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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jasmine on Good Morning America...

Jasmine was on Good Morning America last week!

Here's the GMA video from last Monday- Jasmine vs. Arbor.

Jasmine won that contest, so we got to fly to NYC to perform live on the show last Friday!

It was a whirlwind trip, but what an adventure!!

We flew in on Thurs night, and met our good friend Thy!!  We explored Times Square, found the GMA studio, and got some delicious food at the Shake Shack!  (It was SOO good!) I'm glad Thy introduced me to it!  We took our food down to Byrant Park for a picnic!  (Jasmine was thrilled to find some grass!!)  Although it was freshly cut, so it turned her white paws green!  But I was going to give her a bath that night anyway!!  It was so nice of Thy to come all the way into the city just to see us!  It helped make our first night in NYC wonderful!

 Friday morning, I went down to the Good Morning America studios.  We had to be there at 5:45 am!!!  So I got up at 4:00 am to get ready.  (Which, by the way, is 1:00 am AZ time!)   I  That whole weekend was all about sleep deprivation!!  But it was worth it! ;)
   (Side note: after I took Jaz outside to go potty, I went back to the hotel room, and my key wouldn't work!!   The battery to my room lock had died, and had to be replaced!  (which took a while).  So that was a little stressful, considering the clock was ticking, and I was supposed to be on set in an hour!)  I called GMA to let them know, and the executive producers were very supportive.  They did everything they could to help me get there close to on time!  They even let me get my hair/make-up touched up by their professionals on set!  So that was great!!  (I was really glad I had bathed Jaz the night before!!)

  There were 4 finalists in the Dog vs. Dog competition.  (Well, technically 5 dogs.)  Our friend Heather (and her dog Jesse) were finalists too!  Jasmine pushed her shopping cart, Jesse did his front handstand, Rudy (the yorkie) played poker, and the white dogs Gater and Joe Paws pushed each other on a cart.

I really appreciate everyone who voted for us!  We came in 2nd!!!  The hosts announced that it was a close race, but I didn't realize how close until a friend sent me this screen capture of the voting totals right before it closed!  It's all good though!   I didn't really care who won.  I was just happy with my free trip to NY and the chance to be on the show!!!  And it was nice having Heather and Jesse there.... so I had a friend to hang out with on Friday.  I know Heather and Jesse from a Mighty Dog contest that both of our dogs won back in 2008.  Jasmine and Jesse got to be in a Mighty Dog commercial together!
 We also met Rachel Ray!!  She was on the show that day too!  And she was nice enough to take a quick picture with us.
We also got pictures with the hosts after the show.  They were SUPER friendly and nice!!  
 We even got to go inside the GMA set after the show was over to take a few pics!

 Jasmine and Jesse waiting for their segment to come on TV!  
 After the show, we had to switch hotels.  At first I was trying to get Jasmine and all our luggage from the Millennium hotel over to the Hilton NY.  It was hard walking Jaz on the leash and pushing a cart with all that luggage.  So then I was carrying her and pushing the cart.  That got tiring too.  So finally, we found a solution.  Princess Jasmine just rode on top of the luggage dolly for most of the way.  That way she didn't accidentally get stepped on, and I didn't have to worry about her getting in the street.  (NY is really crowded obviously!)
 After we settled into our new room (and took a 3 hour nap!!), Jaz and I decided to go sight-seeing.  We explored the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City.  I even bought the traditionally cheezy NY souvenirs.  (Including this t-shirt which I love!)  
 Our new hotel was only a few blocks from Central Park, so we hung out there for a while.  Jasmine got to chase her first squirrel up a tree!  (on leash of course!)  It was funny.  She's never seen a squirrel before.  (They don't have many where I live in AZ!)   We also took some pics by some famous landmarks- like Radio City music hall.

The next time I go back to NY, I want to see some Broadway plays.  And I still need to go to the normal tourist stuff- like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.  I just didn't have much time this trip.  (Plus, I had to find activities that were dog-friendly since I didn't have anyone to watch Jasmine.)   It was a quick trip, but we made the most of it.  Overall, a very positive experience.  :) 


  1. That was cool and fun for sure. WTG Jasmine, we are proud of you.


  2. That's awesome, Jasmine! When is the next contest?

  3. I don't know of any coming up just yet... but I tend to find out about them at the last minute!! lol If you hear of any trick contests, please let me know! :)

  4. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit Shake Shack during your quick trip to NYC. Did you get Jasmine a Pooch-ini or ShackBurger dog biscuits?

    Our team can't wait to see you again at the Shack next time you're in the city!

    -Brandy, Shake Shack