On the upside, she didn't have to scrub the paint off the floor
May 31, 2012 5:38 PM   Subscribe

Yogi the Corgi hates cleaning supplies. (SLYT)

A corgi takes it to eleven during the filming of a show about retraining unwanted behavior out of pets. The LAFD was there.

Yogi came through OK.
posted by jamaro (68 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Corgi Blue!
posted by DarlingBri at 5:50 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Chemical Explosion? What chemicals?
The fake ones in the fake video.
posted by Flood at 5:51 PM on May 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


Agreed. The real question is what is this viral video promoting, and how deeply is this LAFD blog involved?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:54 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, I'm not believing it's fake. Anyone who had any compassion about animals would not intentionally allow it to ingest paint.

More here.
posted by HuronBob at 5:56 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wow, maybe prosumer digital cameras have gotten so good in quality and stabilization that we now begin to wonder if all amateur videos are viral.
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr at 5:59 PM on May 31, 2012


It's not amateur. It was filmed for a reality show. You guys should maybe read the article.
posted by empath at 6:00 PM on May 31, 2012 [11 favorites]


Seems kinda fakey to me. I'm not an expert or anything, but the zoom in on the spray can just before it explodes seems a little iffy.
posted by smoke at 6:00 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Before reading the article, I thought it was fake too. I thought, why are they filming this? After reading the article, it all made sense and I do believe it's real.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:04 PM on May 31, 2012


Oh man, I feel for that corgi. I did something similar once. I was moving out of my apartment, and decided to scrub the caked-on oily gunk off the top of the fridge (as a favor to my roommate, because I am a Conscientious Dude). I had a can of acetone on hand, so I was using that to dissolve the oil and assist with the scrubbing. And it was working pretty well! Just a helpful roommate, shirtless and sweating in an empty apartment, scrubbin' away at kitchen-gunk with acetone.

Until I accidentally knocked over the can of acetone, and it spilled onto the stove.

And, just like the lady in the linked video, I'd forgotten that there's an always-lit open flame inside the stove.

So suddenly the can and everything around the can catches on fire: FOOOM.
And in the moment, I'm like, THE SINK IS METAL PUT THE CAN IN THE SINK SO YOU CAN BLOW IT OUT
so I grab the flaming can and swing it over to the sink
but of course,
acetone splashes out of the can as I do so
all over the wall of the kitchen
and now an entire wall is on fire.

So I see the entire wall of the kitchen engulfed in flames as well as part of my backpack,
which had been sitting near the wall,
(and which, incidentally, I'd owned since high school -- a sturdy LL Bean model)
so I grab the backpack
because you CAN grab a backpack
(unlike a wall)
and run it over to the windowsill, which is made of cement, because again, I'm thinking in terms of putting the Flammable Thing on a Non-Flammable surface where the flame can just burn itself out.

And as I'm running back over to the kitchen, I'm thinking "Holy shit my roommate's gonna KILL me, if I burn down the entire building there ain't NO way we gettin' our deposit back", but by the time I'd gotten back to the kitchen, the acetone on the wall had just burned itself right off without setting anything else on fire. There were a few sooty marks on the wall, but that was it.

So I blew out the flame on the can in the sink. And then walked over to the windowsill and beat out the fire that had, by now, melted part of my backpack's strap.

And the emergency was over.

I walked over to the bathroom to wash my hands, still full of adrenaline,
and saw that a bunch of flaming acetone must have splashed onto my shoulder and arm when I'd grabbed the can
(which I hadn't realized at the time, being in full-on no-self-preservation damage-control mode)
and now, across a large swath of my arm, was a huge and angry-looking red burn-mark.

The burn actually healed pretty quickly, not having had time to do any major damage to my flesh, so by a couple weeks after the incident, I was back to my regular self.

But in that moment, staring at a giant red burn on my arm in the mirror of my old apartment, I was very impressed with how badass it looked.

"Fuckin' BITCHIN" I whispered to myself.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:08 PM on May 31, 2012 [143 favorites]


Yeah, the accompanying article explains the scenario and it seems to be real. I love dogs, but the Corgis I've known have been bitey jerks, so I can imagine a Corgi of particularly poor judgment biting a can of paint.

Corgis are also notorious arsonists, so all the pieces fit.
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 6:09 PM on May 31, 2012 [12 favorites]


I read, I read! And I still say Corgi Blue. I think it's a promo campaign for Pet Sense or something. (I didn't say it was a good promo campaign.)
posted by DarlingBri at 6:10 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Chemical Explosion? What chemicals?

The toluene in the spray paint and the oxygen in the atmosphere.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:10 PM on May 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


How funny! Film video of dog attacking and probably ingesting poisonous cleaning supplies. Yep. Pretty fucking hilarious, that!
posted by SillyShepherd at 6:11 PM on May 31, 2012 [6 favorites]


I might also point out, if you read the article, it confirms that the dog was examined by a veterinarian and is fine, so feel free to forego your indignation and chuckle it up, everyone!
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 6:13 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


"the Corgis I've known have been bitey jerks"

Huh, weird. Mine is the sweetest little ball of love ever. I just had her at the vet for her shots this afternoon and everyone there was just cooing and ooohing all over her.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:14 PM on May 31, 2012


Yeah there are so many fakity fake fake alarm bells going off in that video, but Brian Humphrey, Spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department seems to think its real, and he is real. There is also video of the fire department response buried in there.

I think we can dismiss the Pet Collective out of hand, not only because they were stupid enough to let this happen, but because they hire "Pet Communicators" who are convinced that they can talk to dogs.
posted by Blasdelb at 6:15 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mine is the sweetest little ball of love ever.

Yeah, I'm sure they are mostly sweet dogs, but I lived next door to a couple of them years ago and that was the first dog that ever bit me and drew blood, so I still probably hold a grudge.
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 6:17 PM on May 31, 2012


They are aware of this behavior, aware of poisons stored under the sink, and yet continue to film and allow this to happen?

Assholes shouldn't own animals
posted by Mick at 6:22 PM on May 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


The reason they were filming was to show the behavior of the dog, so that they could correct it. She was hoping to teach him not to dive for stuff under the sink. She admits to being an idiot, and no longer stores stuff under the sink.

And Corgis are the BEST DOGS EVER but Cardigans are even better than Pembrokes.
posted by OolooKitty at 6:30 PM on May 31, 2012


Meta
posted by smoke at 6:41 PM on May 31, 2012


The toluene in the spray paint and the oxygen in the atmosphere.

So any time a can of spray paint is punctured, it will burst into flame? I should read those things more carefully.
posted by palliser at 6:43 PM on May 31, 2012


How funny! Film video of dog attacking and probably ingesting poisonous cleaning supplies. Yep. Pretty fucking hilarious, that!

Who the hell is laughing? It's a crazy video, no one said it's comedy. Christ, the sarcastic Debby Downers of Metafilter sometimes...
posted by Hoopo at 6:43 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Who the hell is laughing? It's a crazy video, no one said it's comedy.

Check the name of the YouTube video.
posted by roger ackroyd at 6:45 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think the idea might be that the dog is "funny" because it runs at full speed towards cleaning products. I doubt the poster was implying that the dog is a prankster because it sets houses on fire and ingests toxic chemicals. Come on.
posted by nonmerci at 6:48 PM on May 31, 2012


Some people have an odd conception of funny.
posted by arcticseal at 6:48 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's a hell of an act. What do you suppose they call themselves?
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:03 PM on May 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


The Aristocorgs.
posted by zombieflanders at 7:14 PM on May 31, 2012 [6 favorites]


So, you own a dog that has a history of going after cleaning supplies. Rather than keep them safely away from your pet you store them at doggie level and then open the door so that he can get to them on camera. (Who says reality tv isn't great for our culture?) Then, just because the cleaning supplies might not be harmful enough, you also keep spray paint down there. And, even though there are gianromus warnings on the can about how flammable the spray paint is and that is must not be used near an open flame, the pilot light light in your stove doesn't give you pause.

And what part of this is funny??
posted by Dean358 at 7:20 PM on May 31, 2012 [6 favorites]


That's a good point, who keeps spray paint under the sink?
posted by carter at 7:25 PM on May 31, 2012


Here's the context on why I think this is hilarious:

Based on what I had read, I came into this thread primed to think that this was a cutesy video about a dog trying to kill a dishrag or something. Instead, a dog gets spray paint all over itself (himself?), its owner and their house. As if that weren't enough, it caused a fucking explosion!

All that unexpected excitement plus the fact that, ostensibly, nobody got hurt equals comedy gold for people like me.
posted by The Potate at 7:31 PM on May 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


These Paranormal Activity sequels just get lamer and lamer.
posted by MoonOrb at 7:34 PM on May 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


Check the name of the YouTube video.

Yes, it's

Funny Corgi Causes Explosion, Then Fire

not

Funny: Corgi Causes Explosion, Then Fire
posted by mikepop at 7:59 PM on May 31, 2012


So any time a can of spray paint is punctured, it will burst into flame? I should read those things more carefully.

Gas oven. Pilot light.
posted by mr_roboto at 8:02 PM on May 31, 2012


Seems real to me. It's basically an outtake from a reality show filming.

Also, d'awwww Corgi! I love those stubby little suckers.
posted by Gator at 8:08 PM on May 31, 2012


Funny Corgi Causes Explosion, Then Fire

I guess it should really be "Funny Corgi's Owner Causes Explosion, Then Fire.
posted by carter at 8:09 PM on May 31, 2012


Atrocious reality show sets up dog for ugly, potentially lethal "funny behavior" video. Color me shocked.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:12 PM on May 31, 2012


Fake. Unless you can somehow explain this.
posted by phaedon at 8:15 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Prosumer" is pretty much the worst word ever.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:26 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yes, it's

Funny Corgi Causes Explosion, Then Fire

not

Funny: Corgi Causes Explosion, Then Fire


A little bit like (paraphrasing here), I thought you worked on a contingency basis, doesn't your card say "No money down?"

No, that's, "Works on contingency? No, money down!"
posted by MoonOrb at 8:38 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


You mean this isn't a preview of the next season of Portlandia?
posted by not_on_display at 8:50 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


adamdschneider: ""Prosumer" is pretty much the worst word ever."

Truth.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:15 PM on May 31, 2012


Fake. Unless you can somehow explain this.

Could you please explain what the obvious clue-to-fakery is that the screenshot is illustrating that I'm somehow missing? I honestly don't know what I'm supposed to be seeing here.

The articles indicate that this was being filmed for a TV show, but just because something is being filmed for a show does not make every occurrence staged. Car racing is staged, in that it's not happenstance that a bunch of folks in souped-up vehicles all show up and drive around a track at high speed and then the dude in the fastest car gets champagne sprayed on him. But the cars sometimes crash, which is not staged. The corgi was being filmed lunging for cleaning projects, and that was the point of the shot; if he punctured a spray paint can with his teeth, and it caused a mess, explosion and fire, that seems to me to be a possible (if unlikely) on-set accident.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:41 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is it possible they used non-toxic spray paint for this stunt?
posted by Soupisgoodfood at 9:44 PM on May 31, 2012


Homeboy Trouble: "Could you please explain what the obvious clue-to-fakery is that the screenshot is illustrating that I'm somehow missing? I honestly don't know what I'm supposed to be seeing here."

I think the concern comes from the fact that the deflagration looks an awful lot like an awfully cheap effect, particularly in that frame and the few around it.

However, I think it is important to keep in mind that, if this was fake, the producers and everyone involved in this show would be clearly risking a hell of a lot of liability. Not only would endangering the dog be extraordinarily illegal, but so would the false reports to the LAFD that lead the LAFD spokesman to speak out, and the endangerment to the building that is presumably not coded or cleared for that kind of shit.

Soupisgoodfood: "Is it possible they used non-toxic spray paint for this stunt?"

Even if there were such a thing, the aerosol would still be profoundly dangerous to the dog.
posted by Blasdelb at 9:50 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is an outtake from a "reality" TV show. All "reality" TV shows are staged*. This was staged.

*Maybe a better description than "fake". We already know it was a scene set up specifically to get the dog to go after cleaning supplies. I wouldn't be surprised at all if someone put the paint can in there specifically so the dog would chomp down on it. I would be only slightly less surprised to find that they let off a "fireball" off camera that had nothing to do with the paint.
posted by dirigibleman at 10:42 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fake, real, thinking that you can tell from one shitty youtube video is kerning all over again.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:05 PM on May 31, 2012


Could you please explain what the obvious clue-to-fakery is that the screenshot is illustrating that I'm somehow missing?

I'm familiar with what it might take to stage a situation like this. And there are a number of things that happen in the video that look like cheats. For example, the image I posted shows that the "explosion" originates just off camera, not near the canister.

I'll be very charitable here - that would suggest that there was a concentration of gas about a two feet away that interacted with the broiler pilot in the back of the oven and caused an audible explosion. Presumably the broiler plate door burst open, but of course there is no video or pictures of the damage afterwards - we lose visual.

The sound of the explosion also strangely has a stock quality to it. I am hard pressed to believe that the on-board camera mic was able to capture a sound like that without significant distortion, and the only other audio input is a lavalier mic tied to a person in the other room. Very well captured for a short range Sennheiser.

There is also the question of - if you notice - why the male in the video set down the camera and why the female picks it up. This happens around the 0:50 mark. She is panicking, but picks up the camera and gets a lot of butt shot and a guy tending to something off-camera. Presumably she picked up the camera to record something but manages to get absolutely nothing. Bad luck, perhaps. Of course, she does continue to give you information audibly, stating that "It's a chemical reaction," etc. and the man says "The house just caught on fire" so it comes off very believable even though we are staring at blurry shots of the living room walls.

I am however, curious as to what that spraying noise is at 0:43 in between the beeps of the cursing. Perhaps it is the pilot bursting into flames. And I will also grant you that around the 1:05 mark there is clearly a fire-like, flickering ambient light cast on the wall, that would suggest they went to a whole lot of trouble to make this look super-real, and this just doesn't seem worth all that. And I don't know how you could put a dog through that - legally, even - for the sake of entertainment.

So while I have my doubts, I concede.
posted by phaedon at 11:15 PM on May 31, 2012


The sound of the explosion also strangely has a stock quality to it.

It was the Wilhelm scream that tipped me off.

I just can't stand anything to do with any "reality" show.
posted by pracowity at 1:51 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


These Paranormal Activity sequels just get lamer and lamer.

TBH 2 and 3 were better than the first. The sheet scene in 3 with the camera on the rotating fan was excellent, don't front.

Anyways, sorry SillySheperd I didn't in fact see the title of the youtube video, but I also don't think it's funny.
posted by Hoopo at 2:19 AM on June 1, 2012


There is also the question of - if you notice - why the male in the video set down the camera and why the female picks it up. This happens around the 0:50 mark.

I see where you are coming from. My interpretation is that there are two men; the cameraman, who has a higher, more nasal voice, and a boyfriend (or whatever) with a lower voice. The cameraman is the only one filming. The boyfriend is originally behind the cameraman, watching the filming. He reaches in frame to grab the dog's collar, and is the one with the butt. The cameraman is filming the aftermath, and then wavers between filming the chaos and setting the camera down to help.
Around 1:15, a man with a high voice asks "Do you want me to call the fire department?" Just before the woman replies, someone says "yeah." with what sounds to me like a lower male voice.

 
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 2:59 AM on June 1, 2012


The dog now feels totally vindicated. I told you those fucking cleaning supplies were enemies!
posted by Segundus at 3:16 AM on June 1, 2012 [9 favorites]


This is an outtake from a "reality" TV show. All "reality" TV shows are staged*. This was staged.

*Maybe a better description than "fake". We already know it was a scene set up specifically to get the dog to go after cleaning supplies. I wouldn't be surprised at all if someone put the paint can in there specifically so the dog would chomp down on it. I would be only slightly less surprised to find that they let off a "fireball" off camera that had nothing to do with the paint.


Even if there was a deliberately staged fireball, it became enough of a real situation that LAFD was called in to respond. And if it was staged, I think a good case could be made for prosecuting it as either arson or reckless endangerment. Given that the on-scene responders seem satisfied it was an authentic, non-staged accident, I am too.
posted by scalefree at 3:43 AM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


There is also the question of - if you notice - why the male in the video set down the camera and why the female picks it up. This happens around the 0:50 mark.

It looked like the cameraman and the girl were both freaking out, and she said to him, "Make it stop!", at which point he, in a frantic state, hands her the (presumably large and cumbersome but also somewhat fragile and expensive) camera which he must have had the presence of mind not to drop, and he proceeds to throw water at the blaze.
So, I still don't think its fake.

You mean this isn't a preview of the next season of Portlandia?

And it is also very important that we all remember this: when there is a chemical fire in the kitchen, never ever put a bird on it.

Just use a fire extinguisher.
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 3:52 AM on June 1, 2012


Maybe we could ask Errol Morris to take a look at this?
posted by carter at 4:01 AM on June 1, 2012


Or perhaps Jim Garrison.
posted by Alonzo T. Calm at 4:06 AM on June 1, 2012


I had a corgi (Pembroke natch) as a kid who was hyperactive. I came home one day and he had somehow gotten package of plastic razors off the bathroom shelf and chewed them to pieces. I thoroughly checked his mouth and then asked, "Buddy, are you OK?" He just looked up at me happily with those big, dumb brown eyes.
posted by nowhere man at 4:52 AM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wait, Cardigan. Oh well.
posted by nowhere man at 4:53 AM on June 1, 2012


For example, the image I posted shows that the "explosion" originates just off camera, not near the canister.

It would originate near the point of ignition, which could be the pilot light in the stove, a spark from the compressor motor on the fridge, or the pump motor on the dishwasher, if it was running. Explosions happen when a flammable liquid or gas mixes with air, and is introduced to a source of ignition. A punctured spraypaint can is full of flammable material suddenly suspended in the air, and a kitchen has a number of possible ignition points.

In an apartment, the instinct is to keep the "chemicals" in one place - usually under the sink. In my old apartment, this included solvent like Goof Off, lubricant like WD-40 and a tin of white paint. Not a stretch to keep spraypaint down there as well.

There were two men - one operating the camera, and another, a producer or soundman or the boyfriend. This was staged, in a "Look at my silly dog getting into mischief in my cleaning supplies! Ha ha!" way - I seriously doubt they rigged a spraypaint can to explode in the dog's face for an effect. A more obvious explanation is that the dog got overexcited with the new people and his favorite mischief, and he chomped on the can.

Occam's razor points to legit when you pay attention to the small detail, the opposite of how it plays with a hoax video, and I'm usually pretty paranoid about these things, generally.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:03 AM on June 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Those people questioning why you would keep a can of spray paint under the kitchen sink have obviously never made blackened catfish before.
posted by orme at 5:59 AM on June 1, 2012 [12 favorites]


Mashup of Who Let the Dogs Out and The Roof is On Fire
posted by stormpooper at 6:35 AM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


The follow-up causes further doubt, imo. In an effort to explain things, they offer tantalizingly few shots of the damage, basically consisting of the can and a sponge. The producer does imply that very little damage occurred, which seems odd, in light of what's shown in the first video.

Also, the woman just strikes me as someone off the set of an unscripted comedy-drama.
posted by teekat at 7:49 AM on June 1, 2012


That's a good point, who keeps spray paint under the sink?

During my duties fixing dishwashers, garborators and icemakers in fridges I must have cleared out the under sink cupboards of 1000s or 10s of thousands homes. Spray paint is fairly common. For many people, especially those living in apartments or without garage/shed storage, under the sink is essentialy the only hazardous material storage location they have. It starts with the dish soap, then they add household cleaners (ammonia, bleach, floor wax, etc.) and then because everything else messy and dirty is under the sink paint, varnish, spackle, stainless polish etc. are stored there. After a few years under the sink is like a toxic waste dump of dangerous chemicals.
posted by Mitheral at 9:54 AM on June 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's hard to say why I'm a Debbie downer about this: is it the "Don't eat that, it's poisonous" giggle giggle, the resulting explosion, or the waste of fire department resources on something incredibly stupid and easily prevented? The fact that it was all filmed, then put on YouTube?

Sorry, if you dislike my lack of sense of humor about this. Never mind. Actually, I'm not the least bit sorry.
posted by SillyShepherd at 10:17 AM on June 1, 2012


I find myself scowling at the skeptics here a bit, but then I have to remember that most people have never caused, witnessed, or been suspiciously peripheral to the number of accidental fires that I was party to in my years of aspiring to be a young inventor. You'd be amazed how easy it is to accidentally cause small explosions, but like all big whumpy explosions of gas or thin aerosols, it comes and goes pretty quickly.

Plus, the camera thing is pretty clear after the explanation video, because a two-person team of camera and AP for TV shoots is pretty universal. You'd think none of you people had ever been followed around by the Discovery Channel before.
posted by sonascope at 10:24 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Corgis are also notorious arsonists, so all the pieces fit.

So now we know the real cause behind that fire at Windsor Castle in 1992. The corgis did it!
posted by LN at 10:25 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


orme: "Those people questioning why you would keep a can of spray paint under the kitchen sink have obviously never made blackened catfish before."

Oh, you CANNOT just drop that hint, and not give us your recipe!

Great, now I'm hungry for teeth-staining, artery-clogging seafood.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:25 PM on June 1, 2012


The folks over at the Pet Collective responded to my question about the video... see it here.
posted by HuronBob at 6:05 PM on June 2, 2012


actually, you can't see it there, but here's the response from the pet collective:

"The Pet Collective
This is a great thread. Much smarter than most. The Yahoo comment thread is frighteningly ignorant and bile-ridden.

I'm the director of distribution for the channel, and I can confirm that it's all real. Interestingly, the firefighting community is embracing the video as an example to proliferate fire safety awareness of chemicals under sinks - a place I think about 90% of us keep chemicals. The accident was caught while shooting a piece of b-roll footage illustrating Yogi's typically annoying but harmless reaction to Hali attempting to retrieve cleaning supplies. Thus in prep for the shot, labels were blacked out with tape on the products. Even the most reputable news agencies shoot b-roll for their video pieces - it's a visual medium after all. We don't necessarily get the same rights as straight-up news entities, so blacking out the labels in prep for the shot was necessary. It was all shot for our small reality/doc series called Pet Sense, exclusively for our new YouTube channel, The Pet Collective, and as unanticipated accidents often happen on productions, this happened when the fumes hit the pilot light on the stove. We've put out an explanation video that explains the context of the event, and shows some aftermath and gets comments from the producer and Hali. It's all real.

Had anyone been hurt, human or animal, or if any participating party had any objection to its release, this obviously never would have been released. But we look at it as a small miracle. Had Hali not taken Yogi out of the kitchen so quickly, it would have been tragic. But as we've stated in our press communication, since no one was hurt, it's 2012, it's a channel on the internet, and this was an incredible event that we caught on camera. What better way to launch an already scheduled new YouTube channel with a bang? It's a fascinating study in virality too - the obsession with "fake" judgement is incredible. People are passionate about their skepticism online. There's no doubt that you could copy-paste this to the thread (which you are welcome to do), and some word in these paragraphs will be dissected for conspiracy theory.

Regardless, it's interesting to learn that fire experts apparently have a surprisingly short inventory of real incidents like this caught on camera...requests have been coming in for use of it for fire safety education. Something we're very happy about...this video might help save lives.

The only fallout is that our friend Hali has taken a beating in online forums of haters attacking her as a pet owner. She's had Yogi for years, and he's always hated cleaning products...it's his only quirk as an otherwise well trained and loveable corgi. If anyone has ever owned a dog or children, you could childproof the heck out of your house, but they're like hackers...they'll find a crack at some point.

My theory is that he's a male dog...they're territorial and mark their space with scent. Corgis shed like crazy and that leaves their scent for territory marking. He learned at a young age that all his hard work shedding on his territory can be wiped away by vacuums and cleaning products. I'd be frustrated too, so it seems like a no brainer to me. But face it...we have to clean. Sorry, Yogi, cleaning products aren't going anywhere (except further out of reach). If he was ever in any obvious real danger, either then or in the past, or was able to open the cabinet on his own over the years, she obviously wouldn't have taped the sequence, or kept the stuff down there in the first place - which she doesn't do anymore. And as far as having a can of spraypaint down there...I gotta say, as a California resident, I removed my can of WD-40 from under my sink after the L.A. fire department's blog posting of safety analysis of this video. We're a land of dogs and earthquakes.

That's about it. No mystery. We're a Los Angeles based team of about 25 people starting a new pet/animal focused YouTube channel from the ground up. Was an amazing pet video to launch with and we're proud that our content has provoked so much safety awareness and pet-centric dialogue in the online medium. A serendipitously positive result of a production accident.

If anyone wants an actual "fake" video...scope our Gotye parody with a dog and a cat...it's pretty fake. But Yogi explosion....REAL!

-Tom Hoffman
Director of Distribution
The Pet Collective"
posted by HuronBob at 12:43 PM on June 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


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