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Q&A with Don Katnik
Finalist in The Bark’s 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest talks furry muses
A fictional haven called Dog Island is the setting for Don Katnik’s story, “The Stepping-Off Place” (Bark, Summer 2010), which was one of three finalists in our first-ever fiction contest. A wildlife biologist, Katnik shares his 200-year-old home in Maine with his wife Misty and dogs Copper “The Rocket” and Jedzia Dax. Katnik, 44, took a break from writing, home-improvement projects and dancing (...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Letters to the Editor: Issue 57
Kennel Club Documentary Strikes a Chord “The Cost of Perfection” (Oct. ’09) was an excellent article and oh so timely. But let’s be clear that the fault is not only that of the breeders. When judges reward the dogs with exaggerations, then everyone jumps on the bandwagon. This leads to the ridiculous extremes that prevail in the show rings and then the whelping boxes. It takes a great judge with...
Dog Culture: Tributes
In Tribute to Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae is buried – there just beyond my kitchen window
  Maggie Mae is buried – there just beyond my kitchen window under the summer canopy of ancient apple trees   Appropriate don’t you think? Her round head, round eyes framed in apples, her greeting a dizzying  round go round.               Today the wind picked up             and a dozen apples fell             one split in two revealing             A chambered heart--necessary dark...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Q & A with Bim Angst
Winner of The Bark’s 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest
A brindle-furred Pit Bull is one point of a complex, mid-life love triangle in Bim Angst’s contest-winning story “Village Dogs” (The Bark, April/May 2010). In the piece, a man and a woman stutter-step toward one another, in large part, through their feelings about the dog. The result is an authentic and poignant look at how people—often aided by their canine co-pilots—come together. On the eve of...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Machisma
Doing life on her own terms
“She doesn’t have much time,” my mother said over the phone one April morning, “you should come down this weekend.” My dog, an almost 17-year-old white, coal-eyed Bichon Frise, who had been part of the family since she was four months old, was dying. Whether it was a recently-found tumor or a long-hidden hormonal imbalance, the problem was neurological, and Dr. Cohen told us there was little he...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
The Cur
The tale of an Upper Peninsula cow dog
[A note about this story: The Cur is based Kathleen Livingston’s memories of her grandparents, Laura Osier and Jerry Russell, and their two cow dogs, Rex and Rex II.  True pioneer people who homesteaded in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Topaz, a small, farming community south of Ontonagon, where her family still resides. The story is told from the dog’s perspective after he has passed away...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Letters to the Editor: Issue 58
Greyts Thank you for highlighting Greyhound retired racers (“Bella’s Firsts” Jan. ’10). One of the reasons I purchase your magazine is because of the variety of breeds represented, including my favorite. I have given forever homes to Picasso and Laika, adopted through Colorado Greyhound Adoption, coloradogreyhoundadoption.org and am thrilled that you would highlight adopting retired racing...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Rudy, Lacey, Sammi, and Sugar
Living with blind and/or deaf dogs.
  Rudy Rudy came to me blind, partially deaf, heartworm-positive and with bird shot on his right side. Today he’s completely healthy, though he still can’t see or hear much. He is a lover boy and brings joy to all who meet him. —Jenny Edwards   Lacey Lacey was born blind but most of the time, you’d never know she can’t see. She lives life to the fullest and is eager to try new things and...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Guinness the Smiling Dog
Letter to the editor
Dear Bark: Thank you for publishing Guinness’s photo in the Smiling Dogs section of your July/August issue. Guinness is now 13, and this month he had to have back surgery because he was losing the use of his hind legs. We took him to Seattle Veterinary Specialists to get a second opinion because my vet didn’t think there was anything to be done. My husband and I were expecting the worst, but...
Blog: Guest Posts
Lisa Wogan
Web Editor and Blogger
Lisa Wogan writes about dogs, shelter and politics for regional and national publications, including The Seattle Times, Ms., Washington Law and Politics and The Bark (of course). Her most recent book, Dog Park Wisdom (Mountaineers, 2008) provides real-world advice on choosing, caring for and understanding our furry companions. Her research assistants for all things canine are Lulu, a former...

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