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Oprah Opts to Adopt
UPDATED. Shelter pups get another shout out from the talk-show superstar.
[Editor's Note: One of the two dogs Oprah adopted from her local shelter has died of canine parvovirus.] After Oprah Winfrey’s beloved Cocker spaniels, Sophie and Solomon, passed away last year, she announced that she would adopt her next dog when the time was right. Last Friday, March 6, she kept that promise and introduced new family member Sadie on her show. Oprah and her partner, Stedman...
Blog: Guest Posts
Supernanny to Save the Day
Petfinder.com enlists Victoria Stilwell--and you--to help troubled pup.
I’ve been avoiding the latest celebrity trainer, Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.” I figured she was just another quirky import with an accent. But I love watching trainers in action, especially from the comfort of my own couch, so I was thrilled to read Helene F. Rubinstein’s thumbs-up on Stilwell and her positive methods in the current issue of The Bark. No sooner had...
Blog: Guest Posts
What Makes A Great Dog Person?
Where there’s an ideal, there’s a way. Help us set the standard.
There’s a lot of focus on what makes a good dog, but what about a good dog person? That’s one of the goals here at The Bark. Through our stories—directly or indirectly—we explore this simple question. Now, we’re putting that question to you. You’re out there in the agility rings and the off-leash parks, navigating icy sidewalks and fretting in veterinarian’s waiting rooms. You read pet food...
Blog: Contests
How I Found My Dog: Love At First Lick
I found Frances on June 11, 2005. I was setting up a picnic in a park in Queens, N.Y., and my friend started pointing to a creature crawling out of the pond (swamp). “Oh my god, it’s a dog!” I said, as I started running towards him. He ran from me for a minute or two. Then, was so afraid, he peed. Then he kissed me. He was covered in pond scum and hives, and the pads of his feet were either worn...
Blog: Contests
Big Love, Big Winners
Our five favorite reader Love Stories
We celebrated Valentine’s month (oh, you thought it was just a day?) by inviting you to count the ways you love your dogs—and then to share the results with us in 100 words or less. Thanks to everyone who submitted love stories. Not only did you manage to stay darn close to the word count, you reminded us of so many things we love about our dogs, and sometimes forget to appreciate, and gave us a...
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Picasso’s Dog
Begging for scraps in the Cubist style
When I lived in New York, I had the good fortune to visit a few museums in the company of Thomas Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With him, there was no slow shuffling past endless works, dedicating a minute or two to each. Instead we hoofed through galleries intent on a destination, with Hoving discouraging us from taking in the sights along the way. Then we’d...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Gone Fishing
Luna has always hunted rabbits and squirrels, but now that she's older and slower she's taken up fishing. She watches bluegills from our lakeside deck. Once, wading, she actually caught one but spit it right out. We think she was expecting it to have fur. -- Susan Sanders, Richfield, Wisc.                   Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or...
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Be Kind to Animals Contest
Kindness pays. No, really. Cold, harsh cash to compassionate kids.
Entrepreneurial humanitarians make me optimistic about the future, especially when they start innovating ways to do good before they can even drive. Take Ian Cahr. At the ripe-young-age of eight-years-old, the Chicagoan earned $12 selling beaded jewelry from a sidewalk stand, which he promptly donated to New Leash on Life, a dog rescue organization in his hometown. Of course, that was only the...
Dog Culture: Science & History
Darwin’s Dogs
Celebrating the bicentennial of the father of evolution
Early in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Charles Darwin uncorks a passage to illustrate the capacity of dogs to love that is guaranteed to break the heart of all but the most unfeeling cad, and one that should hang over the door of every laboratory engaged in experiments with animals. “In the agony of death a dog has been known to caress his master,” he says, “and everyone...
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New Way to Pay for Spay
[Web exclusive] Can Washington State alter 70,000 more cats and dogs
It’s Spay Day, and all around the country, animal welfare organizations are offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries and spreading the word about the importance of altering pets to reduce unwanted litters, overpopulation, abandoned and neglected pets, crowded shelters and high euthanasia rates. In Washington State, legislators are considering an unusual bill to increase funding for low-cost spay...

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