Friday, December 21, 2012

Frank and Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 12

It's our last and final day of Frank & Beans 12 days of Christmas! Frank & Beans have had such a good time sharing with you how they are getting ready for the holidays (Rudy, too!).
Today they want to share with everyone the making of their Christmas card!
A few weeks ago we took over a hundred photos in the hopes of getting one good one. We had several locations for photos, a few different props, and even some outfit changes... I maxed out our memory card a few times in the process... and here are some of the "best of Frank & Beans Christmas card bloopers" :)
"Oh hey, someone's got a treat.. lemme get it"

Frank: "Hey, I think I remember chewing some of these sparkly things up last year.. they look a little familiar"
Beans : "They say the camera adds 10lbs... suck it in!!!"

 Frank : "Beans.. can you just look at the camera for a minute... then we can take these stupid outfits off, go outside and play" 
Beans : "Good thing I paid big bucks for a straight blade shave earlier today" 

Beans : "OK, I'm ready for my close-up!"

Frank : "Are we almost done yet?" 
Beans : "Dude.. I'm outta here..."

Beans : "Dog Kisses! Yeaaah!"
Frank : "Yeah.. lets pose like our humans did for their Christmas card last year..."

(2011 Christmas card)

... until we finally captured this photo. Here it is -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS from THE DAILY FRANK & BEANS!
Frank & Beans are going to take some time off for the holidays while we hang out with family. There may be an occasional posting or two, but if we don't talk to you before then - have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 11

What Christmas event isnt complete without a little holiday baking? That's right.. on today's Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas the boys are going to share some of their baking skills with YOU! They have not one but TWO special treats to show you.
Unfortunately this was probably the most difficult post EVER and why I thought getting pictures of dogs "baking" was a good idea... no clue... so this is the best we could do ... (and pardon the super blurry pictures on this.. once the dogs could see the food we had to move fast...)

Lets start with the cookies!!!
First Beans started out with a little green frosting...
And he must have decided he really liked that green because he just kept on using it! 
"Slow and steady.... calm paws..."
Then Frank took over..
"Wait, you guys actually trust me doing this? ... ha..."
Aaaand there goes a cookie... 

We're done!! Didn't they turn out pretty??? 
{OF COURSE they're dachshund shaped cookies.. and heck NO we didn't eat any of them after the dogs were finished with them...}

Next up was the gingerbread house (graham crackers literally Elmer's-glued together.. yeaaaaaaah)

Complete with a decorated dog treat... 

... and graham cracker dog... :)

Ben: "Hey, let's try getting both dogs in the picture with the gingerbread house" 
... Yeah right... 

First up - Frank.. check him out as he puts the little colored candies on the roof... 
Convincing eh? :)

 And here's Little Man as he puts his special touch on the house...
Look who decided to dress in the Christmas tie for this occasion!!

And magically the house is all finished! Amazing!!  So yeah, that's as good as these dogs baking skills gets. If you're interested in hiring Frank & Beans out for some holiday goodies, feel free to send them an eMail - their contact info is on the "Contact" page of this website :)

And here are a few outtakes that I've caught over the past few days of Frank doing some sneaky things... 

Here we are thinking we can be all sly and just walk away with this toy that is intended for our doggy-friend Twiggy... BUSTED
"Just act cool and confident... cool and confident..."

And now we're just trying to open our Christmas gifts early... 
"If i give her the puppy dog eyes I might win this..."

And here's where I have a little fun with Frank.. since he's SOOOOO interested in all of our other gifts, I decided to wrap him up! Not too interested in the gifts now, are we??


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Frank and Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 10

While Frank and Beans work on some final preparations for their last 2 days of Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas, Rudy decided he wanted to have a "Day" all his own, so he decided to pick out his favorite parrot Christmas videos on YouTube.

Here, Rudy starts off with a holiday greeting from his buddy Einstein (aka: Santa Claus)...

And then he moves on to a cockatiel buddy of his singing a little Jingle Bells (we gotta work on that one for next year...)

AND THEN can we talk about the fancy graphics on this one?? Might need to take note of this for next year as well.. these birds have some talent.
(Rudy especially likes his name.. Scooby.. ha!)

Rudy loves watching Snowball the Cockatoo's videos (and especially his dancing). Here is a series of Christmas-themed songs with Snowball singing and dancing. 
He's kicks like a Rockette! Rudy admires him for those legs... although he's not sure about those head throws at around 2:45 in...  Bird of the 80's?

Rudy hopes you enjoy his selection of videos for the holidays. He figures he's now got about a year to work on his skills to show them off for you next year (get ready guys... get ready...). Frank & Beans will be back tomorrow and Friday to share their last 2 Days of Christmas. Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 9 : Frankly Speaking

Eva the Min Pin from Cincinnati wrote in asking what Beans & I had asked for for Christmas.  Well Eva, I thought no one would ever ask!  We here at The Daily Frank and Beans are simple and don't need much as we have our owners wrapped around our fingers 365 and use our good looks to get what we want!

Well - as you may know - last year I went on a long journey full of trials and tribulations - like Picasso had his Blue Period and I had my Slimming Period - aka my weight loss journey, treats were only given when earned and my food was portioned!  It was a rough time in my life but like Picasso I moved on to bigger and better things (although my food is still portioned)!

One thing I do miss is all of the treats just for being cute so I could really use an Easy Bake oven.  I do hope that you will send one to me - so I can reward myself for existing and being exceptionally handsome!

Easy Bake Oven - Don't burn yourself!

Beans is really looking forward to learning how to fetch a ball so he asked that I share with you a cool gadget that a fellow Dachshund created (or their owner, rather).  It's an automatic tennis ball launcher!  Finally, we can play toss without our humans getting tired!  This video with fellow dachshund, Jerry, shows just how much fun robots can be!  Get us two - one for each of us!

Remind me of Asimo!

Lastly, if you are out of other ideas we are accepting cold hard cash on KickStarter in time to visit the Christmas Market in Munich!  This pic takes me right back there to the PBS special I saw the other day!

Makes you want a spiced wine!
Thanks in advance for all of the gifts and cash!  You are the best fans 2 dogs could ever hope for!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Frank and Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 8

{TURN YOUR COMPUTERS VOLUME DOWN .. especially if you're at work.....}

Ok.. keep reading... 

The boys were quite busy over the weekend working on more preparations for Christmas (they even decided to assist me in gift wrapping which was AGAIN an adventure).
Something thing that have been super excited to share with you guys are their new ElfYourself videos! We made a few of them... so check them out! As you can imagine, this took a lot of choreography and practice, so we hope you enjoy them!!

{and fingers crossed that the embedded video work for you, because when we tested this out earlier the vids weren't showin' their actual faces... :( }

Unfortunately we can't post all of the videos on today's post, because when you open up the blog, all 4 videos start playing at once (!! .... hence the reason I sugested to turn your volume down right away when the page opened up ... ) and you can't stop them. SO, we have one video embedded for you below, and links to the other videos (that we hope work....)

This is my personal favorite, the Hip Hop version ....

Here is the Classic Christmas version (click here) ...

Click here for the "Soul Sleigh" where Rudy takes center stage...

And click here to see the 80's version of our little guys dancing around...

Here is the link to the Hip Hop video that is above if you want to see that one again...

Bet you didn't know our guys have moves like that did you?
Want to make your own ElfYourself video? It's easy! Check it out here at ElfYourself !!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 7

Happy Friday everyone!

We are way late with getting Day 7 of Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas out, but better late than never, right??
 Frank and Beans got a Christmas card yesterday ....! Addressed to them and everything!
Frank couldn't WAIT to see what was inside...
 A card especially for them!!!

They were pretty excited to check it out.
I even tried to get a picture of them with their card to show the person who sent it... this was as good as it got...
So what do the boys have in store for next week? Here are a few hints...
Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 6

So I was a little behind yesterday when I thought it was only Day 4 of Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas, when actually it was Day 5! Anyways.... onto Day 6.... 
On today's Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas, the boys are watching a Christmas movie by the fire...
....ok it's mostly Beans (he would sit still the longest...) and there is no fire.. (just a few Christmas lights).... whatever.. you get the idea...

It started out great.. both dogs chillin' ... watching a little Frosty the Snowman (one of my personal faves)... ooon the MacBook Air...
Then Frank decided he'd had enough and wanted to play fetch with his toys.
Lucky Beans got to stay and hang with me for a few more pictures because he actually knows the command "Down" ...
Our Little Man stayed "down" for about 10 minutes while I tried to get a good picture.. this is as good as it gets (you should have seen what happened when I tried to make it look like they were drinking hot cocoa while watching the movie...... big mistake...) 
Thanks for being a good sport, Beans!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas : Day 4

In today's Frank & Beans 12 Days of Christmas, the boys are going to show everyone how they wrapped a Christmas gift ALL ON THEIR OWN ... from selecting the gift wrap to putting a bow on the box these boys did it all... here we go!

First, Frank selected a box to put the gift in and made sure no treats were left behind...
... and then decided the box was a treat in its own...

Next it was time to select the gift wrap. It was a tough decision but some-doggy had to do it, and Frank made the choice. Snowmen it is!!!
Time to tape the paper down down. Thanks for holding it in place Beans!!
(so proud!!)
Last-chance treat inspection from Frank....
It's all taped up - time to pick out a bow, or two...
... stability test...

Put on the tag... and we're done!!! (and can I just say that was the most difficult gift wrapping experience EVER!?)

Also, did anyone else happen to notice? Sooomeone got a haircut... check out Beans!! He had a nice spa-day over at Paws Palace yesterday afternoon and I must say he's lookin' pretty darn good.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Frankly Speaking

With Christmas just around the corner I've been getting alot of questions about what kind of gifts I will be getting for my owners.  I asked them to not look at this post until after Xmas so SHHHHHHH don't say a peep!

Both of my parents are hard to buy for so I scoured the internet - even got to the end of the internet at one point!  Reminds of the hilarious commercial many years ago, one of my favorites!

I recommend that you give a gift that caters to the gift receivers favorite things but with a unique twist so since Ben enjoys a good video game from time to time so I found this cool wall decal kit throwback to the old Asteroids game on Atari.  You can move the decals around to make it look just like the real game!  You can find this neat gift at this location!

Makes you want to skip school and go play video games at a friends house!

For my mom I found something truly unique for her since she is such the cook.  I will admit the gift is a bit self-serving but hey, what gift giving isn't!? Just kidding.  Anyway, here we go with a set of Dachshund Oil and Vinegar Cruets.

You could always put proper color of oil in these to match your favorite Doxie's color!

Found these on the PopDeluxe.  

Happy gift shopping every body!  Till next week!

- Frank 'Your 4 legged Personal Shopping Consultant Extraordinar'