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Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family!!

This is a picture of Toddy (Jasmine's cousin) begging for a bit of turkey! Don't worry, after we had our dinner, the dogs got some nibbles of a special treat. :)

Hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones (both human and furry). And remembered to count all the things you were thankful for. Trust me, it makes a difference.

Here's a great quote:

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likeable. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Remember to have a grateful day! ;) (I saw this on a bumper sticker!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Expert Trick Dog Video

Here's our newest trick video! We've been working on that fridge trick for a while now! :D

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thirsty? Bring Me A Drink

Jaz has learned a new trick!! We've been working on this one for a little while now.

Jasmine can open the fridge and bring me a drink! Ok yes, it's a small juice box. But I tried it with a mini soda can, and a mini water bottle. She had a hard time gripping those with her teeth. She would bite down, and it would shoot across the room. So... we had to adapt! And find something more suited to her size! And here's the final result:

The good news is... I'm glad I don't own a big dog. If she was, and I taught her this trick... there would be no food left in my refrigerator when I got home from work!!! So I'm happy Jaz is a little dog! ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AZ Animal Welfare League - Walk To Save Animals

On Sat. Nov 12th, I went with some friends to the AZ Animal Welfare League's Walk to Save Animals!

This is my friend's adopted pitbull mix named Peanut Butter. She's a rescue. She didn't actually drive us there, she just likes to think she did!

This was a benefit walk to raise money for AZ's largest no-kill shelter. There was a 5K, and a 2K.
This was a huge event, which was very well attended!

After the walk, the Phoenix Search & Rescue did a demonstration for everyone. Those are some well-trained dogs! They were black labs, and they talked about how they had all been trained using positive reinforcement. These were the same dogs that were used during 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. Pretty impressive!

This is Jasmine and her new friend Sasha!

Sasha is a neighbor's 6 month old puppy that needed some socialization. Sasha had a lot of energy, but was really good with little kids. She would sit down when they came over to pet her.

A very beautiful, happy, sweet dog. Just needs a little training.

Have you ever seen a herd of weiner dogs? I have!! LOL. They were cute!

Jasmine met a Celebrity Vet!!

This is Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Animal Planet's Emergency Vet show. Jaz got a picture with him.

He was really nice!!


The AAWL and SPCA had an exotic animal display, so Jaz and the dogs got to see all sorts of new creatures! :D

All in all, we had a really good time!

I think I'm going to contact them and see if next year, they would like a trick dog demonstration! :D That would be fun.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fidose of Reality article- "How To Get Your Dog on TV and in Print Media"

Jaz has been in newspapers and featured on blogs quite a few times. And although they mean well, reporters tend to mix up the facts. And there's usually something inaccurate in every article written about us. .... Except this one!! This is the best article written about Jaz yet!!

This article describes Jaz PERFECTLY!!! I just loved it. I had to smile when I read the line about how Jasmine exuded happiness (which she does). The author met Jasmine during our recent trip to BarkWorld in Atlanta. So she got to know Jaz personally!

I like how the article focused on how we train with positive reinforcement. Because this is how I wish all dog-human relationships could be. Jaz REALLY does like to do her tricks. Because she was trained with positive reinforcement (Clicker training), she wants to do these things to earn the reward. (And will even try doing her tricks resume without being asked.) Especially if you are eating chicken or cheese. Those are her 2 favorite things.

It makes me laugh when a guest comes to the house, and if they bend down, Jaz will jump on their back. (Which usually catches them off-guard!) Then I have to explain that she wants a pony ride over to the treat counter!! (This has happened more than once!)

And I love that Fidose of Reality included some of Jasmine's trick videos. You really have to just see it for yourself. Then you can see how eager she is to do these tricks. :)

Thank you Fidose of Reality for featuring Jasmine in your article. :) It made my day.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jaz on TV in Japan again! :D

Jaz was on TV in Japan again!! :D She was on the Tokudane show- this time they showcased a video of when she was first learning to ring the bell! (I called it "My dog has OCD") Jaz REALLY likes that bell! I have to put it out of reach, or she'd ring it forever! "Room Service!" ;D

(P.S. THANK YOU to my brother for helping with the translations!!) :D

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hawaii Tours.com Commercial

Remember when Jaz when to California without me to shoot a commercial? (My brother drove her out there!)

Jaz was one of the dogs running on the beach for the HawaiiTours.com commercial! I knew she would do a sit/ stay/ come without me there, so I wasn't too worried about it. If they wanted her to do any tricks, I would have had to go along! She came back SOO dirty and sandy! But from what I heard, she had a blast filming this! She had never seen the ocean before and loved chasing after the waves! We'll definitely have to go back!

Here's the final product!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jaz on TV in England again! :D

This has been the month for international doggy appearances! Jasmine was on TV in Japan again yesterday, and the footage is really cute! (My friend Miki recorded it for me!) My brother speaks Japanese, so he's going to translate it! But it looks really funny!

And my friend Hannah (from London) sent me this footage of Jasmine on the BBC show "Who Let The Dogs Out?" (Which I'm really grateful for!) Otherwise I would never have been able to see this!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jaz is going to be on TV in Japan tomorrow!! Help??

Hi Friends!!

I have an urgent request! I need to find a friend in Japan who would be willing to do me a favor!! I just found out today (Tuesday) that Jasmine is going to be on TV in Japan tomorrow (Wednesday)!! Which is not much notice!! She's going to be on the Tokudane show at 8:00 am tomorrow!! (Which is the same show she was on last July!) Is there anyone who would be willing to record this for me?? (Even videotaping the TV screen is fine with me!) I would just like to see it! Anyone have any friends in Japan? Please let me know!

Here's a clip of the last time Jasmine was on TV in Japan!