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Draw the Dog
A worthy web destination for dog lovers.

I love dogs—that’s obvious. And I love cartoons. I honestly believe these are two of the sublime pleasures in life. So the day I discovered Draw the Dog counts as a banner day. The website is a collection of cartoons drawn daily by ex-Disney animator Jim George. The old school drawings are animated, and appear on the screen as if they are being drawn in the moment. You see Buzz, a running dog; then, a leash appears in his mouth (oh no!); then, a forlorn, jogging-suited person scrambles after him—as the landscape of a park fills in around the ill-fated pair. Sigh. I’ve been there.

So has the real Buzz in Baton Rouge, La., on whom the cartoon is based. This is one of the other wonderful aspects of the site—most of the cartoons are based on the for-real adventures of actual pups. George invites guardians to send in their true stories as inspiration for images. (Details here.) If your story inspires a cartoon, your pooch will be credited appropriately for digging through the garbage, peeing in your lap, playing tug-of-war with the towel on your head. You’ll be so proud.

Check it out!

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

Cartoon courtesy of Jim George, Drawthedog.com.

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Submitted by Carolyn | November 28 2009 |

Absolutely a very cool site. I had no problem coming up with a little story for him about my (dearly departed)Suki. To think she might inspire a cartoon ...!

Submitted by Carolyn | December 10 2009 |

Follow up: I ended up subscribing and I just can't recommend "Draw the Dog" enough. It is laughing-out-loud FUNNY. Thanks for sharing this one, Lisa, it is a real find.

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