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Friends of Dublin Dog and their newly adopted adorable puppy. Friends of Dublin Dog and their newly adopted adorable puppy.

The Sochi strays are back in the headlines again, with the news that Gus Kenworthy’s adopted pups have landed here in the US. The plight of Sochi’s homeless dogs was one of the big stories leading up to the games, and the American freestyle skier was just one of the athletes who made good on his Olympic promise to rescue at least some of them. We think that’s pretty awesome.

We also know there are folks who’ll never make the news who do good work for dogs everyday. They volunteer in shelters, they help foster pets waiting on new homes and families, or donate to causes that keep animal rights on the front burner. There are veterinarians, lawyers and other pros who offer their services for free - just to save dogs just like these right here, every day. We’re humbled and grateful to know just a few of the many who do this good work.

And these dogs are just as grateful. You’ve probably seen the posts on these dogs going home from the shelters for the first time. You bet they’ll return the favor with the love and loyalty only a dog can dish out. Or maybe in an even bigger way. We’re sure this Michigan family isn’t second-guessing their choice to adopt a dog - after he saved their skins just a couple of weeks after they brought him home. Way to go, Hunter!

In this land of second chances, who knows how Kenworthy’s new best friends will turn out. Or the fate of any other adopted dog, for that matter. But without that second chance, they’d never get the opportunity to prove their worth, serve their purpose or fulfill whatever their destiny may be. We don’t have a crystal ball or anything, but we do know this: everybody loves a comeback story. Thanks to all of you who’ve helped make one happen!


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We’re watching, arguably, some of the hardest-working dogs in sport go at it this week in the Iditarod, the nearly 1,000 mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Right now, mushers and their teams are just over a third of the way through the course that covers some of the most unforgiving territory - and weather - on the planet. Close to 1,000 dogs started the race, spread over 69 teams, and more than three quarters of them are still going at it. Freezing temperatures, bitter winds, snow and ice - all over surfaces that require boots just to keep from turning the dogs’ feet into hamburger. And the dogs likely wouldn’t have it any other way. For that reason, mushers say the “Alaskan Husky” is a special breed, if not an officially recognized one. They’re strong, quick, efficient, and have the internal desire to just go, go, go.

Amazing, really.

While some dogs may have been bred to satisfy the cosmetic desires
of royalty or fashion over the centuries, most breeds can trace their roots, disposition and other particular characteristics to the jobs their ancestors once held. For thousands of years, man has enlisted the the help of his best friend as everything from hunting partner to palace guard, and to chase rats from sewers, or keep the cows - and the kids - in line. Long noses, thick coats, broad chests, or other physical properties we associate with certain breeds once served a specific purpose or duty our forefathers saw as invaluable. Coupled with a dog’s intelligence, loyalty and desire to please, it’s easy to see how they earned the moniker “man’s best friend”.

Experts say those internal drivers are still there, whether or not they’re being exercised. Dogs, like people, need purpose. While some may actually enjoy being paraded around in purses, most dogs still instinctually search for their role in the family or pack. You may not have a herd of cattle for your dog to rustle, but the doesn’t mean you can’t channel their natural talents into a positive and rewarding job for them to do. Retriever types want to naturally “retrieve.” Building regular games of fetch into their routine can help scratch that itch. Running breeds make excellent partners for your outdoor excursions. Or bring your dog along for routine errands like trips to the mailbox, to the bank or the coffee shop. They’ll begin to see themselves as escorts for these all-important trips. Do some homework and find the “jobs” that best matches your breed’s still set. Chances are, you’ll both be rewarded for the effort with a more satisfying relationship. And it sounds a whole lot easier than pulling a sled across Alaska.


DD-Dog-Treat-DayThere's probably not a Hallmark card for it, but then again, we haven’t looked. But if dogs could read, we guarantee they'd have today circled on the calendars. History’s a little sketch on the origin of this one, but National Dog Biscuit Day - not to be confused with National Banana Bread Day - comes around every year on February 23rd. Yep, there’s a day for everything. So if you’re looking for a reason to pass out the treats, here you go!

Nowadays, dog treats come in gabillions of sizes, shapes and flavors, but the history of dog biscuit itself is as unassuming as humble pie. SprattsAs the story goes, the market went unchallenged for decades, essentially owned by an electrician-turned-dog-treat-baker named Spratt who brought his product to market before the Civil War under the banner Spratt’s Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes. Yum! It wasn't until the turn of the century when a struggling brand known as Maltoid from the Bennet Biscuit Company made a scene when it formed its biscuits in the shape of, you guessed it, a bone. The milk, mineral and meat-product biscuit eventually became known as Milk-Bone. We’d have to guess they had some much better folks in the marketing department.

Today, there’s plenty of competition for your dog’s fancy and taste buds. ASNS-Tahitian-4Flavored treats hit the scene when Wally and the Beaver were in Prime Time, now there’s likely no flavor or texture that hasn’t been tried. We always thought “dead bird” and “litter box” would be no-brainers as far as the dogs were concerned, but dogs don’t have wallets. Couldn’t be any tougher than marketing Spratt’s biscuits, though. And when it comes to the claim that this treat or that is “better tasting”… we asked a pal who works at a big food company and he says the test dogs don't fill out a survey, but they have their way of selecting what they like best. (Doggie dream job!)

If the news of National Dog Treat Day caught you by surprise - and treatless, no worries. Here are some homemade dog treat recipes from the good folks at The Honest Kitchen. Get your Martha Stewart on and whip up a batch of homemade treats and celebrate! And if you’re a day late, don’t sweat it. Remember: dogs don’t have calendars.


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As the holidays approach, we've been lucky enough to make a few "gift guides" this year and we love the positive feedback we've been getting in product reviews! Nice to see it's not just us who like what we make. Here's the rundown:


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Don't lie; you like Christmas shopping for the dog as much as you do your family and friends. So spruce Rover up with a wicked trout pattern color from Dublin Dog. You might be thinking, "I've seen those before." Not these you haven't. Unlike traditional cloth collars that can get nasty and stink up the place if Ajax is an active K-9, the KOA collars are coated in medical-grade urethane that makes them 100% water-resistant and dirtimpenetrable.
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Read that, "no odor-causing bacteria growth, so no dogs with stank necks." The collars are available in brook, brown, and rainbow trout patterns (and other more fashion-show-like patterns but c'mon, you know the dog wants the trout).

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We’ve been testing the KOA collars from Dublin Dog on our backcountry climbing and fishing trips this year; we wouldn’t send our hound anywhere without one. The smooth, waterproof finish is the perfect material for wet, cold environments. It doesn’t absorb any moisture (and more importantly, odor) like a conventional nylon or leather collar, extending its lifetime greatly. Each production run is tested to 1,200 pounds of pull strength, so even the strongest retriever or hound will stay firmly in line. Did we mention they come in stylish trout prints?

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What would a good holiday guide be without including something for our four-legged friends? The Koa Collar is a great choice for the active canine in your family. They are super-tough with a 1,200-pound pull strength, making it perfect all-around outdoor dog collar.

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Dublin Dog KOA collars: For the outdoor-loving dogs in your life, how about outfitting them with waterproof collars that don’t stink? Not even after months and months? Our two dogs have been sporting designs from Dublin Dog’s Trout line since summer, and I am sold! They won’t ever wear another type of collar. The KOA material repels dirt and grime, and the collars really do stay fresh-smelling.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide from the American Park Network's OhRanger.com
If you know someone who loves to take their dog along as they explore the great outdoors, then grab them a KOA collar from Dublin Dog. The collar’s state of the art finishing process makes it impenetrable to dirt, moisture and odor-causing bacteria—a huge bonus if the dog in question loves to roll in the dirt or traipse through streams.

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If your dog goes on as many adventures as you do, then they need gear to keep them going. The Dublin Dog Nomad Pad let’s your dog get a goodnight’s sleep so that they are ready for the next days’ outing…. Overall, the Dublin Dog Nomad Pad has been a extremely handy dog bed that can be used at home, in the car, and at our final adventure, wherever that may be.

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What’s not to love about the city of Austin, TX? Beyond being the capital of Texas, Austin boasts being the “live music capital of the world”. The city is filled with eclectic music venues, great restaurants, and funky shops, one of which is our very own crown jewel retailer, Dogadillo. (Who can’t love that name?)

Dogadillo, is a family affair with owners Mike, wife Lauren and daughter Lisa leading the pack when it comes to premium dog boutiques in Texas. Having been in business for over 4.5 years, they are tenacious at finding the best quality foods and products available on the market today. Owner Mike Conrad is a former biochemist which lends itself well to his discriminating eye for only premium ingredients when it comes to looking out for the health and well being of your pet.

For the Conrads, hanging out in Town Lake proves to be one of their favorite things to do. With amazing trails, an off-leash park for your buddy, and lots of opportunities to take a dip in the wet stuff, it's an outdoor enthusiast's dream. When asked about their favorite part of their job they said “Getting to meet new people, playing with dogs everyday, and turning customers into friends”. It’s no wonder Dogadillo was named Retailer of the Year for Outstanding Pet Boutique 2011/2012 from Pet Product News International. And it’s no wonder why the Dublin Dog Co is so proud to have them as an official retailer of our products. 12912 Hill Country Blvd. F155  Austin, TX 78738.  (512) 402-WOOF.


The latest contest from Dublin Dog Co just kicked off today. We're looking for the quintessential happy go lucky (emphasis on lucky) dog. So send us your best video of your dog utilizing one of our Dublin Dog Co products (All Style, No Stink Collars, eco-Lucks, or Roxxter  toy) for your chance at winning over $350 in prizes, including a $250 gift card from Amazon.com. Visit the "I'm a Dublin Dog" registration page today to enter. This promises to be one of the most fun contests we've run to date.  So enjoy, have fun, and show us how lucky you and your best friend REALLY are.

 


Dublin Dog Co is now offering sales up to 5o% off our "Original All Style, No Stink" dog collars in select colors. These include the incredibly popular Confession, Chai Latte, and Sangria, as well as the entire Camo Couture Collection as well. Why in the world would we do such a thing you ask? Easy. We want to continue to update our color offerings, keeping things fresh and fun. As such, we are doing new colors for the Arrgyle Collection as well as the Neapolitan. So if you want a few spare collars just in time for Summer, or know of another lucky dog (and owner) who could benefit from our 100% waterproof dog collars, please send them the following link for amazing savings.  Offer good while supplies last.


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Guinness, aka "Earthquake Dog" is a stout 6- year old Irish Wolfhound who recently received a Local Hero Medal as part of the 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Guinness and owner, 37 year old Sean Scully worked 12-hour days for three weeks as they both worked tirelessly in Christchurch's shattered eastern suburbs after the February earthquake.

Sean,who is also a medallist, said Guinness was very proud of himself and hoped the award would "increase his luck with the bitches at the dog park". Ah yes, we do too Guinness, we do too you lucky dog.  Emma Mcdonald, spokeswoman for New Zealander of the Year Awards, said Guinness was the first animal to receive a Local Hero Award.  He would most likely also be the last, she added.

To read the entire story click here.

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Ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you as they bark at what appears to be nothing? For Jake, my lab mix, barking is a non-stop activity and heaven forbid if there's a toy or leash around! Here are the 10 most common barks and what they typically mean as provided by K9 Magazine.

1. Continuous rapid barking, midrange pitch: “Call the pack! There is a potential problem! Someone is coming into our territory!” Continuous barking but a bit slower and pitched lower: “The intruder [or danger] is very close. Get ready to defend yourself!”

2. Barking in rapid strings of three or four with pauses in between, midrange pitch: “I suspect that there may be a problem or an intruder near our territory. I think that the leader of the pack should look into it.”

3. Prolonged or incessant barking, with moderate to long intervals between each utterance: “Is there anybody there? I’m lonely and need companionship.” This is most often the response to confinement or being left alone for long periods of time.

4. One or two sharp short barks, midrange pitch: “Hello there!” This is the most typical greeting sound.

 5. Single sharp short bark, lower midrange pitch: “Stop that!” This is often given by a mother dog when disciplining her puppies but may also indicate annoyance in any dog, such as when disturbed from sleep or if hair is pulled during grooming and so forth.

6. Single sharp short bark, higher midrange: “What’s this?” or “Huh?” This is a startled or surprised sound. If it is repeated two or three times its meaning changes to “Come look at this!” alerting the pack to a novel event. This same type of bark, but not quite as short and
sharp, is used to mean “Come here!”

Many dogs will use this kind of bark at the door to indicate that they want to go out. Lowering the pitch to a relaxed midrange means “Terrific!” or some other similar expletive, such as “Oh, great!” My cairn terrier, for example, who loves to jump, will give this single bark of joy when sent over the high jump. Other dogs give this same bark when given their food dish.

7. Single yelp or very short high-pitched bark: “Ouch!” This is in response to a sudden, unexpected pain.

8. Series of yelps: “I’m hurting!” “I’m really scared” This is in response to severe fear and pain.

9. Stutter-bark, midrange pitch: If a dog’s bark were spelled “ruff,” the stutter-bark would be spelled “ar-ruff.” It means “Let’s play!” and is used to initiate playing behavior.

10. Rising bark: This is a bit hard to describe, although once you’ve heard it, it is unmistakable. It is usually a series of barks, each of which starts in the middle range but rises sharply in pitch – almost a bark-yelp, though not quite that high. It is a play bark, used during rough-and- tumble games, that shows excitement and translates as “This is fun!”

What's your dog's most common bark? Do tell...


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