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Pedigree Dogs Inquiry Released
Recommends more breeder oversight, stronger welfare regulations
A year and a half after the BBC documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” revealed high levels of disability, deformity and disease in pedigree dogs left the United Kingdom’s Kennel Club reeling, an independent review of breed standards has been released. (Complete downloadable report available here. Read Club's reaction.) Known as the Bateson inquiry, for its author, Cambridge University professor Sir...
Blog: Guest Posts
More Salmonella Contamination Feared
FDA issues a “health alert” for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is not the same as a recall. The report says: “Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising...
Dog Culture: Tributes
My Sparky
My heart is broken, where did you go? You were in my arms just one week ago Then suddenly nothing but darkness and pain I knew we’d come to the end of your days How would I manage to let you go? Cut the tie that bound you and release your soul? I’d learn to live with just memories Through pain so deep I cannot breathe Soar to the Heavens my beautiful friend I choose to believe...
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Canine ESP
Dog senses recent earthquake on video
I’ve been through one earthquake with my dog and I don’t remember her sensing it before it happened, but then again I wasn’t watching to see if she sensed anything and I didn’t have a handy camera monitoring our every move. But apparently this unidentified news station in Arcata caught a canine’s ESP on tape.  Dog Senses Arcata Earthquake at News Station - Watch more Funny Videos National...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Cuddle Buddies
Our four-year-old Dachshund, Ginger, has been a cuddler from the moment I met her. That was the reason I took her home with me that day. This past weekend, she took the opportunity to cuddle with our three-month-old son when he was sleeping in our bed. The picture has melted the hearts of our friends and family. —Stephanie Swietek, Castle Rock, Colo.       Send us your photos. Topics include...
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On Cloud Nine
A pilot, a plane and a mission
“I used to be deadly afraid of airplanes,” Ted DuPuis told us. That’s not all that surprising. Plenty of folks, including the person at the keyboard right now, harbor a healthy dread of flight. But DuPuis’s response to that fear probably sets him apart from most of us: He became a pilot. On September 8, 2007, the 25-year-old Williamsport, Penn., resident took his first lesson and he has been...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Walker Factoid
Guess how much a NYC dog walker can make
According to a weekend story on NPR, dog walkers in New York can gross as much as $200,000 a year--and while the profession is not recession-proof it's proving pretty resilient.
Blog: Guest Posts
Why Rescue? Meet Stanley.
Sometimes, one dog just tugs at your heart
Please watch the video and share your feelings about Stanley, rescue and dogs in your life who have received second chances. For updates on Stanley's progress, please go to Respect-A-Bull and his Facebook page.
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell
Neither snow, nor sleet…
My dog, Fozzie Bear, is not a fair-weather friend. —Mike John, Oxford, Mich.                 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 receive a subscription (new or renewal) to Bark magazine. Winners in the...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Sleeping with A Pheasant
A Poem for Cammy Jane, 9/5/2000-2/9/2007
I’m sleeping with a pheasant, Puppy. Cupped hands cradle your toy And gently press its belly to my lips. The warmth of my breath Arouses your scent And I inhale deeply, As if life depends on it. Wild and giddy playmate! I see you prance and stalk And sneak from behind To snatch this bright bird Whose raspy call is muffled In your gentle grasp, And game for capture and release.  ...

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