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Three-Year Rabies Requirement
UPDATED. Finally Arkansas. Alabama and Rhode Island next?
The only state in the union to require a rabies vaccination every year may be changing its tune. Weeks after Arkansas extended its rabies booster requirement from every year to every three years, Alabama Senator Larry Dixon introduced legislation to do the same in his state. In addition, Senate Bill 469 includes a medical exemption clause for animals whose health would be jeopardized by the...
Culture: Readers Write
Lessons from Prunella
Advice for stress-free coping with an aged, beloved yet incontinent dog.
A few years ago, my dog Prunella was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a disease of the nervous system that results in paralysis. At that time, my vet said that except for not being able to walk, Prunella would be just fine. And for a while, that was true. Eventually, she needed a wheelchair, but she was still the same happy dog—ask anyone who saw her rolling around San Francisco. The vet...
News: Guest Posts
Fetch the Meteorite
Forget about balls, maybe your dog can bring home something valuable.
Do you have one of those dogs who collects rocks? Maybe even plunges into lakes or streambeds to retrieve them? People sort of smile, sympathetically, when they see it; it’s cute but a little weird. Well, all those stone-loving pups with the ground-down teeth have a new patron saint: a Texas stray named Hopper. He had the good fortune to grab a meteorite in his chops in the weeks after a fireball...
News: Karen B. London
Behavior: When New Puppy Barks at Men
Question: Shiloh is a six-month-old terrier mix female from the rescue shelter that we brought home February 2. She is terrific and has taken well to our household including our five-year-old terrier mix male. My concern is that no matter when my husband enters a room she barks at him like she has never seen him before even though he talks to her using her name first. The barking is continuous,...
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No More Bad Fur Days
Attack of the hairballs? Furminator to the rescue.
Where there's a dog, there's dog hair, and if you have double-coated dogs, you’re looking at dog-hair dust bunnies the size of, well, actual rabbits. After living with Huskies for more than 25 years, I was skeptical that any single grooming device could make a difference. Until I tried the FURminator. This cool tool with a silly name is almost magic. Not only does it leave the dog’s coat tidy and...
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Show & Tell: Dog Is Her Co-Pilot
“Iggy bonds with our daughter ... as a puppy ... and as an adult.” —Lisa Prince Fishler, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.                       Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online receive a subscription (new or...
News: Guest Posts
Helping Pups Out of the Dog House
Charlotte ad man applies a little creative thinking to the foreclosure crisis.
If simple necessity is the mother of invention, you gotta believe a crisis like our current sub-prime/banking/global market implosion is going to spark some pretty incredible results. (Think: Octuplets without the nuttiness.) One glimmer comes from Charlotte, N.C., where the proverbial light bulb flashed for Phil Jones, when he read an article about the rising number of pets abandoned to his...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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