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Issue 63: Feb/March 2011
The Bark salutes seniors, plans dog-friendly weddings and explores canine caution.
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Welcome to issue 63, our first edition of 2011. In this issue we feature an article about fearful dogs. We know that fearfulness is at the root of many canine behavior issues, so we asked our resident pro, certified animal behaviorist Karen London, to examine the causes and attendant behaviors of canine fear and suggest ways people can help their dogs overcome or cope with this problem. We also showcase a senior-dog special on the challenges and unique needs of the older members of our canine community—Dr. Nicholas Dodman contributes a helpful list of things to watch for as our dogs age. We also tell you about a fascinating study that examines the reasons for canine longevity and differences in the aging process. And, as arthritis is one of the most prevalent age-related ailments, veterinarian Kathy Davieds provides a survey of treatment options for this ubiquitous problem. Even Texas, our cover dog, and the Endpiece link up with this topic. June isn’t far away, and our thoughts turn to wedding planning—specifically, creative and clever ways to include our best friends of the canine persuasion in these plans. Who can resist furry flower girls and four-legged ring bearers? We also welcome back Lee Harrington of Rex and the City fame, with a new dog and new column, “The Chloe Chronicles,” full of wry, spot-on and humorous observations about life with dogs. Be sure to catch Victoria Stilwell’s advice on “countering” counter surfers; and Patricia McConnell’s update on dogs’ ability to follow our lead. Enjoy it all!

FEATURES
In Praise of Older Dogs: The benefits of adopting a more mature companion. By Tom Cushing
Good Old Dog: Signs to watch for in your aging dog. By Nicholas Dodman, DVM
Vesper: A Heartbeat at My Feet: The brief lives of dogs leave deep tracks. By Suzanne Loebl
An Open Letter to My Puppy: An apology for my dog-owning deficiencies. By Flannery Dean
Here Comes the Bride … and Her Dog: Dogs take their place in weddings. By Lisa Wogan
Cautious Canines: Understanding and helping fearful dogs. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Chloe Chronicles: Can Chloe and Rainbow’s puppy love survive time apart? By Lee Harrington
Poem: Coaxing the Stray. By Lee Pelham Cotton

DEPARTMENTS
[Talking Training] Taming Temptation. By Victoria Stilwell
[Health Care] Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions. By Nancy Kay, DVM
[DIY] Knit Your Own Dog.
[Research] Longevity researchers turn to dogs. By Sheila Pell
[Wellness] Strategies for relieving your dog’s arthritis pain. By Kathy Davieds, DVM
[Working Dog] Behind the scenes on a K-9 unit ride-along. By Rebecca Wallick
[Behavior] Have dogs evolved to follow our lead? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Second Opinion] The Cruciate Conspiracy. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Training] with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz. Bo Obama’s trainer shares her secrets to a White House–ready dog.
[Photography] The Urban Wilderness. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park transformed. By Joseph Holmes
[Art] Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Photographs. By Lauren Davis
[Book Reviews] Dog Walks Man; A Small Furry Prayer; Cesar’s Rules; You Had Me at Woof; Ever by My Side; The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe; Mini Encyclopedia of Dog Health; Dogs Can Sign, Too; Do Over Dogs [Endpiece] Be Gentle. I know my dog is old. By Susan Seligson

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Submitted by Leah Davis | February 15 2011 |

Where is the knit pattern for the Jack Russell Terrier? Could not find it anywhere on the your website.
Would be interested in getting the book of patterns so I could make all of the dogs.
Thank you.

Submitted by Karinbrinkman@a... | February 26 2011 |

 

Knit your own Jack Russell
The Jack Russell is a big dog in a small dog's body: knit your very own and stuff it full of personality with this pattern by Sally Muir and Jo Osborne, extracted from their new book, Best in Show: Knit your own dog (£11.69, Guardian Bookshop)
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 October 2010 13.07 BST
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Bike-riding abilites are not guaranteed. Photograph: Holly Joliffe
A simple pattern, but you may need to shorten or lengthen the legs to match your own Jack Russell.

Measurements

Length: 15cm (6in)
Height to top of head: 14cm (51⁄2in)

What you need

Pair of 23⁄4mm (US 2) knitting needles
4 spare 23⁄4mm (US 2) knitting needles or small stitch holders or safety pins
20g (3⁄4oz) of Rowan Cashsoft 4ply in Cream 433 (cr)
10g (1⁄4oz) of Rowan Cashsoft 4ply in Bark 432 (bk)
Small amount of Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply in Cherish 453 (ch) for collar
Tiny amount of Rowan Cashsoft 4ply in Black 422 (bl) for nose and eyes
2 pipecleaners for legs

Abbreviations

inc: work into front and back of next stitch to increase by one stitch
k: knit
k2tog: knit next two stitches together
P2tog
st: stitch

Right Back Leg

With cr, cast on 9 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
Row 3: Inc, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, inc.
(9 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Work 4 rows st st.
Row 11: Inc, k7, inc. (11 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.**
Row 15: K4, inc, k1, inc, k4. (13 sts)
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: K5, inc, k1, inc, k5. (15 sts)
Row 18: Purl.
Row 19: K6, inc, k1, inc, k6. (17 sts)
Row 20: Purl.
Row 21: K7, inc, k1, inc, k7. (19 sts)
Row 22: Purl.*
Row 23: Cast (bind) off 9 sts, k to end
(hold 10 sts on spare needle for Right Side
of Body).

Left Back Leg

Work as for Right Back Leg to *.
Row 23: K10, cast (bind) off 9 sts (hold 10 sts on spare needle for Left Side of Body).

Right Front Leg

Work as for Right Back Leg to **.
Row 15: Inc, k9, inc. (13 sts)
Row 16: Purl.***
Row 17: Cast (bind) off 6 sts, k to end (hold 7 sts on spare needle for Right Side of Body).

Left Front Leg

Work as for Right Front Leg to ***.
Row 17: K7, cast (bind) off 6 sts (hold 7 sts on spare needle for Left Side of Body).

Right Side of Body

Row 1: With cr, cast on 1 st, with RS facing k7 from spare needle of Right Front Leg, cast on 5 sts. (13 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K13, cast on 4 sts. (17 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Inc, k16, cast on 3 sts. (21 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Inc, k20, with RS facing k10 from spare needle of Right Back Leg, cast on 2 sts. (34 sts)
Work 4 rows st st.
Row 12: P25cr, join in bk, p4bk, p5cr.
Row 13: K4cr, k6bk, k24cr.
Row 14: P23cr, p8bk, p3cr.
Row 15: K3cr, k8bk, k23cr.
Row 16: P10cr, p3bk, p11cr, p7bk, p3cr.
Row 17: K4cr, k5bk, k11cr, k5bk, k9cr.
Row 18: P2bk, p7cr, p6bk, p10cr, p5bk, p4cr.
Row 19: K3cr, k6bk, k9cr, k8bk, k2cr, k4bk, k2togbk. (33 sts)
Row 20: P2togbk, p4bk (hold 5 sts on spare needle for tail), cast (bind) off 9 sts bk, 7 sts cr, p2cr icos, p3bk, p6cr (hold 11 sts on spare needle for neck).

Left Side of Body

Row 1: With cr, cast on 1 st, with WS facing p7 from spare needle of Left Front Leg, cast on 5 sts. (13 sts)
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: P13, cast on 4 sts. (17 sts)
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: Inc, p16, cast on 3 sts. (21 sts)
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Inc, p20, with WS facing p10 from spare needle of Left Back Leg, cast on 2 sts. (34 sts)
Work 4 rows st st.
Row 12: K24cr, join in bk, k4bk, k6cr.
Row 13: P5cr, p6bk, p23cr.
Row 14: K22cr, k8bk, k4cr.
Row 15: P4cr, p8bk, p22cr.
Row 16: K1bk, k7cr, k4bk, k10cr, k8bk, k4cr.
Row 17: P4cr, p8bk, p9cr, p7bk, p4cr, p2bk.
Row 18: K14bk, k9cr, k6bk, k5cr.
Row 19: P6cr, p4bk, p10cr, p12bk, p2togbk. (33 sts)
Row 20: K2togbk, k4bk (hold 5 sts on spare needle for tail), cast (bind) off 7 sts bk and 9 sts cr, k1cr icos, k3bk, k7cr (hold 11 sts on spare needle for neck).

Neck and Head

Row 1: With cr, and with RS facing k11 from spare needle of Right Side of Body then k11 from spare needle of Left Side of Body. (22 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K5, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k5. (20 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K5, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k5. (18 sts)
Row 6: Join in bk, p5bk, p8cr, p5bk.
Row 7: K7bk, k4cr, k4bk, pult (pick up loop below next st on left needle by inserting tip of right needle from back through loop
– this stops a hole forming when turning work – then turn, leaving rem 3 sts on left needle unworked).
Cont in bk.
Row 8: Working top of head on centre 12 sts only, p2tog (first st of p2tog is loop picked up at end of last row), p11, pult.
Row 9: K2tog, k11, pult.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Row 12: P2tog, p11, pult.
Row 13: K2tog, k to end. (18 sts in total)
Row 14: P8bk, p2cr, p8bk.
Row 15: K8bk, k2cr, k4bk, pult (leave 4 sts unworked on left needle).
Row 16: P2togbk, p3bk, p2cr, p4bk, pult.
Row 17: K2togbk, k3bk, k2cr, k4bk, pult.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Row 20: P2togbk, p3bk, p2cr, p4bk, pult.
Row 21: K2togbk, k3bk, k2cr, k8bk. (18 sts in total)
Row 22: P2cr, p6bk, p2cr, p6bk, p2cr.
Row 23: K2cr, k2togcr, k2bk, k2togbk, k2cr, k2togbk, k2bk, k2togcr, k2cr. (14 sts)
Row 24: P4cr, p2bk, p2cr, p2bk, p4cr.
Cont in cr.
Work 2 rows st st.
Row 27: K2tog, k10, k2tog. (12 sts)
Row 28: Purl.
Row 29: K2tog, k8, k2tog. (10 sts)
Row 30: P2tog, p6, p2tog. (8 sts)
Cast (bind) off.

Tail

Row 1: With bk, and with RS facing k3, k2tog from spare needle of Left Side of Body then k2tog, k3 from spare needle of Right Side of Body. (8 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.
Row 5: K2, k2tog twice, k2. (6 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Join in cr, k2cr, k2bk, k2cr.
Cont in cr.
Work 3 rows st st.
Row 11: K1, k2tog twice, k1. (4 sts)
Row 12: P2tog twice. (2 sts)
Row 13: K2tog and fasten off.

Tummy

With cr, cast on 8 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
Next row: P2tog, p2, p2tog. (4 sts)
Work 6 rows st st.
Next row: Inc, k2, inc. (6 sts)
Next row: Inc, p4, inc. (8 sts)
Work 6 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
Work 15 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
Work 5 rows st st.
Next row: Inc, k2, inc. (6 sts)
Next row: Inc, p4, inc. (8 sts)
Work 8 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
Work 5 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
Work 15 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog twice. (2 sts)
Work 5 rows st st.
Next row: K2tog and fasten off.

Ear

(make 2 the same)
With bk, cast on 5 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
Knit 6 rows.
Next row: K2tog, k1, k2tog. (3 sts)
Knit 2 rows.
Cast (bind) off.

Collar

With ch, cast on 26 sts.
Knit one row.
Cast (bind) off.

To Make Up

Sew in ends, leaving ends from cast on and cast (bound) off rows for sewing up.

Using mattress or whip stitch, sew up legs starting at paw. Sew up tail and stuff with the ends of yarn.

Using mattress or whip stitch, sew along back of dog and down bottom. At head, fold in half and sew cast (bound) off edges of nose together. Using mattress or whip stitch, sew cast on row of tummy to bottom end of dog and sew cast (bound) off row to nose. Ease and sew tummy to fit body, matching curves to legs. Leave a 2.5cm (1in) gap between front and back legs on one side.

Turn right side out.

Roll the pipecleaners in some stuffing and bend them into a U shape. Fold over the ends and slip into body, one pipecleaner down front legs and one down back legs. Stuff and sew up gap with mattress stitch. Mould into shape.
Sew ears to head at a slight angle as shown in photograph. Use the end of yarn at the point of the ear and sew down the ear to prevent it from flicking up.

Using black yarn, embroider nose in satin stitch and make two French knots for eyes. Sew ends of collar together and slide over head onto neck.

For more hints and tips, see the book!

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2011

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | February 15 2011 |

Hi Leah, You'll be able to download the pattern at http://thebark.com/content/magazine. You'll find the link on the right hand side, under "web exclusives." Happy knitting! --Lisa

Submitted by old dog person | February 20 2011 |

Hello, I enjoyed reading the endpiece article "Be Gentle" by Susan Seligson. Is it available online to share on my facebook?

Submitted by Anonymous | March 24 2011 |

Oh My God!!!This dog looks exactly like a dog I had over 30 years ago! What is the breed or mix of this dog? Mine was supposed to be black pug and Chihuahua who lived to the ripe old age of 181/2. I miss her so much even though I have had numerous dogs after her. She was very special.

Submitted by sarah | November 16 2011 |

I have a rescue dog that is 15 got her when she was 4 and she also looks exactly the same too.

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