We conclude today’s series on dancing dogs with a non-dancing one — a pug who seems not the least bit inspired by Chopin’s “Minute Waltz.”
Not everyone knows this — unless they have been classically trained, read Camille Bourniquel’s riveting (I’m guessing) biography of Chopin, or visited Wikipedia — but the composer got the inspiration for the waltz as he watched a small dog chase its tail.
The little dog, named Marquis, belonged to French novelist George Sand.
(Sand, despite being named “George,” was a woman. “The Minute Waltz” despite being named “Minute,” generally lasts about two minutes — “minute,” in its case, being used to mean small.)
Chopin initially named the piece “Valse du petit chien,” or “The Little Dog Waltz.”
Posted by jwoestendiek March 4th, 2013 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Next, we present what appears to be a shepherd mix who’s ready for a night at the Roxy.
This one’s short and sweet, as should be the case with techno music, which is written by robots who have been programmed to give us all headaches.
Fortunately, this dog, after feeling the beat for a few seconds, decides to move on.
Next we bring you this smooth little customer, a Chihuahua who, in addition to being one highly suave canine, seems to be a master of salsa dancing.
Actually, he was with his owner in a restaurant, and showed his moves every time the waiter came by with food.
We’re pretty sure the music was added later, but we’re still impressed — and we hope he got something to eat.
We hereby proclaim this — now that spay-neuter month is officially over — Dancing Dog Day.
And we begin our presentation with a dancing English bulldog who, though deaf, still seems to feel the blues.
Jamynne Bowles, of Long Branch, N.J., shot the video on her phone when her bulldog began seemingly following the rhythm of a song a friend was playing on his guitar.
Some viewers of the video speculate the dog is merely scratching his butt, but others believe, given how the dog’s moves are so in sync with the song, he truly seems to be feeling the music.
Then, too, it’s possible both might be true.
Seeing some doggie dance moves it finds inappropriate, the Kennel Club in the UK is cracking down, outlawing some “extreme” and “unnatural” steps it says could injure dogs.
Effective next year, certain moves, though they haven’t been outlined yet, will be banned when it comes to dancing dogs – a pursuit that has become increasingly popular since Pudsey (above) appeared on and won “Britain’s Got Talent.”
“Heelwork to music,” as it’s called has been regulated by the Kennel Club since 2002. There are about 90 affiliated clubs that offer dog dancing events.
The Telegraph reports that the rule changes are in response to the rising number of people and dogs taking part in the activity after 16-year-old Ashleigh Butler and her dog wowed the judges on “Britain’s Got Talent.” There has been a 20 per cent increase in the activity since then, and the club is worried that, amid stiffer competition, too much might be demanded of performing dogs.
The Kennel Club has taken steps to ban moves that could injure dogs, as well as treatment it considers ”degrading” to the dogs, such as putting them in fancy costumes for performances. (Fancy costumes can still be worn by their human dance partners, though).
While no list of accepted and banned moves has been released yet, those that reportedly concern the Kennel Club include the “wheelbarrow,” where the dog’s hind legs are held by the owner as it walks; the “footstand,” where the dog stands on the raised feet of the handler while the human lies on the ground; walking on front paws; walking on hind legs for more than 10 seconds; and “shoulder jumps,” in which a dog leaps from the owner’s shoulders.
“We know that the more people we get into the sport, the more they are going to have to look to other types of moves in order to make an impact,” said Caroline Kisko, the club’s secretary. “We are trying to pre-empt that. The priority is the dog’s safety.”
Most dog shows feature two categories — “heelwork”, which is more structured, and “freestyle,” which involves more innovative tricks. The dances are scored on content, accuracy and musical interpretation.
The new regulations will formally take effect next year, when judges will disqualify any pair whose routine is deemed extreme, unnatural or degrading. Until then, the Kennel Club has asked competitors to observe them “in spirit … with immediate effect.”
Posted by jwoestendiek August 24th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Not only did a dog act win the finals of “Britain’s Got Talent” Saturday night, the performance of Pudsey the dog and Ashleigh the human helped the show pull in double the audience of its competition,” The Voice.”
An average of 11.4 million saw Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey win in the live final of the ITV1 show, compared to 5.6 million for The Voice on BBC1, UK’s Press Association reported.
ITV1 said the ratings were the highest of any show this year.
Butler, a 17-year-old from Northamptonshire and her six-year-old dancing dog narrowly beat Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli to the title after receiving the most votes from the public.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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A dancing dog named Pudsey received a standing ovation in Saturday night’s “Britain’s Got Talent” — and even impressed Simon Cowell.
Pudsey danced with 16-year-old Ashleigh Butler, attired in a Pebbles costume, to the theme song of “The Flinstones.”
“You know me, I love a dancing dog,” Cowell said. “Pudsey, you’re one of the best dancing dogs I’ve ever seen.”
Posted by jwoestendiek April 9th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Why dogs dancing the conga?
Because it’s my birthday.
I got an e-card that featured this video.
It made me smile. Hope it does you, too.
Sure, maybe your dog can dance. But can he merengue?
Here are Carrie and her owner, Jose Fuentes, from Chile, to show you how its done.
The Humane Society of the United States says this dog — one of more than 200 the organization assisted in removing from a Tennessee puppy mill last week — is dancing for joy.
At the very least, she’s headed for a better life than that afforded at Gayla’s Poodle Palace, in Sparta, Tennessee, where dismal conditions led the White County Sheriff’s office to seize 225 dogs.
Nearly 100 of the dogs, mostly small, designer breed puppies, were shipped to Chicago in a trailer, with others being sent to shelters and rescues in Nashville and Bowling Green, Kentucky, WPTV reported.
“These animals are very relieved,” said Justin Scally, the manager of the Puppy Mill Task Force for the HSUS. “There’s a noticeable difference from the time that they were removed from the puppy mill and were placed in the emergency shelter, and each day they have gotten better.”
Volunteers were cleaning and evaluating the dogs this week before placing them up for adoption.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 29th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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