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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Our video from the elementary school!

Jaz and I were asked to come meet with all the 3rd graders, and talk about being a therapy dog team! (They had just finished reading "Rosie the Visiting Dog"- which is about a dog that goes to the hospital.) So they were really excited to meet a real therapy dog!

We had so much fun visiting all the kids!! :D (as you can tell!!) I made a little video of all the highlights.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Jasmine Visits the Elementary School!

Yesterday, Jasmine and I went to visit an elementary school! :D

All the 3rd graders just finished reading a book called "Rosie The Visiting Dog", so they wanted to meet a real life therapy dog! Jasmine and I went and had SO MUCH FUN!!!!

We talked about what you had to do to be a therapy dog, what we did at the hospital, answered questions, and then gave a little trick show. Then each kid got to pet Jasmine before we left.

The questions they asked us were hilarious!

Such as: "Do you ever go to somewhere where old people live?"
"Is your dog a full bred or a 1/2 bred?"
"Is your dog a boy or a girl?" (I had them guess - considering her name is Jasmine!)
"Can your dog jump through a flaming hoop?" (A good opportunity to explain about fire safety and how not to injure your dog!)
"Can your dog do a windmill?" (I asked if that was like a cartwheel, and no, it's not. It's like break-dancing.) So I said "no, probably not."

Jaz jumped through some hoops. (Graciously borrowed from the P.E. department because I forgot mine!!)

Jaz showed off her "Dog Goes Shopping" skills...

And last but not least, each child got an opportunity to pet her. It was SOOO MUCH fun!!!
I got some video of it- and I'll post that as soon as I'm done editing it! :D

P.S. A special THANK YOU to my friend Stacy who came to help take pics, video, and help me carry all Jaz's props!! I couldn't have done it without her!! :D

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dog Music Video- Will Young "Come On"

I usually write stuff about Jaz. But this video was so wonderful that I had to share it!! I absolutely LOVED IT!! I love the song, I love the video, and I love the message it shares.

"Clicks with Dogs" had it posted on Facebook, along with this message:

Awesome music video and also a lesson! Reminds me of the quote from Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Find what you and your dog can enjoy together and don't give up. :)

And that's exactly how I feel too! :D

If you want to connect on Facebook, here's where you can find me! https://www.facebook.com/MyFavoritePupJasmine

Friday, October 21, 2011

Jaz's National TV Debut!

Yay! So- Jaz had her national TV debut today!! :D She was on a show called "Right This Minute". And overall... not bad! It focused more on Jaz, and less on me! (Which I liked!) They interviewed me on Skype last night, and the interview lasted about 10 minutes. Then they cut it all down to a minute and a half clip! But it was decent!! (Despite the one time I messed up what I was trying to say about how Jaz makes the kids smile... and it came out sounding like Jaz smiles...) Whatever! I was nervous! Although it was much better than some other interviews I've had!! LOL... I just figured it out, and that was Jasmine's 7th TV appearance. You'd think it would get easier for me! But nope!

And yes, I did have a treat sitting on my laptop to get Jaz to look at the web cam!!! ;) I originally taped a bully bone to the top of the monitor, but Jaz went too crazy for that! So I had to take that away, and put a piece of dehydrated turkey liver on the keyboard. (which she can focus better around.)

All in all- I'm happy with how they edited this! I recorded it off the TV, so the quality is not great. But until I figure out someway to record off the internet, this is the best I can do!!

P.S. If you want to see their clip of it, here's the link: http://www.rightthisminute.com/story/jasmine-doggy-personal-assistant (But you'll only see the clip, not the cute little intro teaser!) ;)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jaz is on NATIONAL TV tomorrow!!

Exciting News!!! Jasmine is going to be on National TV tomorrow! :D (Well, in 48 markets.)

If you live in AZ, it's going to be broadcast Fri on ABC 15 at 11:00 am.
If you live in WA, it's on Fri. at 9:00 am.
If you live in VA, it's on Fri. at 2:00 pm.
If you live in Tampa, FL- it's on at 1:00 AM! (Sorry Florida friends!!) ;)

Here's a link with all the channels and cities: http://www.rightthisminute.com/about/stations

The show is called "Right This Minute", and they are interviewing me and showing Jasmine's latest YouTube trick video! (Hopefully it will be more focused on Jaz and less on me!!) ;)

I'm doing the interview tonight- and they will broadcast the clip tomorrow. (Of course, this is assuming that we don't get bumped because of national news!) If that's the case, I'll be sure to keep you updated! :D I'm excited! :D (And kind of nervous!) And when I get excited or nervous, I tend to talk fast!! So try to keep up , because I will be both!! :) lol

Monday, October 17, 2011

New job! CPA- That's Canine Personal Assistant! ;)

Guess what, Jasmine got a job! She's now a CPA! (That's a Canine Personal Assistant, lest you get it confused with a Certified Public Accountant!) She's very handy to have around! ;)

I highly recommend you get one too! ;)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interviews from BarkWorld!

Jasmine had a FANTASTIC time at Barkworld- in Atlanta, GA!

Here's an interview we did with Nylabone while we were there!

We roomed with our really good friends Lauren and her dog Paige!

Jasmine and Paige were the YouTube Rockstars- and gave a presentation on how to make good YouTube videos, and how to clicker train. At the end of the class, we did a trick dog demo. It was so popular, there was standing room only!! It was awesome! We met a ton of new friends. And had a blast! We'll definitely be back next year!!

I didn't even realize that we did pretty much the same tricks until after I saw Lauren's interview! LOL. Hey- great minds think alike!! ;)

They also taped part of our trick dog demo- but that will be coming in a separate post!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HOWL-o-ween Costume Addict!!

I kind of have an
addiction. I like buying Halloween costumes for my dog! If they are super cute, I'll buy them full price. But I mostly wait until after Halloween when they are 75% off and buy a bunch!
Jasmine is only 5 years old, so.... in theory... she should only have 5 Halloween costumes, right? I can't even tell you how many costumes she has!!

I was just looking through the pics, and they make me laugh! there's some costumes that she likes more than others. (If it's not obvious by the pictures!!)

Does anyone else dress their dog up for halloween? :D

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jaz is on TV in ENGLAND! :)

Jaz was on TV in ENGLAND!! (On the BBC show "Who Let the Dogs Out?") Although- because I live in the USA, I can't watch it online.

Luckily, my friend Hannah N' Saffy (on Facebook) was able to record this clip for me! (THANK YOU HANNAH!!!) :D I really wanted to see it!

Jaz is going to be on that show several more times. (A big scene with her pushing the shopping cart!) (Or pushing the trolley- like they say in England!) So- if you are live in England or Scotland, will you PLEASE tell me when Jasmine is on?? And if you can, record it for me?

If you live there, here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b015frl0/Who_Let_the_Dogs_Out_Back_Stall_Dogs/

I'm not sure when it's actually on TV. But if you see her, you can email me at superkeej@hotmail.com. Thank you my friends!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jaz is on 2 Calendars next year!

It looks like Jasmine is going to be on TWO calendars next year! (much to my surprise!) I went to the mailbox and got a package with a 2nd calendar in it! LOL- I don't even remember submitting to both! But obviously I did!!

So if you get a Dog Fancy or 365 Dogs Page-A-Day calendar for 2012, keep a look out for Jasmine!
On the Dog Fancy calendar, Jasmine day is Oct. 11th!
On the 365 Dogs calendar, it's Nov. 17th! If you want to enter your dog to be on a calendar, here are the links!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friends 4 Life "Bark-toberfest"

Jasmine and I went to "Barktoberfest" this Saturday. The had a costume contest in the morning, which looked really adorable. But we didn't show up until the afternoon for the trick contest!

This was a fund-raiser for a rescue group called "Friends 4 Life", and so we wanted to support it.

Plus, they had lure-coursing! And Jasmine goes crazy for lure-coursing! That's the one time that I think she's actually part greyhound!! She is SO Fast!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Back to the hospital! :D

Tonight we were able to go back to our normal routine of volunteering at the hospital. It felt SO GOOD to be back! Jaz has missed it! Her tail starts wagging from the moment we pull into the parking lot!

I stopped by the Volunteer Resources office- because we finally got our trading cards!! (A little baseball card w/ Jaz's picture on it!) So now we can give those out to the kids we visit! Jaz does her little repertoire of tricks- which make the kids' smile. Sometimes (like tonight) there is a language barrier- where I don't speak the same language as the patient or their family! I pointed to Jaz, and they nodded yes they wanted us to come into the room. And when I started sharing her tricks, they smiled and laughed, and even recorded them. Lucky for me, "dog" is a universal language. :)

We had missed the last few weeks of hospital visits due to various events (most recently, our trip to Georgia for BarkWorld!!) - which I still need to blog about! But now we're back into our normal routine, and feeling good that we did something worthwhile tonight. It was a good way to spend our Friday evening. :)

P.S. Here's a picture from BarkWorld in Atlanta, Georgia. It's me with Jasmine and Paige! :D My two sweeties. :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BarkWorld Movie Teaser... :D

Jasmine and Paige went to Atlanta, Georgia for the BarkWorld Expo!! I can't even tell you what a fantastic time we had!! I can't wait to write all about our wonderful trip! But in the meantime, here's a little teaser video for you!!! :) (It makes me grin just watching this!)