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Martha Speaks Turns Four
Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and their real-life dog, Cora, star in season premier
In one of those series of events that usually only happen in dreams—Jon Hamm (the enigmatic, chain-smoking star of “Mad Men”) drives around in a purple boot with a loquacious yellow mutt named Martha in tonight’s season premier of “Martha Speaks” on PBS. Based on the best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh, “Martha Speaks” follows the adventures of a pup whose appetite for alphabet soup gives...
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Dog Show Severs Ties with Pedigree
A little too much sad reality
I don’t feed my dog Pedigree dog food, but I am a huge fan of their ads. I know the company is pushing product, but I admire all the time, attention and high-production effort they give to promoting the adoption of shelter dogs and celebrating mixed-breed pups. Some of their ads are funny and celebratory; others make me weep in my cups (above). On Friday, the Associated Press reported that...
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“Like My Dog”
Song Sings Dog’s Praises
Billy Currington’s song “Like My Dog” expresses what most of us have felt at one time or another. When the country singer sings, “I want you to love me like my dog does,” it’s easy to relate to his desire for unconditional love and uncomplicated relationships. Though he’s been accused of misogyny and unrealistic expectations, I enjoy the song from a more light-hearted perspective. Just for...
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Super Bowl Ads Review: Four Paws Down
Call me a cur-mudgeon, but I think that this year’s Super Bowl commercials featuring canines, well, went to the dogs. They were derivative at best, poorly conceived in the great midsection and downright cruel at their worst.   The obvious winner was the “Here, We Go” spot for Bud Light, featuring a scruffy little Terrier mix “rescue dog.” He tirelessly fetches beer at a party—by the bottle, the...
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Super Bowl Pitch-Pups
Love ‘em or leave ‘em?
Last week, we blogged about the teaser for Volkswagen’s Super Bowl 46 ad, which featured a chorus of dogs barking “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. A continuation of 2011’s Super Bowl theme, “The Bark Side” was essentially an ad for an ad, and it has logged more than 11 million hits online. On Wednesday, the carmaker released the actual game day ad, which stars a beautiful dog namd Bolt....
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Are Dogs Who Play Tough in Films Overlooked?
Martin Scorcese challenges the first-ever Golden Collar Awards
The people have spoken: Following a campaign led by Martin Scorsese, a Doberman named Blackie is in the running to be named “Best Dog in a Theatrical Film” at the first-ever Golden Collar Awards. According to Dog News Daily, the sponsor of the awards, hundreds of Dobie devotees wrote to support Blackie after The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director wrote...
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A Peek at “The Bark Side”
Ingredients for a viral Super Bowl ad: Dogs and Star Wars
Dogs are to viral Super Bowl ads as wheels are to a bicycle. That is, essential. (Think: Doritos and Bud Light.) And early promo for Volkswagen’s 2012 Super Bowl ad looks to proves the point. Taking off from last year’s Star Wars-inspired commercial (an adorable Darth Vadar wannabe tries to use the force on everything from a sandwich to his dog), Volkswagen released a teaser on Wednesday for this...
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Three Dog Night at the Golden Globes
Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves Cosmo, Uggie and Snowy
Scene-chewing pups basked in the limelight during last night’s Golden Globes Awards. And, we have to say, we saw it coming at Bark. First, Best Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer gave a gracious nod to his canine costar, “my favorite Cosmo the dog,” from the lovely Michael Mills’ film Beginners, which Bark praised for its realistic portrayal of how we live with dogs. Second, and even...
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Shelter Dog PSA’s That Make Us Smile [Videos]
There’s more than one way to inspire adoption
We’ve all seen the ads before: Chain-link fencing, sad eyes, heart-tugging music, a plea for help. Television commercials for animal shelters are incredibly effective at pulling the heartstrings—sometimes, so much that they’re hard to watch. In recent years, though, some shelters and rescue groups are trying a different tack: humor. The plight of homeless pets isn’t a light subject, of course,...
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Dogs in Geek Culture
Does this top 10 work for you?
A friend sent me a “Top 10 dogs in ‘geek’ culture” list. (In many circles, “geek” and “cool” are practically synonymous.) The friend who sent me this knows I always that Doc Brown’s dog in Back to the Future was named Einstein, and I was pleased to see that he made the list. It was also entertaining to see that Superman’s dog Krypto made the list. Krypto was introduced in the 1950s comics,...

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