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I’m crazyface about my iPhone, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. It’s great having email right at your fingertips, wherever you are, and I get an unbelievable amount of joy taking fakey instamatic photos and uploading them to Facebook. But I think the crux of my love affair with my iPhone lies in the fact that with it by my side, I will never, ever again be bored (as long as I’m in an AT&T service area). Line at the grocery store? Twitter is there to amuse me. Waiting in the airport? Doodle Jump and the New York Times are there to entertain me. Oil change taking forever and a day? Well, now I have puppies to ogle.

There’s a new iPhone app (developed by WireBear) featuring THE DOG‘s squeaky cute, immensely popular photography. Available from the iTunes store for just $1.99, THE DOG for iPhone contains breed and care information for 92 breeds (including rare and lesser-known breeds) –  information about grooming, exercise, and trainability. Dog profiles can be sorted and arranged by characteristics like shedding level, activity needs, size, and stranger friendliness.

Or, if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy yourself just squealing over the puppy photos.

Visit iTunes for more information on THE DOG for iPhone (currently only available for iPhone — sorry, Droidians).

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My pal Rebecca – who loves a good, kinda sniffly, heartwarming doggie tale as much as I do – sent me the link yesterday to the trailer for My Dog Tulip, a new animated film based on the acclaimed memoir of British writer and editor J. R. Ackerley. (My Dog Tulip was actually made in 2009, but its theatrical release was September 2010.) Starring the voices of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is exquisitely animated and directed by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger and has been lauded by Vanity Fair as “the love story of the year.”

I know it’s totally gonna make me sniffle.

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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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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:


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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Supposedly this commercial was banned from airing during the 2004 Super Bowl (you know, the one with the “wardrobe malfunction”).

I certainly can’t remember if it aired during the game or not… but after the scandalous halftime show, this seems rather tame, no?

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Dogster.com introduced a new game recently called Dog-O-Tron.

The premise of the game is simple enough: The Robot Cats are attempting to take over Planet Dog-O-Tron, and you, Rovi-Woof-Kanovi, captain of the trusty dogship Woof-10, must defeat the robocats to save the planet. It’s an all-too-familiar story, really.

The game is fairly lo-tech, has exceedingly annoying music and sound effects, and is, of course, completely addicting.



Not surprising at all (at least to me), I’m pretty horrible at it — but I did manage to beat that menacing Death Star cat up there to make it to the second level, thanks to a floating chicken on a platter that restored all my energy just in time. (Phew.) And people say I never spend my time on anything productive.

Try your hand at Dog-O-Tron here. (You don’t have to be a Dogster member to play.)


A friend of mine shared this video with me. I wish it could be seen by everyone who’s ever uttered the phrase, “Aw, it’s just a dog.”

It’s a little longish, but I guarantee it’s worth your while. If this doesn’t choke you up at all, just a little teeny bit, leave a comment and let us know what it’s like to be made of stone. I personally start to lose it around 6:13.

Sadly, Skidboot passed on in March of 2007.

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