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Magazine: 2012-2014
Dogs Are Definitely Welcome
Editor’s Letter
Claudia Kawcynska & Charlie the dog

We’re easing our way into another summer season, tuning up for vacation flings, scoping out dog-friendly resorts and venues, and hoping to find time to settle back and simply enjoy a few peaceful moments with our dogs.

As our cover proclaims, at long last, I went to New York for a much-anticipated visit with the “Daily Show” dogs. We had put out a few feelers earlier this year, and some of you might have been wondering what came of them. In late February, I made a trip to New York and spent the day at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” offices—and yes, I met the man himself. Since then, we’ve been reviewing the more than 700 photographs that our pal, ace photographer KC Bailey, took during my visit to come up with the one on the cover. You’ll be meeting Parker and Kweil, our cover dogs, and some of their colleagues (and seeing more great photos) in my story. Preview these exclusive sights and sounds from our visit!


Talk about a good time being had by all … not only does this have to be one of the most imaginative, intriguing and invigorating spots in which to work, its über-dog-friendly environment catapults “The Daily Show” into the stratosphere of the country’s most appealing workplaces. To honor that, we’re bestowing our first-ever The Bark’s Best Place to Work Award on “The Daily Show.”

Elsewhere in this issue, we share practical advice from our cadre of experts. Karen London gives us the scoop on the alleged differences between big and small dogs from a behavioral perspective; Pat Miller tells us how to tame door-darters; and attorney Rebecca Wallick provides a primer on pet insurance: Is it the best option? What should you look for when choosing a provider? What are the alternatives?

Then we take on one of dogs’ most profoundly embarrassing behaviors. Who’s missed out on seeing (or living with) a dog who tries to mount another dog, or his bed or toys or Uncle Louie’s leg? Julie Hecht helps us figure out what’s behind all those “good vibrations.” We go from R-rated to squeaky clean in a Q&A with a grooming pro, who gives us tips on the best way to brush and bathe our co-pilots, as well as the best tools (you can toss the one brush you’re likely to have but probably never use), methods and general advice on keeping our dogs looking spiffy.

In accordance with the season, the big focus of this issue is “Outside.” We introduce you to stand-up paddleboarding, a water activity that’s likely to have your dogs hopping aboard for the ride. We learn the ins and outs of backpacking with dogs and hear about a fisherdog. Carrying on in this vein, Lee Harrington describes her “back to nature” experience with Chloe.

In the last issue, we asked for your insights on two important subjects. One involved living in a multiple-dog household, and your responses convinced us that we need to examine this further. We’ve asked University of Michigan animal behavior researcher Barbara Smuts, PhD, to tackle it, and her findings will appear in a future issue. (We’re running highlights from your responses in this issue’s letters section, as well as online.) Keep them coming—we want to hear more about your life with a pack!

Our second request had to do with challenges you may have had while trying to adopt a dog from a rescue group or shelter.  Again, the outpouring of letters showed us that this is also a topic that merits closer investigation. Contributing editor Julia Kamysz Lane, who’s been active in many rescue groups (both as an adopter and an adoption coordinator), will be taking the lead on this one. We hope to hear more from you. Did you encounter unexpected roadblocks during the adoption process? If so, what actions did you take? We also want to hear from rescue groups and shelters about their experiences: How were adoption criteria and processes developed? What kinds of challenges are involved? To get your feedback, we’ll be opening up this topic on both our blog and FB; any suggestions that may help increase adoption rates are definitely welcome.

That’s it for now. Let’s hope that the summery months give you time to chill, to kick back and relax with your pup at your side.

 

 

 

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Bella & Emily
Me and My Dog
Bella and Emily / My Dog

Bella and Emily

All photos of your dog are precious, but there are some that just perfectly capture the reason why you're best friends. Maybe it's a photograph of two of you striking a goofy pose or sharing a quiet, contented moment. Maybe you're romping through the snow, waiting for a kiss—or just showing off your matching smiles. "Me & My Dog" is our newest reader-submitted photo feature, and we want to see to see all those wonderful best friends photos. Share your photo.

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Tracey & Moose
Me and My Dog
Tracey and Moose / My Dog

My beautiful Moose man!

All photos of your dog are precious, but there are some that just perfectly capture the reason why you're best friends. Maybe it's a photograph of two of you striking a goofy pose or sharing a quiet, contented moment. Maybe you're romping through the snow, waiting for a kiss—or just showing off your matching smiles. "Me & My Dog" is our newest reader-submitted photo feature, and we want to see to see all those wonderful best friends photos. Share your photo.

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Tess & Cristian
Me and My Dog
Tess & Cristian / My Dog

Tess (Golden Retriever) and Cristian enjoying a fall day.  

All photos of your dog are precious, but there are some that just perfectly capture the reason why you're best friends. Maybe it's a photograph of two of you striking a goofy pose or sharing a quiet, contented moment. Maybe you're romping through the snow, waiting for a kiss—or just showing off your matching smiles. "Me & My Dog" is our newest reader-submitted photo feature, and we want to see to see all those wonderful best friends photos. Share your photo.

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Laura, Scamp & Rupert
Me and My Dogs
Scamp, Laura and Rupert / My Dog

Scamp, Laura and Rupert

All photos of your dog are precious, but there are some that just perfectly capture the reason why you're best friends. Maybe it's a photograph of two of you striking a goofy pose or sharing a quiet, contented moment. Maybe you're romping through the snow, waiting for a kiss—or just showing off your matching smiles. "Me & My Dog" is our newest reader-submitted photo feature, and we want to see to see all those wonderful best friends photos. Share your photo.

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Pam & Thandie
Me and My Dog
Pam and Thandie / My Dog

Pam and Thandie

All photos of your dog are precious, but there are some that just perfectly capture the reason why you're best friends. Maybe it's a photograph of two of you striking a goofy pose or sharing a quiet, contented moment. Maybe you're romping through the snow, waiting for a kiss—or just showing off your matching smiles. "Me & My Dog" is our newest reader-submitted photo feature, and we want to see to see all those wonderful best friends photos. Share your photo.

News: Contests
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Homeworks Giveaway: Dachshund Wall Clock


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News: Contests
Washington Family Wins Big
Lucky recipients of The Bark’s Miele vacuum giveaway

Jennifer Brighton had just visited a vacuum shop. With three cats and two dogs, her house was a bit more fragrant and hairy than she’d prefer, and she had had enough with their “vintage” late-60s vacuum cleaner. She’d no sooner tested out a shiny new Miele on the advice of the shop clerks than The Bark got in touch and awarded her the grand prize in our most recent sweepstakes—a brand-new Miele S7260 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner (retail value: $650)!

While dogs Inca and Domino and cats Phoenix, Towhee and Skittles may not have known what a boon this was to their family, one other family member sure did: Jennifer arrived home at lunch to see her husband happily vacuuming his way through the house, with a steadfast promise to do more in the years to come. Congratulations to Jennifer and her pack!

News: Contests
2nd Annual Puppy Love Poetry Contest
Valentine’s Day 2012

Roses are red, Violets are blue. So many odes to your dogs, we had to pick a few!

We loved reading the dog poetry submitted to the Bark Puppy Love Poetry Contest on Facebook so much that we had a hard time selecting just one winner. So we finally decided on three winners!

Congratulations to Paula Mahon, Edie Houlihan Elting and Debra Ducotey for their winning entries below.

Rosie



When from my work, I’ve reached home’s door

I see the dog whom I adore.

Chestnut eyes of meek devotion,

tail which wags in constant motion,

coarse long fur of brown, black, white,

mouth which smiles with great delight, 

I know exactly what you’d say,

“I’ve missed you, mom; now let’s go play.”

—Paula Mahon


Dear Karma,

Roses are red,
violets are blue;

I can’t imagine my life without you. 

—Edie Houlihan Elting



I Will Always Remember


Written in loving memory of Sasha, my “Yellow Mutt”

A visit to the shelter

I saw you behind that gate

You didn’t even realize

Your impending fate


The day I brought you home

So happy and running free

I knew at that moment

It was meant to be


Always by my side

Never letting me down

Staring at me to play

Eyes innocent and chestnut brown


Your soft golden fur

Those goofy-looking ears

Made me smile everyday

And all throughout the years


That visit to the doctor

I was in disbelief

Not realizing that day

I would experience so much grief


You never gave up

We fought the cancer together

There were times during that last year

I thought you would live forever


The worst day of my life

All I could do was cry

Your body weak and frail

It was time to say goodbye


I miss you so much

At times my heart aches

When I see your photos

A feeling of happiness and joy overtakes


So many special moments we shared

Memories that will never fade away

I will always remember

The rainbow I saw your last day


Love your guardian, your Mom

—Debra Ducotey

The contest ended February 14th, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST

News: Guest Posts
Reader Survey Update: Big Response, Big Winner
Look for more polls, surveys and chances to win in 2012

Out of 3,827 readers who responded to The Bark’s survey last month, Stephanie DeYoung won the $250 Wag.com gift card. With four dogs in her family, it sounds like she will put it to good use.

Living in Abeline, Tex., with her husband Dan DeYoung, Stephanie’s passion for dogs extends beyond her home. She works at Judge Ely Animal Hospital, owns Pawsitive Pet Training and teaches obedience classes through the City of Abilene Recreation Department. She told us, she “ALWAYS recommends people buy Bark magazine.” Thanks, Stephanie.

Seen here in a portrait taken for her wedding to Dan in September, her pack includes, clockwise from bottom left: Peanut, Masie, Cisco and Shiner. Sadly, her Border Collie, Wiggles, passed away over the summer.

Turns out, multi-dog households are not unusual among Bark readers. According to our survey, Bark readers have an average of 3.3 dogs.

Keep your eyes peeled for new polls and surveys—and chances to win more great prizes—in 2012!

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