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Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 73: Spring 2013
Spring 2013: Issue 73

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.

FEATURES
Dog Speak By Julie Hecht
Bionic Limbs By Emily Anthes
TechnoDog A survey of milestones and innovations.
Species-Spanning Medicine By John Woestendiek
POEM: Rosie Speaks By Maxine Kumin
Can Dogs Live Longer? In conversation with Ted Kerasote and Rebecca Wallick
Only a Dog By Donald McCaig
Chloe Chronicles: A marrow bone mishap. By Lee Harrington
Endpiece: A Week in November, (1942) By E. B. White

It’s a Dog’s Life
Terms of Endearment
Step into Spring
Maddie on Things.
Dogs join street protestors.
Happy Feet! Shoe-art smiles.
No Name Dogs: Helping “rez” dogs.
Destinations: Yosemite, Aspen,  Northern Vermont
Graphic Novel: An epic Good Dog.
Wellness: Dental care tips.
Smiling Dogs: Always irresistible.
HomeWorks: Swarm home delights.
Urban Animal: Vet’s design flair.
Nosework Search Games.
SpaGo Dog mobile grooming.
Songbook: Lyrics by Amy White and Patty Smith.
Family Dog: Touring band’s pups.
Holistic: Essential Oils  By Lisa M. Browder
Recipe: Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies
Safety: Preparing for a Natural Disaster By JoAnna Lou
Health: A look at Degenerative Myelopathy By Nick Trout, DVM
International Outreach Vacation By Jayme Moye
Dogs in Malls By Twig Mowatt
Crikey! British Invasion Redux
My Met: Sharing Masterworks with Friends.
Author’s nook: Taking a Walk with Alexandra Horowitz
Hospice Care: The gift of saying good-bye By Shea Cox, DVM
Behavior: Dogs Take to the New By Karen B. London, PhD
Book Reviews: Pukka’s Promise, Animal Wise, Genius of Dogs, Last Walk, Truth About Wolves and Dogs, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 72: Nov/Dec 2012
Bark 72: Nov/Dec 2012

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.

FEATURES
Is your dog a good fit for therapy duty? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Life with multiple dogs By Barbara Smuts, PhD
DNA tests reveal more genetic secrets By Jane Brackman, PhD
Wonder Dog: Bionic Bone Regeneration By Sheila Pell
Why Foster? Helping to find forever homes for rescue dogs. By Kim Kavin
Chloe Chronicles: Redirecting a chow hound By Lee Harrington

It's a Dog’s Life
TEAM UP: It (can) take a village. By Claudia Kawczynska
RECIPE: Blueberry Scones
MUSE: Robin and Linda Williams bluegrass tribute to Tessie Mae
DESTINATIONS: Marfa, Texas; Asheville, North Carolina
FAMILY DOG: the Goletto Family
SMILING DOGS: Always irresistible
HOWL: Fire Hydrant Chats By Heather Armitage
ON VIEW: Preview of museum and gallery shows
Q&A: Rickie Lee Jones The singer and her dog, Juliette—rock on.
EDITOR'S PICKS: Gifts for Family and Home.
HOLISTIC HEALTH: Winterizing your dog’s coat By Deva Khlasa, DVM
MONEY MATTERS: More Affordable Pet Meds. By Martha Connors
HEALTH: Spaying Alternatives. By Nick Trout, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Do dogs understand the meaning of words? By Julie Hecht
DIY: Cozy, comfy dog sweaters.
BEHAVIOR: Play training helps aggressive dogs. By Karen B. London, PhD
PHOTO ESSAY: International Dog Stalking. By Kimberly Wang
AUTHOR’S NOOK: Mystery writer Deborah Crombie talks dog.
BOOK REVIEWS: The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, Rabid, An Echo Through the Snow, Wallace, The Dog Stars, Tough Love (DVD)
ENDPIECE: The Perfect Housemate By Miriam Fox Gabler
POETRY: Brian Beatty, Donna Hughes, Brian Fitch

Click to purchase some of the books and products featured in this issue.

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 71: Sep/Oct 2012
Sept/Oct 2012

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.

DOG STUDIES
Gone To The Dogs: Canine Studies In Colleges. By Pamela S. Hogle
Keep It Real: Managing Behavior Expectations Makes For A Better Relationship. By Camille Ward, PhD
Skin Deep: Looks Do Play A Role In Intraspecies Communication. By Julie Hecht, Msc
Dominance: Much Talk About It, But Do We Really Understand It? By Karen B. London, PhD

FEATURES
First Lady Michelle Obama: More On Her  “Son” Bo.

Eyes In The Sky: GPS Does The Tracking And Relieves The Worry. By Rebecca Wallick
Digital Dogs: Do Online Quizzes Help Find True Love?  By John Woestendiek
Call To Action: Q&A With Kim Kavin, Author Of Little Boy Blue, With An Excerpt From 
Her Book.
Southern Pup Finds A New Home And Author Finds Her Cause. By Claudia Kawczynska

Essays
That’s Amore! Swept Away By An Italian Charmer. By Mary McCarthy

Chloe Chronicles VII: Rejection Blues Trying For Second Dog, But Found “Wanting.” By Lee Harrington

Howl: Someone’s Been To The Vet By Jeff Steinbrink

Endpiece: Carriage Trade By Todd Stansfield

It’s A Dog’s Life

Dogs Can Make Children Healthier. By Claudia Kawczynska

Kitchen Diy: Healthy Meal Matches

Young Scientist; LA Food Truck Aids Rescue

Destinations: Leaf Peeping With Pups. By Lisa Wogan

Book Marks: Letter To My Dog; I’m A Good Dog: Pit Bulls In America; Homer

Embark: Sri Lankan Humane Effort With Style.

Smiling Dogs: Simply Irresistible

Recipes: Kale Frittata By Kathryne Taylor

Guest Editorial: Doggie Dependence Debate By Kelly Oliver, PhD

Homeworks: Tips On Scoring At Flea Markets

Second Opinion: Magic Act By Nick Trout, DVM

Setting The Table By Rick Woodford

Raw Food Primer By Elizabeth Kennedy

Book Reviews: Little Boy Blue; What Are Dogs For?; Zoobiquity
 

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 70: Jun/Jul/Aug 2012
15th Anniversary Special Issue
Jun/Jul/Aug 2012 - The Bark - The Daily Show - 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.

Features

The Dogs of The Daily Show: Behind the scenes exclusive. By Claudia Kawczynska
Humping: Just why do dogs do it? By Julie Hecht
Risk Management: Should you buy pet insurance? By Rebecca Wallick
Into the Wild: Backpacking with your dog. By Ceiridwen Terrill
Big Splash: Photographs By Seth Casteel
Big Dogs, Small Dogs: Does size affect behavior? By Karen B. London, PhD
Chloe Chronicles VI: Getting the dog you need. By Lee Harrington
Waking Up from My Dream Dog. By Laurel Saville
Endpiece: Fisherdog. By Lily Raff McCaulou

It’s a Dog’s Life
Destinations Dog-Friendly Oregon Coast. By Katherina Audley
Second Opinion: Joint Decisions. By Nick Trout, DVM
Training Door Darters: Tips on dealing with dashing dogs. By Pat Miller
Recipes: Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Chews
Nail Trimming Tips. By Nancy Kay, DVM
Great Ideas: Dallas Shelter Photo Studio
Grooming Ideas on a well-groomed dog. Q&A with Robyn Michaels
Activity: Paddleboarding with Dogs on board. By Jayme Moye
Crafts: Whittling pocket-sized dogs. By Cameron Woo
Author Nook Talking with Lily Raff McCaulou. By Claudia Kawczynska
International: Postcard from The Dominican Republic. By Ann Marie Gardner
Book Reviews: Summer Reads; The Canine Kingdom of Scent; Empire of Dogs; One Dog and His Boy

Dogpatch:
The Joys of Silence
Mayan Collars; Animal Bond Museum; Co-Pilot Kayak
Hose Warning; Edith Wharton’s 150th; Skateboard
Sleepovers; Spectacles Gives Back
Smiling Dogs
Kit’s Corner: Cool Designs
Me & My Dog: Readers’ Pix

 

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 69: Mar/Apr/May 2012

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.

FEATURES
The Pack is Back. The more the merrier? By Claudia Kawczynska
Positive Interventions: Outreach helps Chicago kids and dogs bond. By Jennifer Martin
Dog Smart: How well do we know our dogs? By Julie Hecht
Bells & Whistles: Operant conditioning’s staying power. By Sophia Yin, DVM
Interview with Mark Derr: Tracking the dawn of the dog. By Claudia Kawczynska
Follow Your Nose: Healing maladies holistically. By Donna Kelleher, DVM
Chloe Chronicles Part V: A birthday is cause for celebration. By Lee Harrington

DEPARTMENTS
[Destinations] Dog-friendly beaches of San Francisco’s Presidio.
[Recipes] Toppings liven up dog dining. By Elizabeth Kennedy
[Second Opinion] Treating chronic pain in dogs. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Dogs at Work] Dutchess, the disabled therapy dog, inspires many. By Karen Jones
[Good Dog] Behavior Matters: Rethinking prey drive. By Karen London, PhD
[Media] Darling Companion filmmakers Lawrence and Meg Kasdan. By Jan Wahl
[Activities] Trick training provides key mental stimulation. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Pro Tips] Photographer’s tips for great canine candids. By Sarah Sypniewski
[Therapy] Military therapy dogs give solace to soldiers. By Melanie D.G. Kaplan
[Travel] Advice for dog-friendly adventures. By Lisa Wogan
[Art] Robert Clarke Dog Portraits A–Z
[Book Reviews] Stay with Me; Sergeant Rex; Your Dog’s Best Health; Dog InSight
[EndPiece] Lucky and Frenchy. By Marianne Leone

DOGPATCH
Finding Charlie: Bark’s new dog
DIY Silhouettes
Home Works: Daily Life Clock
Spring Cleaning Tips
Smiling Dogs
Dexterity Puzzles
 

Magazine: 2009-2011
Issue 67: Nov/Dec 2011

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.


We can’t wait to share our latest issue, so enjoy these exclusive previews!

Features
A Nose For Nature: Dogs help wildlife wardens do their job. By Sheila Pell
Under One Roof: Brooklyn day care does double duty as a dog rescue center.
By Kristi Cameron
The Art of Letterpress: Old-school technology, cutting-edge design. By Cameron Woo

Essay
Duke: Every child needs a dog. By Bill Henderson
Drawn to Dogs: The awakening of Pug love. By Jeffrey Essmann
Kindred Spirits: Life in the here and now. By Emily Rapp

Chloe Chronicles III: Finding a Name. By Lee Harrington
Dogless in the Desert: Leaving behind a cherished gift. By Jayme Moye

Endpiece: Call of the Wild. By Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Departments

[Training] Five Essentials. By Victoria Stilwell
[Health] Learning about MDR1 genes. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Profile] Toy Drive with Mark Hines. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Behavior] Lessons gleaned from sheepdogs. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Kids & Dogs] Activities for the younger set. By Michael J. Rosen
[Travel] Home Stays and Trading Places. By Lisa Wogan
[Training] Save the Baby’s Stuffies! By Elizabeth Kennedy

[Gallery] Chewed: Scenes from the front lines of the toy wars.
[Author’s Nook] Yannick Murphy interviewed by Claudia Kawczynska
[Book Reviews] The Call, The Dog, Unsaid, How the Dog Became the Dog, All My Dogs, In a Dog’s Heart, Sammy in the Sky

DogPatch
Shelter Puppies; Bad Wrap
Big Number; Mascots—Go Dawgs!
New Movies—Year of the Dog
Pixel Pup Snowy
Home Works
Smiling Dogs
Kit’s Corner, In his own words: Keith Richards; Stumbled upon: Dr. Lee Berger.
Show & Tell


Plus MORE web exclusives!

Magazine: 2009-2011
Issue 66: Sept/Oct 2011
Plunge into Fall: Escape, Explore, Enjoy!

Our Sept/Oct kicks off with a cover of four charming pups who not only have an inspiring rescue tale (all are parvo survivors), but through them, we learned about a fabulous organization, HeARTs Speak, founded just a year ago and already having an impact on the “art” of rescuing. If you still have trouble understanding a pet food label, hopefully this issue’s primer about food and nutrition—and label reading—will clear up the confusion. (Hint, always say “no” to by-products and “yes” to high-value animal proteins). We also have a fascinating piece by behaviorist extraordinaire Patricia McConnell that should put the misguided dominance theory on a “down stay” once and for all (we hope). And for a doubleheader on that topic, Victoria Stilwell explains why the theory really doesn’t make sense, especially when it comes to pushy puppies. In our Go Green feature we gathered up 68 tips and solutions to help you make your eco-impact lighter and greener. And Lee Harrington is back with another installment of her series, “The Chloe Chronicles”—in this one, the rescue dog, and author, arrive at their new home in NYC. Another must-read in is our haunting endpiece, “Zuzu Lives!” by Ann Hood. This issue’s main event is “Breeding Paradox,” by Pulitzer prize–winning journalist John Woestendiek. We examine the hot button issue of how the maintenance of breed standards might have health and/or behavior affects on some purebred dogs. We would love to hear your reasoned thoughts on the subject—check in with us in mid-Sept (date to be determined later) for an online discussion on this topic.

Features
Dog Class: Teaching inmates the dog canon. By Mary McCallum
Green Up: Eco-tips for reducing your foot/paw print. By Bark Editors   
The Dog Sculptures of Atsuhiko Misawa By Bark Editors  
Healthy Eating: A primer on nutrition and label reading. By Claudia Kawczynska
Breeding Paradox: Is it time for dog-breeding practices to change? By John Woestendiek
Chloe Chronicles: New home for dog and author. By Lee Harrington
Rikki and Arnold: Therapy dog unlocks a patient’s mind. By Chuck Mitchell
Endpiece: Zuzu Lives! By Ann Hood

Departments
[Training] What to do about pushy pups. By Victoria Stilwell
[Health] Second Opinion: Balancing Act. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Activities] Treibball: the newest dog sport. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Howl] My Dog Believes in God By Hannah Holmes
[Behavior] Down with dominance. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Humane] World Vets Volunteers travel the globe to help animals. By Rebecca Wallick
[Training] 8 useful tricks to teach your dog. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Art] Masterwork: A painting by Frans Hals
[Book Reviews] Putting the Horse Before Descartes, The Bond, Rin Tin Tin, Love Has No Age Limit, Brute Strength
[Poetry] Poems by Ellen Bass, Aaron Middlepoet Jackson

DogPatch
The Art of Rescuing: HeARTs Speak
Wilfred: Must See TV
Destination: Southwest Utah
Halloween Tips: DIY
Show & Tell; Kit’s Corner
Email Etiquette by Nancy Kay, DVM
HomeWorks
Smiling Dogs
Sketchbook: Marc Burckhardt

 

Magazine: 2009-2011
Issue 65: Jun/Aug 2011
Plunge into Summer: Escape, Explore, Enjoy!

Bark’s summer issue, our “golden” issue 65, has just what you need to make yours an unforgettable one. We put out a call to our readers, asking for their favorite summery places to go and things to do; their response was terrific. Then our experts and editors offer their favorite vacation haunts from dog camps and lodges, to trails and water holes.

Our cover dog, Cosmo, is literally a stellar example of a rescue success story. He is co-starring in “Beginners,” a charming and thought-provoking new film. We met and interviewed, Ewan McGregor, the movie’s star, and its director/writer Mike Mills. We also talked with Cosmo’s mom/handler, Mathilde De Cagny, and learned that animal-loving McGregor’s attachment to Cosmo opened a new chapter for the Scottish actor—be sure to read the interviews to see what happened next.

We have helpful advice from Patricia McConnell about bringing home a “non-puppy.” We have an excerpt from her newest book, Love Has No Age Limit. Many of you are rightfully concerned about the food you provide to your dogs. But do you know if the animal protein source was humanely raised? Read “Dog Food Dilemma” to see why this matters. We have more findings on the play-research front from Smuts and Ward, who tell us how to determine if things are going smoothly with dog-dog interactions. We talk Dog Sense author Dr. John Bradshaw who probes dog’s beginnings and ways to improve their futures. We also have articles on running, navigating canine hearing loss, help with finding lost dogs and how dogs are protecting penguins. Insightful, provocative and enlightening essays round out our summer offerings. But for now, kick back, relax and dig into our summer issue.

FEATURES
Summer Adventure Planner: Trips, treks and travellers’ tips. By Bark Editors
Making Sense of Dogs: Q&A with Dog Sense author, John Bradshaw about his new book. By Claudia Kawczynska
The Language of Play: When to know if play gets too rough. By Barbara Smuts, PhD and Camille Ward, PhD
Beginners: Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor talk about their new film.
Training for Film: Q&A with Hollywood animal trainer Mathilde De Cagny.
Dog Food Dilemma: Humanely-raised food choices. By Steve Smith
The Breakup: Sometimes, love isn’t enough. By Elizabeth Mehren
Of Dogs and Men: On losing a veterinarian. By Annik La Farge

DEPARTMENTS
[Guest Editorial] Pit Bull bans facing Ontario’s shelters. By Kevin Strooband
[Talking Training] Separation Anxiety! By Victoria Stilwell
Postcard from Ireland. By Maureen Donnellon
[Second Opinion] Oncept delivers cancer-fighting DNA. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Conservation] Maremma Sheepdogs on Little Penguin patrol. By Debbie Lustig
[Howl] Me and My (Unemployed) Dog. By Ellen Kaye
[Welfare] Lost Dogs: How to get them back. By Lisa Wogan
[Training] Elite runners make great trainers. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Fitness] Turn your dog into a great running partner. By Sophia Yin, DVM
[Behavior] Adopting an adult dog. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] Living with a deaf dog. By Dana Standish
[Book Reviews] The Animal Connection, Dog Sense, Chase! Dog Inc.
[Poetry] Poems from Alexandra Yurkovsky, Mary Oliver and Carol Ann Lantz.
[Endpiece] By John L. Shepherd

DogPatch
Nature-Deficit Disorder
Kit’s Corner: cool goods
Show + Tell; Me & My Dog
Gluten-free Snacks
Home Works: Cabin Fever
Smiling Dogs
Masterwork: Henri Matisse & Gertrude Stein

PLUS more Web Exclusives!

Magazine: 2009-2011
Issue 64: Apr/May 2011
The Bark takes you on dog-filled journeys far away and close to home.
Bark Cover 64

In this April issue, we look at “journeys.” We report on the race for a cure for pet overpopulation: an alternative to traditional surgical procedures. Then our attention is on the Galapagos Islands and why their unique ecology is under great stress! We discover organizations that are helping by relocating dogs, sponsoring clinics and working to raise public awareness.

From there we move to Africa, where a lovely, Ugandan dog staves off loneliness for a medical volunteer and helps her with community outreach. In this “Chloe Chronicles,” Lee finally finds her new canine soulmate, who arrives, sight unseen. The opening story pays homage to a singular thinker, Gene Sharp, who has helped oppressed people throughout the world plan their journey to freedom. Our endpiece is an evocative story of a dog's adventure to the wild side. And, we survey the dog-infused art of one of the world’s most famous “journeyers,” Paul Gauguin.

On the canine-behavior front, Barbara Smuts and Camille Ward share important findings on the ways dogs navigate their conflicts and how to know when to intervene. Janis Bradley checks assumptions about breed behavioral characteristics—herding, pointing, retrieving and so on—and why they might not always be expressed quite the way we expect.

We also have a pack of delightful and revelatory stories: Katie Fallon writes about dogs bringing comfort to grieving students, farmer Kristen Castrataro tells us about her reluctant goose-dog, and Jon Billman takes to the trails with newfangled “shoes” and a very fit senior dog. All this and our columnists, behaviorist Patricia McConnell, trainer Victoria Stilwell and vet Nick Trout—plus recipes, nutrition tips and “Me & My Dog,” our latest, for and from you, round out the offerings in our spring issue. Enjoy.

DogPatch
Cover Dog: Bayou
Dog-Friendly Food Trucks
Crochet Dogs; Walk on the Wine Side; Harvey
Pointer Brand
Dog-Friendly Boston
Donald Strombeck: Make Your Dog’s Dinner
Smiling Dogs
Show + Tell; Family Dog; Me & My Dog
Home Works
Freedom Tails; United They Thrive
Kit’s Corner

FEATURES
Gene Sharp: Wagging for Freedom. By Claudia Kawczynska
Blue-Footed Boobies and Siberian Huskies: The Galapagos nobody knows. By Ketzel Levine
Magical Thinking: The quest for nonsurgical canine birth control. By Twig Mowatt
Fighting Without Biting: Dogs have many ways to resolve conflicts. By Camille Ward, PhD, and Barbara Smuts, PhD
Gauguin: The Ultimate World Traveler: A mythic life in painting. By Claudia Kawczynska
Breeds and Behavior: “They’re not like other dogs”—or are they? By Janis Bradley
An African Dog: Home is where the dog is. By Donna Hicks Myers
How to Train a Goose-Dog: The chaser in the rye. By Kristen M. Castrataro
The Chloe Chronicles: Part I: Sight Unseen. By Lee Harrington
Endpiece: What We Don’t Know. By Judith Harway

DEPARTMENTS
[Vet Pet Peeves] What not to do at the vet’s office. By Kathy Ewing
[Art] Bill Plympton animates a cartoon dog on an endless quest for love. By Lauren Davis
[Nutrition] Homecooking with Barbara Laino. By JoAnna Lou
[Reflections] Throwaway dogs provide comfort in frightening times. By Katie Fallon
[Talking Training] Shelter Adoptions. By Victoria Stilwell
[Second Opinion] New or Tried & True? By Nick Trout, DVM
[Behavior] All puppy classes are not created equal. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Training] The top eight cues to teach your dog. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Fitness] The surprising pleasures of running barefoot. By Jon Billman
[Sketchbook] San Francisco Dog Walkers. By Wendy MacNaughton
[Activities] Dog sports keep everyone on their toes. By Jennifer Blood
[Howl] The Maven: A poem from Edgar Allan Pug. By Jessica Swaim
[Book Reviews] Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep?, Tea and Dog Biscuits, Dog Sense, Colter

Magazine: 2009-2011
Issue 63: Feb/March 2011
The Bark salutes seniors, plans dog-friendly weddings and explores canine caution.

Welcome to issue 63, our first edition of 2011. In this issue we feature an article about fearful dogs. We know that fearfulness is at the root of many canine behavior issues, so we asked our resident pro, certified animal behaviorist Karen London, to examine the causes and attendant behaviors of canine fear and suggest ways people can help their dogs overcome or cope with this problem. We also showcase a senior-dog special on the challenges and unique needs of the older members of our canine community—Dr. Nicholas Dodman contributes a helpful list of things to watch for as our dogs age. We also tell you about a fascinating study that examines the reasons for canine longevity and differences in the aging process. And, as arthritis is one of the most prevalent age-related ailments, veterinarian Kathy Davieds provides a survey of treatment options for this ubiquitous problem. Even Texas, our cover dog, and the Endpiece link up with this topic. June isn’t far away, and our thoughts turn to wedding planning—specifically, creative and clever ways to include our best friends of the canine persuasion in these plans. Who can resist furry flower girls and four-legged ring bearers? We also welcome back Lee Harrington of Rex and the City fame, with a new dog and new column, “The Chloe Chronicles,” full of wry, spot-on and humorous observations about life with dogs. Be sure to catch Victoria Stilwell’s advice on “countering” counter surfers; and Patricia McConnell’s update on dogs’ ability to follow our lead. Enjoy it all!

FEATURES
In Praise of Older Dogs: The benefits of adopting a more mature companion. By Tom Cushing
Good Old Dog: Signs to watch for in your aging dog. By Nicholas Dodman, DVM
Vesper: A Heartbeat at My Feet: The brief lives of dogs leave deep tracks. By Suzanne Loebl
An Open Letter to My Puppy: An apology for my dog-owning deficiencies. By Flannery Dean
Here Comes the Bride … and Her Dog: Dogs take their place in weddings. By Lisa Wogan
Cautious Canines: Understanding and helping fearful dogs. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Chloe Chronicles: Can Chloe and Rainbow’s puppy love survive time apart? By Lee Harrington
Poem: Coaxing the Stray. By Lee Pelham Cotton

DEPARTMENTS
[Talking Training] Taming Temptation. By Victoria Stilwell
[Health Care] Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions. By Nancy Kay, DVM
[DIY] Knit Your Own Dog.
[Research] Longevity researchers turn to dogs. By Sheila Pell
[Wellness] Strategies for relieving your dog’s arthritis pain. By Kathy Davieds, DVM
[Working Dog] Behind the scenes on a K-9 unit ride-along. By Rebecca Wallick
[Behavior] Have dogs evolved to follow our lead? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Second Opinion] The Cruciate Conspiracy. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Training] with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz. Bo Obama’s trainer shares her secrets to a White House–ready dog.
[Photography] The Urban Wilderness. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park transformed. By Joseph Holmes
[Art] Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Photographs. By Lauren Davis
[Book Reviews] Dog Walks Man; A Small Furry Prayer; Cesar’s Rules; You Had Me at Woof; Ever by My Side; The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe; Mini Encyclopedia of Dog Health; Dogs Can Sign, Too; Do Over Dogs [Endpiece] Be Gentle. I know my dog is old. By Susan Seligson

DogPatch
Dogs Left at Home
Determining Your Dog’s Age; Helping Hands
Dog-Friendly Nashville
Q&A with Jeffrey Masson; Kit’s Corner
Chasing the White Dog
Home Works
SF Giants’ Tim Lincecum’s Favorite Cy
Smiling Dogs
Show+Tell; Me & My Dog; Family Dog
Art: The Dog Show at Mascot Gallery

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