News&Guide staff photographer Ryan Dorgan meets 8-month-old chocolate lab Gertie, who will be featured tonight on America's Funniest Home Videos. Gertie, deemed a "singer songwriter" by her mom, Katy Fox, was caught on tape honking a horn and howling along.

Gertie has always been a bit of a singer.

The 8-month-old chocolate lab frequently whines and howls at her mom, Katy Fox, keeping her on track for when it’s time to go for a walk on the Snake River Dike or time to play. It’s part of what makes the youngster so loveable — and also what got her a spot on America’s Funniest Home Videos.

“She’s such a nut,” Fox said.

Fox’s boyfriend, Sam Phillips, captured some of Gertie’s nuttiness last fall in a short video that shows the pup squeaking a bike horn and pausing to howl along. After sharing the clip with Fox, who shared it with her mom — who did the heavy lifting of sharing it with her friends, many of whom are America’s Funniest Home Video watchers — they decided Gertie should be nominated for some airtime.

Fox found out Tuesday that Gertie and her horn song will be featured during the 5 p.m. Sunday broadcast. Viewers can tune into the show on ABC, or watch it at on Monday.

A longer interview with Fox and Gertie (who sang through most of her interview on Thursday) will be published in an upcoming Jackson Hole News&Guide.

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