The return of Furry Friends Friday
Olate Dogs win over national audience – and me, says Bob Leahy.
If you’ve been with us since the VERY early days of PositiveLite.com (anyone have bragging rights to that much stamina/tolerance/patience?) you may remember we had a regular feature called Furry Friends Friday
This reflected that
a) we - or at least your editor – like(s) dogs.
b) by the end of the week we had absolutely nothing to say, so we turned to posting cute animal pics.
Some things never change.
But seriously, I’d hate to see our long standing tradition of regularly honouring the role of pets in our lives dwindle, just because we are maybe more “establishment” these days. And as I’ve said many times over, we take the Lite in PositivelIte.com seriously. Still.
Which brings me to Olate Dogs, winner of the 2012 edition of America’s Got Talent. Which will no doubt irk fellow writer Wayne Bristow no end, but here’s the thing. The nation that voted in America’s first black president also got it right in voting for Olate Dogs.
Who or what are the Olate Dogs? Quote.
The Olate Dogs is a high-energy, fast-paced dog act filled with impressive pet tricks led by Richard Olate, 55, and his son Nicholas Olate, 19. Richard grew up in South America in a poor family. A third generation circus performer, Richard has performed since he was 12, and through hard work and constant struggle, he made it to the United States at the age of 33. His dream is to have his own dog variety show, and he currently has four completely different dog acts. Most of Richard's dogs are rescues from shelters.
Qualms you may have in seeing our four legged friends taught to do ridiculously unnatural things – like back somersaults - tend, for me at least, to vanish when I see how really astoundingly well trained these animals are, and how much they like performing. Especially Bella, seen in the clip below. They make my three animals look as intellectually challenged as - well - Toronto Blue Jays village idiot Yunel Escobar.
Issues? I could talk much more about TV reality/talent shows and how they have an unfortunate penchant, at least in the early rounds, for jeering at frailty and failure. They both champion and chastise underdogs horribly. But most shows like Idol, or So You Think You Can Dance or - yes – America’s Got Talent - journey you through all that to a place where excellence, or at least their version of it, is celebrated. And whether dogs acts beat singing acts or circus performers, it doesn’t really matter. Ultimately, it’s about recognizing people - or animals – who are very, very good at what they do.
Enter Olate dogs. I'll let the video speak for itself.