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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Using Technology to Solve Canine Boredom
An engineering grad student invents a way to interact with his dog remotely.
Recently I stumbled upon an iPhone controlled dog treat dispensing device built by Stephen Myers. The Biomedical Engineer PhD student created the dispenser to interact with his dog Cooper during his long grad school days.  The one-of-a-kind creation allows Stephen to monitor his pup by web cam and deliver treats from anywhere his iPhone receives service. He details how the dispenser was built on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Other People’s Dogs
The view from my desk
It wasn’t until Kip climbed onto my lap and gave me a big, up-close grin that I realized I hadn’t laughed in a while. It was the first month at my new job, working forty hours a week in a real office. I was trying to get used to this serious adult lifestyle, but, to be honest, it was freaking me out a bit. As I sat at my desk one Tuesday afternoon tapping my fingers on my keyboard, Kip moseyed...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Derby
Bruce Gordon with Derby, circa 1950, in front of the family home in Boston. Heather Gordon Huntington, who sent us this photo and the story behind it, says that she’d heard stories about Derby all her life—the Boxer had almost mythical status in her family.He followed her father to school, then broke into the cloakroom and ate everyone’s lunches before escaping; he was the happy recipient of her...
Blog: Karen B. London
Saving Coyotes’ Lives
Scientist Marc Bekoff advises people to keep coyotes away from their homes.
When coyotes lose their fear of people, their lives are in danger. The more these wild animals come into contact with people, the more likely they are to be shot by authorities who face enormous pressure to prevent people and pets from being hurt by coyotes. With that in mind, behavioral ecologist Marc Bekoff, who has studied coyotes for decades, urges people to do what they can to keep coyotes...
Blog: Guest Posts
Have Van, Will Travel
Q & A with the women behind C.A.R.E.
It’s a simple truth that a homeless dog in the South or the Midwest may have a better chance of finding a good adoptive home in the Northeast or cities in the West. For these dogs in overcrowded, under-funded shelters, transportation can mean the difference between life and death. When Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska adopted Kit and Holly from a rescue in Kentucky over Christmas, she learned the...
Blog: Karen B. London
See African Wild Dogs on Safari
Let Patricia McConnell be your guide.
When I was first interning as an applied animal behaviorist, I spent months with Patricia McConnell sitting in on all of her cases, reviewing the details, riding to house calls and going to conferences together. During our morning “getting our paws in the ground” tradition, I learned a lot as we shared experiences about our own dogs, training classes and consultations, all while discussing life,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Pet Soup Kitchen in Danger of Closing
Daffy's throws a block party fundrasier to help save its Georgia warehouse.
In the March/April issue of the magazine, I wrote about Daffy’s Soup Kitchen in Lawrenceville, Ga., where the mission is to keep families and their pets together. Daffy’s has continued to grow, now distributing more than 20,000 pounds of food per month, supporting more than 1,000 people and 2,000 animals at locations across eight states. Although demand has grown for this much-needed resource,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Are No-Kill Shelters the Solution?
Or are they “animal warehouses” as some critics claim?
A shelter in rural Shelby County, Kentucky, recently celebrated one year as a no-kill facility. This is no easy feat in any state, where thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized weekly for lack of homes. Making Shelby County Humane Society and Animal Shelter completely no kill was ten years in the making, according to Woodstock Animal Foundation founder Denise Jones. It required the support and...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Grieving Through Art
DoveLewis’ Community Art Program helps pet lovers heal after a loss.
When a friend’s dog recently passed away, in my search for a memorial gift, I discovered an amazing program started by certified grief counselor and artist, Enid Traisman at DoveLewis emergency animal hospital in Portland, Ore. Through running one of the first pet loss support programs in the nation, Traisman found a unique way to use art to foster the healing process. Three years ago, the former...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Bowl Entrepreneur
Lapping up the big time with a bowl for Bo.
Here’s what I love. When someone creates a smart dog product—especially something simple that makes life better and easier for dogs and people—and then sticks by it, even if it means taking a drubbing from the venture-capital A-types on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. (They promised, "the U.S. will eat you alive.") Well, Brit entrepreneur Natalie Ellis, who has sold 80,000 of her Road Refresher (non-spill)...

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