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Dog Culture: Reviews
Dog Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend
Avery Publishing, 320 pp., 2010; $26.00
After the birth of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, a handful of biotech entrepreneurs envisioned a thriving business that would provide grieving dog lovers with genetically identical clones of their deceased pets. In Dog Inc., Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist John Woestendiek exposes the grave folly behind those science-fiction dreams. Woestendiek travels between the United...
Blog: Guest Posts
App Review: Pet Sitter
Can an app really stop your dog’s barking while you’re away?
The Pet Sitter app makes some big promises for its $1.99 price tag. Well, maybe not promises, but strong suggestions. The Pet Sitter assures you that it will keep your dog (or cat or bird) company while you’re home and that it will email you if your dog won’t stop barking. What it very strongly suggests is that it can distract your dog from barking using a simple mobile device. So, does it...
Blog: Guest Posts
App Review: Pet First Aid
A multimedia guide to your dog’s bumps and bruises
No app is ever a good substitute for veterinary care, but your phone is a handy place to store a first aid reference. After all, if your dog is injured while the two of you are out and about, having the number for ASPCA Poison Control or instructions on performing CPR readily available can buy your pup precious time. Information for the Pet First Aid app comes from PetCPR.com. The app mostly...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Furever Homes: An Animal Rescue Board Game
Can a board game teach your kids about the animal rescue industry? Petsapalooza CEO Carianne Burnley designed Fur- Ever Home: The Animal Rescue Game to increase awareness of the challenges shelters face and dispel some myths about the animals who end up in rescue. Each player runs a shelter in Straytown, where they try to place cats and dogs in their “Fur-Ever Homes.” Players face many of the...
Blog: Guest Posts
App Review: Fido Factor
Helps you plan your dog’s day out
Yelp has helpfully started to include dog-friendly data in their user-generated reviews, but a quick search for “dog-friendly bar” might well turn up a bar with a friendly staff that happens to serve hot dogs. And when the reviews aren’t written by dog people, they may neglect some key information, such as whether there’s a water bowl outside and if your pup can hang out past 8 p.m. So Fido...
Blog: Guest Posts
App Review: The Google Maps of Dog Parks
Paws up for Dog Park Finder
If you’ve ever had an urge to look up every dog park in a 20-mile radius, then Dog Park Finder is the app for you. It’s a comprehensive list off-leash areas and on-leash dog walks, mapped out for your convenience. There are plenty of apps that promise you a directory of doggy delights, only to fall far short of their promises. (I spent hours with the My Dog app before deciding its best feature...
Dog's Life: Humane
Prison Training Program Gives Dogs and Inmates a Second Chance
Freedom Tails
Read our interview with the Freedom Tails coordinator and trainers. Freedom Tails, a prison dog-training program at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Wash., is barely two years old, but already the inmates have seen remarkable benefits. Within a week of the rescued dogs’ first appearance, one inmate reports, “the tension level dropped to about 50 percent.” With animals to...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
To Clone or Not to Clone?
Dog Inc. author explains the high cost of canine cloning.
Canine cloning businesses like to tout their services as akin to resurrection—but the reality is much more complicated. In our video interview, John Woestendiek, author of the new book Dog Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend, exposes the high cost of canine cloning—for both the people who invest their money and emotions in the procedure, and the laboratory animals used to...
Dog's Life: Humane
Q&A with the Inmate Trainers of Freedom Tails
Prison inmates train dogs behind bars.
Freedom Tails Graduation
Freedom Tails is a joint program with the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Wash., and the animal rescue group North Beach PAWS. It partners rescued dogs with SCCC inmates who train and care for the dogs to prepare them for life in their adoptive homes. We feature Freedom Tails in the April/May 2011 issue of The Bark, along with two leather collars made by the SCCC K9 Club to support...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Q&A with Animator Bill Plympton
Bill Plympton draws upon a universal doggedness—the search for love.
Art from "Guard Dog"
Animator Bill Plympton earned his first Oscar nomination in 1987 with the short film Your Face, but it was his 2004 short Guard Dog (also Oscar-nominated) that gave him a character audiences wanted to see again and again. The Dog, a goofy-looking pooch always on the hunt for love, has gone on to star in three additional shorts, and inspired Plympton to launch Guard Dog Global Jam, inviting...