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Family Dog: Biscardi

It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog photos and stories: familydog@thebark.com.

Poochie gets up close and personal with his boy, Jeff Biscardi. This photo of Chris Biscardi’s father was taken one warm day in the 1940s as the two friends sat on the steps of the family home on Granite Street in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Family Dog: Freckles
Send us your family-dog photos

It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog photos and stories: familydog@thebark.com.

At Ray Quesada’s childhood home, there was always room for one more dog. As his daughter, Chrissy Quesada Valentine, tells us, most of the family photos of her father and his sisters include a pooch, usually one they’d found or who had followed them home. Here’s Ray with Freckles in about 1934 on the front porch of the family home in Wilmington, Calif.

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The Great Pumpkin Rides Again—Bark’s 2009 Halloween Photo Contest
Aladdin and Phoenix 2009 Winner

*Update* The winner of our 2009 Halloween photo contest are Bonnie and Beth of Plainview, N.Y. for their photo of Aladdin and Phoenix. Aladdin and Phoenix are the Greek Gods of the Sea, King Poseidon, and his son, King Triton. They are guarding the seas with their magical tridents.


From Angels to Zorros—we want to see your canine wizards, princesses, cowboys and superheroes. Are you and your dog marching in a Halloween parade, or is your dog park sponsoring a costumed “bobbing for bones” celebration? We welcome those photos too.

Upload for all to enjoy (see form below); we'll buckle down to choosing a winner—or who knows, perhaps winners—by the end of the year. In addition to being featured on our site, the winner will also get a fab Bark gift basket, which includes a subscription (or renewal), bumpersticker and t-shirt as well as a few doggie delights for the well-costumed pooch.


[Contest Closed]

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So You Think You Can Write … Fiction?
If so, enter Bark's first talent/writing contest.
The Bark

And the winners are...

Village Dogs by Bim Angst
Street Dog by Shawn Kobb

Bark is proud to have published wonderful essays, memoirs and other true-life narratives by some of today’s leading writers. Now we are searching for fantastic fiction. So, we’re holding our first writing contest, looking for the best all-around canine-centric short story we can find.

Read the following rules carefully.
The contest is open to everyone, and you need not be a subscriber to win.

  • The contest ends on December 31, 2009. Entries received after this date will be disqualified.
  • The entry must be canine-centric, written from the human point of view (i.e., not in the voice of/as told by the dog), cannot contain any instances of cruelty or abuse, and must position the dog as an integral part of the story, not simply as a peripheral plot device. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words; those over this word count will be disqualified.
  • Entries will be judged by Bark editors based on literary merit and technical proficiency. By participating in the contest, entrant certifies that his/her entry is original, has not been previously published or won any award, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity. Bark reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these official rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the contest. The decision of Bark and the judges is final and binding on all matters relating to the contest.
  • One (1) Winner will receive $500.00 and have his/her entry published in a future issue of Bark (timing of publication to be determined solely by Bark). Winner will be notified via phone, email or postal mail, at Bark’s discretion, on or about Jan. 20, 2010.
  • Bark will accept only electronically submitted entries. Upload your entry after you fill out the entry form on the next page. The document must be created in Microsoft Word or another widely distributed word processing program and must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on each page. Entries will not be acknowledged, and those sent as hard copies will not be considered or returned.
  • Entries are limited to one (1) per person and per email address. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt. Bark is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or inaccurate entries.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada ages 18 and older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is also open to adults ages 18 from outside of the U.S.
  • Entrants must have a valid email address. It is the entrant’s responsibility to notify Bark of any change in email address.
  • Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Bark and its agencies to use winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical material and/or entry (including an edited form of the entry) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  • The sponsor of this contest is The Bark, Inc., 2810 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
  • [Contest closed to new entries]

    We look forward to reading your stories!

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    Family Dog: Derby

    Bruce Gordon with Derby, circa 1950, in front of the family home in Boston. Heather Gordon Huntington, who sent us this photo and the story behind it, says that she’d heard stories about Derby all her life—the Boxer had almost mythical status in her family.He followed her father to school, then broke into the cloakroom and ate everyone’s lunches before escaping; he was the happy recipient of her grandmother’s unpalatable cooking, which was discreetly slipped to him under the table by her father and aunt; he jumped out of a moving car (and survived). This photo surfaced a couple of years ago, offering Heather and other family members a chance to see the famous Derby in the flesh.

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    Dirty Bow Wow
    Post your Dirty Bow Wow stories
    Does your dog have a much-loved but disgusting doggy toy? She’s in good company, as revealed in the new book Dirty Bow Wow. We're giving away 5 copies of the book to five lucky readers! Win a copy of Dirty Bow Wow by sending a photo and short (50 words or less) story about your dog's favorite bow wow. [ Contest Closed ]



    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win the sweepstakes. If entry is selected as a winner, you will be notified via e-mail. Contests are open only to legal residents of the United States, at least 18 years of age. Prizes are not transferable to any other person and may not be substituted for any other prize, except at publisher’s discretion. Bark employees and their family members are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.

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    [Enter to Win] Fun prizes and Bark goodies

    We have giveaways! Enter to win free stuff like the Bark's Dog is my Co-Pilot bumperstickers, t-shirts, books, subscriptions, toys, and other goodies! Enter as many times as you like--what's important is we want to hear from you! Check back for new giveaways.


    • Howl Giveaway

      Enter to win a copy of our book Howl. [Contest Closed]

    • Subscription Giveaway

      Win a one year subscription to The Bark. [Contest Closed]

    • Bumpersticker Giveaway

      Enter to win Bark's exclusive Dog Is My Co-Pilot® bumpersticker. [Contest Closed]


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    Show & Tell
    Dog Days of Winter

    “Lucy is a gentle and passionate nine-year-old Golden Retriever who lives life to its fullest. She loves her special time after one of our Northeast snowstorms, which provide her with the magical frolicking moments that cure those winter blues. Lucy spends hours making snow dog angels and stuffing her head completely into the fluffy stuff. She comes up for air occasionally, always with an icy nose and snow-covered face.” —Barry Potoker, Saratoga Spring, N.Y.

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    Show & Tell: Dog Is Her Co-Pilot

    “Iggy bonds with our daughter ... as a puppy ... and as an adult.” —Lisa Prince Fishler, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.












    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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    How I Found My Dog: Love At First Lick

    I found Frances on June 11, 2005. I was setting up a picnic in a park in Queens, N.Y., and my friend started pointing to a creature crawling out of the pond (swamp). “Oh my god, it’s a dog!” I said, as I started running towards him. He ran from me for a minute or two. Then, was so afraid, he peed. Then he kissed me.

    He was covered in pond scum and hives, and the pads of his feet were either worn off or burned from running on asphalt. I cleaned him off as best I could with what I had at the park. I was living with a roommate who already had two dogs and a cat, so I could not keep him with me because I did not know his health or behavior status. Luckily, I work in an animal hospital and I brought him there for a few days. We figured out he had many allergies; the biggest one was to chicken. I was lucky enough to find a friend who owns a boarding facility in Whitestone, N.Y. He let me keep Frances there until I found a new place to live. It took me a month to find a sublet in Brooklyn before I got to bring my baby home.

    Frances suffers from noise phobias, separation anxiety, allergies and dog aggression. It took a lot of time, patience and love, and with the help of the best vets in the world, friends, and his cat Fu Manchu, Frances has become a healthy, happy boy. I can’t imagine life without him. He still has issues. I moved to a quieter neighborhood, which has helped tremendously. He is still dog aggressive and I dream of a day when I can help him get over this. He must have been used for fighting because of his scars. He is about five years old now and loves to go to Pennsylvania to play in the woods and lay in the sun. I hope to have many years with my lovable knucklehead and his kitties Fu and Wyatt. --Jen Genesi