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Issue 53: Mar/Apr 2009

Let’s hear it for good old dogs! In the new issue, join us as we raise a paw to seniors—not only do we spotlight Seattle’s Old Dog Haven, a group with a soft spot for elderly canines, and revel in portraits of America’s “golden oldies,” we also round up info and tips on their care and behavior, gear to ease their days, and hands-on ways to ease their muscles. And in the wider world of dog culture, science and art are added to the mix with pieces on Darwin’s insights on dogs and Bonnard’s artful interiors, as well as thought-provoking essays, including one from the late Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, William Styron. Research, film, poetry, Airstream adventures, and advice on nutrition and law round out the issue.

APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE

FEATURES
Old Dog, Good Dog—Tune into your senior’s needs. By Jeannette Cooperman
Senior Dogs in America—Photos of the nation’s venerable dogs. By Nancy LeVine
Pierre Bonnard—A painter’s view of family and friends. By Nancy Coleman Wolsk
Darwin’s Dogs—Celebrating the bicentennial of the father of evolution. By Mark Derr

ESSAYS
Walking with Aquinnah—The delights of rambling with a dog. By William Styron
Grooming Sweetie—Tender lessons from an elderly Afghan. By Denise Kirshenbaum
Two Dogs and a Door—The (mis)adventures of the Wonder Wieners. By Val Mallinson
Lifetime Dog—Sharing a special place in one’s heart. By Eileen Mitchell

POETRY
Number 52—Patrick Lawler
Command—Robert Riche
My Dog Chasing a Chipmunk—Judith Sornberger
Rescue Dog—Rebecca Leidner

DEPARTMENTS
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Go ahead, issue a senior citizen pass. By Patricia McConnell, PhD
[Wellness] Stretch It Out—Help your dog stay fit and flexible. By Raquel Wynn
[Gear] Lend a Helping Hand—Products to make life more comfortable.
[Legal] Pet Trusts—Providing for your pup after you’re gone. By Rebecca Wallick, JD
[Family Dog] Dogs were siblings’ best friends.
[Media] Film Fatale—Is movie violence toward dogs on the rise? By Heather Huntington
[On the Road] Airstream Dreamin’—A woman, her dog and a vintage Airstream. By Kristiana Spaulding
[Nutrition] Dig Deeper—10 home-feeding misperceptions. By Catherine Lane
[Research] Spot On—Dalmatian DNA holds the key to a medical mystery. By Amy Young
[Humane] People Who Matter—Judith Piper and Old Dog Haven welcome white whiskers. By Lisa Wogan
[Vet Advice] More than a Pretty Smile—Dental hygiene promotes good health. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Training] Ask the Behaviorist—Teach your dog to have a “soft” mouth. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Daily Coyote, Playtime for Your Dog, Made for Each Other, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman

DOGPATCH
Dirty Bow Wow—Dogs and their toys.
Pet Soup Kitchens—Filling empty food bowls.
Kiss the Dog—New report says it’s safe.
Cover Dog—Meet Mr. Tuvok.
Kibble—Bite-size news and views.
The Canine Supernanny—Victoria Stilwell takes charge.
Yawns Are Contagious—Catch one from your dog.
Tribute—A dog speaks to an artist.
Show & Tell—Interspecies mixers.
Smiling Dogs—More happy faces.
Opinion—Nathan Winograd says No Kill Nation is a goal within reach.

PLUS
Web Extras
Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.

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Magazine: Web Exclusives

Web Extras: Mar/Apr 2009 Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue. By The Bark

Magazine: 2009

Meet Mr. Tuvok Cover Dog: Mar/Apr 2009 By The Bark

Wellness: Healthy Living

Stretch It Out Help your dog stay fit and flexible. By Raquel Wynn
Teach Senior Dogs New Tricks to Stay Healthy Tuning in to your senior’s needs. By Jeannette Cooperman

Wellness: Health Care

Good Teeth Can Promote Good Health in Your Dog More than a pretty smile By Barbara Royal
Update on the Three-Year Rabies Booster for Dogs Inching toward the three-year interval nationwide. By Lisa Wogan
What Age is Your Dog in Dog Years? Tips to help your oldster live long and prosper. By The Bark

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

10 Myths and Misperceptions About Homemade Dog Food Nutritionwise By Catherine Lane

Good Dog: Studies & Research

Yawns Are Contagious! Catch one from your dog. By Karen B. London

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Teaching Your Dog to Take Treats Gently What to do when a dog is part alligator By Karen B. London

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

News on Dog Parks Across the Country Good news on the OLA front By The Bark

Dog Culture: Readers Write

Family Dog: Golden Years Dogs were siblings’ best friends By Mickey Rathbun

Dog Culture: DogPatch

Pierre Bonnard A painter’s view of family and friends. By Nancy Coleman Wolsk
Top Dogs Shouldn’t every state have an official canine? By Lisa Wogan

Dog Culture: Stories & Lit

Grooming Sweetie Lessons from an elderly Afghan By Denise Kirshenbaum
A Lifetime Dog A companion, a friend and a source of joy By Eileen Mitchell
Number 52 By Patrick Lawler

Dog Culture: Science & History

DNA Test Helps Dalmatians Researchers identify gene that causes bladder stones By Amy Young

Dog Culture: Reviews

Victoria Stilwell Takes Charge The canine supernanny By Helene F. Rubinstein
Made for Each Other Olmert Da Capo Press, 288 pp., 2009; $26 By Sacha Zimmerman Scoblic
Playtime for Your Dog Cadmos, 128 pp., 2006; $32.95 By Julia Kamysz Lane
The Daily Coyote Simon & Schuster, 304 pp., 2008; $23 By Claudia Kawczynska
Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman Delta Trade Paperback, 304 pp., 2009; $14 By Lisa Wogan

Dog's Life: Humane

Film Fatale Is there more violence toward animals in today’s movies? By Heather Huntington
No Kill Nation A goal within our reach By Nathan J. Winograd
White Whiskers Welcome Old Dog Haven accommodates senior dogs By Lisa Wogan
Esprit de Corps Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven By Lisa Wogan
Pet Soup Kitchens Serving food for dogs and comfort for owners. By JoAnna Lou
Slobbering Good Deeds An easy way to donate toys to shelters

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Pet Trusts Providing for your pup after you’re gone By Rebecca Wallick
Senior Solutions Gear designed especially for seniors helps make these the best years of their lives—and makes your life easier too. By The Bark

Dog's Life: Travel

Airstream Dreamin’ On the road with Kristiana Spaulding and Osa By Kristiana Spaulding