Friday, July 27, 2012

Albert the Hero


When I first found Albert, and didn’t plan to keep Albert, but couldn't find anyone who wanted an Albert in their life, I farmed him out to a free-range board and care training facility. I was travelling all the time, every week. It was the only solution; the expensive solution.

The trainers gave me updates every week, “Albert is special!” they said. The trainers, I’m sure, tell every owner their dog is special. But with Albert, they probably meant it. "Do you want to see him on live-cam?" they asked.

Oh, lord, no.

So after all this intensive, expensive training, well, Albert never did learn to sit or come or shake or heel, or whatever else the ABC’s may be in doggy grammar school. But for some reason, he took to this one trick. And I’ll bet your dog can’t do it. It’s the World War II Commando Crawl.

Take 1

Take 3

Take 7

Whew, that was close. I don't think the Nazis saw us.

37 comments:

  1. hey, i woulda taken Albert...black labs are smart... i think he wanted to see u do the commando crawl!. he reminds me of my neighbor's dog Saugus... yep, he was a puppy amongst others in a box at the Saugus Swap Meet... he was the smartest, sweetest and gentlest dog...

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  2. Thor used to do the Commando Crawl, mostly when he didn't want to make the huge effort to get up and walk a few steps. Albert is pretty funny there, evading the Nazis.

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  3. Awwww, Albert is so cute doing the Commando Crawl. He looks like he has a "goofy Lab" personality.

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  4. Hee hee hee. This made me laugh out loud. He's adorable.

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  5. Oh, good for Albert!! I laughed out loud, too, at each of the takes. The numbers indicate that there were a lot more? All priceless, I'm sure. I do feel somehow safer now...

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  6. Makes me wish a recording of the live cam was available, from Albert's training days.

    Keeping America safe, that's Albert.

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  7. I'm {eventually} impressed. Then again, all Albert has to do to impress me is simply Be. He's gorgeous.

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  8. Love the angle of this image of Albert. Now, that's love.

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  9. Albert you look adorable! Just great doing the Commando Crawl.
    Love your garden, Karin!

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  10. I'm laughing so hard over here. Willow and Albert would be the best of friends. They have the same goofy grin.

    I'm amazed at how bright Willow is, especially for her age. She picks up commands and holds boundaries, amazingly well. That said, she's now testing everything and is a being a bit of a pill. And, she doesn't do the commando crawl.

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  11. Albert's brilliant! Well, he's brilliant when I compare him to Joe.

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  12. I think he deserves a feature length film.

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  13. Whew!!! Thank God Albert made it!!!

    I used to have a recurring dream of me hiding in the bushes (and doing the commando crawl) to get away from whoever was chasing me. Sometimes I was leading other people, sometimes it was just me. But we were always trying to get away from people in black uniforms... And if you got to this one house on the hill, you were safe 'cause you could fly away (I mean literally...flapping your arms and flying away!)!!! Albert would have been a great companion!!!

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  14. KBF, Shell, and Carolynn, Albert may look like the smart Lab and Willow, but don't be deceived. From what I've heard from Terri, he's in Joe's tribe.

    Marjie, those beautiful Mastiff's have to conserve their energy for important matters.

    Earl, !!

    Ms M, you pegged it. Christina has a beautiful Labish, and the two are such show-offs. Indiana can do the Come Around command.

    Adele, yeah, seven tries.

    Jean, he's all Truth, Steal Food off the Counter, and the American Way.

    Birdman, he looooves to pose. And like any famous model, the camera loves him.

    Chieftess, you fly in your dreams? I'm jealous.

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  15. LOL!

    I taught a dog I know how to do a shoulder crawl. Now that he's older, he frequently fakes it, like Albert and we have lots of takes like you did.

    I'm SURE the Nazis didn't see you all, but am SURE they heard your "NO, ALBERT GODDAMMIT!" ;-) maybe, just a little bit...

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  16. Oh, Alabert! Now I want to put up a video of Scout. Maybe one with her nemesis the shoe.

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  17. Who wouldn't want an Albert in their life!

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  18. He is a fine, fine canine. A prize-winner. A prize.

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  19. Albert's a natural in front of the camera. I'm sure he thought you were filming the DVD bloopers first!

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  20. Sonia, thank you, but my grass is a scandal.

    PA, among his virtues, he never needed a retainer or headgear.

    Trish, are you implying that this is not a full Disney save-the-troops commando crawl? Albert is so hurt he'll have to steal a piece of pizza off the counter.

    Margaret, just don't use one of Red Pat's shoes.

    Boom Boom

    Katie, I'm pretty sure, and I would put a lot of money on this, that he didn't think at all.

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  21. Not sure even where to start teaching Abby the gCommando Crawl, so Albert's doing well. The videos are hilarious.

    I went to a taping of Frasier, and the sweet dog actor was taken through all his tricks before the acting began. His trainer has to do this every day, else the dog would forget. And even then, he abandoned his spot in the living room when he smelt cooking in the kitchen of Frasier's apartment (during the taping), against all orders, and begged for food. Apparently, he was the reason for many retakes over the life of the series. It sems that even a clever trained dog is only a tad better than Albert. Can anyone remember his name?

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  22. Excuse the typos. I can't manage my iPad.

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  23. Quite successful as long as he only has travel two inches. Gold Star for attitude and teeth.

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  24. Quite successful as long as he only has travel two inches. Gold Star for attitude and teeth.

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  25. I couldn't top the other comments if I tried--it's a very funny video. To get The Crawl in fewer than seven takes, maybe more cooing and cookies? You know, positive reinforcement. As always, Albert looks like one mighty lovable pooch!

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  26. Eddie. Frasier's dog was Eddie. Trained or not, he was a dog after all.

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  27. Bellis, I have no idea how they trained him to do that, except perhaps that's where they spent all my training dollars.

    Roberta, I'd say those are his two most memorable characteristics.

    Banjo, he's so goofy that I never talk baby-talk to him. It would be dangerous.

    Petrea -- I googled it, too. I guess his stage name was Moose.

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  28. Oh, I don't know. I was looking over my dashboard and there he was. I had to laugh out loud and reveled in the angle of the pic.

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  29. I showed Dakota the videos and she thought Albert was so talented. Now she wants to go commando too!! :)

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  30. Albert, under the barbed wire while they're bombing Berlin. He sure IS special! And so's his owner, in an entirely different way.

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  31. ROTFLMAO! I'm suggesting, that like other commands, I think there were "takes" of these videos that included you speaking in an elevated voice with "choice words" about Albert's behaviour.

    Personally, he could eat whatever he wanted. If he's taking MY pizza, he's going to have to answer for it.

    But I do like a tall dark man who knows "The moves". However, I suspect Albert is limited to "lick", "cuddle" and "love". Not sure the Nazi's would be so happy with that...or perhaps, right wing-nutz who might frown on such love. ;-)

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  32. Ha! I love how Albert only gets it when you say "They're bombing Berlin." He's a star!

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