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Blog: JoAnna Lou
Do Dogs Make Us Better People?
The ways my pets have inspired me to try new things
When I wrote about the ways my dogs have helped me connect with other pet lovers, it made me think about how many experiences in my life that I have my pets to thank for. The first time I drove a car by myself was to go to a pet first aid class at a local community college. The first time I used a power tool was to attach jump cup strips to my agility jumps. And the first time I finished an...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Bark Story That’s Taking Me to Kenya
It started with hand-beaded dog collars
A funny thing about being a writer is that some assignments become part of your life. Seven years ago, I wrote about a community-based micro-enterprise program called BEADS (Beads for Education, Advancement, Development and Success) that was helping Maasai mothers in Kenya sell hand-beaded dog collars in the United States as a way to pay for their daughters’ tuition. (“Good Deeds with Beads,”...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Good Deeds with Beads
Hand-beaded dog collars help send Maasai girls to school
For a young Maasai girl in rural Kenya, the future often looks like this: If her parents can afford high school, her brothers will attend in her place. At puberty, she’ll be forced into an arranged marriage to a much older man, as his second or third wife. She’ll be expected to bear as many children as possible. Once a mother, she will be in no position to educate her children or improve her...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dogs on Waves
Canine surfing event in California
The list of activities we do with our dogs continues to expand. Over the weekend in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Surf City Surf Dog competition took place. If you know anyone who thinks of surfing as a sport in which only humans participate, these pictures of dogs catching waves will prove them wrong. Dogs competed in heats lasting 30-40 minutes. Judges awarded points to the dogs for each...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Treibball
Build the bond with the newest dog sport
Like most dog people, I do not live on a farm, nor do I have l ivestock, unless you count the chipmunks squatting in our garage. This is one of the great disappointments of my dog Ginger Peach’s life. She’ll herd anything — people, other dogs, Jolly Balls, even the cats. Our friends in law enforcement insist she’s a Dutch Shepherd mix. No doubt she’d love to be out rounding up bad guys. Short...
Blog: Guest Posts
Your Dog on the Cover of Bark? Here’s Your Chance
Enter Greenies’ “Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile” Contest
It’s more than a little obvious that we love smiling dogs here at Bark. From big toothy grins to impish smirks, we can’t get enough of them. So we’re thrilled to be a part of Greenie’s “Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile” Contest, which launches today! The prizes are way cool (more on those in a second) but the message is even more important—increasing awareness of the importance of keeping our...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Dog Airlifted Out of Calif. Forest
A hike turned into an overnight excursion for a couple and their dog
A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine ended up carrying his 50 pound dog for two miles after the poor pup tore the pads on his paws during a trail run. I wondered what I would do in the same situation. Unfortunately, I'd probably be stuck because I don't usually carry first aid supplies and I definitely don't have as much upper body strength as my friend. The ordeal certainly got me thinking....
Dog's Life: Travel
Summer Camps for You and Your Dog
If you and your dog enjoy off-leash parks, traveling and outdoor activities, dog camp is for you! Good socialization and play skills make dog camp more fun for everyone. Your dog should enjoy playing with — or at least be neutral toward — other dogs and people. Young dogs should be able to read cues from other dogs and older dogs should be able to tolerate jostling by faster, younger dogs. Small...
Blog: Guest Posts
Boatyard Dog Trials—Ticket Giveaway
A little like dock dogs with more laughs and fewer rules
I have found a competition for which my dog is actually qualified. It involves clambering around objects and falling in the water. It’s all about “style and pizzaz,” there are practically no rules and cheating is encouraged. Was this contest created for us? My only problem is that the unconventional World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials (on August 14) take place all the way across the...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
Recipe for a Great Canine Running Partner
The ABCs for your first runs together
You like to run, your dog likes to run. It seems like a no-brainer: How about the two of you running together? While you might be concerned about your dog’s ability to run a reasonable distance, the most common hindrance to sharing this passion is your dog’s ability to stay at your side. First steps Because you’ll want your dog’s front feet even with or slightly behind yours during a run,...

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