Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 88: Winter 2016
Wish Lists

Lists … where would we be without ’em, especially at this time of the year? When you’re making yours, be sure that your dog is at the top. Dogs’ needs are rather simple. Make time for their walkies, even if the weather is beastly; give them mental stimulation (learning a few well-timed tricks will keep them sharp); and pencil in some extra-long petting sessions.

In this issue on the training front, Tracy Krulik considers the concept of “eager to please,” and how (or really, if) it plays out in the training process. Louise Thayer ponders the role of tension in relationships while training bird dogs for field work. Karen London dives deep in her excellent piece about “protecting the cue.” (I was relieved to learn that there are ways to refresh the cue/command once we muddy it; now, instead of come, I use another “ici” to summon my Pointer.) Kama Brown investigates the widely held suspicion that European dogs behave better than their American counterparts.

On wellness: Advice from vets and a canine physical therapist. Dr. Sarah Wooten tells us why we should be concerned about persistent coughing, and Dr. Sara Greenslit covers the use of cold lasers in treating those pesky granulomas (sores) caused by too much licking. Canine physical therapist Karen Atlas gives us an overview of what PT pros have to offer, and how to get the most from those sessions. And Donna Raditic, DVM—a vet nutritionist—tells us why she believes in the OMG protocol for supplementation. See what that is and how it can help your dog.

We interview British shepherd/author/pastoral conservationist James Rebanks about his charming new book, The Shepherd’s View. We cover the indie film scene in a Q&A with Musa Sayeed, director/writer of A Stray, a new, must-see-movie about a young Somalian immigrant in Minneapolis who helps a stray dog and begins to build a bridge to a new life in this country. This gem of a film also marks the acting debut of one of its stars, Ayla, who we are proud to have as our very special cover dog. And we report on the Syrian refugee crisis from a canine perspective in a report about a young musician who had to leave his beloved dog behind, and then mounted an international effort to reunite with her.

The culture list is anchored by a story on the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit who was a painter in the Chinese imperial court during the first half of 18th century. It’s said that he got the gig by showing the emperor one of his dog paintings!

Our essay list includes Laura Coffey extolling the charms of senior dogs. Tawni O’Dell unpacks the difficult decision to rehome a dog. In an especially moving piece, “Saying Goodbye to Shelby,” Thom Jones considers how he had much in common with his Boxer. Jones died in October and we decided to republish his remarkable essay—which appeared in our collection, Dog Is My Co-Pilot—as a tribute to his immense talent and his love for dogs.

We have cold weather travel picks, a guide to TV vet viewing, a DIY project that would make a perfect holiday gift, GoPro tips, and a suggestion from a reader about how to become a shelter angel.

For now, please know that we’re grateful that you’re part of dog culture and reading our magazine. We wish you and your loved ones, furred or otherwise, a joyful and fulfilling holiday and new year. See you in ’17.


Canine Rehab: Physical therapy can help dogs get back on their paws. By Karen Atlas, PT, MPT, CCRT

Truman: This dog needed a job. By Tawni O’Dell

My Old Dog: Helping senior dogs will make you happy. By Laura Coffey, Photos by Lori Fusaro

War & Peace: A canine refugee’s journey from Syria to Belgium. By Kasper Goethals

Masterworks: Castiglione’s Ten Prized Dogs. By Cameron Woo

Dogs, European Style: Why are European dogs so well-behaved? By Kama Brown, CPDT-KA

Film review of A Stray and conversation with director/writer Musa Syeed and handler/owner Karen Radford.

A Shepherd’s View: Bark talks with James Rebanks about sheepdogs and his shepherding way of life.

Saying Goodbye to Shelby: By Thom Jones

Endpiece: The Opie Path By Bob Quarteroni


It’s a Dog’s Life

DIY: Decoupage Bangle.

By Twig Mowatt


BEHAVIOR: Protect the Cue

How to keep others from sabotaging your dog’s training.

By Karen B. London, PhD


LESSONS: Tension & Teamwork

Understanding the role tension plays in relationships.

By Louise Thayer



A new device as a way to avoid osteotomy and joint motion.

By Jess Elliott


HEALTH: Throat Woes

Coughing may indicate a hidden condition.

By Sarah Wooten, DVM


TRAINING: Eager to Please?

When it comes to training, it’s not about respect, it’s about reward.

By Tracy Krulik


WELLNESS: Light Work

Treating lick granulomas with cold laser.

By Sara Greenslit, DVM



Three dog-friendly supplements.

By Donna M. Raditic, DVM, DACVN, CVA



Nutritionally vital and essential fatty acids.

By Claudia Kawczynska



Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither; Sirius; Beware of the Dog; Modern Dog Parenting



Guest Editorial: India’s Animal Aid Unlimited

Rescue Me: Photography by Richard Phibbs

TV Viewing Vet Round-up

Winter Travel: Lake Superior; Cape Cod

Pumpkin, the raccoon, and her dogs.

Go-Pro Tips

Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible

Be a Shelter Angel

Gift Guide: Something for them all.

Poetry: Pat Tompkins; Adam Scheffler; Irene Willis, Gloria Hoffernan, Nancy Gustafson

Cover Dog: Ayla


Editor’s Letter


From Our Readers

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 87: Fall 2016
The Bark magazine - Issue 87 - Fall 2016

Fall, a refreshingly cool and vibrant season, is the perfect time to brush up on our dog lessons.

On the home front, we kick off a new series, Human Grade, Human Made, exploring home cooking for our dogs. Knowing that it should be simpler and more accessible than we’re warned it is, we invited the perfect guide to kick off the series. Greg Martinez, DVM and author of Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet, gives us his “starters” guide. From the front lines—i.e., the kitchen—I provide some additional cooking tips and including how best to determine the number of calories we should be feeding our dogs. While this is really much easier than you may think, there still is a lot of information to impart, so we’ll be continuing the discussion online, where you’ll find the app we’ve created to do the more complicated calculations for you. See thebark.com/food for more. We also go inside to see how designers are applying their craft to making our homes a lot more welcoming to dogs. Plus, interior decorator Vern Yip, who’s a big-dog aficionado, shares a few field-tested pointers. We also go along on a transcontinental bike trip and see how one co-pilot handled all those miles.

Bestselling author and cognitive researcher Alexandra Horowitz has a new book out, Being a Dog, in which she examines the role scent plays in dogs’ lives. We talk with her about the subject, and get the scoop on just what dogs’ noses know, and how that might also inspire our own sniffing.

Jesse Miller tells us how best to determine what method a trainer adheres to—understanding the lingo is vital. Another language lesson comes from Linda Lombardi, who tells us about the challenges shelters face when trying to assign breeds and breed mixes to their charges, and questions the necessity of doing so. We all know about the horrors dogs contend with in hoarding situations, but not much about how that environment might affect their behavior after they’re rescued. Fortunately, researchers are investigating this subject and developing protocols on how best to address these dogs’ needs, so we asked Jessica Hekman, DVM, to examine recent studies and report back to us.

Resource guarding—one of the negative behaviors that hoarded dogs rarely display—is a fairly common canine issue exhibited by many dogs. Animal behaviorist Karen London shares her insights on how to work with dogs who guard everything from food dishes to toys and sometimes, even their humans.

Our cover dog, the adorable Allie, herself offers both a question and a lesson. How did a small dog survive on the loose in an urban wilderness for so long, and how quickly would she adapt to her new life as a much-loved lap dog? See how she did it.

On the international front, our international humane editor, Twig Mowatt visits Bhutan and brings back a story on the importance of cooperation, and how a small country in a remote part of the world took on the challenge of a nationwide spay-and-neuter campaign in partnership with Humane Society International.

On the lit front, we have a couple of lovely, touching essays and a poetry selection that celebrate the love the authors feel for their dogs. I am especially pleased to publish Abigail Thomas again, and to introduce (or reintroduce) readers to the work of poet Janet McCann and the UK’s Lucie Britsch. Hope you enjoy what this issue has for you, thanks for picking us up.


Bark Talks with Alexandra Horowitz: Leading cognition researcher tells us about her latest book—get ready to sharpen up the sense of smell.

Human Grade, Human Made: Cooking tips and feeding guidelines.By Claudia Kawczynska

Home Cooking: Get started with home-prepared meals, the slow cooker approach. By Greg Martinez, DVM

Bike Adventure: Transcontinental cycling trek. By Jen Sotolongo

Our House/Dog House: Home design inspired by dogs. By Janice Costa

Eternal Mysteries: Loving a special dog.  By Abigail Thomas

Small Country, Big Idea: Spay/neuter project adds to Bhutan’s canine Gross National Happiness. By Twig Mowatt

A Modern Master: The art of William Merritt Chase By Cameron Woo

Endpiece: Losing Blue, Finding Him Too  By Lucie Britsch


HEADS-UP: DIY Checkup - Learn how to do basic at-home physical exams. By Shea Cox, DVM

INNOVATIONS: Knee News - A new device potentially avoids osteotomy and preserves maximum motion. By Jess Elliott

DESIGN: Living with Dogs - Designer tips from a leading expert. By Vern Yip

COGNITION: Memory Crucial for problem solving, prey-hunting, smell recognition and more. By Victoria Stilwell

ENRICHMENT: Scent Stimulation - The way to dogs’ brains is through their noses. By Sheldon Siporin

TRAINING: Truth in Advertising - When shopping for a trainer, look behind the language. By Jesse Miller

SERVICE DOGS: Fighting for Independence - Parents take on school districts that flout the ADA. By Donna Jackel

BEHAVIOR: Resource Guarding - What to do about this pesky behavior. By Karen B. London, PhD

RESEARCH: Helping Dogs Heal - Insights into the behavior of dogs rescued from hoarders. By Jessica Hekman, DVM

HUMANE: What’s in a Name? -  A shelter dog’s fate can rest on his label, and the labels are often wrong. By Linda Lombardi

GALLERY: NY DOGS By Violet Lemay

POEMS: By Connie Hills, Elizabeth Devore, and Janet McCann


Being a Dog; The Secret Language of Dogs; Run, Spot, Run; Just Life; Farm Dogs; Home Alone—and Happy!


Cover Dog—Allie’s incredible journey

Dogs Smell Homecomings

Conservation Lands—dog-welcoming

Dog-friendly Community Living

Glamping—Canine camping in style

What’s New—cool stuff for us and our dogs

Memorials; Vaping dangers; Leather cleaner.

Smiling Dogs—Always irresistible and unforgettable.

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 86: Summer 2016

You will enjoy what we have in store for you in this summer issue. If, like me, you relish digging into the newest trove of fascinating dog books for your summertime reading, don’t miss our special book section, which highlights our best picks, along with excerpts from some of them. You’ll also see a new feature we call Bark Talks (something like TED talks), which zoom in on our favorite subject with Frans de Waal—just what is behind that unique bond we have with our dogs.

This issue’s cover dog—a coconut-coveting Lab named Bono—is a rising Brazilian wave-riding star. Coconuts, we’re told, are a favorite find among Copacabana canines, and Bono’s no exception. We visit an extremely dog-friendly town in Patagonia, Julie Hecht gives us a run-down on the latest research into dogs’ fondness for following our lead, and we catch up on evolutionary news, including a project that’s wrangling disparate hypothesizers into a joint effort that might result in a date for domestication all can agree on.

Plus, you will meet an amazing woman who is the winner of Bark’s Shelter hero contest, pros and cons (mostly) on e-fencing, airport therapy dogs, and Karen London probes if our dogs make us more appealing (let’s hope she’s right). From a young person’s perspective, we learn how lessons gleaned in the conformation ring included this rule, “always stand by your dog—after all, your dog will always stand by you.” We catch up with Cat Warren as she trains her new scent-detection dog. Our endpiece, by Mat Zucker, takes a humorous look at the nature/nurture question, probing the differences between boy and girl pups. Hope you enjoy it all.

FEATURES Shelter Heroes The people and practices making a difference.   What’s the Point? Studies focus on dogs’ ability to follow our gestures. By Julie Hecht   Summer Reads Best picks from The Bark bookshelves   Day One of the Search [Dog Gone] A Golden goes missing during mountain hike and the family reaches out for help. By Pauls Toutonghi   The Dog Who Hated Surprises [Pets on the Couch] A vet behaviorist gets to the root cause of a fear-aggressive behavior. By Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DACVB   What’s in a Breed? [Pit Bull] Scrutinizing the science behind a misunderstood and complicated behavior. By Bronwen Dickey   Shelter Dogs [Underdogs] A woman at a turning point, on the verge of ignoring the unwritten no-dogs-for-kids ban in the service-dog industry. By Melissa Fay Greene   Battle Scarred Wounded Warrior Dogs by sculptor James Mellick celebrate America’s canine heroes. By Susan Tasaki   Game On! Training a scent-detection dog. By Cat Warren   Origin Story State of the debate on canine domestication and the descent of dogs. By Jane Brackman, PhD   Dog Days Are Forever Rules for dog-handling … and life. By Erin Tack   Endpiece: The Nature/Nurture Question  By Mat Zucker     It’s a Dog’s Life   CRAFTS: Alexandra Thurston’s personalized porcelain plates.    DISPATCH from Patagonia: The dogs of El Calafante. By Johnny Runnette   SPORTS: On Board Man and dog ride the waves together. By Marcia Triunfol    DOGS AT WORK: Stress BustersAirport therapy dogs turn down the volume for harried travelers. By Rebecca Wallick   WELLNESS: Canine Disease Forecast, 2016A review of what’s trending in the veterinary world. By Heather Loenser, DVM   TRAVEL: Pound Puppy Hikes Exploring Utah’s red rock country with shelter dogs. By Rebecca Wallick   BARK TALKS: Frans de Waal, renowned ethologist, talks about animal behavior and his new book.   TRAINING: Faux Fences The debate on electronic barriers continues. By Tracy Krulik   BEHAVIOR: Animal Attraction Does your dog make you more appealing? By Karen B. London, PhD   MASTERWORK: Henri Rousseau, le peintre primitif   REVIEWS Underdogs, Dog Merchants, What Is a Dog?, Pit Bull, Heal   Q&A with Arlene Weintraub, author of Heal With Bev Thompson   BARK TALKS: Kim Kavin, author of The Dog Merchants With Claudia Kawczynska   DOGPATCH Dog Parks Rule What’s in a Hug?; LA’s Dog Café States promote their dog-friendliness. Good Kids: Making a difference Heads-Up—It’s Summer Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds; Shakespeare Quotes; Jim Harrison Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible  What’s New: Round-up of new product picks.   Poetry S. Siporin, Brian Beatty, Tom Greening  
Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 85: Spring 2016

Welcome to our 85th issue, with the winsome Abby as our cover girl. A German Wirehaired Pointer and hardworking SoCal ranch hand, she’s the second GWP to grace our cover. (Our own rescue GWP, Lola, was the first.) There’s something so compelling about their laser-focused gaze, and Abby’s cream-flecked facial “furnishings” (as they’re called) give her an almost human look, don’t you think?

Much as I admire this breed, I need to add a word of caution: they are extremely high energy with intense drive, and require more exercise and running space than most people are able to provide.

Another member of the Sporting Group shows up in our review of a fascinating book, No Better Friend, by Robert Weintraub. The story focuses on a remarkable English Pointer, Judy, the only dog ever to be an official prisoner of war. The time was WWII, the place was Sumatra in Southeast Asia. You won’t believe what this heroic dog was able to do, from saving the lives of her fellow (human) prisoners to inspiring many of them to survive the horrors of that war.

We have three excellent training-related articles. Karen London profiles researcher Claudia Fugazza and her “Do As I Do” method, which taps into a dog’s imitative talents. Grisha Stewart provides us with an overview of the Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) program that empowers dogs to use behavior to control their safety. And Tracy Krulik reports on what the future of dog training might be as increasing numbers of trainers use digital communication tools to get the job done.

On the wellness front, pain expert Michael Petty, DVM, describes how to perform simple stretching exercises on our dogs at home, and we talk with him about his new book, Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs (where we learned a lot, including that a dog’s dewclaw has a function!). Behaviorist Suzanne Hetts, PhD, covers the importance of an annual behavior wellness examination as a complement to the annual vet visit.

We have an excerpt from Kim Kavin’s engrossing new book, The Dog Merchants—the section that considers the ways shelters can “repackage and rebrand” to inspire more effective adoption rates. (Wait until you see Berlin’s state-of-the-art animal shelter.) Shelia Pell examines pet meds, from supplements to compounded drugs, investigating the possibility that we’re playing pharmaceutical roulette with our dogs. And be sure to read the lovely personal essay by Michael McGuill, “Mutts, Mothers and Mercies,” about a youthful folly and how it led him to a career that saves animal lives.

And there’s more including a look at the recent wolfdog craze, the unforgettable story of artist Thomas Hart Benton’s son’s dog and seasonal safety tips. As an extra special treat we have a series of strips from cartoonist Patrick McDonnell from his heart-warming and inspiring “Shelter” series that appeared in his Mutts feature. We also have a guest editorial that will shock you with its hard truths, offset by much that will inspire you and, as always, a selection of remarkable artwork.

Thank you for your support during these past Bark-filled 19 years. Now, we’re looking forward to reaching our 20th anniversary milestone, carried there by your enthusiasm for what we do. 

Features & Essays
The Power of Name-Calling: Labeling affects how we see our dogs. By Dale M. Kushner
Home Exercises: Increase agility, mobility, strength and balance in dogs with painful conditions. By Michael Petty, DVM
Copy That: Profile of Claudia Fugazza and her “Do as I Do” training program. By Karen B. London, PhD
Repackaging and Rebranding: How simple, innovative changes can improve shelter and rescue adoption rates. By Kim Kavin
Pet Meds: From supplements to compounded drugs and generics—what should we be looking for? By Sheila Pell
Mother, Mutts and Mercies: A youthful folly leads to a career saving animal lives. By Michael Caron McGuill, DVM
Endpiece: Learning to Love Louie By Jeannette Cooperman

Thomas Hart Benton’s A Boy and His Dog, and tribute
On Exhibit: Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe 

It’s a Dog’s Life
HUMANE: Wolfdog Woes Sanctuaries are stressed by the popularity of these mixes. By Chelsea Tyler
INNOVATIONS: The Future of Dog Training: Working with separation anxiety the high-tech way. By Tracy Krulik
WORKING DOGS: Protecting the Protectors: An EMT course for K-9 forces aims to save police dogs’ lives. By Eileen Mitchell
BEHAVIOR: Behavioral Health and Wellness: Annual check-ups are in order. By Suzanne Hetts, PhD, and Daniel Estep, PhD
ARTFUL DOG: The Book of the Dog, a sampling from a new book. By Angus Hyland
TRAINING: Canine Empowerment: Proactive Behavior Adjustment Training gives dogs the tools they need to succeed. By Grisha Stewart

No Better Friend (with book excerpt); BAT 2.0; Pound for Pound; Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself; Dog Medicine

Guest Editorial: Undercover in the Dog-Meat Trade, by Marc Ching
Dogs Are on Our Side: Research shows they can tell friend from foe.
DIY for Your Dog: chuck-it fabric ball, by Rachelle Blondel
Caring for Older Dogs, by Audrey Wystrach, DVM
Heads-Up—It’s Spring
Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible 

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 84: Winter 2015

Each issue of The Bark is like a glorious mixed-breed, the result of contributions from multiple sources and with its own unique personality and quirks. I especially enjoyed assembling this one, which, as always, covers many facets of life with dogs. We take an insider’s tour of a training school unlike any other—the Canine Circus School, where tricks and balancing acts abound. The classes keep dogs spinning, and their handlers on their toes. From the world of science, Jane Brackman covers a large-scale study of cancer in Golden Retrievers that has implications for all dogs. Marsha Rabe introduces us to the Mutt-i-grees program that is redefining humane education across the country, and we profile Trevor Thomas, a hiker who is blind, and Tennille, the Lab who truly is his guide. We love stories about shelters who come up with novel approaches to two basic problems shared by all: how to enrich the lives of the dogs who are in their charge, and how to prepare them for and find them forever homes. In this issue, we salute the Maui Humane Society, for both their Beach Buddies program that makes dogs available to visitors who take them on outings, and their Wings of Aloha partnership with airlines and vacationers that enables dogs to be flown to shelters on the mainland and new homes. Then dog trainer Barbara Tran takes us to an ancient town in Viet Nam, where she observes the ways its dogs grow up with an understanding of communal space, how that is learned and how they express it. This topic neatly dovetails with one explored by Jessica Hekman, DVM, who reflects on the complexities of canine societies and how, at long last, researchers are starting to study group behavior and social hierarchies. Our cover dog is the impish, itsy Coffee Bean who was captured in a winning shot taken by Sophie Gamand; we also have a feature about the amazing oeuvre she is creating for international humane causes.

We know this is often the busiest of seasons for all of you, but we hope that you find the time to give your dogs the quality attention they deserve, as well as to share some time with a shelter dog. Visit them, take them for a walk, perhaps even volunteer to foster one. And of course, a contribution is always welcomed. Finally, we’d be thrilled to meet your dog-loving friends—wrap up your shopping by giving the gift of Bark. Your friends will thank you at least four times next year!


Canine Circus School: Learning how to do life better, one trick at a time. By Natalia Martinez

On the Trail of Canine Cancer: Large-scale study of Golden Retrievers holds hope for all dogs. By Jane Brackman, PhD

Value-Added Vacations: Maui Humane Society’s popular outreach programs attract vacationers and aids dogs. By Rebecca Wallick

Songmaster: JD Souther gets down with the dogs. Q&A with Cameron Woo.

Picture This: Featuring the photography of Sophie Gamand, author of a charming new book, Wet Dogs.

Redefining Humane Education: Mutt-i-grees program focuses on empathy, helps children learn. By Marsha Rabe

Blind Ambition: A guide dog goes the distance with her blind hiking partner. By Jennifer Dziuvenis

Shelter: Picking up the pieces, learning the meaning of shelter. By Carrie Brownstein


It’s a Dog’s Life

DISPATCH: from Vietnam: Free-ranging village dogs understand communal space. By Barbara Tran

BEHAVIOR: Entertainment options for the home-alone dog. By Karen B. London, PhD

HOWL: The McBickly Accord Beagles come to the table, humans try their best. By Jeff Steinbrink

WELLNESS: Dishing the Dirt Exploring the human and canine microbiome. Q&A with Dr. Robynne Chutkan

COMIC: Happy 60th Birthday, KryptoEven Superman had a co-pilot.By Mark Peters

RESEARCH: What we don’t know about dog societies.By Jessica Hekman, DVM, MS

ART: Essence of Dog Fabric Sculpture by Holy Smoke By Susan Tasaki

ESSAY: Lily—Life with an angel of a dog. By Eliza Thomas

REVIEWS: The Drifter; Sit! Stay! Speak!; Considerations for the City Dog; Sire and Damn; Two Dogs and a Parrot; Zen and the Art of Walking a Dog

SPOTLIGHT: Assistance Dogs of the West Celebrating 20 Years By Linda Milanesi



Here’s Looking at You—Oxytocin’s bond.

Downtown Avant-Gardists: Joan Jonas and Laurie Anderson

Skijoring; Hilary Swank Rescue Special; New Order’s “Stray Dog”

Art Book Picks and Holiday Gift Guide

Recipe: Mackerel Makes Great Toppers By Rick Woodford

Smiling Dogs Light up

Calorie Count: Popcorn and Tiny Treats; William Wegman Exhibit

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 83: Fall 2015

This is the 10th anniversary of Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes to hit the U.S. Back then, we were days away from our deadline when we began hearing about the flooding and the desperate situations so many people and their pets were facing. We decided to scrap our lead stories and concentrate on covering Katrina. Fortunately (for us, at least), there were Bark readers and writers in the area, and they shared their on-the-spot perspectives. In the end, one of the big takeaways had to do with the importance of dogs in our lives—and the phrase “Not without my dog” has become a part of the public’s consciousness. In this issue, we reflect on that storm and the hard lessons that were learned in a guest editorial by former NOLA resident Ken Foster. We also meet up with Sally, our 2005 Katrina issue cover girl. She was among the rescued “Katrina dogs” who headed west in the first wave of humanitarian flights. She is also among the lucky ones who went on to inspire their new families—we write about hers, and other survivors’ remarkable stories.

On the feature front, Susan Tasaki makes the case for more research into the possible health benefits that medical cannabis might have for dogs, and Rebecca Wallick introduces us to an amazing volunteer first-responder team whose mission is to help animals in crisis situations. In a new series we hear from dog professionals about their work; we lead off with home-visit veterinarian Melissa Shapiro.

On the new book front we talk with Tracey Stewart (her husband recently retired from a popular Comedy Central news show) about her first book, Do Unto Animals. We also chat with New Yorker’s Maira Kalman about her new illustrated memoir with dogs. Intrigue novelist Alex Kava fields questions about her new series, anchored by a K9 handler with a true love for rescue dogs. Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Susan Thixton, authors of Dinner PAWsible, promote the value of nutritious homemade meals. Amanda Jones reflects on her new book, Dog Years, which featuring dogs in youth and old age—she also took this issue’s cover photograph. And award-winning photographer, Traer Scott rounds out our “On Book” series with her new work, Finding Home, a tribute to shelter dogs everywhere. This list just hits the high spots, there is quite a lot more that we surely engage your interest and that you’ll be back for more.

P.S. As an added bonus, if you like Greek yogurt, be sure to see my take on how to whip up a batch, and what you can do with the “left behind” whey (here’s a hint: dogs love it). 


A Good Herb? Medical cannabis might hold promise for ailing companion animals. By Susan Tasaki
Dispatch from Poland—The Barka Foundation: People and dogs saved by compassion and one another. By David Shaw
Essay: Lessons Learned … and Unlearned. By Emily English Medley
To the Rescue: Injured animals get a helping hand from volunteer first-responders. By Rebecca Wallick
In Between Dogs: A shelter visit helps with healing. By Lee Harrington
Tracey Stewart’s Do Unto Animals looks at ways to improve the lives of all animals.
Finding Home by Traer Scott Finding hope and love with memorable shelter dogs.
Maira Kalman talks with us about her latest work Beloved Dog, an artful memoir with dogs.
Dog Years by Amanda Jones Looking back over 20 years of photographing young and old.

It’s a Dog’s Life

BEHAVIOR: Nice to Meet You—taking the angst out of canine introductions. By Karen B. London, PhD
HOWL: Assisted Living By Jenny Scott
HOLISTIC MEDICINE: Back Problems—Acupuncture can help dogs with intervertebral disc disease. By Sara Greenslit, DVM, CVA
SURGICAL INNOVATIONS: Is there a breakthrough in severe dysplasia? By Mark J. Knapik
DOG-ASSISTED THERAPY: Guide Dogs for the MindCanines. By Sheldon Siporin
ON THE JOB: Senior dogs benefit from in-home vet care. By Melissa Shapiro, DVM
ON VIEW: Folk Art
AUTHORS SPEAK: Alex Kava talks about her newest character and his dogs.
The Shepherd’s Life; Rescue Road; Breaking Creed and Silent Creed; 101 Doggy Dilemmas
Spotlight: Amanda Foundation and Saatchi; Jon Hamm and Shelter Me; Dogly
ENDPIECE: Freddie Flealoader By Dolly Withrow

GUEST EDITORIAL Katrina 10 Years After. By Ken Foster
OPENER: Katrina’s dogs make good.
Tune In: The Peanuts Movie; First Aid Studies; Research Findings; Apps reviews
High Performance Dogs: The care and feeding of canine athletes.
Travel to Dog Friendly Bozeman, Montana Big Sky country is mighty welcoming.
Cooking for Health: Q&A with Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Susan Thixton, authors of Dinner PAWsible.
Sniffing Around: Their noses know.
Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible
What’s New: Whimzees, Puzzle Mat, Probios Soft Chews, Bark to Art

Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 81: Spring 2015
On the Road to Discovery

We have a special theme for our Spring issue so be prepared to be carried away as we consider the transportive idea of “journeys,” the many ways our trusty canine co-pilots guide and accompany us on the road—both real and metaphoric—to exploration and revelation.

In this issue’s globe-spanning stories, a dog helps a traveler navigate an ancient ruin and imparts an invaluable lesson, an adventurous Belize pup finds a new calling and a new home, and an innovative humane organization blends international relief with travel. A woman samples the joys and dogs of neighborhoods across the nation when she takes up housesitting as a serious pursuit, and a relocation to Europe inspires an owner to find an attractive alternative to air travel for herself and the family dog.

We have the backstory to a touching photo of a man and his elderly dog in the waters of Lake Superior. There’s also another “dog-and-water story” about a pup who had a hankering to hang 16 with his fellow surfers. In our interview with Melissa Holbrook Pierson, we discover what’s behind the training “journey” from aversive to positive methods. And we have an essay about how a shelter adoption lead to a backseat copilot keeping a steady watch and clocking in many a mile with her new driver. And in the endpiece, a man is reminded by a stray dog whom he saves from a busy street about “just how unpredictable life is, and that special bonds can form at any moment.”

We take a look at another interesting dog park, that is an integral part of a neighborhood renaissance in Cincinnati. We also welcome nutrition expert Linda Case, who explains the issue of “meals” and how the protein content of this important pet food ingredient can vary. We learn why all dogs don’t learn the same way and our behavior expert suggests strategies to understand what might work best for your dog. We try our hand at making treats out of spent grain, a home-brew byproduct. We take a look at easy-to-do agility games that get your dog, cat, bird, bunny and, yes, even an alpaca, going.

So we hope that you enjoy taking this Spring trip with us and find something that inspires you in this very special issue.



Doing Good: Cats and Dogs International: Enlisting tourism partners in humane causes. By Susan Tasaki and Photographs by Tracey Buyce

Picture This: Profile of photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson who took the shot which reverberated worldwide. By Konnie LeMay

Machu Picchu by Night: How a very unusual guide took the author on the adventure of a lifetime. By Elissa Van Poznak

A Dog Abroad: Getting from point A to point B sometimes requires thinking outside the airline cargo hold. By Michaele Fitzpatrick

Travels with Millie: Nothing goes so well with a car as a dog. By Susan Harlan

Have House, Will Travel: See the world by housesitting is a boon for the adventurous animal lover and the companion animals in their care. By Susan Caba

A Dog Named Sulli: A dog finds that teaching caring and compassion to school children in the Belizean jungle is her chosen calling. By Sean Houlihan

Surf City Dog: A dog with an urge to find the waves. By Sherrie Owens

Rescue on Route 498: A chance encounter on a rainy night, and two lives shift gears. By Mike Waters De Luz


ACTIVITIES Interspecies Agility Fun. By Sharon Ulrich

AUTHOR’S NOOK: Q&A with Melissa Pierson, author of The Secret History of Kindness, interviewed by Lee Harrington.

ASSISTANCE: Dementia service dogs. By Susan Tasaki

BEHAVIOR: What’s your dog’s learning curve? By Karen B. London, PhD


NUTRITION: What’s the Deal About Meals? Protein and quality differ widely. By Linda Case

TRAINING: The Importance of Socialization for a Pup. By Jeff Stallings

ART: Mural a father/daughter team up.


The Secret History of Kindness; A Matter of Breeding; The Honest Truth; Pet Poo Pocket Guide; Miracle Dogs; Fit Dog; What the Dog Knows


Guest Editorial: History of Seeing Eye Dogs By Steve Neumann

The Importance of Play—Just do it! By Claudia Kawczynska

Abe Lincoln and his dog Fido; Ingredients Watch List; Elliott Erwitt

Rescue Veterinary Services; Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin’s new CD

New Legislation: California and Utah. Minding your manners.

Dog Park: Cincinnati’s Washington Park is their newest. By Katherine Barrier

Spent brewery grains make healthy treats. By Sophie Cox

Smiling Dogs: Simply Irresistible

Bark’s Best Places to Work: The winners are in!

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 80: Winter 2014

For the final issue of 2014, we are tickled to have Hilary Swank (and her dogs, Rumi and Kai) on the cover. While it’s been our custom for all-dog covers, we’re going “All Star” here because we were inspired by Hilary’s co-producing a rescue extravaganza on Thanksgiving evening called Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Special. I talk with her about her rescue work and about how dogs have inspired her and what she is hoping for in this remarkable program. Be sure to tune into Fox from 8 to 10 that evening. We have been digging around for answers to questions that have long puzzled us. Have you ever wondered if gender factors into dog training—if women approach it differently than men? We did, so we asked our behavior specialist Karen London to look into it. Then there is the question of the why and when dogs became domesticated. While the definitive answer isn’t in yet, Jane Brackman reports researchers sing data gleaned from prehistoric burial sites to shed light on the millennia-old dog/human bond.

Then, there’s the sibling thing. When we’re looking at a passel of puppies, it’s so easy to think, Why not just take two? Jeff Stallings explores that question and we found his answer to be spot on.

Donna Jackel looks at the importance of shelter play groups, part of a recent program that gives dogs a chance to blossom and, one hopes, increases adoption rates. Another way of improving the lives of shelter dogs is covered by long-time columnist Lee Harrington, who focuses on her local shelter’s amazing Animal Reiki practitioner.

On the “dogs helping people” front, Amy Kantor, VMD, examines NYPD K-9 teams and the deep bonds police officers have with their canine partners, and contributing editor Rebecca Wallick follows a study that aims to answer the question, “Do sick children benefit from animal-assisted therapy?”

Rounding out this issue’s dog-pourri, Meghan Lewit shares a millennial’s perspective. And, Meghan Daum again graces us with her, “The Gift of a Great Dog,” and reminds us of the need to make room in our hearts. Kevin Roberts tells us what gets him jazzed about skijoring (thrilling at both ends of the bungee!), and we go up to the Arctic Circle with Leah McFail on a Husky-infused Lapland Workaway program. In the good-eats category, our “turkey-burger topper” recipe is nutritionally deconstructed, and we talk with esteemed cookbook editor (she was Julia Child’s editor) Judith Jones about home-cooking for herself and her pup. And, in what is likely a first for a dog magazine, we welcome our new comic book editor-at-large, Mark Peters, who recommends a well-drawn prizewinner written entirely in “dog.”

We know you’re busy making lists, and suggest you start at BarkGoods, our new store. We’ve gathered some of the best-designed, most useful products around, and we’re always expanding the offerings. Visit often and take advantage of our rewards program.

Finally, for a truly feel-good gift, pencil in time on your calendar for a visit to your local shelter: drop off toys or gently used collars and leashes, visit with the dogs, take one for a walk or, even better, foster. (Your dog might love a new playmate!)

We wish everyone a joyous and peace-filled season.

P.S. We are dedicating this issue to Dr. Sophia Yin, her work in positive reinforcement training affected the lives of untold thousands. Her generous and compassionate spirit is sorely missed. Please read tributes and recollections from those whose lives she touched.


Hilary Swank: Starring in All-Star Dog Special

Digging Up Bones: What can archeology tells us about the “connection” origins. By Jane Brackman, PhD

Men, Women and Dog Training: What’s gender have to do with it? By Karen B. London, PhD

Postscript: Grace Chon’s Zoey and Jasper.

Serious Play: Playgroups are enriching lives and reducing stress for dogs in shelters. By Donna Jackel

Growing Up: Millennials take on caring for another, furry, someone. By Meghan Lewit

Animal-Assisted Therapy: Do sick children benefit? By Rebecca Wallick

On The Job: NYPD’s K-9 teams are partnerships bound by loyalty. By Amy Kantor, VMD

The Arctic Circle, with Dogs: Volunteering with Huskies in Lapland. By Leah McFail

The Gift of a Great Dog: Recognizing the “one” but taking on another. By Meghan Daum

It’s a Dog’s Life
COOKING: Q&A with Judith Jones, author of the Love Me, Feed Me cookbook
Nutrition: Putting homemade to the test Recipe by Claudia Kawczynska, Nutritional Analysis by Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
HEALTH: Seizures Their cause and treatment. By Michael A. Wong, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Don't Take Two: Littermate syndrome has potential downsides. By Jeff Stallings
TRAINING: Puppy Chronicle Redirecting a Sassy Pup. By Lori Mauger
Sketchbook: Stephanie Birdsong
Comic arts: Pizza Dog Garners Awards By Mark Peters
ACTIVITIES: This is Skijoring: Don’t have to be pro athletes to enjoy it. By Kevin Roberts
WELLNESS: Reiki: Working wonders with dogs in shelters. By Lee Harrington
REVIEWS  Do As I Do, Canine Play Behavior, Dash, Dog Diaries, Norman Speak!, Me & Dog, Mogie, Pop-Out & Paint Dogs & Cats.


Cover Dogs: Rumi & Kai Swank
Dedication: Dr. Sophia Yin
What’s New, Scouting down Trends in Dogland
Facing Winter Weather By Janelle Martel
Warming Foods By Bark Editors
Travel: Winter Retreats, Palm Coast, Florida
Family Dog: Lovely Neva
Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible
28 Q&A with Judith Jones, author of the Love Me, Feed Me cookbook
J. Otto Seibold’s Mr. Lunch Exhibit
Postcard From Germany Rottweil Revels A Late Winter Carnival By Ericka Hamburg

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 79: Fall 2014

We’re about to usher in fall, our very favorite season, and are so relieved to bid farewell to summer’s hot, slow days. Like yours, no doubt, our dogs really do seem to perk up in the crisp autumn air. We have an especially content-rich issue for you. Among our new contributors is Sara Greenslit, DVM, who will be covering the integrative veterinary front; she leads off with an article on the “hot” topic of the gut and about its relationship to inflammatory bowel disease. Jessica Hekman, DVM, looks into the studies that examining the reliability of behavior-assessment tests, which many shelters use to make life-and-death decisions about a dog’s future. Martha Connors takes a look at current thinking on spay/neuter; while in terms of the big picture, it’s certainly the most effective way to reduce the number of homeless dogs, individual dog guardians now have other options and issues to consider.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Laurel Braitman, author of the highly recommended book Animal Madness; we talked about her investigations into commonalities in mental health issues among humans, canines and other species. Another first-time Bark contributor, Jessica Miller, looks at anxious-dog behavior and provides pointers on how to navigate life with a nervous pup, while Karen London addresses the commonly held belief that all fearful dogs have been abused (hint: not true).

Our happy cover dogs, Indie and Bogart, the Beagles, are poster pups for the successful rehoming of lab dogs, and for canine resiliency. They highlight our feature piece by Konnie LeMay reporting on the Beagle Freedom Project, a rescue group that works with the friendly, gentle dogs so commonly used as test subjects; many of the group’s charges, who have spent their lives in kennels, have never walked on grass or had any loving attention from a human.  We welcome this opportunity to showcase the work being done by many humane groups in supporting legislation that allows for rehoming of lab companion animals.

It’s great to have acclaimed writer Susan Straight back in the magazine with her account of how an ordinary dog walk along the river turned into a too-close-for-comfort encounter with her dog’s canid cousins. Ben Spencer recalls a white-knuckle race to the vet ER with his bee-stung pup, and Ellen Cooney reveals a secret training technique she employed with her rescue dog (be sure to pick up her new novel, Mountaintop School for Dogs, one of our year’s-best lit picks).

We hope you enjoy this, our 79th issue, and stick around for many more. Explore all things dog, check out our new store, Barkgoods.com, and spread the word that The Bark is the best place to celebrate the world’s oldest friendship! On that front, we would like to thank all of our “fans” who pushed our Facebook page up to, and beyond 280,000—with your help, let’s see if that mark can be doubled by 2015!

Testing the Tests: Just how accurate are behavioral assessment tests? By Jessica Hekman, DVM
Life After the Lab: The Beagle Freedom Project helps ease retired lab Beagles into new lives. By Konnie LeMay
Spay & Neuter Quandary: Weighing the new options. By Martha Connors
Naturally Fearful: Not all “scaredy” dogs have been mistreated. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Hale Hound: Feeding your dog for life. By Kathryn Schneider
A Lesson From Pulp Fiction: Being a movie buff pays off when a pup is stung by a bee. By Ben Spencer
The Great Coyote Choir at the Santa Ana River: A surprising encounter with “other” canids. By Susan Straight
Maxine and the B-Word: Learning that life can be good. By Ellen Cooney
Howl: Letter to My Ex-Dog By Mike Foster
Jaime Wyeth: On View. By Susan Tasaki

It’s a Dog’s Life
BEHAVIOR: High Anxiety 8 ways you and your anxious dog can catch a break. By Jessica Miller
Dog Parks: Point Isabel, Calif. One of the nation’s finest and most-visited. By Mary Barnsdale
HOLISTIC MEDICINE: Gut Reaction Is your dog sluggish, withdrawn, avoiding his food bowl? Might be IBD.  By Sara Greenslit, DVM, CVA
JOURNEY: Southbound Hound Dog-tripping down the Pan-Am Highway. By Stephanie Lim
HUMANE Creating Animal Ambassadors: Children in Trinidad and Tobago share the humane message. By Twig Mowatt
ASSISTANCE Good Medicine: Reuniting sick children and their dogs.  By Katherine Barrier
AUTHOR’S NOOK Q&A with Animal Madness writer Laurel Braitman By Claudia Kawczynska
Sketchbook Pen & Ink By Wendy MacNaughton
In Conversation Nick Trout, DVM Vet, writer, advocate.

Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman, Lucky Dog by Sarah Boston, My Reading Buddy Is a Dog by Catherine Blakemore, The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach by Stephen McGarva, The Great Grisby by Mikita Brottman, Rescuing Oricito by Marty Kingsbury

Profiles of Rescue: Lesley Brog and Kona  By Jesse Freidin
Guest Editorial: Justice (and a Home) for Patty. By Shirley Zindler
Fall Tips: New season, new inspirations.
Glamming for Good: Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls.
Spotted in London: Dog takes center stage
Sleep, Interrupted: Secrets for a better night’s snooze. By Eliana Osborn
Recipe: Pumpkin Treats
Play Ball! El Paso Chihuahuas take the field. By Gary Santaniello
Off the Leash, a hilarious first collection.
Smiling Dogs: Simply irresistible.
Brush Up Dental health is the happening thing.

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 78: Summer 2014
Bark Issue 78
Perfect for the summertime, we have oodles of good reading in store for you. From first-time book author Matthew Gilbert, a charming look at his Boston dog park scene and a good reminder that snap judgments can snap back in a positive way, and that letting go of assumptions can lead the way to a new attitude. Gail Caldwell is back with another memorable memoir, this time including a jumpstart to her life with a new pup. David Koff supplies a classic “how I found my dog” story, and Joshunda Sanders offers insights on how becoming a dog person helped her revise her own perceptions about the black community’s relationship with dogs. Jill Smolowe shows us that having a daily routine to look forward to is valuable to those on both ends of the leash. Finally, be sure to check out our editors’ top-pick summertime reading roundup.   Also on deck: Veterinarian Ilana Strubel has tips on how to get—or keep—the pounds off your pup, and we have an excerpt from an excellent new book by Linda Case, who explains what to look for (and ask for) when reading pet food labels. Then, imagine paddling a canoe down the Mississippi with a canine co-pilot and find out how Lucas Will and Tischer fared on their more than 2,000-mile adventure. For more outdoor inspiration, Suzanne Roberts recounts a backpacking expedition with her husband and their dog, Ely, along a challenging section of the Pacific Crest Trail.    On the “news you can use” front, Sheila Pell investigates the proliferation of ticks (climate change strikes again!) and what we can do to ward them off us and our dogs. We also check out stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen therapies and backyard barbecue do’s and don’ts, and serve up an easy recipe for delicious and nutritious whole-grain peanut butter dog cookies. Mardi Richmond reports on what happened when a top guide dog–training organization transitioned to clickers, and Donna Jackel looks at worthy, locally based humane groups that are making remarkable impacts on their communities. We have important safety tips about summertime activities, and many reader-supplied ideas on where to find the best off-the-beaten-track adventures this season. 

So, settle yourself and your dog in a cool, shady spot and dig into the summer issue. We think you’ll find lots to ponder and put to use. 

Features Tick Talk Is climate change behind the rise in the numbers of ticks and the diseases they  bring? By Sheila Pell Dog Paddling the Mighty Mississippi Down the river with a dog. By Lucas Will Backcountry Trek A dog with a job makes a perfect hiking partner. By Suzanne Roberts Label Smarts Ways to improve your dog-food-selection skills. By Linda Case On View In the Company of Cats and Dogs. By Cameron Woo Tula The challenges and rewards of a new pup. By Gail Caldwell Cell Phone Lady Dog parks are full of pleasant interludes. By Matthew Gilbert Walking Misty Daily routines provide welcome relief at both ends of the leash. By Jill Smolowe Finding Carson A stray meets her match. By David Koff Color-blind Love  Opening our eyes to stereotypes and dispelling racial myths. By Joshunda Sanders DogPatch Guest Editorial: Go Walk Shelter Dogs Bark’s Summer Tips Travel—ideas from our readers. Dogfroyo; Instant harness; Tails to Trails Last Chance IPA; Keeping it clean; Beware Compost SMILING DOGS: Simply irresistible Healing oxygen by Susan Tasaki Recipe: Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookies Grooming: Summer Shedding Secrets Pop Art: Vintage Labels   It’s A Dog’s Life THEATRE: Of Mice and Men + dog by Amy Kantor, DVM HEALTH: Pounds be Gone Help your pup shed excess weight. By Ilana Strubel, DVM HEALTH: Self Healing Stem Cells. By Megan Cassels-Conway, DVM SECOND OPINION: The Barbecue Blues Tips. By Nick Trout, DVM BEHAVIOR: Lessons learned from aggression cases. By Karen B. London, PhD WORKING DOGS: Clicker training conversion. By Mardi Richmond WELFARE: Grassroots Animal Welfare: Helping dogs, one community at a time. By  Donna Jackel REVIEWS: Off the Leash by Matthew Gilbert; New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell; A Dog’s History of the World by Laura Hobgood-Oster; From Birdbrained to Brilliant by Dawn  Antoniak-Mitchell; Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn; The Mountaintop School for  Dogs by Ellen Cooney; Citizen Canine by David Grimm; Puppy Savvy by Barbara Shumannfang ENDPIECE: Murphy: A most unusual adoption arrangement. By Lisa Leshaw