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Interview Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with us about two of her favorite subjects—healthy children and a happy dog.
Michelle Obama & Bo Obama
Bark: Have you discussed walking or playing with dogs as a part of “Let’s Move” and the fight against childhood obesity in the United States? Do you see children’s relationships with their dogs as playing a role in this aspect of their health? Michelle Obama: Through Let’s Move! we encourage families to find creative ways to stay active whether it’s through riding their bikes, walking together...
Culture: DogPatch
Are Dogs’ Mouths Cleaner Than Humans’?
Young Scientist in Action
Abby Walling & Lucy
Are dogs’ mouths cleaner than humans’? Her grandmother said they were, her mother said they definitely were not. Not one to take things at face value, Abby Walling of Iowa City, Iowa, decided to conduct an experiment and answer the question once and for all. Not only did she reach a conclusion, she won a 2011 Young Naturalist Award from New York’s American Museum of Natural History for her work....
Dog's Life: Humane
Embark: Saved by a Wristband
Sri Lankan Humane Effort With Style.

Life for Sri Lanka’s more than one million street dogs is rough and tumble, and Embark, a humane group launched in 2007 by Otara Gunawardene — founder and CEO of Odel (Sri Lanka’s premier department store) and humane activist — is working to change that. The group is funded largely by Odel’s sale of Embark-brand jewelry and clothing, colorful wristbands and t-shirts for men, women and children...
Culture: DogPatch
Call to Action
Q&A with Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue
Kavin & Blue Portrait
When journalist Kim Kavin decided to adopt an adorable pup on Petfinder.com, she didn’t realize that her good deed would lead to a book exposing shelter practices as well as reporting on the amazing canine rescue network responsible for saving that pup. We talk with the author about her book, Little Boy Blue: A puppy’s rescue from death row and his owner’s journey for truth about what she learned...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Eco-gear for Earth-loving dogs
Kit's Corner
baxterandbirdie.com, Dublin Dogs, Found My Animal, Katcha Bilek studio, krebsrec
Chic, Green and Giving Making good on their green mission, Baxter & Birdie produces pet collars, leashes and accessories made only from factory scraps and overstocked fabrics. Each collar is laminated to resist rips, moisture and mud. Whenever possible, they’re even organic. If creating recycled dog gear weren’t enough, Baxter & Birdie runs the “Buy One, Feed One” campaign, feeding one...
Culture: DogPatch
Dexterity Puzzles with Dogs
Diversions of Yesteryear
Trick Poodle, c.1920 (top). (Left to right) Rin Tin Tin, c.1960 USA; Dog c.1950
“A good puzzle should be simple in idea. H It should explain itself without any long instructions, and it should look attractive.” —Robert William Journet, 1927 R. Journet & Company Dexterity puzzles—also known as palm puzzles, games of skill and handheld games—have been a source of fascination for adults and children since the nineteenth century. The simple hand-eye challenge of rolling a...
Culture: DogPatch
Finding Charlie
A stray joins The Bark’s family
Charlie A stray joins The Bark
As many of you know, losing Lenny, our 18-year-old Border Terrier mix who passed away late last year, was terribly hard for us. Although we have three wonderful female pups, I longed for a small, scruffy boy dog. I also knew that if we found one, he had to be able to successfully cohabitate with our girls. I wasn’t concerned about our Pointer, happy-go-lucky Lola, but the needs of Kit and Holly,...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Chasing Duque
Spirit Dog Leads to Hope in Costa Rica.
Patricia Artimana and two of the many dogs she shelters at Asociation Arca de No
In the year 2000, I lived in Costa Rica for six months and fell in love with the dogs. There were many visitors to the farm during my stay there, and everyone knew about me and my love for Duque, who, like most dogs in Central America, didn’t really belong to anyone. Dogs don’t last long in Costa Rica, particularly in the countryside, where, even if they are owned, they are allowed to run free,...
Culture: Readers Write
Show & Tell: Gavin
Cairn Terrier, Gavin
This is our Cairn Terrier, Gavin. Our rescue boy is a seven-year-old who was once afraid of everything and everyone. Now he’s parading with the Fort Collins Pipe Band, wearing a band uniform and smiling for the camera, with his pal Davey.
Culture: The Daily Show
Wyatt Cenac of The Daily Show Talks Dogs
Parker licking Wyatt
BK: You’re a dog lover, right? You must appreciate having the dogs at the office. WC: I like all dogs — I make friends with dogs on the street. Having dogs in the office is probably the best thing. I don’t have to wander the streets to make friends; I can do it from the comfort of my desk. BK: What do you say to the dogs? WC: When I’m in the office, I definitely know my voice changes when I talk...

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