National Dog Day

Today, August 26th, is National Dog Day! A day meant to celebrate the dog in all of its glory! The first national dog day was in 2004 and it is meant to highlight pets, working dogs, and dogs in need of adoption.


Make sure to take a moment to give your dog a little extra attention in honor of the occasion! If you would like any ideas on how to celebrate, has a list of 50 ideas here.

Funny image to celebrate National Dog Day:

(found here)

I feel this is how all dogs I have ever owned thought!

Benji Casting Call

Do you love the Benji movies? Do you have a dog that has the Benji look?

A new Benji movie is going to be made and there is a casting call out to find the next dog to play Benji! If you think that your dog has that look or acting quality then you can enter your pet as a candidate. Simply upload a photo of your dog to the Benji the Movie facebook page – only one dog per photo, no people!

Here are the official guidelines:

Benji Casting Call Guidelines

Submissions to the Benji Casting Call should include your name (first name, last initial), the dog’s name, and the dog’s location (city, state, country). Each submission should feature one dog. While multiple submissions are permissible, multiple submissions of the same dog may be removed. Submissions deemed inappropriate will be removed, and offenders will be blocked from the Benji the Movie Facebook page.

By posting a photo to the Benji Casting Call, you grant Walden Media permission to publish your photo on the Benji the Movie Facebook page, and any other Walden Media property. You acknowledge that you are the owner of the photo, or that you have obtained proper consent from the owner. You must be 13 years or older to submit a photo to the Benji Casting Call. Adherence to these guidelines is each entrant’s responsibility, and is a condition to the submission of photos.

While all submissions will be reviewed, there is no guarantee that the next Benji will be selected from the Casting Call.

Walden Media does not encourage or support the submission of any comments, information, photos, videos, links or other content (Third Party Content) to the Benji the Movie Facebook page which infringes the rights of any third party, violates any law or other legal authority, is false and/or misleading in any manner or which fails to comply with Facebook’s Terms and Conditions. Facebook’s Terms and Conditions. By viewing the Benji the Movie Facebook page, you acknowledge that any content uploaded by anyone other than Walden Media is the creation/views/responsibility of the submitter, and not Walden Media. Notwithstanding, Walden Media reserves the right, but assumes no obligation, to remove any Third Party Content in its sole discretion. Submission of any Third Party Content grants Walden Media and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, license and right to publish, use, publicly perform such content, or any idea contained therein, or any portion thereof, in any way, in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed, without territorial time or other limitation, for commercial, advertising/promotional or any other purposes, without consideration to the submitter.Walden Media reserves the right to adopt additional terms or rules and to change or modify these terms or rules at any time.


Tim Tebow’s Dog

Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Jets, has decided to change the name of his dog. Once Bronco, Tebow’s Rhodesian Ridgeback is now Bronx.

I do not feel like he needed to rename the dog – I mean at least the name is close so the dog might not be that confused by it. The topic has come up on Twitter with people suggesting other possible but funny names with #RejectedTebowDogNames. Some of the suggestions include Elway, Champ, Starter, and Spiral.

As a puppy:

You can read more about the story on Yahoo! Sports.

Dogs on Bikes

Happy Tuesday! The weather is getting nicer here and I thought that we should celebrate with some pictures of dogs on bikes:

This might be a Shiba Inu

Dalmatian actually working a bike

Cool Dog

Dog on the Back

Pug up Front

All pictures found on Buzz Feed, visit if you would like to see more pictures.

I hope that you all have an amazing day!


Yesterday marked the beginning of the 40th Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska. Sixty-six mushers and their teams of dogs will race for 8 days, beginning in the town of Willow, to reach the town of Nome. The race covers around 1000 miles, with the actual mileage different as start points are changed around. Mushers have teams of 12 – 16 dogs, and must have 6 on the tow line in front of the sled when they reach Nome. The first 30 to finish split $550,000 – with the first team to cross the line receiving $50,400 and a new truck.

The race is loosely based off the 1925 serum run in which a diphtheria epidemic threatened the town of Nome. The closest available serum to treat the disease was in Anchorage. No safe planes were available to transport it, so it made the trip first by train and then my a relay team of 20 mushers and over 100 dogs. No dog ran over 100 miles. The famous Balto was lead dog of the team which arrived in town with the serum – just five and a half days after it left Anchorage.

Teams of dogs starting the race:

(REUTERS/Wayde Carroll)

The dogs wear booties to protect their paws:

(AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)

I think sled dogs are amazing, a wonderful example of a dog doing what it was bred to do in some of the harshest conditions possible. These dogs spend much of their lives outdoors, having thick fur which allows them to withstand freezing temperatures.

National Geographic also has a great set of pictures featuring military sled dogs. This is currently the only military dog sled team in the world which operates in Greenland, paroling the frozen coastline. There are 12 men who make up the team, and they complete a full investigation of the coast at least once every 5 years.

Here is a close up of two of the dogs:

Ariel shot out on the ice:

Dogs being transported by plane to the northern coast of Greenland:

Dogs kenneled outside, far apart so that they do not fight with each other:

(All photos taken by Fritz Hoffman)


Does your dog have to spend a lot of time at home alone? What I never thought could exist  now does, a tv channel dedicated to your dog – for your dog called DOGTV. The channel is not for people, it is literally designed for your dog to watch.

Currently DOGTV is only available in San Diego, but a nation wide release is in the works. It is a pay channel, and it will cost about $4.99 a month.

The cable channel is on air 24/7, and is designed to “stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with shows that expose them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behavior patterns, all from a dog’s point of view.” The company’s website says dogs left alone can develop separation anxiety, boredom, or depression and this is a tool that can help prevent these problems.

Here is a commercial for the product:

The channel’s programming was scientifically developed to capture a dogs attention by a team of people including media professionals, pet experts, and trainers. The content has different segments which can be relaxing or stimulating.  Sounds are designed to be relaxing and at a range safe for dog ears. The channel is meant for all breeds. It is recommended that you watch the channel with your dog the first time just to get them used to it. DOGTV is recognized by the Humane Society of the United States.

Here is a video of the coloration process that programing goes through:

Here is a sample of a stimulation segment from DOGTV:

If you would like to learn more about the channel, how it works, and watch more segments please visit

Happy Halloween!

I hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween!

To help make the day more enjoyable, here are some dogs in costumes:


The Headless Horsemen’s Horse




Woof in the Wind


Captain Sparrow



If you would like to see more amazing dog costumes check out the 25 Best Costumes at BuzzFeed. Note, the website might contain content not appropriate for younger viewers.

Funny Dog Toys

Today I discovered a couple of rather funny dog toys that serve as a fun play thing and a photo opportunity.

1. Humunga Tongue

A rubber ball with a large rubber tongue attached, this toy is available in multiple sizes for small to large breeds (by weight). You can buy it on from 6.99 – 8.99.

Here is what the toy looks like by itself:


2. Humunga Stache

Here is what they toy itself looks like, again a rubber ball with a rubber mustache shape attached to it:

This toy is also available at for around $10, and available for different sized dogs.

The company also has a different version – the Humunga Stache and Beard.



These are great to have around as a funny alternative to a dog Halloween costume, or just for the laughs and picture opportunities.

Hero Dog Awards

Today I discovered the Hero Dog Awards sponsored by the American Human Association.

The contest celebrates the dogs who “enrich, enhance, and even save our lives.” Categories include therapy, guide, law enforcement/arson, hearing, search and rescue, military, emerging hero, and service dogs. 453 dogs were nominated and you can now vote for one of the 8 dogs which are competing for the title 2011 American Hero Dog.

To vote visit You can click on the pictures of each dog to read about them to help you decide which dog to vote for. The contest will end September 30.

Here are pictures of the finalists – To read their stories, decide who to vote for, and to vote click here:

Sadie the Arson K9 – Law Enforcement

Harley – Hearing Dog

K9 Sage – Search and Rescue

MWD Cino C152 – Military Dog

Roselle – Guide Dog

Stacey Mae – Therapy Dog

SURFice dog Ricochet – Emerging Hero Dog

Zurich – Service Dog