Sunday, November 15, 2009

His master's voice

On one of my trips across the internet last week, I came across a collection of videos of dogs greeting soldiers returning home from active duty. I starting crying happy tears the second I started watching them. As the videos continued and the puddle on the floor beneath my chair grew ever deeper, Smooch woke up from her nap and came over to investigate.



She could hear all these happy dogs in the office but she couldn't see them.



She looked and she listened...



Then she looked and listened some more.





When she struck this next pose, I immediately thought of the RCA Victor dog, looking into the gramophone.



I did a little googling to find the original picture.



The tag line that accompanied the picture in the 1904 Victor Talking Machine Company ads was "His Master's Voice."



Check out a few of these videos for a modern take on what "his master's voice" means to a whole bunch of happy dogs.

21 comments:

  1. Those videos were great. You were right; happy tears.

    Smooch does a great RCA imitation.

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  2. That was a priceless post! I loved it.

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  3. Hysterical. The best photoshopping job I've seen! Love it!

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  4. awww smooch is just perfect and i bawled too seeing those videos a while back....

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  5. What a SWEET post! Thank you for sharing Smooch and the wonderful videos.

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  6. It looks like Smooch just wants to know what is going on.

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  7. I guess its legal to make a second comment right. I watched the video and I cried also. Our two mutts went crazy when they heard all the barking.

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  8. Nice try, Smooch! But the original RCA Victor dog was a Smooth Fox Terrier named Nipper.

    (Proud SFTs Oscar and Lucy made me write this to set the record straight)

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  9. Linda, I LOVED this post! Smooch looks amazing and I will see soon the videos. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I watched some of the videos, and Sandy came shooting out of the bedroom too--but barking at the "intruders"!

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  11. I forget how I found your blog but I have fallen for it, I love your photos, and how you write about them, the way you capture that moment almost doesn't need words but your words melt into the image and they seem to become one. This post is an amazing one, the expressions are heart melting. Thank you for sharing the links, they all come together as one yet leave their own individual mark on my heart. Thank you, Connie

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  12. Lol, you always make me smile. I love Smooch. Excellent photoshopping, lol

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  13. Great shots and "re-do"! My parents beagle, Riley, used to do that cute head-turning whenever you talked to him or made strange noises. It was so charming. I wonder why some dogs do that? Because not all dogs do. Does it really help them to hear better?

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  14. OMG, this cracked me up! Thanks for that happy place!

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  15. Smooch couldn't be any cuter. Great idea with the gramophone, she did strike the perfect pose for that didn't she.

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  16. gordy and georgie11/15/09, 4:44 PM

    Smooch is so expressive. I cried while watching the videos, Georgie and Gordy barely lifted their heads off their dog beds.

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  17. Too Cute!! And yeah, the video's bring tears to your eyes... I love the furry forever friends. Love and Light, Nina P

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  18. Very, very clever....thank you!

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  19. Smooch is so expressive and intelligent. What personality in that sweet face.

    Imagine what our world would be like if we greeted each other that way. That's pure, undiluted love, right there.

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  20. Awww, Smooch is just adorable. She kind of reminds me of my old Lab - it's the depth in her eyes. You can almost see what she's thinking.

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  21. I connected with one of the videos on Yogi's blog. Great scene!
    I love Smooch's head turning shots. So cute.

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