Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TPBA Presents: The Best Music Videos Starring Dogs!

Dogs are a big part of my life- I mean, here I am blogging about them for crying out loud!  I've worked with dogs professionally for the past 5 years, and have spent a lot of time training my own pups.

The other big part of my life is music.  I'm a guitarist and songwriter, and play in a punk rock band!

So today I am combining my two passions into one awesome post!  Today, we will be watching the best music videos starring dogs!  The videos I'm posting tend to fall in the genres of rock, alternative, and indie music.  I've seen a few in other genres but for the sake of consistency, and because I'm most familiar with rock, I've chosen to omit those from my list of personal favorites.

9. The Take Over, The Breaks Over- Fall Out Boy

What do dogs dream of?  Apparently this.  And here I was thinking they just chase squirrels in their dreams.  Well, Delilah does at least.  It was clever how the band used the video to respond to fans disappointed about their change in sound.  "Everyone changes" is how I've always felt about bands- my favorite bands all change over time, it's what comes with longevity.  No one wants to hear a band play the same 3 chords for 20 years!  (Well maybe some people do).

8. Wake the Dogs- Donots

With a title like "Wake the Dogs," could the music video really star any other animal?  In 2012, German punk band, Donots released this apt video featuring dogs simply being dogs.  This album has a lot of folk punk influence, a favorite genre of mine, and even contains a track featuring Frank Turner!

7. Closer (with Dogs!)- Tegan and Sara

I always joked that when I'm away my pets throw parties.  I guess that's a thing.  My favorite part is when they're playing spin the bottle- the dogs' expressions are right on!  And the pug... haha, so funny!  This isn't the official music video, but a parody that was made for a series by Pet Collective.  It seems Tegan and Sara are big dog lovers though- they just released a video for their song 100x that stars dogs too.

6. Santeria- Sublime

Iconic Dalmatian Louie belonged to Bradley Nowell of Sublime.  He became Sublime's unofficial mascot, making an appearance in many other videos, in artwork, and even on stage!  Sadly Lou Dog outlived his owner, who passed away shortly before their major label debut album, Sublime, was released.  This video is a tribute to him.

5. Island in the Sun (Spike Jonze Video)- Weezer

Weezer's best known video for their 2001 single, "Island in the Sun," appears to be an excuse to play with adorable baby animals.  Nothing wrong there, other than me being jealous!  In addition to some very cuddly lab puppies; lions, bears, and chimpanzees also make appearances.  If you want to feel warm and fuzzy, this is the video to watch.

4. Wait Up (Boots of Danger)- Tokyo Police Club

Indie rock and a puppy pool party!  You can see the joy on these dogs' faces as they run, leap, and swim.  I thought 0:51 was hilarious- the "normal" dogs were running, and then you see the Border Collies stalking in the background.  Everyone in this video looks like they're having a great time!

3. Say You Don't Want It- One Night Only

This video has a twist ending and I don't want to give it away.  But I will say Emma Watson, dogs, and Britpop is a great combo!  After you watch the ending the video will make a lot more sense.

2. White Knuckles- OK Go

OK Go are known for their incredibly creative, visually interesting one shot videos.  The music video for White Knuckles promotes animal rescue and features shelter dogs performing a variety of behaviors.  What's impressive is the coordination between the band members and the dogs, and the dogs' abilities to focus and perform in the face of distractions including cameras, other dogs, and even a goat!  Delilah is... not at that level yet.  This is such an inspiring video for trick training!  The behind-the-scenes videos for White Knuckles are also a lot of fun to watch.

1. Save the World- Swedish House Mafia

In the dark of night, when order falls to chaos, only one thing can save this city... dogs!  Not only is this tune ridiculously catchy, but the music video stars super hero dogs fighting crime!  What a great idea!  And the music goes along with the video so well.

Honorable Mention: Dogs In Cars by Keith Hopkin- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

This video didn't make the list because it's not an official music video butttt it's a great concept and really fun to watch.  The band, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, posted it on their Facebook page, and that how I found it.  It reminds me of my last dog, Mia.  She loved sticking her head out the window on car rides.  She was really fluffy so her face always looked so funny in the wind.

Well, those are my favorite dog music videos!  What are yours?  Are there any that I'm leaving out?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Delilah's Gotcha Day Party!

A couple of days ago I posted about Delilah's first Gotcha Day!  She's lived with us for a year now. She got a lot of cool things for her special day and had a lot of fun.

Delilah got a couple of Outward Hound Puzzles- the Paw Flapper and the Jigsaw Glider.  She loves them and they keep her entertained for up to ten minutes.  It was a lot of fun watching her figure out the puzzles- my girl is so smart!  It's funny, the Paw Flapper (orange toy) was rated the highest difficulty by the company and the Jigsaw Glider (purple toy) was only rated a moderate difficulty, but Delilah figured out the Paw Flapper right away and still has trouble with the Jigsaw Glider.

The next toy she got is officially her new FAVORITE TOY EVER!  It's called the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball.  She SCREAMS at it whenever it starts "giggling."  She's so bad that she's not allowed to have it in the house because we live in a condo and I don't want to bother our neighbors!  I took her outside to an abandoned parking lot tonight and she chased and screamed at it for about 40 minutes. She's crazy about it.  It was on clearance at Price Chopper- best $3 I've ever spent.

The last toy she got I wasn't too impressed with.   She loved it, and now it's dead.  It's a Tuffy Boomerang by Indestructible Dog and is advertised as the "World's Tuffest Soft Dog Toy."  It didn't last an hour with a 6 lbs dog!  I'll be the first to admit my dog's... intense.  But seriously, couldn't a company that specializes in durable dog toys do a little better?

Lastly she had some doggy ice cream for dessert.  She loves that stuff! :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Delilah's First Gotcha Day!

Delilah has lived with my boyfriend and I for exactly one year today!  We're both so happy that she's in our lives now.  There have been a lot of challenges that I didn't experience with my last dog, Mia- bonding, training, behavior, and health- but we've also had so much progress and she's been completely worth it.  We look forward to the years to come!

Here are some photos from her homecoming.  She was transported up to Brattleboro, VT and my sister and I drove down from Burlington to pick her up.  It was one of the most exciting days of my life.

The first time I saw Delilah in real life.

Delilah was the last dog off of the transport.  Each time they brought out a dog I was hopeful it would be my dog, but I had to wait until the very end.

Delilah was so scared when she got off the transport.  She didn't want to come anywhere near me or my sister.  We sat in the lot behind Burger King with her for a while until she peed and pooped and calmed down, and then we began the journey up to Burlington.  When I got Delilah, I could see every bone in her body, and her spay incision was so swollen that at first I thought they had given me a boy dog instead!

On the way home Delilah curled up in my lap and fell asleep.  She must have been exhausted from being shipped all the way up from Tennessee!   She napped for most of the ride home.

We will do a follow up post with some of the cool new gifts she got for her Adoption Day!  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thanks for the Welcome!

We'd like to give a big thanks to the Blogville Welcome Wagon for featuring our blog and to all of our new viewers and followers for the warm welcome!

Delilah and I spent the weekend in Massachusetts at a family reunion.  Delilah's a little nervous around people but as long as she was outside and everyone ignored her she was fine.  I played catch with my cousins and Delilah spent over an hour running back and forth trying to get the ball.  She finally stopped when we left with my sister to go back to Vermont, otherwise I don't know when she would have.  She just doesn't get tired.

I don't have any photos from the event because I don't have a camera anymore, but here's a picture from after we got home of a sleepy Delilah.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Doing some Exploring

We went on a walk by the tennis courts behind my neighborhood.

I found a raspberry and a blackberry patch.  Yum.


Delilah found a hole.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Today is my first day off in forever!  I'm spending the weekend hanging out with the animals.

Everyone have fun and stay safe!