Our special summer issue showcases a stellar cast of writers and artists, whose work will delight and entertain you. We called on Mo Rocca, David Sedaris, Merrill Markoe, Terry Bain and John Dufresne to share their dog-focused humor. We also have a chapter from Bruce Goldstein’s forthcoming memoir about his pup-life conversion, and in installment XVII of “Rex in the City,” Lee Harrington suggests a test that will help you measure your own dog-craziness.
Now that it’s summer, a time when the call of the wild can be heard and nature beckons, we include articles that will help you prepare to have safe and pleasurable experiences when you venture out. We follow in the steps of intrepid wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer, who traversed a 2,200-mile-long spine of the Rocky Mountains with his Border Collie, Webster. And if you ever wondered what your dog’s barking might mean, Dr. Sophia Yin will tell you what she and other “translators” are dialing up.
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SPECIAL HUMOR SECTION
So why are dogs funny? Mo Rocca investigates this mystery.
Dog Poems David Sedaris’ rhymes to inspire the versifier in you.
Barbie/Canine Theater A dog with a strange Barbie doll fetish. By John Dufresne
Top Dogs Cartoons Mutts’ creator, Patrick McDonnell explains the history of dogs on the funny pages.
You Are a Dog Ruminations on favorite toys. By Terry Bain
Greeting Disorder On ardent salutations. By Merrill Markoe
Love Stinks Accidents will happen; cleaning them up can have its rewards. By Bruce Goldstein
Incredible Journey Environmentalist and intrepid trekker discusses his 2,200-mile hike with his canine companion. Interview by Susan Tasaki.
Talk to Me Communication comes in many forms, researchers are probing the meaning behind roosters crowing, squirrelly chatter and canine barking. By Sophia Yin, DVM
A Greyhound Conquers Kilimanjaro Helping an adoptee over a hurdle from his past. By Eileen Mitchell
Leash Lit Fetching some dog-eared classics. By Rob McKenzie
Rex in the City Author is becoming a dog lady. Is a 12-step program in her future? By Lee Harrington
Spotted in Notting Hill: A Dalmatian’s big break in London Town. By Gregory Edmont
[Dog Nation] Seattle’s COLA By Lisa Wogan
[Crafts] Placemats and Bowls: Floor models for the neat pup. By Trina Moore
[Research] Biology of Joy Laughter isn’t just a human trait. By Claudia Kawczynska
[Activity] Canoeing with your best friend beckons. By Andi Marie Cantele
[Holistic] Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Understanding the Diagnosis and the Options. By Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM
[Health] When Knees Go Bad— Options for orthopedic injuries. By Roxanne Hawn
Would You Risk Everything For Your Dog? One of the many lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina is the extraordinary bond between humans and their pets. Many people simply would not give them up, while others without a choice would do anything to get them back.
In Bark’s biggest issue ever, you’ll meet James, a blind man first separated, then reunited with his seeing eye dog. Share dogsitter Terry McSweeney’s incredible journey, staying afloat for over 5 hours with his canine charges. Say hello to Bones, Pearl and Spec; Dalmatians that crisscrossed 3 states to find their owners. Let us introduce the brave First Responders who saved countless animals working 24/7. And learn how to be better prepared for the next emergency. Our Winter issue features more than 30 pages of unforgettable, exclusive coverage of Katrina’s aftermath.
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SPECIAL KATRINA COVERAGE
In Their Own Voices Stories Stories of courage, perseverance and hope. By Julia Kamysz Lane, Ken Foster, Trixie Levins and Bliss Foster
First Responders Humane efforts and the special people on the front lines. By Mary Alice Thring
Operation Airlift Flying Katrina’s displaced dogs to safety and new homes. By Donna Horowitz
Not Without My Dog Who are those stalwart souls who refused to leave? By Craig Guillot
Plus Mutts A special series of shelter strips by Patrick McConnell, featuring six new cartoons appearing throughout the magazine.
Unleashed A madcap romp into the social milieu of a NYC dog run—the second in a series. By Gregory Edmont
Photobooth Dogs A collection of canine portraits with an introduction by Babbette Hines.
Shepherd’s Watch Meet Greg, a remarkable dog, and the man with whom he tends the flock. By David Kennard
Rex in the City: XIX Out for a ride with a frenetic co-pilot. By Lee Harrington
Santa Delivers Chronicles of a Red-Coat Midwife. By Suzanne Corbett
[News] Dog Flu Alert: Will there be a new epidemic? By Barbara Tunick
[Behavior] The Right Touch: When to nix the heavy petting. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] A Canine CAM Primer Looking beyond Western medicine. By Lisa M. Gillespie
[Research] The Medium Is the Message Can your dog decipher your signals? By Sophia Yin, DVM
[Family Life] Kids & Dogs Teaching them to live, play and learn together. By Ruth Weston and Dr. Catriona Ross
[Books] A Dog’s History of America by Mark Derr, A Shepherd’s Watch by David Kennard, 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me by Carlo De Vito
Honda’s Dog Car For your favorite co-pilot by Rachel Bonilla
This issue launches not just Bark’s new bimonthly status—and the first of six Year of the Dog issues—but also a whole new design look, and we wanted to inaugurate it with an extra dollop of pizzazz. Mark Derr, our science editor, supplies an in-depth analysis of one of the most significant events of this new century, the mapping of the dog genome. Jane Brackman interviews Mark Neff about his research into the origins of genetic mutations. We have stories of snow country dogs, with amazing photos that might make you feel—or wish—you were part of the action. Cynthia Mills contributes a report about the positive ways that dogs are being looked after in “paradise,” and in the latest Rex in the city (the twentieth!), Rex connects with his inner dog and other urban species. Cindy Adams, gossip columnist and dog-lover extraordinaire, takes on the VP, and Abigail Thomas ponders—longingly—her female pup’s “cycle.”
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People Who Matter: Doris Day Singer, actress, animal activist— Doris Day reflects on her greatest role, as an ambassador for animal welfare. Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay joins our conversation with the legendary star.
The Dog Days of Winter Backcountry skiing embraces “white gold,” solitude and the beauty of high altitude wilderness. By Kari Medig
The Dogs Must Be Crazy A rookie musher braves the wilds of Alaska, and lives to tell all. By Jeff Greenwald
Decoding the Dog Genome A female Boxer provides the DNA for the first complete sequence of the dog genome—what will it mean to the health of man and dog? By Mark Derr
Street Dogs in Paradise Grass roots efforts improve the lives of street dogs in island communities—from Bora Bora to Rarotonga. By Cynthia Mills
All Work and No Play Makes a Gossip Columnist Crazy Yorkies assist the doyenne of talk. by Cindy Adams
Rex in the City, Part: XX Making foul weather friends. by Lee Harrington
Carolina’s in Heat and I’m Not Suitors at the gate. by Abigail Thomas
Spotted Interrupted Sniffing out fear. by Gregory Edmont
When the Cold Wind Blows Thoughts on a winter night. by John Monahan
[Q & A] Spotting Rough Play: Our new column “Ask the Behaviorist” examines the dynamics of dog play. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Canine Hall of Fame] Titina: A small, orphaned Terrier became the first dog to fly over the North Pole, making aviation history in 1926. By Gay Salisbury
[Perspective] Wayne Pacelle: Humane Society President speaks out against puppy mills and the business of trafficking pets. Legislative measures aid in battle.
[Smiling Dogs] Palo, Spunky and Annie are among our favorites this issue.
[Dr. Ruth the Vet] Caring for Aged Dogs Aging canine companions benefit from timely and close attention to their health. By Ruth MacPete, DVM
[Unleashed] Is it in the cards: Susan seeks guidance from a tarot reader in finding the best homes for her fosters. By Gregory Edmont
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Dog training is in the details—small steps can make a world of difference. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Vet Education] Deep in the Heart of Texas: Innovative diagnostic procedures and treatments make Texas A&M a leading veterinary college. By Bliss Foster
[Natural/Holistic] Picking the Bones of the Raw Food Debate: Raw food or not raw food—strong opinions line up on both sides. By Christie Keith
[Interview] Mark Neff: Renown genetic scientist “deconstructs the gene pool” to uncover the origin of threatening mutation. By Jane Brackman, PhD
[Artist's Sketchbook] Ward Schumaker
[Media Reviews] Marley and Me by John Grogan, Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training Volume Three by Steven R. Lindsay, The Pet Lover’s Guide to Natural Healing for Cats & Dogs by Barbara Fougère, Planet Dog: A Doglopedia by Sandra and Harry Choron, The Year of the Working Sheepdog by David Kennard
We chose “Journeys” for the overarching theme for our May/June issue. We have articles about taking your dog abroad and how a family found a new dog while on a Caribbean cruise. Catherine Ryan Hyde’s evocative photos and essay highlight how a traveler can spot amazing dogs everywhere she goes, from Indian ashrams to Peruvian villages. Even Rex takes his first vacation, heading down South with his people in tow. From Elizabeth Berg, a new short story about a couple coming to terms with an expected, yet sudden, loss, and the surprising effect this has on their relationship. And from another part of the world, a witty piece by Suad Amiry, a writer and architect from Palestine, about how her little dog was issued a very precious (and rare) Jerusalem passport.
Our new art history series canvasses how master artists captured the essence of the dogs in their time. In this issue it is dogs of the Renaissance period. Plus one-on-one with best-selling novelist Amy Tan; a son’s remembrance of Jack Lemmon and the dog who beguiled him; a behind-the-scenes visit with the friendly Beagles who sniff around airports for contraband; and the skinny on flyball—a team sport that will have your dog howling to join.
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Dog-Watching in Faraway Lands The world is full of singular dogs. By Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Beagle Brigade Leave it to the Beagles to sniff out even the most exotic contraband. By Genevieve Rajewski
The Dog in Renaissance Painting Noble, symbolic, humble, decorative: Dogs are everywhere in Renaissance art. By Edgar Peters Bowron
Tails of Devotion A special look at a new book about the bond between people and their pets, plus an exclusive interview with Amy Tan.
The Only One of Millions Just Like Him In this new short story by a best-selling author, a couple wrestles with mortality—both their dog’s and their own. By Elizabeth Berg
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Rex in the City Rex gets out of town and enjoys some down-home southern comfort. by Lee Harrington
The Chloe Chronicle Actor Jack Lemmon played the straight man for Chloe, his Poodle buddy. by Chris Lemmon
One Dog at a Time An against-the-odds rescue changes life for one island dog. by Kim and Nancy Holston
A Dog’s Life A Palestinian architect living in Ramallah discovers new realms of absurdity when she takes her puppy to an Israeli veterinarian. by Suad Amiry
Luke Sometimes a dog just refuses to be, well, a dog. by Chris Leavins
A Silent Killer Contaminated dog food claims lives--the culprit? Moldy corn. By Donna Jackel
[Art] Chili: Two artists, one home, one dog. by Keiler Sensenbrenner & Scott Roberts
[Working Dogs] Larry Allen: Bloodhound trainer talks to Bark about what makes these working dogs exceptional. By Claudia Kawczynska
[Q&A] Help for the Home-Alone Dog: Behaviorist offers tips for keeping your dog happy when you’re not there. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Travel] Travels to Europe with Kaiser: Poodle jumps through hoops to get to Europe. By David Simler
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Well-trained doesn’t necessarily mean well-behaved. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[People Who Matter] Every Living Thing Has Value: Dr. Eric Davis of RAVS brings veterinary services to rural areas here and abroad. By Heather Bloch
[Wellness] Epilepsy: A Holistic Approach By Jenny Taylor, DVM
[Legislative] Speaking Up for Animals: Lawyers fight for protection of companion animals in disaster situations. By Bliss Foster
[Sports] Team Play! Flyball is the name of this game. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Health] Blood Will Tell: Monitoring your dog’s health through blood work. By Christie Keith
[Book Reviews] Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan, Rousseau’s Dog by David Edmonds and John Eidinow, The Dogs Who Found Me by Ken Foster, Pup Parenting by Lynn Lott, Jane Nelsen and Therry Jay
[Endpiece] Dogma By Don Katnik
Doggone Great Ideas for the Holidays: Bark editors combed the dog world for the best and most unique gift ideas—from custom bobbleheads (our Gold Bone Winner!) to “your pooch” wine labels, from gifts that give, to home cooked treats—we’ve assembled everything you’ll need for a memorable celebration. Matchmaker Tips: On choosing the best trainer for you and your dog—sit, stay and evaluate with this handy primer. Katrina Special Report Exclusive: in-depth coverage of the successes and challenges facing companion animals and the people and organizations who care for them throughout the Gulf Coast. Innovators: Profiles on the Karen Pryor, the maven of clicker training; and Petfinders.com founder Betsy Saul. A visit to the amazing Rolling Dog Ranch—a sanctuary for disabled animals in Big Sky country—get inspired! And our resident behaviorist Patricia McConnell explores the emotional ties that bind us to the animal world. Exclusive: An interview with the Oscar nominated filmmaker of the new film Cave of the Yellow Dog—what a dog’s life means on the steppes of Mongolia. Travel: Tokyo’s coolest dog stores, and looking for Mozart and discovering dog-friendly Vienna. Plus: The secret origin of Puggo, the one-eyed cartoon Pug; and Cyber shopping for Fido. Happy Howlidays!
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Clicker-Mad Karen Pryor took her insights with dolphins and applied them to dogs … training has never been the same! By Amy Sutherland
The Cave of the Yellow Dog A new film by award-winning Mongolian director Byambasuren Davaa. By Edward Guthmann
Q&A: Byambasuren Davaa With Cameron Woo
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary One thing leads to another—and to a haven for special-needs animals in Montana’s Big Sky country. By Rebecca Wallick
SOS for Pets Betsy Saul’s Petfinders.com makes lifelong love of animals an international success. By Laura Bergerol
Sit, Stay, Evaluate A primer on how to choose the right trainer or behaviorist. By Jolanta Benal
Treading Water Update—One year after Katrina, humane organizations, shelters and dog lovers face ongoing challenges.
By Julia Kamysz Lane
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Based on a True Pug Author’s dog gets “animated.” By Alysia Gray Painter
An Emotional Rescue Katrina pup brings a couple to a new social accord. By Beverly Breton Carroll
Of Chocolates, Pastries and Mannerly Dogs Mozart’s celebration inspires a visit to Vienna, but the city’s dogs provide lasting memories. By Carole Moore
Rex and the City: XXIII Rex finds his Inner Bird Dog. By Lee Harrington
Bill Charmatz Master of the illustrative understatement.
Best of Show in Houston Canine-inspired art though the ages.
The Honorable Dog Like their living counterparts, dog figures have a place in traditional Japanese culture. By Alan Scott Pate
[Dog Nation] Dog Park Showdown New York group works to fend off challenges to off-leash use in city parks. By Chuck Bennett
[Research News] Get Studied Participants needed for clinical study looking at the effects of thyroid on behavior.
[Health] Keeping Your Dog Safe New entries in the dog-toxic hit parade. By Sophia Yin, DVM
[By the Numbers] 8 Reasons to adopt an older dog rather than a puppy. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Abroad] Tokyo—A visit to two of the city’s most fashionable doggy spots. By Arin Greenwood
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—A Glass Half-Full All emotions may not be equal, but they are equally powerful. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Internet] Cyber Spree Online boutique-hopping nets a treasure trove. By Lee Harrington
[Endpiece] Our greetings to you—art by Jessie Hartland
Wish List Special—Grab Bag of Gift Ideas: Cool cards, Books for the whole family, Put a good face on it, Cheery stuffers, Gold Bone Winner!
Secrets of the Ba Ba Sisterhood: Crafts projects with heart. By Jeanette Hurt
Saving Lives: Communities rally in support of pet oxygen masks.
Signs of the Season: Bringing pet food to those in need.
Make a Decoupage Toy Box: Trina Moore shows us how.
Whole Food, Whole Fun: Recipes for gingerbones and breakfast treats.
Smiling Dogs: Our newest family album! Is your dog among our favorites?
Let’s hear it for good old dogs! In the new issue, join us as we raise a paw to seniors—not only do we spotlight Seattle’s Old Dog Haven, a group with a soft spot for elderly canines, and revel in portraits of America’s “golden oldies,” we also round up info and tips on their care and behavior, gear to ease their days, and hands-on ways to ease their muscles. And in the wider world of dog culture, science and art are added to the mix with pieces on Darwin’s insights on dogs and Bonnard’s artful interiors, as well as thought-provoking essays, including one from the late Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, William Styron. Research, film, poetry, Airstream adventures, and advice on nutrition and law round out the issue.
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Old Dog, Good Dog—Tune into your senior’s needs. By Jeannette Cooperman
Senior Dogs in America—Photos of the nation’s venerable dogs. By Nancy LeVine
Pierre Bonnard—A painter’s view of family and friends. By Nancy Coleman Wolsk
Darwin’s Dogs—Celebrating the bicentennial of the father of evolution. By Mark Derr
Walking with Aquinnah—The delights of rambling with a dog. By William Styron
Grooming Sweetie—Tender lessons from an elderly Afghan. By Denise Kirshenbaum
Two Dogs and a Door—The (mis)adventures of the Wonder Wieners. By Val Mallinson
Lifetime Dog—Sharing a special place in one’s heart. By Eileen Mitchell
Number 52—Patrick Lawler
My Dog Chasing a Chipmunk—Judith Sornberger
Rescue Dog—Rebecca Leidner
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Go ahead, issue a senior citizen pass. By Patricia McConnell, PhD
[Wellness] Stretch It Out—Help your dog stay fit and flexible. By Raquel Wynn
[Gear] Lend a Helping Hand—Products to make life more comfortable.
[Legal] Pet Trusts—Providing for your pup after you’re gone. By Rebecca Wallick, JD
[Family Dog] Dogs were siblings’ best friends.
[Media] Film Fatale—Is movie violence toward dogs on the rise? By Heather Huntington
[On the Road] Airstream Dreamin’—A woman, her dog and a vintage Airstream. By Kristiana Spaulding
[Nutrition] Dig Deeper—10 home-feeding misperceptions. By Catherine Lane
[Research] Spot On—Dalmatian DNA holds the key to a medical mystery. By Amy Young
[Humane] People Who Matter—Judith Piper and Old Dog Haven welcome white whiskers. By Lisa Wogan
[Vet Advice] More than a Pretty Smile—Dental hygiene promotes good health. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Training] Ask the Behaviorist—Teach your dog to have a “soft” mouth. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Daily Coyote, Playtime for Your Dog, Made for Each Other, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman
Dirty Bow Wow—Dogs and their toys.
Pet Soup Kitchens—Filling empty food bowls.
Kiss the Dog—New report says it’s safe.
Cover Dog—Meet Mr. Tuvok.
Kibble—Bite-size news and views.
The Canine Supernanny—Victoria Stilwell takes charge.
Yawns Are Contagious—Catch one from your dog.
Tribute—A dog speaks to an artist.
Show & Tell—Interspecies mixers.
Smiling Dogs—More happy faces.
Opinion—Nathan Winograd says No Kill Nation is a goal within reach.
Web Extras Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.
The Jan/Feb 07 issue of Bark presents a licking good way to usher in the new year. Start 2007 on the right foot and find out from behavior expert Patricia McConnell what it takes to turn your pup into a well-mannered pooch. Then, go beyond standard obedience training and check out the precision teamwork involved in the sport of Rally-O. Learn to create an adorable replica of your dog with a new DIY craft that is sweeping the country—with only a bit of fluff, “provided” by your own dog, and easy to follow instructions, you can make a whole adorable pack of your own. Check out our smiling dogs, plus new contests, you too can be a winner! Pickings from a natural apothecary from the garden can mean renewed vigor for your dog. And see the ways that vaccination schedules are changing, that plus how technological advances in veterinary medicine are making inroads into treating both human and canine cancers. In Organizations that Matter we profile the Delta Society, which for 30 years has been plumbing the mysteries of the healing power of animals. One of the winningest coaches in basketball, and her star player, tell us about the parallels between the game and life with their canine companions. Could the 18th century British George Stubbs be the greatest dog artist ever? He gets our vote. Plus a new poem by Mary Oliver—all this and so much more, in the current issue of Bark.
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Full Court Pooch Two of college basketball’s top performers find parallels between the game and life with their canine companions By Maria M. Cornelius
George Stubbs’ Noble Creations George Stubbs, among the best known of the 18th-century British painters, made his name with animal portraits that revealed the individual dignity of their subjects By Martin Myrone
A Place of Dignity: A new refuge in the nation's capital. Washington Animal Rescue League opens a new, state-of-art shelter for abandoned animals. Story and Photography by Carol Guzy
Paws for the Cure New research bolsters efforts to identify and combat both canine and human cancer. By Scott Nolen
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Taking Care of Me Soul support comes on four paws and wearing a wedding veil By Kayt Sukel
Becky Has Two Daddies But which one does she really prefer? By Robert Masello
Pre-Amble A man, a dog, a snowy mountain—deep-winter thoughts as a new year approaches By David Petersen
The Dog Who Came Gift-Wrapped An unexpected gift takes its recipient on a wild emotional ride By Christopher Schelling
Poem Bazougey Poem By Mary Oliver
[Crafts] Fleece Dogs: Make a whole pack of “mini-dogs.”
[Training] By the Numbers: Seven Activities for a Bad-Weather Day By Karen B. London, PhD
[Travel] Sun Valley By Gay Salisbury
[Wellness] Herbs, Nature’s Medicine By Jan Allegretti and Katy Somers, DVM
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Behavior Interruptus—good habits make good dogs, so teach them early. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] What’s new in vaccination schedules and titers. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Legal] Is a Pet Just a Pet? Developments in companion animal death cases By Bliss Foster
[Sports & Activities] Playing with Precision Obedience and Rally-O are more than just teaching your dog to heel, sit and stay By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Activity] Making Tracks: Snowshoeing Another way to enjoy a snowy day By Andi Marie Cantele
[Organizations That Matter] Delta Society Thirty years ago, decision made by a handful of doctors and veterinarians helped transform the way we view our four-pawed companions By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Melancholia’s Dog by Alice A. Kuzniar; The Hard Way by Carol Lea Benjamin; Paws and Reflect by Neil Plakcy and Sharon Sakson, The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
[Endpiece] A Boy’s Best Friend By Nancy Lowell George
Cookie Takes the Bus—Adventurous Italian pup hops a bus, has an unplanned vacation. By Tracey Gambarotta
Dog Nation Update—Off-leash hours are now official in NYC parks By Chuck Bennett
The Pause That Refreshes—Some airports go the extra mile for traveling dogs By Beth Finke
Waste Management—It happens, to paraphrase the bumper sticker. So what are you going to do about it? By Kay Elliott
War Dogs—an exhibit highlighting heroic animals. By Lisa Wogan
Mi Mejor Enemigo A new Chilean film. By Rachel Bonilla
Smiling Dogs Our newest family album!
Top Dog Cancer Care in NYC By Lee Harrington
The March/April issue of Bark is a reminder that Spring is on its way. Make the most of it by brushing up on “dog talk”—Dr. Nicholas Dodman and the folks at Tufts University translate what your dog’s trying to tell you when she sniffs, licks, bows, rolls or makes any of 35 lively canine “comments.” It’s also the season for March madness and bracketology—Bark editors use it to determine the top dog of all time. Gear up for adventure with whitewater dogs, and find out how to improve the odds of finding a reliable pet sitter. The artful dog returns with artist Joe Andoe describing his “less is more” technique, which produces stunning art. Get a sneak preview of new fiction from Cathleen Schine, find out how Rex copes with his party nerves, and meet a neighborly Pug and some hardworking Border Collies. In a new column, Julia Szabo takes on the sometimes peculiar world of design for dogs, while Patricia McConnell speaks up for the family dog. We profile one of the nation’s best off-leash parks—should be an inspiration to all of us. On the serious side, we take a look at dogs and divorce, and on the health and wellness front, living with a diabetic dog and food as good medicine take center stage. Wrapping up the issue, mystery writer Susan Conant confesses! Find out why she writes about dogs (fans of her “Holly Winter” series will enjoy this endpiece). Plus, kibble galore—new products, smiling dogs, contests, movies, book reviews … it’s all inside!
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Translating from Puppy to English 35 things you should know and that your pup is trying to tell you. By Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, and Lawrence Lindner
River Run Paddling white water with a dog at the helm By Peter Bronski
Bracketology: The Final Four of Everything Dogs for the Ages From the Editors of Bark
When the fur flies, custody of the family dog is the new battleground. By Curtis Pesmen
A Breed Apart Mighty mutts strut their stuff. By Amanda Jones
The Dog Revealed Q&A with Artist Joe Andoe By Cameron Woo
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
The Pug Who Came to Dinner Perky, pesky and utterly unflappable, a new neighbor makes himself at home. By Gail MacMillan
The Happy Couple From a new novel with a dog-rich storyline. By Cathleen Schine
Dogs of Windcutter Down Trying to keep hearth and farm together, a Devon sheep farmer shows city folk country ways—with the help of his new pup. By David Kennard
Rex and the City: XXIV A little herbal help for Rex’s party nerves By Lee Harrington
Guest Editorial: Dogs Redeem Us Prison pup programs do more than produce well-trained service dogs By Annika Deasy
Endpiece: Why I Write about Dogs By Susan Conant
[Home] How to Choose a Pet Sitter Asking the right questions improves the odds. By Eileen Mitchell
[Training] By the Numbers: 8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss By Karen B. London, Phd
[Design Matters] The first in a new column focusing on canine design. By Julia Szabo
[Nutrition] We Are What We Eat Don’t wait until your dog’s sick to look at what you’re putting in her bowl. By Susan Blake Davis, CCN
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Let’s hear it for the family dog By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] Dealing with Diabetes An all-too-common malady demystified. By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Organizations That Matter] CHAMPS Helping to rid the world of landmines, with the help of heroic dogs and children who care. By Rachel Bonilla
[Dog Nation] What Makes SODA Pop? This just might be the best dog park in the country.By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Dog Years by Mark Doty, Why Does My Dog Act That Way? by Stanley Coren, A Three Dog Life: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas, A Trifecta of Training DVDs: My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons; New Puppy! Now What? by Victoria Schade; Crying for Control by Deborah Jones and Judy Keller
[Poem] Lie or Lay By Toni Mirosevich
Shhh… It’s a Surprise! Birthday tribute to Patrick McDonnell’s Earl.
Show & Tell—Send us your favorites.
Wurstminster—On-line art expo.
You’ve Got Art Mail—Take a tour of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Dogs at the Met—Small book, great work.
Year of the Dog—Can dog-love turn into an obsession?
Do & Don’t Do This at Home—Thumbs up for charity knitting, thumbs down for faux topknots.
Toastmaster—Brewing up dog-friendly legislation in Seattle.
After Thomas—A stirring new film from BBC America looks at the enriching relationship between a child with autism and a dog.
Smiling Dogs—Our newest family album.
New Products—Something for every cool pup.
Wooden Dogs—Artist carves three charmers.
Poetry Slam—A good reason to step up to the microphone.
K9 Down—Professionals learn what to do when minutes count.
Exciting news to share with you awaits you in this issue—we are launching a contest that is sure to get your camera snapping and your dog up on her toes. We are looking for a Bark cover dog to grace our January 2008 issue.
We were just finishing up production when the pet food recall hit the front pages. We knew we had to make an editorial adjustment and cover this significant story. We’ll be tackling this multi-dimensional subject through a series of articles, starting with a historic overview provided by two of the topic’s most influential experts in their respective fields: Donald Strombeck, DVM, on animal nutrition and Ann Martin on the commercial pet food industry. For help in feeding our dogs, we have a few recipes online (and in the magazine).
We are happy to introduce you to a new book, Merle’s Door, which we predict will take its place in the dog-lit canon. Ted Kerasote writes a stirring biography of his dog, Merle, seamlessly interweaving commentary on canine natural history, science and behavior with tales of his beloved dog. We also learn of memorable dog-human partnerships and how lives are enriched and comforted. In homage to people whose humor has delighted us, we interview Merrill Markoe, Emmy-award winning writer and dog “channeler.” Plus, we look at ways to form a partnership with your vet, and have a visit with Costa Rican dog rescuers. All that and so much more awaits you in the May/June issue of Bark.
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Trust the Hand That Feeds You By Claudia Kawczynska
Comfort in the Court Dogs provide a safe harbor when legal seas get rough. By Rebecca Wallick
Merrill and Me Merrill Markoe shares a few funny bones. Interview by Alison Pace
Puppy Makes Three The pet industry toddles into the nursery, and vice versa. By Andrew Adam Newman
Dirty Wow Wow Well-loved mementoes of childhood transformed. Q&A: Cheryl Katz with Cameron Woo
Special Report Our perspective on the issues involved in the pet food recall Interviews with Donald Strombeck, DVM, and Ann Martin
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Do Animals Have Emotions? A leading biologist says yes. By Marc Bekoff, PhD
Chasing Duque Spirit dog leads to hope in Costa Rica. By Ken Foster
Growing Into Himself Merle develops an appreciation for music and babies. By Ted Kerasote
Whine at the Office By Eileen Mitchell
[Ask the Behaviorist] Day Care Difficulties What to do when your dog’s being bullied. By Karen B. London, Ph.D.
[Crafts] A New Leash on Life With a little attention, an old leash can bloom. By Trina Moore
[Design Matters] The Life of the Party Pup-safe party ideas. By Julia Szabo
[Outdoors] Take a Walk on the Wild Side Hike Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, New York. By Tammy L. McCarley
[Dog Law] Ask the Expert Animal Control hearings defined By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Adoption] Off the Clock Just because they’re retired doesn’t mean they aren’t busy. Jen A. Miller
[Activities] It’s All in the Nose Tracking showcases your dog’s most scentsational talent. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Plus, first time’s the charm for SAR rookie Gandalf.
[Service Dogs] Double Duty At Working Dogs at Adelante, both trainers and trainees acquire new skills. By Lisa Wogan
[Masterwork] Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod Evening
[Care] Mutual Aid Understanding your vet’s role and your own is key to a successful partnership. By Richard Lerner, DVM
[Reviews] The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine, The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff, Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe, The Best Dog in the World by Donna Long
Name That Toy—Teach your dog a trick.
Baubles & Bangles—Online jewelry museum.
Sharon Montrose’s Mutts—New book celebrates the all-American breed.
One for the Road—Bach flower remedies aid peaceful travel.
Oakland A’s Dan Haren & Bernie—Baseball goes to the dogs.
Southern Comfort—Shelby Farms Park, the biggest official off-leash?
Stable conversion benefits Kentucky shelter.
Meet Mayor Junior, a politician everyone loves.
Under the Doggywood Tree at Pigeon Forge.
Show & Tell—Send us your faves and we’ll share them.
Who’s Your Momma?—Canine Heritage Breed Test tells (almost) all.
On the Table in San Francisco—An incentive to rent to those with pets.
New Products—Things for cool pups and their people.
Smiling Dogs—Our latest family album.
Ah, summer! Time for good reads, water play and spirited games of Frisbee fetch. Lucky for you, we’ve covered all the bases in the July/August issue. The special “Lit Mix” is a veritable picnic of stories that will make you smile, sigh and think—and you may even discover a new writer or two. Smart water-ways are also covered; be inspired by a backyard water feature for Border Collies amusement, and learn how to keep your dog safe while on a boat or at poolside. The Frisbee is 50 this year, and we’re celebrating its anniversary with a trio of stories on this high-flyer—its creation, its use in scientific research, and its “Disc Dog” practitioners. Other highlights: humane education in Africa, a new breed of boarding kennel, special-needs dogs, dogs who provide a safety net for diabetics, and our tried and true columnists on dog law, behavior and training. It’s all inside, waiting for you!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
The Suite Life A new breed of boarding facility. By Rachel Bonilla
Africa Outreach Humane educator Karen Menczer helps Africa’s domestic dogs. By David Pluth
Five Boys and a Bear (and a Bag) Bear sighting scuttles sleeping bag field test—Dachshunds mystified. By Val Mallinson
Dog Days and Summer Magic By Fred Damiano
A Flying Icon Spins Gold Frisbee celebrates 50 years of high-soaring fun. Plus, The Math of Fetch By Kevin Skaggs
ESSAYS AND HOWLS [Summer Lit Mix]
I Done Them Wrong Caught in the act. By Cathy Crimmins
Summer Dog Looking for love—and a meal. By Bernice Kolier
Evie Dog holds the key to the secret of delight. By J.R. Ackerley
What Wallace Learned How to live in the city… and how to live. By Lee Harrington
A Dog’s Work Is Never Done Searching for mountain lions. By Don Katnik
Linguistics Canine colloquialisms decoded. By Mark Peters
Dog Stories Open a memory gate to all the dogs you’ve known and loved. By Lynda Barry
[At Work] Ballpark Dog Detroit Tigers’ head groundskeeper signs up her Bullmastiff. By Chris Lezotte
[By the Numbers] Top 10 Topics What’s on the minds of canine behaviorists? By Karen B. London, PhD
[Home] Water Collies Water wonderland designed for the dogs. By Deb Norman
[Safety] Smooth Sailing Read this before casting off with your pup. By Tracy Acosta, DVM
[Special Needs] Moving On Dogs with spinal cord injuries teach lessons in humanity. By Marcy Epstein, PhD
[Service Dogs] An Immeasurable Bond Four-legged safety net for people with diabetes. By Susan Lyte King
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Why all our dogs can’t be above average By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Sport] Disc Drive If your dog is a fetch fanatic, you’ll go far in the sport. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Products] Summer trippin’—cool stuff for pups.
[Guest Editorial] Recall Call-Out Pet-food manufacturers challenged to earn consumers’ respect. By Christie Keith and Gina Spadafori
[Dog Law] Ask the Expert Assigning accountability in the pet food recall. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Vet Tips] Waterwise Swimming pool safety in the sweet summertime. By Patty Khuly, DVM
[Reviews] Dreaming in Libro by Louise Bernikow, Help! I’m Barking and I Can’t Be Quiet by Daniel Q. Estep, PhD, and Suzanne Hetts, PhD Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams, Dog Sense by Sneed B. Collard, III Also Noted: Visiting the Dog Park by Cheryl S. Smith, Stray by Stacey Goldblatt
Mood Swings—Research shows that dogs’ tails tell all.
Chow—Pugs Leap Cheese.
Online Kibble—Tasty web bits.
Dog Park Tips—How to help your dog have a good experience.
OLA Partnership—New leash on life for a Capitol Hill cemetery.
Citrus Crate Labels—Images of dogs helped sell the American dream.
How Humane Is Your City?—West Coast leads the list.
Eco Dog—The latest on planet-friendly scoopers.
Show & Tell—Send us your faves and we’ll share them.
Staredown in Central Park—Border Collies give Canada geese the bum’s rush.
Toby Does the Heimlich—Dog lends a lifesaving paw.
Smiling Dogs—A new family album.