For lovers of lists, the end of the year brings great rewards as the ubiquitous “best of” compilations pour in from every corner of popular culture — favorite films, indispensable music, memorable news moments. Equal parts honor roll, gamesmanship and shopping list, they offer a chance for reflection and an opportunity to savor recent pleasures. We couldn’t resist compiling our own roll call of favorites for the “best dog cinema” of the past decade: nine films, one documentary subject and two canine-stealing scenes that we found enchanting or thought-provoking—and often both.
Wendy and Lucy, 2008
The Savages, 2007
Year of the Dog, 2007
Traveling with Pets, 2007
Dealing Dogs, 2006
Hurricane Katrina Documentaries
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005
The Cave of the Yellow Dog, 2005
Still Life with Animated Dogs, 2001
My Dog Skip, 2000
Best in Show, 2000
Do you have a favorite dog film or canine-stealing scene from the past decade? We’d love to hear about it—post your comments below.
News: Guest Posts
Bark readers get festive with their pups!
Thanks for the fantastic, funny, beautiful and poignant holiday photos. There wasn’t a disappointing shot in the bunch. It was such a joy to see them all—that is, until we had to narrow them down to a manageable slideshow. There was no science, believe us. Some photos struck a nostalgic chord, while others exuded undeniable holiday cheer (one or two pups look like they may have gotten into the eggnog), and still others had a great rescue story, for which we’re serious suckers at Bark. So enjoy a little paw-la-la with us.
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Rescue groups and their fabulous canine calendars
The words “noble, wise and downright precious” describe 2010’s pack of calendar dog models. Across the country, nonprofit animal welfare groups have assembled some of the most irresistible faces, and all you have to do to see them is click below. Even better, by purchasing one of these calendars, you’re helping yourself and a good cause at the same time. Don’t delay—time’s flying! P.S.: Check in with your local rescue and shelter groups, who may also be offering calendars—support your home-town heroes!
American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue
BADRAP’s “My Dog Is Family” or “Happy Endings”
Barks of Love
Border Collie Rescue of Northern California
Canine Companions for Independence’s “Guide Dogs” or “SF 49ers and Canine Companions”
Dogs Deserve Better
Downtown Dog Rescue
For the Love of Rescues
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation’s “Makin’ Me Smile”
National Mill Dog Rescue
New Beginnings Dog Rescue
Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
Saving Shelter Pets
Southeastern Greyhound Club’s “Growing Up Greyhound”
Sula Foundation’s “The Pit Bulls of New Orleans”
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Celebrity Pet Calendar”
The Unexpected Pit Bull
We've included some of the actual pages from DogJoy for you to view above!
The Bark has published thousands of smiling dog photos in the magazine and online—for the past 8 years it has become our readers' favorite feature. Now, DogJoyassembles the best of the pack—presenting proof positive that dogs not only smile, but also laugh, grin, snicker and even share jokes. Highlighted by personal stories and peppered with charming observations, the collection includes a foreword by best-selling author Ann Patchett. With over 500 delightful photographs, DogJoyproves that there is no greater happiness than seeing a beloved dog smile—dog lovers everywhere will adore this wonderful collection. Find out how to get YOUR dog on the cover, see below. Click here to see a sample of DogJoy. Order online at thebark.com/shop.
Look at them squirming and rolling and leaping and laughing and let them do what dogs do best: give us an effervescent dose of wordless euphoria.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT DOGJOY
“This is one of my favorite books … you’ll love it!”
“Feeling a little blue? Take two DogJoys, and call your friends in the morning … and tell them that this exquisitely uplifting book will brighten the darkest day!”
“Dogs know the secret to happiness, and DogJoy proves it—my dog Earl smiled all day, and it was contagious. It’s one of the reasons we love our little guys.”
Publication Date: October 15, 2009
List Price: $16.95/$21.99 CAN
Size: 5" x 7", 192 pages
Click here to see a sample of DogJoy
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