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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Copycats! (Copyright infringement)

Well, it's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 

You know how Jasmine's "45 Cute Dog Tricks" video is big right now?   Well... so far I've found 3 people that have re-uploaded it as their own work. 

I'm kind of torn.  On one hand, I feel like that's more publicity for Jasmine... her videos would reach a wider audience.  However, on the other hand, I don't really like people stealing my videos and uploading them as theirs either.   So... ???  I don't know what I should do.  2 of the 3 copycats seem like just individuals doing it because they think Jasmine is cute.  The first one listed seems like a company though. (BreakTV)  So I might report them for copyright infingement.  It kind of bugs me that they don't even list Jasmine's name either.  All through all of the tags, they always call her Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier.   Now don't get me wrong...  we love Jesse!  We're actually friends with them.  (Heather and Jesse)   However, the video is obviously of Jasmine.  Jasmine and Jesse don't even look alike.  (They're just doing that to draw more traffic to their video.)   So... that's the only one I'm considering reporting.

I don't know... what do you guys think I should do?   Here's the copycats:

One is by:

BreakTV:  Cute Dog Tricks_ Amazing 45 Tricks

One is by:

Funny Animals:  "Dog Performs 45 Cute Tricks"

One is by:

Muhammad Ishaq  : 45 cute dog tricks 360

Here's my original video:

(By My Favorite Pup Jasmine)  called 45 Cute Dog Tricks

They've changed the front picture, but the video is exactly the same....

What would you do?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jaz is in the Huffington Post!!

LOL... sometimes I'm clueless.

One of Jasmine's videos started getting a lot of attention- (the 45 Cute Dog Tricks one that I mentioned before)  And I wasn't sure where it was all coming from!  It's had over 20,000 new views in the last 24 hours!  (which is unusual for us!)  I mean... Jaz is popular... but not THAT popular!!

Finally, I was able to solve the mystery!  I discovered that a Spanish version of the Huffington Post used one of her videos in an article!

I used google translate and found out what they said:

"For most dog owners like to teach their pets tricks, but few animals have the talent of Jasmine. Sure, the Havanese is a breed that is known for being highly intelligent and easy to train. Click on the video and enjoy this adorable dog doing 45 of his best thanks. If you want more of it, follow it on Twitter."

So then I posted on Jasmine's Facebook page that I had solved the mystery and this was where all the views were coming from.  Well then one of Jasmine's fans posted the comment- "there's an English version as well!"

Oh duh!   That would make sense!  LOL... it's a good thing I have lots of friends to tell me what's going on!!!!

My favorite part is that when you "like" the article- this is what it posts on Facebook.... "We Get It Doggie, You're Better Than Us."   LOL!!!!

That part cracks me up!!   I'm really happy that the article mentioned that Jasmine was trained using positive reinforcement.  Because sometimes people give me a hard time about forcing my dog to do these tricks.  (Which is ENTIRELY untrue.)  If Jaz doesn't want to do tricks, we don't do them.  However 99% of the time (unless she's really tired) she REALLY WANTS to do tricks!!  (Because that's how she earns yummy treats!!)  And she is VERY treat motivated!!  And she's very smart!  (You just have to ask my mom- who was watching her while I was out of town.)  Jaz is a little too smart!  She figured out how to open the kitchen cabinet door and dump the garbage can!  (Which is why it now has baby locks on it!)  LOL. 

But all-in-all, she's a very very sweet dog.  And I'm glad more people get to see her trick videos.  Because that's more people she can help make smile and laugh.  And bring her own little ray of sunshine into this world...  :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jaz was on the Front Page of YouTube!!

So... I'm out of the loop.  I went camping for a few days, and didn't have internet access.

But someone told me that Jasmine's "45 Cute Dog Tricks" video was on the front page of YouTube yesterday!

(Which explains why I came home to a ton of emails of YouTube comments- and why the view count jumped WAY UP!)

Pretty cool!  I wish I was around to get a screen capture of her on the front page of YouTube!  Oh well.  Kind of random, but fun!!  I made this video 2 months ago, but for whatever reason, YouTube decided yesterday to feature it.  (As you can tell from the graph above!) It goes from basically a few hundred views to over 30,000 views in one day! LOL...

Even better- we just got an email from a big national TV show asking about the possibility of them showing Jasmine's video!   I gave them permission.  But I try not to get too excited, because I get contacted many times, but only some of them actually happen.  So I try to not count my chickens before they're hatched.  They said they would contact me if/when they decide to use it.   
So... it's not a sure thing.  But keep your fingers/ paws crossed.  You never know!  :D

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jasmine's Fashion Photoshoot!

Yesterday was a busy day for us!!   I only worked a half day, because Jasmine had a photo shoot at 4 pm.  (and we had to drive about an hour to get there.)   I can't say which company just yet, but you'll know in about 3-6 months!  Start keeping an eye out for Jasmine!  She'll pop up in some familiar places.  :)

Overall, I thought the photo shoot went pretty well.  Jasmine had to model lots of different outfits.  By the time we were through, she was one tired pup!  (and the shoot only lasted about 1/2 hour!)  

Most of what they asked for was the over-the-shoulder pose.  (Which Jaz is good at.)  Some were sitting, facing forward.  For one shot, Jaz sat pretty.  (and was sitting normal.)  I hope they use the sitting pretty shot, because she looked really cute.  :)

There was one hiccup... they wanted Jaz to stand diagonally wearing a coat and matching booties.  Well, Jaz is used to wearing clothes, but she is NOT used to wearing booties.  She's small enough that if it's hot outside, I just carry her.  So she never wears shoes.   So she wasn't real keen on the idea of wearing booties.  So I'm not sure if that shot turned out or not.  She might be making a funny face.  (The good and bad of having an expressive dog!)

When we were doing agility last year, it was cold, so I bought her a coat.  It came with matching booties.  Just for fun, I tried them on Jasmine.  LOL.  This was the end result:

Luckily, for this shoot, Jasmine just had to stand there, and not walk.  Otherwise it probably would have ended up looking like that!!  ;)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jaz's shopping video is on @buzzfeed!!! :D

Ok- remember how I was happy because Jasmine had one picture in a BuzzFeed article over the summer?

Well, imagine how excited I was when a friend emailed me that there was a whole story on BuzzFeed about Jasmine!!  

They took little segments out of her "Dog Goes Shopping" Video and created a storyline from it.  :)

That was the video that first made Jasmine famous.  Most people don't know this, but that was actually my 2nd "Dog Goes Shopping" video.

Here's the original:

This one is cute for me to watch.  Look how young Jasmine was.  This was after she just barely had learned the shopping cart trick.  She would stop after each time and look at me to make sure she was doing it right.  (And to get her treat!)   I think she's so cute.   :)    (But I know I'm a little biased.)  :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My dog Jasmine is on @buzzfeed!!

Jasmine's picture was on BuzzFeed!   (In a group of funny dog pics about how to have the perfect summer BBQ!)  :)

(Picture #5!)  They found her picture on another blog (not mine), but I'm good with it!  :D


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

WHY do we want to go to #Barkworld??

WHY do we want to go to BARKWORLD??

I think a more appropriate question would be WHY WOULDN'T you want to go to BARKWORLD?!  :D

BARKWORLD IS AWESOME!  If you've never heard of it, it's a pet social media convention held in Atlanta, GA.  This year it's in August.

They have classes that help you become more social media savvy.  (And don't worry- they have beginning to advanced level classes... something for everyone.)   (And the skills I learn at these conferences help me in my regular full time job too!)   It's an INCREDIBLE place for networking with other pet companies and pet lovers.  

If you don't know my dog Jasmine, she's a talented trick dog.  We've been to the past 2 BarkWorld's.  (2011 and 2012)

My first year at BarkWorld, we taught a class called "How To Make Your Pet a YouTube Rockstar".  (Since Jasmine's popularity took off when I created her original YouTube video "Dog Goes Shopping"... which is now up to 222,590 views!)   And from there, Jaz became well known on social media, and now has a very loyal following of friends all over the world!  

Jaz actually got several opportunities to be on TV because of connections we made!  (She perfomed her dog tricks on Animal Planet's "Who Let The Dogs Out" and the Anderson Cooper show..... all because of connections we made at BarkWorld!) 

And now... we're trying to get back to BarkWorld again!  The expo is Aug. 22-24th, 2013.  

And Pruven from 3M is sponsoring one lucky blogger to go!  
But I need your help!

Here's an easy way to help send Jasmine back to BarkWorld!  Tweet at BarkWorld (and Pruven) that you would like them to pick My Favorite Pup Jasmine to send to Atlanta!  Or write it on their Facebook page!  (I made a Rafflecopter thingy just to make it simple)  There's no prizes involved, but I really would appreciate your help!  (and I didn't write any terms & conditions since it is just a friend helping out a friend!)  And there's no limit to the # of times you can contact them, and encourage them to pick Jasmine!

P.S.  In case you are still curious about BarkWorld, here's a teaser video I made about our trip out there!  We loved it!!!  :)  :)  :)

BarkWorld Expo