Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 51: Nov/Dec 2008

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!


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.
Wagger—Margaret Cho.
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.

Magazine: 2009-2011
Beau, Paisley, Portia, Bella: Cover Dogs
September/October 2011

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.”

Web Exclusives: Sep/Oct 2011
Expand your horizons here.
  • Send us your bright ideas for living clean and green, and you’ll be entered to win one of dogdom’s favorite vacuums.
  • Win a Crypton throver in our Homeworks giveaway!
  • Green Grooming with Baking Soda
  • Build Your Own Pet Waste Digester
  • Learn more about our cover dogs—Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella.
  • Read more about Claire and Chloe's Rags for Wags.
  • Join our Open Thread for a real-time conversation with its author John Woestendiek and Jane Brackman, PhD. Date to be determined.
  • Get infomation on raw food.
  • Slideshow of Atsuhiko Misawa's carvings.
  • Read more about Frans Hals's Young Man and Woman in an Inn.
  • Q&A with HeARTs Speak founder, Lisa Prince Fishler by Lisa Wogan
Web Exclusives: Jun/Jul/Aug 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Summer School Gone to the Dogs Learn new skills in the coming months by JoAnna Lou
  • Recipes for Dogs: Allergen-Free Dog Treats More Recipes from "Dog Cookies" by Bark Editors
  • Share Your Favorite Summer Spots For Dogs
  • Readers' Summer Travel Tips Find dog-friendly hotspots recommended by fellow Bark readers.
  • If I’d Known Then What I Know Now  What would YOU do differently? by Karen B. London, PhD
  • On the Road with Elvis The video adventure of a smiling French Bulldog. by Bark Editors [Video]
  • Beginners film leads star to adoption How actor Ewan McGregor found his co-pilot dog by Bark Editors [Video]
  • Beginner’s Animal Trainer Extraordinaire Coaxing a Great Film Performance from Dogs by Bark Editors [Video]
Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dog: Bayou
Apr/May 2011
Kartik, Bayou and Breeze

These days, Bayou enjoys long strolls down Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif., and the occasional scratch behind the ears from a celebrity admirer. But he was nearly born on the side of a dangerous highway in Austin, Tex. Austin resident Kincade Park spotted a pair of dogs running along the highway on his daily drive. The next day, he saw that one of the dogs had been killed by a car, and realized he had to stop for the dog’s companion. Shirley, a Redbone Coonhound, turned out to be pregnant, and Kincade and his girlfriend Kelli Frizzell soon became foster parents to eight speckled puppies, including Bayou.

Kincade and Kelli contacted the Austin Dog Alliance (ADA), a rescue organization that provides animalassisted therapy to the community— including their Bow Wow Reading Dogs program at local schools and libraries, and a dog-centric social communication enrichment program for children affected by autism spectrum disorders. ADA listed Bayou and his siblings on PetFinder, and once Kartik Ramachandran and Breeze Braunschweig saw his photo, they just had to fly out and meet him.

Bayou is enjoying his new life as a California boy. He’s quickly taken to hot tubbing with Breeze and— after some initial trepidation—surfing with Kartik. With his star looks and sweet disposition, it’s no wonder that Bayou caught the eye of Bark’s editor when the young couple, with their pup in tow, were visiting her neighborhood in Berkeley, Calif. She took one look at the pup and knew he would be a perfect cover dog! During his photoshoot with Grace Chon, Bayou proved a natural model, with unpuppy-like patience and an instinct for hamming it up on camera.


Web Exclusives: April/May 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Talking Training & Television - Coming soon. Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog, talks to us in our video interview about the new season, her take on training methods, the difference between men and women as training clients, and her search for a new dog.
  • More Advice for Graying Dogs - We asked Dr. Nicholas Dodman even more questions about his latest book, Good Old Dog, and what you can do to keep your aging dog as happy and healthy as ever in this video interview.
  • Seriously Cute Crochet Dogs - Grab your crochet hooks and try your hand at amigurumi, knitted stuffed Japanese toys, with this Beagle puppy pattern from the book Ami Ami Dogs.
  • Q&A with the Inmate Trainers of Freedom Tails - Learn more about the prison dog training program Freedom Tails—straight from the trainers themselves.
  • More Recipes from Barbara Laino - Looking for more homemade recipes for your dog's dinner? Barbara Laino shares more recipes fresh from Midsummer Farm.
  • To Clone or Not to Clone? - In our video interview, John Woestendiek, author of the new book Dog Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend, exposes the high cost of canine cloning—for both the people who invest their money and emotions in the procedure, and the laboratory animals used to create the clones.
  • Q&A with Animator Bill Plympton - In our expanded interview with Guard Dog animator Bill Plympton, he talks about his love of hand-drawn animation and his future projects with the Dog.


Web Exclusives: Feb/Mar 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Bark Rescue Wonder Dog: Charlotte - A once-shy shelter dog stars in her own short film.
  • Q&A with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz - Perfect family dog training.
  • Knitted Dogs - Download the Knit Your Own Dog pattern.
  • Raising a Guide Dog Puppy - Catch up on the latest posts.
  • Paper-Mache Dogs Gallery
  • Paper-Mache Dogs Instructions - Make a paper-mache dog of your very own.
  • Interview with Jeffrey Masson - Video from our Skype chat with the author of The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving.
  • At Long Last Love - Our interview with Jeffrey Masson from 1997.
  • Wedding Dogs - Here comes the bride ... and her dog: stories, advice and resources for including your dog in the big day.


Magazine: 2012-2014
Meet Finnegan
Cover Dog: Jan/Feb 2012

Kristen Byrne and her husband, Stewart Pelto, are proud parents of their dog, Finnegan, whom they adopted when he was just a "baby Ewok".

Web Exclusives: Jan/Feb 2012
Expand your horizons here.
  • Second Annual Puppy Love Poetry Contest - Enter on The Bark's Facebook page.
  • Survey Says! - Results from our Wag.com Reader Survey
  • Miracle Dog - Video on Joe Dwyer and his new dog, Daniel.
  • Dryland Mushing - Video
  • Cover Dog Finneagan - Video
Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 68: Jan/Feb 2012
Bring on the New Year

We start off this year with a wide-ranging assortment of informative and inspiring articles. Behaviorist Karen London, starts a new column, “Good Dog: Behavior Matters.” In this issue, she explains what the canine teen years are all about, and assures us that, as with young humans, it does get better! We also welcome aboard a new columnist, behavior researcher Julie Hecht. For her first topic, she examines the ins and outs of doggie daycare and how you can find the right one for your dog—and if, in fact, your dog is a good candidate. This installment of Lee Harrington’s “Chloe Chronicles” tackles cures for the wintertime blues (as you might guess, dogs play a central role in her prescriptions). For those of you who like trail running—and have dogs who really like to pull—you might try dryland mushing.

See why our editor’s picked Palm Springs, Calif. as one of the coolest, dog-friendly hot spots. Senior dogs have a set of needs all their own and we’ve developed a helpful set of tips to make health and hygiene more manageable for you and comfortable for your elder dog. Interested in improving the overall health of your dog? Check out our probiotics primer.

We take a look at how Costa Rica’s The McKee Project has achieved their success as one of the best examples of how programs that help street dogs can make a huge difference. Another innovative program, Abilities Through Agility, is happening in an Iowa rehabilitative-services facility; kids, therapy dogs and an agility course are an award-winning combination. Rand Cooper presents a touching personal essay, in which he considers how a young child learns about the impermanence of a dog’s life. And in the Endpiece, a dog’s love is addressed by John Stark, who wonders if dogs ever forget their “first” loves.

Finally, along with this selection of great dog articles, we have a Bark first: a feature about cats! Many of you have cats in your domestic pack, or might be considering getting one, so we thought this branching-out would be of interest. For now, we kick off the new year with two important resolutions in mind: always be kind and loving to animals, and adopt more dogs!

Daycare Dilemma: Making the right choice for your dog. By Julie Hecht
Chloe Chronicles: The canine cure for winter blahs. By Lee Harrington
McKee Project helping Costa Rican dogs. By Twig Mowatt
Abilities Through Agility: The kids and canines of agility. By Andrea Thomson Viner
Master “Doodler ”: The lost art of William Steig.
The Primal Howl: Imparting hard lessons of loss to a child. By Rand Richards Cooper
Endpiece: Twice bitten. By John Stark
Poems from Anna Catone and Abby Arthur Johnson

[Second Opinion] Spinal surgeon’s wake-up call. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Sketchbook] Dogs of Occupy Wall Street. By Robert Grossman & Anna Jane Grossman
[Safety] Car travel with dogs. By Lisa McCormick
[Humane] Reprieve from the shelter gas chamber. By Barbara Tunick
[Health] Educate yourself about canine vertigo. By Rebecca Wallick
[Fitness] Canines and the sport of canicross. By TC Wait
[Behavior ] Dog adolescence: only a phase. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Interspecies] Introducing cats & dogs. By Jennifer Martin
[Media] Meet the dog star of The Artist.
[Aging] Tips for senior dog care. By Kathy Ewing
[Nutrition] DIY probiotics for your dog. By Elizabeth Kennedy
[Book Reviews] Unleashed Fury; Walking Back to Happiness; The Dog Who Knew Too
Much; The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide; Defending the Defenseless.
[Destination] Soak up the sun in Palm Springs. By Lisa Wogan

Anthropomorphizing Our Dogs
Love Letter to Dogs
Big Number; Theater That’s for the Dogs
Home Works
Smiling Dogs
Kit’s Corner: Recipe from The Culinary Canine