Summer’s here, and if your idea of a good time is a shady spot, a companionable dog and a good read, we’ve got you covered—on the “good read” front at least. Among other gems, our annual Dog Lit section features a preview from Rita Mae Brown’s memoir, while Pulitzer Prize–winner Geraldine Brooks talks about the dogs in her life and comedian Carol Leifer reveals her affinity for shelter pups. Are you and your co-pilot looking for new horizons to explore? Be sure to check out our dog-loving travel mavens’ seasonal suggestions and handy tips. Plus, the scoop on vet specialists, social networking and dogs, insights into the human/canine bond, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim’s take on animal nutrition, singer Neko Case’s pet causes, whale-scat sniffing dogs and, as always, sage advice and info from Bark’s Patricia B. McConnell, Karen London and Patty Khuly. Now, dust off that lawn chair and pour the lemonade. The new issue of Bark has arrived.
Money Isn’t Everything: Love Is.—A Southern childhood, with dogs. By Rita Mae Brown
Fact or Fiction —Rounding up the true story of Shep. By Sneed B. Collard III
Change Is Possible—Becoming a “dog person.” By Carol Leifer
Every Adoption Is a Miracle —Why comedian Carol Leifer loves shelter dogs. By Eileen Mitchell
Wagging the Dog—A few choice phrases and their origins. By Ralph Keyes
The Leash—A man, a boy and a Beagle. By Tom Grimes
Q&A: Geraldine Brooks —Author of March, People of the Book (and more) talks dog.
A Dog’s Tale —A 1904 classic. By Mark Twain
Poetry—At Dawn, My Dog by Brian Fitch; Backyard Ballroom by Lisa Pickering Knight
SPECIAL —Bark’s first fiction contest!
Cool Summer Fun—Local travel writers hit the high spots.
California, by Maria Goodavage
Oregon & Washington, by Val Mallinson
Illinois & Indiana, by Julia Kamysz Lane
Connecticut & Massachusetts , by Andi Marie Cantele
Florida’s Gulf Coast , by Robin Tierney
Happy Trails —Safety first in the great outdoors. By Melanie Monteiro
Dude Ranch Delight —A sampling of dog-friendly guest ranches. By Rebecca Wallick
Volunteer Vacations —See the world, lend a hand. By Twig Mowatt
On the Trail with Trauma & Yoni—The 10,000-mile walkers. By Lisa Wogan
Build the Bond —Reinforce your connection with your dog. By Victoria Schade
Pet Food Confidential—Christie Keith talks with Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim about canine nutrition.
[Working Dogs] Waterwork—Conservation dogs on the trail of whale scat. By Amy Sutherland
[Products] On the Go—New products for summertime fun.
[Networking] Good Company —21st-century technology provides options. By Peter Bronski
[Profile] Neko Case —Singing sensation puts her voice where her heart is. By Steve McLean
[Behavior] Handy Paws—What’s in your dog’s toolbox? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Wellness] Veterinary Specialists —When, why and how to find one. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Training] Leash Work—Training dogs to walk in tandem. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Vet Advice] Knee Surgery—To walk the “TightRope” or TPLO it: That is the question. By Patty Khuly, VMD
[Reviews] Chill Out Fido!; New Tricks; The Unscratchables; Saved ; Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook ; One Nation Under Dog
[Endpiece] Q-Tip and Rosie—Poem by Betsy Franco, Art by Michael Wertz
Skunked! —Why skunk spray smells so bad (and how to get rid of it).
On the Road Again—Hiway Dog signs identify good places for the co-pilot.
Is Your Dog Camp-Ready? —Five things all dogs should know.
Smiling Dogs—Miles of smilers.
DIY —Build a green gazebo.
Kibble—Bite-size news & views.
Reading List —Classics, new & a preview.
Show & Tell—Amazing dogs turn up in unexpected places.
Family Dog—Dad’s boy Poochie.
Web Extras & Exclusives —Tasty bits we couldn’t fit in the magazine and special pieces only found online.