In Fall 2002, Modern Dog launches in Vancouver, BC as a local magazine by first-time publisher Connie Wilson, inspired by her own “very good, very bad dog,” Kaya, a Weimaraner-Pointer cross with a mind of her own. 

In March 2003, following a flurry of press coverage and international interest, Modern Dog expands with coast-to-coast distribution across Canada and the U.S.  

In June 2004, zeroing in on the zeitgeist, Modern Dog features polarizing, Chihuahua toting, then-tabloid-staple Paris Hilton on the cover. Other famous Modern Dog cover models include Pamela Anderson, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray.

In March 2008, Ellen DeGeneres appears on the cover of Modern Dog following a Modern Dog photoshoot at Ellen’s house in the Hollywood Hills. Ellen’s mom and Portia are both present. Ellen reveals the issue on The Ellen Show and gives away a signed copy to every member of the audience.


In December 2010, Modern Dog launches its App, making readership global.

In September 2012, Me-wow: The Modern Dog team launches sibling title Modern Cat magazine, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this fall.

In March 2014, Modern Dog’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Connie Wilson receives the Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry award from the American Pet Products Association.


In December 2015, Modern Dog switches from celebrity covers to dog-only covers to put more focus on the dogs!

In March 2020, The Modern Dog team weathers the pandemic, temporarily transitioning to remote work to make sure the magazine is published without interruption.

In September 2022, Find us everywhere! Modern Dog continues to celebrate dogs via the website, app, newsletter, and social media, focusing on brightening the world with good dog-news, helping deepen the understanding of our canine friends, promoting rescue, and partnering with incredible non-profits like Best Friends and Grey Muzzle. Here’s to the next 20 years!

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!