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“Blowing” Off Mosquitoes
Fans can provide relief from summer stingers
No one likes mosquitoes. And since only one bite from an infected one can spread heartworm in our dogs, we have to be doubly aware of how to prevent being bitten by them. The New York Times had an interesting piece that looked at the effectiveness of using wind—in the form of a fan—to deter flying pests from landing on you or on your dog. What makes the fan an effective deterrent is that it “...
Blog: Guest Posts
My Dog Is Strange
That's what you're tweeting
When @the_bark tweeted my dog is strange—because, well, ours sure are—we were happy to discover we aren’t alone. There are lots of bubble-blowing, crazy-staring, cupboard-sleeping wonderfully odd pups out there. To find keep up with these canine eccentricities and to tweet into future conversations, follow us on Twitter, where we ponder weighty issues, such as our dog’s weird habits, most...
Blog: Guest Posts
Are You Afraid of Coyotes?
Humane fence roller keeps pets in, wild animals out
Having lived in New Orleans for most of my adult life, it was a shock to see my first coyote in our semi-rural neighborhood in northern Illinois a few years back. One look at their confident gait and hard yellow eyes and there is no mistaking them for a dog. Some of my friends told me horror stories about coyotes snatching pets, but I still found them to be exotic, a curiosity. This summer, new...
Blog: Karen B. London
Criminal Mistake
Running into K9 training
I love stupid criminal stories. My favorite is about a guy who robbed a liquor store. When the clerk asked for ID because he looked young and was taking beer, the thief presented his driver’s license. This made it easier for the police to apprehend him, in case you were wondering. Similarly, I like the one about the man holding up a bank who wrote his demands on the back of his personal deposit...
Blog: Guest Posts
Safety Belts and Sanity
A journey to find the perfect dog seat belt
It all started with a Golden Retriever. Well, a photo of one anyway, placidly enjoying a car ride, all from the comfort and safety of a seat belt designed for dogs. It’s amazing what good marketing can do to instill a dream in your mind: “Hey, that could be my life.” While my two dogs are usually fairly well behaved in the car (aside from that incident when Skip pooped in the backseat while I was...
Blog: Guest Posts
Travel Tips
Rachel Ray asks where to stay
When celebrity chef/magazine mogul/ubiquitous TV presence Rachel Ray needs tips on traveling with a pup—who’s she gonna call? Well, Bark magazine, of course. Check out editor-in-chief Claudia Kawczynska’s suggestions on pet-friendly accommodations.
Blog: JoAnna Lou
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Free stickers and tips to protect you and your pets
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by pets. I never really thought about it before, but between my cats jumping on the counters and my dogs zooming past tables, I can see how this can be more common than I’d like to think about. I pretty much avoid candles for this reason, but I had no idea how easy it is for a cat or...
Blog: Karen B. London
An Unlikely Couple
The love of a goat and a dog
It’s hard to say what makes a pair fall so deeply in love, and when a close bond develops across species, it is both more puzzling and more endearing. A goat named Minelli and a Great Dane named Judy used to spend all their time together—sleeping, cuddling, and just being with each other.   They were strays, though, and are now being held in an animal care facility in Dallas for the required 18...
Blog: Guest Posts
Baghdad’s Strays
Increasing numbers good news?
A disturbing piece of news caught my attention today: A recent campaign to kill some of the estimated 1.25 million strays (by shooting and poisoning) that roam Baghdad streets is seen as a sign that conditions in the city are improving.   Sandy Smith at Huliq.com writes: “The dog control campaign is at once a part of local efforts to return Baghdad to normalcy seven years after the 2003 US-led...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Periscope Pup
Scout is our periscope pup. Her job is to warn the submarine captain if enemy vessels are approaching. Ping!   —Kate Ogosta, Culver City, Calif.       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...

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