With spring stirring in the air we decided to feature this season’s literary stirrings in a “Bark Must Reads” feature. We have a chapter from Rex and the City, the long-awaited book from our columnist, Lee Harrington. Ken Foster’s touching and insightful memoir, The Dogs That Found Me, tells the story a Pit pup who did indeed find him. Alison Pace’s novel, Pug Hill, finds the heroine cavorting with Pugs in Central Park. The photo/essay book Just Gus is an inspirational story-within-a-story that begins with the adoption of a stray dog. Susan Orlean, of New Yorker and orchid fame, is in conversation with Robert Birnbaum, about her forthcoming tome on Rin Tin Tin.
Ever wonder how it would feel to work at a dog-centric business, like a doggy day care or dog-friendly resort? Take a dry run and have a vacation, too—see how in the piece on Vocation Vacations. We profile Agility—an activity that is all the rage with dog folk nationwide. And learn more about William Wegman, the artist behind the lens, in an interview and preview of a forthcoming exhibit (and its associated book).
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
William Wegman Multimedia artist William Wegman talks to us about his personal and professional relationships with dogs and his upcoming retrospectives and career-encompassing catalog.
The Agility Bond The physical and mental challenges of agility are good for you and your dog. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Author Interview: Susan Orlean Literary conversationalist Robert Birnbaum talks with Susan Orlean about New York, “oddball” writing, and her upcoming biography of Rin Tin Tin.
BARK MUST READS
A Preview of Things to Come An author and bookstore clerk uses her influence to stock the pet-book shelves. by Suzanne Strempek Shea
Rex and the City How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Yes, the serial that began in these very pages has become a book! by Lee Harrington
Pug Hill A human love story is framed within a love affair with Pugs in this Pug-dotted novel. by Alison Pace
Robot Dreams Animal friendships are spotlighted in these delightfully rendered drawings. by Sara Varon
Just Gus: A Rescued Dog and the Woman He Loved Forgotten. Alone. Hungry and Cold. A woman and a dog find each other just in time to make a difference in their lives. by Laurie Williams, photographs by Roslyn Banish
The Dogs Who Found Me The Dog Who Found Me A foster home turns permanent, despite the rescuer ’s intentions. by Ken Foster
ESSAYS & POETRY
Two Wieners and a Mummy A camping trip with Dachshunds is a lesson in futility. By Val Mallinson
Bad Dog Scandalous dogs throughout history. By Merle Kessler
Shadow by Christina Lovin
Virgil by Maxine Kumin
Mastery by Dorene Evans
Ode to Roo by Ginger Knowlton
[Q & A] Unhealthy Obsessions: “Ask the Behaviorist” addresses a dog’s fascination with lights and shadows. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Dispelling the myth of “getting dominance over your dog.” By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Craft] Brighten Up a Rainy Day: Sew up a snazzy doggy raincoat. By Trina Moore
[Rescue] Basic Black: The plight of the Big Black Dog. By Deb Hipp
[Wellness] No Gain from Pain: Pain doesn’t just hurt; it also harms. By Christie Keith
[Career] Vocation Vacation: Find out if a job with the dogs is right for you. By Lisa Wogan
[Health] The Big Itch: Diagnosing and treating canine allergies. By Heather Gordon
[People Who Matter] Changing from Within: Jill Robinson is working hard to change the way companion animals are regarded in Asia. By Heather Bloch
[Book Reviews] Ella in Europe by Michael Konik, Teach Your Dog to Read by Bonnie Bergin with Sharon Hogan, Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff, Cancer and Your Pet by Debra Eldredge, DVM and Margaret H. Bonham, Unleashed: The Dog Runs of New York City by Frances R. Sheridan.
[Endpiece] Willow’s Birthday Party By Deborah Thompson