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Issue 34: Jan/Feb 2006



This issue launches not just Bark’s new bimonthly status—and the first of six Year of the Dog issues—but also a whole new design look, and we wanted to inaugurate it with an extra dollop of pizzazz. Mark Derr, our science editor, supplies an in-depth analysis of one of the most significant events of this new century, the mapping of the dog genome. Jane Brackman interviews Mark Neff about his research into the origins of genetic mutations. We have stories of snow country dogs, with amazing photos that might make you feel—or wish—you were part of the action. Cynthia Mills contributes a report about the positive ways that dogs are being looked after in “paradise,” and in the latest Rex in the city (the twentieth!), Rex connects with his inner dog and other urban species. Cindy Adams, gossip columnist and dog-lover extraordinaire, takes on the VP, and Abigail Thomas ponders—longingly—her female pup’s “cycle.”


People Who Matter: Doris Day Singer, actress, animal activist— Doris Day reflects on her greatest role, as an ambassador for animal welfare. Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay joins our conversation with the legendary star.
The Dog Days of Winter Backcountry skiing embraces “white gold,” solitude and the beauty of high altitude wilderness. By Kari Medig
The Dogs Must Be Crazy A rookie musher braves the wilds of Alaska, and lives to tell all. By Jeff Greenwald
Decoding the Dog Genome A female Boxer provides the DNA for the first complete sequence of the dog genome—what will it mean to the health of man and dog? By Mark Derr
Street Dogs in Paradise Grass roots efforts improve the lives of street dogs in island communities—from Bora Bora to Rarotonga. By Cynthia Mills

All Work and No Play Makes a Gossip Columnist Crazy Yorkies assist the doyenne of talk. by Cindy Adams
Rex in the City, Part: XX Making foul weather friends. by Lee Harrington
Carolina’s in Heat and I’m Not Suitors at the gate. by Abigail Thomas
Spotted Interrupted Sniffing out fear. by Gregory Edmont
When the Cold Wind Blows Thoughts on a winter night. by John Monahan




From This Issue

Wellness: Healthy Living

Texas A&M a Leading Veterinary College Innovative diagnostic procedures and treatments make it one of the nation's finest By Bliss Foster

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

Should You Put Your Dog on a Raw Food Diet? Raw food: Yes or no? Strong opinions line up on both sides. By Christie Keith

Wellness: Health Care

Caring for Your Senior Dog's Health Aging pets benefit from close attention to their health By Ruth MacPete

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Take Dog Training One Step at a Time In dog training, taking things one step at a time can make a world of difference By Patricia McConnell

Culture: Science & History

Decoding the Dog Genome A female Boxer provides the DNA for the first complete sequence of the dog genome—what will it mean to the health of man and dog? By Mark Derr
Deconstructing the Gene Pool Dr. Mark Neff and his team uncover the surprising origin of a potentially deadly mutation By Jane Brackman
The Canine Hall of Fame: Titina A small orphaned Terrier was the first dog to fly over the North Pole By Gay F. Salisbury

Culture: DogPatch

People Who Matter: An Interview with Doris Day By Cameron Woo, Nellie McKay

Culture: Stories & Lit

Dog's Life: Travel

The Dogs Must Be Crazy A rookie musher in Alaska’s White Mountains By Jeff Greenwald

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Seattle’s Innovative Marymoor Park Pet Garden One of the nation’s finest dog parks By Cathy Duchamp