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Issue 78: Summer 2014


Bark Issue 78

Perfect for the summertime, we have oodles of good reading in store for you. From first-time book author Matthew Gilbert, a charming look at his Boston dog park scene and a good reminder that snap judgments can snap back in a positive way, and that letting go of assumptions can lead the way to a new attitude. Gail Caldwell is back with another memorable memoir, this time including a jumpstart to her life with a new pup. David Koff supplies a classic “how I found my dog” story, and Joshunda Sanders offers insights on how becoming a dog person helped her revise her own perceptions about the black community’s relationship with dogs. Jill Smolowe shows us that having a daily routine to look forward to is valuable to those on both ends of the leash. Finally, be sure to check out our editors’ top-pick summertime reading roundup.


Also on deck: Veterinarian Ilana Strubel has tips on how to get—or keep—the pounds off your pup, and we have an excerpt from an excellent new book by Linda Case, who explains what to look for (and ask for) when reading pet food labels. Then, imagine paddling a canoe down the Mississippi with a canine co-pilot and find out how Lucas Will and Tischer fared on their more than 2,000-mile adventure. For more outdoor inspiration, Suzanne Roberts recounts a backpacking expedition with her husband and their dog, Ely, along a challenging section of the Pacific Crest Trail. 


On the “news you can use” front, Sheila Pell investigates the proliferation of ticks (climate change strikes again!) and what we can do to ward them off us and our dogs. We also check out stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen therapies and backyard barbecue do’s and don’ts, and serve up an easy recipe for delicious and nutritious whole-grain peanut butter dog cookies. Mardi Richmond reports on what happened when a top guide dog–training organization transitioned to clickers, and Donna Jackel looks at worthy, locally based humane groups that are making remarkable impacts on their communities. We have important safety tips about summertime activities, and many reader-supplied ideas on where to find the best off-the-beaten-track adventures this season. 

So, settle yourself and your dog in a cool, shady spot and dig into the summer issue. We think you’ll find lots to ponder and put to use. 


Tick Talk Is climate change behind the rise in the numbers of ticks and the diseases they  bring? By Sheila Pell

Dog Paddling the Mighty Mississippi Down the river with a dog. By Lucas Will

Backcountry Trek A dog with a job makes a perfect hiking partner. By Suzanne Roberts

Label Smarts Ways to improve your dog-food-selection skills. By Linda Case

On View In the Company of Cats and Dogs. By Cameron Woo

Tula The challenges and rewards of a new pup. By Gail Caldwell

Cell Phone Lady Dog parks are full of pleasant interludes. By Matthew Gilbert

Walking Misty Daily routines provide welcome relief at both ends of the leash. By Jill Smolowe

Finding Carson A stray meets her match. By David Koff

Color-blind Love  Opening our eyes to stereotypes and dispelling racial myths. By Joshunda Sanders


Guest Editorial: Go Walk Shelter Dogs

Bark’s Summer Tips

Travel—ideas from our readers.

Dogfroyo; Instant harness; Tails to Trails

Last Chance IPA; Keeping it clean; Beware Compost

SMILING DOGS: Simply irresistible

Healing oxygen by Susan Tasaki

Recipe: Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookies

Grooming: Summer Shedding Secrets

Pop Art: Vintage Labels


It’s A Dog’s Life

THEATRE: Of Mice and Men + dog by Amy Kantor, DVM

HEALTH: Pounds be Gone Help your pup shed excess weight. By Ilana Strubel, DVM

HEALTH: Self Healing Stem Cells. By Megan Cassels-Conway, DVM

SECOND OPINION: The Barbecue Blues Tips. By Nick Trout, DVM

BEHAVIOR: Lessons learned from aggression cases. By Karen B. London, PhD

WORKING DOGS: Clicker training conversion. By Mardi Richmond