Smile For a Cure is a pet portrait charity benefitting The National Canine Cancer Foundation. It is an organization comprised of a group of caring pet photographers all over the country committed to making a difference by raising funds and awareness for canine cancer. With one in every three dogs afflicted with cancer in their lives, and of those, 50% losing the battle, it is certainly a noteworthy cause. Once a year, participating Smile For a Cure pet photographers donate 100% of their session fees to The National Canine Cancer Foundation. To find a participating photographer near you, to donate, or to become a participating photographer yourself, visit the Smile For a Cure site.
I don’t think my dogs would put up with this, but Eloise is a trooper. Her mom dresses her up in all sorts of costumes and takes photos, all of which can be seen here in her Flickr set. Or, head on over to Pawesome for a great interview with the photographer and dog-mom, Bird.
London-based artist Rob Clarke has an upcoming show of dog portraits called The A-Z of Dogs at Rebecca Hossack in London.
What: The A-Z of Dogs – dog portraits by Rob Clarke
When: April 1, 2011 – April 21, 2011
Where: Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 28 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NA
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If Facebook met Groupon met Fido, it would be Pawsley. Pawsley is like a social network for dog owners and their dogs with special deals and bargains thrown into the mix. Meet other dog owners, find your dog a playfriend, or simply shop and earn points to get awesome deals on pet products. It’s still in its early stages, so if you want to get in now, request an invite code. Dog Milk has created a special deal for Pawsley members to help get you started.
Last week I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this slide show of pet photos featured in the science section of The New York Times. The topic question posed was “A Family’s Best Friend?” and it featured a series of anecdotes about how a family pet has either come between or won over challenging family members. Smiling and laughing at each caption, I was reminded of when Miles fist came into my life and the rift it caused between my fiance and I. Not only was my fiance completely opposed to owning a small dog, he resented the time and attention baby Miles required. Not to mention my need to take Miles everywhere. But after time, Miles’ love, affection, and adorable underbite won him over. Now (as evident by the photo above), they are best buddies and we are one happy little family.
So now I’m dying to know: Did any of you have to overcome the great doggy divide with your family members? Or maybe you were the one that was won over? Either way, we’d love to hear your stories.
Check out these cute dogs and this built-in dog kennel that’s part of a free-standing room designed by Dan Hisel. See more photos on Design Milk.
Although the battle for total acceptance is far from over, it is wonderful to see that more people are starting to accept the graying boundaries of what defines a family unit. I was excited when I discovered that Best in Show, one of my favorite San Francisco pet stores, had developed a private label line with products that celebrate and honor one type of modern family we’re seeing today.