Tina and Chandi ….. just amazing – Updated

Britain’s Got Talent: Arguably the most amazing animal act of the year – Tina and Chandi stole the hearts of the judges in their audition, and were hoping to recreate their success in Semi-final 2. I think they were fabulous. Some of those steps were simply incredible. The lateral moves, and fast paced moves, were truly unique.

Update:
Tina and Chandi got the most audience votes and will now return on Saturday night for the live final. That is truly incredible to get that far. I will be cheering for them to win, even though that may be a stretch. Of course, one of the prizes is to perform for the Queen, and we all know how much she loves her doggies.

This is wrong on so many levels

Do not do this at home. This is not canine freestyle. Asking a large breed dog such as a Golden Retriever to move about on two feet is just so dangerous. It simply shows no respect for a Golden’s bone structure, and how hard such movement would be on the body. Overall, the dance moves are just ridiculous. Imitating human dance is not what freestyle is about. It is about incorporating a dog’s natural movement into a routine. And, don’t get me started on the costuming.

This video just turns the entire exercise and the sport into a comedy routine, which you can tell by the reactions. That is not what we want viewers to get out of this sport.

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Btw, here is how Canine Freestyle is defined by the Musical Dog Sport Association (MDSA):

A dog sport in which training, teamwork, music and movement combine to create an artistic, choreographed performance highlighting the canine partner in a manner that celebrates the unique qualities of each individual dog. It is built upon the foundation of a positive working relationship of a dog and handler team.

I know a little bit about the sport, having trained and performed in it myself. And, of course, I’ve learned from the best, including that of the renowned Carolyn Scott.

Golden to Collie . . . . Oh my!


Our favorite Golden lady, Carolyn Scott, has been grieving for some time since her beloved Rookie left her side almost 15 months ago. She had also lost her Golden Rescue boy, Maverick, to cancer and a beloved kitty. It was just Zita, her lovely standard Poodle, providing that much needed furlove, and Zita has been mighty ill as well.

Well, today I received a happy post. Of course, it began with the typical Texas greeting of “Howdy”.

Here are the pictures of my new dog.  I have re-named him “Cash”.  Isn’t he a cutie?  I adopted him from Collie Rescue. He is 5-months-old.

As of yesterday Laddie became “Cash Scott”. :  )

Cash is doing great! Randy loves the name since I have already been to Petsmart to buy him lots of toys and bones. :  )

I am thrilled for Carolyn, and not terribly mystified by her choice in breed. Rookie was truly that once-in-a-lifetime dog and it may be quite some time before she can cross back into the Golden arena.

My hubby Gary’s first dog was a Collie, named Laddie, no less. So, he was a touch less thrilled that Carolyn changed her boy’s name. Oh well.

Carolyn has also been a Collie lover from way back, her very first dog as a child being a Sable & White Collie boy named Rascal. She thought he was the smartest dog she had ever seen.

Auntie Rochelle is really upset with Carolyn’s choice of places to buy her new love’s toys and treats. Given all the cancer out there, and problems with a suspect food supply, we just can’t be too careful. I certainly am not with my Golden boy Alfie.

Please check out my page on Polluted Pets as a reminder . . . . while I bundle up a much-needed care package for Cash that will include organic toys, organic treats and free-range USDA chews.

Maybe, I can even get Carolyn to switch to Canine Life’s home-cooked organic puppy formulation for her sweetie. I have been using it for years and cannot imagine better peace of mind than that of knowing that he is getting the best of the best.

America’s Got Talent: We LOVE Pam Martin & Spy – Updated

It was wonderful on July 1st to see Pam Martin, of Top Dog Dallas Dog Training, performing with her Viva on America’s Got Talent. Pam is a close friend of famous freestyler Carolyn Scott, as they have worked together for several years, and can be seen in our upcoming documentary, Gotta Dance.

Well, Pam made it to the next level and returned to America’s Got Talent on August 26th with Spy, Viva’s big brother. Here is the video of her performance. [Update: They were so very cute, even though they were eventually eliminated.]

Below, is one of Pam’s newest training ventures with the skateboard. “Spy”, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, is in skateboard training. So far he really likes it.

Viva Las Vegas!!

It was such a surprise last night to see Pam Martin, of Top Dog Dallas Dog Training, performing with her Viva on America’s Got Talent. We cannot wait to see what she has planned for her next routine.

Pam is a close friend of famous freestyler Carolyn Scott, as they have worked together for several years, and can be seen in our upcoming documentary, Gotta Dance.

Below, is one of Pam’s newest training ventures with the skateboard. “Spy”, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, is in skateboard training. So far he really likes it.

Check out lots of fun videos at Pam’s Top Dog Youtube Channel. She is quite an amazing lady, that’s for sure!