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For lovers of lists, the end of the year brings great rewards as the ubiquitous “best of” compilations pour in from every corner of popular culture — favorite films, indispensable music, memorable news moments. Equal parts honor roll, gamesmanship and shopping list, they offer a chance for reflection and an opportunity to savor recent pleasures. We couldn’t resist compiling our own roll call of favorites for the “best dog cinema” of the past decade: nine films, one documentary subject and two canine-stealing scenes that we found enchanting or thought-provoking—and often both.
Wendy and Lucy, 2008
The Savages, 2007
Year of the Dog, 2007
Traveling with Pets, 2007
Dealing Dogs, 2006
Hurricane Katrina Documentaries
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005
The Cave of the Yellow Dog, 2005
Still Life with Animated Dogs, 2001
My Dog Skip, 2000
Best in Show, 2000
Do you have a favorite dog film or canine-stealing scene from the past decade? We’d love to hear about it—post your comments below.
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
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
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
To mark the end of summer’s dog days, we’re sharing a few of the products that have kept us company all season long.
Kangaroom Pet Pouch
To Go Bowl XL
Healthy Motion Powder
Pawduke All Natural Treats
Blogs we love.
A Book and A Dog
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
The last time I did the math, I figured out that my dogs and I have gone on more than 14,325 walks over the years. Here’s what I’ve come to value during the miles we’ve covered.
1. A leather leash. Especially for medium to large dogs, I recommend leather over just about any other material. It’s not only soft on your hands, it’s strong (even the best-trained dog will sometimes threaten to pull you off your feet—squirrel, anyone?). A well-made leather leash will last your dog’s lifetime (see examples at Paco Collars and Bridgeport Equipment.
2. Treats. Small, easily digestible varieties like Pet Greens or other jerky-like treats that can be broken into small pieces are popular with our dogs. Kibble morsels also work well.
3. Water and a collapsible water bowl. Itzadog’s Zuka bowls are great. For eco- and safety reasons, I prefer a reusable water container that I carry in a sling; aluminum water bottles are lightweight, and a bota bag also works.
4. Plenty of pick-up bags. I always carry more than I think I’ll need, and a paper towel or two.
5. Pockets—the more the merrier! I like jackets with big roomy pockets, and sometimes cargo pants, which provide even more carrying capacity. If it’s too hot for a jacket, a multi-pocket dog-walker’s belt is a good alternative; the DOOG Walkie Belt is a stylish new model.
6. A small flashlight. Makes finding things—like poop deposited under a bush—much easier, especially on those early-morning or after-dark outings. I have a tiny one attached to my jacket’s zipper tab.
7. A whistle. The Fox-40 produces a super-loud sound that carries even in windy conditions. Good not only to get your dog’s attention (be sure to train a recall using it), but also for your own personal safety—it’s a great alert.
8. Comfortable footwear. Without a doubt, warm, dry and well-supported feet add light years to the experience; during the rainy season, I go for waterproof/water-resistant materials. (Take a tip from hikers and get the best socks and shoes or boots you can manage.)
Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.
You know how when you order a milkshake at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor the really good soda jerks always manage to make a little too much, which they let you have to replenish your drink. That’s how we see Web Extras. This is where you’ll find stuff—expanded versions of articles, instructions and links for taking action, and sometimes multi-media bonuses—we couldn’t quite fit in the magazine but that we hope will add to your enjoyment of the current issue.
Slobbering Good Deeds An easy way to donate toys to shelters
Pet Soup Kitchens Serving food for dogs and comfort for owners. By JoAnna Lou
Esprit de Corps Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven By Lisa Wogan
What’s That in Dog Years? Tips to help your oldster live long and prosper. By Bark Editors
Top Dogs Shouldn’t every state have an official canine? By Lisa Wogan
Fences with Staying Power Good fences = safe dogs By Robin Tierney
Rabies Booster Update Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide. By Lisa Wogan
Senior Solutions Lend a Helping Hand—Products to make life more comfortable.
Lessons from Prunella Advice for stress-free coping with an aged, beloved yet incontinent dog. By Christine Weibel
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