I wasn’t personally tuned in, but it seems Pup, the accordion-playing pooch vying to win the NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition, failed to make much of an impression last night.
Maybe he was overwhelmed by the bright lights, the big stage and the huge Hollywood crowd, but Pup only tugged a couple of times on the elastic strap attached to the accordion, and once it snapped out of his mouth, he stayed away from the accordion altogether.
After Pup balked, the act turned into a solo – basically his owner, Ed, singing and strumming “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
Pup failed to live up to the expectations of the judges, and his owner, Ed, from Oakhurst, California — and anyone else who saw his impressive audition tape (above).
“If Pup had continued we may have had a sensation on our hands, but we’re never going to know,” said judge Piers Morgan, who “X-ed” the act early on.
“We had some problems,” Ed explained afterward.
Pup’s on air performance — a bit painful to watch — is included in the video below.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: accordion, acts, america's got talent, animals, competition, dog, dogs, ed, music, musical, nbc, performances, pets, piers morgan, playing, pup, reality, talent, television, tv, video
It started with some flowers and a dog toy left in his honor at the dog park, but by this evening a full-fledged memorial and tribute were underway for Bear-Bear, the Siberian Husky gunned down by a federal officer in Anne Arundel County this week.
Those saddened and upset with the dog’s death — he was fatally shot by a Department of Defense officer who felt Bear-Bear was playing too roughly with his leashed German shepherd — began gathering at Quail Run Park around 6:30 p.m. for a tribute that was expected to go until 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, at the recommendation of County Executive John R. Leopold, the Anne Arundel County Police Department will be investigating the incident — contrary to its earlier assertions — and receiving assistance in that investigation from the Humane Society of the United States.
HSUS representatives also plan to help the Severn community ensure that the Quail Run Community Dog Park is safe.
“I welcome the opportunity to partner with this national organization,” County Executive John Leopold said in a statement. “With our combined resources, I look forward to bringing closure to this egregious incident.”
Leopold said he was “outraged” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the killing. Police originally called the matter closed, but Police Chief James Teare called the case a “priority” Wednesday and pledged a full investigation, according to the Washington Post.
“The Anne Arundel County Police Department has taken this case seriously and is thoroughly investigating this incident that appears to involve the violent death of a beloved dog. We welcome the opportunity to work with Anne Arundel County on the investigation and to assist the community in making it a safer place for both animals and people,” said Justin L. Scally of the HSUS.
WBAL-TV reported that the unidentified, off-duty Department of Defense officer used his personal weapon to fire at Bear-Bear, and that he told officers he “feared for the safety of himself, his wife and their dog.”
Bear-Bear was taken to Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, where he died. Since the incident Monday, police have not released the officer’s identity.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Sure we had way too much snow this winter — though these two probably wouldn’t think so.
Here’s how yellow Labs keep their coats clean and have big fun at the same time.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 18th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, dogs, funny, lab, labrador, labradors, labs, ohmidog!, pets, play, playing, ski, sliding, snow, video, yellow
Those guitar-playing birds we showed you yesterday were pretty cool, but they were just the opening act for Nora, the Piano Cat, shown here in a performance last year with the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania.
The “CATcerto” was the project of Lithuanian conductor, composer and artist Mindaugas Piecaitis.
Nora, a rescued cat whose piano skills have been widely featured on the Internet, appeared via a pre-recorded video hookup.
For more information on the performance, visit catcerto.com.
If you would like to adopt a rescued cat and teach her to play piano, might I suggest Miley, whose musical talents are as yet untapped. (Piano not included.)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, art, artist, cat, catcerto, cats, chamber, composer, concert, conductor, klaipeda chamber orchestra, lithuania, miley, mindaugas piecaitis, music, nora, orchestra, pets, piano, playing, plays, the piano cat, video
The Pet Therapy study break on the Madison campus was held again yesterday, with staff from University Health Services bringing their dogs to the Library Mall so students can pet and play with them.
In addition to the dogs soothing frazzled nerves, counselors from the school offer advice on how to deal with finals week — including telling them that all-night cram sessions are not the way to go. A good night’s sleep will probably be more valuable.
Students at the campus in Madison can also get free one-on-one counseling, and for $40, massage therapy.
(Photo: A scene from last year’s break, The Capital Times)
Posted by jwoestendiek May 7th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: annual, break, campus, college, counseling, dog, dogs, final exams, library mall, madison, massage, pet therapy, petting, playing, stress, study, tests, therapy, university health services, university of wisonsin, week