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Issue 63: Feb/March 2011
The Bark salutes seniors, plans dog-friendly weddings and explores canine caution.


Welcome to issue 63, our first edition of 2011. In this issue we feature an article about fearful dogs. We know that fearfulness is at the root of many canine behavior issues, so we asked our resident pro, certified animal behaviorist Karen London, to examine the causes and attendant behaviors of canine fear and suggest ways people can help their dogs overcome or cope with this problem. We also showcase a senior-dog special on the challenges and unique needs of the older members of our canine community—Dr. Nicholas Dodman contributes a helpful list of things to watch for as our dogs age. We also tell you about a fascinating study that examines the reasons for canine longevity and differences in the aging process. And, as arthritis is one of the most prevalent age-related ailments, veterinarian Kathy Davieds provides a survey of treatment options for this ubiquitous problem. Even Texas, our cover dog, and the Endpiece link up with this topic. June isn’t far away, and our thoughts turn to wedding planning—specifically, creative and clever ways to include our best friends of the canine persuasion in these plans. Who can resist furry flower girls and four-legged ring bearers? We also welcome back Lee Harrington of Rex and the City fame, with a new dog and new column, “The Chloe Chronicles,” full of wry, spot-on and humorous observations about life with dogs. Be sure to catch Victoria Stilwell’s advice on “countering” counter surfers; and Patricia McConnell’s update on dogs’ ability to follow our lead. Enjoy it all!

In Praise of Older Dogs: The benefits of adopting a more mature companion. By Tom Cushing
Good Old Dog: Signs to watch for in your aging dog. By Nicholas Dodman, DVM
Vesper: A Heartbeat at My Feet: The brief lives of dogs leave deep tracks. By Suzanne Loebl
An Open Letter to My Puppy: An apology for my dog-owning deficiencies. By Flannery Dean
Here Comes the Bride … and Her Dog: Dogs take their place in weddings. By Lisa Wogan
Cautious Canines: Understanding and helping fearful dogs. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Chloe Chronicles: Can Chloe and Rainbow’s puppy love survive time apart? By Lee Harrington
Poem: Coaxing the Stray. By Lee Pelham Cotton

[Talking Training] Taming Temptation. By Victoria Stilwell
[Health Care] Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions. By Nancy Kay, DVM
[DIY] Knit Your Own Dog.
[Research] Longevity researchers turn to dogs. By Sheila Pell
[Wellness] Strategies for relieving your dog’s arthritis pain. By Kathy Davieds, DVM
[Working Dog] Behind the scenes on a K-9 unit ride-along. By Rebecca Wallick
[Behavior] Have dogs evolved to follow our lead? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Second Opinion] The Cruciate Conspiracy. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Training] with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz. Bo Obama’s trainer shares her secrets to a White House–ready dog.
[Photography] The Urban Wilderness. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park transformed. By Joseph Holmes
[Art] Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Photographs. By Lauren Davis
[Book Reviews] Dog Walks Man; A Small Furry Prayer; Cesar’s Rules; You Had Me at Woof; Ever by My Side; The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe; Mini Encyclopedia of Dog Health; Dogs Can Sign, Too; Do Over Dogs [Endpiece] Be Gentle. I know my dog is old. By Susan Seligson




From This Issue

Magazine: Web Exclusives

News: Weekly Smilers

Smiling Steadman By Cory and Jessica

News: Show & Tell

Jake & Diane My & My Dog By The Bark
Hershey & Ryan Me & My Dog By The Bark

Wellness: Healthy Living

Good Old Dog Signs to watch for in your aging dog By Nicholas Dodman

Wellness: Health Care

Relieving Arthritis Strategies for relieving your dog's arthritis pain By Kathy Davieds
Cruciate Conspiracy Second Opinion By Nick Trout
Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions Reasonable Expectations By Nancy Kay

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Cautious Canines Understanding and helping fearful dogs By Karen B. London
Countering Counter-Surfing Troubled by Temptation By Victoria Stilwell

Good Dog: Studies & Research

Aging Lessons Longevity researchers turn to dogs. By Sheila Pell

Culture: Stories & Lit

Chloe’s In Love The Chloe Chronicles By Lee Harrington
Vesper: A Heartbeat at My Feet The brief lives of dogs leave deep tracks. By Suzanne Loebl
Stories from the Great Wheel of Life An interview with Byambasuren Davaa, director of "The Cave of the Yellow Dog" By Cameron Woo
An Open Letter To My Puppy An apology for my dog-owning deficiencies By Flannery Dean
Be Gentle: I know my dog is old A call for improving our etiquette with older dogs. By Susan Seligson

Culture: Reviews

Do Over Dogs By The Bark
Dogs Can Sign, Too A Breakthrough Method for Teaching Your Dog to Communicate
Dog Sense How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet By Susan Tasaki
Walking the Talk Two new books reveal worlds expanded by dogs By Claudia Kawczynska

Culture: Science & History

Is Your Dog Waiting For You? New study reveals that our dogs are affected by how long we're gone. By Lisa Wogan

Dog's Life: Humane

In Praise of Senior Dogs The benefits of adopting a more mature companion. By Tom Cushing

Dog's Life: Travel

Have Dog, Will Travel: Southern Comfort Nashville By Lisa Wogan

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Canine Ridealong Riding along with a K-9 unit—a behind the scenes look at training, patrolling and bad guys By Rebecca Wallick

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Here Comes the Bride... and Her Dog From flower pups to well-heeled guests, dogs take their place in weddings By Lisa Wogan

Dog's Life: DIY

Knitted Dogs Crafts By The Bark