As summer slips into fall and the days grow shorter, it’s time to settle in and do a little reading. And in the September/October issue, we provide lots of tasty food for thought. Looking for “kinder, gentler” ways to get around town? We show you what’s new in the world of alternative transportation. Learn what science is discovering about environmental causes of canine cancer. Revel in the phantasmagorical world of artist Roy De Forest, and discover why dogs laugh, how to approach homemade meals for your dog and what Pit Bull advocate Ken Foster thinks about media coverage of the Michael Vick case. You’ll be inspired by the determined women who operate the Evergreen Animal Protective League and roused to action by the article on lure coursing—or perhaps a dog-friendly hike through the golden aspen of the Colorado Rockies is more to your taste. Of course, no issue would be complete without the insights of our columnists on dog law, behavior, and health. Finally, indulge yourself in some wonderful essays, a new short story from Catherine Ryan Hyde, a new poem from Mary Oliver and a taste of Howl, our forthcoming humor anthology. All in all, a perfect way to usher a new season.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Nellie: An Album Bark’s much-loved founding dog remembered.
Wheels of Change Good for the planet, good for the dog. By Kevin Skaggs
The Canine in the Coal Mine Do environmental pollutants cause canine cancers? By Sophia Yin, DVM
The Phantasmic World of Roy De Forest The world of artist Roy De Forest—fueled by fantasy and boisterous with dogs. By Lynn R. Matteson
Get Ready to Howl A new Bark anthology is just around the corner. By Cameron Woo and Claudia Kawczynska
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Dog of the Day Day care diva finally earns her title. By Laurie Notaro
Dante Memory as an antidote for loss. Fiction by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Rule of Dogs in Northern Spain Dogs are part of the web of village life. By Beebe Bahrami
Return to Dog Second child means second chance for dog love. By Elena Sigman
Good Girl By Cameron Woo
Poetry: Percy By Mary Oliver
[Adventure] Saved by the Dog Athlete can thank her dog for rescue. By Brian Metzler
[Nutrition] Homemade Meals Canine nutritionist offers a perspective. Q&A with Catherine Lane
[Research] Laughing Dogs Study reveals their secrets. By Patricia Simonet
[Hikes] Rocky Mountain Ramble An autumn hike in Colorado’s Front Range. By Ania Savage
[Activity] Running on Instinct The thrill of the chase is one of lure coursing’s attractions. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Dogs score high on the honesty scale. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Travel] Hotel Dog Connections of the canine kind buoy hotel guests. By Lori Rotenberk
[Organizations That Matter] Evergreen Animal Protective League A generous definition of “rescue.” By Lisa Wogan
[Therapy Dogs] Story Time Reading dogs are a hit. By Anita B. Stone
[Products] Safer walking, new toy, new bowl, dogs on chips.
[Guest Editorial] The Media and the Pit Bull By Ken Foster
[Masterwork] Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
[Legal] Dog Law: Ask the Expert Owner or guardian—is there a difference? By Geordie Duckler, JD, Phd
[Vet Advice] Chowhound Gorging has consequences. By Patty Khuly, VMD
[Design Matters] The Perfect Getaway Constructing a dream itinerary. By Julia Szabo
[Reviews] The Behavioural Biology of Dogs ed. by Per Jensen, PhD; The Loved Dog by Tamar Geller, Stress in Dogs by Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt; The Cautious Canine by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Moonstruck—Study sheds light on an age-old phenomenon.
Rubber Brothers—The world’s first rubberband dog.
Class Act—Montana design students have Bark covered.
Funny Man—New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti talks to Bark
Artful Gardens—Two unique examples, both in Columbus, Ohio.
Sailor Dog—Morrow II is a real sea dog.
Brew Pup—The face that launched a thousand bottles.
Selected Shorts—Public reading.
Dog-o-Lantern, Anyone?—Delight trick-or-treaters.
Show & Tell—More new faces.
Code Cracker—The DNA battle heats up.
Who’s That Dog?—in the latest Harry Potter flick.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all swell.
Dog Collar—British clergywoman and her dog.
Invisible Man—London’s National Portrait Gallery venue for smiling dog.
Historic Comics: Gasoline Alley—Pal part of venerable cartoon strip.
Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in to read our biggest issue of the year. The November/December Bark is a treasure chest filled to the top with stories that will touch your heart and make you laugh, as well as a cornucopia of ideas to think about and crafty projects to make. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen talks to us about a writer’s life with dogs and kids, and Marion Nestle (What to Eat, Food Politics) answers questions about canine nutrition and her new project, What Pets Eat, which she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, are now researching. We find out that scholars around the world are tapping into the world of canines, and that dogs are playing a role in our understanding of genetic links of anxiety, phobias and fears. On a lighter note, there’s a new installment of “Rex and the City” and a smile-inducing Christmas Eve conversation between two Beagles. Add to the mix reflections on the ways dogs help us see the world differently, Pit Bull crime fighters, an amazing surgical technique that helps dogs stand on their own, an organization that works with the Houston animal shelter to find homes for homeless pets, poetry by Gary Soto, in-home training for assistance dogs, and of course, insights on behavior, activities, health, books and more, and it becomes clear: Like an overstuffed recliner, this issue is one you’ll really enjoy sinking into!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Believe It or Not Ripley was crazy about dogs. By Greg Daugherty
Maggie Mayhem Border Collie herds couple toward a new way of life. By Mike Land
The Dog Project An investigation into the genetics of canine anxiety, phobias and fears. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Near and Far of Dogness A friendly pack is scaling ivory towers worldwide. By D.L Pughe
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
A Healing Heart Lab with a wise old soul helps family navigate loss. By Emily Alexander Strong
Going to the Dogs Nepalese celebration lures a reluctant traveler halfway around the world. By Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Rex in the City XXV To stay at home or not to stay at home, that is the question. By Lee Harrington
The Cattle May Be Lowing But two hounds get it said. By Jeff Steinbrink
Poetry: For Nelson, My Dog By Gary Soto
[Sport] The Joy of Joring All-season dog-powered fun. By Peter Bronski
[Nutrition Perspectives] In Conversation with Marion Nestle & Malden Nesheim.
[Assistance Dogs] Insider Training In-home assistance-dog training programs offer valuable option. By Beth Finke
[Organizations That Matter] A Stellar Breed Nonprofit groups step up for the Houston city animal shelter. By Bliss Foster
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash From free-living dogs to homebodies—what’s been lost, what’s been gained. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[DIY] Crafts Folding feeding stand, crocheted dog bed, felted wool balls, leash bags.
[Health] A Leg to Stand On Pioneering surgical technique offers new hope for dogs and people. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Working Dogs] Crime Fighters Pit Bulls have the right stuff for bomb- and drug-detection work. By Allie Johnson
[Artful Books] Traer Scott’s Street Dogs & Mary Lundington’s The Nature of Dogs
[Masterwork] Emanuel de Witte’s Interior of the Old Church in Delft
[Nifty Products] Deck the hall, the dogs and yourself.
[Science] Notes on Research Dog vs. Bird By Mark Derr
[Training] Accentuate the Positive Research validates positive reinforcement By Pat Miller
[Vet Advice] Do Try This at Home Common canine ailment responds to home care and familiar remedies. By Robert J. Silver, DVM
[Reviews] And Baby Makes Four; A Pack of Good Dog Books for Children; Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog; When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs; Merle’s Door
[Endpiece] The Winter Baby By Suzanne Strempek Shea
Body Talk—Dogs’ special language.
Postal Pups—First-class fun.
Dog-Friendly Carmel—City’s calendar celebrates its canine citizens.
A Perk That Works—Dog parks make a difference in new housing developments.
Progressive Thinking—Riding in cars with dogs is covered.
Dining Dogs—Cities make it legal.
Happy 2009! To celebrate the new year, we look at what it takes to make a guide dog (including raising those precious puppies); delve into the background of a long-lived civil rights anthem inspired by playful pooches; peek into songbird Emmylou Harris’s Nashville rescue operation; and get a little history lesson on the rise of the modern-day humane movement in America. Toss in dog-centric art, behind the scenes at the hot new movie Hotel for Dogs, fair-share strategies for successfully resolving the “who gets the dog” dilemma, user-friendly safety reminders, indoor activities, good advice from our columnists and some touching (and funny) essays, and you have an issue that we think is both entertaining and thought-provoking … in short, a perfect way to start the year.
Speaking of starting the year... Lola, this issue's cover dog, is one of the 6.5 million dogs who have found their forever homes thanks to Petfinder.com (our editor-in-chief saw her online and it was love at first sight). So if you're thinking of adding the patter of four furry feet to your home in the upcoming months but don't know where to start, Petfinder.com can help.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Bonaparte’s Retreat—Emmylou Harris’s haven for homeless dogs. By Bill DeMain
Dog Dog—Playful pooches inspire a civil rights anthem. By Evelyn C. White
The Making of a Guide Dog—From puppy to partner, guide dogs are a special breed. By Jane Brackman
Puppy Raisers Wanted—Volunteers teach young dogs new tricks. By Rikke Jorgensen
Compassion in Action—The beginnings of the American humane movement. By Kathryn Shevelow
ESSAYS & HOWLS
Mary’s Last Rescue—Mary Warner’s battle to end dognapping. By Karin Winegar
Rex: The Story Ends—Farewell to a much-loved friend. By Lee Harrington
Pet Smarts—The verdict is in: The dog did it! By Sandra E. Lamb
Professor Burt—Lessons in motherhood from a Golden Retriever. By Catherine Boalch
[Safety] Making Do—A snow rescue, the hard way. By Jill Haunold
[Activity/DIY] Living Room Agility—Pep up the pup indoors. By Christina Sondermann
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Not all communication is verbal. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Home] Toxic Dust Devils—A few sticky points about house dust and dogs. By Susan McGrath
[Photo Essay] America at Home—Domestic moments, plus dogs.
[Film] Who Let the Dogs In?—Behind the scenes at Hotel for Dogs. By Alysia Gray Painter
[Relationships] Fair Share—A modern-love dilemma: navigating joint custody. By Amelia Glynn
[Art] Lost & Found—Robb Putnam talks about his misfit mutts. By Cameron Woo
[Masterworks] An International Trio—Works by Utagawa, Ansdell and Clairin. By Tamsin Pickeral
[Training] By the Numbers—New games to play with your dog. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Vet Advice] Nutraceutical News—When it comes to supplements, check with your vet. By Donna M. Raditic, DVM, CVA
[Reviews] Play Together, Stay Together; Play with Your Dog; Shelter; Nose Down, Eyes Up; The Dog Trainer’s Resource 2; A Friend Like Henry; Paws to Protect; Indognito; Breakfast at Sally’s
Puppy Bowl V—A new team takes the field.
Greyts—Mass. bans dog racing.
Tweet—Thanks to Twitter, Irish dog finds a home.
Kibble—Bite-size news and views.
Family Dog—Rolf loves Siggi.
Show & Tell—Readers’ faves.
Notable Books—Our 2008 list.
Smiling Dogs—Miles of smiles.
Dogs I Have Known—Daniel Wallace draws the line.
Cover Dog—Bark’s own Lola
It’s not only a new year, it’s the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and with this issue, we kick off the festivities in style.
First, the big news: With more than 6,000 entries in our cover dog contest, choosing just one proved to be impossible, so, for our cover, we choose four—Sarah Babcock’s Flake, Gadget, Pilot and Crosby. (See page 14 of the magazine for a special announcement about the cover dog contest.)
Then, we treat you to highlights from Bark’s archives, including photos, art and short takes on the themes that define modern dog culture. Ian Shoales and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum offer two very different views of the changing role of dogs in society, and in an excerpt from the newest Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year, puppy mills and rescuers take center stage.
Jump to the beat of dog pop; be amazed by one woman’s dedication to providing a safe haven for abused and abandoned sled dogs; follow Jag, Montana’s “first dog,” as he helps Governor Brian Schweitzer keep a firm paw on the state’s business; and find out why spinning dogs are nothing to laugh about.
And of course, there’s a full complement of useful (or just plain entertaining) information: dancing with your dog; ice safety; causes and remedies for scratching dogs; behavior and training tips, tricks and insights; a Q&A with Tin Man’s Alan Cumming; and more.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Pop Goes the Dog A celebration of the pooch in popular music. By Bill DeMain
A Blue Dog in a Red Dog State For Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, every day is “take your dog to work” day. By Charles Finn
The UnMusher The power of the pack restores mistreated and abandoned sled dogs to health. By Lisa Wogan
Spin Out Canine compulsive disorder is no laughing matter. By Sophia Yin, DVM
Celebrating a Decade of Dogdom
Over the past 10 years, Bark has taken a journey through dog culture. To mark this milestone, we scoured our archives and selected snapshots from that trip, highlighting a few—well, actually, more than 100—of the ideas that informed us, entertained us, inspired us—and defined what it means to be dog’s best friend. (We also spiced up the festivities with three new pieces in the “Essays and Viewpoints” category.)
Ten Years of Memorable Moments—
Katrina, Dream Duos, Vicki Hearne, Simple Pleasures, Stubbs, Kipling, Co-Pilot, Covers, Save-a-Sato; Firsts, Laugh, Lady Day, Excursions, Speak, Blue-Ribbon Art, Art 101, Canine Evaluation, Score, Puppy Talk; Life Stages, MLB’s Great Canine Nicknames, Take Action, Readers’ Picks, Wood/Paper/Plant Dogs, Training Milestones, Mutts, Tripod Standout, Co-Pilot Sightings, Editors’ Picks, Dogs@Work, Dogs@Play
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
This Changing Dog a cranky take on canine trend, by Ian Shoales
The Saved Are the Saviors an excerpt from newly released The Darkest Evening of the Year, by Dean Koontz
Dog Is My Co-Dependent reflections on the role of dogs, and their people, in modern life, by Meghan Daum
And, of course— The announcement of the Jan/Feb 2008 cover dog winners, as well as big news about future 2008 cover dogs.
[Q&A] Alan Cumming Tin Man’s “Glitch” is a dog-lover. by Vanessa St. Clair
[Activity] Strictly Pawroom Canine freestyle gets you and your dog moving to the music. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Safety] Dogs on Ice Lessons learned from a wintry near-disaster. By Kathleen Rooney Mara
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Words at Work By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Healing Arts] This Dog Heals! Patient pup is source of companionship and inspiration. By Lawrence Lindner
[Vet Advice] Itch Busters Quick facts and fixes for scratching dogs By Robert J. Silver, DVM
[Play by the Numbers] Fun and Educational Toys for Dogs By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Divine Canine, Redemption, Dog Man, Unleashed, Noble Hounds and Dear Companions, These Were Our Dogs
[Poem] A Conversation By Michelle Katz for Cody Dog London
[Endpiece] How Do I Love Thee? By Eileen Mitchell
Change is in the air, and in the new issue, we look at a few: A charming French Bulldog who wants a “real dog’s nose.” A woman who takes on LA’s mean streets to improve the life of the city’s underdogs. A Katrina survivor who’s considered too unpredictable to be rehomed (but, with the right approach, shapes up!). Be sure to read about Rudy, our newest cover dog. Adopted from a New Jersey shelter, Rudy now rules the roost in a home of his own, and we couldn’t be happier to showcase this quintessential pooch. D.L. Pughe digs deeper into literary dogs, and Lisa Wogan profiles people whose love for dogs is literally skin deep.
Our nutrition editors, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, take a trip to the library and discover facts about the 2007 pet food recall’s infamous melamine that government regulators and scientists apparently missed. Veterinary surgeon Nick Trout gives us an inside view of irresistible indigestibles, and we also find out more about the signs and symptoms of valley fever.
And, as always, we have a whole new lineup of good advice from our columnists, best meat loaf recipe for dogs ever, good art from the Louvre, well-chosen words about our relationships with our dogs, new smilers, Ladybird from “King of the Hill,” and more—a veritable garden of springtime delights!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
People Who Matter Downtown Dog Rescue helps LA’s underdogs. By Sheila Pell
Indelible Dogs Canine co-pilots inspire a range of tattoo tributes. By Lisa Wogan
Alfred’s Nose A charming tale of a dog with beguiling habits. Q&A with Vivienne Flesher
Literary Dogs Writers imagine the world from a canine point of view. By D.L. Pughe
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Separation Anxiety It’s not always the dog who has the problem. By Bruce Goldstein
Pogo Eats Strangers The taming of a pugnacious pup. By Melody Coulter
Daisy and Pumpkin Giving new meaning to the term “assisted living.” By Dana Standish
[Family Matters] Kids & Dogs Turning promises into practice. By Amy Robinson, CPDT
[Postcard from LA] “King of the Hill” John Altschuler Q&A with Alysia Gray Painter
[Masterwork] Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin’s Le Buffet
[Nutrition] Who Knew? Revisiting the pet food recall’s mystery ingredient. By Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Career Change] Heidi Hill From corporate finance to retail with a holistic focus.
[Outdoors] Out and About Day-tripping dogs and their people take to the trails. By Alison Pace
[Health] A Fungus Among Us Valley fever defies easy diagnosis. By Shannon Fitzgerald
[Good Eats] Meatloaf A tasty—and easy—recipe. By Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Walking the Talk By Patricia B. McConnell
[Home Safety] Indigestibles Tasty, disgusting, edible or not—everything’s fair game. By Nick Trout, MA, VET MB
[Perspectives] The Wolf in Your Dog Canine evolution and human needs. By Michael W. Fox, DVM, PhD
[Dog Law] Talk to Your Vet By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Ask the Behaviorist] Double Time Are two puppies a good idea? By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Paws and Effect, Your Adopted Dog, Fighting Dominance in a Dog Whispering World (DVD), The Agility Advantage
[Endpiece] Watered Down By Michelle Massie
Andy Warhol—Dogs and the Pop Art icon.
Cover Dog—Rudy rules.
Lie Down with Dogs—Floor art.
Canines in Kevlar—Helping law dogs.
What’s New—Useful products.
Artful Dogs—Public art enhances dog park.
Dogs Welcome—Oregon Botanical Garden.
Dispatch from London—Beware of the talking dog.
Rent a Dog?—A look at dogs by the hour.
Show & Tell—Windsurfing, remote-hugging, cow-kissing: these dogs do it all.
The Family Dog—Jake’s day of beauty.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all smiles.
Second chances, second acts—in the new issue, we explore the idea of dogs as agents of change. Around the block and around the world, people are finding their true vocations working with dogs.
For example, in “Prison Pups,” the good work done by and for inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women who take part in the Prison Pet Partnership Program is highlighted. Then there are those who shift career gears, such as Sweden’s Nina Ottosson, who left her job as a nurse to become a full-time developer and manufacturer of some of the smartest dog toys around.
Dogs are not only the reason for change, they’re also subject to it. In “The Future of Dogs,” noted scholar Alston Chase, author of the newly released book, We Give Our Hearts to Dog to Tear, discusses the danger of breeding for beauty and ignoring function, taking Jack Russell Terriers as an example.
Then we find out about four exceptionally dog-friendly companies, the work of Latin American animal activists, how to make a tug toy and pup cakes, and how puppy mills are using both new technology and old sob stories to sell their “products.” (As an antidote, check out these Internet-based “good guys”: 1-800-Save-a-Pet, petfinder.com and pets911.com.)
Our nutrition editors, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, report back from the Global Pet Expo, and, as always, we have a whole new lineup of insights and good advice from our columnists, well-chosen words about our relationships with our dogs, new smilers, a new cover dog story, big dogs & cats at the zoo, singing to your dogs, and more.
We trust that there will be something to interest, inform and amuse you in our magazine—hope you pick up Bark at the newsstand or, even better, subscribe.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Prison Pups Women and dogs get a second chance. By Lisa Wogan
The Future of Dogs Breeding for looks alone can threaten dogs’ well being. By Alston Chase
Dogs @ Work Some of our picks for the most dog-friendly workplaces in the US. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Puzzlemaster Nina Ottosson’s innovative toys help dogs develop problem-solving skills. By Robin Bell
Spotlight on EnrichmentBy Karen B. London, PhD
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
How to Sing to Your Dog Go ahead, belt out a tune. By Cathy Crimmins
Evolution Out of the doghouse, into pajamas. By Sally Asher
America’s Coprophagia Some habits are hard to break. By Jack Boulware
ART & POETRY
Portfolio Farm Dogs Plein air painter Tim Horn captures rural stories.
Cape Cod Journal May at the Cape with dogs. By Cathy Hawkes
Poetry Costa Rican Payphones by Terese Svoboda
[Crafts] Handy Tugger A homemade toy to enjoy. By Michael Spears
[Nutrition] The Future of Pet Food The view from inside Global Pet Expo. By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Working Dogs] Reigning Cats and Dogs Cheetah and Shepherd are roommates at the Cincinnati Zoo. By Amy Sutherland
[Vet School Profile] Colorado State University At this vet school, it’s all about teamwork. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Both Ends of the Leash] Rites of Passage Navigating the loss of a beloved dog. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Activism] Puppy Mill Scams Peddling their “products” via the Internet. By Roxanne Hawn
[People Who Matter] Latin American Activists in Colombia and Venezuela. By Diego Zerpa Chang
[Dog Law] Dogs in the Workplace By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Training] By the Numbers Five Signs of Fearful Aggression By Karen B. London, PhD
[Media] Lassie’s Timmy Jon Provost and his Collie co-star. By Rayne Wolfe
[Reviews] Puppy Chow Is Better than Prozac, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Positive Perspectives 2, Crate Games for Self-Control and Motivation (DVD), Perfect Paws in 5 Days (DVD)
[Endpiece] Part-Time Puppies By Nancy L. Claus
Shelter Dogs—Mutts’ Patrick McDonnell has a new book.
Pup Cakes—Have a people + dog party.
Cover Dog—Boog’s the sweetheart of the dog park.
Just One of the Girls—Honey’s a hit at NYC’s Lower Eastside Girls’ Club.
What’s New—Watering the dog.
Your Dog—Clancy Rito, Tucson, Ariz.
Bayou Blue—George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog.
Show & Tell—Readers’ favorites.
Smiling Dogs—All new smilers.
Career Change—Everything and the Dog’s Lydia Best.
For our July/August issue we have gathered up an array of tips, tricks and treats to help keep the season pleasurable and safe for both you and your dog. Learn how to make refreshing and cool doggie snacks, and read about the application of Global Position System products that go beyond trip mapping and help you to locate your wandering pooch.
Looking at food sourcing and manufacturing we have take a closer look at how and where rawhide chews are made, perhaps time to seek an alternative. As for calorie counting, it’s time that we demand that pet food companies provide us with this most basic in labeling information; our nutrition team of Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explains why this is so important.
We have part two of our series about popular music’s doggie-inspired tunes, from Tom Waits to Nellie McKay, they all like to walk the dog. Keeping up our summer “good reads” series, we have a fiction piece by master short story writer Tobias Wolff and a memoir from an up and coming author, Nic Sheff—both of which examine the pull dogs have on us. We proudly present two new poems by Mary Oliver, and an homage to Vicki Hearne by Ken Foster. Rounding out this collection, Lee Montgomery tells us about her lip-reading Schnauzer.
And Susan McCarthy writes about the success story surrounding the rehabilitation of Michael Vick’s dogs. Wonderful community efforts lead by groups like BadRap and others have shown us that all dogs lives are worth saving.
As always, more charming smilers, a great cover dog(s) story, plus gems from you, our readers, too!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Pop Goes the Dog II More songs from the canine charts. By Bill DeMain
Special Teams Advocacy group is part of the solution for Michael Vick’s dogs. By Susan McCarthy
The Write Stuff: Summer Lit
[Fiction] Her Dog Man and dog forge a new bond. By Tobias Wolff
[Essay] Schnauzer, Talking A little pat, a little tickle, a little ritual all his own. By Lee Montgomery
[Homage] Vicki Hearne Remembered A brilliant, disorderly, singular woman with a keen passion for dogs. By Ken Foster
[Memoir] Ramona Guitar Wolf Jackson Lending a Hound a helping hand. By Nic Sheff
[Poetry] Benjamin, Who Came from Who Knows Where Percy Waits for Ricky By Mary Oliver
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Howl: The Imaginary Dog Awards Take a bow, or a bone—whatever works. By Phil Austin
Step Right Up! Carnival chalkware dogs. By Carolyn Jacinto
Short Takes—More Good Reads Wally’s World by Marsha Boulton, The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig, Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington
[Nutrition] The Politics of Pet Food Calorie labeling. By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Adventure] The Reluctant First Mate A woman and her dog sail the Atlantic Ocean. By Melody Coulter
[Masterworks] Mary Cassatt & Berthe Morisot Woman Impressionist painters
[Recipe] Summertime Treats Make your own! By Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
[Postcard from Los Angeles] Barking for a Living Voice-over pros tell how to talk dog. By Alysia Gray Painter
[Both Ends of the Leash] Not Tonight—I Have a Paw Ache That suddenly cranky pup could be suffering from undiagnosed pain. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Safety] FrankenBones The downside of rawhide—can it harm your dog? By Sheila Pell
[Wellness] Joint Efforts Arthritis management takes careful coordination. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Ask the Behaviorist] Backsliding on Recall By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] The Labrador Pact; We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear; We Can’t Stay Together for the Dogs; Dog Body, Dog Mind
[Endpiece] A Bird in the Paw By Donna Hicks Myers
Dog Days—A picnic of summertime treats.
Eyes in the Sky—GPS technology finds missing dogs.
SAR Call to Action—Search Dog Foundation ready to grow.
Cover Dog—Meet Penny and her best buddy Nemo.
New Lynda Barry Comeek—Getting Along with Others.
Online: Hear Lynda Barry talk about her work and her new book, What It Is, on NPR’s Arts Audio/Video (scroll down).
Happy Endings—Rescued pup inspires boy.
Online: Hear Mark Federman read his essay.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all happy.
Family Dogs—A Sunday buggy ride, and Fido’s on the job.
Chew on This—Himalayan yak milk chews.
HOP on the Bus, Gus!—Boulder’s new dog-friendly bus line.
With this September/October issue, Bark strikes gold! To celebrate hitting 50 (issues, that is), we set a lavish table, loaded delights for both the mind and the eye. In the triple-article feature “Genealogy,” we look at the ways DNA testing attempts to unscramble the genetic secrets of well-mixed pups. Dogs of the Mississippi Delta are also on tap, captured by renowned photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. The irrepressible Martha, star of Susan Meddaugh’s classic children’s stories, Martha Speaks, debuts on PBS, and we score an in-depth interview with the creators of the series. Well-versed vet Nancy Kay tells us how to speak up for our dogs, and just in time for Halloween, we show you how to sculpt a pup-kin or stitch up a costume for your pooch. From nutrition editors Nestle and Nesheim, we learn what words really mean when it comes to pet food; Patricia McConnell takes issue that comforting a fearful dog is a bad idea—it isn't; and Karen London reveals that play is serious business. There’s more! Animal blessings, 10 healthy ways to add variety to your dog’s mealtime, canine eye care, cover dog Porchie, a mother/daughter matching DVMs, new smilers, and a Dogpatch potpourri round out the issue. Enjoy!
Martha Speaks to Bark The children’s classic comes to PBS! Program creators share their insights. By Claudia Kawczynska
Dog-o-Lanterns Step-by-step instructions for sculpting a pup-perfect pumpkin. By Terri Hardin
Delta Dogs Maude Schuyler Clay’s artful Mississippi photographs. By Beth Ann Fennelly
Becoming Your Dog’s Advocate The 10 (tried and true) commandments of veterinary office visits. By Nancy Kay, DVM
SPECIAL FEATURE: GENEALOGY
[Science] What Kind of Dog Is That? Jane Brackman, PhD, unravels mutts’ rich genetic tapestry.
[Essay] The Well-Mixed Mutt Michael J. Rosen finds that dogs are more than the sum of their parts.
[Tests] Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo Amy Young decodes the DNA test market.
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Scary Math In a chance encounter, the only one not surprised is the dog. By Kim Lemon
Homer A great Hound who lived once upon a time. By Rick Bass
A Pooched Punt A football-loving Lab outfoxes the home team. By Ben Ginsberg
Poem: Fortune’s Talker By Stephen Kuusisto
[Career Moves] Degrees of Difference Mother-daughter duo graduate from vet school By Rikke Jorgensen
[Nutrition] Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food Is there truth in labeling? By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[People Who Matter] Andrew Kaplan, DVM A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation. By Lee Harrington
[Wellness] 10 Easy Pieces Mealtime upgrades from the grocery basket. By Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
[Behavior: Both Ends of the Leash] Comforting a fearful dog can be a good thing. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Celebration] Blessed Are the Animals A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed. By Laurel Maury
[Health] Eye Care By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Crafts] Trick or Treat A costume with flower power. By Annette Howard
[Behavior: By the Numbers] Studies on Canine Play By Karen B. London, PhD
[Dog Law] PETS legislation and how to improve it. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Reviews] The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Oh Behave!, Tell Me Where It Hurts, Eco Dog, See Spot Sit
[Endpiece] Battle of the Flying Fur By Jeffrey Shaffer
Opinion: Flood Relief—Displaced Iowa shelter needs a helping hand.
Amazing Greyts—a new book by photographer Barbara Karant.
Namesake—Philly’s White Dog Café.
Re-Use—Tote on the cheap.
Fabulous Prefab—Build your own and weigh in on the design.
Cover Dog—Soulful Porchie from Massachusetts .
Foreclosure Pets—Helping pets in hard times.
Fat Book—Artists unite to help a great rescue group.
How I Found My Dog—A new reader-based series; for our first, Joyce Freedman tells Honey’s story.
Smiling Dogs—A new & happy crew of smilers.
In the November/December 2008 issue, we take a look at fast dogs, big love and thrifty gifts—and that’s just for starters. Writer and sheepdog handler extraordinaire Donald McCaig reports from the UK’s World Sheepdog Trials, while back in the U.S., the sweet romance between a dog-loving elephant and a rescued pup is revealed. Tips for a homespun holiday—50+ gifts under $20, how to help your dog be a gracious guest and two easy craft projects—provide a gentle entry to the season. Add a report on canine personality research; the low-down on Rin Tin Tin; a Q&A with Broadway’s premier trainer and shelter-dog advocate; and articles on behavior, health, doga and more and you have a holiday issue that’s hard to beat. Enjoy!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Big Love In Tennessee, dogs are an elephant’s best friends. By Megan McMurray
Dog Star Susan Orlean’s quest for the truth about Rin Tin Tin. By Sheila Pell
Please Understand Me In dogged pursuit of the canine personality. By Sophia Yin, DVM
World Sheepdog Trial 2008 Donald, Luke and June go to Wales. By Donald McCaig
The Gracious Guest Is your dog ready to go a-visiting? By Karen B. London, PhD
60 Gifts Under $20 Delightful, delicious, delovely giving.
Handmade Window Books Simple paper projects with a personal touch. By Esther K. Smith
Ruffle Dog Collar Knit an easy, elegant collar. By Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
Friday Faithfuls The day after Thanksgiving is a busy one for shelters. By Marian Gryzlo
The Lady in Holmby Park Was it the squirrels or the prayers? By Sy Fischer
[Wellness] Mealtime upgrades from the grocery shelf. By Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD [See Part One]
[Recipe] Thanksgiving Dinner. Use up those leftovers. By Jonna Anne with Mary Straus
[Behavior] Can you bet against your dog’s nature and win? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Eco Life] The Greening of Animal Shelters By Debra J. White
[Q&A]Bill Berloni: Broadway’s premier animal advocate and trainer tells all. By Susan Tasaki
[Legal] Breaking the Chain: Advocating for anti-tethering legislation By Alyce Miller
[Photo Essay] Fierce Beauty Michael Crouser’s Dog Run. By Mark Doty
[Film] Wendy & Lucy Indie film with a focus on the human-dog bond. By Heather Huntington
[Assistance] Family Visits Therapy dogs help parent and child. By Rebecca Wallick
[Activity] Good Dogi Stretch, breathe and bond with doga. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Vet Advice] Small Organ, Big Problem: The low-down on canine pancreatitis. By Nancy Kay, DVM
[Family Dog] The Tate boys & Judge. Vintage memories.
[Reviews] Pet Food Politics; For the Love of Animals; Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition; The Modern Dog; Speaking for Spot
[Endpiece] Lawn Ornament Lunacy. By Julie Smith
Opinion—Marc Bekoff on our “compassion footprint.”
The Great Cover Dog Contest: Redux—Let the entries begin!
Cover Dogs—Coos Bay’s Jammer and Tru.
Canine Chorus—Sounds of the season.
Dog Park Ducks—Huey, Dewey and Louie save the day.
Musician’s Muse—Derek James and Clueless.
Dogs Speak Cat—Research news.
Dioramas Delight—Photographer K.C. Bailey’s “Brooklyn Rescue” project.
Q&A—Talking dogs with Nick Trout, DVM.
How I Found My Dog—Poet Maxine Kumin rescues Rosie.
Smiling Dogs—Miles of smiles.
Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella brightened our days when Jenny Froh submitted their photo for Bark’s Smiling Dogs contest. A professional pet and portrait photographer in Flower Mound, Tex., Froh was fostering Paisley and Portia, when she photographed the four littermates to help them find forever homes.
Originally, there were six puppies in all from a St. Bernard/Great Dane mix mother. They were pulled from a kill shelter in Wise County, Tex., by a large breed rescue. Froh agreed to foster two of the puppies and another woman took in four. “They were all very thin,” says Froh, who volunteers her photography skills for rescues and is a member of HeARTs Speak.
After having them for only one day, they were taken to the vet where they tested positive for parvo. The original rescue felt it couldn’t afford the care and decided to euthanize the puppies but the rescue coordinator got busy networking and connected with Life Is Better Rescue in Colorado, which agreed to fund the puppies’ treatment.
Unfortunately, just five days after their diagnosis, the other foster mom could not meet the needs of the four and surrendered them back to the coordinator. That night two of the puppies died in her arms. “Fearing the inhumane suffering of the remaining four puppies, we took them back to the vet to assess the situation again,” Froh says. “The vet told us to keep on doing what we’ve been doing, which included daily subcutaneous fluid injections, force feeding and more than six injections per puppy per day that included antibiotics, anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal drugs. One of the puppies was so bad off that she didn’t walk for almost two weeks. Slowly but surely they all started to eat on their own, gain strength, and get all their puppy powers back again.”
Life is Better Rescue is the brainchild of a few passionate animal rescuers who found they didn’t quite fit the available rescue options, explains Georgia Cameron, organization president. With a focus on death row animals (and those most at medical risk—kittens and puppies), Life is Better started as an alternative to euthanasia. Although located in Colorado, the group networks and intervenes wherever possible.
“The lives of the four surviving puppies cannot be credited to the rescue. Instead, it was the dedicated foster families who put forth their time, caring and sanity to save the needy babies,” Cameron says. “Coaching someone over the phone at midnight on how to give fluid injections to a fading puppy is not the kind of hell I would wish on anyone. But rescue isn’t about the big moments or the easy play. It’s about giving your all for an animal that has no one. It’s about showing these guys that they are loved, that they will be loved, and that life is better.”
As of August 30, three of the dogs had been adopted. Only Portia still awaits a home. Jenny Froh wrote us recently that she's not sure why the pup she fostered hasn't been adopted yet. “She's a totally gem! She loving, funny, and sensitive.”