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Wellness: Healthy Living
Fetching Germs
dog in the mud
Dogs are great at bringing nature—bits of flora, fauna, dirt—into our homes. Now studies have shown that they also fetch a treasure of bacterial diversity “nesting” in their fur. This is not a bad thing. In fact, having a diverse microbiome environment can be very good for us. North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn and colleagues are studying the microbes in home environments and...
Culture: Reviews
What's New: It's Harvest Time
Goats Milk, Tea, Chia, and Kelp
goat's milk, chia, kelp, tea
Here are four new products whose ingredients harness nature’s bounty for our dogs’ benefit. Enrich your co-pilot’s diet with herbal blossoms, goat’s milk, sun-dried seaweed and an ancient grain. Goat’s Milk Power The Honest Kitchen’s natural supplement, Pro Bloom, is loaded with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Made from milk provided by pastureraised Pacific Northwest goats, this dehydrated...
Culture: Stories & Lit
Time Flies
Editor’s Letter
Kit, standing on "Determination" stone at César Chávez park
Welcome to our 75th issue. When we launched The Bark almost 18 years ago (before email became the ubiquitous medium it is today), we relied on traditional “pamphleteering” to campaign for off-leash recreation. That humble eight-page broadsheet—the first incarnation of today’s magazine— showcased articles similar to those in this glossier version. We set out not only to help dogs (and their...
News: Editors
Do Dogs Grieve?
When Andrew Sullivan’s Beagle, Dusty, passed away a couple of weeks ago he wrote a very moving piece about her at that time. Now he is writing about how his other Beagle, Eddy, has responded to this loss. Again, in a very touching, observant manner. “Her demeanor shifted to sadness and quiet. She didn’t just leave her food around to eat at leisure; she stopped eating in the morning altogether. It...
News: Editors
Petfinder was purchased by Purina
Petfinder.com, which was actually owned by Discovery, was just purchased by Nestle Purina. What this means to this important online pet adoption service is anyone's guess. Hopefully, Purina will put more of its vast resources into improving its functionality, something that I had noticed needed some "fixing up" for quite some time. I have heard from a few rescue groups that the process to get "...
News: Editors
Arizona Sheepdog
A Video Pick of the Week
I was rereading John Pilley’s Chaser, a must-read book about his dog, Chaser, the Border Collie who learned to distinguish over 1000 words. One of the aspects of the book I really enjoyed was his appreciation for Border Collie lore, with a nod to others, like Arthur Allen, the “grandfather of Border Collies,” who wrote the seminal Border Collies in America and went on to “star” in a 1955 Disney...
Recall: P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk
Iams and Eukanuba Brands are affecte
Editors note: Make sure you do not feed your dogs the food on the recall list and also make sure that the store you shop it pulls it from their shelves!   CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States...
News: Editors
Dramatic Sea Rescue
Pup Found Swimming in the SF Bay by Windsurfers
This is a lost pup story for the record books. On Monday evening a black Lab-Pit mix was found swimming in choppy, chilly waters of the San Francisco Bay about 2 miles from the shore. Windsurfers had spotted her and were trying to get help to bring her to shore, when a Berkeley man, Adam Cohen, came to rescue. Seems that Cohen has a nonconventional commute vehicle, he uses a motorized rubber boat...
News: Editors
Yoga with an adorable Italian Chihuahua
A good way to start the week with an adorable pup doing downward-facing dog and so much more. Stretch along with this charming duo!  
News: Editors
Running with the Dogs
Monster Milers Saves Shelter dogs' Lives
Philly's First 5k for Animal Rescue Coming this September We were asked to post this notice of an upcoming event/race to help a remarkable organization in Philadelphia, Monster Milers. Hope you can come out to show your support, or get inspired to start a "chapter" in your city. Editor, The Bark   Philadelphia, PA — Fill up water bottle. Lace up running shoes. Fix the leash and martingale on...