Roses are red, Violets are blue. Write an ode to your dog—we’ve got prizes for you!
We know you love your dog, and what better way to express that love than in verse? Enter The Bark’s Puppy Love Poetry Contest on Facebook. Finish the classic doggerel, “Roses are red, Violets are blue,” with a few lines about your canine Valentine as a comment on our wall. We’ll have prizes for our favorites, including Sweet Heart Collar Art from Beantown Handmade (3), a Doodle Dog Tote from Crypton (2), and Valentine’s cards from RiverDog Prints (1).
Multiple entries—and wild creativity—are welcome. The contest ends February 14th 2011 at 11:59 PM PST, so start channeling your inner Shakespeare!
Dog's Life: DIY
In our Nov/Dec ’10 issue we had a pattern for Paper-Mache dogs by Paul Boddum, and asked to see photos of your handiwork. Here are some stellar examples.
1. Dixie, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, with a box turtle. I used a lot of newspaper and some coat hangers for the frame, the turtle is made from part of a gourd and newspaper.
2. This is my Doberman, Alex, complete with ragged shreds of her tennis ball. The instructions were simple to follow (this was my first attempt at paper-mache so you can tell it was easy to follow!) and everyone loves how it turned out, especially Alex! I included a picture of the real Alex.
3. I loved making them. I enjoyed it so much that I may be giving paper dogs for Christmas … problem is, I want to keep them all. That is Guiness and Buster Brown.
4. My friend from work, Kathie Benko, and myself made these great pups. Thanks for the fun (and simple) project. We loved it and are pleased as punch it wasn’t beyond our capabilities.
5. I call him Mr. McMaster. He is the final one of three—the first one ended in the trash at the masking tape stage, the second is finished but quite odd looking. And then there is Mr. McMaster!
6. I had such a great time making not one, but three paper-mache doggies. I used my Border Collie Luna as my model. She is a rescue and was featured once as one of your smiling dogs.
7. Here is a picture of the dog I made from your latest issue of Bark. Me and my parents had fun making him. His name Cashmere.
8. We had the pleasure of reading your magazine for the first time with the Nov - Jan 11 issue. We love it! My daughter Emma and I were excited to try out the papier-mache dog craft. We had alot of fun and wanted to share the results with you!
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog-friendly photographers, planners, wedding venues and accommodations
In our research for "Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog" (Bark, February 2011), we talked to many brides around the country about their big day. They had great stories to tell but also important advice. Among their discoveries were dog-friendly resources, which we list here with links to make your planning a little easier.
Accommodations and venues
The year 1930 was brutally tough for everyone, especially farmers. You’d never know it, though, by this picture of John Andross, his wife Abbie and their dog Pup, taken at a family reunion. John, who was born blind, played a mean fiddle and piano, and worked his southern Minnesota farm assisted by Pup, who helped him navigate. The photo comes from John and Abbie’s grandson, 86-year-old Kermit Andross Allen, now of Coralville, Iowa, who has many fond memories of his grandparents, and was sent in by Karla S. Miller, Allen’s stepdaughter.
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
More photos from “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog”
We talked to many people for “Here Comes the Bride ... and Her Dog,” our February feature about including dogs in your wedding. It was a delight to hear all the wonderful ways in which couples include their best friends on the big day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room to include every story or every photo, so we created this online wedding album, which includes pictures of nearly all the brides and grooms who contributed advice and anecdotes but don’t appear in the story. Read our complete wedding story in the February/March 2011 issue of Bark, on sale now.
Want to add your own doggy wedding photo to this slideshow? Just follow these steps:
And it will appear in this slideshow!
Make the season brighter for animals in need.
Dog Days Perpetual Calendar
If you visit the Polka Dog Bakery in Boston’s South End, you’ll notice a huge gallery of Polaroids featuring every dog who visits the shop. Those photos provide the inspiration for this perpetual desktop calendar, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
$24 from Polka Dog Bakery
“Hooray for Shelter Dogs!” Notecards
$5.95 for a set of three cards
Freedom Tails Handmade Collars and Leashes
These embossed leather collars and leashes are handmade by inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center and the proceeds support Freedom Tails, a program where offenders train shelter dogs to make them more viable for adoption. The dogs get a second chance at a life in a loving home, and the offenders receive a renewed sense of purpose. These leashes and collars are available in a variety of lengths, widths and colors, and can be custom-embossed with your dog’s name.
Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and information. Collars start at $15, leashes start at $20.
Sponsor a Shelter Dog
If you have a dog lover on your list, consider sponsoring a shelter dog in their name. Sponsoring a dog ensures that shelters can cover that dog’s food, shelter and medical needs and helps alleviate the financial strain many shelters face. If they live near the shelter, your gift recipient can even visit their sponsored dog. You can sponsor a dog at the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) for $25 a month, or find a sponsorship program at a shelter near you.
Shop for a Cause
Even if dog-themed gifts aren’t on your list, you can still support canine causes with your holiday shopping. iGive lets you choose your favorite charity and sends money to that organization when you shop at any of over 800 stores online. You can send your shopping dollars toward your local shelter, your favorite rescue or any number of humane societies while shopping for clothing, electronics, books, airline tickets and more!
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