Rudy, the Shepherd-mix shelter pup formerly known as Tazzie, was adopted by Lauren Bianco from the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City, N.J., when he was five months old. Now, two years later, he’s strutting his stuff on our cover, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Rudy and his family call Hoboken home, and he loves city life—especially the dog parks, where he has many friends—and car rides. We couldn’t resist Rudy’s “every-dogness,” his engaging gaze and sturdy, down-home vibe, all of which were captured by talented portrait photographer Amanda Jones. Join us in welcoming Rudy, the all-American mutt, to our growing pack of 2008 cover dogs.
To enter the next round for 2009, send a photo and short essay (150 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org—tell us why you think your pup is cover-dog material. Your dog must be camera friendly (not taken aback by flashing lights) and able to pose fairly still. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email.