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February 2nd 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 26th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 19th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 12th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 5th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Great gifts under $20

Delightful, Delectable, Delovely! Gift ideas, $20 and under. From small specialty companies to those crafty folks at Etsy.com, we searched far and wide for whimsy, quality, creativity and affordability. Here are some of our favorites, just in time for holiday gift-giving.
 

Rescue Cards available at Earthdog for $15.00
Positive messages: Each card set features rescued dogs who are now in happy homes; printed on recycled paper. (4/set)

Hemp Rope Toy available at Earthdog for $16.00
Perfect for the heavy chewer, these rope toys are 100% Romanian hemp and are offered in two sizes. Dogs love 'em!

Blue Anjou Dog Collar available at The Mod Dog for $17.00
The Partridge Family & Blue Anjou dog collars; colorful and fun.

Mod Mutt Collars available at Hound Made for $5.00
Bold, artsy and modern, you can't go wrong with these.

Leash Organizer available at Hound Made for $15.00
Keep 'em handy: colorful rack holds up to 8 leashes/collars.

Dog is my Co-Pilot Bumpersticker available at The Bark for $3.00
Tell the world! Dog is my co-pilot® bumpersticker.

Rope Toys available at Jax and Bones for $14.00
Made from 100% natural dyed cotton thread, these toys aid dental health and provide hours of chewing and tugging fun.

Biodegradable bags available at Planet Dog for $5.95
Cleaner clean-up bags made from real corn; biodegrade completely in just 45 days.

Peppermint Shampoo available at Planet Dog for $12.95
Puppy-safe peppermint shampoo feels cool on the skin and smells great to the snout.

Soft Treats available at Mom and Pup Bakery for $9.99
Soft peanut butter cookies with crunchy bits of peanuts inside.

Dog Mug available at Fishs Eddy for $9.95
Fun 8.75 oz. mug with dog print.

Dog Bowl available at Fishs Eddy for $10.95
Eat up! 22oz. bowl with dog print.

Healthier Treats available at Good Dog Goods for $14.95
Certified organic and kosher, made using a three-decades-old recipe.

Spoon Rest available at Good Dog Goods for $17.50
Spoon rest also fits on top of your mug to keep hot beverages hot! Design by Karen Donleavy

Canine Tag available at Dogs Uncorked for $12.50
A canine sommelier charm tells the world your dog has an unparalleled nose!

Notecards available at BellaBlu Designs for $15.00
Personalized with your name; several breed styles available (10/set).

Clean Dog Gift Set available at Good Clean Dog for $16.00
Gift set includes a solid shampoo bar and an aromatic spritzer.

Antlerz available at Asanka Dogs for $11.99
Long-lasting, no splinters. Antlerz are cut from 100% naturally shed deer antler.

Organic Biscuits available at Best Friends NYC for $18.00
Well-balanced crunchy salmon biscuits give your dog a healthy heart and lustrous shine.

Dog Lover Magnets available by Kate Grenier for $18.00
Colorful assortment of 6 magnets per pack.

Dogs in Yard Sign available at Original Pet Posting for $16.95
Avoid surprises--post a sturdy metal "Dogs in Yard" sign.

Sock Dog Kit available at Friends of Socktopus for $19.99
Kit comes with all materials needed to make your very own Sock Dog, including easy-to-follow instructions.

Biscuit Kit available at Ma Snax for $7.99
All organic ingredients, wheat- and corn-free; complete with heart-shaped cookie cutter!

Dog Days Stickers available at Brambleberry Lane for $2.95
Handmade stickers for scrapbooking and more.

Soap-On-A-Rope available at Cain and Able for $9.95
All-natural handmade oatmeal soap whips up a luxurious lather and leaves your dog's coat soft and clean.

Veggie-Hides available at Onesta Organic for $8.98
Delicious Veggie-Hides Banana and Veggie-Hides Original, USDA certified organic dog treats.

Puppy Knobs available at Pearson-Maron for $7.00
Cast from solid aluminum recycled car rims, hand-painted with non-toxic paints and finish..

Nuzzles available at The Honest Kitchen for $10.00
Something to quack about! Natural dog treats with duck.

Dog Manikin available at Blick Art for $7.83
Strike a pose with this little wooden fellow.

Natural Dog Soap available at Kopah for $5.00
All-natural dog soap made with lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree and cedarwood essential oils.

Meaty Treats available at Etta Says! for $7.99
Treats are made from 100% freeze-dried chicken liver.

Barkorama Tote available at The Love of Pete for $12.00
A perfect combo of style and functionality, the Barkorama tote features colorful vintage graphics on all sides.

Cello Bags available at Polka Dog Bakery for $7.95
An 8 oz. cellophane bag stuffed to the brim with a medley of Poka Dog's wheat-free, corn-free and soy-free treats.

Packabowl available at Polka Dog Bakery for $18.00
Functional, stylish, and packable, the Polka Dog packabowl brightens up mealtime.

Bone Paper Clips available at Giant Robot for $5.00
Hip clip! Dog-bone-shaped paper clips in a magnet tin.

Hand-Painted Sign available at The Homespun Raven for $17.00
Basecoated in black and detailed in tan; these charming signs measure 5.5" wide and 20" long.

Treat Bag available at Olly Dog for $10.00
Keep the treats handy with this stylish bag.

Breed Socks available at Your Breed Clothing for $9.95
Embroidered clothing and accessories for dog lovers.

TurnUp available at Ruff Wear for $9.95
The TurnUp bounces all around - left, right, up and down. It could turn up anywhere!

Terrabone Chew available at Complete Natural Nutrition for $3.49
Certified organic brown rice tops the ingredient list for this healthy and safe edible dental chew bone.

Cranberry Biscuits available at Wagatha's for $8.95
Approximately 31 biscuits, certified organic and kosher, made in Vermont.

No Bones Card available at Dingo Cards for $3.25
Handmade origami-paper cards with prints from original art; 5"x7", blank inside.

Mutt Lynch Wines available at Mutt Lynch for $17.00
Good dogs, good wines. Try a fruity Chardonnay or jammy Zinfandel.

EnviRuff Zen Bowl available at PetZen Products for $14.99
EnviRuffTM Gear Pack Bowl is made from yoga mat remnants and is perfect for those al fresco meals.

Healthy Pup Set available at Pal Dog for $18.50
On-the-go first aid kit includes new Pal Dog Boo Boo Gel, Pal Dog Ear Wash Gel and more.

Doggie Half Apron available at Boojiboo for $18.75
Stay clean, look stylish in this vintage apron with its Scotties, Dalmations and more.

Vintage Apron for Girls available at Boojiboo for $16.75
Perfect for the young cook; fully adjustable, with two neck straps and two waist straps (typically fits ages 4 to 8).

Denim Dog Pull available at Jon's Creations for $10.00
Made of recycled heavy denim, this toy is sewn, knotted and braided.

Bait Bag available at Doggone Good for $15.99
The Trek & Train mini-pack has loads of versatility.

Food Bowl available at Harry Barker for $16.80
High-fired restaurant-quality porcelain, lead and cadmium free, dishwasher- and microwave safe.

Glass Dog Pendant available at ThirtyDash9 for $18.00
Tasteful bling--handmade fused-glass dog pendant, comes on a silver ball chain 16" long.

Bulldog Tote Bag available at Mis Nopales Art for $10.00
Flying Bulldog, a stylish alternative to plastic: 6oz. 100% cotton natural canvas  tote, 15" x 15."

Ruff Pups Plush available at Dogbone Art for $8.50
They're a tough bunch of pups, but they show their respect with their heart tattoo; hand-screened from an original design.

Apple Biscuits available at Bad Dog Frida for $7.95
Wheat- and corn-free, made with organic ingredients (including cage-free eggs!)--dogs love them!

Eyeglass Case available at Agatha and Louise for $19.00
Needlepoint eyeglass case available in various breed styles.

Smart Scarf available at Annie's Sweatshop for $8.00
The Smart Scarf is made from warm fuzzy eco-friendly recycled fleece.

Super Pet Tag available at Pure Panache for $8.00
Pop Art-ish! A fun dog tag reminiscent of comic book art.

Place Mats available at Isabella Cane for $16.00
For people or pets, set of four snazzy place mats.

Rhinestone Frame available at Got Grubb for $12.99
Share your favorite pet and family photos. The magnetic back adheres to steel surfaces—peel and place!

BRT Strap available at Planet Bike for $15.99
The safety strap that glows and blinks! Can be used for people and dogs! Get the BRT Strap Extension for larger dogs.

Dog Smart Cards available at Canine Companions for Independence for $16.95
Play at home, on the road or at the dog park and learn more about your favorite subject!  

 

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Notable Reads

Books multiply like bunnies around the Bark editorial office, distracting us from our duties with their beautiful covers, interesting themes and flat-out wonderful writing. Here are some that made it onto our reading list in 2008, as well as a few we’re keeping an eye out for later this year.
 

FICTION & MEMOIR
The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming, by Shreve Stockton (Simon & Schuster, $23). The blog that became a book—a year in the life of an intrepid young woman who moved to Wyoming, took in a coyote pup and raised him to adulthood.

Dog Years, by Mark Doty (Harper Perennial, $13.95). A prize-winning poet and memoirist, Doty explores the complicated landscape of love and loss.

Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit, assembled by the editors of The Bark (Three Rivers, $14.95). A lively compilation of humor and tail-wagging wit from some of the funniest, most sophisticated writers around.

Labrador Pact, by Matt Haig (Viking, $23.95). Mortality is left to the dogs in this bittersweet story of a canine who gives his all for his family.

The Lost Dog, by Michelle de Kretser (Little, Brown, $24.99). A man’s search for his dog in the Australian bush is the framework on which the author hangs a complex tale of relationships, aging and trust.

The New Yorkers, by Cathleen Schine (Picador, $14). Set in the microcosmic world of a New York neighborhood and its eccentric citizens; the dogs are the stars of this show.

Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong (Penguin Press, $26.95). Winner of 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize, a fictional take on China’s marginalization and diminishment of Mongolian tribes and the sweeping landscape and animals they honor.

NON-FICTION
Hands On
Dog Park Wisdom: Real-world Advice on Choosing, Caring For, and Understanding Your Canine Companion, by Lisa Wogan and Bev Sparks (Skipstone Press, $18.95). Packed with dog-savvy folks’ advice and tips for all aspects of a happy life with dogs—from choosing a puppy to why you should wear a belt at the dog park.

Dog Walker’s Startup Guide: Create Your Own Lucrative Dog Walking Business in 12 Easy Steps, by J.D. Antell (Novus Markets, $24.99). Combine business with pleasure—everything you need to know to replace your day job with one that’s much more fun.

Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, by Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing (HSUS, $21.95). A how-to—and why-to—add dogs to the workplace; case studies lend support to their premises and step-by-step advice shows you how to make it happen in your office.

Positive Perspectives 2: Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog, by Pat Miller (Dogwise, $21.95). Miller gives us tools (and hope) in this comprehensive and well-organized primer on positive training, informed by her pragmatic and educated point of view.

Tales of Two Species: Essays on Loving and Living with Dogs, by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD (Dogwise, $12.95). An expert on the interior lives of dogs, McConnell covers all the bases in this new collection of her Bark columns.

Heartwarmers
Alfred’s Nose, by Vivienne Flesher (HarperCollins, $16.99). You don’t have to have a French Bulldog (or be a child) to enjoy this charming children’s book about a dog who learns to accept his differences.

Dogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You, by Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson (Rodale, $17.95). What’s your type? The authors dig into why people gravitate toward certain breeds, and explain what their choices reveal.

Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs, by Gene Weingarten, photographs by Michael S. Williamson (Simon & Schuster, $19.95). A heartfelt and beautifully illustrated collection of venerable canines. In this collection of profiles and photographs, Weingarten and Williamson document the unique appeal of man’s best friend in his or her last, and best, years.

Perspectives
Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain, by Martha Sherrill (Penguin Press, $25.95). Nonagenarian Morie Sawataishi’s life has been measured out in Akitas, the emblematic and noble dogs of Japan who were saved from almost certain extinction following WWII by Sawataishi’s passion and commitment.

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy—and Why They Matter, by Marc Bekoff, PhD (New World Library, $14.95). In this deeply researched book, Bekoff demonstrates both that animals do have emotions and that we dismiss them at our peril … and, as importantly, theirs.

For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement, by Kathryn Shevelow (Henry Holt, $27.50). In 18th-century England, it really was “hell for horses,” and other animals as well. This accessible book lays out the history of the groups that formed to improve animals’ lot and highlights the people responsible for ushering us into the modern era of animal welfare.

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America, by Nathan J. Winograd (Almaden Books. $16.95). A no-kill manifesto and a clarion call to the pet-loving community written by a man with broad and deep experience in the world of shelters and animal advocacy.

SOS Dog: The Purebred Dog Hobby Re-Examined, by Johan and Edith Gallant (Alpine, $19.95). Delves into the world of the purebred dog and where it’s going in terms of the health and best interests of dogs themselves. With a large percentage of all dog breeds plagued by genetic disabilities, the question is, can the damage already done be repaired?

We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear, by Alston Chase (Transaction, $34.95). A rare and perceptive book about dogs, people and the land they inhabit; Chase takes on some of the big questions, including a complicated one: What kind of life do we owe our dogs?

What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Dog, edited by Steven D. Hales (Open Court, $14.95). Essays by reflective humans who’ve pondered some of the puzzles of life with dogs. “Provocative, unusual, dog-friendly ideas disguised as philosophy,” according to Jeffrey Masson—we couldn’t agree more!

Just the Facts
New York’s Poop Scoop Law: Dogs, the Dirt, and Due Process, by Michael Brandow (Purdue University Press, $29.95). The story behind the political process for cleaner streets in one of the world’s biggest cities—no stone (or pick-up bag) is left unturned!

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, by Marion Nestle (University of California Press, $18.95). Nestle, author of the best-selling What to Eat, tells us what’s in that bag and can, and what to watch out for; guaranteed to make you think, and perhaps even take action.

Speaking for Spot, by Nancy Kay, DVM (Trafalgar Square, $19.95). The ultimate insider’s view of the vet/client relationship, as well as direct, empathetic and absolutely invaluable advice on how to successfully advocate for your dog when illness strikes.

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon, by Nick Trout, DVM (Broadway, $22.95). From the front lines of modern veterinary medicine, a thoughtful and informed view from a vet who combines old-fashioned instinct with cutting-edge technology.

At Home
Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet, by Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich (Chronicle Books, $16.95). Planet-friendly dog care, including easy-to-incorporate, budget-conscious recipes and other projects.

The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious and Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love, by Jonna Anne with Mary Straus, Canine Nutritionist, and Shawn Messonnier, DVM (TFH, $19.95). Fifty nutritious and delicious vet-reviewed recipes—from Pointer to Pom, menus for every size and type.

The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook, by Jessica Disbrow Talley and Erik Talley (Cider Mill Press, $14.95). Whip up something simple or something decadent—pup-worthy

BARK’S WATCH LIST—Coming in 2009
The Adopted Dog Bible, edited by Kim Saunders/Petfinder.com (Collins Living, $22.99). Who knows more about caring for adopted dogs than the Petfinder.com folks? Here’s a book that distills all that information between two covers. JANUARY

A Happy Ending for Rescued Dogs, by Michael Aufhauser (teNeues , $19.95) The chronicle of a successful, 20-year German rescue operation. JANUARY

Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, by Meg Daley Olmert (Da Capo, $26) Drawing on the fascinating work of scientists in a wide range of fields, this book explores the lays out both sides of our deep mutual connection. FEBRUARY

The Dog Rules, by Kyra Sundance (Fireside, $24.99) A practical guide to using simple behavior modifications techniques to set boundaries without compromising the relationship. Your dog will thank you! MARCH

One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food, by Michael Schaffer (Henry Holt, $24). A multidimensional look at the connections between how we treat our dogs and the evolution of our ideas about domesticity, consumerism, politics and family. MARCH

Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash, and Our Year in the Great Outdoors, by Kathryn Miles (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95) Miles adopted a puppy and got, not only a companion, but an entirely new way of seeing nature when she joins the pup in her unleashed explorations. APRIL

Spott’s Canine Miscellaney, by Mike Darton (Abrams Images, $14.95) A witty grab-bag that includes canine epigraphs, origins of breed names, an international guide to the word “dog,” the world’s oldest dog, dogs who went down with the Titanic and way more. APRIL

DogJoy by The Bark Editors (Rodale, $14.95) Smiling dogs, smiling dogs, a whole book full of smiling dogs, selected by the editors of Bark, who’ve never met a smiler they didn’t like! OCTOBER

 

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December 29th 2008

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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December 22nd 2008

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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December 15th 2008

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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