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News: Guest Posts
Home for the Holidays?
Meet Mija, a shelter smiler with a special story
We don’t often write about smilers on the Bark blog. After all they have their own section on the website, their own pages in the magazine, and their own book, Dog Joy (a great holiday gift, by the way). But when we saw and read about Mija, well, we made an exception. Below is the tale of Mija and her pack, direct from Lynda Demke, manager of the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter: “This is Mija....
Culture: DogPatch
Nellie McKay’s Dog Song
It isn’t often a musician finds herself compared to both Doris Day and Eminem. But Nellie McKay, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter born in London and raised in Harlem, draws such comparisons. It also isn’t often that songs are inspired in part by dogs named after Joey Buttafuoco. But McKay wrote such a song. "The Dog Song", a bouncy piano-driven number that recalls Tin Pan Alley, is one of 18 songs...
News: JoAnna Lou
From Shelter Mutt to Champion Athlete
North American rescue becomes the Aussie dock diving champ.
In the dog sport world a lot of importance is placed on picking and raising the perfect puppy. With all the focus on champion pedigrees and breeders, it's always refreshing to see a successful dog come from the animal shelter. So I was excited to see that Joey, a Border Collie/Kelpie/Cattle Dog mix, was recently crowned the Australian dock diving champion at the World Dog Games last month. ...
Culture: DogPatch
Q&A with Temple Grandin
Thinking in pictures provides insight into the world of animals
Temple Grandin’s professional resume is impressive: BS, MS and PhD degrees; dozens of awards and professional papers; author, editor and subject of books and videos; and currently associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin is also autistic, which she credits for her ability to understand how animals see, think and feel. We talk with her about her riveting book...
Culture: DogPatch
Neko Case’s Pet Causes
Singing sensation puts her voice where her heart is
Neko Case grew up surrounded by more animals than people, and her love and respect for non-humans is reflected in both her life and her music—more so than ever on Middle Cyclone, which debuted at number three on the U.S. album sales chart in March.   “My parents were gone all the time and I was an only child, so it was me and dogs, cats, goats, whatever,” the big-voiced alternative country artist...
Culture: DogPatch
Blessed Are the Animals
A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed
Twice a year, the 18-foot-tall bronze doors of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City swing wide. The 106-year-old Episcopalian cathedral, which is also the seat of the Archdiocese of New York, offers daily religious services and hosts artists-in-residence as well as concerts, dances and readings year-round. But the magisterial main doors, three tons each, are only thrown...
Culture: DogPatch
Every Adoption is a Miracle
Why comedian Carol Leifer loves shelter dogs
Maybe you know Carol Leifer from her guest appearances on Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Or perhaps you recognize her as the comedic writer and producer of television classics such as The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live and, most famously, Seinfeld. How about Carol Leifer, dog lover and animal activist? In her new memoir, When You Lie About Your Age, the...
Culture: DogPatch
Lily Tomlin Talks
The legendary comedian stands up for animals
When we think of Lily Tomlin, what comes to mind first isn’t her star turns in films like ShortCuts and 9to5 or on television’s The West Wing—or even Ernestine, the snorty, sassy, snood-sporting operator she played with such aplomb. Rather, we think of Edith Ann and her loyal dog Buster. A precocious tot, squirmy but serious Edith Ann often discussed the adventures she shared with Buster, from...
Culture: DogPatch
Show Time with Bill Berloni
Broadway’s premier animal advocate and trainer tells all
For Bill Berloni, every year is the year of the dog—and the rat and the lamb and the cat and the pig. Beginning in 1976 with the extraordinary musical, Annie, for which, as a young aspiring actor, he found and trained a shelter dog to play Sandy, Berloni has spent more than 30 years working with some of the best in the business. When it comes to show-stopping animal actors, he’s likely to have...
Culture: DogPatch
Video: Why We Love Cats and Dogs
PBS's Nature ponders furry soul mates, best friends and surrogate children
If you turn to Nature for images of hyenas glimpsed through night goggles and God's eye views of great wildebeest migrations, you might be surprised on Sunday night, when the featured animals will be dog and cat lovers. "Why We Love Cats and Dogs" provides a serious and moving glimpse of the remarkable bonds we forge with our companion animals. Curl up with your furry buddy and discover the...