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Bark 72: Nov/Dec 2012

Our Winter issue has a lot of good reading in store for you. You will be delighted to see that Patricia McConnell is back to untangle another tricky topic—what it takes to be a therapy dog. Many of us might think our dogs would be perfect nursing-home visitors, but Trisha provides a reality check, telling us just what is expected of dogs who do this work, and why many don’t make the grade. Sheila Pell investigates the amazing procedure that restored cover dog Whiskey’s cancerous jaw; learn how a UC Davis vet team applied innovative biomedical techniques to regenerate his bone. It’s truly an incredible story. Next, beating the drum for fostering, we look at the insights into this worthwhile activity, and its many values to needy dogs and the rescue groups that care for them. When it comes to fostering, every season is the season to volunteer.

Behaviorist Karen London explains the importance of play in training dogs with aggression problems. Barbara Smuts expands on a topic that became dear to our heart when we adopted our fourth dog: Is “pack” living for everyone? Can any group of dogs get along well, or does it take a special personality, age and gender mix—of both dogs and humans—to make it work?

Columnist Julie Hecht goes on a quest to discover how much dogs understand of what we say. Do they really know the differences between words? How do they apply what they hear? Is it content or context? We investigate DNA testing; just what does it actually tell us about our dogs’ breed makeup? And then we profile legislation now pending that has the potential to make pet meds more affordable. We also have travel ideas, tips on how coconut and olive oils can help winterize your dog’s coat, comfy DIY sweaters, gift picks galore, another great Chloe from Lee Harrington, plus a paw-tapping new song. Hope you feast on the ideas in this issue, especially those that inspire you to take action to make even one dog’s life better.

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Is your dog a good fit for therapy duty? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Life with multiple dogs By Barbara Smuts, PhD
DNA tests reveal more genetic secrets By Jane Brackman, PhD
Wonder Dog: Bionic Bone Regeneration By Sheila Pell
Why Foster? Helping to find forever homes for rescue dogs. By Kim Kavin
Chloe Chronicles: Redirecting a chow hound By Lee Harrington

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Submitted by Linda Tapp | February 8 2013 |

I wanted to tell you how excited I was to see a Small Munsterlander on the cover of the winter issue. Since our family moved back to the US from the Netherlands in July 2012 with our 1 year old Heidewachtel (the Dutch name for Small Munsterlanders) we have not seen another anywhere. These great dogs are much more popular in Europe but I think if more Americans knew more about this wonderful breed, they would be more sought after in the States. I’d love to see you cover this breed again in the future.

From This Issue

Wellness: Health Care

Spaying Alternatives A Kinder Cut? Advances in spay procedures By Nick Trout

Wellness: Recipes

Wellness: Healthy Living

Making Pet Meds More Affordable Greater choice made available to pet owners By Martha Schindler Connors

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

Winterizing Your Dog's Coat The Well-Oiled Dog By Deva K. Khalsa

Good Dog: Studies & Research

Do DNA Tests Reveal Genetic Secrets? The Beauty of Diversity By Jane Brackman
Do Dogs Understand Our Words? Say What? By Julie Hecht

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Play-Training Helps with Aggression in Dogs A powerful tool to handle aggression By Karen B. London
Living in a Multi-Dog Household A Full House By Barbara Smuts

Dog Culture: Stories & Lit

Chloe Chronicles: Chow hounding Part VIII: Scarf the Herald Angels Sing By Lee Harrington
Fire Hydrant Chats By Heather Armitage
My Life with Dogs Animals In and Out of Books By Deborah Crombie
The Perfect Housemate By Miriam Fox Gabler

Dog Culture: Reviews

Book Review: The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs Where metaphors, irony and attitude are unleashed By Claudia Kawczynska
Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs DVD Review, Anchorhold Films/Tower Hill Films
Book Review: The Dog Stars By Claudia Kawczynska

Dog Culture: DogPatch

Muse: Robin and Linda Williams Song To Their Dog Bluegrass Tribute By Claudia Kawczynska
Q&A Rickie Lee Jones The singer and her, dog, Juliette — rock on. By The Bark

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Dog Assisted Therapy: Is Your Dog a Good Fit? Lending a Helping Paw By Patricia McConnell

Dog's Life: Humane

Why Foster? Make a Dog Ready for a New Home Every dog needs a forever home, fostering helps dogs to find one. By Kim Kavin

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Team Up It (can) take a village By Claudia Kawczynska

Dog's Life: DIY

Cozy, Comfy Dog Sweaters Knit Picks By The Bark

Dog's Life: Travel

Dog Friendly Marfa, TX and Asheville, NC Pack up and head for a Winter Escape By Susan Tasaki

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