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News: Karen B. London
See the Dog, Not the Story
Accept and respect who your dog is
Today a client asked me what the best advice is for a friend who is about to adopt a dog from a rescue organization. So often, such general questions give me great pause. I’m often inclined to hedge and say, “It depends” or “There’s no single response to such a question.” Normally, if I do choose to give a specific answer to a sweeping question, I regret my choice and change my mind later. In...
News: Guest Posts
Best in Health: Purebred or Mixed-Breed?
With their extremes of limb and coat, purebred dogs may seem more prone to health problems. And don’t breeders even compound defects, as they tinker with uniformity? Yet the dog of many varieties, a potluck of traits, outlasts them all. Not quite, say U.C. Davis researchers in a recent study lead by Anita Oberbauer in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. Their analysis of health records of 88,635...
News: Editors
Detection Dogs: Prostate Cancer
It looks like we soon may be able to chalk up another win for the power of the canine nose. In a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) preliminary study, trained dogs were able to sniff out prostate cancer 9 out of 10 times, making them a more accurate predictor than the standard (but controversial) Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening test, which has a high "false positive" rate.  For men...
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Health Basics: Canine Seizures
For years, I kept a supply of phenobarbital on hand, prescribed by my vet for my mixed-breed dog's seizure. It turned out to be a one-time thing, and eventually, I disposed of the drug. But I can testify that watching her in the grip of it was both scary and confusing. As dog-lovers, most of us hope we're never faced with a number of canine health conditions. Seizures fall into that category....
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Dog Years: Portraits of Then and Now
The Bark interview with photographer Amanda Jones
Nellie 1 year, Nellie 13 years, Amanda Jones with Benny. All photographs © Amanda Jones.
In the great tradition of itinerant photographers, Amanda Jones travels from town to town taking portraits. For more than two decades, she’s used her camera to write the stories of dogs nationwide, capturing them at specific moments in their lives. For her new book, Dog Years (Chronicle Books), Jones extended the narratives of 30 of her subjects—including Bark’s late, great “founding dog,” Nell—...
News: Shirley Zindler
Making the Most of Every Day
Patty at the beach
My oldest dog turned 13 this week. Sweet Patty came to us at almost 11, an emaciated, decrepit wreck of a neglect case who I wrote about in previous blogs. How rewarding it’s been watching her blossom into the happiest girl ever. She’s had a couple of really good years with us but we are starting to see the results of age and her previous neglect catching up with her. She still hits the off-leash...
News: Karen B. London
Socialization Outside the Household
Meeting the dog at home is not enough
One of the obstacles to proper socialization is a misunderstanding of the details of the process. Specifically, many of my clients have told me that they didn’t worry too much about socializing their new puppy because they have another dog at home, and the puppy and that dog get along great. There is an assumption that if a dog can interact properly with one dog, they can interact with all dogs....
News: JoAnna Lou
Service Dogs for Farmers with Disabilities
Missouri non-profit trains pups to help out on farms.
Service dogs play a key role in helping people keep their dignity, independence, and livelihood. But for those who work physically demanding jobs, like farmers, the needs for a working pup are unique. That's what inspired Jackie Allenbrand to create P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA (Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri) in 2009. Her goal was to make life easier for farmers with disabilities, whether it...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs and Kids Bond Over Shared Experiences
Best Friends Bash unites pets and children overcoming health challenges.
Kids often struggle with feeling different, so you can imagine the additional challenges of growing up with a craniofacial disorder. To help these children feel less isolated, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet teamed up to introduce these kids to therapy dogs who have similar health challenges. Best Friends Bash has been so successful that this is the event's third year. This...
News: Karen B. London
A Dog Named Glacier
Coat color influences choice of name
The color of a dog is often the inspiration when choosing a name, and I enjoy that these names fit the dog. It shows that people made the effort to pick a name specifically for that dog. It’s a rare occurrence when I meet a dog named Shadow (or the Spanish equivalent so common where I live—Sombra) who is not black. I’ve also met my share of black dogs named Raven, Cinder, Midnight, Smoky and...

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