Our in-house graphic designer also is an animal trainer, and part of what she does is work with animals who appear on TV shows and movies at a ranch called Hollywood Animals. Long started by making a freestyle dog dance routine video for a fellow Amoebite Logan’s birthday. She decided to do it again and ended up emulating ABBA’s infamously stilted choreography from one of her favorite videos.
Watch the video below. If a monkey playing a tiny guitar doesn’t put a smile on your face, we can’t be friends. The original ABBA video is superimposed.
She told us a little bit about the animals in video: Wyatt, Knuckles, Chico and Rupee.
“I do a lot of trick training and dog sports with Wyatt since he is a young, energetic Border Collie mix and needs that outlet,” Long says. “The Australian Shepherd featured in the video is named Knuckles, and he belongs to a dog trainer at the ranch, Rachael. Wyatt and Knuckles are both super high-energy and play non-stop together, so Rachael was down to be a part of it. Knuckles is also a movie dog and he has a lot of training on him.
“Chris, who is another animal trainer I work with, is the monkey’s main trainer and he has raised her since she was a baby. We decided to include Rupee, the capuchin monkey, because she had learned to strum a guitar for a commercial, so that was a no brainer, and she is used to being around dogs. We used Chico, the Pomeranian, as the keyboardist. He is also a movie dog — he was rescued from the shelter and is a smart little guy that LOVES to work!”