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News: Karen B. London
Culture of Dog Parks
A change is in order
Dog parks have always been controversial, but they’ve also always provided opportunities for dogs to run and play off leash in wide-open spaces. It’s hard to deny the cliché that dog parks create both the best of times and the worst of times. To me, the overall issue is that the culture of dog parks is a work in progress and I have strong feelings about the direction I’d like that progress to...
News: Editors
Please Don't Treat My Dog
If you go to dog parks, I am sure you have run into this problem—people who give your dog treats without first asking your permission. I had a run-in this morning over such an offering. The park that we go to is around 25 acres, with ridges and swales, easy for a dog to be nearby but be hidden from your view. Being able to spot my dogs even though they are off sniffing or playing with others, is...
News: Shea Cox
It’s Not Always “Just A Walk in the Park”
The most common dog-park related incidents revealed
  The warmer summer weather correlates to an uptick in ER visits, many of which are related to dog park dilemmas. Interestingly, there has been a 34 percent increase in dog park utilization over the past five years, and these designated areas are the fastest growing segment of all city parks in the U.S. With this increase in use comes the proportional increase in dog injuries. Veterinary Pet...
News: Guest Posts
Dogs Just Want to Have Fun [VIDEO]
A day at the dog park
Forget about your long Monday morning to-do list. Select full screen, hit play and soak in all the rambunctious, artful play in Kelsey Wynn's dog's-eye-view video of the dog park. Beautiful Day at the Dog Park from Kelsey Wynns on Vimeo.
News: Karen B. London
Canine Political Clout
Dog issues may influence San Francisco election
San Francisco is named after St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and is about as dog friendly as a city can be. It has beautiful dogs parks and many restaurants and stores allow dogs. I guess it makes sense in a city with more dogs than children that the residents of San Francisco take dogs and their interests seriously. The formation of the political action committee DogPAC is one...
News: Guest Posts
Why I Like Leash Laws
The downside of free-roaming dogs
Last week, the Denver Police Department and Animal Care and Control held a friendly press conference reminding dog owners to keep their pets leashed, or face fines of at least $80.   The conference was held at Cheesman Park, the city’s favorite place to illegally let dogs run loose. Hilariously, a man let his dog cavort, leashless, on the lawn during the press conference, apparently unaware of...
News: Guest Posts
Tell Us About Your Dog Park
For our story on the state of the state of dog parks
As many of you know, Bark was founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, Calif. Since then we’ve grown into a glossy magazine but we continue to follow the progress of off-leash areas across the country, from Provincetown to Seattle to Minneapolis and beyond.   For our summer issue, we’re looking at the state of dog parks—and we need your input. Where are...
News: Editors
Lost Dog Is Found
What a great way to start the day!
On Monday morning, when Cameron and I were walking our dogs at local 30-acre dog park, we ran into our friend, Lauren, who told us about a Chihuahua who was lost there on Sunday. She described the poor owner, a man in his sixties with a pronounced limp, who was frantically asking for help, crying as he told people his very sad tale. He was inconsolable. We saw him there on Monday too, calling and...
News: Guest Posts
Dog Parks: Love ’Em or Hate ’Em?
Forget the dog fights, it’s the people to watch out for
I love the idea of dog parks in theory. Who wouldn't want to see their dogs bounding across fields of grass with new canine buddies? Years ago, when we lived in New Orleans, we took our dogs to a model airplane field that was surrounded by woods and required something akin to a secret password to find. Consequently, very few people went there and we all became a tight-knit group. Everyone looked...
News: Karen B. London
Which Pooch Pooped?
DNA has the answer
A fancy condominium in the Baltimore area is plagued by a problem facing many neighborhoods around the country and indeed the world. At least one dog guardian is not scooping the poop, and the result is a mess that has residents upset. Steve Frans is a board member who has a dog, and is embarrassed by the mess that residents and guests must deal with. He has proposed a solution to the problem.  ...

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