Friday, October 31, 2008

2009 CityDogs Calendar Sneak Peek: April

Meet Bainbridge Island resident, Henri, our calendar dog for the month of April!

Pre-order your 2009 CityDogs Calendar today at!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

2009 CityDogs Calendar Sneak Peek: March

Meet Stu and Beau, residents of West Seattle and fans of CityDog Magazine! Close to 500 dogs are packed into the CityDogs for each day and then some!

Pre-order your 2009 CityDogs Calendar at Thank you!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2009 CityDogs Calendar Sneak Peek: February

Meet Valentine, Bella and Lucy Goose -- three of the many four-legged guests who turned out for the annual CityDog Puppy Love Muttmixer at the swanky W Hotel Seattle.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the fourth annual CityDog Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer, December 10, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (also at the W Hotel Seattle).

And, speaking of calendars, be sure to pre-order your 2009 CityDogs Calendar today at

Monday, October 27, 2008

2009 CityDogs Calendar Sneak Peek: January

Meet Mayhem and Warlock plus the other 35 smiling faces that comprise our January city dogs. To pre-order your calendar, go to You can now order multiple calendars at a time, so if you have some dog lovers to check off your holiday shopping list, a CityDogs Calendar makes the perfect gift. Woof!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Snapshot of the 2009 CityDogs Calendar: the back cover...isn't it pretty?

Here is a sneak peek at the back cover of the 2009 CityDogs Calendar, with each month. Next week we will feature a calendar page a day, with all of the dogs' smiling faces! Be sure to pre-order your calendar today at!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Vote for the next CityDog cover dog!

We need your help! Please help us pick the winning dog to grace the cover of CityDog Magazine. Over the course of the summer, we held five cover dog model searches, raising close to $5,000 for area animal welfare organizations. These are our five finalists (to vote, scroll to the end of this blog and click on the email link):

Cohen helped raise close to $500 for the Doney Memorial Clinic at Thriftway in West Seattle.

Finnigan helped raise close to $1,000 for the Seattle Humane Society at FidoFEST.

Jasper helped raise close to $500 for PAWS at PAWSwalk.

Ritmo helped raise over $1,500 for Pasado's Safe Haven at Kirkland Uncorked.

Django helped raise over $1,000 for Reading With Rover at Fremont Oktoberfest.

TO VOTE, simply email with the name of your favorite dog in the subject line. Thank you!

To check out all of the dogs entered in this year's CityDog cover dog model click here. I recommend viewing the galleries in a slideshow to get the full effect! If you need a smile today, this will do it! And, be sure to order your 2009 CityDogs Calendar featuring ALL of the dogs from the model search!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Poo, the short film

Poo, the short film from Mariposa on Vimeo.

As a dog magazine, we get some pretty interesting stuff emailed to us...this short film is no exception. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

If you love this city...and you love dogs...then you'll love a CityDogs Calendar!

We're getting ready to go to print with the NEW 2009 CityDogs Calendar! It's been a blast looking at all of the photos from all of this year's CityDog cover dog model searches.

I think I mentioned earlier that quantities are limited, so be sure to order your calendar today! It's easy...just click here and we'll take care of the rest!

Need canine costume ideas for Halloween?

Read my blog on for canine costume ideas that will have your furry, four-legged fiend howling with delight! Then, check out these upcoming Halloween-themed events to show off your dog's new duds:
  • Lil' Monster Costume Ball, Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., at Three Dog Bakery. The event will feature a costume contest, games, prizes, plenty of play time and "ruff"reshments for all.
  • Halloween Howl, Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Edmonds Off-Leash Area. Enjoy a costume contest, reduced-fee micro-chipping, dog licensing, vendor booths, raffles and a silent auction.
  • Howl-O-Ween Party, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Downtown Dog Lounge on Capitol Hill. The event will feature a costume contest, games, snacks and refreshments.
  • Dog-O-Ween, Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Genesee Park Off-Leash Area. Featuring a costume contest, food, prizes, vendor booths and a silent auction.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Boxers for Obama

About a week ago, a package arrived at my office and lo' and behold, it contained an "Obama for President" dog collar. I dug around to see if there was also a "McCain for President" collar inside, but to no avail. Guess that makes me part of the "liberal media."

I was curious I went to the website to see if they only sell Obama collars or if you can also buy a McCain collar. And yes, they sell collars for McCain mutts as well. In fact, they've sold 703 McCain collars to date. But hold on...they've also sold 1,915 Obama collars. Hmmmm...wonder if that's any indication of how this election will turn out?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Final cover dog model search of the year a success!

This past weekend we held our final cover dog model search of the year at FidoFEST. It was a blustery, rainy day, but dogs still turned out in droves making it one of our biggest model searches ever. Thank you to all of the helped raise $1,000 for the Seattle Humane Society. To check out all of the canine contestants from FidoFEST, click here.

Pictured above is Finnigan, the winning dog from FidoFEST. Soon, we will be asking CityDog readers to vote for one dog to grace the cover of CityDog Magazine! Stay tuned!

Here are some more pictures from the event...

A contestant waits to hear the results (I love the terrier in the background..."who me?")

Braving the wind and rain at this year's FidoFEST.

A dog yoga...or "doga" demonstration. That's Rascal on the left...a cover dog contestant.

The wind-blown judges: Brandie Ahlgren, founder and editor of CityDog Magazine; Nicki Walters, co-owner of Pooper Trooper; and, Elise Vincentini, owner of Downtown Dog Lounge.

It was a family affair with kids and puppies...oh my!

Photography by J.Nichole Smith, Dane + Dane Studios, who managed to take some awesome shots while trying not to be blown away by the wind.

Monday, October 06, 2008

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month

Today in the mail, I received a letter from PAWS and in it they mention that just in the past month, the number of dogs and cats brought to their shelter has significantly increased because families are no longer able to afford to care for them. In several cases, these guardians have lost their homes due to foreclosure and are moving into rental properties that do not allow animals.

If you are considering adopting a pet, there is no time like the present! October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month (and heck, let's make it adopt-a-shelter-cat month too), so celebrate your love for animals with a new addition to your family.

Brandie Ahlgren, founder & editor
CityDog Magazine

We're looking for favorite treat recipes from CityDog readers!

CityDog is working feverishly on our holiday issue and it's not only going to be packed with unique gift ideas for pooches and their people, but also great winter getaways, downtown shopping tips, and more. We're also compiling some favorite treat recipes and need your help!

If you have a treat recipe you'd like to share with fellow CityDog readers, please email it to Whoknows...we might just feature it in the holiday issue of CityDog Magazine and send you a treat of your own!

Brandie Ahlgren, founder & editor
CityDog Magazine

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Cover dog model search at Fremont Oktoberfest raises close to $1,000

It was another successful CityDog cover dog model search! Dogs of all shapes and sizes turned out at Fremont Oktoberfest to strut their stuff on the catwalk for the coveted cover of Seattle's own CityDog Magazine. Thank you to all of the contestants who helped raise close to $1,000 for a great organization, Reading With Rover.

Alas, there can only be one winner and that dog is Django, pictured here! We have one more model search to go this weekend at FidoFEST then we'll take the winners from each event held in and around Seattle this summer and ask you to vote for the winning dog to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine. It's very exciting!

And, ALL of the dogs -- every single one entered in a model search -- will be featured in the Winter 2008-'09 issue as well as in our NEW 2009 "CityDogs" Calendar!
To check out all of the canine contestants from the Oktoberfest cover dog model search, click here. Be sure to view it as a slideshow to get the full effect!

To register your dog for the CityDog Cover Dog Model Search at FidoFEST this Saturday, click here. This is the last chance for your pooch to be in the 2009 "CityDogs" Calendar. To pre-order your calendar, click here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Pre-order your 2009 "CityDogs" calendar online!

We're live...! Simply click here to pre-order your 2009 "CityDogs" Calendar online today!

Pre-order your "CityDogs" Calendar today!

The NEW 2009 "CityDogs" Calendar featuring the gorgeous photography of J. Nichole Smith will be here soon! For the past three years, Nichole has photographed for CityDog close to 1,000 dogs in and around Seattle, so in addition to a beauty shot for each month, each day features a dog's smiling face -- all 365 days and then some! These are your dogs. These are your neighbors' dogs. These are your friends' dogs. These are your fellow dog park dogs. These are your CityDogs!

To pre-order your calendar, please click HERE. Calendars are just $19.99 plus tax/S&H. And, there is no limit to your order if you want to order some as gifts! Simply include a list of names and addresses plus a short greeting and we'll take care of the rest in time for the holidays!