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A Dog by Any Other Name
The science and art of naming your dog or Sometimes, what you say is what you get.
“His name is ‘Baby,’” Helen told me as she stroked her dog’s massive black head. “Baby” weighed in at about 65 pounds, was seven years old and had bitten 13 times. The last bite had been to Helen, when she tried to stop an attack on her disabled son. Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about, and one of the topics was her dog’s name. Helen explained to me that Baby had always been “her baby,”...
Culture: Readers Write
Q&A with Don Katnik
Finalist in The Bark’s 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest talks furry muses
A fictional haven called Dog Island is the setting for Don Katnik’s story, “The Stepping-Off Place” (Bark, Summer 2010), which was one of three finalists in our first-ever fiction contest. A wildlife biologist, Katnik shares his 200-year-old home in Maine with his wife Misty and dogs Copper “The Rocket” and Jedzia Dax. Katnik, 44, took a break from writing, home-improvement projects and dancing (...
Culture: Readers Write
Letters to the Editor: Issue 57
Kennel Club Documentary Strikes a Chord “The Cost of Perfection” (Oct. ’09) was an excellent article and oh so timely. But let’s be clear that the fault is not only that of the breeders. When judges reward the dogs with exaggerations, then everyone jumps on the bandwagon. This leads to the ridiculous extremes that prevail in the show rings and then the whelping boxes. It takes a great judge with...
News: Guest Posts
A Change of Heart
Adopting a dog, Belize-style
We were afraid it was a heart attack. My husband Bruce felt pressure on his chest, stiffness in his neck and on his left side, and struggled to breathe. So we drove our beat-up SUV 3 hours over rough bush roads to the hospital in Belize City. It was this frightening incident, and waiting for the doctor’s results, that landed us at the new Belize Humane Society.   Let me take a step back to the...
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Q & A with Bim Angst
Winner of The Bark’s 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest
A brindle-furred Pit Bull is one point of a complex, mid-life love triangle in Bim Angst’s contest-winning story “Village Dogs” (The Bark, April/May 2010). In the piece, a man and a woman stutter-step toward one another, in large part, through their feelings about the dog. The result is an authentic and poignant look at how people—often aided by their canine co-pilots—come together. On the eve of...
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The Cur
The tale of an Upper Peninsula cow dog
[A note about this story: The Cur is based Kathleen Livingston’s memories of her grandparents, Laura Osier and Jerry Russell, and their two cow dogs, Rex and Rex II.  True pioneer people who homesteaded in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at Topaz, a small, farming community south of Ontonagon, where her family still resides. The story is told from the dog’s perspective after he has passed away...
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Inspiration on Three Legs
An artist immortalizes his tripod in clay—and video
Several years ago, clay artist Barry Gregg’s wonderful dog Parker was diagnosed with bone cancer, and she had to have her leg amputated. “Parker embraced her new life almost immediately,” Gregg says. She was an inspiration, which he celebrates in this art. (When Gregg shared his video tribute with us, he explained that after Parker’s surgery a friend gave him a copy of Bark, featuring three-...
Culture: Readers Write
Letters to the Editor: Issue 58
Greyts Thank you for highlighting Greyhound retired racers (“Bella’s Firsts” Jan. ’10). One of the reasons I purchase your magazine is because of the variety of breeds represented, including my favorite. I have given forever homes to Picasso and Laika, adopted through Colorado Greyhound Adoption, coloradogreyhoundadoption.org and am thrilled that you would highlight adopting retired racing...
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Fostering Charlie
Letter from Connecticut
I was in upstate New York, visiting my daughter and went to a local grocery store where I saw your magazine. I had it in my hands but then put it back stating, “No, I really don’t need it and I won’t read it.” There was a phrase on the cover that made me pick it up, “Hey Charlie, welcome home.” It made me smile because I rescued a severely abused Bichon Frise named Charlie. When I got back to the...
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Letters to the Editor: Issue 55
Tasty! Thank you for the new recipes! I just made the “Puppy Stew” recipe (“Cheaper Eats” May ’09) and gave some to each of my three senior rescue dogs. The verdict was unanimous—another winner! I have been preparing “Project: Meatloaf” (Mar. ’08) in assorted forms and permutations, using various grains, proteins and veggies. The recipes are nutritious and easy, and based upon the eating...

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