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December 14th 2009 - Smiling Dogs
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Calendar Dogs
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

December 7th 2009 - Smiling Dogs
Culture: Reviews
Smiling Dogs Now Have a Book!

 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.
—Ann Patchett, from the Foreword

“What an uplifting, beautiful, funny and tremendously cute collection of portraits of our very best friends giving us their very best faces. Incredible! Adorable! I want all of these dogs for my very own, but, of course, that’s impossible. Having this book is the next best thing!”
—Margaret Cho, Comedian

“This is one of my favorite books … you’ll love it!”
–Bonnie Hunt

“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!”
—Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB, Author, Tales of Two Species: Essays on Loving and Living with Dogs.

 “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.”
—Patrick McDonnell, Creator of MUTTS


ISBN: 978–1–60529–730–9
Publication Date: October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Skiing and Snowshoeing with Your Dog

Powder, hard pack, drift, blizzard—whatever you call it, snow’s a fact of winter life in many parts of the country. It covers our favorite paths and can turn casual outings into endurance sports. What’s a pup and her person to do when it’s colder than a three-dog night?

Well, as it turns out, plenty. If you can walk, you can snowshoe  or cross-country ski, and if you’re even moderately skilled on those skis, you can skijor, too. The best part is, your dog can join you, and she doesn’t have to be a Husky to enjoy the experience. Aerobic, calorie-burning and low-impact, all three activities are pretty simple to learn. Except for skijoring—canine-assisted cross-country skiing—the pace is slow, and dogs are often happy to let you break a trail for them, especially if the snow is fresh and deep.

If you’re just starting, rental equipment is the way to go. That allows you to try a variety of brands and types to find out what suits you best before investing in your own. Your dog’s needs are even simpler: unless she’s a Malamute or another double-coated breed, she’ll need a jacket to keep her warm, and something to protect her feet—booties or a paw wax made for dogs—is a good idea. Skijoring requires a padded belt for you, an x-back harness for the pup and a towline to connect the two of you.

So, how much fun can you have with your dog in the snow? Enough to warm you both up nicely. Watch these action videos for some cool fun.

Snowshoe Video
Skijor Video

Web Exclusives: Nov/Dec 2009
Expand your horizons here.

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multi-media bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!
Exclusives and Extras

  • Dog Trick Training Teach a Flip Finish. By Sandra Mannion
  • Heart to Heart with Frank Ascione, PhD Academia and humane interests converge at University of Denver. By Karen B. London, PhD
  • In the Dog House The kids have flown and now canines rule the roost. By Kathleen Rooney Mara
  • TREAT Dogs & Kids Right Healthy food they both can share. By Leslie Crane Rugg and Eva Saks
  • Working Dogs Read more about dogs with jobs.
  • Feel-Good Giving Vet students at U of Tennessee fundraise for the Josh Project. By Caroline Jeanette Smith

Seasonal Specials

  • Dogs as Gifts? Good advice for any time of the year. By Amy Robinson, CPDT and D.A.R.T.
  • Turning Your Dog Into a Gracious Guest Is your dog ready for the holidays? By Karen B. London, PhD


  • Cool Crochet Collars A crochet hook, a button and a little yarn are all you need. By Penelope Cake
  • Great Toy Round-Up Make a toy box for your dog's treasures. By Penelope Cake
  • Cool Collarettes With reuse all the rage, old becomes new again! By Penelope Cake
  • Wrap It Up Furoshiki wrapping directions & video
November 9th 2009 - Smiling Dogs