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Issue 31: Summer 2005

Our special summer issue showcases a stellar cast of writers and artists, whose work will delight and entertain you. We called on Mo Rocca, David Sedaris, Merrill Markoe, Terry Bain and John Dufresne to share their dog-focused humor. We also have a chapter from Bruce Goldstein’s forthcoming memoir about his pup-life conversion, and in installment XVII of “Rex in the City,” Lee Harrington suggests a test that will help you measure your own dog-craziness.

Now that it’s summer, a time when the call of the wild can be heard and nature beckons, we include articles that will help you prepare to have safe and pleasurable experiences when you venture out. We follow in the steps of intrepid wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer, who traversed a 2,200-mile-long spine of the Rocky Mountains with his Border Collie, Webster. And if you ever wondered what your dog’s barking might mean, Dr. Sophia Yin will tell you what she and other “translators” are dialing up.

APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE

SPECIAL HUMOR SECTION
So why are dogs funny?
Mo Rocca investigates this mystery.
Dog Poems David Sedaris’ rhymes to inspire the versifier in you.
Barbie/Canine Theater A dog with a strange Barbie doll fetish. By John Dufresne
Top Dogs Cartoons Mutts’ creator, Patrick McDonnell explains the history of dogs on the funny pages.
You Are a Dog Ruminations on favorite toys. By Terry Bain
Greeting Disorder On ardent salutations.  By Merrill Markoe
Love Stinks Accidents will happen; cleaning them up can have its rewards. By Bruce Goldstein

FEATURES
Incredible Journey Environmentalist and intrepid trekker discusses his 2,200-mile hike with his canine companion. Interview by Susan Tasaki.
Talk to Me Communication comes in many forms, researchers are probing the meaning behind roosters crowing, squirrelly chatter and canine barking. By Sophia Yin, DVM

ESSAYS
A Greyhound Conquers Kilimanjaro Helping an adoptee over a hurdle from his past. By Eileen Mitchell
Leash Lit Fetching some dog-eared classics. By Rob McKenzie
Rex in the City Author is becoming a dog lady. Is a 12-step program in her future? By Lee Harrington
Spotted in Notting Hill: A Dalmatian’s big break in London Town. By Gregory Edmont

DEPARTMENTS
[Dog Nation] Seattle’s COLA By Lisa Wogan
[Crafts] Placemats and Bowls: Floor models for the neat pup. By Trina Moore
[Research] Biology of Joy Laughter isn’t just a human trait. By Claudia Kawczynska
[Activity] Canoeing with your best friend beckons. By Andi Marie Cantele
[Holistic] Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Understanding the Diagnosis and the Options. By Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM
[Health] When Knees Go Bad— Options for orthopedic injuries. By Roxanne Hawn

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 31: Summer 2005

More From The Bark

More in 2005 & Earlier:
Issue 12: Summer 2000
Issue 09: Fall 1999
Issue 02: Spring 1997
Issue 25: Winter 2003
Issue 18: Spring 2002
Issue 06: Fall 1998
Issue 29: Winter 2004
Issue 22: Spring 2003
Issue 14: Spring 2001
Issue 10: Winter 2000

From This Issue

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

Dog Paddling Canoeing with your best friend beckons By Andi Marie Cantele

Good Dog: Studies & Research

What Dogs are Saying with their Barks Research explores animal sounds as a form of communication By Sophia Yin

Culture: Reviews

A Man and His Dog Walk the Wild Q&A with Karsten Heuer By Susan Tasaki