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New Film Realistically Portrays How We Live with Dogs
Charming Jack Russell shares the screen with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer
Escaping the office mid-week to sit in a movie theater and watch a film—what a rare treat! Claudia and I did just that one week ago, for a special screening of a new film Beginners, written and directed by Mike Mills, and starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent. This gem of a film opens the San Francisco International Film Festival tonight, before its commercial release in...
Blog: Editors
Maker of Special Dog Films
Remembering Robert Radnitz
The quiet passing of Robert Radnitz last week, a onetime English teacher turned movie producer should not go unnoticed. Radnitz is responsible for two fine films that prominently featured dogs—A Dog of Flanders and Sounder. With the release of his first film, A Dog of Flanders in 1959, Mr. Radnitz established his reputation as a maker of high-quality movies for children and their parents. Based...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Organics, Raw Meat, and Designer Diets: New Trends in Dog Food
What's for dinner?
Having a dog you surely know the myriad of choices you have when it comes to selecting your dog’s food. It should not be news that dog food is a multi-billion dollar industry. What is surprising, is the segmentation that now dominates the marketing of dog food, and the variety of niche-sectors being pursued fervently by dog food manufacturers and their marketing agents. As Publisher of The Bark,...
Blog: Editors
My Dog Tulip
J.R. Ackerley’s classic memoir adapted masterfully to film
I had the good fortune of viewing a very special film at the recent San Francisco International Film Festival—an animated adaption of J.R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip. Ackerley’s memoir, first published in Britain in 1956, revolves around his 14-year relationship with an Alsatian named Tulip. The book’s perceived raunchiness, highlighted by the author’s mediations on “defecation and mating” caused...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Nellie & Doris & Dogs
A rare match
IIt's the rare match of musical styles and inspiration that makes Nellie McKay's new release Normal As Blueberry Pie a tribute to her longtime heroine   Doris Day   so perfect. The two have been linked since the young singer burst upon the scene, as critics scrambled to note her musical kinship.   So it's only natural that McKay's new CD (on Verve) would showcase an array of Day standards-...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Artist Robert Zakanitch
Icon of contemporary art captures dogs’ “aggressive goodness”
Contemporary artist Robert Zakanitch first reached critical acclaim in the 1970s in New York City as one of the founders of the pattern and decorative movement. His paintings are now in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and have been exhibited around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. As...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Sitting Pretty
Immortalizing your dog on canvas
Our founding dog, Nellie, looks down upon me, her toothy grin reminding me of the great times we shared. Her distinctive black and white markings contrast with a color field of yellow and green in a painting by Mark Ulriksen, famed for his many New Yorker covers. Some may recognize the painting from the cover of our book Dog Is My Co-Pilot—it hangs in our office now, a tribute to the little dog...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Show Time with Bill Berloni
Broadway’s premier animal advocate and trainer tells all
For Bill Berloni, every year is the year of the dog—and the rat and the lamb and the cat and the pig. Beginning in 1976 with the extraordinary musical, Annie, for which, as a young aspiring actor, he found and trained a shelter dog to play Sandy, Berloni has spent more than 30 years working with some of the best in the business. When it comes to show-stopping animal actors, he’s likely to have...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Earth Talks: Earthdog and West Paw
In celebration of Earth Day, I spoke to two innovators, people who think green 365 days a year. Dave Colella of Earthdog and Spencer Williams of West Paw Design share their thoughts on a green world, dogs and the future. Earthdog Dave and Kym Colella, OwnersEarthdog uses hemp to create a stylish assortment of US-made dog collars, leashes, beds and other pet accessories. On the power of choice:...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Global Pet Expo—It’s All About the Dogs
Highlights and trends from Global Pet Expo 2009
The Global Pet Expo, billed as the world’s largest annual pet products trade show, recently convened in sunny Orlando, Fla. The show, equal parts innovation and salesmanship, is a good barometer for those of us who track trends in the companion animal world. The show is sponsored by the American Pet Products Association, which claims that the nation’s spending on pets is holding steady at $43...

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