Your Daily GOLDEN Thought: September 30th

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Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left. — Hubert Humphrey


Worker bee Jesse … what a doll!

Jesse is trained using exclusively Positive Reinforcement and Clicker Training. All training has been done by his mom, Heather.

Jesse chooses to do the behaviors in this video, and has so much fun bringing smiles to people’s faces. He gets treats for doing his tricks, and enjoys learning new things. Tricks are just one of the activities we enjoy doing together. When not doing tricks, Jesse can be found playing with his cuz ball, chasing squeaker tennis balls, digging in search for lizards, de-fluffing stuffed toys, swimming, and a companioning me on outings. Jesse loves adventure, and lives each and every day to its fullest. Jesse is my best friend, heart dog, and truly a member of the family, and I love him with every beat of my heart.

Just luv OK Go’s “White Knuckles”

Photo: Nathan Truesdell

I don’t know who is having more fun, the guys or the dogs. The video is just too cute and debuted today on the Ellen Show. Be sure to check out the making of the video in Joseph Brannigan Lynch’s article, How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New Video. Amazingly, it was shot in one take. And, be sure to watch carefully for the goat’s cameo (I missed it my first viewing).

Lauren Henry, the owner of Talented Animals and head animal trainer for this video, was brought in to make the canine choreography a reality. “They needed to enjoy it,” says Henry. “Otherwise there’s no way you’re going to drag a dog out there and have them do the same action again and again, day after day.”

“We spent a lot of time playing with them … Each behavior is part of a whole game they’re playing,” she explains. “For instance: the dogs running around people’s legs at the beginning. Riot, the little dog on the left, I would have her go around the chair and then I’d throw the ball. Then I would have her go her around the chair twice, and then throw the ball. And then three times, and then add the person.”

Sequestered in a studio outside of Portland for two weeks, the full routine was only completed about fifteen times. “It all gelled the second week of filming. The one we’re using was the first run we did on the second-to-last-day of filming,” Nordwind says. “We’ll work until we fall down, but the dogs needed time to rest. They were done by about 6:30 [p.m.]. They get tired: They want to go home and eat. In that respect I liked working on the dogs’ schedule.”

White Knuckles Lyrics

You’ll never get that taste, out of your mouth
You’ll never get the paw prints, out of the hen house now
And you can’t go back, same way you came
Round all the pieces up, but they just dont fit the same

White knuckles
Maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Aww go ahead and let it down

So come and let it all out, let it bleed
Did you get what you want? Did you get what you need?
Behind the lines, behind the walls
Tell me what’s the bet you made, was it that bad after all?

White knuckles
Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now

White knuckles
Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

So just have fun, it’s far enough
Everybody needs to sleep at night, everybody needs a crutch
But couldn’t good, be good enough?
Cause nothin’ ever doesn’t change but nothin’ changes much

Yeah, maybe it’s not so bad
So let your hair down now
White knuckles

Aww maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down now

Yeah maybe it’s not so bad
Just let your hair come down now

Oh maybe it’s not so bad
Just let it all come down

OK Go Making a Difference — As most of the dogs in this video are rescues, OK Go is donating a portion of all proceeds from the sale of the video on their site to animal rescue.

Buddy does not like sharing his ball.

This deer was found alone and malnourished when it was a tiny baby. He was bottle fed until he began eating grass. Several months later and he’s very socialized with people, the family’s black lab, and their cats. He is free to wander and has been seen with several herds of whitetail and axis deer, fitting in just fine with them. However, he frequently comes back to the house to eat some catfood and play with the family’s Black Lab, Buddy.  This video was shown on the Bonnie Hunt Show, The Ellen Show, and Anderson Cooper 360.