want to watch the entire episode, you can here:

Please let me know if you can help me out!!! I would REALLY appreciate it!!! THANKS!! :)

You can post a comment here, or better yet- write me on Facebook so I can actually respond back!! :) https://www.facebook.com/MyFavoritePupJasmine

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cheezburger website!

LOL! I randomly found Jaz's shopping video featured on the Cheezburger's YouTube page! AND... they changed the music to CHEESEY 80's music!!! This video clip has had so many different soundtracks! Every TV station and website that shows this clip changes the audio! (Which is fine... I just find it amusing!)

It's weird because I randomly discovered that clip on YouTube, but when I was looking for her clip on their website... I found this! (See link below)

For that clip, they kept the original audio AND gave me credit at the end.... WEIRD, huh?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Camping again!

I haven't been camping with Jasmine since she was a puppy! (At least 3 years ago!) And this month, we went twice! (Once with my family, and once with my friends.)
Jaz is a city dog... but she LOVES a good adventure!

She managed to stay fairly clean this camping trip! (Probably because we were in an official campsite!)
It only rained on us a little bit Friday night.

However- we didn't get any sleep! Because it was elk mating season. And the WHOLE night- every 45 minutes, you heard them calling back and forth!

We hiked down to the reservoir. Jaz didn't want to get in the cold water. But she liked hiking, and she liked resting down by the water!
Jaz found a good shady spot! :)

There were plenty of other dogs there that wanted to get in the water! (Even though it was really cold!) There was an Irish Setter who LOVED fetching his ball from the water. And when someone didn't throw it, he would just stare at it... trying to get it to move telekinetically! (It didn't work, but it was funny to watch!)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Meet the BarkWorld Ticket Winner!

Buddy, this is Pepper! Pepper, meet Buddy! :D

This is so cool. Remember when I posted about the free ticket I had to give-away to the BarkWorld Expo?

Well, we have a winner! :D

Cherise wrote me that she would love the ticket if no one else wanted it. Her dog Buddy is on Dogster, and she has a Dogster pal named Pepper that is going, and they would love to meet there for the first time!

How could I resist? I'm actually meeting my friend Lauren there for the first time too! :D (Even though we've been friends for years!) We're both giving the presentation on "How To Make Your Dog A YouTube Sensation"! So I'm really excited about that!

Pepper has been a fan of Jasmine's for about a year (ever since she saw the "Dog Goes Shopping" video on YouTube!) And Pepper had won a free ticket from Dogster! So how perfect is it that? They both won free tickets and get to meet up at the BarkWorld Expo!

If you want to come- it'll be here soon!! It's in Atlanta, GA from Sept. 29- Oct. 1st.

Oops! I made a mistake! That lab pictured above is named Molly! This is actually Buddy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cute OverLoad... featuring Jasmine!! :)

It's been a really busy week for me, so I had no idea that yesterday CuteOverload.com was showcasing a picture of Jasmine!! :)

Here's some of the comments that people posted:

-Insanely adorable.
-Such a soulful expression on this girl!
-That head tilt and sweet face are almost too much! And, and those eyebrows!!

That's completely how I feel. But then again, my opinion doesn't count! I know I'm a little biased... because she's my dog!! ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

We did it!!!!!! Thanks to you!!!!

Woohoo!!!! WE DID IT!!!! Jaz finished in the Top 5 of the Dog Days of Summer contest!! So that means she qualified to be in the magazine now!!! I almost can't believe it! Because of the unlimited voting, the numbers were flip-flopping all over the place! Jaz was in 3rd, then 5th, then 6th, then 4th, then 5th... it was crazy!

But due to some WONDERFUL WONDERFUL friends- who dedicated a lot of time to supporting Jasmine.... we did it! She finished in spot #4! Wow- that was a close race!!
And I'm just so thrilled!!! And overwhelmed with gratitude!!!
I had friends voting from the hospital, before/after school, all during the day, and night. I had friends having contests who could vote the most for Jaz! I had friends who still voted for Jaz even though their lives were full of hard times.) (and I tried to talk them out of voting- but they said it was a good distraction.) And the last night of the contest- when the #'s were SOOO close, I even had 2 friends that stayed up- and pulled an all-nighter voting for Jaz. Wow. All I can say is wow.

Because of all of you, I feel so loved. And am so grateful for all you've done. Every night when I was voting, and the votes kept jumping up... it was so cool.... knowing someone else was out there voting for Jaz at the same time as me! I can't thank you enough!!!

Today, I got an email from the magazine. They're having a meet & greet at the end of the month for the Top 5 Dogs- and then the judges will decide who the main winner is. So.... wish us luck!! (The main winner gets some other prizes too.) But I'm mainly interested in the editorial spread in the magazine! The other stuff... is just stuff! I'll probably have to end up donating it- so I don't have to pay taxes on it!! (I learned that lesson when I won the Mighty Dog contest!!)

Well my friends- I don't know how else I can express how grateful I am for all of you- and how supportive you are of me and Jasmine. You guys rock. That's all I can say. =)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Last Week To Vote!

Wow- time flies! This is the last week of the Dog Days of Summer Contest! I went to this casting call in person, and because it was local, so I thought we'd have better odds of placing in the Top 5. Then I found out that the voting was unlimited, and I was so overwhelmed! I think next time it should be 1 vote per email or 1 vote per IP address. But in this contest, you can vote as many times as you want per day!

I was about to just blow it off, when I really good friend named Vicki encouraged me to just stick with it. Because you never know. And I'm am thrilled to report that thus far, Jasmine has held her own! Jasmine's friends keep voting for her. And right now Jaz fluctuates between 3rd and 4th place. The contest ends on Sept. 15th. If she can finish in the Top 5, she'll be eligible for an editorial spread in a magazine!

So... no matter how it turns out... I just wanted to sincerely say THANK YOU... to all of you who have spent time voting for Jasmine. I really do appreciate it. (and for sharing your secrets with me!!) For example, we learned that you only have to type the one word with the squiggley line through it!) That helped me to vote faster. (Although that's usually the hardest word to read!!) lol.

Anyway- I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you for voting. And thank you for being my friend and for supporting Jasmine. You guys are awesome. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Camping Trip!

Last weekend was so much fun! It was Labor Day weekend. (a 3 day weekend here in the USA) So I went on a big camping trip up north with my family!

The weather was beautiful!

We went on a long hike around the lake. Jaz was good for most of it. But toward the end, she was getting tired. So I had to invent a creative way to carry her! This is my new doggy backpack. She loved it. :)

I'd say she walked about 4 miles before she got tired. She's a pretty athletic dog. But we took a "short cut", which ended up being a "long cut", lol... and so by the end she needed to rest!

We did all the usual stuff- slept in tents, played games, and of course toasted marshmallows over the fire. (S'mores are a MUST for me on any camping trip!)

(This is doggy camouflage! Blend in with your surroundings!)

It was so much fun being out in nature, and just spending time together as a family.

Of course, Jaz came along! I could not believe how many other campers had brought their dogs! (Probably about 80% of the campgrounds had a dog!) :) I guess
most of us that like the outdoors also like dogs!

This is the lake we hiked around. (Well, Jaz hiked most of the way around it!) lol

And this is my "pup tent"! :D haha...

Jaz likes to find the most comfy spots to nap. This usually means stealing my pillow. But in this case, she found a good spot on the air mattress.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BarkWorld Here We Come!

Well, it's official and kind of scary! I just booked my flight to Atlanta at the end of the month.

Jasmine and I are going to BarkWorld!! I'm not really scared about giving the presentation. (Are you kidding? The two things I love talking about are my dog and making YouTube videos. This is going to be fun!) :D

But I'm nervous about flying Jaz out there. When we went to New York for the David Letterman audition, that was Jasmine's first time flying. (She went cargo, and it kind of traumatized her for a bit.) So this time I found an airline that doesn't have a weight restriction, because she's small enough to fit under the seat. It will be a little squishy for her, but I imagine she'll like it a whole lot more being with me.

We're going to be sharing a hotel room with Lauren and her superstar dog Paige! :D I FINALLY, FINALLY get to meet them in person! We've been good friends over the internet for years. We talk on the phone, and I feel like I already know her. But now I get to meet Paige!! :D (Who just finished up a commercial for 1-800-Pet-Meds!) But I knew her before she was famous... so she knows I'm one of her real friends.... and not just jumping on the bandwagon because she's popular. ;) lol

I'm still looking for sponsors to help pay our way out to Atlanta. So if you know of anyone... please let me know! :D (Jasmine's airline ticket was almost as much as MY airline ticket! And she doesn't even get the peanuts!) ;) But how could I go and not bring Jaz?? Seriously... I don't think she'd ever forgive me! ;)

I feel good about this trip. I love meeting other dog-aholics. "Hi. My name is CJ. And I'm a dog-aholic." ;) (Hey- at least I can admit it!!) I even bought a pawprint magnet for my car. (like the one pictured above)

Also- I just found out that I can give away one free guest pass to the conference. So... let me know if this is something you are interested in! If only one person replies... it's all yours! If a couple of people reply, we'll have a little raffle.

Here's the info about BarkWorld!! http://www.barkworldexpo.com/