There are many reasons to think about the climate these days, including the drought where we are in California. And we learn in the summer issue that global climate changes 45,000 years ago might have also played a hand in ancient humans teaming up with proto dogs. Together they were able to survive an ice age that downed many other species, including the Neanderthals. Pat Shipman tells us just how fortutious we are that friendly wolves joined our campsites! So it’s rather perfect that in this issue, we look at the many reasons to be thankful to our first and best friends. Twig Mowatt follows the story behind “Get Healthy, Get a Dog,” a Harvard Medical School study that concluded that the way to a have a healthy life is to share it with a dog. Handily, Karen London provides us with tips on choosing the right dog. Rebecca Wallick looks at dogs’ remarkable ability to sniff out disease, and how it’s opening doors to earlier cancer detection and better understanding of the disease. Psychologist Marian Silverman relates how her therapy dog, in overcoming her own fear, helped young patients gain invaluable insights. Plus, we have an excerpt from a new memoir, George the Dog, John the Artist, by John Dolan; in it, a stray Pit provides the reason, and the inspiration, for a man to turn his life around. And as an apt testament to the value dogs have to us, Alexandra Anderson describes a program at the University of Pennsylvania that is helping train and raise dogs for search-and-rescue work, saving countless lives worldwide.
Then, Judy Jennings recounts an epic road trip—and a spiritual migration—from Maine to the Yukon made by noted photographer Linda Griffith, accompanied only by her two dogs.
The inner dog also gets quite a bit of attention in this issue. In an excerpt about “brain foods” from a breakthrough new book, Canine Nutrigenomics, by W. Jean Dodds, DVM, and Diana Laverdure, we learn that food “speaks” to the body at the cellular level, which in turn plays a role in determining our dogs’ health (and our own). See our exclusive interview with Dr. Dodds here.
From cells, we move to the microbiome, an invisible world of the hundred trillion bacterial, viral and fungal microbes that live on and in us and our dogs. Jane Brackman takes us on a tour of the research into this microscopic universe, and what it may reveal about pathways to better health. We look at canine chronic renal disease and its management, and consider low-stress handling and why it’s so important to our dogs. And then for a twist on separation anxiety, Tracy Krulik looks at how this condition can be a two-way street. We take a gander at one of the best and largest dog parks in the U.S., the Off Leash Area in Shawnee Kansas with so much going for it, including spaciousness and wise-management. From tips on finding shed antlers, to book, comics, movie and theatre reviews—and a glimpse of one amazing doghouse, we have packed this summer issue with a host of informative and entertaining articles. So whatever the weather’s like where you are, take it slow and easy this summer, and take time to enjoy some fun with your co-pilot and dig into Bark’s offerings. You can subscribe to the magazine and ensure getting this issue, or buy a single copy too.
Get Healthy, Get a Dog: Harvard Medical School study makes it official, dogs are good for us. By Twig Mowatt
Brain Food: What we feed our dogs has a nose-tail affect on their quality of life. By W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana Laverdure, MS
Gut Feeling: Exploring the microscopic ecology of the microbiome. By Jane Brackman, PhD
North to Alaska: Suburban dogs share an epic road trip into the wilderness. By Judy Jennings, Photographs by Linda Griffith
George, The Dog Who Saved My Life: A stray Staffordshire Terrier provides the reason, and the inspiration, for a man to turn his life around. Text and art by John Dolan