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Good news on the OLA front

Across the nation, dog-lovers are working to provide more dedicated space for their pooches to run, play and socialize. Read about some of them here and be inspired!

Louisiana: New Orleans City Bark’s 4.6 landscaped acres, coming soon. The first official NOLA dog park, it will have a state-of-the-art off-leash area, walking trails, shade pavilions, benches and a separate small dog section. They’re hoping to raise $500,000, and they could use some help.

Massachusetts: Kudos to Pilgrim Bark Park in Provincetown, which had its grand opening on Nov. 25, ’08. The dog park’s supporters employed unique and creative approaches to raising funds for their OLA. The generous response of local businesses and artists—who contributed everything from a miniature doghouse to be auctioned off, benches, art in the park, and labor and building materials to a “drive by” coin toss/penny pitch installation—reflected the best of this Cape Cod community.

New York: Buffalo’s first OLA, the aptly named Barkyard, reopened in October ’08 at LaSalle Park along Lake Erie. Veterinarian Reed Stevens, who has been working on this for eight years, explains that the name denotes a “common backyard for dogs and their human friends—and brings people and their dogs together to improve our parks, our lives and our city.”

Oklahoma: Tulsa’s first-ever dog park opened its gates in August ’08. The Joe Station Bark Park, a converted baseball field, has generous opening hours: 5 AM to 11 PM Dog lovers are hoping this will be the first of many in their fine city.

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg’s Lower Paxton Dog Park anticipates its grand opening for Memorial Day ’09. The nearly 2-acre park will have all the amenities, including a nice shady section and separate areas for big and small dogs. With land donated by the township, and the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps slated to do the fencing, the dog park association is busy with fundraising.

Washington, D.C.: Just in time for the First Dog, the first official (and legal) dog park opened on Nov. 20, ’08. The 15,000-square-foot enclosed area is located in the city’s Shaw neighborhood; registration is required, so for now, the park isn’t accessible  to outside visitors. Groundbreaking for another new park—the S Street Dog Park—took place in February ’09.

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February 23rd 2009

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February 16th 2009

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February 9th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. It is important to include your name/address in the message. If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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February 2nd 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

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January 26th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 19th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 12th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here for more details.

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January 5th 2009

24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message.

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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Great gifts under $20

Delightful, Delectable, Delovely! Gift ideas, $20 and under. From small specialty companies to those crafty folks at Etsy.com, we searched far and wide for whimsy, quality, creativity and affordability. Here are some of our favorites, just in time for holiday gift-giving.
 

Rescue Cards available at Earthdog for $15.00
Positive messages: Each card set features rescued dogs who are now in happy homes; printed on recycled paper. (4/set)

Hemp Rope Toy available at Earthdog for $16.00
Perfect for the heavy chewer, these rope toys are 100% Romanian hemp and are offered in two sizes. Dogs love 'em!

Blue Anjou Dog Collar available at The Mod Dog for $17.00
The Partridge Family & Blue Anjou dog collars; colorful and fun.

Mod Mutt Collars available at Hound Made for $5.00
Bold, artsy and modern, you can't go wrong with these.

Leash Organizer available at Hound Made for $15.00
Keep 'em handy: colorful rack holds up to 8 leashes/collars.

Dog is my Co-Pilot Bumpersticker available at The Bark for $3.00
Tell the world! Dog is my co-pilot® bumpersticker.

Rope Toys available at Jax and Bones for $14.00
Made from 100% natural dyed cotton thread, these toys aid dental health and provide hours of chewing and tugging fun.

Biodegradable bags available at Planet Dog for $5.95
Cleaner clean-up bags made from real corn; biodegrade completely in just 45 days.

Peppermint Shampoo available at Planet Dog for $12.95
Puppy-safe peppermint shampoo feels cool on the skin and smells great to the snout.

Soft Treats available at Mom and Pup Bakery for $9.99
Soft peanut butter cookies with crunchy bits of peanuts inside.

Dog Mug available at Fishs Eddy for $9.95
Fun 8.75 oz. mug with dog print.

Dog Bowl available at Fishs Eddy for $10.95
Eat up! 22oz. bowl with dog print.

Healthier Treats available at Good Dog Goods for $14.95
Certified organic and kosher, made using a three-decades-old recipe.

Spoon Rest available at Good Dog Goods for $17.50
Spoon rest also fits on top of your mug to keep hot beverages hot! Design by Karen Donleavy

Canine Tag available at Dogs Uncorked for $12.50
A canine sommelier charm tells the world your dog has an unparalleled nose!

Notecards available at BellaBlu Designs for $15.00
Personalized with your name; several breed styles available (10/set).

Clean Dog Gift Set available at Good Clean Dog for $16.00
Gift set includes a solid shampoo bar and an aromatic spritzer.

Antlerz available at Asanka Dogs for $11.99
Long-lasting, no splinters. Antlerz are cut from 100% naturally shed deer antler.

Organic Biscuits available at Best Friends NYC for $18.00
Well-balanced crunchy salmon biscuits give your dog a healthy heart and lustrous shine.

Dog Lover Magnets available by Kate Grenier for $18.00
Colorful assortment of 6 magnets per pack.

Dogs in Yard Sign available at Original Pet Posting for $16.95
Avoid surprises--post a sturdy metal "Dogs in Yard" sign.

Sock Dog Kit available at Friends of Socktopus for $19.99
Kit comes with all materials needed to make your very own Sock Dog, including easy-to-follow instructions.

Biscuit Kit available at Ma Snax for $7.99
All organic ingredients, wheat- and corn-free; complete with heart-shaped cookie cutter!

Dog Days Stickers available at Brambleberry Lane for $2.95
Handmade stickers for scrapbooking and more.

Soap-On-A-Rope available at Cain and Able for $9.95
All-natural handmade oatmeal soap whips up a luxurious lather and leaves your dog's coat soft and clean.

Veggie-Hides available at Onesta Organic for $8.98
Delicious Veggie-Hides Banana and Veggie-Hides Original, USDA certified organic dog treats.

Puppy Knobs available at Pearson-Maron for $7.00
Cast from solid aluminum recycled car rims, hand-painted with non-toxic paints and finish..

Nuzzles available at The Honest Kitchen for $10.00
Something to quack about! Natural dog treats with duck.

Dog Manikin available at Blick Art for $7.83
Strike a pose with this little wooden fellow.

Natural Dog Soap available at Kopah for $5.00
All-natural dog soap made with lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree and cedarwood essential oils.

Meaty Treats available at Etta Says! for $7.99
Treats are made from 100% freeze-dried chicken liver.

Barkorama Tote available at The Love of Pete for $12.00
A perfect combo of style and functionality, the Barkorama tote features colorful vintage graphics on all sides.

Cello Bags available at Polka Dog Bakery for $7.95
An 8 oz. cellophane bag stuffed to the brim with a medley of Poka Dog's wheat-free, corn-free and soy-free treats.

Packabowl available at Polka Dog Bakery for $18.00
Functional, stylish, and packable, the Polka Dog packabowl brightens up mealtime.

Bone Paper Clips available at Giant Robot for $5.00
Hip clip! Dog-bone-shaped paper clips in a magnet tin.

Hand-Painted Sign available at The Homespun Raven for $17.00
Basecoated in black and detailed in tan; these charming signs measure 5.5" wide and 20" long.

Treat Bag available at Olly Dog for $10.00
Keep the treats handy with this stylish bag.

Breed Socks available at Your Breed Clothing for $9.95
Embroidered clothing and accessories for dog lovers.

TurnUp available at Ruff Wear for $9.95
The TurnUp bounces all around - left, right, up and down. It could turn up anywhere!

Terrabone Chew available at Complete Natural Nutrition for $3.49
Certified organic brown rice tops the ingredient list for this healthy and safe edible dental chew bone.

Cranberry Biscuits available at Wagatha's for $8.95
Approximately 31 biscuits, certified organic and kosher, made in Vermont.

No Bones Card available at Dingo Cards for $3.25
Handmade origami-paper cards with prints from original art; 5"x7", blank inside.

Mutt Lynch Wines available at Mutt Lynch for $17.00
Good dogs, good wines. Try a fruity Chardonnay or jammy Zinfandel.

EnviRuff Zen Bowl available at PetZen Products for $14.99
EnviRuffTM Gear Pack Bowl is made from yoga mat remnants and is perfect for those al fresco meals.

Healthy Pup Set available at Pal Dog for $18.50
On-the-go first aid kit includes new Pal Dog Boo Boo Gel, Pal Dog Ear Wash Gel and more.

Doggie Half Apron available at Boojiboo for $18.75
Stay clean, look stylish in this vintage apron with its Scotties, Dalmations and more.

Vintage Apron for Girls available at Boojiboo for $16.75
Perfect for the young cook; fully adjustable, with two neck straps and two waist straps (typically fits ages 4 to 8).

Denim Dog Pull available at Jon's Creations for $10.00
Made of recycled heavy denim, this toy is sewn, knotted and braided.

Bait Bag available at Doggone Good for $15.99
The Trek & Train mini-pack has loads of versatility.

Food Bowl available at Harry Barker for $16.80
High-fired restaurant-quality porcelain, lead and cadmium free, dishwasher- and microwave safe.

Glass Dog Pendant available at ThirtyDash9 for $18.00
Tasteful bling--handmade fused-glass dog pendant, comes on a silver ball chain 16" long.

Bulldog Tote Bag available at Mis Nopales Art for $10.00
Flying Bulldog, a stylish alternative to plastic: 6oz. 100% cotton natural canvas  tote, 15" x 15."

Ruff Pups Plush available at Dogbone Art for $8.50
They're a tough bunch of pups, but they show their respect with their heart tattoo; hand-screened from an original design.

Apple Biscuits available at Bad Dog Frida for $7.95
Wheat- and corn-free, made with organic ingredients (including cage-free eggs!)--dogs love them!

Eyeglass Case available at Agatha and Louise for $19.00
Needlepoint eyeglass case available in various breed styles.

Smart Scarf available at Annie's Sweatshop for $8.00
The Smart Scarf is made from warm fuzzy eco-friendly recycled fleece.

Super Pet Tag available at Pure Panache for $8.00
Pop Art-ish! A fun dog tag reminiscent of comic book art.

Place Mats available at Isabella Cane for $16.00
For people or pets, set of four snazzy place mats.

Rhinestone Frame available at Got Grubb for $12.99
Share your favorite pet and family photos. The magnetic back adheres to steel surfaces—peel and place!

BRT Strap available at Planet Bike for $15.99
The safety strap that glows and blinks! Can be used for people and dogs! Get the BRT Strap Extension for larger dogs.

Dog Smart Cards available at Canine Companions for Independence for $16.95
Play at home, on the road or at the dog park and learn more about your favorite subject!  

 

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