Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Also in this Saturday's episode is when Tillman went to visit the training facility for military dogs, who do all kinds of cool things including disaster recovery, search and rescue, etc. Tillman's visit to the 947th Military Police Detachment, of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment was really cool. If you love seeing dogs work, and be trained, and if you love and respect our military as much as I do, you will really love this week's episode of Who Let the Dogs Out.
Set your DVR or TiVo to record the episode on Animal Planet. It airs Saturday mornings 10 am eastern, 9 central, and for the west coast check local listings for your cable company.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The gang enjoys an awesome dinner with Chris Tillman at the famous Bo Brooks restaurant in Baltimore for Blue Crabs, which look so delicious! Too bad Tillman himself couldn't go in to enjoy some too.
Tillman, Wally and Rose take a City Sights bus tour in New York City, thanks to the generosity of Gray Line Bus tours who set it up for the gang. It was a terrific way to see Manhattan and all of New York City, especially from a dog's point of view.
Then Ron Davis and Tillman swing by the famous and legendary Pat's King of Steaks restaurant in Philadelphia. Pat's originated the Philly Cheese Steak in 1930 and still has a great reputation! Ron took Tillman on a tour of Philly, and even re-traced the steps of Rocky Balboa character in the Rocky movies. They went on a tour of the Historic District in Philly too, stopping to see Ben Franklin's burial site and lots more. I hope you can tune into 'Who Let the Dogs Out' it is really a fun show.
You can watch Who Let the Dogs out on Animal Planet 10 am eastern/9 central For the West coast, check local listings.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This weekend in the Daytona 500 race...and Greg Biffle will be in it, of course. Check it out Sunday February 26th.
I wish I had spent more time chatting with Greg when he was in Pasadena, California in January. He is going to be featured in an upcoming appearance on Tillman's new TV show 'Who Let the Dogs Out' on Animal Planet. If you like Greg Biffle, keep an eye on Tillman's TV show. NASCAR fans will be psyched to see Greg Biffle on Who Let the Dogs Out very soon!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I invited Jimmy on my radio show to chat with him about his career, and in particular 'Who Let the Dogs Out'. As usual, Jimmy was a great guest, funny, engaging and full of great stories. The interview provides insights to the man who has demonstrated his broad range of talent across many different formats in entrainment. Independent film buffs may be familiar with his recent appearance in the acclaimed Indy thriller film "A Thousand Cuts". Broadway fans will be delighted to hear him discuss his upcoming Broadway show "The Flunky, the Musical". Either way, Jimmy is a fascinating person who has a passion for animals and pets of all sizes.
For pet lovers, it was great to hear Jimmy talk about the cool dogs he has been meeting as they travel the country in search of the most talented dog in America. Jimmy speaks with genuine admiration for the natural talent in dogs; clearly he enjoys his role as The Boss and being a judge on Who Let the Dogs Out. For example, 'Kangaroo dog" who was featured in episode 1 was a 3-year-old Australian Kelpie named 'Rox' Jimmy smiles when he speaks about Rox. He combines his admiration and affection for the hundreds of dogs he has witnessed in casting calls nationwide. Tillman, he says continues to impress him every time he takes to his skateboard. "He does it because he loves to ride" Jimmy explained. "He will keep on going until he is exhausted, he isn't doing it for a treat reward or just to please his trainer/dad. It is a true love of the sport for Tillman". Jimmy has spent enough time with Tillman and Friends to know what he is talking about!
I asked Jimmy what it is like working with his dad, TV legend Dick Van Patten on Who Let the Dogs Out. They both seem to truly enjoy being on this project. 'We worked together on the Sunshine Boys, a few years ago, traveling the country" Jimmy said. "We saw our fair share of theatres but loved working together...and still do". In Who Let the Dogs Out, Dick Van Patten seems to be the voice of reason to Jimmy's whims and directions to Ron, Lexi, Karen and Steve. He comes up with the craziest ideas on where to send the crew, without regard for travel distances or much else. His dad weighs in from time to time and gives Jimmy a good ribbing. They enjoy each others' company and have good chemistry and timing, so it makes perfect sense that both Van Pattens serve as "The Boss" on this amusing and entertaining new reality show. Who Let the Dogs Out can be seen Saturday mornings on Animal Planet. Check your local listings for times.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
|Adele Cygelman's great book, pics: David Glomb|
People from all over the world enjoy renting mid-century modern homes, sip martinis poolside and dream about what it was like to see Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack at local Palm Springs establishments. Friends of mine own a business called 'Vacation Palm Springs', which specializes in such rentals, short-term or long term.
Another great example of this is famed Palm Springs fashion designed Trina Turk. Her clothing and home furnishings are immediately identifiable and unique, but always bring you back to the 50's and 60's era.
So if you are within driving distance to Palm Springs, or just feel spontaneous, hop on a quick flight to PSP International Airport and check it out. Incidentally, PSP was named one of the top ten most stress-free airports, by smartertravel.com. Nifty, huh?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
|Tillman is one of the world's most famous dogs!|
|Wally is still a puppy...so cute isn't he?|
Thursday, February 16, 2012
|Me with Tillman|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Who Let the Dogs Out features an amazing canine cast, led by Tillman, the World's fastest skateboarding bulldog. Joined by fellow pups Rose, Sully, baby bulldog Wally and Norman, they travel across America in Tillman's rock-star RV in search of talented dogs. Their human pals, Ron Davis, Lexi Beermann, Eric Presnall, Karen Cobb and Steve Clark help keep the dogs in line as they march across the country. Hollywood TV veteran actor Dick Van Patten and son Jimmy Van Patten also star in Who Let the Dogs Out, as bosses to the whole team. You can follow Tillman on Facebook and Twitter under the name: TillmanSkates.
Who Let the Dogs Out even features a Watch and Win Sweepstakes, so watch the show an then check the website to learn how to enter the sweeps. Check your local cable provided TV listings for air time on Animal Planet Saturday February 18th.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
|Dog Wedding Announcemen|
The store did a great job decorating, creating a little altar setting with paper wedding bells, and tufts of pink paper satin flowers. The white "rose petals" were tissue paper, and the rosettes along the posts were all hand made with white and pink tissue paper. Here are a few fun photos:
|Maid of Honor: "Baby"|
|Groomsmen Luke and John|
|Wedding Party: Seamus the McCaw|
|Groom: Reese and Best Man: Ziggy the Guinea Pig|
|Bride Zoe was radiant in white|
|Wedding Guest Miss Peach|
|Distinguished Guest Mr Poopy|
|Father of Bride walks Zoe down aisle|
Reese, the groom checked with Ziggy his best man for the wedding ring collar. while Baby the Maid of Honor checked Zoe's veil before the ceremony began. As I looked around the room, I noticed one or two of the female (human) guests shed a few tears of joy.
After a brief "officially unofficial" ceremony, with very amusing vows, Zoe and Reese were pronounced "Dog and Wife". Reese looked over to his Best Man and smiled with approval, while Zoe showed off her happy face with a few licks of joy, stamping her feet too. The wedding guests barked, purred, squawked, flapped wings, wagged tails and fluffed fur to express their happiness...but demanded the outward sign of their new matrimonial puptials.
The guests didn't have to wait long for that. The wedding official announced the new couple, Mr & Mrs Reese Kraft. With that, she told Reese that he could kiss the bride, which he dutifully performed to the delight of everyone in the audience.
Once the wedding ceremony was out of the way, the attendees decided to party like animals, so they headed to the Wedding Reception. The humans passed trays of hors d'ouevres which were slices of Natural Balance dog food rolls, turkey, lamb, beef and duck, along with a few dog biscuits too.
As the guests milled around the reception, I went over to check out the wedding cake, which was in the shape of a bone. The guests were all snapping photos of the cake, and began asking when it would be served. I wondered how they would handle this part, but soon that too was revealed...
The happy canine couple dispensed with the traditional "bride feeds the groom" nonsense. and instead they both tore into their wedding cake. The guests were very excited. Lots of tails were wagging in approval, and tapping on the floor. I thought I noticed some drool on the floor near the Maid of Honor, but that may have just been wedding party gossip from the in-laws.
For their Honeymoon, Reese and Zoe are planning to curl up together on the sofa next Saturday morning to watch "Who Let the Dogs Out" TV show on Animal Planet. I think Tillman is their idol. They posed for wedding photos with Tillman's TV show poster in front of them. I gave the happy couple a few bags of Tillman's Treats as a wedding gift to enjoy on their Honeymoon. I hope their paws can work the TV remote control. I suppose they have a human on hand to handle that sort of stuff. It was a fun day, and certainly a first for me.
Friday, February 10, 2012
|Norman does lots of TV gigs|
Karen is a native New Yorker, she was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Later she moved to Florida and Graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Video/Film production and graphic design. She worked briefly at an ABC affiliate doing graphics for live news.
|Mom and "son"|
Knowing how difficult it can be to train a Shiba Inu, I asked Karen about her secret to successful dog training. She told me "I use positive motivational training methods. The key is to make it fun for the dog. If they are having fun they will want to learn and will try their very best. Another important part of training is to break every behavior down to the smallest parts possible and teach each little part separately before you try to put it all together." Awesome advice and a great approach to training, I thought. No wonder why I like Karen so much, she is a genius, and practical too.
|Me and Norman New Years Eve|
So how did Karen switch from working with Shiba Inus?
After training a client's dog named ‘Norman’ in 1997, Karen fell in love with the breed. Carefully researching breed traits for many years, she finally got her own "Norman". When Karen found Norman, she decided it would fun to teach some unique tricks, that she had not seen done before. Norman learned to wipe his feet when entering the house, wipe his beard after a drink and of course, he learned to ride his scooter.
The Cobb family which also includes animal lover Kaylee, 9 and hot rod loving Bryson 6, just finished an 8 month tour around the USA and Canada, where Norman performed his scootering skills to the delight of millions of fans.
|Me with Karen & Norman!|
I met up with Karen and Norman in San Diego, California recently for an appearance on the local Fox News morning show. Everyone in the newsroom, from the crew to the anchors watched in total amazement as Norman hopped on his scooter and did his thing. Karen beamed proudly as she watched her ‘son’ perform for the TV cameras. She has plenty to be proud of—not only is Norman a super cool dog, he is a member of her family too. Be sure to tune into Who Let the Dogs Out every Saturday morning on Animal Planet to see Karen and Norman. They sure are a lot of fun.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
|Eric Presnall appears in 'Who Let the Dogs Out'|
|Music is definitely one of Eric's passions|
Eric is charming and easy to talk to. He smiles easily and often, and has a knack for putting people at ease. Whether on set or waiting for the cameras to roll Eric is focused and professional. He believes that by hard-work, anything can be possible, and revolves his life around the quote, "To spend your time wisely, aim to have none of it free."
|Eric Presnall with Tillman|
Through a series of talent casting calls and reviewing video submissions online, Tillman and Friends--along with Eric will find the most talented dog in America, one way or another. For the moment, Eric has his hands full as Tillman's personal assistant. Eric Presnall is a bright new talent and one to watch closely. Look for Eric during the premiere episode of Who Let the Dogs Out on Animal Planet, Saturdays starting February 18th at 10 am/9am central.
Click Here to hear my radio interview with Eric Presnall on Blog Talk Radio!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I've known Ron now for several years-- well before I started working at Natural Balance Pet Foods, I got to know him while he would make public appearances with his amazing bulldog Tillman. Ron is a real-deal Southern California skater and surfer dude; but despite his passion for extreme sports, his life revolves around his family and the ocean. You can tell he loves the ocean, his son's name is 'Reef', pretty cool huh? Ron was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, and soon found his true passion in working with dogs. In 2008 Ron and his English bulldog Tillman, (certified by Guinness World Records as The World's Fastest Skateboarding Dog) were discovered and invited on the CBS reality show Greatest American Dog. Though they didn't win that competition, it helped Ron launch a career in dog training. As the lead trainer at Natural Balance Pet Foods, Ron heads up our world-famous team of action sports bulldogs to skateboard, snowboard and surf.
|Ron and his buddy Tillman|
I asked Ron how Tillman got into skateboarding, which is his own passion. He explained that even when Tillman was still a young pup in the family, he showed interest in Ron's skateboard. He started chewing on the wheels, and getting excited whenever Ron would take the board out. "Tillman was initially inspired by my Rottweiler, Stoli, who lived for
that skateboard, but never able to put all four on the deck", he explained to me. One day Ron took a chance and showed Tillman how to skate. In no time at all, Tillman was able to hop on the board and take to the pavement at home to practice skating without help of his dad. Not surprisingly, Ron sees himself and Tillman along the lines of fraternity brothers who are inseparable.
|Ron and Tillman being interviewed|
In addition to his three dogs, Tillman, Rose and Sully he and his 12-year-old son Reef live in Oxnard, California where they enjoy surfing, skateboarding, tennis, volleyball. If you love extreme sports, skateboards, skim boards or surfing, you'll want to get to know Ron. He and Tillman practically ARE the show, so it won't be hard to follow Ron each week on Who Let the Dogs Out on Animal Planet.
PS: Click here to hear my radio interview with Ron Davis on BlogTalkRadio
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