These are my friends Rick Caran & Jilli Dog. After seeing the blog about the potato soup Rick called me up to see if there was any left. He & Jilli came over to sample some. Rick is a silk floral designer by trade, but for the past few years he has really focused on training an amazing Yorkie named Jilli. By way of the Internet, You Tube, pet conventions, trade magazines, and spots on many T.V. programs, they have become internationally known.
Jilli performs many adorable tricks including playing basketball. But she is best know for her winning ways with poker! She really knows how to win.
Rick has another dog named Spidey, a Chihuahua. The magical thing about these two dogs is the way that they work together on tricks. Often times Jilli is the one being trained, but Spidey looks on and learns to copy the trick and helps out too.
Here are the two dogs doing a new trick. When Rick gives them the command, they go across the room to a book, and place their paws on the book. Seems simple, but try and get your dog to do that. Another trick Rick has taught Jilli to do is to pull a tissue out of a tissue box and to bring it to someone who has sneezed. The dogs have been encouraged to do tricks with people other than Rick. It makes for an interesting evening if they come for dinner and I have other friends there too. The dogs are always well behaved and welcome.
You will often see Jilli Dog riding inside Rick's coat. Check out Jilli the Poker playing dog here or on You Tube, and watch Rick train his pets with "Five Minutes a Day" lessons.