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When we decided that the theme of our second writing contest ought to be "How I Met My Dog," I was excited for the opportunity to hear stories about how dogs have changed people's lives, or even saved them. Then I was saddened because, seeing as I work for Modern Dog, I wouldn't get to share the story of Elmo, my own dog who changed and saved my life.

Then Connie wrote a gorgeous blog post about how she met her Kaya, and I thought about how imitation is the best form of flattery,

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Robert Pattinson, who famously told press that he had a closer bond to his dog than to any girl he knew (I wonder what Kristen Stewart thinks of this), has reportedly fallen so in love with the Jack Russell co-star of his newest movie, “Water for Elephants,” that he asked the trainer if he could adopt the dog.

This is excellent news. Sure, he could have rescued a dog from a shelter, but beggars can’t be choosers, and any news involving Mr. Pattinson and a dog is welcome in my

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Working for Modern Dog has taught me a lot about the impressive and awe-inspiring lengths that some people will go to to save animals in distress. Dog-lovers are creative and passionate in their quest to save as many as they can.

I think this way might possibly be the most fun, however. I'm not knocking the doggie wash fundraisers, and surfing dogs just blows my mind. All the people

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About a week ago, I was in the drive-thru at a Tim Hortons, staring out the window, when I saw a few bikers lounging in the grass nearby, their motorcycles parked in the parking lot as they enjoyed their coffees.

There was a dog there too, a gorgeous chocolate lab, and I thought to myself, "Huh, does the dog just run alongside them?" and that's when I saw the coolest thing ever. A dog-designed trailer for one of the bikes, complete with its own

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From where I sit in my small-town newspaper office, if I crane my neck just right, lean forward, and cock my head a bit sideways, I can see through a series of windows to the house across the street, and sometimes, their Jack Russell plays in their yard.

It's not nearly enough to compensate for no longer having Esther and Rose wandering by for visits. I guess that's what I get for

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I won't lie, I chose about six different entries as my favourite before finally deciding on which to vote for. There are any number of these pieces of art that I would love to see on my walls. From vibrant, quirky, and fun, to sentimental and vintage, the entries for the Mutt Lynch Winery label competition are completely amazing. As someone who struggles to draw anything more than a stick figure or two, I cannot understand how people can take the colours, lines, and shading they see when

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I have a problem where I want to save every dog that needs saving, and I can’t. I have another problem where my father is military, I’m a military brat to the core, and thinking about the soldiers overseas, without their families, befriending injured and homeless dogs and then being forced to leave them when they come home again, hurts.

So when I heard about Connie, the homeless dog in

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I’ve seen a smart dog or two in my time. I’ve coaxed a few reluctant Dachshunds through the odd IQ test, taught my Eskipoo how to shake paws, seen a dog scale a ladder onto a roof in search of a tennis ball.

I’ve never seen a dog cook a waffle, though.

This video was sent to us by a reader, and within minutes, we were gathered around a single computer, cooing and giggling as we watched this (gorgeous!) Border Collie prepare a scrumptious Mother’s Day breakfast.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of grieving for a lost pet lately. You may remember my entry back in March about the death of my dog, Elmo. Before this, my experience with the death of pets was limited to the (admittedly devastating) death of my rabbit when I was 11. I’d had the rabbit for two years and was pretty attached, but that was nothing compared to fourteen years with Elmo. For starters, Oreo, the rabbit, disliked me and every other person in the world, and Elmo was

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It’s Earth Day, which is pretty exciting for me. I’m a fan of the Earth, especially in spring time. So, as this year’s Earth Day dawns, it occurs to me to wonder if Modern Dog is particularly Earth Friendly. Given that we’re in the magazine publishing business, which is paper-based, it does concern me, so I set about investigating.

First, I wandered about the office intending to randomly quiz co-workers on their Earth-Friendly practices. I hit up the administration/finance

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