As you guys know, I love dogs – so glad to have my two big ones Gideon and Levi with me during this Wuhan Flu epidemic.  That’s why I wanted to point out that one BBC sports broadcaster has taken to commentating on his dogs’ antics during the shutdown.

Olive and Mabel are just regular dogs.  Not even that energetic.  Just dogs. But since Scottish sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter has no actual sports for which to give a play-by-play, he’s resorted to making videos commentating on his dogs.

The results are delightful.

This one shows the two dogs trying to get to the bottom of their food bowls. “You can see the contrast in styles: Mabel heavy tail use, happy to be alive, everything’s amazing,” Cotter said as the two dogs started to chow down. “Olive: more steady, wasting little energy, very much of the old Labrador school. Eating’s a serious business.” 

Watch it:

More recently, Mabel and Olive battled for control over a chew toy, though “battled” might be too strong a word for it.

“Some sports are slower,” Cotter wrote. “More about the strategy.” 

Don’t worry.  Both dogs got treats.  (Though Cotter says their newfound fame on social media has gone to their heads.)

I love seeing these canine commentaries.  The world needs more antics of Mabel and Olive right now.

Image Credit: Twitter

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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