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Weekly Smiler 10-21-13
Cricket

Our featured smilers of the week. See more in our Smiling Dogs Gallery.
This week: Cricket, Dixie, Eddie, Toshi & Sterling and Tucker.

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Weekly Smiler 10-14-13
Smiling Dog
Bernie, Izzy and Violet

Our featured smilers of the week. See more in our Smiling Dogs Gallery.
This week: Bernie, Izzy and Violet, Friday, Georgie Coonie, Kali and Levi.

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Weekly Smiler 10-7-13
Smiling Dog
Brinkley

Our featured smilers of the week. See more in our Smiling Dogs Gallery.
This week: Brinkley, Chewie, Daisy Doo, Nietzche and Ray Snarles.

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Weekly Smiler 9-30-13
Smiling Dog
Buster

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This week: Buster, Marley, Nova and Macey, Riley and Sadie.

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Weekly Smiler 9-23-13
Smiling Dog
Bailey - Smiling Dog

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This week: Bailey, Charlie, Roxy, Scout and Sparky.

Culture: DogPatch
Porch Dogs
Maggie & BB, a Jack Russell/Australian Cattle Dog mix and Labrador/Beagle mix, in Charleston, South Carolina

Photographer Nell Dickerson fondly recalls childhood nights on the sleeping porch of her grandparents’ Mississippi Delta home—the sounds of katydids, cicadas, and tree frogs, the merciful breeze from the overhead fan. But during the heat of the day, the family sought refuge indoors, leaving the dog to his lonely vigil. “I felt like he understood that the porch was the gateway between inside and outside and that it was his duty to keep sentry there in case someone wanted to pass,” she recalls. For eight years, Dickerson traveled across the South taking portraits of dogs committed to the deep-seated tradition of watching the world. Those photographs comprise her latest book, Porch Dogs.

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Weekly Smiler 9-16-13
Smiling Dog
Beth

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This week: Beth, Flavia, Mooks, Roscoe and Zorro.

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Weekly Smiler 9-9-13
Smiling Dog
Ariel

Our featured smilers of the week. See more in our Smiling Dogs Gallery.
This week: Ariel, Dennis, Olive, Ovie and Widget.

News: Guest Posts
Strut Your Mutt — A Cause to Walk For
Strut Your Mutt

Good things can happen when people join together and walk for a cause. Like moving towards a no-kill nation. Like educating the public about the root causes of homeless pets. Like helping fund those organizations on the frontlines of animal rescue and adoption. Last year, nearly 11,000 people nationwide took part in Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt events. Together, these two- and four-legged walkers helped save the lives of pets in shelters all across the country, earning nearly $1.3 million for homeless pets and 180 animal welfare groups who serve them.

Every day, more than 9,000 pets are killed in America's shelters simply because they don't have a home—that number should be zero, and it can be. Best Friends Animal Society and local animal rescue organizations and shelters (No More Homeless Pets Network partners) have joined together to reach that goal. The donations raised through Strut Your Mutt will be used to fund lifesaving adoption programs and spay/neuter services, which will ultimately impact the number of pets entering and leaving shelters. This year’s events, expanded to include 11 cities, kicked off this past weekend in Kanab, Utah, the home base for Best Friends. We encourage everybody to join — as a participant walking with a favorite pooch or as a donor or sponsor. The bar has been set high, organizers hope to raise $2 million to assist pet shelters across the country — and help us move closer to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.

Strut Your Mutt Events 2013

Kanab, UT – Aug. 31
Jacksonville – Sept. 7
Los Angeles – Sept. 15
Baltimore/DC – Sept. 21
Houston – Sept. 21
Salt Lake City – Sept. 21
San Francisco – Sept. 21
Austin – Sept. 28
New York – Sept. 28
Portland – Sept. 28
St. Louis – Sept. 28

No Strut in your area? No problem! Join Strut Across America, the virtual Strut Your Mutt open to anyone anywhere! For more information go to: strutyourmutt.org/BarkBlog

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Weekly Smiler 9-2-13
Smiling Dog
Howdy Smiling Dog

Our featured smilers of the week. See more in our Smiling Dogs Gallery.
This week: Howdy, Kenny, Layla, Levi and Terra.

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