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Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems
Skyhorse Publishing, 240 pp., 2009; $14.95
Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis (strayrescue.org), started his canine-focused career by driving around East St. Louis every morning before work, searching for feral dogs and spending weeks taming them. From those early years came an acclaimed book, The Man Who Talks to Dogs, coauthored with writer Melinda Roth. Now Grim and Roth have collaborated on another book—one that sent...
Culture: Reviews
Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou
St. Martin’s Press; $24.99
Adding to the long (and growing) list of dog-related memoirs, Steve Duno’s Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou tells the story of a dog who truly is extraordinary. Lou saves the lives of people and dogs, takes down criminals, and has a profound impact on just about every creature with whom he comes in contact. Fate, if one believes in such things, plays a central role in Last Dog...
Culture: Reviews
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
When Julie Klam was 30 years old, single and living in a tiny New York City studio apartment, she rescued a Boston Terrier and named him Otto. Initially described to her as a dog who just needed a little love—evoking images of “the dog version of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”—Otto helped Klam grow up, figure herself out and embrace responsibility. In what the author refers to as her “...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Be Safe—Be Seen
Shed some light on those dark winter walks.
K9 Night Patrol Cap Lights built into the brim give you a clear view and help others know you’re out and about. $40 roadwagz.com SpotLit Pet Tag Clip this lightweight, durable safety light onto your pup’s collar or harness, then set it to steady or flashing; they’ll see him at 300 yards! $7 niteize.com Click-N-Glo Safety Ring No batteries required. The flexible ring absorbs light and...
Culture: Reviews
Nose Down, Eyes Up
Villard, 320 pp., 2008; $24
It's always "beer-thirty" for Gill, the underemployed commitment-phobe at the center of Merrill Markoe’s new novel, Nose Down, Eyes Up. Launched by his own stunning lack of maturity and a dog-ona- mission named Jimmy, Gil ricochets through a tidy plot that has him bouncing like a pinball between his longtime girlfriend Sara, a well-meaning animal communicator, and his ex-wife Eden, “a sexual...
Culture: Reviews
Dog Sense
How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
Dog Sense - Bradshaw
Dogs and wolves may have more than 99 percent of their DNA in common, but when it comes to understanding dogs, John Bradshaw says it does them an injustice to look to wolves as models. Not only did domestication have a profound impact, but also, many early wolf studies were carried out on groups of unrelated animals forced together in artificial environments, which resulted in behaviors not...
Culture: Reviews
The Cave of the Yellow Dog
The Bark editors' pick for must-see film paints an intimate story on a wide canvas.
Nansal and Zochor
Across the rolling grasslands of Mongolia, a young dog gambols and sniffs. His adoptive owner, six-year-old Nansal, follows the dog on her tiny horse. In the distant background, a curtain of luminous rain cleaves the face of a mountain. It seems illuminated from within, and suggests a weightless portal into a possible heaven. The Cave of the Yellow Dog, a new quasi-documentary from Mongolia, is...
Culture: Reviews
Walking the Talk
Two new books reveal worlds expanded by dogs
Small Furry Prayer  Dog Walks Man
Last year, more dog-centric books were published than at any time in history, it seems. One in particular stood out, earning high praise both from us and many other reviewers: Gail Caldwell’s masterful Let’s Take the Long Way Home. Like many of the current books, it’s a memoir, but unlike most of them, it’s not really about dogs, but rather about a friendship in which a shared love for dogs...
Culture: Reviews
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know
Scribner, 368 pp., 2009; $26
If we want to get inside of a dog’s mind, to know how it feels to be that dog, then we must first understand how he sees his subjective universe, or “umvelt.” This is the premise of Alexandra Horowitz’s nearly flawless book, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know.   Groucho Marx once quipped,“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Horowitz...
Culture: Reviews
Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives
Jeremy P. Tarcher; $23.95
Anyone who lives with and loves dogs knows there’s no better way to unwind from a hard day or combat life’s large and small setbacks than with a canine cuddle session. Dogs pick up on our emotions and, in their own ways, offer solace and diversion.   This ability, which we value so highly in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives, is of even more significance during extraordinary times and...

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