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Here's a sneak peek of the new movie "Darling Companion" set to be released on April 20th. From the director of the Big Chill, it showcases the love between a woman and her dog, and the husband that loses it. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll certainly want to snuggle up to your own dog by the end. Looks like a touching tale....one that I'm sure Dublin Dog fans will appreciate.


As some of you may know, I have been on both sides of the fence recently when it comes to lost pets. Last month, our German Shepherd Kona went missing for 24 hours, after wandering down the street while playing with a young lab. Surely I thought with a microchip she'll be home in no time once somebody calls 311, our number for Animal Care and Control. However this individual, thoughtful as she was merely brought our dog into her home to play with her dog and kept her for the night. Meanwhile, I walked, biked, and hiked through the night (she saw a flyer on her door and called the next night).  Now, just this Monday morning I found this little girl wandering the street in front of my home. As I was loading the dogs up for work, she came up to say "hello", and "I'm lost". I heard her loud and clear and the steps were in motion. Trips up and down the street on a leash, a visit to the vet to see if she was micro-chipped (no), and several dozen flyers placed throughout the neighborhood. Having learned from my own experience, we called Animal Care & Control and filed a report, however we opted to keep her at our house versus having her go live in a kennel throughout the holidays. As of this writing, she's still with us. I'm desperately telling myself that she merely ran away or got loose, as I would hate to think that somebody has abandoned her on purpose. However, a microchip, a tag, or tattoo would've remedied this situation with one phone call.

Here's a great little story on a reunion that was made possible after 3 years apart. During the holidays, please don't lose sight of your little friend(s) amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. And please, be sure to identify your dog(s) to the extent which you're comfortable, it could be the greatest gift you give YOURSELF.


At the Dublin Dog Co., we're all about getting out there and being active with your dog(s). But hey, we understand that sometimes work obligations, kids, errands, etc get in the way of the hike, the game of fetch, or the run around the neighborhood. Well just take a page from our parents when we were young, "just go outside and play. Use your imagination, and get your finger out of your nose", something like that anyways. Well this little guy has done just that. Lacking an active participant, this dog finds a clever way to enjoy a game of fetch old school style. There's no Chuckit, no auto-feeding, ball-dispensing gadget, just a dog, a ball and a willingness to make it work. Cheers to having fun....now go PLAY!


So the swing of Spring is certainly here, with days in the Carolinas (Dublin Dog’s Headquarters) already reaching the mid 80’s. That’s got me thinking, how do I get out there and enjoy the wonderful weather, while at the same time giving the dogs a new form of exercise and excitement?

While many of us are already contemplating bathing suit season, and “finally” getting in shape, let’s discuss some new ways of doing just that with your best exercise buddy, your dog.

Bikejoring- Think urban mushing on streets or trails versus snow. This is a great low impact exercise for you; bicycling, and some wonderful running for your dog. This may take some getting used to, however for those breeds, human and canine alike that want to get out there, this could be your calling.

Rollerblading- Now don’t go and pull out your walkman, knee high socks, and daisy dukes, this is active blading. I’ve found this to be a blast, however ensure that your brake pad is in good shape and that you’re in control of your own actions before introducing a dog into the equation. I’ve also done this with a longboard style skateboard and have had a great time. My dogs love it, however I've found it easier to do the longboard while only having one dog pull, versus both. With two big breed dogs, I've picked up some serious speed and got the speed wobbles. Should have been on youtube, you would have died laughing.

The main thing this Spring is to find activities that make you sweat and increase your heart rate while allowing your dog(s) to get some much needed exercise in the process. Be sure to check with your vet to ensure your dog is in good health prior to establishing a routine.

What’s your favorite routine? How many times a week do your exercise with your dog? Below is a video from youtube showing a bikejoring club up in Boston.


A brand new batch of photos were added to the Dublin Dog photo page today. Be sure to continue to send in your photography and we'll add them to the Dublin Dog Diggidy photo gallery. Any great shots from the weekend? What about a crazy Roxxter in the air with kibble falling out while the dog waits in reckless anticipation as the sun cascades off their nose? Yea....No? Oh well, shoot what you got and share it with the rest of us crazy dog lovers!

Spring


We love the guys over at Unleashed Unlimited and we throw out big "props" to Boomer for his aquatic acrobatics. Better yet, we love the neckwear he's sporting for the agility. Nothing says dog, more than good times in the water. How are you spending your Summer? Write and tell us what activities you love doing with your dog! Thanks again to the folks over at Unleashed Unlimited for sharing Boomer with us. Nicely Done!!!


You can almost smell the salt air now, the breeze on your face, and the sand in your toes, eerr paws. I know my two dogs are thrilled with the warm weather, the longer days, and the brilliant sunshine. It makes them want to BARK, throw your tail up and BARK, hey hey hey hey....Wait I digress.  In the spirit of vacations, and all things fun, tell us what you are doing this Summer. Are your furry friends included? What's their favorite thing to do in the Summer? Be sure to include them in our Photo Gallery. I'll create a special folder to spotlight our Summer Shananigans. Don't forget the boat drinks, suntan lotion, biscuits, and of course your Original All Style, No Stink Dog Collar.  Dublin Dogs on the Beach


Now this is our definition of a true sports dog. A big Dublin Dog shout out to this little fella and his owner for enjoying the outdoors to its fullest. This cracks me up. This dog has more skills than me, much less my two crazy dogs. We want to party with Pete. Does your dog have a special skill? Tell us about it. What's the most fun thing you like to do with your dog?


Today is Friday the 13th, and I knew it right away with the horror and carnage I encountered first thing this morning. What horror and carnage you say? The kind that occurs when your Lab rolls on a dead raccoon carcass that’s about 6 days past the expiration date. It’s the kind of smell that slaps you in the face, then pulls your nostrils out 7 inches and then shoves a little more “stank” up there for good measure. Have you had such an experience? To make it worse, we were on our way here to the office when it occurred. Meanwhile the staff was enjoying their morning coffee, fruit, yogurt, etc while whistling something about TGIF. Then wham!!! Jake, carcass-roller extraordinaire barrels in with a little extra wag in his tail and nasty on his neck. Needless to say, thank heavens I own a company that makes a rubberized dog collar. A few minutes under the sink with coconut scented hand soap and life was good again....for the most part. There is still some mystery spots lingering on Jake’s body. He’s savoring those areas like a Now & Later. So here’s to Friday the thirteenth, dead bodies and all.


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