Welcome to another new issue of The Bark. In this issue we do a special investigation about the record number of recent pet food recalls—many top brands made in the USA have been affected. Can we expect to see more? What to do if your favorite food is recalled? We will continue to track this subject closely, and will be posting recall notices here too.
Geneticist Adam Boyko heads up the fascinating Village Dog project, and tells us about some of its findings. He and other researchers are hoping to discover whether or not the genetic codes from dogs found in villages around the world hold clues to canine evolution and perhaps even to improved health for our own dogs. We look at the difference in dogs’ personalities and why it’s such a complicated topic, and also covers the do’s and don’ts of dealing with an aggressive off-leash dog.
Just in time for gearing up for a summer reading fest, we are delighted to include a new essay by Ann Patchett. In this issue she describes her search for a “store dog” for Parnassus Books, her new Nashville bookstore venture. As a bonus, Ann provides a list of her favorite dog books for children.
We preview of a new book about the challenges of training a would-be service dog to lead the way home, plus an essay on the importance of teaching a dog to pay attention. In the Howl entry, learn the ways a man’s life is informed by three feisty Dachshunds, and in the Endpiece, how a new dog signals a couple’s rejuvenation.
We feature the great 19th –century artist, James Tissot— his own Border Collie was an able muse/model, and his plein air works are summertime marvels. We chat with Jason Gann—the man behind (and inside) one of our favorite TV characters, the man/dog, Wilfred—who shares how he comes up with his species-crossing ideas ….
On the wellness front, we look at hydrotherapy and its rehab benefits; an holistic vet explains why allergies plague our dogs and offers herbal treatment tips; and we have a basketful of recipes to please your dogs at picnic time.
Be sure to check out our second annual “Best Place to Work” competition, which was inspired by my visit last year to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. If you know of a company that has what it takes to earn this year’s top-dog honor, nominate it today. Winners get great prizes and lots of pats and positive reinforcement, too.
Go here for additional picks for summer reading. From the classics to entertaining beach books: you’ll find it all there. But for now, stick around with this issue, which is packed full of good reading for you.
Personality: Dogs have it aplenty. By Julie Hecht
Pet Food Recalls —Who’s minding the store? By Claudia Kawczynska
Meet the Store Dogs: Nashville’s finest bookstore has new canine workers. By Ann Patchett
“Home”: Lessons for a service dog in training. By Susannah Charleson
Look at Me: The importance of the gaze. By Laurel Saville
A Dog’s Life: Darwin’s beloved Polly. By Angela von der Lippe
Art of James Tissot: Celebrating the elegant life … with dogs. By Nancy Rose Marshall
Hounded: Three Dachshunds and their wily, winning ways. By Matt Ziselman
A True Romance By Jane Vandenburgh
Traer Scott’s Newborn Puppies
Dog Terms for People by Donald Friedman and J.C.Suarès
Shop & Adopt by Mary Helen Berg
Smiling Dogs: always irresistible.
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