Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
We are heading into the summer of 2001 in grand style with two special features. One is a review of places to travel with a water-loving dog. As we learn, even Pugs love a day on the beach. We also explore the meaning behind the well-worn phrase “dogs as members of the family.” Through personal insights by authors such as Ann Patchett, Carolyn Heilbrun and Deborah Digges we come away with an expanded sense of the meaning of family. We also talk with Family Studies Professor Gail Melson who helps us to understand just how profound the relationship is and how it has contributed to our very “humanness.” Finally, we start to tackle the more difficult issues that are confronting us today—what are the causes of aggressive behavior? What can good breeding practices do to alleviate this problem? We turn to the expertise of behaviorist Patricia McConnell to begin to sort this out for us. All this, plus dog parks, our summer reading list and tips on organic gardening.
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A Family of One’s Own From single life to raising human-canine siblings through empty nesters—dogs have broadened our ideas of family. Essays and articles by Ann Patchett, Deborah Digges, Tom Stienstra, Carolyn Heilbrun with an introduction by Louise Rafkin.
Plus an interview with child psychologist Gail F. Melson, author of Why the Wild Things Are, Animals in the Lives of Children.
Summertime Travel: Into the Water Oceans, lakes, rivers—The Bark jumps in feet first with some favorite wet spots and water activities around the country.
Both Ends of the Leash: Aggression, Is it In The Breeding? Good dogs, bad dogs—a perspective. by Patricia McConnell Ph.D.
Early Warning Systems Seizure and cancer alert dogs at work. by Carmen Thériault
Photograph: Seth Affoumado
Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
We are kicking off 2001 with another award-winning issue filled with the best in dog culture—activities, behavior, health, literature and art. We present a new column by eminent holistic veterinarian Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M., who brings us her recommendations on alternative health care. We are also launching a new series of true life stories called “Rex in the City,” which chronicles the life of a big dog in the Big Apple, by our editor Lee Forgotson. Few of you might know that the theme of Jacqueline Susann’s first book was about our favorite subject—so we present an excerpt from her Every Night, Josephine! We are also thrilled to announce that Patricia McConnell’s column, “Both Ends of the Leash,” will give you a preview of what to expect from her much anticipated book, The Other End of the Leash, to be published next year by Ballantine/Random House. All this, plus dog parks, skijoring, hydrotherapy, activism and much more….
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Photograph: Sylvia Plachy
Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Doggies in the Outer Field Canine Rookies Join the Major Leagues as Home Run Retrievers by Bill English
First Encounters of a Doggy Kind Noted authors share their memories with Louise Rafkin
Fort Funston: Land of the Leash-Free Can dogs, birds and plants co-exist? by Susan McCarthy
The Truth about Spats and Dogs Divorce—Doggy Style by Shane DuBow
Paris France Gertrude Stein’s classic book illuminated by Ward Schumaker and Yolly Bolly Press
New on the Shelf: Excerpts
The Enemy Loving the Dog Everyone Hates by Susan Conant
Minutes of a Canine Convert Home is Where the Dogs Lie by Gina Moranto
Sister Canine: Cynthia Heimel
Saying Good-bye Kids Say the Darndest Things by Kathy Briccetti-Clark
Great recipes, wellness/training tips, good reads and smiling dogs.
Welcome to another new issue of The Bark. In this issue we do a special investigation about the record number of recent pet food recalls—many top brands made in the USA have been affected. Can we expect to see more? What to do if your favorite food is recalled? We will continue to track this subject closely, and will be posting recall notices here too.
Just in time for gearing up for a summer reading fest, we are delighted to include a new essay by Ann Patchett. In this issue she describes her search for a “store dog” for Parnassus Books, her new Nashville bookstore venture. As a bonus, Ann provides a list of her favorite dog books for children.
We preview of a new book about the challenges of training a would-be service dog to lead the way home, plus an essay on the importance of teaching a dog to pay attention. In the Howl entry, learn the ways a man’s life is informed by three feisty Dachshunds, and in the Endpiece, how a new dog signals a couple’s rejuvenation.
We feature the great 19th –century artist, James Tissot— his own Border Collie was an able muse/model, and his plein air works are summertime marvels. We chat with Jason Gann—the man behind (and inside) one of our favorite TV characters, the man/dog, Wilfred—who shares how he comes up with his species-crossing ideas ….
On the wellness front, we look at hydrotherapy and its rehab benefits; an holistic vet explains why allergies plague our dogs and offers herbal treatment tips; and we have a basketful of recipes to please your dogs at picnic time.
Be sure to check out our second annual “Best Place to Work” competition, which was inspired by my visit last year to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. If you know of a company that has what it takes to earn this year’s top-dog honor, nominate it today. Winners get great prizes and lots of pats and positive reinforcement, too.
Go here for additional picks for summer reading. From the classics to entertaining beach books: you’ll find it all there. But for now, stick around with this issue, which is packed full of good reading for you.
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We kick off 2013 by putting the lid on winter and leaping into spring with zest. Julie Hecht helps us understand what all that barking is about; behaviorist Karen London explains why dogs have a fondness for novelty; and Rebecca Wallick talks with Ted Kerasote about his new book in which he gives his prescription for longer-lived dogs. While we’re in agreement with much of what he says, we do take exception to a few of his positions, particularly his stance on spay/neuter. But debate is good, right? John Woestendiek investigates the merging of human and veterinary medicine and the benefits that accrue to both species. In our TechoDog survey we also look at the intersections between dogs and technology; as one amazing example, Emily Anthes interviews an orthopedic vet who creates prosthetic limbs. Plus, another episode of Lee Harrington’s “Chloe Chronicles,” in which Chloe has a marrowbone mishap; and Twig Mowatt reveals how forward-thinking shelters are making adoptions more accessible. In this era of climate change, we look at preparing for the next natural disaster. Then Jayme Moye introduces us to great organization, Animal Experience International that is dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities around the globe.
The Endpiece from none other than E.B. White, author of the classic Charlotte’s Web, is our valentine to you. In this timeless essay, which White wrote during WWII, he talks about his vegetable garden, urban chicken-raising and his irrepressible dog, all topics that are once again in vogue (though dogs have never gone out, thank goodness). All that plus a delectable granola treat recipe, an essential oils primer and a new gallery of smiling dogs. Hope you enjoy it all.
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Our Winter issue has a lot of good reading in store for you. You will be delighted to see that Patricia McConnell is back to untangle another tricky topic—what it takes to be a therapy dog. Many of us might think our dogs would be perfect nursing-home visitors, but Trisha provides a reality check, telling us just what is expected of dogs who do this work, and why many don’t make the grade. Sheila Pell investigates the amazing procedure that restored cover dog Whiskey’s cancerous jaw; learn how a UC Davis vet team applied innovative biomedical techniques to regenerate his bone. It’s truly an incredible story. Next, beating the drum for fostering, we look at the insights into this worthwhile activity, and its many values to needy dogs and the rescue groups that care for them. When it comes to fostering, every season is the season to volunteer.
Behaviorist Karen London explains the importance of play in training dogs with aggression problems. Barbara Smuts expands on a topic that became dear to our heart when we adopted our fourth dog: Is “pack” living for everyone? Can any group of dogs get along well, or does it take a special personality, age and gender mix—of both dogs and humans—to make it work?
Columnist Julie Hecht goes on a quest to discover how much dogs understand of what we say. Do they really know the differences between words? How do they apply what they hear? Is it content or context? We investigate DNA testing; just what does it actually tell us about our dogs’ breed makeup? And then we profile legislation now pending that has the potential to make pet meds more affordable. We also have travel ideas, tips on how coconut and olive oils can help winterize your dog’s coat, comfy DIY sweaters, gift picks galore, another great Chloe from Lee Harrington, plus a paw-tapping new song. Hope you feast on the ideas in this issue, especially those that inspire you to take action to make even one dog’s life better.
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Our September issue, reflecting that special “back-to-school” time of year, focuses on dog studies. We survey the schools that are putting canine subjects into their syllabi, so students have a chance to really learn about dogs in a variety of new courses. Then, to one of the dog-world’s most debated and least understood subjects: dominance. Karen London thinks that a discussion of this issue can only benefit and expand our understanding of canines. Camille Ward gives us 12 ways to boost your dog IQ. Julie Hecht explains why appearances really do matter—for example, the mixed signals inadvertently sent by dogs with cropped ears and docked tails. We also talk with an author of a new book who explores both the underbelly and the shining lights of today’s humane movement. And we also talk with First Lady Michelle Obama about her very special “son-dog,” Bo, and find out just how much he means to her family. Read about recent research that points to just how much dogs can improve the health of children. We take a look at “breed selector” quizzes, John Woestendiek has taken most of them, and shares his opinion with us. We try out a new GPS device that measures up in keeping track of your dog, especially handy for backcountry exploring. For good eating ideas, we have a raw food primer; tips for mixing-and-matching ingredients for home cooking, plus a great recipe for kale frittata, healthy and delicious for you and your dog. Then another installment of the Chloe Chronicles, fall viewing trips, lots of poems, fab art and oh so much more—hope you enjoy.
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15th Anniversary Special Issue
We’re easing our way into another summer season, tuning up for vacation flings, scoping out dog-friendly resorts and venues, and hoping to find time to settle back and simply enjoy a few peaceful moments with our dogs.
As our cover proclaims, we have an exclusive, behind the scenes feature on the dogs of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ever wonder why they always seem to win the Emmy? We found the answer to that! Talk about a good time being had by all … not only does this have to be one of the most imaginative, intriguing and invigorating spots in which to work, its über-dog-friendly environment catapults The Daily Show into the stratosphere of the country’s most appealing workplaces. To honor that, we’re bestowing our first-ever “The Bark’s Best Place to Work Award” on The Daily Show.
Elsewhere in this issue, we share practical advice from our experts. Karen London gives us the scoop on the alleged differences between big and small dogs from a behavioral perspective; Pat Miller tells us how to tame door-darters; and attorney Rebecca Wallick provides a primer on pet insurance: Is it the best option? What should you look for when choosing a provider? What are the alternatives?
Then we take on one of dogs’ most profoundly embarrassing behaviors. Who doesn’t know a dog who tries to mount another dog, or his bed or toys or Uncle Louie’s leg? Julie Hecht helps us figure out what’s behind all those “good vibrations.” We go from R-rated to squeaky clean in a Q&A with a grooming pro, who gives us tips on the best way to brush and bathe our co-pilots, as well as the best tools (you can toss the one brush you’re likely to have but probably never use), methods and general advice on how to have “flawless fur.”
Being our summer issue, the big focus is “Outside.” We introduce you to stand-up paddleboarding, a water activity that’s likely to have your dogs hopping aboard for the ride. We learn the ins and outs of backpacking with dogs and hear about a fisherdog too. Check out the easy jerky recipes plus a fun whittling project—one of the first DIYs ever!
That’s it for now. Let’s hope that the summery months give you time to chill, kick back and relax with your pup at your side.
The Dogs of The Daily Show: Behind the scenes exclusive. By Claudia Kawczynska
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We bring you a spring issue filled with another wondrous array of articles, essays and art. To start, we offer a canine-behavior trifecta. Karen London dissects the controversy over the term “prey drive.” Does it increase our understanding of dog behavior, or—similar to the “alpha dog” notion—does it merely lead to more misunderstandings? In “Dog Smart,” Julia Hecht gives an overview of current academic interest in canine studies. Finally, Sophia Yin presents compelling evidence that operant conditioning is not only the most humane approach to dog training, but pays dividends, and that it has proved to be more reliable than long-standing coercion-based methods.
Our other features include a fascinating and inspirational report from Chicago on community advocates who are trying to solve animal abuse and dog-fighting problems by focusing on programs for young people. We also look at the ways military therapy dogs are deployed to provide battlefield troops with much-needed emotional support. We talk with our old friend, Mark Derr, about his latest canine “history” project, this one taking a look way back at the dawn of dogs. And we look at a therapy dog who is still busy working even though she has lost her sight.
For those of you who want to put more zing into your dog’s diet, we present “Toppings,” which lays out easy, inexpensive and inventive ways to vary suppertime fare. Plus, easy-as-pie directions for making your own yogurt—good for you and your dogs. Our travel piece takes us to our very favorite spot in SF: the Presidio of San Francisco. There you’ll find the city’s best beach and bay frontage; the Golden Gate Bridge looks close enough to toss a Frisbee over. And in “Follow Your Nose,” we have a thoughtful excerpt from a new memoir by Donna Kelleher, DVM, in which she discusses her holistic veterinary practice and approach to caring for cancer patients. Lee Harrington invites us to help celebrate Chloe’s springtime birthday, and in the touching EndPiece by Marianne Leone, we learn what it’s like to open your home, and your heart, to a pair of puppy-mill rescues.
All that, plus news from the Bark home front: Charlie, our newest addition—who can be seen on the cover—is proudly proclaiming his new status. Because he makes our fourth dog, we also look into why that number, at least for us, seems to be ideal in our lead-off piece, “The Pack is Back.” Anxious to hear your thoughts on that score. For now, dig in and enjoy it all.
Meet Buckeye! This delightful Llewellin Setter pup is Bark’s newest cover dog—gracing our newest Nov/Dec issue. Initially, an entry to our smiling dog contest, we fell in love with his sweet face and distinctive black-ringed eye, we think you will too. See more photos of Buckeye and hear his tale of triumph.
Here’s what else the issue has in store for you: choice ideas on ways kids and dogs can spend enriching time together, tips on making sure the baby and the dog’s toy boxes remain separate, behaviorists Karen London interviews a trainer about his work with dogs with high “toy drive” and Patricia McConnell gives us an account of the lessons she has learned from sheepdogs.
Who doesn’t wish for a home away from home when on a vacation? We dig into the newest dog-friendly house-sharing ideas, which may inspire you to pack your bags. We turn the spotlight on an innovative approach to rescue with a story about Unleash Brooklyn, a day care and boarding facility that opens its doors to shelter dogs as well as those with families. And be sure to catch ASPCA president Ed Sayres’ response to a New Yorker article that seems to excuse buying pet-shop dogs. Plus, some wonderful essays—Jeffrey Essmann’s “coming of dog age” piece on Pug love, and an unforgettable love “letter” from Emily Rapp.
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