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King of the Dogs
Must-watch Iggy Pop "dog" video!
If Iggy Pop had a dog, what would it be? As a fan of the shirtless punkster this is not a question I have ever asked myself—despite my passion for his rocking anthem, “I Want To Be Your Dog.” And so, I was surprised, not only to discover that he has a dog, but that—not unlike fellow lapdog-loving, tough-guy Mickey Rourke—he’s head-over-heels for a small fry, more precisely, a 12-pound Maltese...
Blog: Guest Posts
What Constitutes Cruelty?
Drawing the line between cruelty, neglect and ignorance...not so easy.
In April, I posted a blog about a new device designed to keep K9 cops from leaving their precious live cargo in hot cars. At the time, I was thinking this extra protection made sense since a police officer could easily be distracted on the job by life-and-death matters. But what's the excuse for an officer who leaves a dog in an SUV for more than 3 hours to attend a training session? The dog died...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman
Delta Trade Paperback, 304 pp., 2009; $14
With no experience in dogsledding (and no obvious passion for dogs), British travel writer and professional amateur-adventurer Polly Evans spends 11 weeks in the Yukon and Alaska learning everything she can about “the howling, capering, tail-wagging world of sled dogs.” Evans scoops poops, cleans pens, ladles out horsemeat, massages cream into worn pads, fastens booties, clips harnesses and...
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Prize-wining Dog Digs
Stylish doghouse designs win Palm Springs architecture competition.
What makes a great doghouse? My dogs would probably say a king-size bed, plenty of snacks and room to roam. But they don’t seem to realize that my house isn’t technically a doghouse. Meanwhile, Palm Springs/Desert Cities-based designers and builders tackled the question for real as part of Barkitecture Chicque 2009, a competition to design and build sustainable, functional dwellings for dogs....
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Got A Great Pet Product Idea?
Cash in with PetSmart’s “Live Product Search.”
A couple years ago, I interviewed Joe Markham for Dog Park Wisdom. In the 1970s, his German Shepherd Fritz picked up the tooth-destroying habit of chewing rocks. Markham, who had no aspirations to become a pet toy entrepreneur, searched far and wide for an alternative but Fritz either ignored store-bought playthings or ripped them up. One day, Markham grabbed a snubber—a rubber, beehive-shaped...
Dog's Life: Humane
White Whiskers Welcome
Old Dog Haven accommodates senior dogs
It’s not easy to catch up with Judith Piper, founder and executive director of Old Dog Haven (ODH). She reschedules our first interview when one of her charges starts having grand mal seizures and another needs immediate treatment for glaucoma. The following week, she cancels when a tumor sidelines a pup named Pearl. So, even before meeting the 15 mature dogs on Piper’s five acres north of...
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Now What?
Dogfighting’s poster child, Michael Vick, leaves prison.
A little more than two years ago, Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick (the “Michael Jordan of football”) was charged and convicted of running a dogfighting operation at his estate. The details of brutality, including hanging and electrocuting the dogs, were shocking. Early this morning, Michael Vick was released from prison to serve the last two months of his 23-month sentence in...
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Help Prevent Dog Bites
Learn a few simple tips this Dog Bite Prevention Week.
Yesterday I walked through a crowded Central Park in New York with an old friend and his dog Tracy (as in Spencer Tracy). Tracy is a buttery, 106-pound Golden Retriever, who at six-years-old exhibits the irresistible jauntiness of a puppy. Children are drawn to him like flies to a fly strip, and all around us, they zoomed in on the dog, many of them without warning. I was astounded and relieved...
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Painting Dogs and Tweeting
Meet Twitter contest winner, Rachael Rossman.
Sometimes it feels like the Internet—especially, the sliver carved out by dog-lovers—is just one big off-leash area. Return a stranger’s poached tennis ball, and you’re likely to hear a fascinating dog story or discover another dog entrepreneur. So I shouldn’t be surprised that a random drawing for a Bark goodie bag from among our first 50 followers on Twitter would surface someone like Rachael...
Blog: Guest Posts
Second Chance Railroad
Finding forever homes for death-row dogs can mean lots of travel.
When The Bark’s editor-in-chief Claudia Kawczynska agreed to adopt a pair of puppies slated for euthanasia from a Kentucky shelter, she imagined it would be a straightforward—if long-distance—operation. She quickly learned that transporting Kit and Holly from Kentucky to California in the middle of winter would be no easy feat. She ended up traveling to Tennessee to escort the pups home herself;...

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