“STELLLAAAAA!!!” (A Streetcar Named Desire? Anyone? No?) Today’s Best Phriend is Stella, a two-year-old rescued Schnoodle. “SCHNOOOOODLE!!!!!

Name: Stella
Age: She’ll be three on Sept 30th of this year
Hometown: Came from Louisiana……now lives in Portland, ME
Owners: Mary and Rob
Breed/s: Schnoodle
Nicknames: Stella Ballou, Stella Bella, Stinkarella
Arrival Story: I found our beautiful girl on Petfinder.com.  She was sponsored by a local shelter, but was rescued from a high kill shelter in Louisiana and lived with a foster family there until we adopted her.

Favorite food: Treats of any kind!
Special talents or skills: She loves to stand on her hind legs with her front paws on your shoulders and kiss your whole face (you have to be kneeling or sitting down….she’s kinda short!)
Biggest fear: Baths
Special awards or achievements: Won 2nd place in the Mystery Mutt Category at Woofminster 2009 put on by Planet Dog
Most annoying habit: She’s a bed hog!
Arch-nemesis: SQUIRREL!!!!!!
Most expensive item ever chewed: Laptop cable

If Stella were in high school, who would she sit with at lunch? She would socialize at every table because she loves everyone!

Upon graduation from training school, Stella is named Best ____ or Most Likely to ______? Class Clown/Most likely to star on her own reality show

If Stella were on “Survivor,” why would she be voted off the island? Voted off for pooping on the beach and not picking up after herself.

If Stella had a job, what would it be? Stella is a princess and would NEVER work…unless it was as a supermodel.

Stella…Stella…Stella…..she is the most wonderful girl!  We had lost our black lab, Sadie, after 13 years….our hearts were broken into a million pieces and I couldn’t live in a house without a dog!  I searched Petfinder.com for weeks…and came across Stella’s photo. My husband was nervous about a rescue dog that we had never met, but there was something about her sweet little face…..I had to have her. From that very first day…she fit right in!  It was like she had always lived with us….everyone thinks we rescued her, but she rescued us!

She’s even got her own blog.

You’re awesome, Stella, and we’re so happy you found a perfect forever home! Stay tuned to future posts, pups, to see how you can be featured as one of our Best Phriends.

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Awesome folk-artish dog paintings from Itsuko Suzuki, via Booooooom.

(That flickr link is full of wondrous doggie delights.)

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Springtime’s in full swing! Perfect weather for jeans, a tee, and some flops. Kick it.

Check out this roundup of handmade tees from Etsy.

1 / spot on blue shirt from limeyts

2 / teacup chihuahua tee from bubbledog

3 / organic onesie from bankiebaby

4 / biking pup shirt from boygirlparty

5 / weiner dog shirt from lastearth

6 / youth MMMnn shirt from keptfresh

 

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Concerned that your dog’s play isn’t eco-conscious enough? Of course you are. Well, never fear! Hemp and bamboo toys are here!

The Eco-Fetcher and Eco-Tugger are made from super-strong hemp, one of the most sustainable materials on earth. These tug-and-toss toys are machine-washable, natural anti-bacterial, and made in the USA by disabled adults. And when that plastic Chuck-It breaks, you can replace it with the ultra-durable Bamboo Chuck, featuring an ergonomic cork handle.

You can fetch these and other eco-friendly toys at Olive Green Dog.

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You might have caught Foreign Policy’s awesome photo essay on military dogs last week. It’s edited by Rebecca Frankel, FP’s “chief canine correspondent,” and provides a fascinating look into the training and lives of dogs on the front lines.

See the whole essay here.

Tail wags to Rebecca for the tip.

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Our Best Phriends network has already welcomed pals from England and Australia in the past, and today we’re stoked to say hello to Kingsley and Robin, two handsome guys living in The Netherlands!

Name: Kingsley… or they call me the KING
Age: 10
Home: The Netherlands
Owner: Shanni
Breed: Border Collie
Nicknames: King king, tiger face, grouchy, Ah 狗(dog in chinese)
Arrival story: Shanni was looking for a dog to adopt after losing her dog to sickness. She answered an adoption advertisement for a terrier. But it turned out that the foster wanted to keep her. She confessed that her dream dog is a border collie. Coincidently, the re-homer knew that there is a border collie in a shelter that is looking for a owner. And it was a match made in heaven. That’s the short story. The long story.. you can read it here.

Name: Robin
Age: 12
Home: The Netherlands
Owner’s name: Harry
Breed: Irish Terrier
Nicknames: Robin, the Boing boing dog
Arrival story: Robin was already with Harry when we came and lived with him.

Kingsley
Favorite food: Bone marrow, meat, cheese
Best trick: My dad wanted Kingsley to bark so he went “Arf! Arf!” He mistook it as “OUT! OUT!” and left the room. It was hilarious (we got it on video!)
Biggest fear: Motorcycles or motorbikes. He fears and hates them to the core. And that’s how he broke the wind screen of the car.
Favorite toy: Squido!!
Special honors or achievements: He has won a twitter contest of a customized painting from Aimeé Hoover. It was the best thing ever.
Hobbies: Running, playing with his frisbee, agility
Favorite place: Anywhere where he can swims
Most expensive item ever destroyed: The windshield of a Mercedes-Benz

Robin
Favorite food: Anything that Kingsley has
Special talents or skills: He can go Aarrooo like a bird — honest!
Biggest fear: Water!
Favorite toy: A stuffed Kong
Most annoying habit: Being boing boing boing boing.. and he goes all out to look for bread left outside (by the neighbors) for the ducks.
Hobbies: Chasing rabbits
Favorite place: Anywhere with lots of smells is great
Arch nemesis: Kingsley

In a movie about your pup’s life, what actor provides his voice?
Kingsley: Who else but Ben Kingsley??
Robin: A hyper Will Smith (in “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”)

If your pup were in high school, who would he sit with at lunch? Jocks, nerds, freaks, preps, geeks?
Kingsley: Jocks
Robin: He would be a comedian

What’s your pup’s most embarrassing moment – or the most embarrassed YOU’VE been thanks to your pup?
Kingsley: He loves to go swimming.. and anything with water, he’d be in it. So one day, he jumped into a very SMELLY and STINKY pond, got all his fur stained yellow. We couldn’t get rid of the smell and had to send him to his groomer to be soaked in a tub for hours.
Robin: His fart is silent and HORRIBLE!

If your pup wrote his biography, what would it be titled?
Kingsley: With Love, Anything is Possible
Robin: Why Worry?

What’s the biggest trouble your pup’s ever gotten in?
Robin: A flock of ducks came flying the wrong way, towards us instead of away from us and 1 promptly flew into Robin’s mouth. Being a terrier, he bit it and refused to let go. It was horrible as we couldn’t help the duck. And the day Robin found a frozen (dead) rabbit and refused to let go.

If your pup had a job, what would it be?
Kingsley: Being a sheepdog.
Robin: Running free in the sun.

Thanks, Robin and Kingsley! We’re not currently accepting submissions for Best Phriends, but stay tuned to future posts for information on how your pup(s) can be featured!

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Gorgeous, runway-worthy, blizzinged-out leather collars from Hartman & Rose. Check out the whole collection, including leads, on their website.

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Wow. OK. So, I was up way too late last night after going to hear an awesome band, so I’m totally phoning this post in. This here is a video from another one of my favorite live bands, the Avett Brothers, and guess what? It’s got a dog in it. So I’m totally covered, right?

Y’all have a great Wednesday. I’m going to go take a nap.

 

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Check out the handmade modern dog furniture and accessories at ModPet. While I think a certain company could take issue with their slogan, I love these sleek, sophisticated designs.

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Photographer Laura Olsen lives in Charleston, SC, with her beau Brian and their beagle-y pack, Peanut and Calliope. Olsen was drawn to pet photography after the passing of Jasmine, her pet for 15 years. She says, “My mission is to capture the spirit of the dogs we love so they can be with us always.” As I’ve watched my 6 years with Mingus positively fly by, I can certainly appreciate that bittersweet sentiment.

You can see more of Laura’s work on her site and blog.

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