Wunderdog is a magazine for good dogs and good humans. Wunderdog is silly and playful, heartfelt and joyful – if a dog playing in a mud puddle would launch an independent magazine, it would be Wunderdog.
Launched online in August 2016 by Nina May, a writer and editor, and her dog Pippa, a senior rescue collie cross, a printed quarterly magazine will follow and be published alongside the website from north-east London. While first for dogs and second for beauty, Wunderdog welcomes pitches for words, photography and illustrations that are light, bright and thoughtful.
Wunderdog is dedicated to all the underdogs and wunderdogs, be they canine or human. The ones who follow their instincts rather than the mainstream and who live for the present rather than worry about the subjunctive. Wunderdog people are kind: we know that life is better with a dog, and in return we seek to make life better for dogs. When we can, we help dogs, and we stand up for animal welfare. Dogs are family and we love to spoil them, but we also know that dogs will be dogs. One of their greatest gifts is the stoic appreciation of the simple things. Following their lead can alleviate loneliness and depression. For every dark day in a human soul, there is a dog paw that drags us out, to look at the sky and breathe, to chat to a stranger or stare at a beautiful tree. And then it will all be ok again. Dogs can teach us happiness, so let’s create happiness for them.
A writer and editor, Nina definitely wanted a rescue Westie when she went freelance some 10 years ago. But then a skinny, ginger, shy foster dog called Pippa turned up and changed everything. Having grown up in Germany with a dachshund and assorted other pets, Nina worked in TV covering news and fashion for five years and has been a freelance correspondent and sub-editor ever since. In 2011, she did a Philosophy MA for no particular reason, and now employs these learnings in Ponderdog comics. Wunderdog is her pet project.
Pippa is a senior collie cross, who came to Nina as a rescue dog. Having rescued her from a dull, fur-free life full of work, Pippa has lead the way towards happiness in mud. As the fictional author of The 1,000-hour Belly Rub and its follow-up success, Keep Rubbing, this fox lookalike regularly leads field trips to muddy ponds and sandy beaches. Despite Pippa's extensive catalogue of ailments, she is happy to share her wisdom, though not her treats. Read her advice on the 'What Would Pippa Do?' page.
Pippa's best friend since Pearl was a puppy, no trip would be complete without her wet beard, sweet nature and gentle snore. Pippa taught her how to swim, and in return Pearl shares her food (by which we mean "doesn't fight back when Pippa steals it"). This Miniature Schnauzer has 12 babies, but then she's a pub dog, so things happen. Many of her children still call and see her.