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Now that my husband and I both have home offices, we get to experience our dogs’ daily routine on a more personal level, for better or worse. Mind you, this routine consists largely of, alternately and in various orders, sleeping in odd positions on the couch, checking the kitchen for contraband, and barking at anything and everything that drives/walks/flies by outside. I guess life was probably more interesting for them when they used to have part-time jobs at my husband’s old firm.

What’s a day in your dog’s life like? Jesse Rosten followed his Boston terrier, Stella, for a day with a Canon 5D MKII and put together this awesome little short HD film.

Thanks to Brendan for the tip!

And hey, the Honest Kitchen cookbook giveaway ends tonight! Enter now!

We’ve all seen the footage and heard the stories of the thousands of animals that were abandoned, rescued, and adopted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps you, yourself, are the adoptive parent of a Katrina Dog. The 2009 documentary Mine tells the first-hand story of the guardians, rescuers, and adopters of Katrina pets. It promises a new perspective on the Katrina pet crisis, and promises to have me in tears before the opening credits finish rolling.

You can learn more about the movie here.

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Saints. Colts. Manning. Brees. There’s electricity in the air.

It’s Puppy Bowl time.

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Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl returns this year with a ridiculously cute lineup of shelter pups, guaranteed to prove once again that despite all the money spent on impressive Super Bowl ads, all you really need to make people happy is a room full of puppies.

Check out this year’s starting lineup:

(The YouTube embed is acting a bit squirrelly, but if you follow the link it should work.)

Puppy Bowl VI airs on Animal Planet tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. (e/p). Find more videos (including highlights and behind-the-scenes footage) at Animal Planet’s web site.

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Paul Rudish directed this short pilot for Cartoon Network’s Cartoonstitute. I love it. You may know Rudish’s art from The Powerpuff Girls (love), Star Wars: Clone Wars (love), and Dexter’s Laboratory (love).

3 Dog Band? Lurrrv.

Zap! Bladow! Blizzard!!

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I have been waiting for this day FORR-EVVV-URRR. Tonight I’m going with my husband and some friends to see U2 in concert. WIKKID!

I’m thankful for DVR, though, since tonight is also the premiere of Animal Planet’s new show SuperFetch, starring pet trainer Zak George.

“SuperFetch” promises to be different from all those other “dog training” shows: George, with his trusty border collie Venus at his side, claims he can teach anyone how to teach any pet how to do any trick. And he means any trick: making the bed, taking out the trash, riding a tandem bike… even putting down the toilet seat. Says George, “My goal in SUPERFETCH is not only to entertain but to help pet parents on the show and watching at home learn more about their relationship with their furry family members while picking up some useful training tips along the way.”

Focusing on communication and the bond between pets and their owners, “SuperFetch” aims to demonstrate how positive, reward-based training methods can turn any dog into a Super dog.

(Umm, can he train my two to vacuum up all this dog hair?)

“SuperFetch” premieres on Animal Planet tonight at 8:00 ET.

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The economy, crime, natural disasters, Roman Polanski… it’s hard to find good news these days.

Luckily, Happy Tails Books is in the business of good news and happy endings. The Colorado-based publishing group, founded by dog rescuer and foster mom Kyla Duffy, is celebrating the recent releases of Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Golden Retrievers and Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Boston Terriers. Each book is a collection of true rescue stories guaranteed to make even the most hardened and heartless cynic a rescue advocate.

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Besides donating a portion of sales to help fund rescue organizations, Happy Tails Books is passionate about raising awareness of dog rescue efforts.

I was excited to receive a copy of Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Golden Retrievers to check out. Let me tell you, “feel-good book” doesn’t even begin to cut it.

The 43 stories in the book, submitted by rescue workers, fosters, and adoptive families, tell of golden retrievers rescued from shelters, pounds, cold basements, and abusive owners. These broken-down dogs, given a second chance through rescue, are renewed and restored through the love and devotion of their adoptive families and “failed fosters.” Of course, Lost Souls: FOUND! proves that rescue’s most redemptive powers are often felt not by the dogs who are saved, but by we humans who welcome these forgiving, gentle souls into our hearts and homes.

Naturally, truth be told, not all the stories in the the book have happy endings, like the heartbreaking tales of Olivia and Zeus Bear. Indeed, these stories impart an even stronger message of the importance of responsible pet care and the often thankless, yet unbelievably crucial, job of dog rescue.

Happy Tails’ upcoming releases will feature true rescue stories of dachshunds, Labradors, pit bulls, and “All-American” mutts (yay!). While somewhat partial to the mutts myself, I like the breed-specific focus of the Happy Tails series — it’s important to remind potential adopters that wonderful purebred dogs can be found waiting for forever homes in shelters and rescues across the country, perhaps the best way we can strengthen the campaign against puppy mills and irresponsible breeding practices.

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To find out more about (and order) Happy Tails Books, check out their web site. Plus, if you have a great rescue story to tell, you can submit it to Happy Tails for possible inclusion in a future book! Awesome!

And, for a chance to win a copy of Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Golden Retrievers, simply leave a comment on this post below! (You will be asked to provide your email address to comment, but it won’t be published.) Entries will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday, October 3rd, and at that time we’ll draw one name at random to receive a shiny, brand-new copy of the book. Yippee! (One entry per person, please, and U.S. and Canada shipping addresses only)

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Weezer’s new album, set to release next month, is named Raditude. If you’re OK with that, then you’ll probably love its awesome cover image:

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The photo by Jason Neely of Middletown, CT, of his dog, Sidney, was a winning entry in a National Geographic reader photo contest. According to Spinner, when Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo contacted Neely about using the photo for the album, Neely divulged that Sidney is, in fact, quite the Weezer fan.

Raditude is scheduled for release on October 27th. Jason Neely has a flickr.

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My pal Steph of WOOF Factory posted this on Facebook the other day. It totally breaks my heart, and I love it… enough to even forgive that annoying soul patch on the singer’s chin.

My favorite part comes around 1:40. Enjoy!

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Take a gang of dogs (and a couple cats), a mysterious adventure story, award-winning writing and illustration, give it all a good shake, and what do you get?

You get Beasts of Burden, a new comic series (based on an Eisner Award-winning story) from writer Evan Dorkin and artist Jill Thompson, released today by Dark Horse. It’s a beautifully illustrated friendship/mystery/horror/action/heroism tale replete with talking animals and butt-sniffin’ jokes. Awesome.

This art? I love it. CHECK OUT THAT CREEPY SKULL IN THE BACKGROUND!! Watch out, pups!!

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The adventures of Pugs, Red, Ace, Whitey and friends will continue with BoB #2-#4, available for pre-order now at Dark Horse.

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(Fetched via LittleBarkBook)

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Head over to Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook by Liz Palika (Wiley & Sons, 2005, 128 pp.)

The cookbook includes 50 drool-inducing recipes like Taco Treats and Molasses Granola Balls.

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Liz Palika is an award-winning professional dog trainer and writer and is the author of over 40 books on animal behavior and training.

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