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A little mermaid and pal

I took this picture of my four-year-old daughter, Katherine, with my mom’s pug, Orson, on a hot Phoenix day. My daughter and Orson are the best of friends. Everyone keeps telling me to submit it, so here you go. I hope you dog lovers find it useful! —Amy Oyler, Phoenix, Ariz.

 

 

 
Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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We love wet dogs!

Kona soaking wet after his very first swim in the pool. —Kristin Scoza, Belford, NJ

 

 

 

 
Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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Halloween Contest 2009
Photo Contest Submissions!

 

Last year, we told our readers we’d love to see photos of their costumed dogs, and boy, did they ever come through. Here is the entries from our photo contest last year.

Click here to find out about our 2010 contest.

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Show & Tell: Puppy Paddle

This is four-month-old Leila (a Coonhound/Lab mix) learning how to swim at the “Puppy Paddle,” an annual event held at the public pool in Bowling Green, Ky., at the end of swimming season. Owners and their furbabies are invited to come and swim before the pool is drained. It was a blast, and sparked Leila’s love of the water. Now, at one-year-old, I can’t keep her out of it! 

  —Amanda Hardeman, Bowling Green, Ky.  

Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

 

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Show & Tell: A furry dip

Chloe, our wonderful “found” dog enjoying the water at Myrtle Beach’s Bark Park.

  —Leslie Vanauken, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

 

 

Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog’s special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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Sweet Licks Contest

Enter Your “Sweet Licks” photo for a chance to win treats and prizes!
Nature's Variety and independent pet food retailers throughout the United States will be hosting fun, cool and tasty dog ice cream socials this weekend, July 17 & 18. Nature's Variety is providing its frozen dessert product for dogs, SweetSpots ®, to nearly 60 different "World's Largest Dog Ice Cream Social" events across the country — check out an event near you.

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Vue™ Caught In the Act! And the winner is…

 Grand Prize Winner

“It wasn't me mom, it was that cat behind me...really!”

Who could be mad at this face? Definitely not us! In fact, sweet little Jamie (short for Jamison) of East Haven, Conn. had us so enamored that we barely noticed the garbage strewn from hither to yon.

Congratulations to Jamie and her human, Robyn Lisone! You are now the proud owners of a Vue™ Personal Video Network. Robyn, we recommend that you set up one of the cameras next to the garbage bin. We are sure that you'll soon find that it has been the cat all along.

 

 

 

Reader’s Choice Winner

“Feeling Blue After Stealing & Eating A Ballpoint Pen”

Enzo, the oh so blue retriever of Concord, Mass., was such a hit with our Facebook fans that we decided to award him with a Reader’s Choice Award. Congratulations to Enzo and his person, Vicki Lynch—We hope you enjoy the Bark Goodie Bag!

To see all of the entries in Vue™ Caught In the Act contest click here.

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Beyond the Dog Door
We want your pet-savvy home improvement advice

UPDATE: Thanks for your tips added below, sent in via email, and posted on Facebook. Look for your the wisdom of Bark readers and editors in our September issue. A winner has been selected and notified.

 

When my husband and I renovated our house—we replaced our solid wood front door with a glass door. We made the change because here in Seattle you will do pretty much anything to capture daylight—or what passes for daylight in these parts. But our new door proved a brilliant stroke for our dogs, especially Lulu. She lounges in the entrance and watches the world—lots of walkers and dogs, squirrels, crows and blue jays—go by. The only minor downside is the persistent cloud of nose prints on the glass.

  We have other friends who were more proactive in accommodating their dogs—installing viewing holes in a fence, adding on mudrooms, or setting up outdoor cleaning stations. They chose distressed leather for dog-friendly couches, installed natural, anti-bacterial Marmoleum floors, elevated dog bowls, and replaced all chemical cleaners with natural options such as vinegar. And more.   We figure this sort of creative canine-centered housekeeping is everyday stuff for Bark readers, and we want to learn from you. From renovation ideas and quick fixes to your favorite housecleaning products and tools (tell me, is the Roomba as great as it sounds?). We want to know—and share with others—your advice.   Maybe you learned something was great for dogs by accident (as we did with our front door) or applied research and deliberate brainstorming to solve your canine-roommate challenges (or should we say, opportunities?). Post a comment below or send us an email, and you could be an important part of our dog-smart home story in the next issue of Bark.   Plus, everyone providing suggestions will be entered in a drawing for some cool Bark prizes.

 

Strategies for Dog Rescuers
Finding a balance

Whether the dogs are purebred or not, in rescue work, learning to say “no” is a must; otherwise a group will quickly run out of money, foster homes and volunteers. Nonetheless, it’s never easy to recognize and abide by the fact that no one person or group can save every dog.

Teamwork is key to any rescue’s long-term effectiveness and survival. Sadly, the stress and strong emotions that come with rescue work can lead to internal power struggles and political factions that seem to prize egos over the raison d’etre: the dogs. Good volunteers will walk away from a group that loses sight of its mission or is pressured to take any and all dogs no matter the financial or emotional cost.

Good PR is especially important to rescue groups, but it can go both ways. Recently, a prospective adopter wrote a scathing letter to the editor published in my local daily newspaper. He described shelter and breed rescue organizations’ adoption procedures as too strict, and the adoption fees too high.

There’s a reason why rescues have detailed adoption procedures—why they interview prospective adoption candidates as though they’re running for office. Their dogs have already been through enough; why risk adopting them out to just anyone, only to have them returned? Volunteers care deeply about their rescue dogs and have invested time and energy in helping them learn to trust people again. How can you put a price on that? The adoption fees—which can range from $150 to $350, depending on the dog’s age, type, region and other factors—usually include all vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm testing, flea/tick and heartworm preventative and, in some cases, basic training and housebreaking.

The in-depth adoption process and adoption fee also dissuade less serious prospective adopters, who can waste a lot of precious volunteer time. I have fielded calls from people who are outraged that an adoption fee even exists. “They don’t have papers,” people will say. “No one else wants them. You should just give them away.”

Clearly, rescue groups still have their work cut out for them when it comes to educating the public about responsible dog ownership and viewing our canine companions as part of the family rather than disposable possessions.

 

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Show & Tell: Yeller Turns 18

Yeller Celebrates his 18th birthday: All the neighborhood kids came to a party to congratulate him. Species-appropriate cake for all, plus prizes for such feats as “drop a cookie in Yeller’s mouth” (he’s blind in one eye and doesn't see a lot out of the other).

— Jill Hinckley, Portland, Ore.

 

 

  

 

 

Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the magazine receive all that plus a snazzy Dog Is My Co-Pilot T-shirt.

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