Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 77: Spring 2014

With this Spring issue, we return to what made The Bark special when we began publishing almost two decades ago. We’ve often been called The New Yorker for dog lovers, probably because we tend to favor well-crafted, long form narrative essays and expository journalism. An essay, “Is It Time?” by Suzanne Roberts is the perfect example; when considering that question, the one we all dread, a longer treatment works best. As a perfect complement to Roberts’ piece, Katherine Goldberg, DVM, shares her experience as a hospice-care practitioner. It’s never easy to be confronted with the questions raised in these stories, but we believe you will be better equipped to do so after reading them. John Woestendiek tackles another question we all grapple with in “Finding Dr. Right”; as background, we asked you to tell us what you thought of your vets, what they might be missing and what they got just right. Some of you had nothing but praise, but like me, others seem to still be in search of that almost-perfect one. We also have an inspiring story from Melissa Fay Greene about how a little rescue Terrier helped her son during his recovery from cancer. And Terry Davis’ comedic “dog creationist” story, “Canis Mythicus,” is sure to delight and cause you to wonder how it did actually all come about. In the “life with dogs” category, Karen London considers ongoing research on tail wagging, an activity that not only reveals dogs’ inner attitudes but also shows that, like us, they have the left/right-hemisphere thing going on. Next, a young Polish couple tell us about a remarkable Himalayan trek they took with their dog; their photos of this trip are stunning and may make you long for similar adventures. And if you’re concerned about your dog’s vaccination schedule, Mardi Richmond explains the titer alternatives. We learn that dogs can aid in our recovery, and we examine the sanctuary trend in sheltering and discover how dogs respond to smooth tunes. Plus tips from an expert traveler, lacey crafts from a textile artist and so much more. Bark is a magazine for people who not only love dogs but also have an insatiable desire to learn about them. It has always been our goal to fulfill that need. So, without further ado, pick up a copy of the first issue of 2014 and enjoy!

Saying Good-Bye: Palliative and hospice care making strides. By Katherine Goldberg, DVM
Is It Time? This is when you know: By Suzanne Roberts
Himalayas on Four Paws: Dogtrekking through the Indian Garhwal. By Przemek Bucharowski and Agata Wlodarczyk
Finding Dr. Right: Searching for the ideal vet is like searching for the ideal mate. By John Woestendiek
Canis Mythicus: A“creation” story that makes sense. By Terry Davis
Bodie: Is it possible for a dog to help in a recovery? By Melissa Fay Greene

Guest Editorial: Animal-Kind International
Bark’s Spring Tips
ParaOlympic Skier
Survivors—tales of puppy mill dogs.
Queen Victoria
Nail Clipping Tips
DIYs: Felt dogs and knitting wolves
SMILING DOGS: Simply irresistible
OVERHEARD: Authors on dogs
NEW PRODUCTS: Something for everyone

It’s A Dog’s Life
TRAVEL: Sharing Expert Tips, new book, Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel
ART-CRAFT: Textile Sculptures, Donya Coward’s beaded, lacey creations.
THERAPIES: Bringing calming music to shelter dogs. By Lee Harrington
ACTIVITIES: Trick training for small spaces. By Sassafras Lowrey
HEALTH: Consider titer testing. By Mardi Richmond
SECOND OPINION: The power of unexpected recoveries. By Nick Trout, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Is Your Dog a Southpaw? By Karen B. London, PhD
RESCUE: David Backes, NHL star, launches Athletes for Animals. By Trent Reinsmith
SHELTERING: Our Companions Sanctuary, a new shelter in Conn. By Twig Mowatt
REVIEWS: Dog Sports Skills by Denise Fenzi and Deborah Jones; The Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel; How to Foster Dogs by Pat Miller, Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout, DVM
TALKING WITH THE AUTHORS: Theresa Schwegel; Denise Fenzi
ENDPIECE: My Canine Co-Counselor. By Marty Nemko

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 76: Winter 2013
A Winter Wonderland

Our Winter/Holiday issue is sure to delight dog lovers. We have an exclusive, “at-home” feature on William Wegman and his remarkable dogs. Our photo-journalist, Kimberly Wang, was invited to spend time with the Wegman clan at their Maine retreat and came away with a wonderfully intimate story and engaging photos of her visit. (How does that man get his dogs to hold those poses?) Lee Harrington is back with one of her best takes ever on life with Chloe who is spending a lot more time in one of her many beds. In our continuing “Lost & Found” series, we have an essay by Katherine Goldberg, DVM, about how it feels when a dog is missing—a traumatic low in the life of a dog lover that’s almost, but not quite, worth the reunion high. Yvonne Zipter describes the way a fostered Greyhound turned a corner and found peace in her new life. Julie Hecht asks six “great minds” for their thoughts on dogs; their answers and insights are truly fascinating. Karen London shows us how to keep our dogs healthy, happy and fit. Vet Shea Cox offers her “Fifty Shades of Brown” to answer one of the most the popular dog-related search questions on the web (you can guess what it is); we learn what the colors mean and which deserve more scrutiny. We meet the very clever Girl Scout who struck gold with both an award and an inventive way for dogs to assist autistic children. Then we look at reasons for the growing concern about genetically modified (GMO) food; is there a case for the impacts GM crops might have on the health of our dogs? We find out how important SAR dogs are in avalanche/skiing country, and share our suggestions for great winter wonderland spots to visit (safely) with your pup. Be sure to read our newest dog park profile, whip up a simple turkey recipe and DIY textiles. We also have fabulous gift suggestions, and incredible holiday giveaways—including elegant and comfy dog beds. Be sure to see our very special gift subscription offers, buy two and get the third for only $1! As always, we have something for everyone, so hope you enjoy.

Wegman’s World: Behind the scenes with the artist, his family and the dogs. Photography/text by Kimberly M. Wang

Happy Holidays: A case for personalizing greetings. By Meghan Daum

Baby Love: A surprise acceptance for a new arrival. By Hinda Mandell

A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends Photography by Garry Gross, text by Steve Duno

Fifty Shades of Brown: The Scoop on Poop
What colors mean and which deserve more scrutiny. By Shea Cox, DVM

Bringing Up Blondie: A Greyhound finds her perfect match. By Yvonne Zipter

Chloe Chronicles: Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie
Reflecting on her dog’s slower pace. By Lee Harrington

Great Thinkers on Dogs: Six leading canine researchers talk about their work. By Julie Hecht

Finding Sydney: A former street dog tests her person’s resolve. By Katherine Goldberg, DVM

It’s a Dog’s Life

Travel: Choice Spots for Winter Escapes. By JoAnna Lou

Recipe: Fast, easy and nutritious turkey feast. By Christine Filardi

Petcare: When Your Dog Can’t Go with You. By James Dziezynski

Second Opinion: Ensuring Quality Health Care. By Nick Trout, DVM

Assistance: Jumping for Joy, a program for children with special needs. By Kathie Meier

Behavior: Run for Your (Quality of) Life Strategies for keeping your dog healthy, happy and fit. By Karen B. London, PhD

Food Safety: GMO: Are genetically modified crops safe? By Sheila Pell

Working Dogs: Avalanche SAR Canines Making slopes safer for everyone. By Jayme Moye

Decoding Your Dog by the ACVB; The Hidden Life of Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, The Business of Dog Walking by Veronica Boutelle; Dog Encyclopedia.

Guest Editorial: Crissy Field Dog Use in Peril
The Giving Season: Tips & ideas for a safe holiday
Top Chef’s Rescue Wins, Kid Vet App, TV’s Lucky Dog
DIY: Making your own fabric is just an inkjet away.
At the Dog Park: Howard & Erna Soldan Dog Park, Lansing, Mich.
Bark’s Best Places to Work Contest Winners
Family Dog: The Skippy Portraits by Linda Griggs
Smiling Dogs: Always irresistible
The 12 Beds of Christmas: Enter to Win!
Holiday Gift Guide

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 75: Fall 2013
Our 75th issue! Satos, Travel and Homemade Kibble
The Bark Magazine - Issue 75 (FALL 2013)

Welcome to our 75th issue. The importance of adoption has long been a critical aspect of our agenda, and in this issue, we showcase innovative sheltering programs. We first covered the plight of satos, stray dogs of Puerto Rico, 10 years ago, and it’s encouraging to learn that progress is being made by groups like Pets Alive Puerto Rico. John Woestendiek examines college programs that reward students for fostering dogs and cats in their dorm rooms, and David Grimm takes us a on a visit to a unique Louisiana prison-shelter program.  Elaine Sichel, prizewinner in our humor-writing contest, also perfectly complements this theme; in a lighthearted way, she makes it clear that we’re the winners when we adopt shelter dogs. Jennifer Senski, who is doing her PhD dissertation on the state of sheltering, puts out a call to the shelter community for assistance with data collection.

On other fronts, in “Body Language,” Jane Brackman considers the ways dated and misapplied definitions have been used to set breed standards, and Karen London tells us why it’s important that dogs learn to focus. Plus we discover that autumn is the perfect time to visit Minnesota’s scenic Highway 61, with a drive along Lake Superior. Pieces on the value of probiotics, a recipe for homemade kibble, a home-visiting vet and the ways dog “germs” make our homes healthier round out the issue. We also have some great book picks that will help us learn more about how smart our dogs truly can be—and a new collection from our favorite poet, Mary Oliver. Without further ado, then, I invite you to subscribe to The Bark or get your copy of the fall issue, dig in and enjoy the reading.

Porch Dogs: Photographs celebrating Southern Dogs. By Nell Dickerson
Animals Among the Inmates: A prison shelter program. By David Grimm
The Gut: The Key to Health. By W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Dogs as Kids: New research redefines parenting. By Karen London, PhD
Fostering Good Habits in College: Schools welcoming second chance dogs. By John Woestendiek
Body Language: Breed standards and the words that define them. By Jane Brackman, PhD
Best Boy: An essay about a lost and found dog. By Carrie Friedman
EndPiece: Letter to an Adoptable Dog. By Elaine Sichel

Editor’s Letter
Readers’ Letters
Guest Editorial: State of Sheltering
Fetching Germs
Dog-Friendly Philly & WoofFest, Medieval Origins
Trend Spotting; Postcard from Montreal
Alex Colville
Smiling Dogs
New Products: The Harvest Is In
Fair Trade Signs By Genevieve Rajewski

It’s a Dog’s Life
Recipe: Homemade Kibble By Henrietta Morrison
Your Photos: Family Dog By Allison V. Smith
DIY: Mobile Doghouse By Michael Blunt
Grooming: Tips on Self-Serve Dog Washing By Robyn Michaels
On View: Bill Traylor folk artist extraordinaire By Cameron Woo
Wellness: Canine Yoga By Sassafrass Lowrey
Travel: Minnesota’s Fall Colors By Claudia Kawczynska
Second Opinion: Seniors and their dogs By Nick Trout, DVM
Behavior: Attention, Please! By Karen London, PhD

Humane: Hope for Puerto Rico’s Strays Pets Alive By Sarah Gold

Q&A: Jeffrey Levy, DVM NYC’s Vet On the Go By Lee Harrington
Masterwork: Gertrude Käsebier Charging Thunder and his dog By Susan Tasaki
Book reviews: Chaser by John Pilley; How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns; What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren; Dog Songs by Mary Oliver; Ask Bob by Peter Gethers; Short Leash by Janice Gary; Following Atticus by Tom Ryan; Weekends with Daisy by Sharon Luttrell; Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt; All that Ails You by Mark Asher

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 11: Spring 2000

A full issue featuring Dogs in Cartoons. Including Patrick McDonnell, Lynda Barry, John Callahan, Edward Koren, Art Spiegelman and Odes to Goofy, Barfy, and Earl. Writings by Rick Bass and Barnaby Conrad III. Plus Cynthia Heimel and Ian Shoales Howl at the Moon.

In This Issue:

Happy Campers Patricia Alder goes to the dogs in Lake Tahoe
A New Breed of Magic by Louise Aronson
Unraveling the Dog’s Genetic Blueprint by Mark Derr

My Colter by Rick Bass

The Ruth Chronicles by Donald McCaig
The Future Dog! by Edward Koren
The Century in Dog Tales - “Dog Training” (1940) by E.B. White

Doggy Dialogues Ian Dunbar talks with Mathilde DeCagny
King of Kong Claudia Kawczynska talks with Joe Markham, inventor of Kong

Dog Law Musings of a dog-loving lawyer by Jim Smith
Re-Education of a Dog Person by Susan Black
A Dog and a Bunny by Marc Bekoff

Therapy Dogs, Summer Camp, Canine Genetics, Training with Frasier's Eddie, A Baseball Dog, and Kong Fu!

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 10: Winter 2000

Those of you who have known us back in our tabloid days have witness our various transformations are probably marveling at our latest. To launch the new-year-decade-century-millennium, The Bark is putting the dog in grand style with new paper and plenty of color. But rest assured the gloss hasn’t gone to our heads. To paraphrase a well-known crooner, we gotta be us!

In This Issue:

The Woof Factor: Heimel, Shoales, McCaig, Chonin
A Century in Dog Tales
Darwin Deconstructed
The Dogs of Silicon Valley
Cats We Love
In Flagrante Delicto: A Single Guy’s Woes

Fiction, art, reviews and Lynda Barry

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 09: Fall 1999

Welcome to The Bark’s second annual literature issue, bringing you—The Dogerati —a collection of works by writers and artists in exploration of the miraculous relationship between humans and dogs.
Our new format has won your praise, so we’ve expanded it by a whopping sixteen pages You’ll also see a more diversified advertising “portfolio,” with Los Angeles and New York coming aboard. We hope to add other cities in the near future—today the coasts, tomorrow the world! Let us know what interest you.

In This Issue:
Interview with Janeane Garofalo Modern woman has it all, including dog duty.
Wolf Hybrids by Sophia Yin
Interview with Dr. Nicholas Dodman Does your dog have low self-esteem?
Interview with Dr. Martin Goldstein A holistic vet shares his thoughts on your dog’s diet.
Park R&D: Building a Dog Park of your own by Claudia Kawczynska
Interview with Jane Goodall Goodall talks about her favorite animals

Dog Lit 101: Dr. Dog

J.R. Ackerly, James Thurber, Rick Bass, Carol Lea Benjamin, Willie Morris and Eugene O’Neill.

Kibble, Lynda Barry, Cats we Love, Ian Shoales, Cynthia Heimel, book reviews, and more.

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 08: Summer 1999

Can you believe it? The Bark has a new ‘do – looks pretty spiffy, don’t you think? We regret letting our larger, tabloid format go, but in order to keep pace in the publishing world and to get ourselves onto more newsstands, we’ve had a style makeover. We hope you approve. Many of you will find this smaller size easier to read, especially with your dog’s head resting on your lap. But besides the new format, we are still the same Bark, bringing you the best contemporary dog culture in the work of leading writers and artists such as Anne Lamott, Mark Derr, Louise Rafkin, Mike Paterniti, Mark Ulriksen and Paul Auster.

In This Issue:
Dog Park Turf Wars: A Political Primer
The Evolution of The Perfect Dog
Greg Louganis, Nicholas Dodman, Lynda Barry, essays, reviews and more

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 07: Spring 1999

Here we are with No. 7, the first issue in 1999. With every issue we expand a little and with this one we are up to 32-pages. We owe it all to you. Little did we know when we first started out as an 8-page newsletter that we’d strike such a chord. Now that we have been doing it for a while, we’ve come to understand that there are many, like us, who respond to a magazine that brings a literary/arts perspective to the subject of everything canine. The Bark is, above all else, the dog magazine for people who love to read.

In This Issue:
[Art] Dogs in the Visual Arts by Art Spiegelman and Robert Rosenblum
Canine Inspiration by Lynda Barry
Q&A with Dr. Ian Dunbar
Barking with Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Dog Parks
Book/Film Reviews

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 06: Fall 1998

The Bark enters a new season. After the frenzy of summertime, it is at long last fall, the time for gathering in the crops and burying bones and nuts for the approaching winter. We wish to welcome those new to The Bark, and hope you find something to your liking in these pages.

In This Issue:
Works authored by Elliott Erwitt, Vicki Hearne and Brad Watson
Essays, interviews, travel, books, film, art, reviews and politics.

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 05: Summer 1998

Here for your enjoyment: The Bark 5, a Summer literary issue.
Your enthusiasm has given us the incentive to forge onward. We are only a little over a year old, still damp behind the ears, but we are hoping to attract dog lovers nationwide who want a publication that speaks to them. A feature article on us in the San Francisco Examiner Business page in June has worked wonders—garnering attention from around the country. Ah, the power of the press. . . .We welcome all our new subscribers and readers and want to thank everyone for your interest.

On to “5” and its expanded 28 pages, filled with a wonderful array of articles, stories and interviews guaranteed to grab your attention. It is our mission to explore the many perspectives involved in what it means to be a dog person in today’s society. We look forward to hearing your opinions.

In This Special Literary Issue:
Works authored by Mark Derr, Caroline Knapp, Donald McCaig, and Daniel Pinkwater
Essays, interviews, reviews and more.