Category: Dogs in Art
Yes – that is right – there is now an official channel for dogs to watch TV….
Our puppy Ava seems fascinated by the TV and sometimes watches. She gets really into it when there is an animal program, so perhaps there is something to it.
I personally am on the fence since we do not watch that much TV as it is and prefer to spend our time in the forest or doingother activitives – that is what a PVR is for after all ;] Besides why would we have a dog if we wanted to watch TV? Dogs are meant to be out exploring the world and teaching us to be kinder.
Anyways – here is the link to the new channel – check it out and let us know your views on having your pooch watch some doggie TV!
Rani and Ava
The First Television Channel for dogs
Scientifically developed. Pup approved. DOGTV is cable’s first network created exclusively for canines, and the humans who love them.
DOGTV’s 24/7 programing helps stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with shows that expose them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behavior patterns, all from a dog’s point of view.
DOGTV is a 24/7 digital TV channel with programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who’s less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems.
DOGTV is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and uses concepts widely supported by leading organizations including The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a valuable product that contributes to the enrichment and quality of dogs’ lives.
This clip is so funny. Our old lab Kobi was like this except he would try and get the ball.
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
I love this ad! It follows brilliantly from the one with the little boy dressed up as Darth Vader – really fantastic!
This was definitely the year for dog ads – will post more soon!
The Dog Strikes Back from DTan on Vimeo.
Beautiful Day at the Dog Park from Kelsey Wynns on Vimeo.
What Playing in a Dog Park Looks Like from a Dog’s Point of View (Hint: Awesome)
I’ve always wondered what the world looks like from a dog’s point of view. After watching this video, now I know. Kelsey Wynn outfitted his Great Dane, Bishop, with a GoPro and took him to the dog park to play. You get to see everything Bishop’s see and it looks so freaking fun.
Wynn attached one GoPro to Bishop’s harness and then built another rig equipped with a second GoPro (PVC monopod) to get different angles. He then combined the footage and sloooww moootttioned it to bring incredible detail to what goes on down in the dog zone. I love seeing dogs up close and at their natural height (as opposed to our way up there perspective), it totally feels like I’m watching the world from inside their brain. Also, in slow motion, some of this dog playing looks a little vicious! [Kelsey Wynn via Laughing Squid]
Many of the reports coming out of this week’s premier of the new Jennifer Lopez movie, “The Back-up Plan,” say the star was upstaged by her four-legged co-star.
By numerous accounts, Nubbins stole the show. Nubbins is an able-bodied Boston Terrier who, thanks to Oscar-worthy acting skills, plays a special needs dog in the movie.
According to this report in USA Today, two other dogs named Nip and Tuck helped Nubbins portray the needy movie dog named Nuts. “One was good at faces, one was good at walking in the chair, and one was good at moving his head and fighting with you,” Lopez told the paper.
Cast member Nubbins the dog arrives at the premiere of “The Back-up Plan” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. At the top of this entry, he appears on the red carpet with Jennifer Lopez. (AP Photos/Matt Sayles)
The Genesis Awards was an Oscar-style gala with tuxedos and glittery dresses and celebrity presenters, but at the end of the night, as befits an event honoring TV shows, films, documentaries, and news programs that highlighted animal welfare issues last year, the guest that attracted the most attention was a dog.
Hewing to the dress code, he did wear a taupe bow-tie around his furry neck. “Nubs,” the vaguely German shepherd-looking mix (named for his mutilated ears), was swarmed by human guests after the show, which was presented by the Humane Society of the United States on Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
During the “Tribute to Dogs,” Marine Maj. Brian Dennis recalled how Nubs adopted him as he patrolled the Syrian border in Iraq in fall 2007. “It was kind of a tough time for both of us,” Dennis said onstage.
Later, Dennis had to relocate to an outpost in Iraq 70 miles away. “One of the hardest things in my life was to leave him behind that time,” Dennis said.
But just days later, the dog showed up.
If Nubs’ biggest accomplishment was tracking Dennis, perhaps his second was getting a seat — well, a spot on the floor — at the elegant dinner. After the show, animal welfare advocate Cheri Shankar and her husband, Naren, an executive producer of “CSI,” chatted with Dennis and stroked Nubs’ fur.
Dennis, who co-wrote a children’s book about his devoted dog, “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle,” smuggled him out of Iraq through Jordan. “That was like its own adventure,” said Dennis, who deploys for Afghanistan this fall.
Dennis wasn’t the only dog lover recognized Saturday night. Joe St. Georges, the L.A. firefighter paramedic who dangled from a cable out of a helicopter to rescue a dog from the L.A. River during a January rainstorm, got a standing ovation. St. Georges, whose dramatic rescue was broadcast live on the news, smiled and stood at his seat.
From the next table, actress Tippi Hedren — who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with wild cats — and her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, came over to shake his hand.
The frightened dog so deeply chomped into his right thumb that St. Georges was sidelined from active duty. Saturday night, his bandages were off; he’s back on duty. He held up a swollen thumb with a regrowing nail. “Not bad, huh?” he said.
Among the award winners were the feature films “Hotel for Dogs” and “Up,” a news report on the cruelty of shark-finning, and an HBO documentary, “Death on a Factory Farm,” about animal abuse at an Ohio hog farm. The documentary film award went to “The Cove.”
“We witnessed a crime, not just a crime against nature but a crime against humanity,” said “The Cove” director Louie Psihoyos — who two weeks ago won an Oscar for his film about Japan’s dolphin slaughter.
Psihoyos gave a nod to animal activists he works with who went undercover recently to expose the illegal serving of whale meat at the Santa Monica restaurant the Hump. Facing federal charges for serving endangered whale meat, the restaurant announced a few days ago that it would close. “I’m very proud that the ops team — that could fit in a mini Cooper — helped bust a sushi restaurant here,” the director said.
This crowd wouldn’t dream of dining on surf or turf. Instead, asparagus and beet salad and Gardein filled with sundried tomatoes were on the menu. The nearly 800 guests were a mix of Humane Society benefactors, animal welfare advocates who devote their lives to humane issues — and those involved in animal issues who are better known for their day jobs in entertainment (actresses Emily Deschanel and Persia White) or even politics (Matthew Scully, the former George W. Bush speechwriter, whose animal-welfare cred comes from writing “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.”)
Rory Freedman, co-author of “Skinny Bitch,” her tart-tongued guide to getting thin, looked skinny-bitchy in a sleek pink and black dress.
“I’ve always been thin,” said vegan Freedman, “but giving up meat and dairy was what made me lean, lean, lean.”
She convinced me to “pinky swear” that I would try, at least, to go vegetarian for a month starting April 1. But it was late in the evening and she was distracted by high heels that had made her feet sore, so maybe she’ll forget. (If not, I have laid in a supply of tofu.)
The Genesis Awards will be air on Animal Planet on April 24 and 25.
– Carla Hall
Local canine-ista Mary-Jo Dionne’s new T-shirt design lets people bark out against the mistreatment of man’s best friends, while helping raise money for a good cause.
Dionne, a Vancouver-based writer and T-shirt designer, says she just hopes the shirt’s to-the-point message — PuppyMillsBite — gets more people involved in the fight against puppy mills.
“For people unsure of what a puppy mill is — just imagine a warehouse, with row after row, and shelf after shelf of crammed inventory. That inventory is puppies,” says Dionne. “It’s just got to stop.”
Five dollars from every $42 shirt goes toward the U.S. non-profit rescue group, Best Friends Animal Society, and their Puppies Aren’t Products campaign.
Vancouver retailers include: The Dog and Hydrant in Yaletown; Woof! in Kitsilano; Three Dog Bakery in Point Grey and Port Moody.
“As a Vancouver brand, it’s important to me that the tee grows from here. Momentum is gaining and, believe it or not, 95 per cent of my online orders, available at FleasPlease.com”
Snoopy Named Top Dog for Pop Culture 2009, Beats Scooby Doo
Snoopy is the top dog for pop culture. The American Kennel Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and the Peanuts character from the comic strip has beaten out other cartoon dogs such as Scooby Doo and a real live college mascot, a beautiful collie named Reveille, that represents Texas A&M at sporting events and other functions.
Chicago Now cites the AKC, and their experts ranked a list of pop culture dogs and then allowed the public to vote from Sept. 15 through Dec. 14 in 11 weekly polls at PawNation.com.
Nearly 76,000 people voted for the Top 125 list, the AKC reports. The Texas A&M Aggies mounted a concentrated campaign to “Vote for Reveille,” but it fell just short.
Second place went to Texas A&M University’s mascot Reveille, followed by Scooby Doo, the television cartoon character.
The top ten are below:
2. Texas A&M’s Reveille
3. Scooby Doo
4. Eddie from the TV show Frasier
5. Pound Puppy toys
6. Painting “Dogs Playing Poker”
7. Song How Much is that Doggie in the Window
8. Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog
9. The song Who Let the Dogs Out
10. Brian Griffin from the animated TV show Family Guy
Robert Pattinson, on the eve of his next big hit, said that his dream is to become a dog, according to this story on Zimbio.
A dog? That’s right. The British actor, who plays the vampire Edward Cullen in the movie “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, explained that he felt the deep connection with the four -legged creatures.
When asked what he would like to become, he said: “I think I’d be a dog. The lifestyle of a dog has always fascinated me: You sleep, sit around, get stroked, eat and get walked from time to time. That’s great!” Pattinson added: “There is a deep connection between me and dogs.”