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An Emotional Rescue
Katrina puppy shows couple the way back.
My husband and I live in an exclusive gated community. We’ve recently taken up residence here, but it’s not where I envisioned we’d be at this point of our lives, him just months into his 50th year and me hot on his heels. For our gated community is a 20-by-14 rectangle with a metal gate on one doorway, an uncooperative wooden gate on another, and an old Playskool plastic fence on the third....
Dog Culture: DogPatch
VIDEO: Dog Song
Why can’t we all get along?—The message behind this joyful song
The economy? Foreign policy? Urgent matters, but they could wait. Speaking directly to his young daughters, Barack Obama discussed another topic early in his landmark election-night acceptance speech: “I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.” The announcement is sure to have elated Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, who, as the nation knows,...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Dog Star
Susan Orlean’s quest for the truth about Rin Tin Tin
What Susan Orlean knew about Rin Tin Tin in 2005 wouldn’t fill a sticky note. What she learned when she embarked on a story about Hollywood animal stars and their trainers for The New Yorker magazine is now filling a book. Rin Tin Tin: His True Story sprang naturally from that assignment, says the New York–based writer, discussing how she happened onto her forthcoming “biography” of the canine...
Blog: Contests
Cover Dog
Your dog can be a star
We’re looking for pups who embody all the qualities we love: happiness, spirit, charm, personality. All it takes to enter is a photo and short essay (150 words or less) that tells us why you think your dog should be on the cover of Bark. This isn’t a photo contest or a writing contest—we just want to see your dog and read about his or her special place in your life. The winner will have an...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
The Dog Song
Watch the video, read the story behind this joyful civil rights anthem
The economy? Foreign policy? Urgent matters, but they could wait. Speaking directly to his young daughters, Barack Obama discussed another topic early in his landmark election-night acceptance speech: “I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House.” The announcement is sure to have elated Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, who, as the nation knows,...
Magazine: 2008
Boog: Cover Dog
May/June 2008
 Is that a Setter, a Spaniel, a Dalmatian? Nope, he’s a Large Münsterländer (a German breed with Longhaired German Pointers and English Setters in the line) and Helene Rubinstein’s Boog. Named after the 1970s Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Boog Powell, the two-year-old pup has yet to meet a person or dog he doesn’t like; at the dog park, they call him the “ambassador,” because he’s the only...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Dogs Will be Dogs
Bark contributors share a few special holiday moments!
Everyone knows that a cheeseball enhances a Christmas party more when it is brought to room temperature beforehand. Everyone, that is, except our St. Bernard, Amy, who enjoyed it just fine right out of the refrigerator. We never figured out how she snagged the cheddar bowling ball from the middle of the kitchen table, or where she took her cheesy prey to devour it. But the incident ended the Age...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Under the Doggywood Tree
At Tennessee’s Dollywood, there’s something for everyone, even the family dog
Visiting eastern Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains this summer? If so, be on the lookout for Dollywood, the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., amusement park named for country music star Dolly Parton. It has something for everyone, even the family dog. Though only service animals are permitted inside the park, your pet can wait for you in comfort at Doggywood, a climate-controlled indoor day-care...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
All Rise for Mayor Junior
In Rabbit Hash, Ky., the top dog is …well … a dog
Rabbit Hash, a small hamlet on the banks of the Ohio River, is home to Kentucky’s oldest continuously operated general store, and the country’s only dog mayor: Junior, a 12-year-old black Lab who assumed office in 2004. He is, in fact, Rabbit Hash’s second canine mayor; the first was Goofy, who took office in 1998 and served until his death in 2001. In the election, Junior faced a pig, a donkey...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Down on the Farm
At Memphis’s Shelby Farms, it’s all about size
My five-year-old daughter and I go regularly to Shelby Farms Park to run and ramble with our pup, Lambchop. While people and their pets repeat rituals like these every day at off-leash parks around the country, this park has a unique characteristic, the stuff of dog-lovers’ dreams: size. Bigger than NYC’s Central Park and SF’s Golden Gate Park combined, Shelby Farms ranks as one of the largest...

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