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July 5th 2010
Smiling Dogs
June 21st 2010
Smiling Dogs
Culture: DogPatch
Dogs & Dad
Get creative this Father’s Day!
Dogs and Dads

Few things are more synonymous with Father’s Day than neckties—that sartorial symbol of fatherhood. This year, we’d suggest you add the family dog to the mix. Dad probably has all the ties he needs or wants, but what about Fido? Try these clever ideas on for size, and come up with your own creative neckwear for dog and dad.

Here’s a fun project for all of those seldom worn gifts from Father’s Days past—
Necktie Dog Collars


• Necktie ready to be recycled; use the bottom portion, usually the narrower end, for this project.

• 2 D-rings the width of the tie

• Straight sewing pins

• Strong sewing thread and needle

Measure your dog’s neck and add 6 inches. Cut the tie to that length. Slip both D-rings onto the cut end and then fold it over 12 inches, securing the rings inside. Fold the cut end again about 2 inch to create a hem, and pin it to the tie. You should have a neat loop around the D-rings. Sew together along the fold using small stitches. If you are making several of these, you can make them in different sizes. Just add or subtract a few inches when you cut the ties.


If you don’t have time to make the dog-tie collar yourself, check out the ones from Scutte.com. Bark’s 17 year-old Lenny is high stepping it in his Scutte vintage necktie—as the maker notes: “Made for man, now for dog”!


If a gentleman can’t wear his heart on his sleeve, at least he can wear his dog on his tie. These hand-painted medium-width, rayon and silk examples date from the late 1940s or early ’50s demonstrate man’s love affair with dogs. Specifically, hunting dogs were most likely to appear (as well as game birds, sport fish and horses)—all relating to the enthusiastic return to civilian leisure that followed World War II (a time that also saw the launch of a profusion of men’s hunting and fishing magazines, such as Argosy, True and Outdoorsman.)

Slices of stylish, wearable nostalgia, vintage ties (mostly from the 1930s to the ’60s) are still abundant and affordable, with sources ranging from flea markets to a number of websites like www.rustyzipper.com and www.vintage-ties.com.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs & Dads
How to Make a Great Father's Day Gift for Your Dog-Loving Dad

Get creative this Father’s Day! 

Few things are more synonymous with Father’s Day than neckties—that sartorial symbol of fatherhood. This year, we’d suggest you add the family dog to the mix. Dad probably has all the ties he needs or wants, but what about Fido? View our slideshow above, and come up with your own creative neckwear for dog and dad.  


If you don’t have time to make the dog-tie collar yourself, check out the ones from Scutte.com. Bark’s 17-year old Lenny is high stepping it in his Scutte vintage necktie—as the maker notes: “Made for man, now for dog”!  


Slices of stylish, wearable nostalgia, vintage ties (mostly from the 1930s to the ’60s) are still abundant and affordable, with sources ranging from flea markets to a number of websites like www.rustyzipper.com and www.vintage-ties.com.

Culture: DogPatch
Finding Farley
A young family undertakes a cross-Canada adventure to visit literary legend, Farley Mowat.
Finding Farley

In 2007, with their two year- old son Zev and pup Willow in tow, the couple undertook a third excursion, this time to see the venerable writer and environmentalist, Farley Mowat. Heuer has said that it was through Mowat’s books—Owls in the Family, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, Never Cry Wolf and A Whale for the Killing among them—that he learned about Canadian wildlife and threats to it, as well as gained a better understanding of his country.

When Mowat extended an invitation to visit him and his wife Claire at their Cape Breton farm, the couple—along with Zev and Willow—literally launched themselves on what turned out to be a five-month trans-Canadian odyssey, setting off by canoe from their home in Canmore, Alberta, and following a route that took them through the settings of some of Mowat’s iconic stories. From this, Allison created a feature-length documentary, Finding Farley, and Heuer is working on a book of the same name.

In 2005, we talked with Heuer about his Yellowstoneto- Yukon (Y2Y) trek, and when we learned that he had made yet another incredible dogenhanced journey—with a two-year-old child, no less— we made it a point to find out more.

Bark: On your 1998 Y2Y expedition, you were accompanied by Webster, a Border Collie mix. Is Willow his successor?
Karsten Heuer: There was a bit of an overlap. When Webster was about 13, he started to deteriorate cognitively; the vet described it as canine dementia. We knew his time was limited, but we really weren’t thinking about getting another dog while he was alive. Willow kind of came into our lives rather than us searching her out. At the time, we were living in a fairly remote part of British Columbia, surrounded by mountains; Willow was part of a litter born on a nearby farm. One day, a friend dropped by with her dog and this sixweek- old puppy. We went walking with Webster and her dog, and we’re holding the puppy, who’s nuzzling inside our jackets. Before we knew it, she was ours. She chose us rather than us choosing her, but it worked out well. Poor Webster was kind of overwhelmed by this puppy, who was constantly grabbing onto his tail and whatnot. But he was very tolerant.

B: How does Willow compare to Webster as a trail partner?
KH: They’re quite different characters. Webster was very mellow for a Border Collie—unbelievably quiet and very patient. Though he was active, he could also just lie down for hours. Whereas Willow, partly because she’s younger but also because she’s just wired differently, is high strung, with more typical Border Collie traits.

B: What kind of relationship does your son Zev have with Willow?
KH: The two of them are about the same age. We acquired Willow about the time Zev was born, and they’re very familiar with each other. I think it’s great for a baby or young child to grow up with an animal. Like most small children, Zev needed to learn how to interact with Willow, and she taught him a few lessons in respectful behavior.

B: In retrospect, what would you say was the primary benefit of traveling as you did?
KH: Leanne, Zev, Willow and I were together 24 hours a day within the very close confines of a canoe and a tent, in every kind of mood and weather. Zev was so intuitive and instinctual, in tune with his true animal nature. At the time, it was hard to see what he was getting out of it, but now, we notice that he has a sense for movement on water and a tolerance for the elements that he wouldn’t otherwise have; he understands that being wet or cold is temporary. Ultimately, the trip built an incredible foundation of shared experience that we constantly draw upon, whether through memories or what we learned or the people we met.

B: From the philosophical to the practical, tell us how you taught Willow to ride in the canoe, and how she occupied her time while she was in it.
KH: We didn’t actually teach her. Even to this day, she’s a little bit nervous in the boat, but she had a vested interest in staying with us, and as the trip went on, she settled down. All of us did, really. We’d been on a few day trips together but none of that was any benefit when we set out to “find” Farley. The routine with Willow was that she would hop aboard as we were leaving shore, then try to get as close to the front as possible—sometimes hilariously so. She’d have all four paws on the tiny front deck and be balancing precariously on the gunnels of the boat, leaning as far forward as possible. Then we’d find a more workable location for her, usually atop the load amidships. If there were waves, she’d get excited, leaning over the edge of the canoe and snapping at the water. She’d also snap at flies and mosquitoes; when bumblebees came by, she’d badger them, then go flying off the boat—she’d fall in, not purposefully jump in. We discovered that she’s a pretty amazing swimmer. Sometimes, when we were in appropriate areas—on public land and when birds weren’t nesting on the shoreline— we’d put her onshore for a bit of a run. She’d lope along, glancing back at us and watching us come down the river. Then she’d choose a good spot and swim out to us, and I’d haul her back onboard.

B: What would you say was the most challenging aspect of the trip? KH: Managing Willow and Zev. They’d be clambering around—he’d be stepping on her or she’d be stepping on him. Sometimes all Leanne and I wanted was just some peace and quiet, but that wasn’t usually an option. The bugs were another challenge. When the flies got bad, we couldn’t do much for Willow. Some of the travel arrangements were also an issue. For the maritime section— 30 hours from one land mass to the next—we lucked upon a perfect guy who was willing to take us on board. He was a total dog lover and didn’t object to having Willow on his ship, or to the accommodations we felt she needed. We made little bouquets of spruce branches and grass and left them in out-of-the way places so Willow would have something familiar to go on if she needed to.

B: Were you surprised by anything that Willow did?
KH: One thing that particularly impressed me was the role Willow assumed as Zev’s guardian. We didn’t train her to do that, she just took it upon herself. For example, on occasion, Leanne and I had to portage the canoe past rapids; we’d put Zev down in the safest place we could find, and Willow, of her own free will, would park herself right alongside him. They were never out of our sight, but we were sometimes many hundreds of meters away, and that was bear country. Willow’s a Border Collie crossed with a livestock guardian dog, so she has some of those guarding attributes along with her herding instinct.

B: Did having Willow along enhance the trip in other ways?
KH: Dogs really enrich the experience of these sorts of trips. Besides companionship, which is high on the list, their senses are much wilder and more acute than our own. They’re able to alert us to things we wouldn’t otherwise see, smell or hear. Willow was also a great early-warning system. One night, we were inside the tent and heard Willow growling. I looked outside and there was a black bear rooting through our stuff. We chased him off before he got into our food. Since we were about six weeks from our next cache of supplies, it would’ve been pretty serious if he’d cleaned us out.

B: How would you compare the Y2Y experience and this trip?
KH: Y2Y was completely different, partly because I was on foot most of the time rather than in a boat, but largely because I was usually alone with Webster. Those quiet, pensive moments that we all kind of imagine happen in the wilderness are rare with a two-year-old around. You find your mind drifting for half a second and then you’re pulled up by an emergency. On the Y2Y trip, I felt like I could go deep. On this expedition, I had a few of those moments, but they were infrequent.

B: Tell us about Farley and dogs.
KH: Throughout his life, from his first dog, Mutt, Farley’s had at least one dog— he’s just crazy about them. He mentioned that he has some unfinished manuscripts; one involves a Lab, Albert, who was apparently a great water dog. His current dog is named Chester, and Farley was always speaking to Willow on Chester’s behalf. Chester was mildly interested in Willow, but much more interested in Zev. At the beginning of the trip, we got quite a bit of media. One of the stories was a front-page article with a color photo. We sent him the clipping along with a letter to let him know we were off. We’d been exchanging letters for a few months before the trip, but he didn’t know what any of us—including Willow—looked like. In his next letter to us, which we couldn’t pick up until we reached Saskatchewan six weeks later, Farley said Willow reminded him of Mutt. “This could be the dog that would be,” he said.

B: What’s next? Are there more “incredible journeys” on the horizon?
KH: Our trips have all come about pretty organically—we tend toward experiences that have good stories and promote causes we believe in. Essentially, these longer trips are part of who we are. So we’re not searching out new ones, but if a good opportunity presents itself, we’re open to it.

News: Contests
Dozing Dogs
Sponsored by West Paw
Dozing Dogs

Enter your "Dozing Dogs" photo for a chance to win prizes by West Paw Design!

What is it about watching dogs sleep? Is it the look of blissful contentment? Their amusing bed partners? We don’t know for sure–but we love "dozing dogs" and can’t get enough of them! Send in your favorite sleeping dog(s) photo and enter our "Dozing Dog" contest, co-sponsored by West Paw Design.

The Grand Prize winner will receive West Paw Design's brand new Eco Drop Bed. Photo entries will be posted daily to Bark’s Facebook page, where we encourage you to vote for your favorites. Our "Dozing Dogs" contest runs from June 21 through July 16, 2010.

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Click here to see all entries.

Terms and Conditions

I hereby give The Bark, Inc and West Paw Design, Inc., a non-exclusive right to use the content of this submission in any editorial, marketing or advertising purposes.

I represent that I sent the submission to The Bark under my true name and understand that this submission, its content, and any attachments submitted with it may be republished in any form or medium at any time and in any place, and that the submission and attachments will not be returned to me.

I understand that I shall receive no compensation or remuneration of any type for use of the submission, any attachments or my name, and The Bark, Inc and West Paw Design, Inc., shall be under no obligation to use the submission, attachments or my name.* I further agree to the Official Rules of the Contest.

I release The Bark, Inc. and West Paw Design, Inc., their parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents and their successors and assigns from any and all liability with respect to whatever manner they use the submission, attachments or my name. *The Bark reserves the right to review and reject any submissions in its sole discretion.

West Paw Design’s Dozing Dog Photo Contest (“Contest”) Official Rules
Contest submission ends on July 16, 2010. By submitting a photo for consideration, users agree to the Official Rules of the Contest.

Sponsor: The Bark, 2810-8th St., Berkeley, CA, 94710


1. ELIGIBILITY. No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. This Contest begins June 21, 2010, ends on July 16, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) (“Promotion Period”) and is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry. Employees of The Bark, Inc., West Paw Design, Inc. their respective parent or affiliated companies, subsidiaries, dealers, sales representatives, distributors, advertising agencies, promotional and prize suppliers and the immediate families and household members of each, are prohibited from entering.

2. HOW TO ENTER. To enter the Contest: Go to thebark.com/content/dozing-dogs and complete the entry form. Once completed, follow the step-by-step process for creating a submission and for uploading an accompanying photo(s).
Contest submissions can also be submitted through the U.S. postal service. Postal submissions should include the entrant’s name, address, and e-mail address. All submissions sent by postal delivery shall be subject to the Terms and Conditions and the Official Rules of the Contest. Mail to The Bark, 2810-8th St., Berkeley, CA, 94710.

Please do not send originals, as no photographs or submissions will be returned. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of such automated devices will cause disqualification. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual (and his or her Contest entry) who tampers with the entry process. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should fraud, virus, bug or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any errors, failures or delays, whether human or technical in nature, of any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, program, computer transmissions, postal delivery, or network connections. Proof of entering information on Sponsor’s website is not considered proof of delivery or receipt by Sponsor.

3. WHAT TO SUBMIT. Electronic photos must be 300 dpi at a minimum size of 3 x 5 inches (900 x 1,500 pixels). We recommend using a 3.2 megapixel camera (at minimum) set at its highest quality. Digital photos must meet these resolution requirements, necessary for publication. Instructions regarding how to upload the photo are provided here. Photos which are not viewable for any reason will be rejected. Photos may not contain defamatory or disparaging comments or depict illegal or inappropriate conduct.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable as part of your entry. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .tiff format. Files submitted may not be larger than 2,048k (2MB). Original photographs will not be returned. Minor digital enhancements are permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.
The Submission must be the original work of entrant and not previously published. Submission must not infringe the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. All entries become the property of The Bark, Inc. and will not be returned. Winners will be required to grant to The Bark, Inc. all rights, titles and interest in the submitted entry. We reserve the right to use any/ all entry(ies) in all print and electronic media, and to edit it for brevity and clarity. By entering this contest entrant specifically agrees that his/her photo may be posted on the TheBark.com website and is subject to terms listed in the Terms of Use.

4. INFORMATION. By participating, you hereby acknowledge and agree to receive e-mail from Sponsor, but you can opt out of receiving future e-mail by following the instructions contained in any such email, or otherwise notifying the sending entity. You will remain eligible to win prizes if you opt out.

5. SELECTION PROCESS. One (1) submission will be selected by Sponsor for potential publication in The Bark. All Contest submissions will be judged on the basis of uniqueness, quality, and the ability to convey the contest topic in an inspirational and dog-centric manner. All Contest decisions are at Sponsor’s sole discretion and are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Contest Rules will be disqualified. Submissions may be published on a rolling basis both before and after July 16, 2010. After the Contest is closed, the Sponsor shall select or designate one submission as the winner of the grand prize.

Readers’ Choice Voting: Voters must be a Facebook user and a fan of Bark Magazine in order to vote. Once you are a fan of Bark Magazine, you can then vote for as many different photos as you want, but you can only place one vote for each photo.

The winner will be contacted by Sponsor to get more details on their photo, as well as a higher-resolution version of any photographs and model release forms, if applicable. If a Contest photo includes individuals other than the entrant, the judges may also require the entrant to obtain a signed model release form from each of those individuals. If prize winner is unable to supply these, an alternate may be selected.

6. WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER/COPYRIGHT. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any writing and media submitted. Your submission is your warranty that you are the author and copyright holder of the content.

7. OWNERSHIP/USE RIGHTS GRANTED. Entrants retain the copyright to their content and media. By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsor a non-exclusive license to use the content/media for any purposes, in any form or medium, at any time, and in any place, without restriction. This includes, but is not limited to, publishing online or in print and sharing the content and media with West Paw Design to be used for promotional purposes without compensation to entrants.

8. WEB RESTRICTIONS. All entrants must have a valid email address at time of entry. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the “Authorized Holder” in whose name the email account is registered, provided that person meets all eligibility criteria set forth in the Eligibility section of these Official Rules. “Authorized Holder” shall mean the natural person assigned to an email address by an Internet Access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Please see Sponsor’s privacy policy, thebark.com/content/privacy-policy, for details of the Contest policy regarding the personal information collected in connection with this Contest.

9. PRIZE/ODDS. The grand prize winner will be selected from the entire pool of Contest submissions and will receive a West Paw Design EcoDrop Bed. Prize is subject to availability, government restrictions, and regulations. Other restrictions may apply. Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. The value of the grand prize is not greater than $1,000.

Sponsor will select one (1) winner, and that winner may be published in The Bark and/or on TheBark.com. Selection will take place throughout the period ending July 16, 2010.

The selected finalists are eligible for but not guaranteed publication in The Bark, in conjunction with promotional advertising by West Paw Design, Inc. No compensation will be paid to published or unpublished finalists unless such finalist is also selected as the grand prize winner.

Any entrant may find out the grand-prize winner by writing to The Bark, 2810-8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.

10. POTENTIAL WINNER NOTIFICATION/PRIZE RESTRICTIONS. The winner will be notified by e-mail and must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity release (where permitted) within twenty-one (21) days from the date on the written prize notification letter or the prize will be forfeited. Failure to comply with these requirements for any reason, or return of the prize notification as undeliverable or refused, will result in forfeiture of prize. An alternate entrant will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries and awarded the prize. If the winner is eighteen (18) years of age or older but considered a minor in his/her state of residence, prize will be awarded on minor’s behalf to the parent/legal guardian of minor, who must execute and return any required documents as noted previously in these rules. All entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Except at Sponsor’s discretion, no cash redemption, substitutions or transfer of prize is allowed. In case of unavailability of the advertised prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. By accepting a prize, winner grants Sponsor and Sponsor’s agents the right to use his/her name and likeness in advertising, publicity and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. As a condition of entering, entrants (or their parent or legal guardian if an eligible minor) agree (and agree to confirm in writing): (a) to release The Bark, Inc., West Paw Design, Inc., their parent and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees and agents (“Promotion Parties”) from any and all liability, loss or damage incurred with respect to awarding, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize; (b) under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorney's fees and court costs. By accepting prize, winner agrees that Promotion Parties will not be held responsible for any system damage, loss of property, accidents, injuries or death that may occur in the receipt, awarding, use or possession of prize and/or participation in any prize-related activity, including any travel related thereto. Winner acknowledges that Sponsor has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. By participating in this Contest, entrants and winner agree to be bound by these Official Rules, the decisions of Sponsor and any applicable federal, state, provincial or local laws and regulations.

12. GOVERNING LAW. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California without regard to conflicts of law principles. All entrants consent to jurisdiction and exclusive venue in the State of California.


June 14th 2010
Smiling Dogs
Tag, Tasha, Tigger, Tinkerbell
News: Guest Posts
We Heart Coneheads
Thanks for sharing your collared canines

There’s something irresistable about a pups in plastic collars. Maybe it’s the way they frame and accentuate their heart-shaped noses, come-hither eyes and expressive ears. We asked for coneheads and We got 'em. Thanks for sharing them with us. We hope all dogs concerned have recovered beautifully. Meanwhile, check out just a few of our favorites here.

News: Contests
Vue™ Caught In the Act! And the winner is…

 Grand Prize Winner

“It wasn't me mom, it was that cat behind me...really!”

Who could be mad at this face? Definitely not us! In fact, sweet little Jamie (short for Jamison) of East Haven, Conn. had us so enamored that we barely noticed the garbage strewn from hither to yon.

Congratulations to Jamie and her human, Robyn Lisone! You are now the proud owners of a Vue™ Personal Video Network. Robyn, we recommend that you set up one of the cameras next to the garbage bin. We are sure that you'll soon find that it has been the cat all along.




Reader’s Choice Winner

“Feeling Blue After Stealing & Eating A Ballpoint Pen”

Enzo, the oh so blue retriever of Concord, Mass., was such a hit with our Facebook fans that we decided to award him with a Reader’s Choice Award. Congratulations to Enzo and his person, Vicki Lynch—We hope you enjoy the Bark Goodie Bag!

To see all of the entries in Vue™ Caught In the Act contest click here.