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A Man and His Dog Walk the Wild
Q&A with Karsten Heuer
On a sunny June day in 1998, a man and his dog took the first steps on a walk that would, by the time they finished it, cover 2,200 miles through some of North America’s most thinly populated landscape. Following the path of the grizzly, they and their team tested a dream against reality. In Walking the Big Wild, Karsten Heuer and Webster, his Border Collie, shared a grand—and sometimes...
Culture: Reviews
Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook
Woof and Word Press (Dist. by Dogwise), 346 pp., 2008; $49.95
Math pop quiz: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is Barbara Handelman’s Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook with its thousand pictures? The answer is “too valuable to put a figure on it.” Nothing else out there captures so much diverse canine behavior in photographs, or has close to the quantity of photos. Handelman’s training as a photographer is clear—the...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog-Friendly Apps and Online Helpers
Smart uses for your smart phone
Cell phones that only make and receive calls are so 2008! With a satellite signal and Internet access, today’s smart phones put the world—both yours and your dog’s—in your pocket.   1. Keep track of your pup’s day-to-day doings using the DogiDuty app; iPhone-toting dog walkers or sitters can manually file reports on her intake and output, then email them to you.   2. Pump up your walk. Map,...
Culture: Reviews
Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog
Dogwise Publishing, 200 pp., 2009; $15.95
  As our shelters fill to bursting with dogs surrendered due to their “out of control” behavior, Nan Arthur’s new book, Chill Out Fido! How to Calm Your Dog, arrives like a mercy, offering an understanding of why some dogs act wild and crazy and what you can do about it in order to live peacefully ever after with your canine friend.   Even if your dog is already the epitome of a mellow fellow,...
Culture: Reviews
Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform
Da Capo Press, 212 pp., 2008; $25.95
Lost in the hubbub over the First Puppy’s privileged origins and his new owner’s subsequent donation to a humane organization is the fact that coveys of committed volunteers have always formed the backbone of the rescue movement. Their labors of love are performed on the “micro” level, far from institutional concerns that can cloud the lifesaving mission. Often impelled by life experiences,...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Pup-Worthy Picks
To mark the end of summer’s dog days, we’re sharing a few of the products that have kept us company all season long. Kangaroom Pet Pouch If you’re like us, you’re constantly struggling to keep all your dog gear in one place. So we bet you’ll be as thrilled as we were with the Kangaroom Pet Pouch, which organizes all the dogs’ must-haves—from treats to brushes—in a single, tidy, carry-along...
News: JoAnna Lou
Pet Airways Takes Flight
The pet-only airline began service this week.
Earlier this year, I wrote about my pet travel frustrations along with anticipation over the launch of Pet Airways, a canine and feline exclusive airline. This week, their first flight took off from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. The company has certainly struck a chord with pet lovers as their flights are already booked for the next two months. Pet Airways, however, doesn’t come without...
Culture: Reviews
Summer Reading List
4 ClassicsThe Dog Who Wouldn’t Be By Farley Mowat A boy-and-his-dog-and-owl story that will charm the whole family. Man Meets Dog By Konrad Lorenz This slim, witty and intelligent volume by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist is a must-read. It was the first to delve into the canine mind and also launched the debate about the extent to which the behavior of dogs is affected by their wolf ancestors...
Culture: Reviews
Victoria Stilwell Takes Charge
The canine supernanny
She likes to drive black convertible sports cars decked out in a black outfit and wearing driving gloves. She talks to the camera in a stern tone while shifting gears. And even though she was probably the best thing about The Great American Dog Show (which I stopped watching halfway through the season because I couldn’t figure out how being unafraid of an elephant would be an indicator of a dog’s...
Culture: Reviews
Made for Each Other
Olmert Da Capo Press, 288 pp., 2009; $26
Your dog loves you. The regular kibble, the long walks in the park and the intense games of fetch certainly help, but at the end of the day, your dog is hardwired to love you. When early humans dared to invite wolves into their caves—or perhaps followed wolves into theirs? —an evolutionary metamorphosis was set in motion. And after thousands of generations of humans and dogs hunting, working and...