One of my favorite comments from last night's episode of Greatest American Dog came from Laurie's interaction with the other contestants' dogs. While her Maltese, Andrew, is tiny, he's also super mellow and well-behaved. When Presley (Travis's big Boxer) jumped up on her, she seemed shocked and said that wasn't OK with "Auntie Laurie" . . . ha! How do you feel about your pets jumping up on strangers?
Awww, how cozy they look! Does this scene look familiar to you? If you share a bed with your pet, does the furry one have a fave snuggly spot? When I chatted with Bill from Greatest American Dog, he shared the sweet observation below:
I think the bond between Star and I was pretty tight when we got to California and I don't think you could make it any better. She slept in the bed with me all the time we were out there but when we got back home, Star had moved. She had always slept at the end of the bed, and now she moved up to right beside me on my side of the bed and that may be a little bit bigger bond.
First puppies and now an elephant?! For last night's episode of Greatest American Dog, the remaining humans (Travis, J.D., Bill, Laurie, and Teresa) had to get their pets (Presley, Galaxy, Star, Andrew, and Leroy) to sit in a circle as an elephant approached them, made tons of noise and flapped its ears, and eventually got close enough to pick up a banana placed nearby. It came down to a faceoff between Presley and Andrew, and the smallest pooch there (Laurie's Maltese) didn't move a muscle – wow! Next, it was a course finishing in a doggie zipline – that J.D. and Galaxy made look like a piece of cake – but, unfortunately, two dogs (Star and Andrew) wouldn't take that leap. In the end, the judges chose to send Bill and Star packing which made me sad 'cause I was totally pulling for them, but happy since I got to chat with him this morning. . . . and, yes, he's just as sweet on the phone as he looks on TV:
On meeting an elephant for the first time: You remember, we've got our back towards that elephant? I'm watching Star and saying "sit, stay, sit, stay" and her eyes are getting bigger and bigger and it's like one of us has got to move, I hope she tells me when I'm supposed to move! That was thrilling to me, just thrilling.
Learn what happens when Star meets the elephant for the second and third (?) time when you read more
The final challenge in last night's episode of Greatest American Dog was rather shocking! In an intensified agility-type course, it ended with a doggy zip line . . . whoa! Even if you don't agree with J.D.'s training methods, he and Galaxy did an amazing job here, probably due in part to her training.
I recapped last Wednesday's episode of Greatest American Dog with some answers from my chat with Beth Joy, but here's the rest of the interview – you don't think I'd get off the phone without asking about her pooch's name, do you? Don't forget to tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to see which duo's going home this week!
PetSugar: How did you decide on her name?
Beth Joy: When I rescued her, her name was Maggie and I was like "eh, you're too beautiful – you're bella" so I named her that. She does movies so she has her middle name Starlet, all my dogs and cats have middle names it's not just Bella. Her nicknames are Cuddle Muffin, Puppy Monkey, Baby Girl, Smoopy, it's a wide range however I'm feeling.
PetSugar: What's it like seeing her on TV?
Beth Joy: She looks gorgeous! It's funny to see her and let all of America and the world see who she is. It's just an honor. I love watching her and every time it's on, she sits in her California bed that we got from the show and watches herself.
PetSugar: Is there anything you wished you'd see more of?
Beth Joy: This show should have been so much more about all the dogs having fun than all the drama. There are some funny things that happened in the pool and wild stuff around the house that they didn't show and it was sad because that was really what we all (as the cast members) thought that they would have shown because it's about dogs.
PetSugar: What was your experience being on the show?
Beth Joy: We learned amazing things on the show, dogs can learn tricks at any age, I want everybody to know that. I'm happy to be the one representing rescue dogs with Bella Starlet on the show, she's a pure mutt and she's quite an amazing dog as you can see on her website – we have fun.
Learn what's up next for Bella Starlet Dog when you read more
I think the latest episode of Greatest American Dog should have been called puppies! It's like TV gold, just mix it up by adding over a dozen adorable Golden Retriever pups. I caught up with Beth Joy, who was eliminated this week, and she opened up about the last episode and her cute pooch, Bella Starlet Dog. Once again, I got some great behind-the-scenes clues and views – check out her answers below!
On the digging challenge:
- Before every dog-bone challenge, we actually get a practice. All dogs dig differently – she actually digs with her nose – and she did so good that I thought she was gonna dig, find Mommy, and it would be awesome.
- I'm completely claustrophobic but I said to myself "I'm going to do this, Bella did great on the dig and she's gonna find me . . . I'll sit for five minutes and have a panic attack for her to find me." But you have to understand when you watch the show, there's reasons why we choose things and I had a feeling but instead she said 'I'm going to be like Lassie and I'm going to bark for someone to come rescue my mom."
- The thing with the dig is every time she did the practice, one of the trainers kept pulling the treats away from her after she found it and I think that upset her; she knew she wasn't going to get the treat again. That was all part of it – what you see is what you get on these shows, not the real experience.
On meeting the puppies:
- Actually with this challenge, we did it the day before and Bella did great in the maze, she came out and went through it a few times but, when you film, there's hours and hours in between. So when Bella came out and greeted the puppies, she was excited but then it was three hours until we did the challenge. It was 105 degrees out that day. Bella overheated, Star overheated, and Presley overheated.
Where is Bella trying to go in that picture up top? Learn the surprising answer when you read more
Last week I had the chance to chat with Greatest American Dog contestant Laura, who shared some tales from time on the show and her deep love for her sweet little purebred Pomeranian, Preston. He is naturally white with creme highlights, but he rocked a pretty in pink mohawk on the show and stole my heart for being a class act. I decided it was high time we all test our knowledge of the Pomeranian breed. What do you know about them?
Photos courtesy of CBS
It was another doozy on Greatest American Dog. With dancing last time and now painting this week . . . how much more can I take? I had the chance to chat with Laura yesterday – and decided to recap the latest episode with some of her comments. She was super sweet so stay tuned for more from her later on.
On last night's show: In the beginning of the episode, Preston still has the black mohawk from the night before which was the "dancing with the dogs" night. We were given the task to paint at about four in the afternoon. We had a lesson and, by the time we could start painting, it was nighttime – California (Agora Hills) at night with short hair, he was chilly. He was so exhausted – you know your dog, you know when they're just not themselves and I just looked into his little eyes glazed over like 'Mama, I'm having fun but I kinda just want to sleep in, I don't really feel like painting.'
On the painting process: We didn't get started until about noon, not because I was lazy. That's why I was really trying to be intricate with the stencils to prepare things for him to do. What the cameras didn't show was halfway through the day, it started raining and we had nothing done. Rather than having him paint in the rain, they didn't show me making stakes in the ground and taking a tarp to put a cover over him so that he wouldn't get wet and he wouldn't be cold. He was just so tired that I tried to make it as fun as I could have.
On her bond with Preston: He represents the bond I wish I had with my mom. I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was six and that's what that whole painting was about and I had explained to the judges and clearly they could care less. It's a dog, a dog doesn't know the difference between a heart and a pretzel, he did the best he could. When he's supposed to paint a picture of the love that we share and doesn't feel like doing it, I'm not going to make him paint any more than he really wants to.
On their performance: I'm doing what my mother would have wanted, if she was in that situation – she said to the people in my family before she died, 'Make sure my daughters do what makes them happy. Make sure they live every day and every moment doing what's best for them. I don't care about money, I don't care about education, I just want my daughters to be happy.' It was so emotional thinking about my mom and this incredible bond I'm so lucky to have with my dog. I felt bad that's why we went home and was disappointed in some of the comments considering it was supposed to be judged on the message and he used like nine different techniques, even though he was exhausted. I know Preston has lots of skills and maybe painting's not one of them and that's fine – I still love him more than anything.
What about her call-out on Beth Joy? Find out when you read more