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Smiling Dog: Peanut

Dog's name and age: Peanut, 14 years old

About Peanut:

Peanut now well into her senior years has degenerative myelopathy, so her back legs don't work so well anymore. The vet initially thought she might not be the type of dog to take to a doggie wheel chair, but I had faith in Peanut and decided to try. After a few false starts, she got rolling and began taking short walks around the neighborhood.

People driving by often slow their cars down to watch and cheer her on! Peanut is quite happy to take in all of the sniffs and smells through the walk. Sometimes we still visit Peanut's favorite park in the East Bay hills, where this photo was taken. Peanut enjoys a double happy bonus, because she always gets a treat once she's out of her wheels and back indoors. I've learned old dogs really can learn new tricks, and am grateful and inspired by each walk and every day we get to spend together.

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 91: Fall 2017
Fall is Here
BARK Issue 91: Fall 2017

With a nod to the fall “back to school” season, this issue’s theme is learning and discovery.

We lead off with a visit to the opening of LA’s Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, an adoption and learning center that promises to be a trendsetter not just in the humane movement, but also in the study of the importance of the human-animal bond.

Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days, so we had Christie Green share insights about this meditative practice and how our dogs can be our perfect guides. Their “otherness,” trusting natures and the very in-the-moment ways they engage with the world can help us slow down and learn to appreciate the moment ourselves. Ever had a DRI (dog-related injury)? Carol Withers has, and she’s here to tell us about the many forms it takes. Learning how serious some injuries might be can make us—yes—more mindful, and help avoid future mishaps.

From around the nation: Amy Sutherland looks at the innovative methods shelters in Texas and Colorado are employing to both find homes for dogs and to ensure that the homes are forever. Rebecca Wallick takes us to a Wyoming sanctuary that cares for retired lab animals along with offering swank accommodations for volunteers. Then, in Chicago, Julia Lane goes behind the scenes of an urban circus that promotes dog training and showcases two very talented Pit Bulls.

On the DIY scene we have easy-to-follow directions for whipping up a “snuffle mat,”—an enrichment toy for dogs to sniff out hidden treats. Behaviorist Karen London tells us how most dogs practice anger “management,” but helps us with those who still might need work. We have an in-depth look at canine dementia, and steps to recognize its symptoms and treatment.

We talk with Fern Levitt, director/writer of Sled Dogs, an engrossing, must-see documentary. She takes viewers behind-the scenes of commercial sled-dog kennels and along the course of long distance races like the Iditarod. HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle provides an insightful review of the film as well.

We cover an exhibit at DC’s National Art Gallery with works from the golden age of Dutch art. These 17th-century paintings of scenes from everyday life (“genre” art) often incorporate dogs, most of whom are Spaniels. Dogs, epitomizing loyalty and home, are familiar to a 21st-century audience too and it’s a familiarity that makes these treasures even more appealing.

So, that’s it for now. We urge you to please subscribe to our magazine, and sign up for our e-newsletters. Your support is vital to the ongoing publication of independent magazines like The Bark—we’re relying on you!

 

FEATURES

Mindfulness How to obtain bliss when walking your dog. By Christie Green

Kindness Ranch: Wyoming sanctuary that is a haven for rescued lab animals. By Rebecca Wallick

The Dog-Related Injury: Love ’em we do, but sometimes, they break the hands that feed them. By Carol Mithers

Midnight Circus: Pit Bulls steal the show and create community in parks in Chicago. By Julia Kamysz Lane

Sled Dogs: Interview with director Fern Levitt about her documentary exposé of commercial sled dog operations and the Iditarod.  + Film review by Wayne Pacelle

Exhibitions: The Golden Age of Dutch Painting from the 17th Century: Dogs are everywhere. By Sophie Ploeg

In the Borderlands: Respecting the “wild” in dogs. by Zach Fitzner

Endpiece: For the Sake of Names By Pat Tompkins

 

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

TRAINING: Teaching to Whisper A guide dog learns to modulate her vocalizing By Deborah Armstrong

ARCHITECTURE: Classic Doghouse A Frank Lloyd Wright’s design and the boy who “commissioned” it. By Susan Tasaki

HEALTH Genes at Work A new treatment enlists dogs’own immune systems to fight a deadly disease. By Alexandra Anderson

HUMANE Safe at Home: Post-adoption behavior support is a winning strategy. By Amy Sutherland

BEHAVIOR: Peeved Pups: Despite lots of reasons to do so, dogs rarely display true anger. By Karen B. London, PhD

HEALTH Canine Dementia: What it is, what you can do about it. By Susan and Michael Cain

GOOD READS: Artists and their Pets A new book on kindred spirits.

REVIEWS What It’s Like to Be a Dog by Gregory Berns ; Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima; Collared by David Rosenfelt; Waggish by Grace Chon; + Q&A with Gregory Berns

BACKSTORY William Wegman on his photography

 

DOGPATCH

Ask the Experts: Dog Park Ps&Qs

Saying good-bye to summer—photos from our readers

New Annenberg PetSpace explores the bond.

Dog Stats; HipCamp

Calorie Counter, Celebrating Black Dogs

Heidi Bekebrede’s Cuteware

Joy Sessions: honoring lives well lived.

DIY: Dog Enrichment—Tie up a Snuffle Mat by Liz Palika

Smiling Dogs: Readers’ Favorite and Always Irresistible

Barkworthies’ Winners

Dog's Life: Humane
Spirited Giving

Dogs and vodka? At first glance, an unlikely pairing. Dig a little deeper, however, and the connection emerges. Through its Vodka for Dog People program, Tito’s Handmade Vodka of Austin, Texas, pursues its mission to “unite with our friends, fans and partners to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide.”

Today, the company is honoring that mission as southeastern Texas reels from the havoc created by Hurricane Harvey. The VDP program is actively supporting the work of nonprofit Austin Pets Alive! with a $10K donation to help the organization purchase food, supplies and shelter for displaced animals, and giving locally to Wags Hope and Healing and Bailing Out Benji for food and supplies. On the people front, the company is partnering with the American Red Cross, offering a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50K (lend a hand by donating here).

Two decades ago, when Tito Beveridge got serious about bringing his artisanal vodka to the marketplace, he got equally serious about using his business to help Austin-based charities, and has been doing so ever since. Dog-lover-in-chief of a company whose employees are also devoted to the animals in their lives—“We love dogs, cats, hedgehogs, iguanas, you name it,” he says—he naturally gravitated to humane causes.

As Beveridge tells it, career-wise, he had several false starts, ventures that didn’t turn out as he’d hoped. It wasn’t until he decided to turn his avocation—crafting vodka for friends—into his life’s work that he found success. And even that didn’t come easy.

During its early years, Tito’s Handmade Vodka (the first distillery in the state of Texas) was a one-man operation. Crafting, packaging, selling, delivering, and dealing with paperwork took every minute of his time; at night, he says, he often slept at the warehouse. But, though he was the only employee, he wasn’t alone: Dogjo, his big, rescued mixed-breed, was with him every step of the way.

Because the two pals were always at the warehouse, Dogjo had most of her meals there, and Beveridge stored 50-pound bags of dog food along with the ingredients for his product. Over time, stray dogs began coming around, and Beveridge fed them as well. He could see that many of these dogs needed vet care, but he wasn’t in a financial position to provide it. Then he discovered Emancipet, Austin’s community-based, no- and low-cost spay/neuter and preventive care network.

Like Beveridge’s business at the time, the nonprofit was in start-up mode. When it was founded in 1999, its only facility was a single mobile trailer. Fast-forward 18 years, and, again like Tito’s, Emancipet is on an upward trajectory. Last year alone, more than 100,000 dogs and cats were cared for in its multiple Texas locations, mobile clinic and new treatment center in Philadelphia.

One of Emancipet’s core principles is the belief that “every pet needs and deserves high-quality veterinary care to keep them healthy and happy for their entire lives.” Putting that principle into action, the organization focuses on those for whom routine vet care is financially out of reach, or inaccessible. Each year, its vets perform thousands of surgeries, and it provides other clinics with training to improve their services and skills.

Another part of Emancipet’s success can be attributed to its skill at collaboration with groups that reach out to people in need. For example, it partners with Meals on Wheels and those who serve the homeless to help participants’ dogs and cats.

Originally, Tito’s and Emancipet bonded over dogs, but as their partnership has matured, it’s become clear that they also have other things in common, including a dedication to compassionate service. As Tito’s has flourished, the company has remained a staunch supporter of Emancipet’s work, including helping with fundraising and underwriting adoptions. The Vodka for Dog People program is part of this commitment. As Amy Mills, Emancipet’s CEO, says, “They came up with this brilliant idea of selling these … products and brands as a way to fund our expansion and really bring awareness to the fact that we want to build as many clinics as possible.”

With Vodka for Dog People, Tito’s has created a truly inspired pairing: business and heart.

News: Guest Posts
Smiling Dog: Izzy
Dog's name and age: Izzy, 6 years old   Izzy is extremely sweet and in touch with your mood often comforting when you're sick/hurt.  It took years for her to get over loud noises and to trust. It's comforting, knowing that she has trust with us and we count on her as much as her with us.  Her silliness is evident and her smile makes everyone smile.   Favorites: Izzy loves running in the field, swimming in the pond, riding in the car, or anything her people are doing.
News: Guest Posts
Smiling Dog: Mojo

Dog's name and age: Mojo, 2 years old

Adoption Story:

In February 2016, we said goodbye to a great dog. Uncomfortably dogless for the first time in my life, we started thinking about another dog. 

We decided we'd like to get a small, older dog who was calm and quiet. And then I met Mojo! Sixty pounds and only a year old. She was being fostered by a friend who suggested we take her home for the weekend to try her on for size. Needless to say, she never returned to foster care. Within days I had slapped a “Pit Bull Mom” sticker on my car and the rest is history.

More Mojo:

Mojo is up for anything whether a country strolls or city walks. Want to head to a dog park or chill on the couch? She's there. She has a fearless and joyful enthusiasm for life that is quite contagious.

News: Guest Posts
Smiling Dog: Lizzie

Dog's name and age: Elizabeth (Lizzie), 7 years old

Adoption Story:

After deciding to get a dog, we headed to the local pet store where a rescue group had two puppies, Elizabeth and Isabella (Lizzie and Izzie). My husband took one look at their paws and walked away saying those dogs are going to get really big. Of course, I couldn't walk away without at least holding a puppy. I immediately knew that was the type of connection I wanted to have with a dog. We left that day without Elizabeth and saw dogs from a few other rescue groups but I never got that feeling again. 

Two weeks later we went to an adoption event where Elizabeth, Isabella and their sister Gracie happen to be. My husband (who didn't remember these were the dogs from a few weeks ago) held up each girl. Gracie was terrified, Isabella nipped him on the nose and Elizabeth gave him kisses all over. He looked at me and said "I like this one."  We filled out the adoption papers with the rescue group that day and brought her home about a week later.

Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Summer Dog Exercise: Six Ways to Keep Fido Cool and Happy
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The best time of year is late summer –  the weather is its warmest and the days are long. Even though fall is around the corner, many states experience hot weather well into autumn. Take advantage of the gorgeous outdoors now and be active, especially with your dog! While exercise is crucial to your and your pet’s health, it’s important to remember that the soaring temperatures can be harmful and easily lead to overexertion. Your dog doesn’t need as much exercise in hot weather and should be eased into any activity during the summer. Use the Poof Pet Activity Tracker to monitor your dog’s activities and keep your dog smiling and comfortable.

Read on for six tips to keep your furry friend safe, happy, and exercised this year!

1. Become an early bird – or a night owl

If you normally go on your daily walks during the day, it might be time to set your clock back or push it forward to stroll safely. Whether you choose to get up early or stay up late, Fido will appreciate the cooler temperatures when the sun isn’t high overhead.

2. Swim in the lake…or in the kiddie pool!

It may seem like a no-brainer, but water is the perfect solution to hot weather dog exercise. Whether you live by the beach, a gentle river is a walk away, or a lake is within driving distance, getting your pup into cool water is perfect for summer. Simply do an Internet search for dog friendly beaches, lakes, or rivers in your area and get moving!

If a natural water escape isn’t nearby, try setting up a kiddie pool in your yard! This is also a great alternative for dogs who are afraid of deep or shifting water. Ramp up the fun by including water toys like floating frisbees, splash balls, and decoy ducks. Some dogs will even dive for their toys! The Poof Pet Activity Tracker is waterproof do you don’t have to worry about your furry friend jumping in the water.

3. Take to the trees for a shady forest hike

Hiking is a great source of exercise for you and for your pup. If you have any forest trails nearby, the shade can provide a perfect respite from the hot summer sun. Plus, the dirt trails stay cool and ensure that your buddy’s paws won’t get scorched!

4. Wet pup’s belly and paws to keep him cool

If your only option is to exercise when it’s hot, bring a wet, frozen cloth or a bottle of water along. The belly and paws are great areas to dampen and are more effective at keeping your dog cool than his back. Bring along extra water for drinking and a small, collapsible bowl. Remember: if you need a water break, so does your furry family member.

5. Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion

During summertime exercise, one of the most important things to watch for is heat exhaustion in your pet. Excessive panting, lethargy, confusion, and bright red gums and/or tongue are all signs of heat stroke. Additionally, if Spot lies down and refuses to get up, he needs water and a break. Never force a dog to keep going if he exhibits these signs; get him to a shady, cool place to rest and recover.

Bonus: Remember that dogs can get sunburned too! Sunscreen is crucial for dogs with sparse, light colored hair. Baby sunscreen doesn’t contain toxic chemicals and is safe to use on your pets. Just keep away from sunscreen with zinc oxide, as it is deadly to dogs if ingested. 

6. Use the Poof Pet Activity Tracker

Make sure your pup stays on a path to good health by using  Poof Pet Activity Tracker. Use this light weight device to easily monitor your dog’s everyday activity and sleep 24/7. Track your morning (or evening) walks this summer with your pup and see how many calories they burned. Keeping your pet fit and well rested is the best way to ensue your dog is happy and healthy.  Plus share your dog’s activity and photos of your adventures with other Poof Pet Parents.

Bark Readers: Save 40% off the The Poof Pet Activity Tracker with the offer code BARK40.

Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Summer Dog Exercise: Six Ways to Keep Fido Cool and Happy
SPONSORED

The best time of year is late summer –  the weather is its warmest and the days are long. Even though fall is around the corner, many states experience hot weather well into autumn. Take advantage of the gorgeous outdoors now and be active, especially with your dog! While exercise is crucial to your and your pet’s health, it’s important to remember that the soaring temperatures can be harmful and easily lead to overexertion. Your dog doesn’t need as much exercise in hot weather and should be eased into any activity during the summer. Use the Poof Pet Activity Tracker to monitor your dog’s activities and keep your dog smiling and comfortable.

Read on for six tips to keep your furry friend safe, happy, and exercised this year!

1. Become an early bird – or a night owl

If you normally go on your daily walks during the day, it might be time to set your clock back or push it forward to stroll safely. Whether you choose to get up early or stay up late, Fido will appreciate the cooler temperatures when the sun isn’t high overhead.

2. Swim in the lake…or in the kiddie pool!

It may seem like a no-brainer, but water is the perfect solution to hot weather dog exercise. Whether you live by the beach, a gentle river is a walk away, or a lake is within driving distance, getting your pup into cool water is perfect for summer. Simply do an Internet search for dog friendly beaches, lakes, or rivers in your area and get moving!

If a natural water escape isn’t nearby, try setting up a kiddie pool in your yard! This is also a great alternative for dogs who are afraid of deep or shifting water. Ramp up the fun by including water toys like floating frisbees, splash balls, and decoy ducks. Some dogs will even dive for their toys! The Poof Pet Activity Tracker is waterproof do you don’t have to worry about your furry friend jumping in the water.

3. Take to the trees for a shady forest hike

Hiking is a great source of exercise for you and for your pup. If you have any forest trails nearby, the shade can provide a perfect respite from the hot summer sun. Plus, the dirt trails stay cool and ensure that your buddy’s paws won’t get scorched!

4. Wet pup’s belly and paws to keep him cool

If your only option is to exercise when it’s hot, bring a wet, frozen cloth or a bottle of water along. The belly and paws are great areas to dampen and are more effective at keeping your dog cool than his back. Bring along extra water for drinking and a small, collapsible bowl. Remember: if you need a water break, so does your furry family member.

5. Keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion

During summertime exercise, one of the most important things to watch for is heat exhaustion in your pet. Excessive panting, lethargy, confusion, and bright red gums and/or tongue are all signs of heat stroke. Additionally, if Spot lies down and refuses to get up, he needs water and a break. Never force a dog to keep going if he exhibits these signs; get him to a shady, cool place to rest and recover.

Bonus: Remember that dogs can get sunburned too! Sunscreen is crucial for dogs with sparse, light colored hair. Baby sunscreen doesn’t contain toxic chemicals and is safe to use on your pets. Just keep away from sunscreen with zinc oxide, as it is deadly to dogs if ingested. 

6. Use the Poof Pet Activity Tracker

Make sure your pup stays on a path to good health by using  Poof Pet Activity Tracker. Use this light weight device to easily monitor your dog’s everyday activity and sleep 24/7. Track your morning (or evening) walks this summer with your pup and see how many calories they burned. Keeping your pet fit and well rested is the best way to ensue your dog is happy and healthy.  Plus share your dog’s activity and photos of your adventures with other Poof Pet Parents.

Bark Readers: Save 40% off the The Poof Pet Activity Tracker with the offer code BARK40.

News: Guest Posts
Smiling Dog: Khaleesi

Dog's name and age: Khaleesi, 3 years

Adoption Story:

Khaleesi was adopted after her fur-brother, Dmitri, had trouble with separation anxiety. He began tearing up the house any time his family was away. After consulting their vet and trying many things nothing would work to calm his nerves, that is until Khaleesi. They adopted this sweet girl as a comfort companion for Dmitri and it worked! Dmitri and Khaleesi are now inseparable.

More on Khaleesi:

Khaleesi loves going on walks, going to the dog park, swimming in the river, or just sunbathing in the backyard. She is a happy girl with a lot of personality. She loves to chase squirrels, birds and her brother Dmitri. Her favorite toy is a soccer ball and she has a blast playing soccer with her daddy.

News: Guest Posts
Smiling Dog: Gabriel

Dog's name and age: Gabriel, 5 years

Adoption Story:

Gabriel was adopted two months after the previous family "Argus" dog died of cancer. His family enrolled Gabriel in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study which is a study that aims to determine what causes cancer in Golden Retrievers.

Gabriel's Activities:

Gabriel is one busy pup, in addition to being a therapy dog with Intermountain Therapy Animals he is also a R.E.A.D. dog. Being a R.E.A.D. dog means he gets to go to elementary schools where the children (usually first and second grades) read to him. He also attends Paws-to-De-stress at Montana State University during finals week to help college kids relieve stress. When he's not volunteering, he loves playing with people and his fur friends during a good game of fetch.

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