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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...
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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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I Love My Bad Dog Blog
One of my favorite me-and-my-dog blogs is Anaheed Alani’s I Love My Bad Dog Blog and not just because Piney's problems (pancreatitis, allergies, anxiety, aggression and on and on) make my worst days with my two pups sound like a trip to the spa, but because she’s funny, and open, and honest about the challenges, and you can tell she is devoted to her gorgeous AmStaff and would do any and...
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A Million-plus Kisses
Lots of love in a too-short lifetime
Lick. Lick. Lick. Those little kisses on my nose sealed the deal. We had to take that adorable Beagle puppy home with us. Our Beagle, Bailey, was a smart, people-loving, stubborn, sweet, independent-minded little soul. Though lacking English skills, Bailey was an excellent communicator. She could make her wishes known using a combination of her nose, barking and whining, and her big brown eyes...
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Show & Tell: Snow Cowboy
This picture was taken after our first big winter snow in southeast Wisconsin. My husband captured Cowboy and me playing in the fresh snow, depicting the delight of human and dogs at play.                     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...
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In the ER: What Happens When a Dog Eats Coffee
Tales from a Colorado ER
We used to have sign in our lobby that said “Any unsupervised children will get a cup of espresso and a free puppy.” We took it down after one of the clients asked what kind of puppy. We now have self-serve coffee in the lobby, and it’s not uncommon to see a kid trying to short-circuit the coffee maker. Which brings us to the case of Tonsi, a seven-year-old, hyperactive Australian Shepherd who...
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Sweet Licks - Dozing Dogs
SWEET LICKS CONTEST Sadie! This is Sadie licking her chops! Taken while playing outside last summer and me holding a treat off camera to get her to pose. -Angela of Edmond, OK. DOZING DOGS CONTEST Hammy! This is Hammy. Like all puppies, he runs and plays until he's all worn out. I plopped him on the pillow and he never moved a muscle. I think he was asleep before he hit the pillow! -...
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An Unbreakable Bond
How a Chow named Chelsea made life worth living
My heart remains very heavy after the profound loss of my beloved Chow, Chelsea, on August 22, 2009. My best friend for the last nine years, I still struggle through each day trying to cope with the fact that she is no longer with me. She remains in my heart and in my thoughts, as she always will, yet I miss looking into her beautiful eyes and the feel of her soft, black fur. I have been blessed...
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Show & Tell: Easy Rider
Dog really is his co-pilot!
I took this picture this summer on the Island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. It was very early one morning in June, and my husband and I were sitting outside a dive shop waiting for it to open. This gentleman pulled up to a restaurant, whistled, and this big dog walked out, hopped up on the moped and they whizzed off. I guess they do it every day!         Send us your photos. Topics...
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AKC’s Latest Controversy
Competitors were reaching for sandbags not glory at Agility Invitational
Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility Invitational puts the spotlight on the top five dogs of every AKC-recognized breed, which gives less traditional agility breeds a chance to come out and shine. It's held in Long Grove, Calif., in conjunction with the creme de la creme of conformation and the top obedience teams. You might have seen highlights from years past on Animal Planet....

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