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And The Winners Are…

America at Home cover dogs revealed
By The Bark Editors, April 2009, Updated June 2021

No book about how Americans live, work and love at home would be complete without exploring the important role of dogs. So why not put a pup on the cover? As part of a contest to celebrate the publication of America at Home, a close up look at how we live, four Bark readers have won copies of the book with their very own photo of their very own dog on the cover.

Frani Pisak’s photo of Neo and Dazee Mae; Michele D. Leek’s of Hobbes; Saeran St. Christopher’s of Capote; and Sherri Earnst’s of Sophie were selected from among many wonderful photographs. An honorable mention went to Lucy Aron for a photo of Joey, owned by Gail and Richard Pope of Bright Haven Animal Sanctuary.

Sherri Earnest captured 11-year-old Sophie watching squirrels at her parents’ house. She explains, “The windowsill is literally covered in drool by the time we leave!” Michele Leek’s dog, Hobbes, is her “miracle dog.” Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November of 2003, he lost his back right leg and underwent four months of chemotherapy. “He is the bravest soul I know and to this day remains cancer-free,” Leek says. “Every day is a gift. He brings joy to our lives.”

Frani Pisak’s Golden Retriever, Neo, is from a breeder in Pennsylvania. His pal Dazee Mae is a two-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever-Bassett Hound mix, who was rescued as an eight-month-old puppy. “Dazee Mae sure came a long way from a life of being tied to a tree, to a pampered life in the Pisak house,” she writes, “and now having her photo published in a national magazine!”

Congratulations to the America at Home contest winners--and all the rest of us lucky folks who share our homes with dogs.