Some of the 66 dogs seized from a British Columbia puppy mill last month are now starring in a rap video aimed at finding them adoptive homes.
The dogs — 32 adults and 34 puppies — were seized by the BC SPCA from a puppy mill in Langley.
The breeds included Bernese mountain dogs, soft-coated Wheaton terriers, standard poodles, miniature poodles and Portuguese water dogs — all showing signs of neglect, many of them malnourished, and some with broken bones and other injuries.
Now, a month later, the SPCA has begun taking applications from those interested in adopting the dogs — known as the “Langley 66” — and staff members put together this rap video to draw attention to the cause.
The SPCA is making the dogs available for adoption in stages, with 23 of them medically cleared this week, according to The Province. Potential owners will be required to attend a mandatory information session before they can adopt one of the dogs.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 4th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopt, adoptable, adoption, animals, bc spca, british columbia, dog, dogs, music video, pets, puppy mill, rescue, seized, shelter, spca, staff, video
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.
Tags: animals, australia, australia's got talent, competition, contest, dancing, dogs, erik, erik the dog, finalist, finals, joel salom, pets, robot, robot dog, robotic, robotic dog, robotics, robots, singing, television, tv, video
Testing how calm he could remain amid the crowds and distractions was exactly the reason Ace, a guide dog in training, was taken to Disneyland.
But throwing Pluto into the mix seems almost unfair.
Ace, who began his formal training with Guide Dogs of America at the end of January, was with his caretaker, Sandy Steinblums, when they bumped into Pluto.
While he might not have followed his training to the letter, Ace did calm down after some initial excitement and, once directed to stay a few times, he did a pretty good job, given Pluto was egging him on.
Steinblums said that, though it’s not in the video, Ace remained in the stay position for several minutes.
A video of the meeting was posted on Disney Dorks, a Disney fan page on Facebook, and it has been shared more than 15 million times in three days.
Ace will undergo six to nine months of training before he graduates and is matched with a human.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 11th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: ace, animals, blind, character, disney, disneyland, dog, dogs, facebook, guide dog, guide dogs of america, pets, pluto, service dogs, training, video, viral
It’s that (one) time of year that we get excited about commercials — and while those that air during the Super Bowl always get the most hype, Subaru is again focusing its advertising efforts on the Puppy Bowl.
Five new ads showcasing the Barkleys, the family of retrievers that first rolled onto the scene in 2013, will be airing in coming weeks and during Puppy Bowl XII on Animal Planet.
The ads are part of Subaru’s “Dog Tested Dog Approved” campaign.
The ads do a great job of intertwining quirky human behavior and quirky dog behavior with some highly laughable results.
In “Phone Navigation,” the Barkleys try to communicate with their smartphone voice assistant, but run into a bit of a language barrier.
“Puppy” shows the Barkleys taking a nighttime drive to try to get their little one to sleep.
And in “Bad Hair Day” Dad picks up Mom from the hair salon and is unsure what to make of her makeover.
Subaru has long been at the forefront of car companies catering to dog owners.
“Subaru and its customers have a deep connection to pets. Eight out of 10 Subaru owners are pet owners, and our brand continues to support the causes and initiatives that our customers care about,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing at Subaru of America.
(Woof in Advertising is a semi-regular feature on ohmidog! that looks at how dogs are used in marketing. You can find more posts here.)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 1st, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: ads, advertising, animals, barkleys, commercials, dogs, dogs in advertising, marketing, pets, puppy bowl, puppy bowl XII, retrievers, smartphone, subaru, super bowl, video, woof in advertising
An Australian rugby star faces fines of up to $50,000 and has been stripped of his title of club captain after simulating sex with a dog during an Australia Day party he and some of his crew attended.
Most of Mitchell Pearce’s Neanderthal-like behavior (sorry, Neanderthals) was caught on camera.
The full video shows the shirtless Sydney Roosters halfback forcing a woman to kiss him, then picking up the party host’s small dog, saying he was going to have intercourse with it and holding it in his lap while making thrusting motions. The party host also accuses him of urinating on her sofa.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Pearce faces a fine of up to $50,000, will be sacked as captain of the Roosters, suspended from the club’s trip to England for the World Club series and banned for at least six weeks of the season.
The team also reportedly intends to insert a new clause into Pearce’s $750,000 contract, stating it will become void if he is involved in one more off-field scandal.
The RSPCA in New South Wales says that, despite the appalling nature of his simulated act, no animal cruelty charges are forthcoming.
Catharine Lumby, the National Rugby League’s adviser on women’s issues, says Pearce — who was also fined after groping a woman in a Sydney pub two years ago — should be terminated.
“I think he should be stood aside. I think this should be the end of his career,” Lumby told ABC News 24. “The whole thing was an act of disrespect towards the woman. It just sends the wrong message and the NRL has to continue to show leadership on this issue.”
The National Rugby League could impose disciplinary measures against Pearce once the team investigation and a review by the Australian Rugby League are completed.
Pearce’s father serves on the American Rugby League Commission, but news reports say he wouldn’t be involved in any decisions on disciplinary actions against his son.
From all appearances — or at least based on the video — he wasn’t involved in too many when his son was growing up, either.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 28th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: arl, camera, captain, caught, club, dog, fines, mitchell pearce, nrl, party, rubgy, sex, simulated, simulation, sports, suspension, sydney roosters, video
You’ve probably seen the hecklers that seem to be dogging Donald Trump at his campaign appearances — the ones who have the audacity to disagree with him, and go so far as to voice that disagreement.
Generally, he orders them to “shut up,” or “sit down,” and when that doesn’t work he calls for security to muzzle them.
Perhaps a better trained, more obedient audience, such as the one in this video, would be more to his liking.
Even though it’s not until the third “sit down” that the dogs heed The Donald’s edict, and even though only three out of four obey, we find it disheartening that dogs would listen to him at all.
We can only guess that these are Republican dogs — or that they haven’t yet figured out that Trump provides treats only to fellow fat cats.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 14th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, command, dog, dogs, donald trump, obey, pets, politics, presidential campaign, republican dogs, republicans, television, video
A dog born without her front legs has learned to get around by hopping on her rear ones like a kangaroo — and she’s becoming a bit of a tourist attraction in Peru.
Estrella was abandoned on the street as a puppy, but taken in when she was six months old by a couple that runs an animal shelter in the small town of Tinga Maria, according to Reuters.
While many have asked to adopt her, Ivan Escobar and his wife Elva Carhuaz, who operate the shelter, say they plan to keep her.
The dog’s presence has led to an increase in visitors to the shelter, and more donations to help care for her and other dogs.
Elva Carhuaz said Estrella helps increase awareness about stray dogs and about dogs with disabilities.
Posted by John Woestendiek January 8th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abandoned, adapting, animals, disabilities, dog, dogs, estrella, hops, kangaroo, kangaroo dog, pets, shelter, tinga maria, two-legged, video