The Bark
Magazine: 2015-2017
Issue 88: Winter 2016
Wish Lists

Lists … where would we be without ’em, especially at this time of the year? When you’re making yours, be sure that your dog is at the top. Dogs’ needs are rather simple. Make time for their walkies, even if the weather is beastly; give them mental stimulation (learning a few well-timed tricks will keep them sharp); and pencil in some extra-long petting sessions.

In this issue on the training front, Tracy Krulik considers the concept of “eager to please,” and how (or really, if) it plays out in the training process. Louise Thayer ponders the role of tension in relationships while training bird dogs for field work. Karen London dives deep in her excellent piece about “protecting the cue.” (I was relieved to learn that there are ways to refresh the cue/command once we muddy it; now, instead of come, I use another “ici” to summon my Pointer.) Kama Brown investigates the widely held suspicion that European dogs behave better than their American counterparts.

On wellness: Advice from vets and a canine physical therapist. Dr. Sarah Wooten tells us why we should be concerned about persistent coughing, and Dr. Sara Greenslit covers the use of cold lasers in treating those pesky granulomas (sores) caused by too much licking. Canine physical therapist Karen Atlas gives us an overview of what PT pros have to offer, and how to get the most from those sessions. And Donna Raditic, DVM—a vet nutritionist—tells us why she believes in the OMG protocol for supplementation. See what that is and how it can help your dog.

We interview British shepherd/author/pastoral conservationist James Rebanks about his charming new book, The Shepherd’s View. We cover the indie film scene in a Q&A with Musa Sayeed, director/writer of A Stray, a new, must-see-movie about a young Somalian immigrant in Minneapolis who helps a stray dog and begins to build a bridge to a new life in this country. This gem of a film also marks the acting debut of one of its stars, Ayla, who we are proud to have as our very special cover dog. And we report on the Syrian refugee crisis from a canine perspective in a report about a young musician who had to leave his beloved dog behind, and then mounted an international effort to reunite with her.

The culture list is anchored by a story on the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit who was a painter in the Chinese imperial court during the first half of 18th century. It’s said that he got the gig by showing the emperor one of his dog paintings!

Our essay list includes Laura Coffey extolling the charms of senior dogs. Tawni O’Dell unpacks the difficult decision to rehome a dog. In an especially moving piece, “Saying Goodbye to Shelby,” Thom Jones considers how he had much in common with his Boxer. Jones died in October and we decided to republish his remarkable essay—which appeared in our collection, Dog Is My Co-Pilot—as a tribute to his immense talent and his love for dogs.

We have cold weather travel picks, a guide to TV vet viewing, a DIY project that would make a perfect holiday gift, GoPro tips, and a suggestion from a reader about how to become a shelter angel.

For now, please know that we’re grateful that you’re part of dog culture and reading our magazine. We wish you and your loved ones, furred or otherwise, a joyful and fulfilling holiday and new year. See you in ’17.


Canine Rehab: Physical therapy can help dogs get back on their paws. By Karen Atlas, PT, MPT, CCRT

Truman: This dog needed a job. By Tawni O’Dell

My Old Dog: Helping senior dogs will make you happy. By Laura Coffey, Photos by Lori Fusaro

War & Peace: A canine refugee’s journey from Syria to Belgium. By Kasper Goethals

Masterworks: Castiglione’s Ten Prized Dogs. By Cameron Woo

Dogs, European Style: Why are European dogs so well-behaved? By Kama Brown, CPDT-KA

Film review of A Stray and conversation with director/writer Musa Syeed and handler/owner Karen Radford.

A Shepherd’s View: Bark talks with James Rebanks about sheepdogs and his shepherding way of life.

Saying Goodbye to Shelby: By Thom Jones

Endpiece: The Opie Path By Bob Quarteroni


It’s a Dog’s Life

DIY: Decoupage Bangle.

By Twig Mowatt


BEHAVIOR: Protect the Cue

How to keep others from sabotaging your dog’s training.

By Karen B. London, PhD


LESSONS: Tension & Teamwork

Understanding the role tension plays in relationships.

By Louise Thayer



A new device as a way to avoid osteotomy and joint motion.

By Jess Elliott


HEALTH: Throat Woes

Coughing may indicate a hidden condition.

By Sarah Wooten, DVM


TRAINING: Eager to Please?

When it comes to training, it’s not about respect, it’s about reward.

By Tracy Krulik


WELLNESS: Light Work

Treating lick granulomas with cold laser.

By Sara Greenslit, DVM



Three dog-friendly supplements.

By Donna M. Raditic, DVM, DACVN, CVA



Nutritionally vital and essential fatty acids.

By Claudia Kawczynska



Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither; Sirius; Beware of the Dog; Modern Dog Parenting



Guest Editorial: India’s Animal Aid Unlimited

Rescue Me: Photography by Richard Phibbs

TV Viewing Vet Round-up

Winter Travel: Lake Superior; Cape Cod

Pumpkin, the raccoon, and her dogs.

Go-Pro Tips

Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible

Be a Shelter Angel

Gift Guide: Something for them all.

Poetry: Pat Tompkins; Adam Scheffler; Irene Willis, Gloria Hoffernan, Nancy Gustafson

Cover Dog: Ayla


Editor’s Letter


From Our Readers

News: Letters
Smiling Dog: Clops

After being at the pound for 6-months, Clops' time was up. He had given up on finding a family to the point of sleeping in his own mess. Luckily, a friend who worked in the shelter knew he'd make a wonderful companion and called around. When his new mom-to-be arrived and called out to him, he jumped as if to say Where have you been?

Clops the best ever. He never makes a mess and he has free reign over everything in his new home. He even gets to sleep in the big bed.

News: Editors
Bark Holiday Gift Guide for Pet Lovers
12 Perfect Dog Gifts

1. Clickit Sport safety harness helps diminish the risk of injury to pets in a car accident or sudden stop. It was rigorously tested to include the same crash tests used to test child safety restraints.

2. Molly Mutt’s new dog crate pads get a helping hand from elsewhere in the animal kingdom — sheep! That’s because they’re filled with 100% natural and sustainably-sourced wool from California. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, wool is the ideal match for crate pads. starting at $79.

3. The Snood from Gold Paw Series is a festive, super-toasty, lusciously-soft, neck and ear warmer for dogs of every shape and size. Made in the USA with recycled materials in four colors, sizes S-XL.

4. For fetch-loving dogs who just won’t tire, the interactive iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher lets your dog fetch to their heart’s content. Choose from the original iFetch for small to medium sized dogs or the iFetch Too for larger breeds. Get ready for non-stop fun!

5. Pawsitively Safe is the perfect stocking stuffer. Each tag provides vital information so pet finders can contact you immediately by email, text or phone, getting your pet home safe and found. $12.99, free shipping!

6. The Ruffwear Front Range™ Harness is an easy-to-fi t, everyday dog harness that’s comfortable to wear all-day and built to last a lifetime of adventures. Perfect for casual treks, training or when additional support is needed.

7. Wrapsit™ slipcover crate slides onto a folding quad chair to instantly create a mesh-sided safe haven for Fido anytime you open your chair. Wrapsit folds with the chair to become the carrying case, take your dog with you wherever you have fun.

8. We love pets. We share our home with them. We rescue them. We advocate for them. And Todd Belcher at Jimmydog paints a whole lot of them. The perfect gift for the pet lovers in your life. To ensure holiday delivery, contact them today at todd@jimmydog.com or 336.201.7475.

9. This holiday season you can give your pooch a way to snoodle up in style, with the William Wegman-designed ‘Throver’ blanket from Crypton. Great for home, car, picnic or anywhere you’d welcome a touch of style and comfort along with stain resistance and odor control. Offered in several snazzy, snuggly styles.

10. The Icebug Metro offers the perfect blend of comfort, warmth, and sure-footed traction on any surface, from dry asphalt to pure ice so you can walk your dog everyday, even in cold, wet, slippery winter. A Bark Editors’ Pick!

11. Lindy’s Bakery offers 10 different recipes of delicious dog treats. 100% of the proceeds go to help homeless youth at Daybreak in Dayton, OH. From $5.99 to $6.99 for a 6 oz. package.

12. This handmade pet bed is two-toned gray and a repurposed wine crate. Includes a vintage butterfly print pillow and bolster for the pampered pet.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Halloween Dog Safety Tips

With Halloween’s ghosts, goblins and treats around the corner the good folks at the ASPCA Pro have these important safety tips for us:

1. Lock candy safely away.

Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact a veterinary professional right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.

2.  Don’t leave glow sticks lying around.

Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun as well, and we commonly get calls about pets puncturing the sticks. While most of them are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and we will often see pets who bite into them drooling and racing around the house. A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.

3. Keep your pet identified and visible.

There are a lot of extra people on the streets at Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt. If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed. And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.

4. Calm your pet.

Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed be sure and speak with your vet well in advance about options to help calm your pet.

5. Check those costumes.

Costumes can be fun for the whole family. If you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn't going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. Never leave a costumed pet unattended.

Dog's Life: Home & Garden
199 Common Poisonous Plants to People and Pets
86 toxic plants to keep away from your dog

While plants and flowers are a great way to decorate, not every plant is safe in a home with pets. Below is a list of 199 common poisonous plants, 86 of which are toxic to dogs, so you can be sure you’re picking the safest choice. The majority are safe to grown in your home, but should be avoided if you’re concerned of accidental ingestion from a curious and/or hungry pup. Look through the list of plant names and make sure no one in your home is at risk. 


Infographic by proflowers.com

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Cool Fall Dog Product Picks
Round-up of fresh and cool products


Keep your dog nice and warm with a stylish and soft hand-knitted neck gaiter. Made of 100 percent merino wool yarn, no chemicals or dyes. Long-necked dogs will love their Turtle Dog as much as 10-year-old Patrick does his. Machine washable. 5 sizes (XXS to L) to fit dogs up to 65 lbs.

Available for $20 to $28.


Little dogs have all the fun! From puttering or biking around town to shopping or hiking trips, your small pooch will be safe and sound up on your back. The washable, comfortable Sport Sack comes in three sizes, and fits dogs up to 23 inches long. Since sizing is important, email them a photo and they’ll recommend the best size to order.

Starts at $49.95 


We love the Doghook, the perfect hitching post with many uses. Strong and secure, this versatile, sturdy, stainless-steel hook can be mounted to wood, laminate, masonry and metal, and comes in three sizes with a capacity range of 5 to 150 pounds. Order one for your favorite café, vet office or groomer, or for your own patio or mudroom. Made in the USA

Available for $24 to $36


A new easy and safe way to keep your dogs’ ears fresh and clean. Removes oil and dirt with a cleansing serum that contains organic mullein oil and witch hazel, naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The gentle Pura-Tips can be rinsed off and reused. No synthetic dyes or perfumes, comes with 30 tips. Made in the USA.

Available for $19.99


A veterinarian-formulated liquid supplement that helps support joint function and enhance flexibility. Made with glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin, the top three ingredients known to specifically target joint and mobility concerns. Just add to your dog’s food. Easy-to-dose pump action, fast-acting and drug-free.

Available for $29.99 


A clever way to “carry.” The folded Trail Trash bag attaches to the leash; when needed, simply unfurl and stash those full poop bags until you reach the next disposal opp. Perfect for trail hikes or neighborhood walks. Made in the USA.

Available for $12.97

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog Memorials: Honoring A Life
Dog Memorials: Honoring A Life

Almost three decades ago, a study published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling revealed that 38 percent of respondents considered themselves emotionally closer to their dog than to anyone in their human family. This finding still rings true to many dog lovers. And while not everyone understands or accepts that it’s possible to grieve the death of a dog as much as (and sometimes, more than) the death of a member of our family, it is, nonetheless, a fact.

Our relationships with our dogs are often simpler than those with other people: straightforward interactions, clear expectations, no-strings-attached affection. We also tend to order our daily routine around our dogs’ needs. Not surprising, then, that a hole opens up in our lives when we lose them.

Creating a memorial is one way to begin moving through the grief. Fortunately, the spectrum of possibilities is wide. Among the options: garden stones, plaques, portraits, candles, photo books, paw-and noseprint–engraved charms, lockets holding fur or cremains. Or we can plant a tree, make a donation to a rescue or shelter, assemble a keepsake box or journal on social media. The way we choose to honor our dog’s life is personal, but the motivation is universal; commemorating the bond we shared is a positive step toward accepting their loss.

Dog's Life: Travel
Dog-Friendly Off-Leash Federal Lands
National Conservation Lands
Dog-Friendly Off-Leash Federal Lands

National Conservation Lands protect 32 million acres of this country’s most ecologically rich and culturally significant landscapes. Each is different, not only in terrain but also in history. These lands are made up of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas and similar designations, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails.

They are overseen by the Bureau of Land Management and, unlike other public lands, such as those administered by the National Park Service, they have a much more tolerant policy about off-leash dogs.

There are more than 30 sites in the western states in which you and your dog can freely explore. It’s important to note that while dogs need to be on-leash in developed areas and campgrounds, generally, they are not required by law to be leashed in the backcountry. However, in some regions, for their own safety, dogs should be under leash control; hunting and fishing are allowed on most of these lands, more reason to keep the safety of your dog in mind. Be sure to follow the rules at each individual park, and—of course—to pick up and pack out your dog’s waste.



Steese National Conservation Area



Agua Fria National Monument

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Ironwood Forest National Monument

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

Sonoran Desert National Monument

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument



Fort Ord National Monument

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument

King Range National Conservation Area

Mojave Trails National Monument

Piedras Blancas Outstanding Natural Area

Sand To Snow National Monument

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument



Browns Canyon National Monument

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area



Basin and Range National Monument

Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area


New Mexico

El Malpais National Conservation Area

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area: the cave is off-limits to all but scientists. Around the Fort and backcountry trails are fine.



Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument



San Juan Islands National Monument

Fall is a great time to visit. For a complete listing of dog-friendly National Conservation Lands, see conservationlands.org

Dog's Life: Travel
Glamping With Dogs
Camping in style
Glamour Camping With Dogs


Glamping is for those who prefer to take their outdoor experiences with a side of luxury. Like the name—a mash-up of glamour and camping— suggests, it’s a world of tricked-out cabins, yurts, trailers and treehouses that offer appealing creature comforts, including hot water, an indoor bathroom and protection from the elements. Recently, Glampinghub.com, a leading purveyor of rustic-luxury accommodations, introduced a special service for dog-friendly destinations, both here and abroad. Prices range from $138 per night for a yurt in upstate New York to just under $1,700 per night for four tented cabins on a Montana ranch. It’s a new way to experience the call of the wild. 

Culture: DogPatch
The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

This May marked the 50th anniversary of one of rock music’s seminal albums — the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson’s opus was a compositional and engineering masterpiece that has had a lasting impression on everyone from the Beatles to Radiohead. The 1966 album featured Beach Boy classics—Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows, and Sloop John B.

The band members sometimes referred to Wilson as “dog ears” for his uncanny ability to hear sounds that nobody else could detect in the studio. Wilson’s production of the LP was groundbreaking, combining strings with standard rock instrumentation along with improvisational and ambient sounds. Wilson’s two dogs Banana (a Beagle) and Louie (a Weimaraner) also contributed to the record. In one of the more experimental moments on the album, Banana and Louie are heard barking at a train whistle at the close of “Caroline No”—an incongruous moment of pop music styling.