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Between a Dog and a Hard Place
Adventure athlete has her dog to thank for her rescue after a near-fatal fall.
Taz and Danelle Ballengee
When Danelle Ballengee headed out for an eight-mile trail run near Moab, Utah, last December (2006), it was supposed to be just another outing. And that’s probably what her dog, Taz, thought, too. A two-time world champion in the extreme sport of adventure racing, and a seven-time Ironman triathlon finisher, Ballengee lives in Dillon, Colo., and frequently uses Moab as a training ground. And...
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Did You Miss Reveille This Week?
Canine mascots rule NCAA basketball this year
We were so focused on the all-dog men’s final in NCAA basketball (UConn Huskies versus Butler Bulldogs), we overlooked a canine presence in the women’s final on Tuesday night. The 2011 Women’s Champion Texas A&M University Aggies are represented by a seemingly counterintuitive canine mascot, a Rough Collie named Reveille. The tradition dates back to 1931, when a group of A&M cadets...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Dive In!
The water is always fine when you and your dog go dock diving.
Dock Dogs
On a drizzly Midwest morning my husband and I joined a small group gathered at the edge of a pond to watch one of the country's top dock-diving dog teams in action. Handler Dave Breen of Oregon, Illinois, and his awesome Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer mix, Black Jack, are pioneers in this young sport.   Breen asked Black Jack to sit and stay at the dock's end closest to land, then walked to...
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Cancel Gym Membership and Get a Dog!
Research shows that dog owners lead more active lifestyles.
I'll admit it: If it wasn't for my four dogs, I’d likely live a sedentary hermit life and dine exclusively on PBJ sandwiches. Thanks to my pack, I spend at least 10 hours a week out and about in an effort to keep us all conditioned. I also pay more attention to what I eat as I've learned more about how my dogs' diets affect their performance in canine sports.   Studies now show that dog owners...
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Conference Examines the Paradox of Purebred Breeding
First-ever meeting this April in Washington D.C.
Ever since the BBC documentary "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" tore the lid off the practice of breeding show dogs in Great Britain, breeders, handlers, dog lovers and more have been forced to answer the question: What's the cost of perfection? In April, the Purebred Paradox conference will offer a high-profile exploration of issues that can no longer be ignored.   What can be done to enhance the health...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Tips for Hiking with Small Dogs
Short Legs Hit the Trail
Hiking with Small Dog
Most weekends in fall, I pick a mountain to hike near my home in Portland, Ore. “How did that little guy get all the way up here?” someone will ask. “She’s a she,” I’ll say, “and she does it all the time.” Chuckie, my Miniature Dachshund, will prance around like it’s no big deal, which it isn’t. But I’m often surprised by the attention we get. There’s no reason to leave the outdoors to larger...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Three Myths about Playing with Your Dog
Okay to play tug?
Strong opinions exist about the “Do nots” of playing with dogs. I agree with only some of these prohibitions. I do stand by the ban on rough-and-tumble wrestle play and the teasing that often accompanies it. Though this form of play can be fun, the high emotional arousal that results often leads to a lack of inhibition, and that’s when trouble can happen, even to nice dogs and to nice people....
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Amazing Agility Pig
Louie lobbies for spot on canine team
Louie the pot-bellied pig was special when he would race to the agility field to watch her dogs train. His own aptitude for the sport became clear when she attempted to teach a dog to run through a tunnel and Louis zipped through it instead. Now nine months old, he is campaigning for a spot on the canine display team, which competes at the prestigious Crufts dog show. Do you think a pig should be...
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Our Dogs Make Poets of Us
Declare your love in rhyme, and maybe win a prize
I’ve been really enjoying the sweet odes des chiens on our Facebook page. In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, Bark has been greasing the wheels of heartfelt expression by inviting readers to convey your love for your dogs in verse on our Facebook page. The results so far convince me that our dogs make poets of us.   Here are two early entries that capture the spirit of the thing.   From Lisa Litz-...
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Super Bowl Alternatives
Walk your dog, swoon over puppies
I live in Seattle, and walked my dogs during the first quarter of the Seattle Seahawks v. Chicago Bears NFL playoff game a couple weeks ago. I was thrilled with the traffic-free streets of my neighborhood. Many of the blocks around my house don’t have sidewalks, so normally Lulu, Renzo and I have to share the road with too-fast cars. Other than snow days, which paralyze this city, a football...

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