B.C. border collie wows Tonight Show host with Jenga’s talent – Coast Mountain News
A Maple Ridge border collie has mastered the mental dexterity necessary to remove a block of wood from a Jenga tower – and received his 15 minutes of fame on Monday on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Ollie, a seven-year-old border collie, and his furry mom Lindsey Wadden, were featured in the final slot of a segment titled Why your animal is better than me – a virtual pet talent show.
Ollie was able to pull a block of wood out of a solid tower much to the delight of The Tonight Show host and viewers of the show.
It came as a total surprise to Wadden when she was first contacted by The Tonight Show.
“When you see The Tonight Show in your inbox, you’re really a little shocked,” said the 32-year-old.
She was first contacted by the show in April. They had seen Ollie and his two border collie brothers on their Instagram account the collie brothers, which has over 31,000 subscribers.
They discussed which trick Ollie could perform. At first they wanted him to do a different trick – the jump rope – a trick that Ollie did a few years ago.
However, Wadden was only invited about two weeks ago to take part in the segment that aired on September 27, and they wanted Ollie to tour Jenga.
“Since he was a puppy, we knew his skills were a bit more demanding than most, so I always kind of taught him a little more than average tricks,” she explained.
It took Ollie about a month to break down the steps to learn the Jenga trick, but he’s been working on it for a little over a year now.
“Just something fun to do on a rainy day or at night when we are relaxing,” Wadden noted.
Ollie can do many tricks including: the Fisher Price toy where you place the shapes in the correct holes; he picks up objects and holds them like teddy bears; it can stack the Fisher Price plastic rings on the post; he knows how to paint with a modified brush – although Wadden has to dip the brush in the paint and hand it over to him; he does a pear tree; pray; and gives piggyback rides.
Wadden’s other border collies are all from the same family, but they aren’t as good at learning new tricks.
“Mentally he’s the most demanding of the three,” she said of Ollie. “The others like to watch Ollie play.”
Currently, Wadden is trying to teach him to play the xylophone.
“He’s a special boy,” she said.
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