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Must Read: Pesticide Report
Buyer beware of over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products.
Reading between the corporate disclaimers and regulator hedging, my takeaway from the thorough and impressive investigation into over-the-counter, spot-on pesticide products for pets by The Center for Public Integrity is: Why risk it? And it’s beginning to look like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might be asking the same question. Based on an unprecedented review of 10 years’ worth of...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Ivy League Study on How Dogs Think
Harvard recruits dogs for its Canine Cognition Lab.
What pet lover doesn’t attribute human-like abilities to their dogs? I try to avoid anthromorphizing, but when you live with someone-- human or canine--you can’t help but speculate on what drives their behavior and decision-making. Scientists have spent decades studying exotic animals, such as dolphins and gorillas, while dogs have been largely neglected. I’m even guilty, having studied the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Who You Gonna Call?
Dog control officer accused of stealing dogs.
Here’s a story to keep you up at night. A dog control officer in Hoosick, N.Y., allegedly plucked a pair of four-year-old Rottweiler/Golden Retriever dogs named Abby and Ginger from their home barn and gave them to someone, whom he says he thought was their owner. When the officer “discovered” his error, he returned the dogs. Only, the dogs he returned weren’t Abby and Ginger. Facing a felony...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Wheels of Change
Green transportation for around-town travel.
These days, anyone who slaps Bark’s bumper sticker—Dog Is My Co-Pilot™—on a car is conscious of rising fuel prices and looming environmental crises. More and more, people are paying attention to the fuel economy and emission levels of that bumper-sticker-bearing vehicle. Some, especially in urban areas, have opted to go the old-fashioned route and get around town on two, or in some cases three,...
Good Dog: Studies & Research
What are the Differences Between Male and Female Dogs?
Do male and female dogs learn differently?
“If you want a good dog, get a male. If you want a great dog, get a female and cross your fingers.” That old saying has been passed down through generations in a variety of fields from retriever training to sheepdog handling. But is it true? Are there significant sex-related differences in the training and performance of the domestic dog? When the editor of Bark asked me that question, I had an...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Sweet Dreams, Dave
Darling Dave lived for fourteen years with our neighbors Gary and Nancy. They adopted him from sheep farmers at the greenmarket in Union Square, NYC. He was the last puppy in the box, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. Dave loved his toys, his people, his treats. Many of us loved Dave. I was one. Dave had a set of ears that were like gorgeous instruments, and he played them. Nancy called in...
Blog: Contests
Giveaways!
[Enter to Win] Fun prizes and Bark goodies
We have giveaways! Enter to win free stuff like the Bark's Dog is my Co-Pilot bumperstickers, t-shirts, books, subscriptions, toys, and other goodies! Enter as many times as you like--what's important is we want to hear from you! Check back for new giveaways.       Howl Giveaway Enter to win a copy of our book Howl. [Contest Closed] Subscription Giveaway Win a one year subscription...
Blog: Guest Posts
Why Tributes?
A chance to remember, celebrate and learn.
We recently launched Tributes, an online section dedicated to stories about our beloved dogs past. I’m glad we’ve set aside a space for celebrating our best friends and commiserating over their loss because I believe it’s another rich facet of our lives with dogs. A few years ago, I worked on a proposal for a book about pet loss. Nothing came of it, in part, because publishers felt it was a...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Survivor, Doggy Edition
A canine castaway survives on an island for four months.
In November, the unthinkable happened to the Griffith family during a family boat trip. Their Australian Cattle Dog, Sophie Tucker, fell overboard into the choppy waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The family was devastated but after an unsuccessful search, the Griffiths thought they’d never see their beloved dog again. Last month, a family friend passed along news about a dog on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Does Your Dog Chase His Tail?
It’s not all in his head; it’s in his blood!
Remember that viral video of a dog “attacking” his hind leg that a lot of people found funny? I cringed every time it was sent to me with a comment like, “Isn’t this hilarious?” Clearly, the dog was suffering from some kind of illness and needed treatment, not to be videotaped and shown far and wide for the ignorant masses’ amusement. That’s an extreme example, but it got me wondering—are some of...

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