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Dog Friendly Travel: Palm Coast Florida

Florida attracts visitors year round, but the winter and spring seasons are especially inviting. On the northeastern shoreline—known as the “quiet side”—Palm Coast and Flagler County deserve special mention for their dog-friendliness. This stretch of oceanfront has a laid-back, smalltown flavor; unlike other coastal areas, the beaches are uncluttered by cars or buildings—no high-rise hotels here! Hiking opportunities abound, with more than 100 miles of trails. Plus, the longest designated scenic highway on the East Coast—the A1A Scenic Coastal Highway—passes through, so there’s always a reason to take a ride and see the sights. The tourism folks offer other tips on planning your “dog-cation,” with a list of activities that includes paddle boarding; hikes along the eight-mile-long Lehigh Trail (part of an abandoned 195-acre railroad corridor); and visits to the popular Wadsworth Park, where you can meet up with the locals at its fenced dog park, which has separate areas for large and small dogs. A must-stop for nature enthusiasts is the 1,500-acre Princess Place Preserve in the northern part of the county. Its many scenic viewpoints provide lots of places to catch a sunset. (Wild hogs and alligators also call it home, so best to keep your pup on leash.) Among the affordable accommodations with dog-welcoming policies are Whale Watch Motel and Fairfield Inn and Suites. Or, if you’re interested in private rentals, try vacationrental pros.com; for camping recommendations, check floridastateparks.org. For good eats, there’s Johnny D’s Beach Bar & Grill, Flagler Fish Company or the High Tides at Snack Jacks. Finally, make it a point to stop by the Bark Spot, the local dog boutique. Palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com

Culture: DogPatch
Family Dog: Neva

Neva, a lovely combo of Scottish Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound and perhaps Pointer, spent three months in a Kansas shelter before being adopted in 2012 by Alexandra Judycki. Alexandra drove six hours each way to get Neva and bring her home to New Mexico. When Alexandra and her fiancé Linton were married in Telluride, Colo., Neva was their regal maid of honor (see photo). Currently, Neva serves as ambassador to the Red River Ski Area. According to the Judyckis, “Neva lights up our heart every day, and has become our greatest love.” She even has her own hashtag: #nevadog.

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Weekly Smilers 11-24-2014
Smiling Dogs
Ava

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Ava, Axel, Jesse, Mishka and Sissy

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Weekly Smilers 11-17-2014
Smiling Dog
Katie

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Katie, Maxx, Mila, Mischief and Tripp

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Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 80: Winter 2014

For the final issue of 2014, we are tickled to have Hilary Swank (and her dogs, Rumi and Kai) on the cover. While it’s been our custom for all-dog covers, we’re going “All Star” here because we were inspired by Hilary’s co-producing a rescue extravaganza on Thanksgiving evening called Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Special. I talk with her about her rescue work and about how dogs have inspired her and what she is hoping for in this remarkable program. Be sure to tune into Fox from 8 to 10 that evening. We have been digging around for answers to questions that have long puzzled us. Have you ever wondered if gender factors into dog training—if women approach it differently than men? We did, so we asked our behavior specialist Karen London to look into it. Then there is the question of the why and when dogs became domesticated. While the definitive answer isn’t in yet, Jane Brackman reports researchers sing data gleaned from prehistoric burial sites to shed light on the millennia-old dog/human bond.

Then, there’s the sibling thing. When we’re looking at a passel of puppies, it’s so easy to think, Why not just take two? Jeff Stallings explores that question and we found his answer to be spot on.

Donna Jackel looks at the importance of shelter play groups, part of a recent program that gives dogs a chance to blossom and, one hopes, increases adoption rates. Another way of improving the lives of shelter dogs is covered by long-time columnist Lee Harrington, who focuses on her local shelter’s amazing Animal Reiki practitioner.

On the “dogs helping people” front, Amy Kantor, VMD, examines NYPD K-9 teams and the deep bonds police officers have with their canine partners, and contributing editor Rebecca Wallick follows a study that aims to answer the question, “Do sick children benefit from animal-assisted therapy?”

Rounding out this issue’s dog-pourri, Meghan Lewit shares a millennial’s perspective. And, Meghan Daum again graces us with her, “The Gift of a Great Dog,” and reminds us of the need to make room in our hearts. Kevin Roberts tells us what gets him jazzed about skijoring (thrilling at both ends of the bungee!), and we go up to the Arctic Circle with Leah McFail on a Husky-infused Lapland Workaway program. In the good-eats category, our “turkey-burger topper” recipe is nutritionally deconstructed, and we talk with esteemed cookbook editor (she was Julia Child’s editor) Judith Jones about home-cooking for herself and her pup. And, in what is likely a first for a dog magazine, we welcome our new comic book editor-at-large, Mark Peters, who recommends a well-drawn prizewinner written entirely in “dog.”

We know you’re busy making lists, and suggest you start at BarkGoods, our new store. We’ve gathered some of the best-designed, most useful products around, and we’re always expanding the offerings. Visit often and take advantage of our rewards program.

Finally, for a truly feel-good gift, pencil in time on your calendar for a visit to your local shelter: drop off toys or gently used collars and leashes, visit with the dogs, take one for a walk or, even better, foster. (Your dog might love a new playmate!)

We wish everyone a joyous and peace-filled season.

P.S. We are dedicating this issue to Dr. Sophia Yin, her work in positive reinforcement training affected the lives of untold thousands. Her generous and compassionate spirit is sorely missed. Please read tributes and recollections from those whose lives she touched.

Features

Hilary Swank: Starring in All-Star Dog Special

Digging Up Bones: What can archeology tells us about the “connection” origins. By Jane Brackman, PhD

Men, Women and Dog Training: What’s gender have to do with it? By Karen B. London, PhD

Postscript: Grace Chon’s Zoey and Jasper.

Serious Play: Playgroups are enriching lives and reducing stress for dogs in shelters. By Donna Jackel

Growing Up: Millennials take on caring for another, furry, someone. By Meghan Lewit

Animal-Assisted Therapy: Do sick children benefit? By Rebecca Wallick

On The Job: NYPD’s K-9 teams are partnerships bound by loyalty. By Amy Kantor, VMD

The Arctic Circle, with Dogs: Volunteering with Huskies in Lapland. By Leah McFail

The Gift of a Great Dog: Recognizing the “one” but taking on another. By Meghan Daum

It’s a Dog’s Life
COOKING: Q&A with Judith Jones, author of the Love Me, Feed Me cookbook
Nutrition: Putting homemade to the test Recipe by Claudia Kawczynska, Nutritional Analysis by Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
HEALTH: Seizures Their cause and treatment. By Michael A. Wong, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Don't Take Two: Littermate syndrome has potential downsides. By Jeff Stallings
TRAINING: Puppy Chronicle Redirecting a Sassy Pup. By Lori Mauger
Sketchbook: Stephanie Birdsong
Comic arts: Pizza Dog Garners Awards By Mark Peters
ACTIVITIES: This is Skijoring: Don’t have to be pro athletes to enjoy it. By Kevin Roberts
WELLNESS: Reiki: Working wonders with dogs in shelters. By Lee Harrington
PROFILES OF RESCUE By Jesse Freidin
REVIEWS  Do As I Do, Canine Play Behavior, Dash, Dog Diaries, Norman Speak!, Me & Dog, Mogie, Pop-Out & Paint Dogs & Cats.

 

DogPatch
Cover Dogs: Rumi & Kai Swank
Dedication: Dr. Sophia Yin
What’s New, Scouting down Trends in Dogland
Facing Winter Weather By Janelle Martel
Warming Foods By Bark Editors
Travel: Winter Retreats, Palm Coast, Florida
Family Dog: Lovely Neva
Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible
28 Q&A with Judith Jones, author of the Love Me, Feed Me cookbook
J. Otto Seibold’s Mr. Lunch Exhibit
Postcard From Germany Rottweil Revels A Late Winter Carnival By Ericka Hamburg

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Weekly Smilers 11-10-2014
Smiling Dogs
Boxy

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Boxy (adoptable), Icee, Millie, Tanaka and Ty

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Weekly Smilers 11-4-2014
Smiling Dogs
Chippy

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Chippy, Chole, Georgia, Harry, and Kylah.

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Weekly Smilers 10-27-14
Smiling Dogs
Desi

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Desi, Elroy, Hogan, Jack, and Sadie & Luna.

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Weekly Smilers 10-20-14
Smiling Dogs
Abby

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Abby, Ho'oulu, Jackson, Lily, and Riley.

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Weekly Smilers 10-13-14
Smiling Dogs
Bodhi

Our featured smilers of the week. 

This week: Bodhi, Brutus, Kona, Ranger, and Yoshi.

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