Likes: Identifying letters, numbers, etc., performing on TV, TALKING!
Pet-Peeves: When I don't pay attention to her
Favorite Toy: the birdy that says"Polly want a cracker"
Favorite Food: every food known to man and woman
Favorite Walk: Anyplace that has an odor
Best Tricks: Says, "I Love You" and many others (SEE BELOW FOR LOTS OF INFO)
Bio: Sweetie came into my life at 7 weeks of age. From the day she arrived, she showed me how clever, smart and affectionate she was. I connected with her so intensely, I felt like I had always known her. She learned so fast that I ran out of dog tricks to teach her. Little did I know what was to come.
Sweetie learned so fast, I decided to see if she could identify her toys for me. While sitting on the floor, with several toys between us, I asked Sweetie to show me one specific toy. She walked up and put her paw on that exact toy! When 13 toys were laid out in front of her, Sweetie was able to correctly identify them all. I did not teach her to use her paws; she figured that out on her own.
I soon discovered that Sweetie could differentiate between one, two, three, four and five buttons. The FIRST time she saw the groups of buttons, she could identify the pile with the number of buttons I asked for.
PHOTO OF SWEETIE POINTING -I decided to find out what else she knew. I took small, colorful letters, and placed several in front of her. Sure enough, Sweetie could identify all twenty six. All on her own, first time she saw them. I was amazed! I soon discovered that she could sequence letters in order from A to Z, and from Z to A!
Numbers are great fun for Sweetie. She knows them in order. She can add, subtract, multiply, and read and answer simple flashcards. Playing cards are easy for Sweetie. She knows all 52, as well as hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs.
How many young children can differentiate between B A R E and B E A R? Sweetie can. She will spell out BEAR, the animal, or BARE, like naked, when the four letters are in front of her. In fact, she will continue to spell different words from those four letters, or any other four letters. At times, she will spell words I didn't think of. Sweetie can read words and identify them.
PHOTO OF SWEETIE POINTING TO A COLOR Think dogs are colorblind? Not Sweetie. She can identify many colors. How about clock faces? No problem. Shapes? Oval vs. circle, square vs. rectangle-she'll point out what you ask for.
When your doggie tells you she loves you, it means so much more when she is actually saying the words. Sweetie says, "I Love You' (just look on the video page!). I know she understands what those words mean. There is a special place in her heart for children.
Sweetie has appeared on many national and local television shows, and had articles written about her in print. She has done many live performances, wowing her audiences. Put up the lights, focus the camera, and watch her come alive!
TV appearances: TELEVISION APPEARANCES:
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
"The Wayne Brady Show"
"NBC 10 News"
"FOX 29 News"
"FOX 5 News"
"The PSPCA telethon"
"10!" on NBC 10
"American Morning" on CNN
Sweetie was a "Most Eligible Pet" in "Animal Fair" Magazine.
UNIQUE CAPABILITIES: (partial list)
Sweetie was able to do the following things without being taught what these things are:
Spell multiple words by herself from four letters; recognizes words
Recall the position of four letters when the letters are turned over and shuffled
Locate the first letter of a word
1. All 26 letters, in order from A to Z and from Z to A
2. Numbers; answer flashcards, including addition, subtraction and multiplication, by reading the flashcard herself; numbers in order
3. Colors and shapes
4. Clock faces
5. Directional arrows
6. Identify how many buttons are in a group
7. Playing cards; hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs; recognize blackjack in multiple configurations; poker hands
8. People in photographs
9. Household items
10. 25 dog toys
I am so happy to be chosen "DOGSTER DOG OF THE DAY!!!" My goal is to show humans just how smart dogs can be. I love to talk and read and spell do arithmetic. I like to play cards identify things! I love performing before an audience. I can feel the excitement from my nose to the tip of my tail! Put a big TV camera two inches from my nose and I will talk and talk!
Guess what! No one taught me what the items I can identify are! I knew what they were the first time I saw them! It is like someone who can play the piano without ever taking a lesson. Some dogs like to catch flying saucers, some like to dig, some like obstacle courses. I am not an athlete. I like "showing" what my human asks me to find"
I hope you enjoy watching my videos. The more humans who know how smart we are, the better!
Thank you to all the pups who sent me good wishes.
Sweetie the Smartest Dog will appear in a repeat performance on PET STAR on ANIMAL PLANET on Tuesday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 am EST. You will see Sweetie do amazing things that you never see a dog do. Sweetie will identify letters, do arithmetic, read, identify the judges by their photographs, and she will say "I Love You." TURN UP THE VOLUME ON YOUR TV SO YOU CAN HEAR HER TALK! The show called her "Sweetie the Reading Dog."
See the video on Sweetie's Dogster page to see a sample of what Sweetie can do. On PET STAR, Sweetie was performing before a live audience and judges. What you will see was filmed start to finish in one take. What you see is exactly what happened. No segments were shot a second time. The show trimmed the segment because it ran too long. What they cut out was a shuffle of the letters Sweetie identified.
Watch the judges faces while Sweetie is performing. Listen to their comments. Watch Sweetie look down at the letters, etc., before she puts her paw on them.
I hope you all enjoyed my performance. Do your humans now know how smart we are? I got a perfect score of 30 points!
I did not have to send an audition tape to get on Pet Star. The producers saw me on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" before Per Star was ready to go on the air. They called me and asked me to be on the show.
My segment was taped without stopping from beginning to end. I did more than what you saw. My human mixed up the order of the letters and I got them all correct. The show cut out that segment because my "set" was too long. Many of the other acts were edited.
While my human woke up early to watch, I slept through the show. Sleep is jut too important to get up early to watch myself do what I do every day!
In case you missed me on the show, you can see more videos of me doing incredible things on my website: www.SweetietheSmartestDog.com. I have 9 videos on Youtube.