Remembering R.K. Anderson
The name R.K. Anderson may not be universally known among dog lovers, but his ideas and innovations are. Anderson, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90, has promoted kindness with pets for decades, long before it was fashionable. Mocked as a “cookie pusher” a half century ago for his interest in using food instead of force to train dogs, he continued to work towards gentle treatment of companion animals throughout his career.
Double Leash Tangles Lost Dogs
I've been fortunate that none of my pets have ever run away from home. I would be unbelievably panicked if one dog was lost, so I can only imagine the heart attack Penny Blackwell was having when both of her Golden Retrievers disappeared from her yard last month in Sandwich, Mass. Complicating matters, the two dogs were attached together by a double leash, making it harder to escape any danger they might encounter.
DIY Physical Exam: An “owner’s manual” for your dog
Welcome back for the last installment of the DIY physical exam for your dog! We have reached “the tail end” of things so to speak, and will be finishing up our discussion with learning some “belly basics” as well as what to watch out for with the musculoskeletal system.
I recently saw this video of a training session focusing on transferring a cue and I was awed by it. It’s easy to read about training in a textbook, but it’s actually rare to see textbook training. This video shows trainer Laura Monaco Torelli training her Rhodesian Ridgeback Santino. She is transferring his visual cue, which tells him to spin in a circle to the right, to the verbal cue “twist.” I thought the training was so beautiful that I want to share it.
New Royal Rescue
I always knew that rescue dogs were special and, having recently added my first shelter pup to the family, I've become more aware of the joys of adopting. Rescuing animals has become more popular and mainstream in recent years, perhaps due in part to the many celebrities who've done a great job of promoting pet adoption.
In the U.K., Queen Elizabeth is well known for her pedigreed Corgis, but I was delighted to learn about some of the royal pups with more humble beginnings.
Michael Vick Has a New Dog
When Michael Vick mentioned over the summer in an interview with Piers Morgan that he would like to have another dog someday, many people reacted with concern and even revulsion. (Vick served 18 months in federal prison on dog fighting charges.
Strong Bond Takes a Pup Miles from Home
When John Dolan was admitted to New York's Good Samaritan Medical Center earlier this month, his Husky, Zander, started whining and moping around the house. After a few days, the 7-year old dog went missing. It wasn't unusual for the furry escape artist to slip out the back door unnoticed, but John's family was shocked to find Zander at the hospital.
The Dogs We Need: Two Views
As an avid Bark reader who frequently hikes with my dog, I was so excited to see that this issue prominently featured exploring nature with your dog. I see the opportunity to share wild spaces with other hikers and wildlife as a privilege, not an innate right. This means following leash laws and not allowing my dog to be a nuisance to other hikers and wildlife on the trail.
Thought you might enjoy my input for your article about having a pack of dogs ("The Pack Is Back", March 2012). When I was development director for Portland’s DoveLewis ER/ICU Animal Hospital, I rescued two strays. The first was Gracie, a Whippet/Pit mix. Smart, speedy, intuitive, she was my soul dog. She comforted me following the death of my “First Ever as an Adult” dog, Lion. When Lion died, I told myself I’d be just a one-dog girl for a while.
Rescue Protocol: Positive Experience
Growing up in Puerto Rico in the 1960s and ’70s, I was surrounded by stray dogs. My brothers and I brought home a number of “sato” street puppies over the years, but we were not allowed to keep them. Finally, when we were teenagers and my parents were out of town for the weekend, a dog followed my brother home from the beach. We plotted and schemed to keep the dog, and we were successful! And so began my life, with rescued dogs in it.