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Dear Subaru

There is never an ordinary trip when it comes to the Subaru. The day we went to get our Great Dane Nala was one of our grand adventures. We left in early morning with a snow advisory. We cruised the eighty miles in my 2009 Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited wagon and picked up Nala without a hitch. However, during the return trip, the weather decided it was time to test the Subbie. We went about 20 miles before the visibility reduced dramatically, then the Interstate shut down with traffic was directed to local roads. I decided that we just needed to get Nula to her new home. We used GPS to find an alternate route, and went for it! The Subbie plowed through the snow-covered roads at a slow, steady pace. Eight hours later, we were back home with our Nala! Now she refuses to ride in anything but my Outback! One could say she is partial to my Outback just like I am. My Subbie is big dog tested, and big dog APPROVED!

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Dear Subaru

I am a dog walker, so my 2005 Subaru Outback Sport has seen more dogs than most people see in a lifetime, and is the fur is deep in the fabric that no amount of detailing will ever pull it all out. But I also have my own dogs, and the story of my Subaru starts there. At the end of 2004, I took a leave of absence from my desk job in Boston to go to Kanab, UT and volunteer at Best Friends. It was then that I bought my first new car—a Subaru. Shortly after, my dog Alex and I set off on our drive from Boston to Kanab, all by ourselves. I had never driven past Ohio. We drove across the country again and had many other memorably excursions in the Subaru. Sadly, Alex left us recently, just a week before his 15th birthday. I miss him terribly, and think of our many long drives every time I get in my Subaru…which now has 85,000 miles on it.

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Welcome to Daneville
The Road Trip

Two years ago I bought my first Subaru. I always wanted a Subaru WRC, the sleek lines… the turbo! But The family that I have didn't allow for such a small sporty car. My family consists of four, yes four Great Danes, so two years ago I bought a 2003 Subaru Forester.

I have had these gentle giants in my life forever. My parents rescued and I chose to do the same. I am a veterinary technician and moved from Pittsburgh, PA. to Charleston, SC. to follow my dream job. Last year I loaded my three great danes into the Forester and moved 800 miles from home. It was a great drive, fourteen hours with the wind in my hair and the dogs heads out the windows. We ran into some snags in the trip sure, Loki my largest and oldest male got a bit car sick. But the Subaru's great interior washed clean in the truck stop parking lot and we continued our journey.

Although that is not the story I have to tell. In the year that I have lived in Charleston, SC I have taken in my greatest challenge. I added a fourth to the equation of Danes. In February of 2009, I became the proud caregiver to Possum. Possum was taken from terrible conditions and was set to be euthanized, but one amazing police officer couldn't let that happen. He took her in and found me. Possum was suffering from malnourishment, heart worm disease, Demodecosis mange, staff and other bacterial infections covering her entire body. She was given a five percent chance to live. I took her in knowing I would only be able to make her comfortable in her last months. I still tried everything I could to heal her. The treatments were expensive, lengthly and time consuming. But everyday I bathed her, and weekly she hopped in the Subaru and rode to see the vet for her check ups. She was doing what everyone said she couldn't do. She was getting better!

That was when i decided she had to go to Daneville and meet the rest of her family. Daneville is what I call my family's rescue. My parents live on an 11 acre farm where the dogs have free reign. Possum deserved the chance to go there and know what it felt like to be a real dog. Until this point in her life all that she knew was a small house and a dirty, grassless back yard. When she moved in with me sure, conditions were better, but she deserved to experience my parents farm. The grass as far as the eye could see, a pond, geese, goats and more Great Danes! I took a weekend off of work and started to load the Subaru.

I knew I had a lot to take. Clothes, and yes I pack like every other girl out there, 2 weeks worth of outfits for every occasion and shoes to match! dog food, bowls, dog beds, snacks and toys!! Possum couldn't leave the stuffed pig at home!!! Not to mention all of the lovely things from Charleston I wanted to take to mom! My little Subaru was loaded! The space between the seats full, the drivers seat, full, and so I set off to Pennsylvania, approximately 800 miles and fourteen hours, in a Subaru with 180,000 miles on her!

The dogs were comfortable, they all had room to stretch out back there, but chose to lay criss crossed all over each other. When I would slow for an exit one or two would look up to see where we were and then go right back to sleep. At rest stops all eyes were on my "Ruby Subie" what I have named my ruby red Subaru!!!!! People would ask the same question every time, "how do they all fit?" but after a glance inside they were impressed with the fact that they did in fact fit, and quite comfortably!!! We climbed the mountains at noon, the fog was so thick you could barely see, I had a chance to turn on my fog lights! The dogs all had their heads out the windows taking in the smells of the forest. Ruby Subie never struggled! A steady sixty to seventy miles an hour with over five hundred pounds of dog and another one hundred pounds of additional cargo!

We arrived in Pennsylvania in record time. Possum was finally at Daneville! For three days she romped, played, even tested the waters of the pond! My parents had a chance to meet her. Possum had a chance to meet more humans that love her, because she isn't out of the woods yet. There is still that chance she will never recover. But for today she is happy, comfortable and spoiled.

That dream could never have come true if it wasn't for my "Ruby Subie".

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Dear Subaru

Before moving to Wyoming about 2 years ago, I purchased my new 2008 Subaru Outback. It is near mandatory for living here in the Tetons! Around here, we don’t ask what you drive, but what color is your Subaru. While out exploring a backcountry road last fall, I stopped to give Bruce and Kirah a break. They were snuffling about, when I looked down the road to see a grizzly strolling towards us. Before panicking, I used our well-known command to “load up” and without pause they hopped into the back of the car, safe and sound. We then took the time to enjoy the visit from one of our wild neighbors from the security of “Big Brown” as my Outback is known.

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Dear Subaru

At 160,000 miles, my Outback has been as faithful as our dogs. One armrest slightly chewed and there is dog hair covering the upholstery, but this car has carted us to some great places. We have lived out of it on camping trips, and even slept in the back. (Yeah, two adults and two dogs can fit in the back, if the humans don't mind a dog lying on them.) This has been the perfect car for our dogs and us.

Luke’s first experience with the Subaru came when we took him home from the shelter. Now he goes everywhere with us, with the rear seat down, he props himself up and watches the scenery. He’ll hop down for a hike, and just as easily hop back in, ready to ride to the next trail—just like our Subaru.

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Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest 2011

Roses are red, Violets are blue. Write an ode to your dog—we’ve got prizes for you!

We know you love your dog, and what better way to express that love than in verse? Enter The Bark’s Puppy Love Poetry Contest on Facebook. Finish the classic doggerel, “Roses are red, Violets are blue,” with a few lines about your canine Valentine as a comment on our wall. We’ll have prizes for our favorites, including Sweet Heart Collar Art from Beantown Handmade (3), a Doodle Dog Tote from Crypton (2), and Valentine’s cards from RiverDog Prints (1).

Multiple entries—and wild creativity—are welcome. The contest ends February 14th 2011 at 11:59 PM PST, so start channeling your inner Shakespeare!

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John Andross and Pup
Family Dog
Family Dog

The year 1930 was brutally tough for everyone, especially farmers. You’d never know it, though, by this picture of John Andross, his wife Abbie and their dog Pup, taken at a family reunion. John, who was born blind, played a mean fiddle and piano, and worked his southern Minnesota farm assisted by Pup, who helped him navigate. The photo comes from John and Abbie’s grandson, 86-year-old Kermit Andross Allen, now of Coralville, Iowa, who has many fond memories of his grandparents, and was sent in by Karla S. Miller, Allen’s stepdaughter.

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Yum!
Yum!

One lucky reader’s dog will eat well — and FREE — for a year.

Food Dogs love to eat, and one lucky reader’s dog will eat well — and FREE — for a year. Sponsored by Petflow.com, the online premium pet food retailer, the contest is easy to enter: send us a photo of your dog eating something yummy, waiting to eat something yummy or simply looking yummy. There’s no obligation to buy anything — submit a photo and you’re in the running. The winner, who will be drawn at random, will be announced in Bark’s Feb/Mar 2011 issue, and will receive a year’s worth of dog food and treats from Petflow.com. Entries will be accepted from November 1 through December 31, 2010, so don’t hang back.

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Persimmon wars: dog v. squirrel

Tyler loves the Fuyu persimmons from this tree and eats as many as he can get. In this photo, he is showing his concern that the squirrel (not pictured) is eating too many. —Kara Douglas, Walnut Creek, Calif.

 

 

 

 
Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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A little mermaid and pal

I took this picture of my four-year-old daughter, Katherine, with my mom’s pug, Orson, on a hot Phoenix day. My daughter and Orson are the best of friends. Everyone keeps telling me to submit it, so here you go. I hope you dog lovers find it useful! —Amy Oyler, Phoenix, Ariz.

 

 

 
Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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