First, back in the 1990s, she wrote and recorded songs that left our hearts in shreds.
Then, in the 2000s, she teamed up with the ASPCA to make heartstring-tugging public service announcements about abused and neglected animals — ads expertly aimed at opening and emptying our tear ducts and wallets.
Now, just when she was starting show up a little less often on TV, Sarah McLachlan is back with another heartfelt plea – to save the Doberhuahua.
Obviously, that would be a mix between a Doberman and a Chihuahua. I’m sure — given our proclivity for tinkering with dogs, and dogs’ proclivity for overcoming any size disparities when it comes to messing with each other – some might really exist.
Audi enlisted McLachlan to engage in a little self-satire, as can be seen in this teaser for its Super Bowl ad — a plea by the singer to help save the misunderstood animal with “a heart as big as its head.”
It’s not clear how funny the ad itself will be, or whether it will make anyone want to buy an Audi. But seeing McLachlan lighten up is, to me, worth all $4 million or so Audi is spending to air the ad during the Super Bowl.
My guess is, when it comes the images of Audi, the Doberhuahua, and McLachlan, the ad is going to best serve that of McLachlan.
It should be pointed out here that, just as I don’t personally know any Doberhuahuas, I don’t know Sarah McLachlan. I just have this possibly faulty perception of her — based on what I’ve seen and heard, her beautiful and often sad songs, and her plaintive ASPCA ads — that she overflows with angst, carries the world’s problems on her shoulders, goes to bed crying every night, and thinks you should, too.
It’s equally possible that she, in real life, is a laugh-a-minute, happy go lucky kind of gal, and that the image I and others have of her in our heads is totally off the mark and entirely underserved — hammered in by having seen her countless times over the past decade in ads filled with crippled dogs and one-eyed cats.
Speaking out, tongue in cheek, for the the misunderstood “Doberhuahua” shows McLachlan can laugh at herself — an attribute not always evident in singer-songwriters, or animal welfare advocates. Both can get a little sanctimonious, a little heavy-handed with their messages.
As with Dobermans and Chihuahuas, there’s no reason animal welfare and sense of humor can’t unite now and then. But they rarely do.
In both cases, we think the offspring would be more cute than monstrous.
How this ad plays with animal lovers remains to be seen. They can be a pretty sensitive group, and they can be easily offended, as was the case with last year’s Super Bowl ad that highlighted greyhound racing, the one with the French bulldog that outraced them all because he was wearing Skechers.
Will Doberman fans object to the Audi ad, based on how it might stereotype their breed as all befanged and snarly? Will the ad rub pit bull fans the wrong way? Will the fictional plight of the Doberhuahua somehow detract from the very real plight of unwanted and abused dogs? Is it worth getting worked up about a fictionally engineered dog when there’s so much other real and disturbing dog engineering going on?
Time will tell. Meanwhile, I’m just glad to see Sarah smile.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 29th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 2014 super bowl, ad, advertising, animal welfare, aspca, audi, chihuahua, commercials, doberhuahua, doberman, doberman pinscher, hybrid, image, mix, perception, public, public service annoucement, sarah mclachlan, singer, songwriter, spca, stereotype, super bowl, super bowl ads, typecast, woof in advertising
Gory Bateson and Dougie Mac chose what they call “the famous dog poop sculpture in Beverly Hills” to record this “public service announcement” — a musical reminder to pick up your dog’s poop.
The sculpture isn’t really of dog poop (though there is some resemblance), it’s just modern art.
Similarly, “Gory Bateson” isn’t really Gory Bateson – he’s a modern-day artistic creation, as well.
Gateson is the internet persona of Nick Trujillo, a California State University, Sacramento, communications professor who, a la Spinal Tap, established an alter ego as the burned out former lead singer of the mythic band The Ethnogs.
It’s all aimed at exploring how viral media works — how popular sensations emerge within the new media landscape. Trujillo has posted more than 70 videos on YouTube under the guise of Gory in hopes of seeing the character go viral.
Gory said he was inspired after he happened by the silver sculpture ( “Erratic,” by artist Roxy Paine, on Santa Monica Boulevard, across from Beverly Hills City Hall). “It looked like dog poop to me. I had dogs for 25 years so I tend to see the world in dog terms.”
Gory points out that he was not paid by Beverly Hills to make the announcement, but undertook it on his own, with his fellow Ethnog, ”Dougie Mac” (who’s really Dr. Bob Krizek, a professor of communication at St. Louis University.)
The song may be a fake public service announcement, performed by a made-up characters, in front of a sculpture that’s open to interpretation, but its message, Gory says, is real:
Pick up that poop.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 30th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, art, band, beverly hills, bob krizek, communications, dog, dog poop, dog waste, dogs, dougie mac, erratic, ethnogs, excrement, feces, gory bateson, internet, media, news, nick trujillo, ohmidog!, pets, pick up poop song, poop, poop song, professor, public service announcement, sculpture, singer, spinal tap, viral, viral media, waste, youtube
Schutt commissioned the song specifically to go with the video displaying her paintings.
“I love dogs because they have a joyful countenance, Schutt writes on her website, “they don’t hold grudges and are shameless bout their tastes and preferences. If we don’t interfere, they fell good about themselves all the time.”
Posted by John Woestendiek March 14th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, art, artist, dog, dog song, dogs, emily westman, music, nancy schutt, pets, seattle, singer, song, songwriter, video
Halloween may be more than a week away, but the time to start costuming your pooch for BARCStoberfest is now.
BARCStoberfest takes place this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Baltimore’s Patterson Park.
The costume contest, a perennial favorite, starts at 1:30 pm. Dogs can compete in any of several categories: Best Halloween Theme, Best Hon/Best Boh, Matching Dog & Human and Most Original.
A Best in Show winner will be selected (by audience applause) from the four category winners. There’s a $15 entry fee for each category, and prizes in the contest are donated by Dogma.
Other contests at BARCStoberfest include most unique pet trick or talent, best tail wagger, best singer or howler, best kisser, fastest treat eater and smallest and largest dog. There’s a $5 entry fee for those competitions.
The 5th annual BARCStoberfest is a festival for animal lovers that helps raise funds for BARCS, which takes in 12.000 animals a year. If it’s rained out Saturday, it will be held Sunday.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 14th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, baltimore animal rescue and care, barcs, barcstoberfest, boh, categories, contest, costume, eater, events, festival, fundraiser, fundraising, halloween, hon, matching dog and human, schedule, shelter, singer, smallest larges, talent, tricks
This little ditty is quickly approaching the one-million-view mark on YouTube.
Between that and five different people having sent it to me in the past couple of weeks, I thought this would be a good time to share it — if it hasn’t already showed up in your inbox.
The artist is Wendy Francisco, who you can learn more about on her website.
Wendy was born in 1955 in Boston, grew up in Del Mar, California and graduated from San Diego State University. She has been been involved with music, art, writing, photography, nature and animals since she childhood.
She learned guitar at age 8 and began to write her own songs. She was asked to perform often and in 1979, was signed to Sparrow Records. Wendy has since traveled all over the United States and beyond doing concerts. Her voice was used at the opening of ”Dear John” with Judd Hirsch.
In 2008, she participated in the editing of the book ”Wesley The Owl” by author Stacey O’ Brien. Most recently, she created this You Tube video, her first animation.
Wendy, according to her website, struggles with modern day religion which she believes limits most people and women in particular. Wendy believes that religion often masks the character of G-O-D.
Wendy is married to singer/songwriter Don Francisco, and lives in the mountains of Colorado where she continues to produce art, writings, and music. She also raises Friesian cross horses, Ragdoll cats, and Colorado Mountain Dogs.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animation, artist, g-o-d and d-o-g, god and dog, singer, song, songwriter, video, website, wendy francisco, youtube
Singer Aubrey O’Day says she thinks it’s perfectly OK to dye her dog.
The former Danity Kane singer regularly changes the color of her one-year-old Maltese, named Ginger.
“She likes to have looks,” O’Day, 25, explained to Usmagazine.com. “It actually seems like such a taboo weird thing nowadays, but if you research online, you will see a whole underworld of dogs who are dyed.”
O’Day says she changes her dog’s appearance “for different occasions,” revealing that she recently dyed the pup green because she “loves the (Boston) Celtics.”
“She sits on my lap, and I have a brush, and I paint it on and use foils.” Ginger, she says, “loves attention and because she’s colored and has different outfits, she gets so much of it. She prefers it.”
I think it’s a safe bet that it’s not Ginger who’s seeking the attention here. And assuming the dog likes being dyed just because she doesn’t object makes about as much sense as O’Day’s if-it’s-on-the-Internet-it-must-be-ok philosophy.
What is it that makes celebrities think that the animal kingdom exists to provide them with fashion accessories?
(Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images, via USMagazine.com)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 8th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: accessories, accessory, aubrey o'day, celebrities, color, danity kane, dog, dogs, dye, dyed, dyeing, dyes, dying, fashion, ginger, hair, maltese, pets, singer
Two animal rescue organizations are each $12,500 richer after the television show TMZ took singer-songwriter John Mayer up on his challenge to track down his mug shot.
After Mayer made the $25,000 challenge on Twitter, Harvey Levin and company tracked down a 2001 mugshot, taken in Atlanta after Mayer’s arrest for driving with a suspended license. The case was dismissed one month later.
Ace of Hearts is an organization dedicated to rescuing dogs on the day they are to be euthanized from various Los Angeles shelters and placing them in loving homes.
Pet Orphans of Southern California is a 30-year-old non-profit that also rescues and finds home for dogs and cats and works to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: ace of hearts, animal welfare, arrest, atlanta, bet, challenge, checks, contributions, donation, harvey levin, john mayer, mug shot, pet orphans of southern california, rescue, shelters, singer, songwriter, suspended license, tmz
Posted by John Woestendiek July 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal welfare, apbt, breed, breed-specific, bsl, dog, dogs, humane, image, john shipe, misunderstood, musician, pit bull blues, pit bulls, singer, song, songwriter, video