Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
It was the first time I had been to a NASCAR race, so it was all new to me. Everyone I met was really cool and explained things to me along the way. I learned a lot about the sport and experienced the passion for racing that millions of NASCAR fans share. I'm a fan of the Greg Biffle Foundation, which "aims to create awareness and serve as an advocate for the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motor-sports industry." I got to know Greg through his involvement with the Natural Balance Pet Foods Rose Parade float, and his appearances in our Who Let the Dogs Out TV show on Animal Planet.
Sunday was an incredible experience; I have a new found appreciation for NASCAR. Here are just a few cool photos from the garages and pit areas I saw while hanging out:
|FedEx race car in the garage|
|this is what they use to measure the car|
|car being inspected before race|
|Greg Biffle's 3M awesome car in the garage|
|Greg Biffle's car under carriage|
|Cockpit of Greg Biffle's race car WOW|
|The Pit Crew at work!|
|it was awesome to be right in the pit with the crew|
Here is a video I took with my iPad of Greg's Pit Crew. It was really awesome to see it up close!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
He has been helping out to promote Who Let the Dogs Out, so he's a Hollywood dog living in Palm Springs. Amazing. These dogs live quite the life.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Then Tillman heads to Roush Fenway in Charlotte, NC to see his good pal, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle. With Greg's help Tillman's skateboard gets some "special adjustments to help him skate even faster. There, Tillman breaks his own speed record. Sure is great to have friends in high places.
Then the gang meet an amazing dog named Bardot, who likes to dive to the bottom of her swimming pool to fetch toys. This dog really is incredible. You have to watch the show to appreciate what she can do.
Even Tillman's personal assistant Eric Presnall can't quite believe it. He decides to challenge Bardot to a diving competition race. So he strips down and jumps in the pool. His two legs versus Bardot's four legs. You have to tune in to see who wins. Want to watch a few preview clips? Look no further:
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The article teaser headline was featured on the home page of the New York Magazine website. In all honesty I hadn't visited the NewYorkMag.com in quite awhile, so I took some time to reacquaint myself with their format. News, food, theatre, travel, home...all the usual sections in a publication for a thriving mega metropolis like New York. Being a former New Yorker, I used to read New York Magazine regularly but as I've been gone (as a resident) for over 20 years I lost the habit of reading their publication. Needless to say, I was delighted to find how much I enjoyed reading their site. Now that I've book-marked it, I can regularly keep up with all the terrific features they run.
Of course I visit NY regularly so it is nice to have some inside scoop and info. Anyway, lo-and-behold I found the article entitled "Get Lost in Palm Springs" by By Carrie Nieman Culpepper and read through it in great detail. I was delighted to see she featured one of the newest hotels in town, The Saguro which only just opened after an extensive renovation of a former property brand at that location. The writer does a nice job offering a broad range of tips and suggestions on what to do here in Palm Springs. From where to stay, where to eat and what to do there are plenty of tips to get someone started. She also-- quite generously mentions yours truly, this very blog as follows: "Find out what celebs have been in town recently on local radio host Rick Rockhill’s Palm Springs Savant." It was a very nice treat and pleasant surprise to be mentioned in her article. So to Ms.Carrie Nieman Culpepper, should you read this post, I say "thank you" for the very kind mention. You just gained one more reader :-)
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
One of my favorites was Jasmine of the blog 'My Favorite Pup Jasmine'. You may have seen some of her awesome videos on YouTube. She is a an internet sensation, thanks to her mom CJ who I had time to briefly meet while at the taping that day!
It was so nice to finally meet CJ in person. I'd only ever chatted with her online through Twitter, where she is known as @MyFavPupJasmine and has a great following there too. I'm so psyched that Jasmine was featured on one of the early episodes of Who Let the Dogs Out. All she did was submit a video online and in no time at all the show producers contacted her to compete in the season one finale competition.
If you have never been on a hot set of a TV show taping it is always interesting to observe what goes on behind the camera- literally. There are all kinds of people running around handling all the details from lights, cameras, and props to the canine and human talent. The live audience members need to be hushed, and coached on how and when to respond with applause, etc. Having a live audience also makes the taping interesting because in many way the dogs auditioning pick up the vibe and respond to the audiences cheers. I'm enjoying being a part of the production team for the Who Let the Dogs Out TV show. If you have not seen it yet, set your DVR to record it, Saturday mornings on Animal Planet. If you love animals I think you'll really enjoy it.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
I've had a few e-mails from readers asking more about the dog surf dog Ricochet who works with disabled kids in Southern California. Ricochet is featured on tomorrow's episode of Who Let the Dogs Out on Animal Planet. But you can go to her website if you want to learn more. She also has a facebook page too. Hope you can tune in for the show tomorrow! http://WhoLetTheDogsOut.TV
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
|Jimmy, Irene Cho and me|
|my awesome golf balls autographed by Irene Cho|
Sunday, March 4, 2012
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|If you can read Greek, maybe this will help you identify the bakery!|
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Some places seem to have more energy or vibrations than others. The pyramids of Egypt, the ancient city in Ephesus, Turkey, parts of Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Wales, Montenegro, Nuremberg...well I could go on and on but you get the gist. I've just had those moments in such places where I've had to just stop and reflect.
It is quite amazing what one can hear and see when one truly listens. I'm a firm believer that things in life happen for a reason. How we respond, react or handle things is our free will I guess. We truly are the sum of our life experiences. But perhaps I'm just being too deep. Helps me unwind anyway, and for that I'm grateful.
Anyway I had the most interesting experience just a few days ago while away from home. I was chatting with someone about a fairly mundane topic, when I noticed the subject matter grew more deep and almost philosophical. I nattered on freely, until I sensed mid-sentence, that the other person seemed to be much more engaged than I realized. It was the strangest sensation, as if everything went into slow-motion. I could hear the person talking, but what I also "heard" and "saw" was something much more deep.
I didn't even realize it but soon I was waxing philosophical, sharing stories and advice that I sensed this person needed to hear. I believe I was simply a conduit at that moment. This person needed some validation and almost spiritual direction. Of course by spiritual I does not mean religious, it refers to more of an inner compass of life. Sometimes we can "be there" for someone without realizing it. That's exactly what occurred in this situation.
Afterward I was mentally exhausted and had to close my eyes and reflect. It was as if my energy was drained from that conversation, but in a really good way. I didn't question it, I accept that this is all part of the human experience of life. Fortunately for me, I'm back home in Palm Springs and able to ground myself and recharge the battery of my mind and soul. A fresh sunrise on the San Jacinto mountains is just what I need. Life is good.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Then there is a fun segment of one of the talent search auditions we held to find the most talented dog in America. Some really nice people auditioned with their pets, including a woman named Judy Garland, as well as others named Kira Sundance, Sherri Robinson and Princess Mancilla. All their dogs were featured in this week's segment.
Then of course there was Tillman's visit to the 3rd US Infantry Regiment of Military Working Dogs, where you can see dogs being trained for truly heroic tasks to serve our country.
Perhaps it is the segment about the Monument to Military Working Dogs that got me so pumped. I love working for my company, because Natural Balance gets it. We're not a big stuffy corporate type company. We are a family owned and operated business that tries to connect with the community. Being able to help raise money for a monument in Washington DC to honor military working dogs? Well that just makes me proud to be an American. I hope you can tune in to watch this week's episode on Animal Planet. To view the promo clip, click here.
Saturday morning, March 3rd, 10 am Eastern/9 am Central. For West coast check local listings. Set your DVR or TiVo to record the whole season of Who Let the Dogs Out.
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