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Sunday, January 29, 2012


So... it looks like Channel 12 News is using screen captures of Jasmine's video in their facebook ads!

Don't get me wrong, I love it! It just catches me off guard every time I see a picture of my dog off to the side of my screen!! I just think it's funny that they're asking people to vote for my dog! (since there are 2 other videos in the finals!) But those videos are of people. And let's face it, dogs are cuter!! ;) (I can write this, because I know mostly doggy-lovers read this blog!!!) ;)
Doggy Lovers Unite!! :D

Anyway- there are 2 more days to vote for Jasmine in the "12 Seconds of Fame" contest. And we could REALLY use your help!! It's a close race!! (Of course! Who wouldn't want their video aired during Half-Time of the SuperBowl??) :D So would you please vote for Jasmine?

Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/12news?sk=app_256851337719345 You have to "like" 12 News, then scroll down to vote for the doggy video! You can vote once per day (24 hour period), and the contest ends on Tuesday!!!! ONLY 2 Days Left To VOTE!! So tell your friends!

By the way, if you happen to live in Arizona, I guess they've been showing clips of all the finalists videos on TV! (Channel 12) Jaz has been on TV several times during this past week, and I never even knew about it! (A friend had to tell me this!!) I have no idea what time of day Channel 12 is randomly going to show a commercial promoting their "12 Seconds of Fame" contest. So I don't even know how to record it. Soooooo.... if any of you happen to catch it... quickly email me on Facebook!! And hopefully I'll be close to a TV where I can turn it on!! :D (or even better yet- record it for me if you have a chance!!) :D

Thanks my friends- for all your love and support! You guys are awesome. :)

Maybe, just maybe, you'll see my favorite pup Jasmine on TV during the Superbowl... we'll know after Wednesday! :D

Friday, January 27, 2012

Potential SuperBowl Dog!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Man, what a busy week for me and Jasmine!! 2 BIG things happened this week!

FIRST exciting thing... if you haven't heard, I got a phone call from Channel 12 telling me Jasmine was 1 of 3 Finalists in their "12 Seconds of Fame" contest!

SO... EXCITING NEWS!!! Jaz's dog video might be aired during Half-Time of the SuperBowl!!! :D It depends on which video gets the most votes!! So... will you please take a sec and vote for Jasmine? (And help the dog video make it into the Superbowl!!) Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/12news?sk=app_256851337719345 Doggy Lovers Unite!! :D

Hint: You have to "like" 12 News. Then scroll down and look for the dog video submitted by CJ Jackson. I found out you can vote once per day (every 24 hours.) But only until Tues. Jan. 31st!! Then... they'll announce which video makes it into the SuperBowl!! Man- I'm so excited! I never watch the SuperBowl (except for the commercials) But this year I might have to! :D

It was REALLY hard to put together a 12 second video about "how 12 News Keeps Us Connected". And I actually wish I could redo parts of it! Because Jasmine is SOOO much better at that basketball trick now!! The day I filmed that shot was only the day after I had found that basketball hoop at Goodwill! :D (Where I actually find a lot of props for Jasmine's dog tricks!!) So at some point, I want to refilm that basketball trick- actually outside on a basketball court! (without me standing behind it!)

SECOND exciting thing... the same day (last Tuesday), I also got an email from a TV show wanting permission to use one Jasmine's trick videos on their show!!! This is the one they wanted to use: (New Canine Personal Assistant)

So... I was more than willing to give my permission to let them use it!! So... I'll give you more details when I can! So- that's our news!! Hope you guys are all doing well!

Take care my friends!!! :D

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Look familiar?? lol Future SuperBowl Dog

I was looking at Facebook yesterday, when I stopped, and said "HEY! That's Jasmine!!" lol...

She's 1 of 3 finalists in the Channel 12 News- "12 Seconds of Fame"contest- and if she gets the most votes, her video will be featured during Half-Time of the SuperBowl!!

It looks like Channel 12 used a screen capture of Jasmine's video for their sponsored ad! Lol- it's cool! It just caught me by surprise!!

If you haven't voted for Jasmine yet, please do! It's a super short contest! You can only vote once a day (24 hour period) until Jan. 31st! (Tuesday!)

Here's the link! https://www.facebook.com/12news?v=app_256851337719345&app_data=vote_entry_id%3D2766212

Scroll down- and it's the dog video listed under CJ Jackson.

THANK YOU!!! (And if she wins, you'll see her during the SuperBowl!!) :D How cool is that?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

VOTE for Jaz- so she'll be on TV during the SUPER BOWL! :D

Jaz's video might get aired during the SuperBowl!!! :D Jasmine was 1 of 3 finalists in the "12 Seconds of Fame" contest for Channel 12. We need your votes! If Jaz's video gets the most votes it will be aired during Half-Time of the SuperBowl!!! :D

Because she was one of the finalists, a clip of her video will be played during the pre-game show! But if she gets the most votes, they'll air the whole thing!

Woohoo!! You can vote once per day until Jan. 31st! By the way, I tell everyone to vote for Jasmine.... but it's listed under me- CJ. :) Just look for the one with the dog in it! lol...

THANK YOU my friends!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jaz on TV during the SUPERBOWL!!!!

OH MY GOSH!!! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it!!!!

I just got a phone call from Channel 12 News.... Jaz's video was 1 of the 3 finalists for their "12 Seconds of Fame" contest!

Voting starts tomorrow (Jan. 25th).. on the Channel 12 Facebook page! Whichever video gets the most votes will have the whole thing aired during half-time of the SUPERBOWL!!! (Sun. Feb. 5th!) Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!
And either way, they are going to show a clip of it either during the pre-game show or during half-time!! Jaz is going to be on TV during the Superbowl!! This is so awesome!!!

It's particularly amazing to me because this was something I just threw together while on vacation!! I was out of town celebrating a friend's birthday, so I wasn't even able to record any new footage.
And it was REALLY hard to come up with an idea of "how 12 News Keeps Us Connected" ... and demonstrate it in under 12 seconds! (In fact, I had to re-upload to YouTube 3 times to make sure it was under the time limit!) And it was just all random clips of Jaz.
The rain video was something I just something I recorded for fun during AZ's Monsoon season. Because it flooded my backyard, and Jaz was looking worried how she was going to get outside. (My sissy dog doesn't like to get her feet wet!)
The sports clip was a practice session I taped in my living room! (in bare feet no less!) It was never meant for YouTube, it was just to show my facebook friends the new basketball hoop we had acquired at Goodwill the day before! Now, Jaz is decent enough at it, she could make the basket without me standing near the hoop! (most times!) And I got her a mini basketball instead of her old beat up soccer ball!
The other clip was from when we went to the elementary school last fall to talk about being a therapy dog, and we did a trick dog demo. (Which the kids LOVED... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J97-J7_Prbw )

So that was old footage too!
I just threw it together while I was traveling on the airplane, because I figured what the heck... And now look!!!!! I can't believe it!!

So just remember to PLEASE vote for Jasmine tomorrow!!! (starting @ 9 am Arizona Time!) (on Facebook!) I'll post the link as soon as I know it!!! :D :D :D

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Channel 12 News Contest

Our local news- Channel 12 was having a contest. You had to submit a 12 second video showing or telling how Channel 12 keeps us connected. So I made one of Jaz. I had a few ideas. But it is REALLY hard to show anything in 12 seconds!! (And using old video clips, because I'm on vacation!) So I'm not even home to record anything new!) So this was the best I could come up with!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pet Blogger Chalenge 2011


1. When did you begin your blog? That's a hard question!! I had to save this, and go back and look at the history! It appears that it was around 2009.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog? Jasmine had just been featured in her first commercial, along with Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier. Jesse's owner (Heather) encouraged me to start a blog for Jasmine. It serves as an online journal for me. Documenting the adventures in Jasmine's life, and the life lessons I continue to learn from her. I also post her new trick videos to it.

3. Is your current purpose the same? It definitely is!

If so, how do you feel you’ve met your goals? I write in it regularly. I keep training Jasmine to do new tricks, and we have our ups and downs in life. And it's all documented, so one day I can put it into a binder and have a scrapbook of all our fun times. Along the way, we've met a lot of nice friends who also like to be a part of Jasmine's life.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? Whenever I have something new to share. But it's pretty frequently.

Do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?
I just take life one day at a time. Like I said, it's more a journal, photo documentary for me. So there's really nothing to worry about. (as far as that's concerned.)

5. Are you generating income from your blog? Nope. Not yet!

If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)?

If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how? Sure... it would be nice. Working on that right now. Any suggestions?

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)? I like sharing Jasmine's tricks with others. I like that she can bring a smile to people's faces. I like that it doesn't matter what language you speak, because there are animal lovers all over the world. Jasmine's videos have been featured on TV internationally as well as here in the USA. I love hearing the comments about how it brightens their day, or makes them laugh. So I guess I like that my blog is one avenue I can use to reach people. (Dog-lovers in particular!)

7. What do you like least? Technology problems. When it doesn't cooperate with me!!

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012? Just adding more friends I guess. I'm even thinking about switching over to a blog on wordpress. (But I hate change) Although I have purchased the domain name for it... so sooner or later I have to bite the bullet and do it! ;)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Havanese Breed Magazine- Article #6

I am a freelance writer for the Havanese Breed magazine. They publish a continuing series on lessons I have learned from Jasmine. Eventually I plan on combining all these articles into a book. I've wanted to write one for a while, but just have never made the time for it. (I get kind of busy with my regular life!) ;) By writing for this magazine, it gives me small short-term goals that I can accomplish, that will eventually lead to my larger goal of publishing a book! When I was in college, and feeling overwhelmed, my mom always asked me... "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer is: "One bite at a time". (Metaphorically speaking!!)

So, here's last month's article! I converted it from an adobe file to a jpeg file, so hopefully you can still read it. (I think if you double click on the pictures, it will make them bigger.)

The links don't work as a jpeg, so I'll include them below if you want to watch the videos that I mention in the article.

Visiting the kids at school:

Jasmine's best dog tricks:

Dog Goes Shopping- Jaz's most popular video:

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Dog Trick, New Doggy Haircut

Jasmine has learned a new trick! (which was surprisingly easy to teach her!)

She learned how to take my socks off, and then give them to me!
My friend Brenda made a funny comment on Jasmine's Facebook page... she wrote "It's about time. She's been knocking everyone else's socks off for years!" (lol- that made me chuckle.)

Jaz also has a new haircut. (Which you get to see in this video) I was a little worried because when I took her in to get groomed, her usual groomer had called out sick. (And I've been fighting a cough/cold myself, so I can totally relate.) So we had the option of rescheduling or having someone else do it. Trying someone new makes me nervous, because Jaz has had plenty of bad haircuts! But my life is so busy right now, I didn't have the time to reschedule. So I took a gamble, and it turned out good. (I did have the groomer touch up a few spots though!) I guess Jaz just has a weird shaped head. (She does have a lot of cowlicks on top, and new groomers can never get her beard even.) But I think it looks good now. I like when they leave the eyebrows. I always tell them to, but they don't always do it the way I want them to!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jasmine's TV appearances for 2011

Jaz had a lot of TV Time in 2011! (Both here in the USA and Internationally!)

THANK YOU to my friends all over the world (including here) that helped get me copies of these videos!! :D Here's some clips of the shows Jasmine was on:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!! :D

For New Year's Eve, I took Jasmine with me over to a friend's house. Jaz was barking at all the weird noises, so I took her outside to investigate. I let her watch some of the fireworks (on a leash, from a distance). She did pretty good! She only whined a little bit at some of the louder ones. (Which was understandable. They were pretty loud!) :)

Hope all our friends had a safe and happy New Year!

May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends who care.