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Blog: Karen B. London
Mushrooms Can Poison Dogs
Heavy rains in Arizona heighten danger
Veterinarian Julianne Miller, in an interview with Arizona Public Radio, says that she has seen three times as many cases of mushroom toxicity in dogs this summer compared with previous years. The reason for the increase is that Flagstaff, Ariz., has had the fourth wettest monsoon season ever, with nearly 10 inches of rain in just over two months. Fungi thrive in the wetness caused by heavy rains...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Finding Cell Phones
Dogs sniff out smuggled goods in prison
Dogs have been trained to detect cancer, bed bugs, and even illegal DVDs. There really is no limit to how our pups can help us. Now canines are being trained to search prisons for smuggled cell phones. Prisons ban cell phones because inmates can use them to plot escape plans, harass victims or document security procedures. Jail officials have always searched prison cells for phones, but they’ve...
Blog: Guest Posts
Doggie Bags
Is your local restaurant handing out meat scraps?
One of the many things I love about living in New York City with a dog is that the dog can help you discover new things about your neighborhood. Even if you’ve lived in said neighborhood for several years.   This week I discovered the wonder of all wonders: I found out that our neighborhood steak house, which has been there for at least forty years, gives away free food to dogs!   There I was:...
Blog: Karen B. London
Mutt Match
Finding the right dog
I still consider my one-time success at setting up friends who later married to be among the biggest accomplishments of my life. Matchmaking is a time-honored skill that has just as big a place in the dog world as in the human world. Adopting the right dog to suit your lifestyle is that first and oh-so-important step towards a happy relationship.   That’s why I’m such a fan of Mutt Match, an...
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Congratulations, Temple Grandin
Biopic wins five Emmys
At the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, the HBO biopic “Temple Grandin” took home five prizes (out of seven nominations), including Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie. Grandin may have been an unknown quantity for many in the audience and readers of the Emmy’s Blog but not here at Bark. We’re big fans of her work, including the book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine Lifeguards
Italian pups train to rescue humans in troubled waters
After vacationing abroad recently, I’ve been jealous of the abundance of parks and beaches in Europe that allow dogs.  But in Italy, not all of the beach dogs are just lounging in the sun all day, some are also helping to keep the ocean safe. These working pups are graduates of the Italian School of Water Rescue Dogs in Civitavecchia. Currently 300 dogs have been certified through the three-year...
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Tulip on the Big Screen
My Dog Tulip world theatrical premiere, Sept. 1
The animated film version of J.R. Ackerley’s best-selling memoir, My Dog Tulip, will have its world theatrical premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the New York Film Forum. Written, directed and animated by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, this decidedly adult story traces the small details of the 14-year relationship between Ackerley (voiced by Christopher Plummer) and his Alsatian in post-war England...
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Five Year Katrina Anniversary
Today, we remember and reflect
When my husband and I evacuated our New Orleans home the day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, we assumed that this would be an unexpected, albeit nice visit with my parents in the Chicago area. Surely, we’d head back in a week or so. On August 29, 2005, we learned our fate; there was no going home. In shock, I took comfort in the fact that our beloved pets – four dogs and two cats – were...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Mapping the Gut
New research seeks to understand the stomach
My dog, Nemo, is an expert at getting into the garbage and eating treasures off the street.  Fortunately, to date,  Nemo’s dietary habits have been fairly innocuous, but eating bad food can easily lead to more serious conditions, like gastrointestinal infections. Until now identifying canine gastrointestinal disease was difficult because scientists could only culture a small percentage of the...
Blog: Karen B. London
Doggy Watering Hole
It’s neighbors helping neighbors
While visiting my parents in Oregon, I was out running when I saw a bucket filled with water suspended under a sign that read “Doggy Watering Hole.” I was charmed by this thoughtful, neighborly gesture at the side of the road. This sort of community-mindedness is something to be celebrated.   Now I realize that there will be folks who think, “Ew, what a great way to share germs.” To this I say 1...

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