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Molly the Difficult
Reader tribute to a maddening, but beautiful Aussie.
You know how you have that one dog—the one you are closer to than all the others you lived with over the years. Not the most obedient, nor the most talented, but the one to whom you are bound more tightly than any others. You hate to say it, but you do love that one more. And that was Molly. She was willful, difficult, made me crazy. I’d yell in frustration at her and at myself. Over the years I...
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What Is This Guy Thinking?
Dogs in pickup trucks—it only looks cool.
Driving home from a snowshoe hike with our dogs yesterday (we got a major dump in the mountains outside Seattle), we came upon a truck with an open flatbed. What caught my eye was the enormous U.S. flag across the cab guard. Obviously, this driver wanted to send a message: He was a patriot, couldn’t we see from the flag? If I sound snide, it’s because of what I saw next: In front of the flag,...
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Tattoo You
A loving tribute that’s more than skin deep.
Last spring, I wrote a story about dog tattoos, or more precisely, people who have tattoos—usually portraits—of their dogs. I was awed by the variety and beauty of these tributes. After we ran the story, I received so many wonderful photos of tattoos (which we posted on our old blog over the following weeks). Honestly, for a while there, I began to feel like I was writing for a dog-tattoo blog—so...
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Dog Is My Décor?
Wearing your heart on your lawn.
Lawn jockeys, flamingos, gnomes and windmills—our front yards have long been a platform for inorganic self-expression. For my part, I have always exercised restraint in these matters, but after receiving an email from Bark contributor Helene F. Rubinstein, I’m thinking that’s been my loss. During a recent drive on the roads outside Reno, Rubinstein saw lawn ornaments for sale—the sort you never...
Blog: Guest Posts
Speaking for Spot
Nancy Kay, DVM, on some of the hardest decisions we’ll ever make.
You don’t often hear canine talk on Fresh Air—apparently Terry Gross has a cat—but NPR’s distinguished interviewer gave most of the hour yesterday to a conversation with veterinarian and Bark contributor Nancy Kay, DVM. If you missed it, it’s worth an online listen. Exploring issues from Kay’s new book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, the...
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Two Dogs Down
After two dogs freeze to death, is it time to rethink the Iditarod?
A few days before cancer-survivor Lance Mackey became the third person to win the Iditarod three years in a row, two dogs belonging to rookie racer Lou Packer died from exposure to high-winds and 50-below-zero temperatures. The story of Grasshopper and Dizzy’s demise is as harrowing as it is provocative. Already the questions are tumbling down. Was Packer a rookie who took unnecessary risks or is...
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Valentino: Pug Lover
New documentary shines a little light on designer’s dogs.
Best job in the world? Pug-sitter for Valentino. “I don’t care about the collection; my dogs are more important,” declares Valentino Garavani during one of his regular tantrums in Valentino: The Last Emperor, which opens today. (New York Times film critic Stephen Holden weighs in.) While the documentary is not a dog movie, Valentino’s pugs steal every scene in which they appear—snoozing in the...
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Show & Tell
Dog Days of Winter
“Lucy is a gentle and passionate nine-year-old Golden Retriever who lives life to its fullest. She loves her special time after one of our Northeast snowstorms, which provide her with the magical frolicking moments that cure those winter blues. Lucy spends hours making snow dog angels and stuffing her head completely into the fluffy stuff. She comes up for air occasionally, always with an icy...
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Does Mandatory Spay/Neuter Work?
Some shelters and veterinarians don’t think so.
Last week, a proposed mandatory spay/neuter bill for Chicago was put on hold in the face of overwhelming opposition. Personally, I'm in favor of public education and encouraging people to choose spay/neuter for their pets, not forcing them to do so. What surprised me most about this hearing was who opposed it, including popular "Pet World" radio host Steve Dale, the Illinois State Veterinary...
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Not-So-Stupid Pet Trick
Bailey rocks Letterman with her last gasp.
When Bailey goes as limp as a rag in Mike Bower’s arms, I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Bravura performance by a Beagle--and a perfect antidote for anyone suffering a case of the Tuesdays.      Watch how without any crowd noise, Bailey gives a “killer” performance trying to land the gig as Milk-Bones spokesdog.    

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