We’re pleased to introduce this month’s cover dogs, Liz Dodge’s boys, Tru and Jammer, of Coos Bay, Ore. Jammer, a five-year-old Aussie mix, competes in agility at the masters level, and young Tru is prepping for his first agility meet. Both dogs—as well as their packmates Mick and Jig—were rescued, as Dodge says, “not necessarily from bad situations, but from unwanted situations.”
Dodge first saw a snarling and barking Jammer at her local shelter, but it didn’t take her long to discover his true sweetness. And six months ago, Tru was a disheveled nine-month-old 24 hours from death row when Border Creek Rescue of Corvallis, Ore., pulled him from the shelter. His luck improved even more when Dodge (who had seen him on pnwbcrescue.org) added him to her pack. In her inimitable fashion, photographer Amanda Jones captured Jammer’s perma-grin and Tru’s Border Collie essence to perfection. (In fact, the well-trained, camera-ready Dodge dogs inspired Jones to take more than 500 photos!)
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.