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Amazing Dog Rescuers
Sadly, not everyone thinks these dogs should've been saved.
It’s not unusual to hear about good Samaritans helping out a dog, but lately, people are risking their lives to save a stray. Check out the nail-biting video of firefighters rescuing a German Shepherd mix from the flooded waters of the Los Angeles River.  The lucky dog – now named Vernon for where he was found – is still looking for his rightful owner. If no one claims him, there’s a lengthy list...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Snow, Snow, Snow
Plowing through the powder
We just love to watch our Olde English Bulldogge, Max, play in the snow.   —Jim & Carol Lenguadoro, Cincinnati Ohio                 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...
Blog: Guest Posts
ER X-Ray: Finding a Rubber Ducky Inside a Dog's Stomach
In the ER: Veterinarians are sleuths
Are you sure Dozer did not swallow any dog toys or clothing?” I asked.   “No, we keep the yard cleaned up so there is nothing for the dogs to get into,” Dozer’s owners replied. Thus began the search for the cause of vomiting in an 8-year-old Alaskan Malamute.   There are at least 63 causes of vomiting in dogs, which is probably why we see so many cases at our emergency hospital. If the cause is...
Blog: Guest Posts
Double Standard
Smaller v. larger breeds
My neighbor stands in his driveway, his tiny Papillon barking furiously at my dog, Sophie. “Your dog is not socialized, eh?” he says. I point out that it is his dog that is behaving aggressively toward Sophie. “But that’s because she growled at him,” he says. I have met him several times in the morning while walking my two-year-old Shar-Pei. Each time, his little dog has rushed furiously at...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
To Tug or Not to Tug?
Discovering the benefits of playing tug-o-war
A few weeks ago, I wrote about entertaining your canine crew with a variety of indoor activities, including a tugging game. One of our readers commented that they’d always heard playing tug-o-war can encourage biting, a common misconception about this game.  I can see why tugging could be mistaken for encouraging aggressive behavior with all the pulling and growling, but the bad rap is...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Fur Is Flying!
Some folks don't think mutts should mix with AKC
At agility class last week, I bumped into an old friend. While catching up, I mentioned how excited I was that my mixed breed, Ginger Peach, could soon compete in AKC agility. I swear his head nearly spun completely around and he grew red in the face before blurting, "Allowing mixed breeds is an insult to the breeders who spend so much time, energy and money on their breeding programs!" He then...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
ASPCA Humane Awards
Submit your human, canine, and feline nominations.
Each year, the ASPCA celebrates the important human-animal bond by honoring ten inspiring animals and people who have demonstrated compassion and bravery. The awards are given to dogs and cats that have demonstrated extraordinary behavior and to people who’ve made a significant impact in the lives of animals in the past year. Do you know any two or four legged friends who fit the bill? The ASPCA...
Blog: Guest Posts
First Dog Blog
The President’s Portie is no bipartisan!
Last week in my Rally class, a student joked that her dog couldn't make left turns because he was a Republican. Of course, we all cracked up; dogs don't follow a political party. Or do they? Check out First Dog Bo Obama's blog and you might be surprised. He speaks his partisan mind on everything from Haiti's dog victims, to Scott Brown's unexpected Senate win, to race in politics. Bo is also...
Show & Tell
A boy’s best friend
My German Shepherd, Ranger, and nephew Brandt Brooks were best buddies from the first time they met. They only see each other on holidays, but their special bond grows ever stronger. I think there must be a void in a dog’s heart that only a boy can fill.   —Mona Shoup, Houston, Tex.        Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about...
Blog: Karen B. London
Relief Efforts in Haiti
The need is extraordinary
The suffering defies description in the aftermath of the biggest earthquake to hit Haiti in centuries, and worldwide efforts to help the people in need reveal the empathy of the international community towards those whose very lives depend on what emergency supplies and care reach them in the next hours, days, weeks and months. Groups involved in aid efforts include Partners in Health, the Red...

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