Dog's Life: Home & Garden
Reduce Your Paw Print
April 22 2015
This year we celebrate Earth Day’s 45th anniversary. This annual event is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement back in 1970. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Today, events large and small raise awareness of the fragile balance we hold our planet, and educate to bring changes to the dangerous course we’ve set.
Our dogs bring us closer to the natural world, and help us appreciate the environment we share with them. They too will benefit by our stewardship improving. We all need to pitch in to make a difference. Here are some simple ways to raise eco-friendly dogs and reduce our mark on the world.
Adopt Rather Than Buy
Spay/Neuter Your Dogs
Choose Foods Wisely
Make Waster More Eco-Friendly
For a more comprehensive guide to living green with pets … see more simple strategies for reducing your dogs’ paw print.
Dog's Life: Humane
Q&A with Photographer Tracey Buyce, Volunteer and Board Member, Cats and Dogs International
March 5 2015
While writing about Cats and Dogs International (CANDi) for the Spring 2015 issue, we were in touch with board member Tracey Buyce, who’s also the organization’s volunteer photographer; she made many good points that space prevented us from including in the print article. Here’s the “value-added” expanded version of that conversation.
Bark: What motivated you to become involved with CANDi?
Tracey Buyce: A few years ago, my husband I were vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, and took a romantic walk on the beach after dinner. Suddenly, we encountered a starving, stray mother dog with her malnourished puppy, searching for food and comfort. I fed her my dessert. I didn’t know what else to do, and my heart ached after that encounter.
What became clear during our stay was that there were even more dogs living on the beach, trying to survive. I knew I had to do something to help them, and couldn’t rest until I did.
As soon as we returned home, I searched the Internet for animal rescue groups in Cancun and discovered CANDi. I contacted the founder, Darci Galati, who invited me to return to Cancun the following month as a volunteer photographer for their free spay/neuter clinic. Almost immediately, I came on board as their official photographer for the clinics, and was invited to join CANDi’s Board of Directors in 2014.
B: Have you had any “aha” moments while working with the group?
TB: Yes, many, but the most notable was my change in perception of the underlying cause of the stray dog problem in Mexico.
My volunteer work has required me to visit many of the communities surrounding Cancun’s tourist resorts to photograph dogs and the local people. Although Mexico has some very dangerous areas, its hard-working people are doing their very best to survive and make it through each day with extremely limited resources. When people’s basic needs are not being met, their animals’ needs come in second, which I believe is the case here.
Visitors tend to be judgmental about what’s happening in Mexico with the stray animal and overpopulation issues, and assume that it’s the fault of the local people and community that the animals are not cared for. The reality is—and this was my personal “aha! moment”—as I spent more time in these areas, I realized that these neighborhoods are filled with people who do love their animals, but have absolutely no means of caring for them. Many live without basic resources and are unable to provide necessities such as immunizations for their kids; sterilizing their pets is almost impossible.
I think it’s a government issue. There needs to be an infrastructure in place to provide for the basic needs of families and children, and there also needs to be some support from the tourist industry to help offset the devastating poverty in the communities that surround the resorts.
B: Do you have a special CANDi story?
TB: My work with CANDi has provided many moments of joy, success and surprise, but the one that is most memorable involves Luna, a dog I found in someone’s yard, who was near death. I had seen hundreds, maybe even thousands of street dogs before I came across Luna, but something about her was different. I knew I couldn’t leave her there.
With a lot of difficulty and the help of a translator, I managed to get the owner to relinquish the dog, and through CANDi, she got the immediate veterinary care she needed until she stabilized. I found her a loving home in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, and that’s where she lives and thrives today as a happy, healthy, well-loved family dog! Luna is my special success story. [Editor’s note: You’ll find Luna’s story here.]
B: What do you consider to be the organization’s greatest strength?
TB: That it’s a grassroots group and brings volunteers from all around the world to communities that have the greatest need for spay/neuter clinics.
Everyone, including the veterinarians, is a volunteer who donates his or her time, skills and resources. All of our stories are similar in that we saw animal suffering and wanted to do something to help. CANDi is the vehicle that not only brings us together, but also, paves the way for each of us to help. Without CANDi, none of it would be possible.
CANDi’s approach—partnering with the tourism industry—is what we need to continue to build on expanding our volunteer base. This partnership also translates into resources that support more spay/neuter clinics, the implementation of humane programs at tourist destinations, and education and resources for local residents.
B: What can individuals do to help CANDi?
TB: As a tourist, if you see a stray animal in need, feed that animal; if possible, take it to a vet and have it spayed or neutered. If you fall in love, bring the dog or cat home! There is no quarantine period when entering the U.S. or Canada from Mexico and it’s very easy to do.
Not traveling? Donating just $25 to CANDi can save a dog’s life.
And, of course, volunteer! I am a professional photographer, and I give based on my talents. Not every volunteer is a vet, or wants to pick ticks off dogs at a clinic. Think about your greatest skill or asset and then think about how you can apply that to helping animals through CANDi. Visit CANDi’s website for more information on how to get involved!
B: Finally, a personal question: any dogs of your own?
TB: Yes, I have two rescue dogs, Roxy and Sydney, plus a shelter kitty, Reece, and a horse named Moose. I’m a bona fide animal lover, and that’s why I do what I do!
The interview was conducted in January 2015 and has been edited for clarity.
Compiled from Bark’s Best Places to Work
March 2 2015
The following businesses understand the value of working in the company of dogs— whether it’s writing code, blowing glass or saving the environment … work is just better with a dog by your side. We’ve gathered together the most comprehensive list of dog- friendly workplaces in America, both large and small, covering 30 states. We salute these companies for working and playing hard, and valuing a belly-rub and as much as a balance sheet. (If you know a dog-friendly company we’ve missed, please add it in the comments)
Company: 3five, Inc.
Company: Advent Software
Company: archer>malmo, inc.
Company: Assembly of Dog
Company: Average Joes Entertainment
Company: Ben & Jerry's
Company: Big Communications
Company: Big Foot Media
Company: Big Spaceship
Company: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
Company: Boa Technology
Company: Bomber Industries
Company: Bravo! Vail
Company: Bulkley West
Company: Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
Company: Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater
Company: Canine Detection and Inspection Services
Company: Cape Art Tiles
Company: Carnation Corners
Company: CattleDog Publishing
Company: Century Box
Company: Certified Wildlife Friendly
Company: Chehalem Wines
Company: Chuck Latham Associates
Company: Clif Bar & Company
Company: Country Walkers
Company: Cram Crew
Company: Culver Brand Design
Company: Dean Insurance Agency
Company: Delphic Digital
Company: Diamond Creek Pet Retreat & The Canine Sports Center
Company: Dogster/SAY Media
Company: Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force
Company: Fluent City
Company: Found Animals
Company: Frenchie Winery
Company: Giraffe Marketing
Company: Glassy Baby
Company: Grassroots solutions, inc
Company: Harbors Home Health & Hospice
Company: Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
Company: Helen's Salon
Company: Humane Society of the United States
Company: Hydro Flask
Company: Integrated Benefit Consultants
Company: Intent Media
Company: Jaime Ellsworth Studio
Company: Jersey Printing Associates
Company: Joliet Slammers
Company: Jones Soda
Company: JVST USA LLC.
Company: K9 Country Club & Training Academy
Company: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Company: Kiosked Ltd
Company: Larson Family Winery
Company: Law Offices of Daniel F. Brookman
Company: Le Chateau Pet Resort
Company: LeashLocket, Ltd./AEI
Company: Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
Company: Madison House Assisted Living Residence
Company: Marcus Thomas LLC
Company: Martinez Animal Hospital
Company: Midland School
Company: Milton M. Muraski DDS Inc.
Company: Ministry of Supply
Company: Momofuku Milk Bar
Company: Morristown Deli
Company: Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory
Company: Natural Habitat Adventures
Company: Nebo Agency
Company: Neff Associates
Company: Now What
Company: O.H.S.O. Eatery & nanoBrewery
Company: ODEL PLC
Company: Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
Company: Onestop Internet
Company: OverGo Studio
Company: Page One Web Solutions
Company: Palantir Technologies
Company: Paula's Choice
Company: Peskind Law Firm
Company: Pet Sitters International (PSI)
Company: Peterson Milla Hooks Advertising
Company: Procter & Gamble
Company: Qualey Granite & Quartz
Company: Radio Systems Corporation
Company: RE/MAX Results So Co
Company: Replacements, Ltd.
Company: Road Rebel Entertainment Touring Logistics
Company: RSA FILMS
Company: Sam Simon Foundation
Company: Service Dog Project
Company: Scream Agency
Company: Small Dog Electronics
Company: Small Girls PR
Company: Sports Basement
Company: Springbox Digital Partners
Company: StackMob, Inc.
Company: Summit Contractors Group
Company: SUP ATX
Company: Swift Collective
Company: Synapse Product Development
Company: Tassel Depot
Company: The Clymb
Company: The Glenn Group
Company: The Golden Paw
Company: The Honest Kitchen
Company: The Nerdery
Company: The Squires Group, Inc.
Company: The Watering Bowl
Company: Tito's Handmade Vodka
Company: Tomlinson's Feed & Pets
Company: Treats Unleashed
Company: Vaughn building
Company: Vision 360 Design
Company: WAKA Kickball & Social Sports
Company: Wasabi Rabbit
Company: Wild Goose Chase, Inc.
Company: Winchester House
Company: Wolf Conservation Center
Company: Working Dogs for Conservation
Company: Wyatt Technology Corporation
SPONSORED BY VOYCE™
March 1 2015
Ah, modern life. Every day, we wade through a sea of information. To be confident in our decisions, we need information points that make sense. Not just an unruly mass of statistics but rather, data that’s been sorted, analyzed and presented in a way that allows us to wisely apply it to our individual situations. Data that stirs us to take action. Smart data.
The cliché, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” handily summarizes another fact of life. When it comes to our dogs, identifying health issues can be a challenge. Though they’re pretty great at non-verbal communication, they’re not so good at telling us where it hurts, or even if it hurts.
So, imagine how fascinated we were to learn about Voyce™, a new product that acts as a kind of translator and guide to our dogs’ interior world.
The sleek, simple, waterproof band remotely monitors a dog’s key vital signs and wellness indicators 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its potential is transformative.
Voyce uses noninvasive sensors to record its wearer’s resting heart and respiration rates, activity levels, sleep patterns and calories burned. It collects these markers in a dog’s normal environment (at home rather than in a vet’s exam room) in real time, and wirelessly syncs them to the Voyce cloud platform, where they’re sorted and reported in charts that can be viewed in a variety of ways. Then, whenever we want and wherever we are, we can review the results via computer, tablet or smartphone. This is truly smart data.
These metrics aren’t just collected and charted—they’re also explained. If we see a worrisome trend, we can cue up a vet visit, which, ideally, will prevent an issue from becoming a full-on problem.
We can make that visit even more effective by sharing the trending information with our vet, either at the time of the check up or beforehand via the cloud. Or, if a problem arises, we can use our dog’s record to help identify its time of origin and track its resolution.
“Voyce is a service, not just a health band. What we’re doing is taking information from that health band, comparing it against what is a baseline … and providing notifications to the dog owner on when there are changes,” says Jeff Noce, president of i4C Innovations, Inc., the maker of Voyce.
As part of that service, Voyce goes beyond measurement offering other proactive ways to help our dogs live better healthier lives. On our individual member page, we can add notes about our dog’s medical history, including keeping all their medical and vaccination records in one place … get expert advice from canine health, behavior and training authorities … be notified about pet food recalls, schedule medication and activity reminders … and set goals that help us to be better pet parents. (Example: Spend More Play Time! Remember to give heartworm and flea meds tomorrow!)
Voyce’s trend charts, symptom checkers and articles from experts—a roster that includes canine cognition whiz Alexandra Horowitz, PhD; DVMs Andy Roark, Jessica Vogelsang and Justine Lee; and Applied Animal Behaviorist Karen Overall, DVM, PhD—are powerful tools that we can use to help maintain and improve our dogs’ health and longevity.
Considering how much joy and comfort our dogs give us, we think that anything that increases the number and quality of their years helps make us better pet parents to the furry buddies we love.
On the Road to Discovery
February 20 2015
We have a special theme for our Spring issue so be prepared to be carried away as we consider the transportive idea of “journeys,” the many ways our trusty canine co-pilots guide and accompany us on the road—both real and metaphoric—to exploration and revelation.
In this issue’s globe-spanning stories, a dog helps a traveler navigate an ancient ruin and imparts an invaluable lesson, an adventurous Belize pup finds a new calling and a new home, and an innovative humane organization blends international relief with travel. A woman samples the joys and dogs of neighborhoods across the nation when she takes up housesitting as a serious pursuit, and a relocation to Europe inspires an owner to find an attractive alternative to air travel for herself and the family dog.
We have the backstory to a touching photo of a man and his elderly dog in the waters of Lake Superior. There’s also another “dog-and-water story” about a pup who had a hankering to hang 16 with his fellow surfers. In our interview with Melissa Holbrook Pierson, we discover what’s behind the training “journey” from aversive to positive methods. And we have an essay about how a shelter adoption lead to a backseat copilot keeping a steady watch and clocking in many a mile with her new driver. And in the endpiece, a man is reminded by a stray dog whom he saves from a busy street about “just how unpredictable life is, and that special bonds can form at any moment.”
We take a look at another interesting dog park, that is an integral part of a neighborhood renaissance in Cincinnati. We also welcome nutrition expert Linda Case, who explains the issue of “meals” and how the protein content of this important pet food ingredient can vary. We learn why all dogs don’t learn the same way and our behavior expert suggests strategies to understand what might work best for your dog. We try our hand at making treats out of spent grain, a home-brew byproduct. We take a look at easy-to-do agility games that get your dog, cat, bird, bunny and, yes, even an alpaca, going.
So we hope that you enjoy taking this Spring trip with us and find something that inspires you in this very special issue.
Doing Good: Cats and Dogs International: Enlisting tourism partners in humane causes. By Susan Tasaki and Photographs by Tracey Buyce
Picture This: Profile of photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson who took the shot which reverberated worldwide. By Konnie LeMay
Machu Picchu by Night: How a very unusual guide took the author on the adventure of a lifetime. By Elissa Van Poznak
A Dog Abroad: Getting from point A to point B sometimes requires thinking outside the airline cargo hold. By Michaele Fitzpatrick
Travels with Millie: Nothing goes so well with a car as a dog. By Susan Harlan
Have House, Will Travel: See the world by housesitting is a boon for the adventurous animal lover and the companion animals in their care. By Susan Caba
A Dog Named Sulli: A dog finds that teaching caring and compassion to school children in the Belizean jungle is her chosen calling. By Sean Houlihan
Surf City Dog: A dog with an urge to find the waves. By Sherrie Owens
Rescue on Route 498: A chance encounter on a rainy night, and two lives shift gears. By Mike Waters De Luz
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE
ACTIVITIES Interspecies Agility Fun. By Sharon Ulrich
AUTHOR’S NOOK: Q&A with Melissa Pierson, author of The Secret History of Kindness, interviewed by Lee Harrington.
ASSISTANCE: Dementia service dogs. By Susan Tasaki
BEHAVIOR: What’s your dog’s learning curve? By Karen B. London, PhD
ARTIST PORTOFILO: Rick Bartow
NUTRITION: What’s the Deal About Meals? Protein and quality differ widely. By Linda Case
TRAINING: The Importance of Socialization for a Pup. By Jeff Stallings
ART: Mural a father/daughter team up.
The Secret History of Kindness; A Matter of Breeding; The Honest Truth; Pet Poo Pocket Guide; Miracle Dogs; Fit Dog; What the Dog Knows
Guest Editorial: History of Seeing Eye Dogs By Steve Neumann
The Importance of Play—Just do it! By Claudia Kawczynska
Abe Lincoln and his dog Fido; Ingredients Watch List; Elliott Erwitt
Rescue Veterinary Services; Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin’s new CD
New Legislation: California and Utah. Minding your manners.
Dog Park: Cincinnati’s Washington Park is their newest. By Katherine Barrier
Spent brewery grains make healthy treats. By Sophie Cox
Smiling Dogs: Simply Irresistible
Bark’s Best Places to Work: The winners are in!
Dog's Life: Travel
February 3 2015
Florida attracts visitors year round, but the winter and spring seasons are especially inviting. On the northeastern shoreline—known as the “quiet side”—Palm Coast and Flagler County deserve special mention for their dog-friendliness. This stretch of oceanfront has a laid-back, smalltown flavor; unlike other coastal areas, the beaches are uncluttered by cars or buildings—no high-rise hotels here! Hiking opportunities abound, with more than 100 miles of trails. Plus, the longest designated scenic highway on the East Coast—the A1A Scenic Coastal Highway—passes through, so there’s always a reason to take a ride and see the sights. The tourism folks offer other tips on planning your “dog-cation,” with a list of activities that includes paddle boarding; hikes along the eight-mile-long Lehigh Trail (part of an abandoned 195-acre railroad corridor); and visits to the popular Wadsworth Park, where you can meet up with the locals at its fenced dog park, which has separate areas for large and small dogs. A must-stop for nature enthusiasts is the 1,500-acre Princess Place Preserve in the northern part of the county. Its many scenic viewpoints provide lots of places to catch a sunset. (Wild hogs and alligators also call it home, so best to keep your pup on leash.) Among the affordable accommodations with dog-welcoming policies are Whale Watch Motel and Fairfield Inn and Suites. Or, if you’re interested in private rentals, try vacationrental pros.com; for camping recommendations, check floridastateparks.org. For good eats, there’s Johnny D’s Beach Bar & Grill, Flagler Fish Company or the High Tides at Snack Jacks. Finally, make it a point to stop by the Bark Spot, the local dog boutique. Palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com
January 28 2015
Neva, a lovely combo of Scottish Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound and perhaps Pointer, spent three months in a Kansas shelter before being adopted in 2012 by Alexandra Judycki. Alexandra drove six hours each way to get Neva and bring her home to New Mexico. When Alexandra and her fiancé Linton were married in Telluride, Colo., Neva was their regal maid of honor (see photo). Currently, Neva serves as ambassador to the Red River Ski Area. According to the Judyckis, “Neva lights up our heart every day, and has become our greatest love.” She even has her own hashtag: #nevadog.
November 10 2014
For the final issue of 2014, we are tickled to have Hilary Swank (and her dogs, Rumi and Kai) on the cover. While it’s been our custom for all-dog covers, we’re going “All Star” here because we were inspired by Hilary’s co-producing a rescue extravaganza on Thanksgiving evening called Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Special. I talk with her about her rescue work and about how dogs have inspired her and what she is hoping for in this remarkable program. Be sure to tune into Fox from 8 to 10 that evening. We have been digging around for answers to questions that have long puzzled us. Have you ever wondered if gender factors into dog training—if women approach it differently than men? We did, so we asked our behavior specialist Karen London to look into it. Then there is the question of the why and when dogs became domesticated. While the definitive answer isn’t in yet, Jane Brackman reports researchers sing data gleaned from prehistoric burial sites to shed light on the millennia-old dog/human bond.
Then, there’s the sibling thing. When we’re looking at a passel of puppies, it’s so easy to think, Why not just take two? Jeff Stallings explores that question and we found his answer to be spot on.
Donna Jackel looks at the importance of shelter play groups, part of a recent program that gives dogs a chance to blossom and, one hopes, increases adoption rates. Another way of improving the lives of shelter dogs is covered by long-time columnist Lee Harrington, who focuses on her local shelter’s amazing Animal Reiki practitioner.
On the “dogs helping people” front, Amy Kantor, VMD, examines NYPD K-9 teams and the deep bonds police officers have with their canine partners, and contributing editor Rebecca Wallick follows a study that aims to answer the question, “Do sick children benefit from animal-assisted therapy?”
Rounding out this issue’s dog-pourri, Meghan Lewit shares a millennial’s perspective. And, Meghan Daum again graces us with her, “The Gift of a Great Dog,” and reminds us of the need to make room in our hearts. Kevin Roberts tells us what gets him jazzed about skijoring (thrilling at both ends of the bungee!), and we go up to the Arctic Circle with Leah McFail on a Husky-infused Lapland Workaway program. In the good-eats category, our “turkey-burger topper” recipe is nutritionally deconstructed, and we talk with esteemed cookbook editor (she was Julia Child’s editor) Judith Jones about home-cooking for herself and her pup. And, in what is likely a first for a dog magazine, we welcome our new comic book editor-at-large, Mark Peters, who recommends a well-drawn prizewinner written entirely in “dog.”
We know you’re busy making lists, and suggest you start at BarkGoods, our new store. We’ve gathered some of the best-designed, most useful products around, and we’re always expanding the offerings. Visit often and take advantage of our rewards program.
Finally, for a truly feel-good gift, pencil in time on your calendar for a visit to your local shelter: drop off toys or gently used collars and leashes, visit with the dogs, take one for a walk or, even better, foster. (Your dog might love a new playmate!)
We wish everyone a joyous and peace-filled season.
P.S. We are dedicating this issue to Dr. Sophia Yin, her work in positive reinforcement training affected the lives of untold thousands. Her generous and compassionate spirit is sorely missed. Please read tributes and recollections from those whose lives she touched.
Hilary Swank: Starring in All-Star Dog Special
Digging Up Bones: What can archeology tells us about the “connection” origins. By Jane Brackman, PhD
Men, Women and Dog Training: What’s gender have to do with it? By Karen B. London, PhD
Postscript: Grace Chon’s Zoey and Jasper.
Serious Play: Playgroups are enriching lives and reducing stress for dogs in shelters. By Donna Jackel
Growing Up: Millennials take on caring for another, furry, someone. By Meghan Lewit
Animal-Assisted Therapy: Do sick children benefit? By Rebecca Wallick
On The Job: NYPD’s K-9 teams are partnerships bound by loyalty. By Amy Kantor, VMD
The Arctic Circle, with Dogs: Volunteering with Huskies in Lapland. By Leah McFail
The Gift of a Great Dog: Recognizing the “one” but taking on another. By Meghan Daum
It’s a Dog’s Life
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