MSU’s beloved dog, who has entertained Spartan fans during many MSU football halftime shows, will display his talents on a national stage this weekend.
Zeke the Wonder Dog III will be featured on Sunday night’s new episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” or AFV, at 7 p.m. on ABC.
The weekly show features home-shot footage of kids, adults and animals during their most spontaneous and hilarious moments, according to the ABC website.
“This is huge,” said Jim Foley, Zeke’s co-owner and a Holland, Mich., resident. “It’s the same as being on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ when I was a kid. We’re just really happy about it.”
Although Zeke has been featured on ESPN and the Big Ten Network, Foley said he is thrilled for Zeke’s appearance on AFV.
“It’s really cool for the students,” Foley said. “The students should be proud of this.”
That sensation of pride Foley hopes students feel is exactly what kinesiology senior Michael Eby said he’ll experience when he sees one of his favorite Spartan stars on TV.
“It’s kind of silly how (Spartans) love Zeke so much because he is a dog,” Eby said. “But we do love him, and that will definitely be a moment of Spartan pride for me.”
The footage will feature Zeke at the Spartan Nation tailgate for the MSU football game against the University of Nebraska. Foley said he wants to keep the content of the video a surprise for viewers.
“Let’s just say what you’re going to see would make (MSU linebacker) Max Bullough proud,” he said.
Foley’s wife, Terri Foley, said she was excited to hear Zeke would be able to display his sense of humor for an audience to see.
“He’s really funny,” Terri Foley said. “It gives me goosebumps to know that a Spartan is going to be on ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos.’”
Beyond the Spartan community, Zeke has a fan working on the show. Meg Keedy, the clearance coordinator for AFV, is a Haslett, Mich., native and life-long MSU fan who said she recognized Zeke right away.
“I was surprised to see Zeke when I first saw the clip,” Keedy said. “I think the clip is funny and it’s cool that other MSU fans will also get a chance to see him on national TV.”
Keedy said AFV chooses the videos to appear on TV through a process beginning with a person uploading a video to their website.
The screeners then watch each video and give it a rating.
The highest-rated clips are given to the show’s writers to watch. The writers then decide whether or not to put it on the show.
“Once we got the final rundown of the show this past Monday, I was very happy to find out that Zeke made it on the show,” Keedy said.
While the Foley’s are eager to see their dog appear on TV again, they are more excited for students to see Zeke.
“We get to take care of him, and we’re blessed for that,” Jim Foley said.
“But Zeke is the students’ dog.”