In its Annual Selection of the 50 Best Magazines the Chicago Tribune Picked BARK from over 17,600 Titles; Bark Introduces New Holiday Gift Items

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With 377 million pets in the U.S. today, BARK’s Goodie Gift bag provides the solution to gift giving. This holiday season, BARK encourages buyers to repeat their motto, “Dog is my co-pilot™.” Billed as “The New Yorker of dog magazines,” by Time magazine, it brings readers a literate and entertaining approach to canine culture through essays, stories, poetry, reviews, interviews and artwork.

With summer barely over, Americans are already gearing themselves up for the 2006 holiday season, psyching themselves up to brave the elements, over-crowded stores, traffic snarls, and parking restrictions, with one goal — the perfect gift for loved-ones, friends and colleagues.

With 377 million pets in the U.S. today (compared with 290 million people ), BARK’s Goodie Gift bag provides the solution to gift giving. This holiday season, BARK encourages buyers to repeat their motto, “Dog is my co-pilot™.”

Perfect Presents for any Dog Lovers include:

  •     Goodie Gift Bag — a year subscription, Dog is my co-pilot™ Gear; including a T-shirt, bumper sticker, a box of delicious dog biscuits and the New York Times best-selling book Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship, for $42.00.
  •     Book + Combo package — a one year subscription, a copy of Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship (a New York Times best-selling book), for $26.95.

For nearly 10 years, BARK has been capturing new readers and continues to entertain their loyal fans. Billed as “The New Yorker of dog magazines,” by Time magazine, it brings readers a literate and entertaining approach to canine culture through essays, stories, poetry, reviews, interviews and artwork. It offers fresh viewpoints on emerging social and behavioral issues, ideas on health, recreation and activism while focusing on the relationship between humans and dogs.

O, The Oprah Magazine reported the publication a “must-read magazine for mutt lovers!” BARK has featured the works of Rick Bass, Pam Houston, Amy Tan, Maxine Kumin (Pulitzer Prize winner), Ann Patchett, and Augusten Burroughs. Co-founder and editor Claudia Kawczynska reported, “Actor Viggo Morentsen has recently contributed a poignant essay we are thrilled to include in our Sept./Oct. 2006 issue.”

USA Network’s host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, David Frei, gives subscriptions as a surefire gift to his dog-loving friends adding, “…I think the Bark’s stories emphasize the relationships that we have with our dogs in our daily lives.”

(Available online at; http://www.thebark.com, by phone at 1.877.227.5639, or for mail order via 2810 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710)

ABOUT BARK MAGAZINE:

BARK, the expert voice of modern dog culture that Esquire magazine called “The coolest dog magazine ever!,” was co-founded in 1997 by Claudia Kawczynska, (Editor) and Cameron Woo, (Publisher) in Berkeley, California. It began life as an advocacy newsletter for off-leash parks but soon connected with a national audience and a broad range of canine-related topics. A sampling of Bark’s content and e-store can be found on the award-winning website, http://www.thebark.com. BARK will be celebrating its 10-Year-Anniversary in 2007.

BARK, Kawczynska, and Woo have been featured by the following outlets; Time Magazine (reporting on the economic and consumer growth of the pet industry), The New York Times (discussing the effects and rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and how the media reports on animal issues), Money Magazine (providing information on spending trends and cost saving tips in the pet world), “NPR “Talk of the Nation,” (discussing of Bark’s Winter 2005 cover story on the animals of Katrina and how people and their pets recovered and were reunited) The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Weekend (feature commentary on assessing the importance of pets in our lives), Utne Reader (Bark received the 2004 Independent Press Award and the 2000 Alternative Press Award), and more.    

For further media needs, please contact Kristen Green of Kristen Green Public Relations at (415) 567-2999.

Goodie Gift Bag — a year subscription, a copy of Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship (a New York Times Best-selling book), a T-shirt, bumper sticker, and a box of delicious dog biscuits for $42.00.

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