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Our Sept/Oct kicks off with a cover of four charming pups who not only have an inspiring rescue tale (all are parvo survivors), but through them, we learned about a fabulous organization, HeARTs Speak, founded just a year ago and already having an impact on the “art” of rescuing. If you still have trouble understanding a pet food label, hopefully this issue’s primer about food and nutrition—and label reading—will clear up the confusion. (Hint, always say “no” to by-products and “yes” to high-value animal proteins). We also have a fascinating piece by behaviorist extraordinaire Patricia McConnell that should put the misguided dominance theory on a “down stay” once and for all (we hope). And for a doubleheader on that topic, Victoria Stilwell explains why the theory really doesn’t make sense, especially when it comes to pushy puppies. In our Go Green feature we gathered up 68 tips and solutions to help you make your eco-impact lighter and greener. And Lee Harrington is back with another installment of her series, “The Chloe Chronicles”—in this one, the rescue dog, and author, arrive at their new home in NYC. Another must-read in is our haunting endpiece, “Zuzu Lives!” by Ann Hood. This issue’s main event is “Breeding Paradox,” by Pulitzer prize–winning journalist John Woestendiek. We examine the hot button issue of how the maintenance of breed standards might have health and/or behavior affects on some purebred dogs. We would love to hear your reasoned thoughts on the subject—check in with us in mid-Sept (date to be determined later) for an online discussion on this topic.