The March/April issue of Bark is a reminder that Spring is on its way. Make the most of it by brushing up on “dog talk”—Dr. Nicholas Dodman and the folks at Tufts University translate what your dog’s trying to tell you when she sniffs, licks, bows, rolls or makes any of 35 lively canine “comments.” It’s also the season for March madness and bracketology—Bark editors use it to determine the top dog of all time. Gear up for adventure with whitewater dogs, and find out how to improve the odds of finding a reliable pet sitter. The artful dog returns with artist Joe Andoe describing his “less is more” technique, which produces stunning art. Get a sneak preview of new fiction from Cathleen Schine, find out how Rex copes with his party nerves, and meet a neighborly Pug and some hardworking Border Collies. In a new column, Julia Szabo takes on the sometimes peculiar world of design for dogs, while Patricia McConnell speaks up for the family dog. We profile one of the nation’s best off-leash parks—should be an inspiration to all of us. On the serious side, we take a look at dogs and divorce, and on the health and wellness front, living with a diabetic dog and food as good medicine take center stage. Wrapping up the issue, mystery writer Susan Conant confesses! Find out why she writes about dogs (fans of her “Holly Winter” series will enjoy this endpiece). Plus, kibble galore—new products, smiling dogs, contests, movies, book reviews … it’s all inside!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Translating from Puppy to English 35 things you should know and that your pup is trying to tell you. By Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, and Lawrence Lindner
River Run Paddling white water with a dog at the helm By Peter Bronski
Bracketology: The Final Four of Everything Dogs for the Ages From the Editors of Bark
When the fur flies, custody of the family dog is the new battleground. By Curtis Pesmen
A Breed Apart Mighty mutts strut their stuff. By Amanda Jones
The Dog Revealed Q&A with Artist Joe Andoe By Cameron Woo
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
The Pug Who Came to Dinner Perky, pesky and utterly unflappable, a new neighbor makes himself at home. By Gail MacMillan
The Happy Couple From a new novel with a dog-rich storyline. By Cathleen Schine
Dogs of Windcutter Down Trying to keep hearth and farm together, a Devon sheep farmer shows city folk country ways—with the help of his new pup. By David Kennard
Rex and the City: XXIV A little herbal help for Rex’s party nerves By Lee Harrington
Guest Editorial: Dogs Redeem Us Prison pup programs do more than produce well-trained service dogs By Annika Deasy
Endpiece: Why I Write about Dogs By Susan Conant
[Home] How to Choose a Pet Sitter Asking the right questions improves the odds. By Eileen Mitchell
[Training] By the Numbers: 8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss By Karen B. London, Phd
[Design Matters] The first in a new column focusing on canine design. By Julia Szabo
[Nutrition] We Are What We Eat Don’t wait until your dog’s sick to look at what you’re putting in her bowl. By Susan Blake Davis, CCN
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Let’s hear it for the family dog By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] Dealing with Diabetes An all-too-common malady demystified. By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Organizations That Matter] CHAMPS Helping to rid the world of landmines, with the help of heroic dogs and children who care. By Rachel Bonilla
[Dog Nation] What Makes SODA Pop? This just might be the best dog park in the country.By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Dog Years by Mark Doty, Why Does My Dog Act That Way? by Stanley Coren, A Three Dog Life: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas, A Trifecta of Training DVDs: My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons; New Puppy! Now What? by Victoria Schade; Crying for Control by Deborah Jones and Judy Keller
[Poem] Lie or Lay By Toni Mirosevich
Shhh… It’s a Surprise! Birthday tribute to Patrick McDonnell’s Earl.
Show & Tell—Send us your favorites.
Wurstminster—On-line art expo.
You’ve Got Art Mail—Take a tour of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Dogs at the Met—Small book, great work.
Year of the Dog—Can dog-love turn into an obsession?
Do & Don’t Do This at Home—Thumbs up for charity knitting, thumbs down for faux topknots.
Toastmaster—Brewing up dog-friendly legislation in Seattle.
After Thomas—A stirring new film from BBC America looks at the enriching relationship between a child with autism and a dog.
Smiling Dogs—Our newest family album.
New Products—Something for every cool pup.
Wooden Dogs—Artist carves three charmers.
Poetry Slam—A good reason to step up to the microphone.
K9 Down—Professionals learn what to do when minutes count.