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Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Fences with Staying Power
Good fences = safe dogs
For your dog’s security—and your peace of mind—you need a fence that’s tall enough and tough enough to do the job for which it’s intended. Here are tips for fences with staying power. 1. Block the view: Does Daisy thrill to the sight of passing people or animals? Might impetuous neighbors stick hands through gaps for a pat? Two words: privacy fence! Is your current fence made from chain link?...
Dog's Life: Humane
Pet Soup Kitchens
Serving food for dogs and comfort for owners.
As the economy struggles, animal shelters across the nation are facing a staggering increase in surrendered pets due to the economic downturn, and many shelters, and even food banks, have started offering pet food. According to the HSUS, 68 organizations nationwide currently offer pet food assistance to those in need, many supported by grants from the Humane Society’s Foreclosure Pets Fund...
Dog's Life: Humane
Slobbering Good Deeds
An easy way to donate toys to shelters
In their new book Dirty Bow Wow, Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz celebrate roughed up, stinky toys only a dog could love. In every photo and story is the message: toys help delight, engage and comfort dogs. So imagine the difference plushy bones or squeaking squirrels can make in the lives of shelter dogs. DogToys.com provides an easy way to spread the joy. Simply add one or more tugging, teething,...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Fair Share
A modern-love dilemma—navigating joint custody of the pup.
We all know pets are great for getting us out of our funk when we’re sad or stressed. So what happens when we’re going through a breakup and we share our pooch with our soon-to-be ex? Is it better for one person to walk away, or is successful shared custody possible? Many of us are finding creative solutions to this potentially heartbreaking dilemma.   I confess I’m no stranger to the...
Dog's Life: Travel
Airstream Dreamin’
On the road with Kristiana Spaulding and Osa
This is how our story began. Five years ago, I thought I would go crazy if I spent another day without a dog—and without Greg, whom I had been dating long distance for three-and-a-half years. So I packed up my apartment in San Francisco and drove two hours east to Lotus, Calif. It took me three trips to move—who knew a studio apartment could hold so much stuff?   I used my 1969 GMC pickup for the...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
The World Sheepdog Trial—2008
Donald, Luke and June run against the best
It is easier to bring a camel through the eye of a needle than two sheepdogs into Britain for the World Sheepdog Trial. I’d had great help from my vet, the USDA office and two friends who’d brought their dogs into the UK in the past. Despite all this, I fretted. At the previous World Trial, three American handlers hadn’t done things perfectly, and were turned away. This year, a New Zealand...
News: Guest Posts
Future First Dogs
Are Sasha and Malia’s future best friends—yes, plural—waiting in Colorado?
Best Friends Animal Society has gone one better than talking the talk when it comes to the Obama family’s new dog. They’re pitching a pair of Golden Doodles (one for each of the girls?) rescued from a Missouri puppy mill raid through National Mill Dog Rescue. Currently living with a Colorado foster family, the four-month-old Stella and Susie have overcome infections, including pneumonia, and are...
News: Guest Posts
The Language of Euthanasia
What’s the alternative to “putting him down”?
(Editor’s Note: We received this letter from Bark reader Donna Kane of Portland, Oregon. She writes so honestly and forthrightly about an experience many of us have faced and stumbled over, we thought we’d let her open a conversation about the language we use to describe this difficult passage.) My husband and I had a rough year and a half starting in June 2006 when we made the decision to...
News: Guest Posts
Where’s A Pup to Poop?
What's proper etiquette for neighborhood walks?
While returning home from a dog walk one night, I spotted a woman loitering outside of my house. Since I didn’t have my glasses on, it took me a moment to realize she had a Shih Tzu on an extendi-leash pacing back and forth across my lawn, as he chose the perfect place to poop. I called out to her just as her dog squatted down to do the deed. “Excuse me, is he going to the bathroom on my lawn?” I...
News: Guest Posts
The Wrestler Goes Soft On Dogs
Mickey Rourke's Chihuahuas feel the love
If you stayed up for the full Golden Globes celeb-u-thon last night, you were treated to a salty, sentimental canine thank you the likes of which we've never seen. Formerly down-and-outer Mickey Rourke put it out there for his pups, saying "sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you've got, is your dogs, and they mean the world to me." Watch the authentic, profanity-rich delivery here. Below,...

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