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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Wedding Resources
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
  • Page and Barry Jenson were able to include their dogs in the reception at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.
  • Juliana and Justin Caton's dogs, Alli and Jake, were welcome at Dragonfly Retreat in Bothell, Wash., north of Seattle.
  • Claire and Meg DeMarco found The Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston, Mass., "incredibly accommodating" when it came to their flower dog, Lexi.
  • Lisa and Lou Ferrugiaro eloped with their small dogs to the pup-friendly bed-and-breakfast Highland House in West Cape May, N.J.
  • Molly McNamara and Jeff McGlynn took their three dogs north of their Bay Area-home for a destination/beach wedding in Mendocino, Calif., at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek.
  • Gay Salisbury recreated a 1930s Alaska wedding—with sled dogs—at Trail Creek Cabin at Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • Even when Ally Zenor and Travis Nichol's West Highland Terrier escaped for an off-leash loop around the lobby, the folks at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Wash., kept their dog-friendly cool.
  Floral Design
  • Wondering about the amazing floral garlands Jake and Alli are wearing on page 67? They're by Courtney Kryomann, Designs by Courtney, Seattle, Wash.
  • Ciro Photography, New York City, Boston and Los Angeles
  • Pamela Duffy, Sedona, Ariz.
  • KT Merry, Miami, Fla.
  •  Laura & Scott Schoeggl, Wallflower Photography, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Amelia Soper, Seattle, Wash.
  •  Lisa Spradlin, Mendocino, Calif.
  • Tinywater Photography, Napa and San Francisco, Calif.
  • Anne Watkins, wedding watercolors, New York City
  • David Reinhard Events, LLC, New York City
  • Ann David and Nicky Reinhard
  • 14 Stories, Boston & Cape Cod
  • Gay wedding planning firm, Bernadette Coveney Smith, president
  As far as we know, Colleen Paige of The Wedding Dog in Portland, Ore., is the only wedding planner specifically focused on including dogs in your wedding.
Weekly Smilers - January 10th 2011
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News: Contests
John Andross and Pup
Family Dog
Family Dog

The year 1930 was brutally tough for everyone, especially farmers. You’d never know it, though, by this picture of John Andross, his wife Abbie and their dog Pup, taken at a family reunion. John, who was born blind, played a mean fiddle and piano, and worked his southern Minnesota farm assisted by Pup, who helped him navigate. The photo comes from John and Abbie’s grandson, 86-year-old Kermit Andross Allen, now of Coralville, Iowa, who has many fond memories of his grandparents, and was sent in by Karla S. Miller, Allen’s stepdaughter.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Gallery: Dogs in the Wedding
More photos from “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog”

We talked to many people for “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog,” our February feature about including dogs in your wedding. It was a delight to hear all the wonderful ways in which couples include their best friends on the big day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room to include every story or every photo, so we created this online wedding album, which includes pictures of nearly all the brides and grooms who contributed advice and anecdotes but don’t appear in the story. Read our complete wedding story in the February/March 2011 issue of Bark, on sale now.

Want to add your own doggy wedding photo to this slideshow? Just follow these steps:

  • Sign up for an account on Flickr (if you don't already have one).
  • Upload your photo(s) and include your story in the description.
  • Add your photo to The Bark's Dogs in Weddings Photo Gallery.
  • And it will appear in this slideshow!

    Weekly Smilers - December 27th 2010
    Smiling Dog
    Abu, Allie, Amrika, Angel and Burger
    Culture: DogPatch
    Gifts that Give Back
    Make the season brighter for animals in need.
    Dog Days Perpetual Calendar, Hooray for Shelter Dogs Cards, iGive, Freedom Tails

    Dog Days Perpetual Calendar

    If you visit the Polka Dog Bakery in Boston’s South End, you’ll notice a huge gallery of Polaroids featuring every dog who visits the shop. Those photos provide the inspiration for this perpetual desktop calendar, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

    $24 from Polka Dog Bakery  


    “Hooray for Shelter Dogs!” Notecards
    Celebrate shelter dogs with these colorful blank cards, available in three different designs. Send them to someone who loves shelter dogs as much as you do, or hang them on your wall. Each purchase supports the Animal Farm Foundation, which seeks to end discrimination and cruelty toward Pit Bulls and operates a shelter that cares for, trains and places Pit Bills in their forever homes.

    $5.95 for a set of three cards 


    Freedom Tails Handmade Collars and Leashes

    These embossed leather collars and leashes are handmade by inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center and the proceeds support Freedom Tails, a program where offenders train shelter dogs to make them more viable for adoption. The dogs get a second chance at a life in a loving home, and the offenders receive a renewed sense of purpose. These leashes and collars are available in a variety of lengths, widths and colors, and can be custom-embossed with your dog’s name.

    Contact dennis.cherry@doc.wa.gov or baushaus@coastaccess.com for pricing and information. Collars start at $15, leashes start at $20.


    Sponsor a Shelter Dog

    If you have a dog lover on your list, consider sponsoring a shelter dog in their name. Sponsoring a dog ensures that shelters can cover that dog’s food, shelter and medical needs and helps alleviate the financial strain many shelters face. If they live near the shelter, your gift recipient can even visit their sponsored dog. You can sponsor a dog at the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) for $25 a month, or find a sponsorship program at a shelter near you.


    Shop for a Cause

    Even if dog-themed gifts aren’t on your list, you can still support canine causes with your holiday shopping. iGive lets you choose your favorite charity and sends money to that organization when you shop at any of over 800 stores online. You can send your shopping dollars toward your local shelter, your favorite rescue or any number of humane societies while shopping for clothing, electronics, books, airline tickets and more!

    Holiday Smilers - December 20th 2010
    Smiling Dogs

    Happy holidays! Send in your happy holiday pups here!

    Weekly Smilers - December 13th 2010
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    Wellness: Healthy Living
    Get Smart about Pet Allergies

    Let’s start with some tough truths. “Non-allergic” or hypo-allergenic dogs do not exist (sorry, Bo Obama). You can’t eliminate dog’s allergens with special shampoos, topical sprays or oral agents. And there’s little evidence steam-cleaning carpets and upholstery helps control pet allergies.

    That’s the myth-busting word from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). But all is not lost. ACAAI offers a few research-based suggestions for reducing pet allergen levels in the home.

    Replace carpeting with hardwood, stone or tile. Carpeted floors act like big sponges that hold a hodgepodge of dust and allergens.

    Limit or remove fabric-upholstered furniture and curtains. You want smooth surfaces from which you can wipe away allergens.

    Wash bedding and curtains in one of three ways—in water at least 140°F with one rinse; at any temperature with two rinses; or in a steam-washing machine.

    Use tightly woven protective coverings (with openings less than 4 microns) on mattresses, box springs and pillows.

    Don’t groom pets in your home.

    But before you do anything, be sure to accurately diagnose the problem. “I can’t tell you how many times I see patients who assume they’re allergic to a cat or dog and they get rid of it. Then we do the allergy testing and discover it wasn’t the animal,” says Dr. James L. Sublett, a practicing allergist in Louisville. “It’s unfortunate when you see that happen.”

    Find a board-certified allergist at www.allergyandasthmarelief.org.

    Dog's Life: Humane
    New Lives for Guatemala’s Lost Dogs

    In the lush green guatemalan countryside, near a village named Sumpango, a small shelter takes in injured, starving, sick and abandoned dogs, rehabilitates them and tries to find them homes. Operated by Animal Welfare Association: Rescue/Education (AWARE), the shelter—referred to as Hound Heights—perches on a ridge 7,500 feet above sea level, a peaceful location far removed from the teeming streets and garbage dumps from which many of the dogs are rescued.

    AWARE—founded in 1998 by Xenii Nielsen, Gina Illescas and Pamela Hirst-Prins and now overseen by Nielsen and her husband,Martin Leadbitter—runs on a shoestring and is funded completely through private donations.With 250 resident dogs, many of whom will never find homes, the shelter does an amazingly good job of making sure the dogs are well fed and cared for. The shelter is also responsible for the spay/neuter of more than 2,000 animals in the past three years—quite a feat when you realize that its annual operating budget is less than $30,000. A donation to AWARE goes a long way; for instance, $100 will spay seven dogs or build a simple dog enclosure.

    AWARE connects with a tight network of people in the U.S. and Guatemala who work tirelessly to get adoptable puppies out of the country—an “underground railroad” of sorts. They quarantine, inoculate, and spay/neuter the dogs; do the paperwork and get it approved by a vet and the American Embassy; and several times a year, buy a few lucky pups one-way plane tickets to a better life in the United States. This issue’s cover dog, Charlie, is one of those fortunate canines.

    There might not be a perfect solution to the homeless dog problem in Guatemala, but dedicated people are working hard to save the country’s lost dogs. To learn more about AWARE and how to donate or volunteer, go to animalaware.org. Or email AnimalAwareUSA@yahoo.com for more information.