Ramsey and Pablo
How does a Doberman and a Chihuahua go from what would have been a regular life in a regular home with a regular owner to being recognized on daily walks and at local pet stores?
I’m not sure even I know.
Ramsey was born in late March of 2003 and became my partner in crime shortly thereafter. I remember seeing the ad from her breeder. It mentioned that this particular litter was born on March 27th, which happens to be my birthday as well. Now I’m not much for astrology or destiny for that matter, but that was enough to pique my interest. I spoke with the breeder on the phone and she explained to me that there were three still available. Two nights later, I made the trip to see the litter and the breeder told me that they were all spoken for except for one female. Automatically I began to wonder what was wrong with this particular pup if she was the last one chosen for kickball! But I watched her interact with her siblings and her mother and saw absolutely nothing wrong. In fact, she was the only one to come directly up to me. It was as if she knew she needed a home! Of course I had no choice.
In the months to follow, Ramsey and I formed a bond that my girlfriend (at the time) was admittedly jealous of. Ramsey obviously showed incredible affection towards her too, but you could tell whose dog she was for sure.
One night in December, she called me and said she found the cutest little Chihuahua ever and she asked if I thought Ramsey would eat him if she brought him home. Looking back on that day, I have to laugh because I really didn’t know the answer! I figured that Ramsey wouldn’t literally skip dinner and go straight for Pablo, but the idea of having two dogs with really NOTHING in common in the same house was a little nerve-wracking. I had never been a huge fan of ankle-biters, but we shared a house and I wasn’t really in a position to say no. I just told her to be prepared to return him if things didn’t work out.
It was clear right away that we weren’t going to have any problems integrating these two dogs. The moment she set Pablo down for the first time, he went over to Ramsey and sat between her two front legs. She looked at Pablo and looked up at me like “what am I supposed to do with this”. It was classic.
Eventually, my girlfriend and I broke up. She ended up having to move to a place that didn’t allow pets. At first she was going to try and hide him there, but Pablo is the biggest little dog I’ve ever seen! That wasn’t going to work. We agreed that it was best for Pablo if I keep him. He was already growing attached to Ramsey and Ramsey to him. Not to mention, I was completely in love with him at this point!
Over the next couple years, I witnessed things that National Geographic would be proud to see. Absolutely amazing camaraderie between an eighty pound Doberman and a six pound (soaking wet) holy terror Chihuahua from hell. I’m talking about Ramsey licking Pablo clean at night. The two of them sharing food in the same dish at the same time. Ramsey following Pablo around outside as if to protect him. Pablo absolutely terrorizing Ramsey and watching her shrug him off. Both of them playing tug of war with my sock and Ramsey letting Pablo win. I realized pretty early on that I would really regret it down the road if I didn’t get their antics on tape, so I started filming them. I just
became a habit to leave the camera sit out, and when they started acting up I would hit record and watch them go! Over the course of the next couple years, I started to accumulate lots of footage and felt the need to show someone. I always bragged about how crazy they were together, but words just didn’t do them justice.
Then I discovered YouTube.
I wanted to show family and friends what I bad been blabbing about forever, but nobody wants to deal with monstrous video files via e-mail, so I posted a few videos and sent links to whom it may concern and honestly forgot all about YouTube for a while. Then one day I logged in and noticed a ton of views and comments on my videos. Some people were even asking for MORE. So I obliged. It was really cool to see how much interest people had in my dogs and all the kind things they had to say. One video led to another which led to another and here we are.
Today Ramsey and Pablo have over sixteen million views on their videos and have appeared on television shows such as Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, America’s Cutest Pets, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Oops TV in the UK and have been written about across the internet. They have been mentioned on the Tyra Banks show and received interest from The Rachael Ray Show.
Meanwhile, Ramsey and Pablo are sleeping on my bed. I know this because I can hear them both snoring. What else would internet superstars be doing right now?