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!
FEATURES 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
LIT MIX 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 Paris—Evocative pièce de résistance. By Rick Bass Poetry—The Sweetness of Dogs, by Mary Oliver; With Gessa, by John Harris