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Our First-Ever Dogging the Hound Award
To Gail Collins for never letting Romney off the hook
For some achievements in life, there are established awards. For others, awards must be created—inspired by an accomplishment. And so it is with New York Times columnist Gail Collins and her relentless mission not to let Mitt Romney off the hook for his massively ill-fated decision to put his Irish Setter, Seamus, in a crate and tie the crate to the roof of the family car for an eight-hour drive...
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Hollywood Goes to the Dogs
So does the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco
We love seeing pups on film, especially in roles that show them woven into life in realistic ways that celebrate their positive role. And lately it seems a lot of directors agree with us. In the November issue of Bark, we preview several wonderful canine movie performances coming our way over the holiday season. From Leon the Beagle (played by four different canine actors) in We Bought a Zoo to...
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Move Over James Herriot
Dr. Jan Pol’s the vet for the reality TV generation
In recent years, we’ve been hearing about a shortage of large animal veterinarians. As of last fall, nearly 1,300 counties did not have a single doctor for farm animals, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the problem was expected to get worse. I’m thinking the unlikely television star of National Geographic Wild’s “The Incredible Dr. Pol,” might help to reverse the...
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The Unexpected Dog in Margin Call
Locating a heartbeat on Wall Street
I saw the new film Margin Call this weekend, a restrained, engrossing story based on Lehman Brothers’ sell-off of toxic assets, which helped precipitate the 2008 collapse. At the center of the story is Sam Rogers, a life-long Wall Streeter played by Kevin Spacey. Early in the film, we see Sam resting his head on the neck of his chocolate Labrador, who sleeps on a veterinarian’s gurney. We know...
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The Significance of Inca
Writer director Jeff Kopas talks about casting his dog in his first feature film
In the new independent film, An Insignificant Harvey, the three-foot-four Harvey (played by Jordan Prentice) feels as insignificant as he looks. Orphaned, isolated and angry, he works as a janitor at a ski resort in remote northern Ontario. His lonely life promises to stay that way until he crosses paths with a stray Husky. Like they often do, this dog sends Harvey’s life in new direction—a...
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NCIS Character Mentions Bark
The takeaway: Adopting mutts is hip
The Bark got an unexpected shout-out last night on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” About 14 minutes into the episode, Deeks, an LAPD officer played by Eric Christian Olsen, heads to a café with Kensi, a special ops field agent played by Daniela Ruah, to track down members of a Libyan resistance movement. In the backseat of their car perches an adorable rescue mutt named Monty. He actually looks a lot like...
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First Commercial for Dogs
Purina releases an ad designed for pets
Sometimes my dogs look at the television, but I'm not sure if they're actually watching. I haven't seen any connection to a particular image or sound. I think they just notice the movement on the screen and have learned to ignore the noise. I thought that might change when I heard that Purina released what they're calling the first-ever television commercial designed for both dogs and humans....
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Inventing the Perfect Pup Product
Leash inventor featured on Quirky reality show
Have you ever felt like you had a great idea for a million-dollar dog product and all you needed was a little technical—and maybe emotional—support? Tonight, Sara Carpenter of Richmond Hill, N.Y., finds out if her idea for a soft retractable-leash with a pocket for waste bags is going to have its chance at the big time. She’s one of two inventors featured on the Sept. 6 episode of Quirky (10...
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Lone Dog on the Tibetan Plateau
The strange case of the Kailash canines
I recently read a review copy of Tibet: Culture on the Edge by Phil Borges (which will be published by Rizzoli in October). Through otherworldly portraits and measured prose, Borges captures a truly rarified place and people caught in the grip of Chinese expansion and modernization. It’s a fabulous book, and although not a book about dogs or for dog people per se, there was one photo of...
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Puppy Mill Exposé on HBO
Madonna of the Mills premieres August 24
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 24th so you can watch the HBO documentary, Madonna of the Mills. I was able to preview the film and liked what I saw. The movie documents the passion of Laura Amato (the Madonna) on her forays into Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her sole purpose for traveling into the heart of Amish country is the rescue of puppy mill dogs, specifically those who are “used up...

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