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Let the Fur Fly
Pilots volunteer time and energy to transport homeless pups to a better future.
When Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska adopted Kit and Holly from a rescue in Kentucky last Christmas, she learned the shelter had a program for sending dogs to new homes in the North but not out West where she lives. A little more digging to find a ride for the puppies revealed a formal and informal network of individuals and organizations working together—supported by countless Internet posters...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Gigi Spies A Green Tomato
A tragicomedy in five parts
The stage: A small wooden deck with sturdy balusters, overlooking a vegetable garden in late season. Enter Gigi. The six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel saunters across the deck, untroubled. It’s hard to tell by looking at her, but Gigi is a former rescue dog, and a traveled one, too: She’s lived in Singapore and Manhattan and (for the past two years) this Boston suburb. Gigi takes all...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Goodbye to Clayton, The Great Heart
It was a match made in heaven…
I met him at a Borders bookstore. I had been avoiding such “open houses” since an ill-fated Internet match did not work out in the least, but a neighbor urged me to look again, and there he was … in all his fluffy, furry glory. Clayton was not an easy dog to own at first: stubborn, arrogant and prone to running out the door. I remember his first Christmas at my mom’s, the star of the show,...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Biscardi
It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Freckles
Send us your family-dog photos
It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Duncan the Wonder Dog
From scruffy mutt to regal specimen.
I wonder if Duncan’s first owners thought he was a Scottish Terrier. Why else would they have given him such a grand Gaelic name? We met Duncan when he was six-months-old—by then he weighed thirty pounds with legs like stilts and ears like goalposts. Obviously, Duncan was not a Scottish Terrier. We were visiting the shelter in search of a big dog, but when we saw Duncan we wondered if he was the...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Remembering Nena Zamora
Her ruffian spirit will remain with us always.
Nena Zamora, a beloved honorary member of the Puppy Paws Productions pack, left us too soon for doggy heaven on August 4, 2009. At only seven-years-old, she was  diagnosed with AIHA (Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia), a blood disorder in which a dog’s immune system destroys his or her own red blood cells. The onset of Nena’s disease was dramatic and sudden. Though she was given every possibility to...
Blog: Guest Posts
Clone Wars
BioArts shuts down, South Korean firm ramps up.
Last night, I read “Admiral,” a short story by TC Boyle, about a young woman who dog-sits a cloned dog. Boyle deploys his considerable comic talent sending up the Strykers, who paid $250,000 to copy their prized Afghan Hound, after he was hit by a car. The Strykers also pay the sitter a couple thou a week plus benefits because she was the dog-sitter for the original. They hope to replicate not...
Blog: Guest Posts
In the ER: Treating a Dog's Gunshot Wounds
Make My Day: What would you do?
Many emergency veterinarians enjoy the challenge of gunshot wound cases, especially when we have a good outcome. It’s not very often, however, that a dog comes into our ER in critical condition from a gunshot wound, and survives, and the dog’s owner ends up dead from the very same thing. That is exactly what happened on the afternoon of November 2, 2003. Mojo was a three-year old Miniature...
Blog: Guest Posts
Click on Firefox
Her sight may be failing, but her spirits are high
I am currently fostering a young Border Collie, Firefox, who has been diagnosed with retinal degeneration. She is completely blind in her right eye and has very limited vision in her left, which will continue to diminish until she is completely blind. So far, there have been no inquries about her but I am hopeful that the perfect family will come forward soon.   She truly is a "dog like any...

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