A regal pose. Photo submitted by Suzy from Redding.
In early 2012, we went walkabout in the iTunes store on a mission to sniff out the best dog apps for iPhone and iPad. What we found fell into three basic categories: fun, practical, and—make no bones about it—just plain gimmicky. We recently checked up on our favorites (for Android as well as Apple devices) and uncovered some new gems worth barking about.
Photo by Sameer
Websites optimized for smartphones are gaining ground on phone-only apps these days, giving consumers two ways to play. Such is the case with DogVacay
, a pair of websites and associated apps (free) that aim to match traveling dog owners with host families nationwide. more »
Sunset walk at Point Pinole. Photo by Hilary.
Walking is as good for you as it is for your dog, and with Walk For A Dog
, a new fundraising app from WoofTrax,
every step you take translates into money earned for local shelters and rescue groups. more »
Pet First Aid: Pet emergencies can occur any time, anywhere, and having a first-aid reference at your fingertips can save time—or your pet’s life—as you head to the vet. Jive Media’s app is hands-down the most comprehensive and intuitive canine first-aid app on the market. more »
Dog Sounds & Body Talk: Watch your dog’s ears perk up—or lay down, as the case may be—when you expose her to the primal sound of a howling wolf, the squeaking of a squirrel, the meow of a cat, the din of a pounding thunderstorm and other sounds geared to elicit a reaction. more »
AKC Dog Breeds: Curious about that fluffed-up pooch you saw on TV or the sleek, racy looking dog you saw at the dog park? This app responds to our curiosity about canines with photos, histories and standards for the 173 AKC-recognized breeds. more »
Pet Finder: “Shopping” is a word we’d rather apply to groceries than to the process of selecting a four-legged family member, but that’s pretty much what the mobile version of the worthy website does. more »
Social-media lovers have more ways to play now that apps like Dogbook, the mobile connection to Facebook’s dog community, have gained some maturity. more »
Our 2012 newsletter on dog-related apps was one of our most popular stories, so in this issue we've included updates on our favorites. more »
It's a sweet thing when people with special needs and homeless dogs come together and help each other out. That's what happens at Marin-based Jessica's Haven and Rescue, whose philosophy for their helpers with autism and other disabilities is "to be responsible for yourself, to be responsible to others, and to be responsible for something else" — in this case, rescue dogs. more »