Monday, June 29, 2009

Pabst wins world's ugliest dog contest

PETALUMA, Calif. — A prominent under-bite, scrunched face and floppy ears are the hallmarks of a winner.

The winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest, that is.

Pabst, a boxer-mix rescued from a shelter by Miles Egstad of Citrus Heights, Calif., won the annual contest on Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.

It was an upset victory for Pabst, who beat former champion Rascal, a pedigree Chinese Crested.

Pabst's owner took home $1,600 in prize money, pet supplies and a modeling contract with House of Dog.

Miss Ellie, a blind 15-year-old Chinese Crested Hairless, won the pedigree category.

Check out more photos from the contest here. (Hilarious!)

(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Contest entry all the way from Switzerland!

Loki is an Alaskan malamute. He came into my life in 1999 as a rescue dog, from the PAWS shelter in Lynnwood, Washington.

He came to me malnourished -- he'd been a stray in the woods outside of Seattle for so long hiscoat and skin were mildewed from the rain. In the past ten years, Loki has been with me through a divorce, 5 moves, 3 round-trip cross-country (USA) drives, helped me care for my mother while she was ill with esophageal cancer, and now lives with me in Geneva Switzerland.

He would sit on the porch with Mom, and have sandwiches with her, when I lived there in her last months. She'd tell him all kinds of good stories about growing up with rabbits and chickens and he'd listen, his head at her feet, awaiting the next bit of sandwich.

When I got the chance to move to Geneva, I knew he'd like the snow in winter better than the Seattle rain, and the freedom to come to restaurants and to work with me. As he is my best friend, hiking buddy, snowshoe pal, and my favorite listener, he's changed my life by giving me an insight into patience and unconditional love.

Lynn and Loki

If you would like to enter for the chance to win one flavor each of Wellness WellBars, simply email us a photo of your dog(s) and in 100 words or less, tell us how they've changed your life.


Friday, June 26, 2009

CityDog Muttmixer and Emma

Last Wednesday, CityDog Magazine celebrated its fourth anniversary with a Summer Muttmixer at Seattle's Rock Bottom Brewery. I have to say, it was a huge success, with hundreds of pooches and their peeps turning out to mix and mingle, sip cocktails and swap doggie tales. Thanks to everyone who attended!

However, one particular four-legged guest caught my attention and my heart: Emma, a gorgeous pitbull mix who has been looking for her forever home for over a year now. Currently, she resides at the Seattle Animal Shelter, but her volunteer handler thought it important to get Emma out of the shelter to show off her sweet and social personality. She definitely won me over!

If you would like to learn more about Emma on, please click here.

Photos by Emily Rieman, BestFriend Photography.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

You are invited to CityDog's Summer Muttmixer!

To view our invitation online, click here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Seattle Animal Shelter's Furry 5k this Sunday!

10th Annual Furry 5k Fun Run and Walk


The annual Furry 5k Fun Run and Walk is a fabulous event, raising money for the shelter's Help the Animals Fund, which provides veterinary care and supplies for sick, injured or abused orphaned animals. The Seattle Animal Shelter takes in nearly 8,000 animals annually. Of those, many receive the lifesaving care they need thanks to the generous donations of individuals and companies like you! With annual veterinary expenses of approximately $100,000, every dollar raised counts! So, join the fun with your furry, four-legged friends and help raise money for animals!

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