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Your Monday Dose of Cute: Barkbox Teams Up With Dallas Animal Shelter

Pita is available for adoption at Dallas DogRRR.
Pita is available for adoption at Dallas DogRRR. courtesy Bark
A handful of Dallas rescue pups got ready for their closeups this month when Bark, the company behind pet-oriented subscription service Barkbox, partnered with a local animal rescue service to promote its new line of toys.

The company forewent "professional" dog models to market its "Lights, Camera, Bark" line of toys because "shelter pups are often only one good photo away from finding a new family," according to the press release.

Bark sent professional photographers to dog rescues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, where it teamed up with Dallas DogRRR, founded in 2012 by Marina Tarashevska.

Observer readers may be familiar with Tarashevska, a subject of a 2015 cover story by Amy Martyn about volunteers who have stepped in to help with Dallas' stray animal problem. That year, Tarashevska was also at the center of a tragic incident involving Dallas Animal Services and the deaths of four Aussies.

Dallas DogRRR is run by volunteers, and its work is "collecting supplies, paying vet bills, locating foster families, facilitating adoptions," according to its website.

Keep scrolling to see pictures of the 10 dogs Bark photographed for the campaign. At the time of writing, Benji, Dot, Opal, Patriot, Patti, Petey, Pita, Tank and Iggy are still available for adoption. Visit to learn more about the dogs and adoption procedures.
click to enlarge Patriot - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Patti - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Benji - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Twins - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Tank - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Prince - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Dot - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Pita - COURTESY BARK
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click to enlarge Opal - COURTESY BARK
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Caroline Pritchard studied English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and in 2012 returned to her hometown of Dallas, where she spends her free time seeking out new places to roller skate and play pinball.
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