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Culture: DogPatch
Kit's Corner: Fair Traders
Check out our "Fair Traders" Edition of Kit's Corner!
Culture: DogPatch
Kit's Corner: Summer Treats
Summer edition of Kit's Corner!
July 12th 2010
Smiling Dogs
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Summer Picks Part II
Are the dog days of summer getting you down? Bark editors offer these tips for warm weather fun and merriment.

 Are the dog days of summer getting you down? Bark editors offer these tips for warm weather fun and merriment.

News: Contests
Sweet Licks Contest

Enter Your “Sweet Licks” photo for a chance to win treats and prizes!
Nature's Variety and independent pet food retailers throughout the United States will be hosting fun, cool and tasty dog ice cream socials this weekend, July 17 & 18. Nature's Variety is providing its frozen dessert product for dogs, SweetSpots ®, to nearly 60 different "World's Largest Dog Ice Cream Social" events across the country — check out an event near you.

Dog's Life: Travel
Summer Picks
Part 1 of of our favorite ideas for summertime fun...

 Need a little inspiration for your next canine adventure? Bark editors share some of their favorite ideas for summertime fun …

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Summer's Best Bets
Check out our suggestions for making your canine co-pilot comfortable, safe and memorable this summer.
July 5th 2010
Smiling Dogs
June 21st 2010
Smiling Dogs
Culture: DogPatch
Dogs & Dad
Get creative this Father’s Day!
Dogs and Dads

Few things are more synonymous with Father’s Day than neckties—that sartorial symbol of fatherhood. This year, we’d suggest you add the family dog to the mix. Dad probably has all the ties he needs or wants, but what about Fido? Try these clever ideas on for size, and come up with your own creative neckwear for dog and dad.

Here’s a fun project for all of those seldom worn gifts from Father’s Days past—
Necktie Dog Collars


• Necktie ready to be recycled; use the bottom portion, usually the narrower end, for this project.

• 2 D-rings the width of the tie

• Straight sewing pins

• Strong sewing thread and needle

Measure your dog’s neck and add 6 inches. Cut the tie to that length. Slip both D-rings onto the cut end and then fold it over 12 inches, securing the rings inside. Fold the cut end again about 2 inch to create a hem, and pin it to the tie. You should have a neat loop around the D-rings. Sew together along the fold using small stitches. If you are making several of these, you can make them in different sizes. Just add or subtract a few inches when you cut the ties.


If you don’t have time to make the dog-tie collar yourself, check out the ones from Scutte.com. Bark’s 17 year-old Lenny is high stepping it in his Scutte vintage necktie—as the maker notes: “Made for man, now for dog”!


If a gentleman can’t wear his heart on his sleeve, at least he can wear his dog on his tie. These hand-painted medium-width, rayon and silk examples date from the late 1940s or early ’50s demonstrate man’s love affair with dogs. Specifically, hunting dogs were most likely to appear (as well as game birds, sport fish and horses)—all relating to the enthusiastic return to civilian leisure that followed World War II (a time that also saw the launch of a profusion of men’s hunting and fishing magazines, such as Argosy, True and Outdoorsman.)

Slices of stylish, wearable nostalgia, vintage ties (mostly from the 1930s to the ’60s) are still abundant and affordable, with sources ranging from flea markets to a number of websites like www.rustyzipper.com and www.vintage-ties.com.