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Welcome to A Dog’s Dish! Life in the digital dog age

There are massive amounts of information out there aimed at both dog owners and dogs, through our online and off-line experiences we wade through it and report back to you.

This covers products (toys, food, gadgets, tech, etc), travel, reviews, rescues and adoption, handicapped or disabled dogs, charities, other sites, events, some humor and more. Of particular interest to us: living with two very different dogs and the craziness that can bring, and helping people open their minds and hearts to adopting black, older or disabled dogs. There’s something wonderful about adopting the “imperfect dog.”

Spurred on by the adoption of a dog involved in an international story, this site is something we’ve been wanting to do in some shape or format for a couple years. In the late 1990’s, I adopted an abused pit bull that was dumped, lived on her own for a few months, was saved by the police and after lots of training and patience became a fabulous breed ambassador. Sharing her story was always something I wanted to do, but didn’t have the outlets that are available today — and pit bulls weren’t always a message people wanted to hear.

Fast forward to today, I have another dog in my life that has a story – as they all do – but the media has picked up on this one positively, and for the most part, people have been supportive as well. Again I feel the strong responsibility to let his story help other dogs in need.

Gwynne The human behind A Dog’s Dish, loves her dogs, social media, and sharing stories. It makes sense for a person who has always been a news junkie, voracious reader, and animal lover. Career-wise, her background includes marketing and managing her family’s New England gift store and cafe, as well as media relations and sports writing from studying Sport Communication at a Big Ten school. She has lived in NC for nearly 11 years and worked in licensing and marketing within the NASCAR industry, handling the accounts of some of the sport’s biggest teams and drivers. Her experience also includes over four years with an integrated marketing communications agency primarily focusing on CPGs for a major American clothing brand; she now contracts for that major brand in Creative Services. For fun, she has the best time spending time with her dogs, traveling, working on genealogy/research, and learning about the latest in social media/tech news.

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Finn living up to one of her nicknames, Arctic Finn.

Finn Adopted March 2009 from an overcrowded North Carolina shelter, she was about 5 months old and listed as a sheepdog. She looked like a giant beagle or foxhound mix, her supposed littermates were much larger and shaggier and more closely fit the sheepdog bill. She’s pretty fearful of things, we joke she’s Chicken Little and her thought bubble constantly says ‘the sky is falling’ – but once she realizes that it won’t kill her, she’ll settle down. She doesn’t bark or flip out, but will shake and hide by the fridge and prepare to die. She loves to smell the air, ride in the car, desserts, and sweet potato fries – after all, she is a true southern girl. Dislikes: ceiling fans, the UPS truck, fire trucks, thunder, the Swiffer, moving vans, boxes, poster tubes…

 

 

 

Malchik enjoying a restaurant patio.

Malchik Adopted April 2014 from the Washington Animal Rescue League after coming to America from Sochi, Russia. He’s one of the first dogs saved from the Winter Olympics cull in Sochi and the efforts from PovoDOG. HSI (Humane Society International) worked with the group and the Russian government to get 10 dogs over to the US in the first shelter-to-shelter group to get out and have a chance. Some dogs went home with athletes, some went to other countries, some were adopted by area residents. Most, however, still need help. He has a shattered hind leg that never healed properly and amputation was considered when he arrived in DC, but because he had adapted to it so well and wasn’t in pain, he still has the leg. Monitoring his activity and weight are important for his other legs and back, especially with a longer spine. He loves children, ice cream, going to work, and plays full-tilt with his toys. (He also really loves/hates squirrels.) He’s probably the happiest dog you’ll meet.