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News: JoAnna Lou
Danger in the Driveway
Basketball hoops may contain deadly antifreeze
A friend recently e-mailed me about a German Shorthaired Pointer who died from ingesting antifreeze. Being animal lovers, the family had always been careful not to keep the toxic liquid around the house.  Determined to find the source, they soon discovered that the antifreeze came from a portable basketball hoop in their driveway. Following the instruction manual, the previous owners had put...
News: Karen B. London
Animal Behavior Associates
I love this blog!
Joanna Lou’s recent blog about a conference of dog bloggers was timely, especially since she asked readers to identify their favorite dog blogs.   There’s a blog I really love that I’m thrilled is now incluced in The Bark’s blogroll. Let me introduce to you the Animal Behavior Associates' Dog and Cat Behavior Blog, written by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Dan Estep, PhD and Suzanne Hetts...
News: Guest Posts
Flower Finds A Home
A match for another Bark cover puppy
More good news for our Bark (April/May 2010) cover puppies, the third of four foster dogs, Flower, has landed a home in Davis, Calif. (Read our update on Ladybug and Candace. New photo of Candace’s adopted pack above.) Now only Edgar (far right on the cover) needs a home.   For anyone who might consider adopting Edgar, who is reportedly lonely without his littermates, Ladybug’s adopter, Paige...
News: Guest Posts
Painted Dogs
Will wild dogs by another name smell sweeter?
Not long ago I went to a networking event for writers where one of my younger colleagues asked me about my brand. My brand? I hadn’t really thought of myself as needing a label, and from the sound of it, I am very much mistaken. The savvy wordsmith handed me three distinct business cards—each reflecting a certain niche. And I could see the logic of her sell. In these tough times, image management...
News: Guest Posts
Fab Four Update
Two of our April cover dogs go home
Have you been wondering about the fate of the quartet of delectable foster puppies on the cover of The Bark (Apr/May 2010)? We checked in with Julie Duarte, who has been fostering the pups in northern California, to see what’s haps with Flower, Candace, Ladybug and Edgar. Here’s the news from Julie:   Ladybug’s new owners absolutely adore her! When they came down, in between snowstorms, to pick...
News: Guest Posts
Get Your Puppy Fix
And learn about Best Friends’ new care center
Best Friends Animal Society in southern Utah celebrated the grand opening of Val’s Puppy Care Center on March 25, 2010. Congratulations Best Friends and all you lucky puppies! (Oh, also check out the "cute puppy pile-up"--so sweet, your teeth will hurt.)
News: Guest Posts
Tater Tot Home Safe
About 100 people searched for car-wreck runaway
Isn’t it a little weird that in the CBS 42 report on the heartwarming story of Tater Tot’s reunion with her family—the six-year-old Golden Lab who was found days after escaping from a car in a rollover accident in New Hampshire—the reporter never once tell us the condition of the human driver, even after showing a gnarly photo of the smashed-in car? (Watch the video here.) I’m thrilled for Tater...
News: JoAnna Lou
Legally Reducing Dog Attacks
Britain proposes mandatory microchips and liability insurance
Earlier this month, the British government announced a proposal that would require people to buy microchips and liability insurance for their pups. With dog attack lawsuits on the rise, the British government hopes that microchips will help match dangerous dogs to the people responsible for them and that insurance will ensure that victims can be compensated. People who oppose the new proposal say...
Magazine: Web Exclusives
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...
News: Guest Posts
Not Really Free to a Good Home
Beware puppy rescue scams
A reader recently sent me a link to Mitch Lipka’s “Consumer Ally” blog warning about scams involving “free” and/or rescued puppies in pre-pay scams. I’ve known about “shipping” cons, like the one recently reported by the Oregon attorney general, where an advertiser offering a free-to-a-good-home dog requires money be wired to cover shipping costs. Of course, when the mark shows up to collect his...