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What Do You Do for Earth Day?
One suggestion, follow your dog’s lead
Earth Day—the giant environmental teach-in that became a four-decades-strong spark for eco-activism around the world—is spinning, like Earth, back around. In the past at The Bark, we’ve focused on promoting green living choices to reduce our environmental footprints and paw prints—and these are still major priorities. But this year, we’re marking Earth Day by emphasizing something a little more...
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Advances in Veterinary Care Come at a Cost
How do you put a price on love?
In his recent story for The New York Times, William Grimes provides an interesting look at recent advances in veterinary care, especially in the treatment of cancer (including bone marrow transplants), urinary-tract disorders, and even dementia. Thanks to improved technology, drugs, surgical techniques and holistic care—there are many more options for keeping our dogs and cats healthier longer....
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Grant Opportunity for Shelters and Rescues
Pedigree Foundation seeks to fund creative efforts to increase dog adoptions
Yesterday, the Pedigree Foundation announced the opening of the application process for its 2012 Innovation Grants. Ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each, grants are awarded to qualifying organizations based on demonstrated use of creative programs aimed at increasing dog adoptions. Last year, the Foundation awarded $150,000 in the form of seven Innovation Grants (out of nearly 200 applications...
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Dog is My Co-Pilot Song [Video]
Does The Bark have a soundtrack?
You have the magazine, the t-shirt, the bumpersticker—what about the song? Song? Who knew there was a song? Not us, at least not until Bark reader Sara Wagner pinged us that Ben Hassenger had written a tune that could have come out of the Berkeley offices of The Bark. In “Dog Is My Co-Pilot,” Hassenger celebrates all the ways that a dog is a pal on the highway of life. One of my favorite lines...
Dog's Life: Travel
On the Road Again
Travel tips and tricks
Traveling Dog
When packing for a trip with my dog, I load his bag first. Then, I set it on top of his travel bed right next to the front door, where, without fail, he’s waiting. “You’re going!” I say. He wags his tail madly, but it’s hard to tell which one of us is more excited. I’ll admit that taking dogs along on trips has its challenges—fur in your travel mug, for one. It also requires research to find...
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Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs
Plus, five simple eye-care tips for all pups
One of my favorite types of dog stories to read or write are those that feature working dogs. From guide and assistance dogs to search-and-rescue and arson-detection dogs, I am always inspired by their ability and willingness to do what we ask and in the process transform our lives. So I was thrilled to hear about the 5th Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Channeling the...
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Military Working Dog to be Reunited with his Former Partner
After a long battle, Corporal Megan Leavey adopts Sergeant Rex
At last, a happy ending for Megan Leavey, an injured ex-Marine who has been fighting for years to adopt the German Shepherd with whom she spent “every waking moment” during two terms in Iraq. Together, they patrolled for IEDs, weapons caches and suicide bombers. In 2006, Leavey suffered a traumatic brain injury in an explosion that also injured Rex, and he was by her side during the...
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ASPCA-sponsored Adoptathon in D.C.
Great opportunity to adopt a shelter pup, March 31 and April 1
Whenever I see stories and emails about mega-adoption events, I always picture the “Crazy Eddie” ad man doing his nutty blow-out-blitz, the-prices-are-insane! shtick (New York, circa 1984). But just as there was a method to Eddie’s contrived madness, there is logic and a track record behind shelters’ “mega” events. Multi-shelter adoptathons—such as the upcoming ASPCA Mega Match-A-Thon (...
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Seamus Story Continues to Dog Romney
Pups in presidential politics
Is there anyone in America who is not aware that Mitt Romney put his Irish Setter, Seamus, in a crate lashed to the roof of the family car for an eight-hour drive to Ontario in the 1980s? And that when the results of an unscheduled bathroom break trickled down the car windows, Mitt stopped at a gas station and efficiently hosed down the dog, the crate and the car and carried on? Anyone still in...
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Very Big Fleas
New evidence of ancient bloodsuckers
Flea problems got you down? Well, count your lucky stars that you’re not raising a pack of pet Brachiosaurus. Recently, paleontologists in China discovered fossil evidence of Jurassic fleas that were as long as a thumbnail with sharp “mouth parts” all the better to dig into dinosaurs’ tough reptilian skin. Shudder.

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