I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been a wonderful year and we have much to be thankful for. Grampa Pete had cancer surgery and is doing absolutely terrific now. We are so grateful! I sneaked under the Christmas tree and opened one my Christmas presents early. It was a framed tile painted by the kids with cancer from Camp Mak-A-Dream. I was so touched that I even cried. I will treasure it forever, as it holds so many wonderful memories of my Camp Mak-A-Dream stay this past summer. I hope you send and receive heartfelt gifts too.
Jack the Bitterroot Beagle and his pretend father Mumba (played by Robert Parr), go to the Barber Shop for haircuts and a shave. Gus the Barber (played by Dominic Farrenkopf - aka FLOMINIC) is old and hard of hearing, but still manages to give Jack and Mumba the most spectacular haircuts of their life.
The movie clip was intended to be significantly shorter than it turned out, with more emphasis put on the scene where Jack gets a haircut and shave. However, I gave Robert and Dominic (both of whom have never acted before) some very basic directions on the gist of the scene and then told them to do whatever came naturally and improvise. And improvise they did. It was like watching a Saturday Night Live skit. As you can see in the video, the way in which they interacted was seamless, spot on and hysterical. They are naturals and I expect the producers of Saturday Night Live to be contacting them very soon.
Special thanks to "Firp" Redman for the use of his State Street Barber Shop in Hamilton, Montana.
Do you know why we are howling with excitement? Because we were just notified that two of our videos were chosen to be on Animal Planet's television show. Out of a gazillion internet dog videos, Animal Planet has identified 40 of the top dog videos for their upcoming "America's Cutest Dog II" program. They will have five video clips in eight categories. Both of our videos were chosen for the "Aww Inspiring" category that features extremely impressive dogs.
Courtesy of Animal Planet
Courtesy of NBC Montana - KECI News
Jack the Bitterroot Beagle made it with his "Snowboarding Beagle" video. Jack's little sister Jill, will join him on TV with her video "Jill with 4 Balls". As soon as Animal Planet notifies us of the air date, we will let you know too. Congratulations again to Jack the Bitterroot Beagle and Jill.
The following links are some local coverage of Jack and the videos chosen for Animal Planet's television show: