Spring is upon us, and with it comes fresh ideas and new beginnings. What better way to greet the new season than to meet our new friends—Bark’s Fab Four cover pups will win your heart. The theme of “natural” dog is woven through this issue—the ways that dogs bring us back into nature, helping us discover or reconnect more fully with our environment and realize the importance of protecting it. We talk with Karsten Heuer about his family’s mind-boggling adventure to “find” Farley Mowat, which involved a canoe trip across Canada with their Border Collie, Willow, and two-year-old son, Zev. We also talk with a true hero of the green movement and a MacArthur “genius” award winner, Majora Carter, whose dog, Xena, led her into an area of her South Bronx neighborhood that awakened her resolve to reclaim it for her community. We profile Juliette de Baïracli Levy, who died last year at the age of 96, a pioneer of what is known today as holistic animal care, and we examine the occurrence of lead in dog toys, and how much can or should be tolerated. We love exploring interspecies relationships, and in this issue, we look at dogs and horses. Then, to round off our natural dog theme, we have gardening tips and an essay about a dog who helps with weeding chores. All that plus an article about breed rescuers and, at long last, the story that won our first annual fiction contest. We hope you enjoy it all!
Inspired by Dog Majora Carter and her dog Xena, transforming the world.
Juliette of the Herbs Juliette de Baïracli Levy pioneered a natural approach to animal care. By Eleanor K. Sommer
Finding Farley Karsten Heuer’s family and their dog make a canoe excursion across Canada, retracing Farley Mowat’s literary adventures.
Wanted: Forever After Breed rescue—thousands step up to meet the challenge and save lives. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Tips on Unemployment By Lisa Levine
Village Dogs A woman, a man and a dog—three lives intersect. By Bim Angst
The Perfect Garden Dog By Nancy Taylor Robson
Love, Italian Style By Justine van der Leun
[The Simple Life] Backpacks: Dogs can help carry the load. By Jenna Woginrich
[Talking Training] Making Friends. By Victoria Stilwell
[Second Opinion] Unforeseen Outcome. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Safety] Getting the Lead Out of Toys. By Lisa Wade McCormick
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash. Adjust expectations. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Interspecies Bond] Exploring the canine-equine relationship. By Amy Engle
[Art] Paper Magic. Cut, tear, glue, and voilà! By Melissa Ferreira
[Botanicals] Chinese Herbs 101
[Law] ABCs of Dog Bites. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Vet Advice] Pilling the Pup. By Patty Khuly, VMD
[Training] By the Numbers. When pain is expressed through behavior. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Book Reviews] Animal Manifesto, One Good Dog, Low Stress Handling, Saving Gracie