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‘Canines of New York’ Tells the Stories of 500 NYC Dogs Through Photos

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‘Canines of New York’ Tells the Stories of 500 NYC Dogs Through Photos

New York City is a vibrant, cutting-edge metropolis that’s home to millions of people — and about 425,000 dogs. To get some insight into the city’s canine residents, Brooklyn-based photographer Heather Weston got on their level (literally) and captured them in the pages of her book, Canines of New York. The end result is a whopping 500 photos of adorable pups across all five boroughs, plus info on each dog’s name, breed and some commentary from their two-legged companions.

Meet a few dogs from the book right here and pick up a copy of Canines of New York on Amazon.comCanines of New York is published by BlueStreak Books.

Gizmo, Bronx

Gizmo, Bronx.

Photography by Heather Weston.

Jaxx, Staten Island.

Jax, Staten Island.

Photography by Heather Weston.

North, Brooklyn Heights.

North, Brooklyn Heights.

Photography by Heather Weston.

Pretzel, Manhattan, Wall Street.

Pretzel, Manhattan, Wall Street.

Photography by Heather Weston.

Sawyer, Queens.

Sawyer, Queens.

Photography by Heather Weston.

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Meet the Dog Who Helps Country Star RaeLynn Manage Her Diabetes

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Meet the Dog Who Helps Country Star RaeLynn Manage Her Diabetes

When country singer RaeLynn climbs aboard her tour bus, the Type 1 diabetic knows she can count on her German Shepherd Dog to protect her from low blood sugar — and lonely nights. “Jazz has been a lifesaver in so many ways,” the 23-year-old Texas native tells Dogster.

RaeLynn and Jazz: Love at First Sight

RaeLynn and Jazz the dog.

RaeLynn and Jazz the dog. Photography courtesy RaeLynn.

His musical name isn’t what you’d expect to see on the tag of a dog whose human opened for Blake Shelton, but according to RaeLynn, 5-year-old Jazz welcomes a little improvisation and lives up to his moniker. “Jazz is pretty laid-back; he kind of goes with the flow,” she explains. The “WildHorse” singer — who shot to fame as a contestant on The Voice in 2012 — brought Jazz home one year ago, just as her husband, Joshua Davis, embarked on a military career that would see the couple separated for months at a time.

Already a pet parent to a Chihuahua named after country legend Dolly Parton, RaeLynn was looking for a bigger dog who could alert her if her blood sugar dropped and help her feel safe no matter where her tour bus is stopped. After connecting with a German Shepherd Dog trainer, RaeLynn was introduced to her future BFF, Jazz. According to the singer, the well-trained dog was looking for a new home, as his first family was moving and couldn’t keep him. “I was just gonna get a new dog, a puppy — maybe a year old. But Jazz was 4 years old when we got him,” she says. “It was definitely a win-win.”

It was also love at first sight. RaeLynn recalls feeling an immediate connection with Jazz, which was thankfully reciprocated. The trainer wanted to make sure Jazz wanted RaeLynn as much as she wanted him, and not only did Jazz fall for RaeLynn but for Joshua and Dolly as well.

“He probably loves my husband more than he loves me,” says the singer, who adds that she didn’t expect Jazz to click with his new Chihuahua sibling quite as much as he does. She recalls an enthusiastic reunion between the two dogs after a particularly busy month of touring saw Dolly take a break from the road at RaeLynn’s mom’s house.

“When I brought Dolly back, Jazz licked her face for 10 minutes,” she says. “He’d missed her so bad!”

Jazz on Tour

Jazz accompanies RaeLynn on tour.

Jazz accompanies RaeLynn on tour. Photography courtesy RaeLynn.

Dolly shares a bunk with Jazz on the tour bus, but she’s not the only one who likes sleeping with him. RaeLynn describes Jazz as a comforting, nearly human-sized teddy bear whose one fault is following and (accidentally) tripping her if she gets up for a late-night bathroom break. It’s no accident that he’s also trained to get up if the singer’s blood sugar drops. The first time that happened, Jazz alerted her so early RaeLynn didn’t realize what was happening.

“Jazz woke up and was licking my hand, and I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I didn’t know if he needed to go potty or what — but then I checked my blood sugar, and it was low.”

While Jazz does accompany RaeLynn to songwriting sessions, he takes a break when she performs for crowds. The singer says Jazz gets nervous when she’s onstage, so he chills out in the bus or the green room while she’s singing. RaeLynn takes extra care to monitor her blood sugar before leaving Jazz to take the stage and feels better knowing he’s with her when the bus pulls out after a performance.

“He makes me so much more confident in the areas that I’m at,” she says. “It’s just like having a piece of home when I’m traveling, and I love that.”

Behind RaeLynn’s songs

RaeLynn and her family.

RaeLynn and her family. Photography courtesy RaeLynn.

After finding fame as a teen on the second season of The Voice, RaeLynn spent years working on her first studio album, WildHorse, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2017.

The singer co-wrote all but one of the songs on the record, including the LP’s first single, “Love Triangle.” The emotional lyrics tell a story of divorce from a child’s perspective and were inspired by the singer’s own childhood.

Fan favorite “Lonely Call” is the second single from the record, released in the summer of 2017. Autobiographical like its predecessor,”Lonely Call” was prompted by the end of a romance in the age of smartphones. The breakup ballad has a real-life happy ending, as the man who inspired it is now RaeLynn’s husband.

Heather Marcoux is a freelance writer and country music fan. Her dogs, GhostBuster and Marshmallow, are on Instagram as @ghostpets. Heather is on Twitter at @HeatherMarcoux.

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Fetch Chronicles a Complicated Relationship With a Troubled Dog

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Fetch Chronicles a Complicated Relationship With a Troubled Dog

This graphic novel chronicles the author’s relationship with her troubled dog, Beija — a Shar-Pei/Corgi mix prone to growling and attacking. Nicole was 16 when she adopted Beija and was quite troubled herself. For the next 15 years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Throughout Nicole’s depression, bad relationships and unmoored young adulthood, Beija was there, helping her. Nicole turned to veterinarians, dog whisperers and even a pet psychic to help “cure” Beija, but she eventually realized that a relationship full of love, compassion and understanding is what they both needed. And although Nicole never successfully taught Beija to sit, in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.

Fetch | by Nicole J. Georges. $17.95. Mariner Books; hmhco.com

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How Foster Fur Kids is Changing the Rescue Community

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How Foster Fur Kids is Changing the Rescue Community

As a “temporary mom” to various foster kittens (as well as “mom” to four cats), fostering is something near and dear to my heart.

Actress and animal advocate Alison Eastwood is known for her nonprofit animal rescue organization Eastwood Ranch Foundation. Its goal is to rescue animals from high-kill shelters as well as to reduce pet overpopulation and increase pet adoptions through campaigns, events, education, spay/neuter programs and rescue partnerships.

Now, Alison has launched Foster Fur Kids, a cutting-edge national database that has the potential to change the rescue community forever. It connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters. Anyone interested in becoming a foster can sign up to connect with rescue groups and shelters. Fosters can set up their own profile and list preferences including the type of animal they’d like to foster, breed, age, temperament, energy level and the length of time they can foster.

“Being a foster is a great way to have a dog or cat without the expense and long-term commitment,” Alison says. “Every pet placed in a foster home opens up valuable space for a rescue organization to take in another shelter animal before they’re euthanized.”

The database gives animals temporary homes and a chance at life — helping to ease the overpopulation of animals at U.S. shelters and rescues. Fostering helps keep open spaces for rescue organizations without their own facilities that rely almost exclusively on fosters. Rescues signed up with FosterFurKids.com supply food, beds, leashes, bowls, litter and vet care. And the database is free. People can also pledge or donate toward a specific pet’s foster fund through a link on the individual pet’s profile page. For more information, visit fosterfurkids.com or eastwoodranch.org.

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