Web Exclusives: Sept/Oct 2010

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!

  • Meet Bentley - Our Sept/Oct Cover Dog! [Video]
  • Vinny - Bark Rescue Wonder Dog. [Video]
  • Margaret Cho  - Exclusive free download for one of the album’s songs, “Hey Big Dog.” [Audio]
  • DIY Dog Caves - Another great home design idea from Bark readers.
  • A Stray in Haiti - Winning over the men and women of Operation United Response.
  • Molly - See extended photos of Molly today (A Stray in Haiti).
  • Gateway Guardians - Q&A with documentary’s director Rebecca Ormond.
  • Photobooth Dogs - A one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the age-old bond between dogs and their people.
  • Q&A with Shawn Kobb - Unpublished writer sees ink as a finalist in Bark’s 1st Fiction Contest.


Margaret Cho
Exclusive Offer
Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, a dear friend of Bark’s, has just released her first comedy music album, Cho Dependent. She has offered our readers an exclusive free download for one of the album’s songs, “Hey Big Dog.” Margaret tells us that the inspiration for this song came from her wish “that humans and dogs could actually speak to each other and then sing together… the song is about people problems versus dog problems, and the idea that maybe we could solve these problems together.” For this song, go to margaretcho.com/chodependent and enter “Ralph” in the “your code” box. Enjoy!

Here’s a little more about Margaret’s foray into music, a natural progression for one who has continuously tested the boundaries of humor, politics and identity. A self-confessed music geek and longtime admirer of the parodist Weird Al Yankovic, Cho collaborated with a who’s who of musical friends including Grant Lee Phillips, Ani DiFranco and Ben Lee to create her 14 track album.

Cho Dependent shines with high musical production, catchy melodies, and Margaret’s characteristic wit—“to me, it’s still about jokes,” she assures. The songs range from “I’m Sorry,” a countrified “murder ballad” to “Calling in Stoned” featuring Tommy Chong (half of the famed Cheech & Chong comedy duo). The origin of “Hey Big Dog” began with a writing partnership with Patty Griffin, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, country music stalwart and fellow dog lover. The subject of the song is Cho’s dog Ralph. “As I wrote the lyrics to this song, I sat with my big boy Ralph and imagined what he would say to me if he could speak, what he would sing to me if he could sing. I stared in his root beer eyes, as he cocked his butterscotch blonde eyebrows one then the other and tried to decipher his thoughts,” Cho recalls. The song evolved, moving from guitar accompaniment to banjo, a more mournful interpretation that coincided with Ralph’s illness and eventual death. When fellow dog lover, Fiona Apple, heard the song performed live, an instant connection was born and a new duet partner. Add Ben Lee’s pitch perfect production, and the result is what Cho refers to as “Nashville meets Animal Planet.”

The song remains a tribute to Ralph, as well as an anthem to animal lovers everywhere. Margaret Cho’s album Cho Dependent is available online and at music stores, and you can catch her live as she performs around the country through the end of the year.

Want more Margaret? You can watch a 2008 interview Bark did with Margaret here.

Web Exclusives: Jun/Jul/Aug 2010
Expand your horizons here.

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!


  • Nose Work Video
  • My Dog Tulip J.R. Ackerley’s classic memoir adapted masterfully to film by Cameron Woo
  • Dogs in the Courtroom A comforting canine presence provides victims with a safe harbor by Rebecca Wallick
  • Courthouse Dogs Expand to Chile Cesar's prize-winning video
  • Q&A with Don Katnik Author of “The Stepping-Off Place” talks about his furry muses
  • Starting with Stockdogs by Donald McCaig


Web Exclusives: Apr/May 2010
Expand your horizons here

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

  • Breed Rescue Our online reader supplied breed rescue list
  • Strategies for Dog Rescuers Finding a balance by Julia Kamysz Lane
  • A Teachable Moment Targeting: Go to Your Mat By Sandra Mannion
  • Juliette de Baïracli Levy’s Last Turkuman Hound Holistic pioneer had a passion for Turkuman Afghans By Eleanor K. Sommer
  • Q & A with Bim Angst Winner of The Bark's 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest
  • From Hoofbeats, Heartbeats and Wings: Listen to "My Home" by Mary Ann Kennedy


Web Exclusives: Feb/Mar 2010
Expand your horizons here.

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

  • Dog Treats Valentine Liver Nibbles By Lucy Postins
  • Pup-Perfect Cleaning Tips Tricks of the Trade By Tom McNulty
  • Dog Census


  • Mine: Taken by Katrina Extended Q&A with Geralyn Pezanoski, Director & Producer By The Bark Editors
  • Double Standard Letter to the Editor By Lisa McMillan
  • The Bark's Best & Brightest Honorable Mentions
Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 32: Fall 2005

In Bark’s Fall 2005 issue we explore fresh starts, second chances and the joys of making a difference. We show how dogs are helping wildlife management and ensuring the survival of other spieces. It is our pleasure to present Shelter Dogs—a moving portrait inside a Montana animal shelter by Elizabeth Stone.

Our feature, The Fashionable Pet, documents the surprising history of pet-pampering through the ages. And, we introduce “Unleashed”—a madcap romp into the social milieu of a NYC dog run—the first in a new series by Gregory Edmont.

Plus a invaluable information including: Coping with Loss, Canine Rescue in China, Trail Running, Defusing Dog-On-Dog Aggression by Patricia McConnell and much more.


Coping with Loss How dogs provide a special type of compassion. By Karen B. London, PhD
Dogs in Conservation Helping wildlife management and protection work—to ensure the survival of other species. By Paula MacKay
Shelter Dogs Portraits from inside a Montana animal shelter. Photos by Elizabeth Stone Introduction by Stephanie Shain, HSUS
The Fashionable Pet: Who Dog Be You? A history of pet-pampering through the ages. By Katherine C. Grier

Being in Dog Time Reflections on the enigma of passages. Can we understand it from a dog’s perspective?  By D. L. Pughe
Unleashed A madcap romp into the social milieu of a NYC dog run—the first in a new series. By Gregory Edmont
Hot Dog A little dog with a lot of class—and a parent’s dream.  By Pari Chang
Family Reunion A dog finds his way back to his beginnings. By Monica Collins
Rex in the City: XVIII Getting lathered up.  By Lee Harrington

[Activity] Trail running with your pack By Rebecca Wallick
[Dog Nation] Chicago’s D.A.W.G.  By Heather Gordon
[Art] Two artists recycle everday objects into sculpture. Sculpture by Lisa Kokin and Mary Engel
[Nutrition] No-Cook Delights: A Seasonal Pumpkin Soup By Kymythy R. Schultze
[Travel] Casting a spell in Arizona’s Red Rock country. By Edie Jarolim
[Rescue] Dogs from China pick up a new language and new homes. By Chris Cutter
[Behavior] Defusing dog-on-dog leash aggression. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] VTS—a canine bone bank providing limb-saving transplants. By Lisa Wogan
[Vet Ed] UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine By Heather Bloch

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 35: Mar/Apr 2006

With spring stirring in the air we decided to feature this season’s literary stirrings in a “Bark Must Reads” feature. We have a chapter from Rex and the City, the long-awaited book from our columnist, Lee Harrington. Ken Foster’s touching and insightful memoir, The Dogs That Found Me, tells the story a Pit pup who did indeed find him. Alison Pace’s novel, Pug Hill, finds the heroine cavorting with Pugs in Central Park. The photo/essay book Just Gus is an inspirational story-within-a-story that begins with the adoption of a stray dog. Susan Orlean, of New Yorker and orchid fame, is in conversation with Robert Birnbaum, about her forthcoming tome on Rin Tin Tin.

Ever wonder how it would feel to work at a dog-centric business, like a doggy day care or dog-friendly resort? Take a dry run and have a vacation, too—see how in the piece on Vocation Vacations. We profile Agility—an activity that is all the rage with dog folk nationwide. And learn more about William Wegman, the artist behind the lens, in an interview and preview of a forthcoming exhibit (and its associated book).


William Wegman Multimedia artist William Wegman talks to us about his personal and professional relationships with dogs and his upcoming retrospectives and career-encompassing catalog.
The Agility Bond The physical and mental challenges of agility are good for you and your dog. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Author Interview: Susan Orlean Literary conversationalist Robert Birnbaum talks with Susan Orlean about New York, “oddball” writing, and her upcoming biography of Rin Tin Tin.

A Preview of Things to Come An author and bookstore clerk uses her influence to stock the pet-book shelves. by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Rex and the City How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Yes, the serial that began in these very pages has become a book! by Lee Harrington
Pug Hill A human love story is framed within a love affair with Pugs in this Pug-dotted novel. by Alison Pace
Robot Dreams Animal friendships are spotlighted in these delightfully rendered drawings. by Sara Varon
Just Gus: A Rescued Dog and the Woman He Loved Forgotten. Alone. Hungry and Cold. A woman and a dog find each other just in time to make a difference in their lives. by Laurie Williams, photographs by Roslyn Banish
The Dogs Who Found Me The Dog Who Found Me A foster home turns permanent, despite the rescuer ’s intentions. by Ken Foster

Two Wieners and a Mummy A camping trip with Dachshunds is a lesson in futility. By Val Mallinson
Bad Dog Scandalous dogs throughout history. By Merle Kessler
Shadow by Christina Lovin
Virgil by Maxine Kumin
Mastery by Dorene Evans
Ode to Roo by Ginger Knowlton

[Q & A] Unhealthy Obsessions: “Ask the Behaviorist” addresses a dog’s fascination with lights and shadows. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Dispelling the myth of “getting dominance over your dog.” By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Craft] Brighten Up a Rainy Day: Sew up a snazzy doggy raincoat. By Trina Moore
[Rescue] Basic Black: The plight of the Big Black Dog. By Deb Hipp
[Wellness] No Gain from Pain: Pain doesn’t just hurt; it also harms. By Christie Keith
[Career] Vocation Vacation: Find out if a job with the dogs is right for you. By Lisa Wogan
[Health] The Big Itch: Diagnosing and treating canine allergies. By Heather Gordon
[People Who Matter] Changing from Within: Jill Robinson is working hard to change the way companion animals are regarded in Asia. By Heather Bloch
[Book Reviews] Ella in Europe by Michael Konik, Teach Your Dog to Read by Bonnie Bergin with Sharon Hogan, Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff, Cancer and Your Pet by Debra Eldredge, DVM and Margaret H. Bonham, Unleashed: The Dog Runs of New York City by Frances R. Sheridan.
[Endpiece] Willow’s Birthday Party By Deborah Thompson

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 37: Jul/Aug 2006

Bark’s July issue is a celebration of the “Summer of Love—Year of the Dog” style. There are treats galore awaiting you. From dogs who get a kick out of soccer, or love nothing better than to take really long dives from docks, to tips on getting your dog fit and ready for summer activities. Our extended Dogpatch brings you lists and lists of seasonal picks and tips—look for the many ways you can make this summer memorable (and safe) for you and your pups. Find out what behaviorist Patricia McConnell has to say about the importance of your dog’s name. Follow Lisa Wogan as she shadows intrepid pet detective Kat Albrecht and her canine partner. Be inspired by an interview with Elizabeth Wrenn; if you’ve ever given thought to raising a Guide Dog puppy, you might follow through after reading it. And be sure to notice the happy, “flower pup” spirit of our cover dog, Clover, a fine ambassador for the world of “special needs” canines. Like other dogs who’ve lost a limb to injury or disease, having only three leg doesn’t slow her down or affect her zest for life. Capping it all, we have a stellar piece of fiction by Paul Mandelbaum. “Animal Shelter” is a story of a young woman who, with the help of a rescued dog, learns to move beyond regrets.


Three Legs to Stand On They may be missing a limb, but three-legged dogs aren’t missing out on any fun. By Dana Standish
Kat Albrecht, Pet Detective Searching for lost pets with a law-enforcement and SAR tools at her disposal. By Lisa Wogan
Rembrandt’s Dog Rescuing the artist’s 400-year-old dogs from oblivion. By Stephanie Schorow
And Now I See Raising a Guide Dog pup inspires author Elizabeth Wrenn’s new work. By Roxanne Hawn
Somewhere in Chicago: The Art of Tony Fitzpatrick Bill Savage introduces this incomparable Chicago artist.

Soccer Dogs Some dogs get a kick out of the game. By John Turnbull
Junior & Scardog A cyclist recalls the dogs he saw along a 2,640-mile cycling journey. By Erik Schlimmer
13 Questions Interviewing dogs conjures up squirrely thoughts. By Susan Miller
Rex in the City Rex turns even the most dog-averse into admirers. By Lee Harrington
Postcard from Mexico City The Avenida Francisco Sosa as seen through the eyes of a Pug named Picadou. By C.M. Mayo

Animal Shelter A stray finds a young woman make peace with memories of her parents. By Paul Mandelbaum

[Research News ] Are harnesses better than collars?
[Legislative News ] Maine passes pet protection bill.
[Wellness] The big fat truth about canine obesity. By Christie Keith
[Q&A] Teach your dog how to run for fun. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Crafts] One-of-a-kind crochet collars. By Trina Moore
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: What you name your dog is important. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[People Who Matter] Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. By Heather Bloch
[Sports] Dive In! Dock-diving dogs make a huge splash. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Endpiece] Simon at the Drive-In By Sandy Michel

Take Them Out to the Ball Game
The Biggest Loser, Canine Edition
Road Trippin’
Doggy Camps
Summer Lit Picks
Heavy Petting
Avoid Heatstroke
Does Your Dog Need Sunscreen?
Lavish Digs for Pets

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 38: Sep/Oct 2006

Out of the doghouse and into our house! Bark’s September issue celebrates Dog @ Home. Catching the DIY craze, we show you how to stitch up jeans to make a bed to pant over—plus other nifty projects to inspire the do-it-yourselfer. We share tips on turning your home “Green” and eco-friendly—you and your dogs deserve it! We take on the obstacle-course challenges faced by small dogs living in our big world.

Viggo Mortensen (yes, that Viggo) contributes a stirring tribute to his dog, Brigit. Are you surprised that this gifted actor is also a fine writer, talented photographer and dog lover? We weren’t.

Do our dogs truly love us? Experts weigh in—Patricia McConnell explores love at both ends of the leash and Jonathan Balcombe looks at pleasure in the animal kingdom. Mark Derr, our science editor, examines canine domestication, taking a look at the various theories swirling around just when and how wolves left their packs and joined ours.

We’ll introduce you to truffle-hunting dogs, the first of their peers in the US. Are the new “bottled waters” right for your dog? Is primetime ready for a canine Elvis? And go beyond obedience with 10 classes you and your pal will enjoy. All this, plus, more fun contests and the winners from our favorite Smiling Dog entries, are revealed in the September issue. See what makes Bark the indispensable guide to life with dogs.


Sniffing Around Truffle dogs are learning the trade in new orchards across the country. By Jill Hunting
Love Story Exploring the meaning and nature of love, both in dogs and our love for them. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
The Wolf Who Stayed Domestication as a complex and dynamic process By Mark Derr

Viggo Mortensen His reflections on saying farewell to an old friend in words and photographs.

Eco Home Making green choices for a healthier home, from the floor up! By Claudia Kawczynska
Home Obstacle Course Minimizing home dangers for small dogs. By Mitchel Martin
DIY: Denim Dog Bed Stitching a bed to pant about.
DIY: Pagoda Palace Building stylish digs.
DIY: Pet Place Mats Easy-to-make, pup photo project.
Products for the dog-friendly home: a compendium from ortho beds to nifty bowls.

Puppy Lust Sating the urge away from home By Susan Strempek Shea
Postcard from France In Dog Days the author experiences France through her dog’s eyes. By Lee Harrington

Shelter Dogs Dramatic and compelling dog portraits Photographs by Traer Scott
Puppy Love In conversation with sculptor Scott Fife about his really big work. By Cameron Woo

[Health] Seizures: Requiring Early Treatment By Sophia Yin, DVM
[ER] DoveLewis' amazing animal ER sets the bar high. By Lisa Wogan
[In Conversation] Jonathan Balcombe Ponders pleasure in the animal world. By Lisa Wogan
[Dog Nation] Central Park PAWS working to make Central Park dog-friendly. By Lee Harrington
[Medical Research] Batten Disease working on a cure brings together two communities. By Ketzel Levine
[Q&A] Nancy Drescel, DVM: Towards understanding canine phobias. Interviewed by Karen London, PhD
[Consumer Review ] Waters: Are the new drinks right for your dog? By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Endpiece] Wolf Talk By Rebecca Wallick

10 Classes: For you and your dog to enjoy together By Karen London, PhD
Contests Galore Write a Caption; Win a Dream Job; Nominate a Muddy Buddy; Tickle My Funny Bone.            
Because They Have No Words: A new play about Katrina’s animals.            
Poker-Playing Yorkie
Shakespearean Dog
Capping it Off: Saluting a brewer with a great cause.            
Elvis Impersonator: Dog gets to play the role of a lifetime.            
Tagged for Success: Boulder launches off-leash educational campaign.            
Smiling Dogs: Our newest family album! Is your dog among our favorites?

Web Extras: Mar/Apr 2009
Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.

You know how when you order a milkshake at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor the really good soda jerks always manage to make a little too much, which they let you have to replenish your drink. That’s how we see Web Extras. This is where you’ll find stuff—expanded versions of articles, instructions and links for taking action, and sometimes multi-media bonuses—we couldn’t quite fit in the magazine but that we hope will add to your enjoyment of the current issue.


Slobbering Good Deeds An easy way to donate toys to shelters

Pet Soup Kitchens Serving food for dogs and comfort for owners. By JoAnna Lou

Esprit de Corps Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven By Lisa Wogan

What’s That in Dog Years? Tips to help your oldster live long and prosper. By Bark Editors

Top Dogs Shouldn’t every state have an official canine? By Lisa Wogan

Fences with Staying Power Good fences = safe dogs By Robin Tierney

Rabies Booster Update Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide. By Lisa Wogan

Senior Solutions Lend a Helping Hand—Products to make life more comfortable.

Lessons from Prunella Advice for stress-free coping with an aged, beloved yet incontinent dog. By Christine Weibel