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They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but if appearances didn’t matter, people like my husband (a graphic designer) would be out of a job, and Christian Louboutin couldn’t justify $1000 for a pair of shoes. I super love the cover of Happy Dog, Happy You (by pet expert Arden Moore), but this book is more than just a pretty face. Moore’s handy, illustrated volume contains hundreds of ideas for quick, easy, and fun things you can do to entertain and bond with your dog, and it even includes tips on training, travel, health, and grooming.

Since my dogs and I don’t always seem to be interested in the same hobbies (though they’ve definitely shown an interest in digging gardening), maybe it’s worth checking out.

You can fetch it from Buy Olympia or autographed from Arden Moore’s site.

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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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PAWSH is a new free online magazine that will make its debut April 20th. PAWSH’s goal is to provide informative, entertaining content in a beautiful, well-designed package. Bravo! We’re all about that here at phetched. PAWSH will initially offer 4 issues a year and will be donating a percentage of revenue to organizations that help animals in need. Bravo, again!

Sound like your kind of thing? You can check out PAWSH on their site and on Facebook and Twitter.

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I love this book. I love this book.

A Three Dog Life (Harcourt, 2006) is a memoir by Abigail Thomas. It’s a non-linear, beautifully lyrical reflection on several years of Thomas’ life in which she comes to terms with her husband’s traumatic brain injury and the changes (to say the least) it brings.

It’s not a dog book, per se. That is to say, it’s not really about dogs. But at the same time, it sort of is. As Thomas adjusts to the changes in her life, she learns what dogs know: that living in the present, in the moment, is perhaps what we’re meant to do.

Go get it! You can read it in an afternoon. Do it. Seriously. It’s so good.

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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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Writer and photographer Melissa McDaniel’s Photo Book Projects celebrate special dogs — namely, handicapped dogs and those given a second chance through rescue. The first two books in her series, Deaf Dogs and Rescued in America, are comprised of gorgeous portraits of over 175 dogs Melissa met and photographed to bring attention to the unique gifts of hearing-impaired dogs and the importance of saving lives through rescue.

Says McDaniel: “Dogs should be treated as individuals and should not be stereotyped by their breed, their “handicap” or their past. Judge them for who they are, not for what others have told you they are.” Word.

Melissa has recently partnered with the Petfinder Foundation and is donating 30% of online sales to that worthy organization. Currently Melissa’s working on the next books in the Photo Book series, photographing pit bulls and puppy mill survivors.

You can read more about the Photo Book Projects, see more photos, and order the books here.

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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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Take a touching fish-out-of-water tale, a love affair with a handsome gardener, rich descriptions of handmade Italian food and wine, and set it all in the picturesque, romantic Italian countryside… how do you make this story better? Why, add a dog, of course.

Marcus of Umbria: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl about Love is Justine van der Leun‘s story of her turbulent year in a tiny Italian village. Leaving her Brooklyn job and home behind, Justine moves to Italy seeking love and adventure and ends up, to her surprise, finding most of what she’s seeking in a rescued pointer she names Marcus (who, actually, is female, which might be a little confusing, but actually makes total sense). Through her humorous, sometimes heartbreaking memoir, Justine offers insights on cultural differences, “finding oneself,” and finding love in unexpected places — or creatures.

Justine was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions for phetched. Enjoy!

phetched:  Although I grew up with dogs, I was never really deeply involved in their care when I was a kid – so when I found my first (i.e., very own) dog, Zoey, in a field near my house on my way to work one day, I suddenly had to learn a whole lot about dogs really fast. What was the most challenging, shocking, humorous, or intriguing thing you learned from Marcus once you decided to make her your own?

Justine:  I always adored my dogs while I was growing up, but our relationship stayed the same for their entire lives—probably because I was not their primary caretaker. I threw. They fetched. I fed. They ate. They pooped. I…you get the point. Now, I continue to be surprised and thrilled as my relationship with Marcus deepens and evolves as time goes on. At this point, I can viscerally feel what she needs from me, and vice versa.

Your book is about you and your dog, of course, but to me it’s very much a book about relationships. To you, what’s the most important thing dogs teach us about relationships?

What don’t dogs teach us about relationships? They teach us about devotion—who stands by you more solidly than your dog? They teach us about forgiveness—they never hold grudges. They teach us the importance of quiet companionship and partnership. And by the fact of their otherness, they teach us to get out of ourselves and to look at situations for a new perspective. And of course, above all, dogs teach us how to love purely, openly, shamelessly.

A big Hollywood production company buys the rights to Marcus of Umbria and, unfortunately, decides to make it into one of those corny talking-animal vehicles. Who is cast to provide Marcus’ voice?

I think that if we could convince Keira Knightley to do a high-pitched, childlike voice, she’d be the woman for the job. Even though Marcus hails from Italy, she’s an English pointer and I’m pretty sure she’d have a British accent.

OK, so say Marcus really could talk, and she accompanies you on a book tour. What do you think she’d tell your audiences she wants people to take away from her/your story?

Marcus is bird-obsessed and I suspect she’d take the opportunity to put forth her thesis about why humans should make all public spaces friendly to dogs stalking critters and birds. Once that was out the way, and assuming no birds were present in the audience for her to point at, she’d probably make a pitch about how love really can be found in the most unexpected of places. She might add that her journey from abandoned Umbrian farm dog to hipster Brooklynite is proof that you never know how your life will turn out.

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Through a Dog’s Eyes is a documentary premiering on PBS next Wednesday, April 21st. Based on the book by the same title by Jennifer Arnold, it follows several individuals being matched with and receiving their very first service dogs.

You can read more about the documentary here, and watch an extended preview below (which contains ridiculously cute footage of puppies running! In a field! Lots of puppies! Running! SQUEEEEE!)

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I’m not all that familiar with Norah Jones’ newer music (although I think she has one of the most amazing voices EVER), but a reader (Hi, Sarah!) alerted me to an awesome song on Jones’ new album The Fall (which features a St. Bernard on the cover, and dogs throughout the album art), “Man of the Hour.” The song is an ode to Jones’ poodle, Ralph, and pretty well sums up many of the reasons why we love our dogs.

Here’s Jones performing the song on “Good Morning America.” (Loooove her haircut, by the way.)

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