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Big Yellow Sweetheart
Spend Valentine’s Eve with Martha
At Bark, we’re fans of Martha, kid-lit heroine and newest PBS idol. What’s not to love? The nervy yellow mutt with a nonexistent waistline and alphabet soup on the brain blabs up a steady diet of funny, gaffe-rich communications (which, starting last fall, were translated from the small page to the small screen in “Martha Speaks”). While the stories are geared for children ages 4 to 7, with the...
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Call of the Not-So-Wild
Wolves may have something to thank dogs for
The gene responsible for dark coat color in American Gray Wolves and coyotes is a fairly recent addition to these animals’ genomes and most likely arrived through mating with domestic dogs—according to a paper published online in Science Express. The bigger surprise is that the mutation (spread through hybridization) may be helping wolves adapt and survive.  Wolves living on the tundra tend to be...
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Reality Check
Walk a mile in a shelter worker’s shoes
We received an email from a Bark reader yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Sometimes when we talk about the trials for animals in shelters, we lose sight of the committed professionals and volunteers who do all they can for animals in terrible circumstances. Sandra Morrison of DeKalb Junction, N.Y., draws attention to their contributions and the reality of euthanasia. "My sister worked at...
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Critter Graveyard on the Tourist Track
Pay your respects on your next tour of New York
Lonely Planet guidebooks have selected the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery as one of the Top Ten Places to Rest in the world. That’s big kudos for the 111-year-old multi-species graveyard north of New York City, especially when you consider that the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, and the Taj Mahal in India are also on the list. Thanks to Pet VR for the nose up.
Blog: Weekly Smilers
February 2nd 2009
24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message. If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here...
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Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?
In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal...
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Puppy Mill Crisis in the Northwest
Giant bust knocks out multi-million dollar enterprise
UPDATE: The number of pregnant dogs may have been erroneously reported. According to a story in The Herald, as few as 20 are expecting. "On Monday, officials said fewer than 20 of the 600 dogs likely are expecting puppies." Let's hope they've got the right count. The news about the bust of one of the largest puppy mill networks in Snohomish County (north of Seattle) keeps getting worse. Of the...
Blog: Weekly Smilers
January 26th 2009
24 New Smiling Dogs every week!! E-mail your photo to us, be sure to include your dog's name in both the subject line & as the title of the photo. Your smiler might find a place in the magazine or even in our new smiling dog book. It is important to include your name/address in the message. If you don't have a photo of your dog smiling, we have other contests for you to consider. Click here...
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Off-Leash Scofflaw Pays to Play
After being twice ticketed for letting his dog roam off-leash, an anonymous Wisconsin man has offered to donate funds to create a new leash-free zone in the City of Mequon. It sounds like no small chunk of change: He'll be footing the bill for most of the fencing, the parking lot and other site improvements. That's how it's done!
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Noise Ordinance Kills Dog, Sort Of
Here's an unfortunate story: A woman's dog gets loose in an unfamiliar neighborhood, and police, enforcing a local noise ordinanace, prohibit her from calling her dog's name. Honey is found killed by a car a couple days later. There had to be another way.

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