Banana Joe the Westminster Top Dog Visits Anderson Live
What happens when a silver fox and a tiny champion dog unite? Talk show magic, people.
Today, I had the pleasure of not only being the "Blogger of the Day" for Anderson Cooper's show Anderson Live, but I was also invited to take part in the show on the very same day as the Westminster Dog Show winner! Coincidence? PawNation thinks not.
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The Anderson Live audience went wild when Banana Joe the Affenpinscher, escorted by handler Ernesto Lara and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show co-host David Frei, arrived on set. Anderson's guest, co-host and dog-lover Molly Sims was fawning over Banana Joe the moment he stepped his little furry black paws into the studio. And who could blame her? Although Joey doesn't perform tricks (wrong type of show dog, sorry!), he does understand FOUR different languages. Molly asked if he could teach her dogs, while Anderson noted that his dog barely understands English. Aww.
As it turns out, Anderson Live was but one of many V.I.P. stops on Banana Joe's media tour this week. After regaling Anderson with his Westminster swagger (not to be confused with "Swagger" the Old English Sheep Dog, who came in at second place!), Banana Joe was whisked off to his next celebratory destination. The almost-six-year-old prize pooch will soon retire to the Netherlands. We imagine he'll enjoy the rest of his days on a banana boat, setting sail on the canals of Amsterdam while listening to Harry Belafonte's "Day-O/Banana Boat Song." Livin' the dream, dawg, livin' the dream.
Later on in the show, Anderson mentioned that he had recently gone scuba-diving with crocodiles. Yes, you read that right! Hey, Anderson, we want to hear more about that trip. Will you invite PawNation back to blog? We're an equal opportunity animal site and baby crocodiles are super cute. Until then ...
See more of Banana Joe, the world's favorite "Monkey Dog," here on Anderson Live today:
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