I went to a DVD launch party on Tuesday night (Family Guy Season 11), just for something different. The invite said it would be ‘Fine Dining and Cocktails for Dogs’, so anything a bit out of the ordinary, that treats my dogs well and we’re in! I took Fred and Beauty (Scamp would not have been happy so stayed home). Our invite was originally just for the party, but on the day the organiser phoned and asked if we could arrive early to take part in the press photos. How exciting, of course we will!
There was a big white Northern Inuit there, supposed to look like the dog from the show, but he wouldn’t do anything he was asked in front of the camera, so they put a bow tie on Beauty ready to try her. After 10 mins of standing about (filming is SO BORING!) they put the bow tie on Fred and popped him on a chair at the dinner table next to the Ugliest Dog in Britain, where Mugly wouldn’t do what he was asked either. Nor would Lola (Mugly’s wife), or a Chihuahua they tried. Through all this Fred is patiently sitting on his cushion. Don’t eat the food right in front of you. Eat it. Stop eating. Sniff it but don’t eat it. Eat it. Don’t eat the biscuits, now eat them.
They didn’t do any filming with Beauty in the end, but I got my photo taken with her by the photographer so hopefully that will look good, and they’ve promised to send all the photos out – although that’s quite unusual, and I haven’t had any so far, so we’ll wait and see. They also interviewed me, I talked a bit about making sure my dogs behave well in public so I can take them out and how Guide Dogs are allowed everywhere, yet our dogs are not allowed ‘near food’ and they are the same species. I also pointed out the benefits of choosing an adult (ie rescue) dog rather than a puppy as you can match it to your lifestyle. What bit did they use on the TV? Where they asked if the dogs had tried the food and my profound reply was ‘they scoffed the lot’. Very deep!
Shortly after that I visited the Little Girl’s Room ready for the drive home – when I got back Fred was dressed as a reindeer! He had been chosen for more photos for the Pet London fashion shoot.
After that there was nothing else to do but pick up our Goody Bag, find Beauty (flopped out under a table after one too many dog cocktails) and make our way home. We enjoyed our night out, and I got to show off my dogs, what a great evening!
If you’d like to watch our star performance, you can watch the Live with Gabby episode for 6 days from the date of this blog (piece starts at 39 minutes and runs for about 90 seconds, don’t blink or you will miss us), or there is a press release for the Family Guy launch party with more photos of my wonderful Fred, and makes him look as if he’s speed dating as he has a number of different dinning partners!
Fred’s previous television appearances include The Gadget Show testing pet gadgets in 2009 where he is filmed killing a Zombie and testing a dog treadmill(all within the first 5 minutes). You can read my review on Fred’s own blog, A Dog Named Fred, and watch the TV clip on The Gadget Show’s website (we’re only in the first five minutes). We also appeared on Trinny and Susannah meet their match – dog lovers also in 2009 as ‘supporting’ messy badly dressed dog owners. Here’s Fred and I doing a twirl on the cat walk. I’m sure I’ve still got those jeans…