I would have no problem with a dog winning Australia’s Got Talent — and, no, that is not any sort of commentary on the amount or quality of talent in Australia — but a robot dog?
PerezHilton.com reports that Erik The Dog — a sassy and highly mobile four-legged hunk o’metal — might be about to win the show this season, which would mark the first time a singing and dancing robotic has won a quarter of a million dollars in a talent contest.
I’m sure at least some of that would go to his partner, Joel Salom, an Australian born circus performer, juggler and comedian.
During the semifinals, Erik joined a team of dancers and sang “I’m Too Sexy.”
PerezHilton.com says hosts Sophie Monk and Kelly Osbourne seem particularly enamored with the robot dog.
Here, in case you haven’t seen enough, is some more Erik, including some not at all exclusive behind the scenes video:
Posted by John Woestendiek March 1st, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
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The Kennedy family says Tucker, their one and a half year old Schnoodle, plays the piano and sings along at least 3 or 4 times every day, but, despite all the practice, doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
Apparently, the public enjoys the pooch’s musical stylings: In only a month on YouTube, the Tucker video has garnered near a million views.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 20th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, dog, dogs, funny, kennedy, pets, piano, popular, schnoodle, singing, sings, tucker, video, videos, youtube
Singing Sierra is back, and just in time for Christmas.
Adam Yamada-Hanff, a Baltimore area community college student, has posted several videos on YouTube of Sierra “singing” as he plays his saxophone. This latest one also features Cody, who clearly considers himself a backkground vocalist.
We met Sierra and Adam back in May, when they — well, Adam, anyway — agreed to a quick sidewalk performance during my “Hey, That’s My Dog!” photo exhibit at Captain Larry’s, a bar and restaurant on Fort Avenue in South Baltimore.
Adam uses Sierra’s singing abilities to help raise money for animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 16th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adam yamada-hanff, animals, baltimore, captain larry's, cody, dog, dogs, pets, rescue, shelter, sierra, singing, singing dog, singing sierra, video, youtube
Granted, you can find plenty of singing dogs on YouTube. Granted, not all of them appear to be enjoying their performance. And granted, not all of them are ready for American Idol.
But Sierra, shown here with her rendition of “Love Me Tender,” is a dog that “really likes to sing” — especially this particular song, according to her owner, Adam Yamada-Hanff, a 21-year-old community college student. (That’s him on saxophone.)
Besides, she’s a Baltimore dog.
There are some songs Sierra doesn’t like (“Sierra is a Doggie Diva!” Adam says). But “Love Me Tender” is one of her favorites, and Adam’s.
“The lyrics are very fitting for dogs,” he said.
Sierra is an English Shepherd, almost 2 years old. Adam is trying to figure out a way to use her singing talents to help out animal shelters and rescue groups. “A singing dog will definitely encourage some donations,” he said.
Adam grew up with a dog named Roger — that’s them to the left — a stray that, though he died several years ago, Adam and his family still think about often.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Why some dogs react the way they do to certain songs and sounds would probably make for an interesting scientific study.
Until then, we have YouTube, where a mounting number of videos, it has been noted, show dogs howling along with — or in objection to — the theme from “Law & Order.”
It’s not the first time multiple dog owners have noticed certain songs seem to cause their pets to vocalize, and captured the result on video. Remember all those videos of dogs singing along with Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape?”
Just as only some dogs howl at sirens, some howl at Gwen Stefani and, for reasons just as mysterious, at the Law & Order theme. Whether they are expressing discomfort or joining the chorus, we don’t really know.
In any event, for an impressive array of dogs howling at “Law & Order,” check out the compilation video above, or visit nastynets.com.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Stefani’s 2007 single, “appears to be the favorite song of dogs across the world,” she says “From Huskies to Dachshunds, something about the ‘woooo wooooos’ in the tune cut to to the core of pooches, leading them to tilt their heads in wonder and sing along with Gwen and Akon.”
She presents as evidence not two, or even five, but 11 Youtube videos of dogs singing along with the song and reports that — wouldn’t you just know it — that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
You can see the entire compilation at Urlesque.com.
Some of the dogs seem to have the tune down better than others, and I got woo-wooed out by around number six. But, no doubt, you would like to see at least one more.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: akon, animals, dogs, funny, gwen stefani, howl, howling, humor, music, no doubt, pets, singing, singing dogs, song, the sweet escape, urlesque, video, youtube