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Drawn to Dogs
I’ve always been kind of a cat man. I didn’t have pets as a child because I suffered from Responsibility Deficit Disorder, but I started having cats in college, soigné creatures with names like Odalisque and Mrs. Miniver. I had a long-term cat relationship when I first moved to New York: a brother-and-sister pair of tiger stripes, Queenie and Spike. They lived forever (I swear Queenie had...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Under One Roof
Dogs come together in a new model for dog rescue and care
Last March, when Animal Care & Control of New York City took in 14 Pit Bulls (including a mother and four newborn puppies) who had been found in alive in a burned-out Bronx apartment,  the dogs’ prospects weren’t great. “It’s 99 percent Pit Bulls that are being put down every day,” says Emily Tanen, at the time a coordinator for ACC’s New Hope program, which helps get animals out of the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Understanding Pet Lovers in the Internet Age
Hunch.com uses member data to learn about dog and cat people
Social media companies hold a lot of data about people and are privy to a lot of correlations and insights that could be really interesting. Recently I was wondering if anyone had put together data related to animals. It turns out that Hunch.com has published two pet-related reports that draw on responses from its 700,000 users. The first looks at dog people versus non-dog people and the second...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Are Dogs a Dating Detriment?
Survey finds that pets could hurt a person’s dating prospects
In New York City, there are more than eight million people concentrated in 300 square miles, so you’d think it would be easy to meet potential dates. But with everyone in the typical New York hurry, it’s hard to make a genuine connection with new people. My dogs are the one thing I’ve found that gets people to stop and talk. When I lived in Manhattan, I met new people at the dog run and while...
Blog: Guest Posts
5 Ways My Dogs Have Made My Life Better
Of course, they wake me up in the morning, they teach me patience, and they make me laugh. But there are other, less obvious ways in which being Bonham and Violet’s indentured hound-slave has enhanced my life. 1. They’ve introduced me to the whole village. My friends think I bought my house, an old Georgian farmhouse in Herefordshire, because it looks like Mr. Darcy might pop out of the front...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canines in the Christmas Crèche
A dog is added to a NYC nativity this year
My pets are my family, so I can't imagine Christmas without them. They have stockings hung up on the fireplace, ornaments on the tree and presents waiting for them on Christmas morning. The way we include dogs in our traditions is a reflection of the important role they play in our life. This year at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a dog figure will make an appearance in the Christmas crèche, thanks...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Bark Likes This: Glowdoggie
LED Collar
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and the days are shorter—fall is here, and winter is right around the corner. This means two things: first, my dog Wally gets to bundle up in one of his many dapper sweaters; second, the sun sets well before we head out on our evening walk. Walking after dark in my town is an adventure. The streets are dark and filled with drivers who cannot be...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Buck Stops Here
Dogs and deer don't mix
When friends and family complain about pesky wildlife, I can’t resist reminding them that we've invaded their habitat. Even when skunks burrowed beneath our chicken coop or chipmunks squatted in our garage, my biggest concern was saving their poor furry souls from our prey-driven pack. That summer rabbits raided our vegetable garden? I didn’t mind eating cookies instead of salad for dinner. (...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Yard of her Own
Daisy is finally the queen of her castle
Daisy is curled up next to me on the couch as I type this, enjoying an early afternoon nap. The first snowfall of the season is coming down outside. She’s extra sleepy for this time of day—she spent about a half an hour this morning romping in the fresh snow in her brand-new backyard. At long last, it’s happened: After four years of apartment living, Daisy finally has a backyard to call her...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Kids & Dogs
Welcome to Bark’s Kids & Dogs resource page—here you’ll find a host of valuable tools, tips and links to enable kids and dogs make the most of life together. Keeping a dog is a great responsibility and opportunity, a way for children to explore the world, stay fit and active, learn teaching skills and share the fun and excitement of best friends. First off, we want to get to know you and...

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