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Blog: Karen B. London
Visual Versus Vocal Cues
Dogs watch us and we talk to them
There’s a little list in my mind of information that dog trainers know and that they wish everyone knew. At the top of that list is the fact that dogs primarily communicate with visual signals whereas humans most often express themselves vocally. This difference explains so much of the confusion between our otherwise largely compatible species.   Dogs often pick up on visual cues that we use,...
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Expanding the Foster Universe
By allowing more dogs and cats per home
We all know animal control agencies, shelters and rescue organizations around the country are trying to do more with less. And I’m intrigued by new strategies that could make a considerable difference without further taxing resources, such as the idea under consideration in Lafayette, Ind. That city’s animal control commission is crafting legislation that will increase the number of pets allowed...
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Show & Tell: Just Who's Door Is it?
This is a picture of my nephew using Penny’s doggy door. Penny thought it was very interesting to see a human use her entrance. —Joyce Kato, Monrovia, Calif.           Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online...
Blog: Karen B. London
Subaru Dog Driving Lessons
April Fools!
On April Fools Day, my sons swapped the contents of our cereal boxes. When I tried to pour my daily serving of boring grown-up bran cereal, my bowl filled with some kind of Gorilla Crunch cereal. That’s about the extent of the jokes at our house, but we enjoyed the joke that Subaru carried out enough to make up for our own lack of creativity.   Subaru announced on the first of this month that...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Change of Heart
Adopting a dog, Belize-style
We were afraid it was a heart attack. My husband Bruce felt pressure on his chest, stiffness in his neck and on his left side, and struggled to breathe. So we drove our beat-up SUV 3 hours over rough bush roads to the hospital in Belize City. It was this frightening incident, and waiting for the doctor’s results, that landed us at the new Belize Humane Society.   Let me take a step back to the...
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Tater Tot Home Safe
About 100 people searched for car-wreck runaway
Isn’t it a little weird that in the CBS 42 report on the heartwarming story of Tater Tot’s reunion with her family—the six-year-old Golden Lab who was found days after escaping from a car in a rollover accident in New Hampshire—the reporter never once tell us the condition of the human driver, even after showing a gnarly photo of the smashed-in car? (Watch the video here.) I’m thrilled for Tater...
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Show & Tell: Easter Special
What big ears you have
In this battle of the big ears, Easter Bunny wins by a nose. Thanks to Katharine, who shared this photo of Benjamin, her three-year-old Welsh Corgi, just in time for the holiday. Currently living with Katharine and Bryan, Benjamin is world traveler but a true New Mexican at heart.           Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about...
Strategies for Dog Rescuers
Finding a balance
Whether the dogs are purebred or not, in rescue work, learning to say “no” is a must; otherwise a group will quickly run out of money, foster homes and volunteers. Nonetheless, it’s never easy to recognize and abide by the fact that no one person or group can save every dog. Teamwork is key to any rescue’s long-term effectiveness and survival. Sadly, the stress and strong emotions that come with...
Blog: Karen B. London
Lost Wallets
Can your dog’s photo help?
According to a psychology study by Richard Wiseman in Edinburgh, Scotland, the likelihood that your lost wallet will be returned to you is influenced by the photos in it. The highest percentage of wallets were returned when there was a baby picture inside (88 percent), but the next most effective photo was one of a dog at 53 percent. A family portrait prompted a 48% return rate while wallets with...
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Q&A with Maren Bussey
Young author follows shelter dogs in a new book
With more than 100 books to her credit, four adopted dogs in her home and a canine-behaviorist mother, it was probably only a matter of time before Maren Bussey wrote a book about shelter dogs. Tackling the project like a journalist, the cub reporter followed dozens of dogs surrendered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., and then profiled 15 in...

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