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Lone Dog on the Tibetan Plateau
The strange case of the Kailash canines
I recently read a review copy of Tibet: Culture on the Edge by Phil Borges (which will be published by Rizzoli in October). Through otherworldly portraits and measured prose, Borges captures a truly rarified place and people caught in the grip of Chinese expansion and modernization. It’s a fabulous book, and although not a book about dogs or for dog people per se, there was one photo of...
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Rags for Wags
A pair of preteen friends make a difference for dogs and cats
It’s never too early to be the change. Claire Puricelli and Chloe Schneider had barely broken into double-digits when they channeled their elbow grease and ingenuity to benefit shelter dogs and cats. The 11-year-old friends from Webster Groves, Mo., recognized that not everyone can make the big commitment of adopting an animal, but they still want to help. So, they created “Rags for Wags” to...
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Happy 21st Birthday Betsy!
Scottsdale senior pup posts another year of donuts and chicken
Last August, I posted a blog about a Pomeranian-mix named Betsy on her 20th birthday. Not many dogs enjoy 20 good years. So I couldn't pass up a chance to say, happy birthday, as she adds one more candle to her cake. Tomorrow, the former injured stray turns 21—that’s pushing well past the century mark in canine years. She’ll be celebrating the big day with her peeps James and Meryl Tulin, her...
Dog's Life: Humane
Putting the Art in Heart
HeARTs Speak rallies artists to volunteer their talents to help animals
If you need proof of the power of a good photograph to get a shelter dog noticed, just take a look at our cover. Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella were foster puppies (bouncing back from malnutrition and parvo) when we were seduced by their portraits, submitted for our Smiling Dog contest by Jenny Froh. A professional pet and portrait photographer in Flower Mound, Texas, Froh was fostering...
Dog's Life: Humane
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Hits
Q&A with HeARTs Speak founder, Lisa Prince Fishler
We learned about Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella—the lens-shatteringly adorable foster pups on the cover of our September 2011 issue—when Jenny Froh submitted their photo for Bark’s Smiling Dogs contest. A professional pet and portrait photographer in Flower Mound, Tex., Froh was fostering Paisley and Portia when she photographed the littermates to help them find permanent homes. The photo...
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Big Dog, Big Heartworm
Foster volunteer chronicles her pup’s heartworm treatment
For the past month, I’ve been following a blog about a nine-year-old foster dog named Mila, who is undergoing heartworm treatment. It’s written by Jean, who fosters dogs for Big Hearts Big Dog Rescue in Western New York. Mila is the third heartworm-positive pup to come into Jean’s care. I’ve never really appreciated the challenges or devastation heartworm, and I’ve never known a dog treated...
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Attn: Road Trippers—Campsites with Dog Runs
Bark reader creates a campgrounds list for dogs that need fenced, off-leash options
I frequently write about people who are volunteering their time and expertise to help rescue dogs and cats, or taking measures to support therapy and guide dog programs and more. I really love how dogs inspire random (and not so random) acts of kindness and generosity. Another way people contribute is through information—compiling free listings of parks and services, spreading the word about...
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Boatyard Dog Trials—Ticket Giveaway
A little like dock dogs with more laughs and fewer rules
I have found a competition for which my dog is actually qualified. It involves clambering around objects and falling in the water. It’s all about “style and pizzaz,” there are practically no rules and cheating is encouraged. Was this contest created for us? My only problem is that the unconventional World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials (on August 14) take place all the way across the...
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Animal Joy
Jonathan Balcombe studies the animal pleasure principle
In our house, we call it sun-dogging: When Lulu and Renzo stretch out on the hot slate of the porch or cool grass and heat up in the sun. Their black fur gets pretty hot to the touch, but still they soak it all in, moving to shade long after it seemed like a good idea. We love watching them sun-dog because they seem to be enjoying themselves so much. Apparently, there is a scientific term for the...
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Driving While Distracted—Loose Dogs
New survey reveals the extent of the problem
Oh, this isn’t good. Nearly one in five respondents to AAA/Kurgo survey admitted to taking their hands off the wheel to keep dogs from climbing in the front seat. Fifty-two percent of those who travel with a dog admitted to taking their attention away from the road to pet their dog, and a scary one-quarter used their arms or hands to restrain a dog while applying the brakes. What difference...

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