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.