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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!

 

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FEATURES
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

 

ART
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

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From This Issue

Wellness: Health Care

Preventing and Treating Canine Diabetes An all-too-common malady demystified By Shauna S. Roberts

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Translating Puppy Talk Understanding the things dogs “say” By Nicholas Dodman, Lawrence Lindner
8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss Play by the Numbers By Karen B. London

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

River Run Paddling white water with a dog at the helm. By Peter Bronski

Dog Culture: Stories & Lit

Rex in the City XXIV: Board Approved A little herbal help for Rex’s party nerves By Lee Harrington
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
Why I Write About Dogs By Susan Conant

Dog Culture: DogPatch

Dogs for the Ages Bracketology: The Final Four of Everything charts out the top dog of all time! By Cameron Woo, Claudia Kawczynska
In Praise of Mutts Photographer Amanda Jones captures the all-American dog By Claudia Kawczynska

Dog Culture: Reviews

A Three Dog Life: A Memoir Harcourt, 192 pp., 2007; $13 By Lee Harrington
Dog Years HarperCollins, 207 pp., 2007; $13.95 By Andrea Walker

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Guest Editorial: Dogs Redeem Us Prison pup programs do more than produce well-trained service dogs By Annika Deasy