If you’re a geek, you’re part of a subculture that stakes its identity on the performative knowing of things. Especially weird things.
With all the comic book franchise movies and the release of a whole new wave of Star Wars movies, now is the perfect time for geeks to add a dog to the family (and/or starship)! But what will you name the newest addition to your enclave of eccentrics?
It’s a big decision, but there’s no need to call a meeting of the Galactic Senate (no one has the time for that); BarkPost has got you covered! We’ve surveyed the quadrant for the nerdiest nom de chiens, and we’re open-sourcing it here for you.
Poachers have shot dead a rhino after breaking into a zoo near Paris, hacking off its ivory horn with a chainsaw in the first such case in Europe.
Vince, a four-year-old white rhino, was shot three times in the head on Monday night at the rhinoceros enclosure at Thoiry zoo, situated at the back of the compound's African Animal Park Reserve.
Zoo keepers only made the macabre discovery of the dead white rhino, which had been a resident since 2015, on Tuesday morning.
Thoiry zoo described the attack as a 'heinous act' on its Facebook page.
“Vince was found this morning by his carer who, very attached to animals, is deeply affected," it wrote.
“This heinous act was carried out despite the presence of five members of the zoological staff living on site and surveillance cameras.”
It added: “The other two white rhino living in Thoiry, Gracie 37 years old and Bruno 5 years of age, have escaped the massacre and are safe and sound."
Thierry Duquet, the zoo director, said that the "extremely shocking" attack was a first in Europe.
"The criminals broke several security systems.They shot Vince dead and cut off one of his horns, probably with a chainsaw."
"His second horn was only partially cut, which suggests that the criminals were interrupted or that their material was defective."
There are around 21,000 white rhinos in the world, with those in the wild mainly living in South Africa and Uganda, but the species is under threat from poaching.
The white rhino is particularly vulnerable, because it is generally not aggressive and has poor eye-sight.
Rhino horns are highly prized in traditional Asian medicine for their alleged qualities as an aphrodisiac, and are ground into a fine powder or compacted into tablets to treat various conditions, including loss of libido.
Rhinoceros horns can fetch up to £180,000 on the black market.
The bulk of horns are poached in South Africa, which saw 1,175 rhinos killed for their ivory in 2015 alone.
There have been cases of horns swiped from stuffed animals before, but this is the first known case in Europe of one being killed for its ivory in a zoo.
When the job is chasing down tennis balls, really who better to hire than a dog?
Credit: Brazil Open/Leandro Martins/DGW Comunicação
For the second year in a row, organizers of the Brazil Tennis Open will be welcoming in a group of eager canines to serve as "ball boys" during next week's tournament. But rather than merely serve as mid-match entertainment for animal-loving spectators, their participation throughout the games is about so much more.
All the pups involved have been rescued from abandonment — and now they're looking for new homes.
Credit: Brazil Open/Leandro Martins/DGW Comunicação
"No matter their origin or age, when they are loved and fed properly [rescued dogs] can be wonderful companions. [They can] play, learn new things and accomplish great deeds, " organizer Madalena Spinazzola said in a release. "They are dogs that have had difficulties in life, yes. But what we want to show is not the stories suffered in the past, rather to prove that, regardless of what they've experienced, they can be great companions today and in the future!"
Here's footage from last year's Brazil Tennis Open showing the dogs in action.
Best of all, the exposure has helped changed the lives of these pups for the better.
Last time around, every dog who participated was ultimately adopted into a forever home — and with any luck, this year will be no different.
Credit: Brazil Open/Leandro Martins/DGW Comunicação
There is so much natural beauty in the world, and most of us will never see even a fraction of it. There are always a million excuses to put off a life altering trip- money, work, kids, timing.
Life is too short to miss out on the good stuff, and even shorter for our canine companions. Put all the adult baggage aside for a while and take your best friend on the adventure of a lifetime. You won’t regret it, and your dog will never forget it.
1. Snoqualmie Mountain Pass in Washington
You’ll find all sorts of winter fun in this snowy wonderland, and you just might find yourself saying “Fido, I don’t think we’re in a wardrobe anymore….”
2. Mount Pleasent in Virginia, USA
A blanket, a view, and your dog–all you need is a snack, and you’re ready for one magical nap!
3. Banff National Park in Canada
This isn’t the dog park down the street–welcome to Canada’s oldest national park! 6,500 miles of glaciers, ice fields, and coniferous forests ready for you and your pup to explore.
4. Venice, Italy
Sit back and relax as you tour Venice in the comfort of a gondola with your furry best friend!
5. Glacier Peak in Washington, USA
Ready to say you hiked Washington’s most active volcano with your dog? Just remember to bring a hammock big enough for two because you will want to sit and enjoy the view.
6. Beartooth Mountains, U.S
These beautiful mountains are located in south central Montana and Northwest Wyoming. Brb civilization, strolling into the sunset with my dog #yolo
7. Naples, Italy
Take a dip in the Amalfi coast after you and your pup enjoy a big bowl of spaghetti, Lady and The Tramp style. Just don’t forget to wait 30 minutes before you swim/dog-paddle.
8. Lake Tahoe, USA
Whether you and your pup want some summer or winter fun, Lake Tahoe is enjoyable year round, and is also the largest alpine lake in North America.
9. Vienna, Austria
Howl along with your pup as you two stroll through “the City of Music.” You’re both bound to have a barking good time!
10. New England, USA
If you and your pup decide to explore historic New England, the North Eastern area of the U.S comprising of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, get ready to frolic over hundreds of beautiful bridges like the one in the picture below!
11. The Louvre in Paris, France
This central landmark in “The City of Love” is the perfect place for you and your furry best friend to ponder the wonders of art and culture.
12. Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona, USA
What better place to get down on one knee and pop a box of Milkbones than 1000 ft above the Colorado River, during sunset.
13. Warsaw, Poland
Pad through Warsaw Multimedia Fountain Park and watch the exquisite water/light show that takes place at night!
14. Great San Dunes National Park
Get ready to run across the tallest sand dunes in North America! Don’t worry, it’s unlikely you guys’ll run into any cats in this sandbox!
15. Quebec, Canada
Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and European charm of this gorgeous historic city. Oh, and heads up, you’re dog will probably want to stop for a Montreal smoked meat sandwich.
16. Portland, Maine
Visit the iconic Washington Park, or try one of the many coffee houses or microbreweries right at your paws!
17. Buffalo Peaks, Colorado, USA
Keep you’re eyes peeled for Colorado’s largest herd of bighorn sheep as you and your pups pretend like you’re on a quest through Middle Earth.
18. Luxembourg Garden in Paris, France
Tour the beautiful palace grounds of Marie de’ Medici, and pretend like it’s your home for the day. But seriously, don’t forget your dog–you can’t really pretend some place is your home if your dog isn’t there.
19. Purcell Mountains, British Columbia, Canada
Take in breathtaking views as you and your pup campaign across Canada’s southeastern mountain range.
20. San Francisco, California
Don’t furget your selfie stick! You and your pup will want a picture with this iconic Californian landmark!
21. Winter Park in Colorado, USA
Winter Park offers a variety of snow fun like skiing, and snowshoeing. It’s the perfect place for hoomans who love to be active with their pups!
22. The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy
Let your creative juices flow and see how many pics you can get of your dog “interacting” with The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
23. Cala Carbo, Spain
Drink daiquiris for two, beach-side, as you and your dog enjoy this lovely pebble beach.
24. Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada
Sit back, hand in paw, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Takakkaw Falls
25. Lake Mead, Las Vegas, USA
You and your dog can spend hours exploring the many little coves and rocky cliffs that surround Lake Mead, or you can simply relax and sunbathe on the shore.
26. Rome, Italy
With a history over 2,000 years old, Rome offers a lot to explore. That, and hundreds of pawfect photo ops between you and your dog.
27. Cyclades, Greece
Take your pup for a dip in the Aegean Sea or discover some of the countries most pawsome ruins!
28. Château in Chenonceaux, France
Pad around the grounds of this breathtaking castle and make your pup feel like King for a day!
29. Stockholm, Sweden
Walk down cobblestone streets and dip your paws into the Baltic sea! Or one of the cities many fountains…
Gaze upon St. Stephen’s Basilica or simply wonder the streets and see how many puns you can make about you’re dog “always being hungary.”
31. Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Explore long sandy beaches, a harbor, and even a lighthouse! All of which is way more fun when you have your dog walking alongside you.
33. Château des Baux in Les Baux-de-Provence, France
A day in this French fortress will have you and your dog feeling like a Stark and their Direwolf!
34. The Baltic Sea
Enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain, this Atlantic Sea is the perfect exotic destination for you and your dog.
35. Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
One of the few places in the world where you can act like that crazy dog person, and still not be the craziest person there. #VivaLasVegas
36.The Eiffe Tower in Paris, France
After gazing upon the Eiffel tower, sit down with a street artist and get a caricature drawing of you and your furry best friend (at least it’s okay if they draw your dogs nose too big).
37. Seven Sisters, Sussex
Turn on the most epic song you have and just run. Your dog will enjoy loping along your side and you will feel like a King.
Time to pack your trunk and head to Kings Cross Station in London, England! Definitely bring your dog (we all know it was a HUGE typo when Harry’s letter read “You may bring an owl, a cat, or a toad.” Since when was toad man’s best friend?)
39. Vancouver, Canada
This coastal seaport offers a beautiful city for you and your pup to explore and is also close to nature!
40. Barcelona, Spain
Nothing better than a quirky city with your quirky best friend!
41. Florida, U.S.
With beaches, theme parks, and tons of tourist activity, Florida is the perfect summertime destination for you and your pup.
42. Isle of Wight in England
Hoomans have been vacationing at this English Island since Victorian times– what are you and your dog waiting for?!
43. New York City, New York, U.S.
Explore the city that never sleeps and treat your pup to a hot-dog from one of those classic NYC hot dog stands.
44. Milan, Italy
Treat your dog (and yourself!) to an extravagant evening in the financial hub, where you will find fine dining and shopping!
45. The Northern Lights
Seeing lots of wavy gray lights in the sky is definitely on your dog’s bucket list!
46. Keyhole Hot Springs, Whistler, Canada
A dog friendly hot tub? Yes please!
47. Colorado, USA.
Just wherever these guys are. I mean c’mon. This is pawfect.
48. Yosemite National Park in California, USA
Let your dog release his inner “Call of The Wild” as you two explore one of America’s most amazing national parks.
49. Malibu Beach in California, USA
Sand in your toes (or paw pads) a nice beer (or kong), and a beautiful view? Yes please.
50. Northern Norway
Northern Norway, the three northernmost counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, offer breathtaking views for you and your pup to explore.
51. Peyto Lake in Alberta, Canada
Cozy up and enjoy the view of this magical glacier-fed lake, located in Alberta, Canada.
For wine lovers who are also dog parents, finding a winery that’s dog friendly allows you to put two things you love into one great experience! Luckily, a lot of wineries welcome dogs on their grounds, some in their tasting room and cellars, and a few even hold special dog events. Here’s a list of wineries to add to your list the next time you’re looking to do some sniffing and sipping of wine with your pup.
It’s only fitting that this winery, named after the proprietor’s adorable French Bulldog, is dog-friendly. Just visiting the website alone you’ll see pics of Frenchie the French Bulldog on nearly every page. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, bring your pups here to relax in an outdoor, shady dog suite while you sip away in the tasting room indoors.
Not only is this winery dog-friendly, but they also offer a four-hour dog-friendly hike along the Sonoma Valley floor where you can wind through oak woodlands and native grasslands. This moderately strenuous hike ends with a wine tasting and wine country lunch. Even better — a portion of the hiking fee is donated to Canine Companions and Sonoma County Humane Society.
At Dutch Henry, taste handcrafted wines at the outdoor picnic table area where dogs are welcome to relax while you take in the peaceful setting of Napa Valley. Dogs are also allowed inside the winery tasting room, except on Saturdays. Call ahead to let them know you’re bringing your four-legged friend(s) as the winery has a few resident dogs (and a couple of cats).
This organically-farmed vineyard welcomes dogs in the vineyard-view picnic areas as long as they are leashed at all times and well behaved. You can also bring your dog along the 3-miles of marked hiking trails in the private land behind the winery.
This family-owned winery in the Fingerlakes wine region let’s you bring your dog into the tasting room as long as your pup is on a leash and well behaved. They are in the process of creating a doggie rest station that will feature water for them to drink as well as a convenient poop bag disposal.
This dog-friendly winery located also located in the Finger Lakes wine region recently updated the labels on their sweet wines by adding doggie (and kitty) artwork to benefit the Tompkins County SPCA. The fun labels show their dedication to the welfare of animals.
Add yet another Finger Lakes winery to your list. Red Tail Ridge is named after two hawks who live in the woods surrounding the vineyard. Dogs are more than welcome, but for pups that aren’t well-behaved, the proprietors ask that you keep them on a leash. They also have a doggie rest stop area outside with water and poop bags.
Located on the North Fork of Long Island, Martha Clara Vineyards is known for having more dog-friendly events than another other winery in the area. Guided tours of the vineyard are offered for people and pups alike as long as you bring a non-perishable dog or cat food item for donation to a local shelter. The tours are offered during Wine Down Wednesdays where you can enjoy live music and food truck grub!
Also on the North Fork of Long Island, this sustainable wine grower welcomes dogs on leash. Palmer Vineyards hosts different wine-lover events including doggie socials on weekends to support the Riverhead Move the Animal shelter.
Located in Washington state’s Walla Walla wine region, Walla Walla Vintners welcomes dogs and humans alike with open arms. They request that dogs be on leash if the winery is busy however. Bruiser, the winery dog is happy to greet both people and pups who come to enjoy the scenery and the wines!
Also located in Walla Walla, Foundry Vineyards combines art and wine into a unique space for people and pups to experience. Dogs are allowed inside the tasting room as long as both dogs and their humans respect the staff, other visitors, and the artwork. If there’s any issue with your dog, you’ll be asked to go outside to the lovely sculpture garden.
Breaux Vineyards is located along a beautiful stretch of countryside in Virginia. Dogs are welcome at the winery but are not permitted at the winery’s festivals except for Dog Day at Breaux — an annual event with live music, food, local dog rescue organizations and vendors specializing in dog products.
Happy sniffing and sipping at these dog-friendly wineries!