YouTube hit touts the joys of adoption.
Stuck in a shelter, a resourceful Terrier named Harvey markets himself to prospective adopters with a video showing him delivering slippers, playing chess with junior, doing laundry, roasting chicken and even cleaning windows. It’s a commercial within a commercial created by UK-based Thinkbox to promote TV as a marketing medium while making a sweet case for the joys of adopting a shelter dog. (The pup performer who plays Harvey was once a stray himself.) Harvey crossed the pond late last year via YouTube and Facebook — check him out.
Wellness: Healthy Living
Dr. Nicholas Dodman on keeping your aging dog happy and healthy.
Couldn’t get enough of Dr. Nicholas Dodman’s senior dog tips in our last issue? We asked Dodman even more questions about his latest book, Good Old Dog, and what you can do to keep your aging dog as happy and healthy as ever.
Dog's Life: DIY
Immortalize your pup in yarn by following the patterns in Knit Your Own Dog by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne. Using just simple knit, purl and loopy stitches, capture a Bulldog’s wrinkles, a Poodle’s curls or an Afghan’s flowing mane— 25 breeds in all. Download the pattern below to try your knitter’s hand at the Jack Russell Terrier pattern.
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
It’s easy to spend Superbowl Sunday glued to the couch, sucked in by the game, the million dollar commercials and all that food. Subaru reminds you to spend some quality time with your own MVP—your Most Valuable Pooch—this Superbowl Sunday. Take a time-out from the TV, grab a leash and join in on the Subaru Game Day Dog Walk. Kick off an annual tradition: just you, your dog and maybe a few fellow dog walkers enjoying a day free of the usual street noise and crowds—it could be your favorite walk of the year! Then head over to subaru.com/dogs and enter your dog to win one of 50 Most Valuable Pooch prizes. Even if your football team doesn’t win, you’ll still be a champion in your dog’s eyes.
Roses are red, Violets are blue. Write an ode to your dog—we’ve got prizes for you!
We know you love your dog, and what better way to express that love than in verse? Enter The Bark’s Puppy Love Poetry Contest on Facebook. Finish the classic doggerel, “Roses are red, Violets are blue,” with a few lines about your canine Valentine as a comment on our wall. We’ll have prizes for our favorites, including Sweet Heart Collar Art from Beantown Handmade (3), a Doodle Dog Tote from Crypton (2), and Valentine’s cards from RiverDog Prints (1).
Multiple entries—and wild creativity—are welcome. The contest ends February 14th 2011 at 11:59 PM PST, so start channeling your inner Shakespeare!
Dog's Life: DIY
In our Nov/Dec ’10 issue we had a pattern for Paper-Mache dogs by Paul Boddum, and asked to see photos of your handiwork. Here are some stellar examples.
1. Dixie, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, with a box turtle. I used a lot of newspaper and some coat hangers for the frame, the turtle is made from part of a gourd and newspaper.
2. This is my Doberman, Alex, complete with ragged shreds of her tennis ball. The instructions were simple to follow (this was my first attempt at paper-mache so you can tell it was easy to follow!) and everyone loves how it turned out, especially Alex! I included a picture of the real Alex.
3. I loved making them. I enjoyed it so much that I may be giving paper dogs for Christmas … problem is, I want to keep them all. That is Guiness and Buster Brown.
4. My friend from work, Kathie Benko, and myself made these great pups. Thanks for the fun (and simple) project. We loved it and are pleased as punch it wasn’t beyond our capabilities.
5. I call him Mr. McMaster. He is the final one of three—the first one ended in the trash at the masking tape stage, the second is finished but quite odd looking. And then there is Mr. McMaster!
6. I had such a great time making not one, but three paper-mache doggies. I used my Border Collie Luna as my model. She is a rescue and was featured once as one of your smiling dogs.
7. Here is a picture of the dog I made from your latest issue of Bark. Me and my parents had fun making him. His name Cashmere.
8. We had the pleasure of reading your magazine for the first time with the Nov - Jan 11 issue. We love it! My daughter Emma and I were excited to try out the papier-mache dog craft. We had alot of fun and wanted to share the results with you!
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog-friendly photographers, planners, wedding venues and accommodations
In our research for "Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog" (Bark, February 2011), we talked to many brides around the country about their big day. They had great stories to tell but also important advice. Among their discoveries were dog-friendly resources, which we list here with links to make your planning a little easier.
Accommodations and venues
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