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Issue 57: Nov/Dec 2009


As the year and a decade wind down and seasonal celebrations ramp up, we present a full monty of fun, inspirational and thought-provoking reads. In “Wonder Dogs,” we do a 10-year round up of all the amazing jobs dogs have been schooled to do for us. Perfect for this time of year, we look at the joys of fostering—if you haven’t already, this article might inspire you to invite a canine guest in for the holidays. Then, two of our favorite literary luminaries—Rick Bass and Mary Oliver—make return engagements. Dallas dog-lovers might become the envy of us all, especially during these wintery months—we go inside for a romp at their city’s Unleashed, a new dog park with walls and windows! Be sure to check out our cover dog, Charlie, a stray rescued from Guatemala who might just be the cutest pup ever! See how southern hounds strike a bargain with French cats; how a father, his adopted son and a Dalmatian explore Aspen together; and how to interpret your dog’s antics during play. For a very special, and exclusive treat—you can read this whole issue now in its digital version! Go to our dmag now, be sure to look for the video and try out all the links for an added value reading experience. Enjoy and spread the word!

Wonder Dogs—New jobs for dogs tap into their amazing talents. By Barbara Robertson
Field Work—Conservation dogs follow the scent of the wild. By Ilona Popper
Shared Giving—Animal-loving companies direct charitable dollars. By Rayne Wolfe
The Joy of Fostering—Finding fulfillment, saving lives. By Rikke Jorgensen
Olympic Bound—Snowboarding’s Steve Fisher and skeleton’s Katie Uhlaender

From Pound to Provence—Southern hounds learn village ways. By Judith Reitman
Special Delivery—’Tis the season for giving and happy endings. By Mickey Rathbun
A Greyhound’s Firsts—Photo essay. By Mark Menditto
Dogs of ParisEvocative pièce de résistance. By Rick Bass
PoetryThe Sweetness of Dogs, by Mary Oliver; With Gessa, by John Harris




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From This Issue

Magazine: 2009

Cover Dog Charlie By The Bark

Wellness: Health Care

Vet Advice: Dry Eye Diagnosing and dealing with a common canine ailment By Rebecca Burwell

Wellness: Recipes

Make It & Take It Nothing says love like homemade gifts By Diane Porter

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Teach Your Dog a Flip Finish Trick Dog trick training By Sandra Mannion
Don’t Try This at Home! Five common misconceptions about dog training and behavior By Karen B. London
The Art of Training Building trust is the first step By Jeannette Cooperman

Culture: DogPatch

Nellie & Doris & Dogs A rare match By Cameron Woo
Greyhound Bella’s Firsts Winter discoveries for a rescued racing Greyt By Mark Menditto
Feel-Good Giving Vet students at U of Tennessee fundraise for the Josh Project By Caroline Jeanette Smith
Q&A With Temple Grandin Take Three By The Bark

Culture: Reviews

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know Scribner, 368 pp., 2009; $26 By Jane Brackman
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know Scribner, 368 pp., 2009; $26 By Jane Brackman
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Hyperion, 288 pp., 2009; $24.99 By Rebecca Wallick
The Wolf in the Parlor Henry Holt, 304 pp., 2009; $25 By Scottie Westfall
All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice St. Martin’s Press, 226 pp., 2009; $24.95 By Karen B. London
Rescue Ink Viking, $25.95 By The Bark
Canine Massage in Plain English Clean Run Productions, $19.95 By Natalie Winter
Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99 By Bradley Trevor Greive
Come Back, Como Harper, $23.99 By The Bark
Am I Boring My Dog? Alpha, $14.95 By The Bark
Good Dogs Doing Good LaChance Publishing, $14.95 By The Bark
Diogenes Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.95 By The Bark

Culture: Readers Write

Dog's Life: Humane

Wonder Dogs New jobs tap into their many talents By Barbara Robertson
The Joy of Dog Fostering Finding fulfillment, saving lives By Rikke Jorgensen
Heart to Heart with Frank Ascione, PhD Academia and humane interests converge at University of Denver By Karen B. London
Shared Giving Animal-loving companies direct charitable dollars By Rayne Wolfe
Safety On the Set American Humane dogs the industry on behalf of animals By Alysia Gray Painter

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Dogs in the Castle Delightful Discovery in Doylestown By Sally Silverman
Dogs as Gifts? Good advice for any time of the year By Amy Robinson
In the Dog House The kids have flown and now canines rule the roost By Kathleen Rooney Mara
American Beauties Restaged classics to the rescue By Linda Lombardi
Tricks of the Trade Cold weather walks By Garrett Rosso

Dog's Life: DIY

Wrap It Up By The Bark

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Dog's Life: Travel

Spotted in Aspen Doggie adventures on and off the the slopes. By Gregory Edmont