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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Stopping Puppy Mills One Store at A Time
Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign comes to New York City.
While puppy mills have long been a hot topic within the dog community, the subject has only recently garnered mainstream attention with specials on Oprah and ABC’s Nightline. (See also “Busted” in The Bark, May 2009.) Even Cesar Millan is using his star power to do a puppy mill exposé that airs tonight (May 8) on National Geographic. While the increased exposure has certainly had an impact,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Fighting A Mountain Lion
Dog saves people’s lives—would yours do the same?
Yesterday, Hoagie, a Lab mix, was walking with his guardians in the Santa Ana Mountains when they were attacked by a mountain lion. The dog was seriously injured in his attempts to fight off the large cat. He required surgery to treat his injuries, but is expected to survive. We all hope that in an emergency our dog would protect and defend us, although obviously nobody wants their dog to be so...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Bowl Bailout
One-time offer aims to get free chow to dogs in need.
The folks at Dogswell, a pet food company in Los Angeles, are reaching out to Americans who’ve been stung by the economic downtown/collapse/crisis (take your pick) by offering a free bag of dry dog food to the first 10,000 eligible people to submit a Bow-Wow Bailout redemption form, through May 15, 2009. It’s about time dogs got a little piece of the recovery action. We love a marketing strategy...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Bark Now Tweeting
First 50 followers on Twitter.com will be entered into drawing for Bark goodie basket.
The Bark is on Twitter. I know—it took us long enough. So, let me just clear something up right away, we weren’t slow to adopt because the service is called Twitter and we’re anti-bird. It’s just that sometimes tackling new technology can be a little overwhelming, and frankly, less immediately satisfying than watching a Border Collie execute a flawless weave-pole slalom. Still, like we always...
Blog: Guest Posts
Better Than Liverwurst
Is dog food just pâté by another name?
“Tastes like dog food” may not be the insult you think. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, only 3 of 18 human participants in a blind taste test were able to identify dog food from among samples of pâté, liverwurst, Spam and Newman’s Own dog food. While I think this says more about the competition than about dog food, the results highlight something we all suspect about taste—that it’...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Pack Mentality?
New reality show features a family on a search for the perfect dog.
I don’t usually watch reality television, but when I heard about HGTV’s Leader of the Pack, I felt compelled to check it out. The show features the Reckseit family on a quest to find the perfect dog. They start out with eight rescues and vote off one per episode until they’re left with their new family member. The eliminated dogs are shown getting adopted by other people at the end of each...
Blog: Guest Posts
“Busted” on the Radio
Bark writer talks to Ron Reagan about puppy mills, May 4.
When I read about a giant puppy mill bust just north of Seattle in January, I was surprised. I had the mistaken impression that my little corner of the country was immune; that puppy mills thrived in the Ozarks, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now, the local papers were detailing how 600 Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and other small breeds were being liberated from shocking...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
The Dog Seen Around the World
Bo Obama inspires an international surge in PWD requests.
When the Obama family announced their new addition, animal groups around the nation braced for Bo-mania. In just three short weeks, Bo already has a book deal and a Beanie Baby on the shelves, catapulting the Portuguese Water Dog from a fishing breed once on the brink of “extinction” to an international sensation.  Global demand has spiked, resulting in people clamoring for a breed with little...
Blog: Guest Posts
Pay to Play
Once free, some dog parks now require a hefty fee.
When we lived in New Orleans, we regularly took our dogs to a fenced-in model airplane  field in the middle of City Park to play.  Friends who lived Uptown took their pups to a grassy levee area along the Mississippi River.  On especially hot days, we’d go to the lakefront, where Bayou St. John met Lake Pontchartrain, forming a perfectly shallow, sandy area for the dogs and their people. The good...
Blog: Guest Posts
Just Between Us
The Swine Flu outbreak should pose little risk to cats and dogs.
There is one worrisome scenario you can cross off your flu fear list. According to a recent statement from the ASPCA, the H1N1 virus—unfortunately known as “Swine Flu”—is not likely to jump the species barrier again and start infecting cats and dogs.   “At this time there is no data demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting this strain of the virus,” says Dr. Louise Murray, the...

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