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Blog: Karen B. London
Pets Are Expensive
Some animals are more costly than others.
Money is on everyone’s mind lately, and that interest extends to pets. A few months after starting to write a weekly animal column for my local newspaper, I asked the editor if there was anything particular that he wanted me to cover. His first request was a column about the expense of having pets, which we both agreed was relevant in these troubled times. For people who have had certain types of...
Blog: Guest Posts
Wanted: Tips on Local Fun
UPDATE, 7/01: Our July/August issue is now on the newsstands, but there's plenty of summer left and we're still interested in hearing from you about your fave places for dog-friendly fun. Please add yours here. For those who so kindly sent in their tips in May, our most sincere thanks—alas, space was so tight that we weren't able to include them after all. But never fear: With this post, they're...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
The Dog Seen Around the World
Bo Obama inspires an international surge in PWD requests.
When the Obama family announced their new addition, animal groups around the nation braced for Bo-mania. In just three short weeks, Bo already has a book deal and a Beanie Baby on the shelves, catapulting the Portuguese Water Dog from a fishing breed once on the brink of “extinction” to an international sensation.  Global demand has spiked, resulting in people clamoring for a breed with little...
Dog's Life: Humane
Puppy Mill Bust
A report from the inside
She was a timid thing, a tiny Chihuahua whose swollen belly was packed with five pups waiting to enter the world. Cradling this fragile, trembling mom-to-be in my arms, I carried her around the well-lit yet somewhat cramped quarters known as the “back wing” of the Humane Society of Skagit Valley adoption center. A rare uncovered window positioned at eye level sparked a sudden idea—I’d brighten...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Wheels with Dogs in Mind
Honda unveils a dog-friendly version of the popular Element.
Whether it’s a visit to the park or a trip to an Agility trial, I mostly drive with the dogs in tow. So when I’m in the market for a new car, I always keep them in mind.    When it comes to the perfect canine vehicle, the Honda Element always comes up in conversation. From rave reviews on dog sport blogs to being named DogCar.com’s Car of the Year, the Element’s washable floors and spacious...
Blog: Guest Posts
And The Winners Are…
America at Home cover dogs revealed
No book about how Americans live, work and love at home would be complete without exploring the important role of dogs. So why not put a pup on the cover? As part of a contest to celebrate the publication of America at Home, a close up look at how we live, four Bark readers have won copies of the book with their very own photo of their very own dog on the cover. Frani Pisak’s photo of Neo and...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Editor’s Picks: Green Gear
Get ready for Earth Day
It’s not hard beng green, but it does take a little education to know what you’re looking for, and research to sniff out some of the sources. So, in order to free you to participate in your local Earth Day celebration, Bark has done the legwork and rounded up a selection of eco-friendly gear for your consideration. Now, get out there and enjoy the day! Chronicle Books’  EcoDog: Healthy Living...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Editor’s Essentials
Dog-Walking Gear
The last time I did the math, I figured out that my dogs and I have gone on more than 14,325 walks over the years. Here’s what I’ve come to value during the miles we’ve covered. 1. A leather leash. Especially for medium to large dogs, I recommend leather over just about any other material. It’s not only soft on your hands, it’s strong (even the best-trained dog will sometimes threaten to pull...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Portuguese Water Dogs Play Ball
Fetching for the Major League
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in 2000, the year Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) opened. The B.A.R.K. team fielded Splash Hits for a couple of seasons, then was retired when compeition from boaters threatened their safety. They're now a fond memory, and one that we're happy to revive with this article.   The Portuguese Water Dogs had waited for over a thousand years...
Blog: Guest Posts
Nanny Scores with Dog-Wash Discord
Why not wag your dog’s tale?
Do you find yourself making up stories about your dogs that you think would make a good children's book? I have a million. Like the one about the girl who creates a very, very, very long leash so she can sit on the couch watching Millionaire Matchmaker, while her dog wanders the neighborhood creating havoc. Or the adventures of two black mutts called the The Licorice Twins, who track down missing...

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