Bark For Life of Jax

Join us for Jacksonville’s fourth annual Bark For Life! Bark is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honoring the life-long contributions of our canine caregivers, as well as survivors and canines we’ve lost to cancer.

We’ll have treats for humans and puppies, alike! Come check out our sponsors and vendors – coming soon – and have some fun barking back at Cancer with us!

Hü Poupe’d

By Anonymous / Originally published in Unleash Jacksonville, DUTY issue

*Not the actual culprit in THIS story

We’ve recently started using this adorable little french phrase in our home—Hü Poupe´d. I don’t expect you to be able to pronounce it—it’s rathar fancy-pants—but, roughly, it translates to “who pooped” in English. I personally like to say it three times in a row, while looking at my suspects directly into their eyeballs. Surprisingly enough, in our house, the one who doesn’t look away is most often the one hü poupe´d (he’s a brazen boydog and uses the “But I’m Paralyzed” card every. single. time.)

We don’t really need to ask this question. It’s always that same guy. We ask it, hoping for some sign of remorse, as he will stare back at me—through me really—as if to say, Yah I did it and it was awesome. And guess what? In about three hours … gonna do it again. {shrug} Let me know if you wanna watch.

So … I mean … I’m not sure if you’ve ever allowed anyone to go number two in your home consistently and repeatedly, but if not, I’ll give you an insider’s perspective—it makes you feel downright disgusting. It makes you want to wash your feet sixteen times a day, that’s for sure, and it makes you not want to have anyone over for a decent lasagna dinner.

During a recent storm, I was looking for one of our pups who tends to be frightened, and I took a little look-see under my bed. That’s when life changed forever. I did find him there, curled up in his safe zone …. but I also found something else—well, let’s see … imagine the biggest turd you can think of. Go ahead and multiply it by two and add six. It was massive, it was impressive. Huh. I wonder how long that’s been there, I whispered out loud to no one. And then, crouched there, gazing under my bed at the silhouette of a massive turd … I wondered how I got here. Not knowing how long a turd has been under my bed?! That’s ludacris. I’ve always known how long turds have been under my bed. When did this happen to me and is this how it’s just going to be from now on? How did I not smell it and am I still a good person? (It feels really good to talk about all this—my stinky little secret. Go ahead—tell all your perfect friends that Anonymous is absolutely hideous.)

Since starting to care for this dog who can’t help but accept—nay, be proud of—what he can’t control, I’m begrudgingly learning the same. Ugh, life lessons are so dumb sometimes. I don’t like it. But I do like him. As part of our System of Containment, there is a garbage bag-sized bag of dog poop on my front porch. You do what you gotta do. What of it? Keeps the peeping Toms from staying to long.

I’ve come to realize the answer to my questions, following the discovery of MegaTurd (except how did I not smell it). This has happened to me because, as much as I may want to just take off in a jet plane some days, I’m not a deserter (However, I am a desserter, by the by. Anything warm and chocolate-y.) I love my dogs through thick and thin; barf piles and endless mounds of poo-nami; even old age, I know that’s a crazy notion for some. So, accepting what I cannot immediately change, I better invest in a good steamer and, yah. I do think I’ll check under the bed more often. •

5th annual Bark For Life of Jacksonville

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fun event for dogs and their owners to visit Jacksonville’s first indoor/outdoor dog park and craft beer/coffee bar, plus check out local vendors and services, all while raising funds and awareness for ACS.

Christmas Portraits at Pet Super Market!

Christmas pictures with Santa (or without) for your pet and smaller sized family. $35.00 for one pet OR group (if you have multiple pets). Additional $10 fee added for “individual” pose pictures of pets in multiple pet families.

Pups and Sups Dog Surfing Contest

Join us for a fun day on the water surfing with your 4-legged friends to benefit K9s For Warriors. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY for your dog to enter to win! Prizes will be awarded for all divisions and the best dressed surfer dog.

$40 / PAW-ticipant. Registration is per dog, not people. You can have as many people attend as you like. Register here:

****Registration is limited to the first 40 Paw-ticipants, so make sure you pre-register for the event!

***Check-in Time:
8:30 am-9:00 am. All contestants must check-in at least 1 hour before their heat. Be ready with surf competitors in the waiting zone prior to your heat. Heats will not be delayed for late arrivals. Dog owners / handler teams of TWO and a dog (no entourages) will enter judging zone and meet the judges prior to entering the water dog handler and catcher and dog must wear the same color bandanna for visibility in the water.

Competition Start Time: 9:00 AM

Weight Divisions / Heats:
Large dogs (51 + lbs.)
Medium dogs (21 lbs. – 50 lbs.)
Small dogs (20 lbs. and under)

All SUP PAW-ticipants will compete with other dogs in the same weight division. They may be launched by their owners OR a handler if the wish. One finalist in each weight division will progress to the finals.

Water Support Teams:
To make sure the judges can see the action and score dogs accordingly, each PAW-ticipants will be allowed: Team of Two”‘ (1) handler/launcher and (1) assistant/catcher.

In addition, a volunteers will be available for catching dog’s closer to shore. Volunteer will meet you and your dog before each heat; owner/handler will debrief on how to handle the dogs and retrieve the surfboard and re-entry into the waves. Volunteers will assist in catching dogs as they come in, If no assistance is needed please kindly inform the staff. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for immediate disqualification and/or If no assistance is needed please kindly inform the staff. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for immediate disqualification and/or expulsion from event.

All dogs MUST wear a life vest while paddling and surfing. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE. This is for the safety of all PAW-ticipants and their team. All dogs, handlers and designated catcher must wear contest-provided Bandanna so they are visible by judges. Colors are assigned for each comPAWtitor. Leashing dogs to the board is not allowed. Dogs should be under voice command, though leashes can be hooked on the lifejacket used to catch dogs from running once on-shore. No choke chains, prong/pinch or rope collars allowed while surfing. Training/slip collars used in the water will result in a 2pt deduction

Scoring/Judging Criteria:
We want this to be a learning and fun opportunity for the teams with no pressure. The judges will score on: the biggest wave, longest ride, best style laying down, sitting or standing, best wipe out, and biggest crowd pleaser. We hope to start something fun that you and your sur-fur can do together.

Who is K-9’s for Warriors?
This worthy cause raises, trains and provides service animals for returning military personnel with Post-traumatic Stress. From PTSD to brain injuries and more, these hard-working dogs are dedicated to helping our Military warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Whether you participate in our competition, donate your time or money, or simply join us for a fun day on the beach, your support is greatly appreciated. Find out more at