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Magazine: 2009-2011
Beau, Paisley, Portia, Bella: Cover Dogs
September/October 2011

Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella brightened our days when Jenny Froh submitted their photo for Bark’s Smiling Dogs contest. A professional pet and portrait photographer in Flower Mound, Tex., Froh was fostering Paisley and Portia, when she photographed the four littermates to help them find forever homes.

Originally, there were six puppies in all from a St. Bernard/Great Dane mix mother. They were pulled from a kill shelter in Wise County, Tex., by a large breed rescue. Froh agreed to foster two of the puppies and another woman took in four. “They were all very thin,” says Froh, who volunteers her photography skills for rescues and is a member of HeARTs Speak.

After having them for only one day, they were taken to the vet where they tested positive for parvo. The original rescue felt it couldn’t afford the care and decided to euthanize the puppies but the rescue coordinator got busy networking and connected with Life Is Better Rescue in Colorado, which agreed to fund the puppies’ treatment.

Unfortunately, just five days after their diagnosis, the other foster mom could not meet the needs of the four and surrendered them back to the coordinator. That night two of the puppies died in her arms. “Fearing the inhumane suffering of the remaining four puppies, we took them back to the vet to assess the situation again,” Froh says. “The vet told us to keep on doing what we’ve been doing, which included daily subcutaneous fluid injections, force feeding and more than six injections per puppy per day that included antibiotics, anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal drugs. One of the puppies was so bad off that she didn’t walk for almost two weeks. Slowly but surely they all started to eat on their own, gain strength, and get all their puppy powers back again.” 

Life is Better Rescue is the brainchild of a few passionate animal rescuers who found they didn’t quite fit the available rescue options, explains Georgia Cameron, organization president. With a focus on death row animals (and those most at medical risk—kittens and puppies), Life is Better started as an alternative to euthanasia. Although located in Colorado, the group networks and intervenes wherever possible.

“The lives of the four surviving puppies cannot be credited to the rescue. Instead, it was the dedicated foster families who put forth their time, caring and sanity to save the needy babies,” Cameron says. “Coaching someone over the phone at midnight on how to give fluid injections to a fading puppy is not the kind of hell I would wish on anyone. But rescue isn’t about the big moments or the easy play. It’s about giving your all for an animal that has no one. It’s about showing these guys that they are loved, that they will be loved, and that life is better.”

As of August 30, three of the dogs had been adopted. Only Portia still awaits a home. Jenny Froh wrote us recently that she's not sure why the pup she fostered hasn't been adopted yet. “She's a totally gem! She loving, funny, and sensitive.”

Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dog: Bayou
Apr/May 2011
Kartik, Bayou and Breeze

These days, Bayou enjoys long strolls down Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif., and the occasional scratch behind the ears from a celebrity admirer. But he was nearly born on the side of a dangerous highway in Austin, Tex. Austin resident Kincade Park spotted a pair of dogs running along the highway on his daily drive. The next day, he saw that one of the dogs had been killed by a car, and realized he had to stop for the dog’s companion. Shirley, a Redbone Coonhound, turned out to be pregnant, and Kincade and his girlfriend Kelli Frizzell soon became foster parents to eight speckled puppies, including Bayou.

Kincade and Kelli contacted the Austin Dog Alliance (ADA), a rescue organization that provides animalassisted therapy to the community— including their Bow Wow Reading Dogs program at local schools and libraries, and a dog-centric social communication enrichment program for children affected by autism spectrum disorders. ADA listed Bayou and his siblings on PetFinder, and once Kartik Ramachandran and Breeze Braunschweig saw his photo, they just had to fly out and meet him.

Bayou is enjoying his new life as a California boy. He’s quickly taken to hot tubbing with Breeze and— after some initial trepidation—surfing with Kartik. With his star looks and sweet disposition, it’s no wonder that Bayou caught the eye of Bark’s editor when the young couple, with their pup in tow, were visiting her neighborhood in Berkeley, Calif. She took one look at the pup and knew he would be a perfect cover dog! During his photoshoot with Grace Chon, Bayou proved a natural model, with unpuppy-like patience and an instinct for hamming it up on camera.


Magazine: 2009-2011
Preview: Sep/Oct # 61
Editor's Letter
Bark 61

Home, as we all know, is where the dogs are. Nothing brought that more to light than Hurricane Katrina, whose five-year remembrance is being marked this year; go online to read award-winning Katrina stories from the pages of Bark. In this issue, we examine the idea of “home” from many angles, including home delivery of professional services and home-insurance companies’ breed restrictions. We look at the challenging and, need I add, depressing, topic of animal hoarders: those who, with good if misguided intentions, do irreparable harm to the animals they take in. And let us not forget homecomings: U.S. soldiers on a relief mission in Haiti fall for a stray pup, a hunter in Hawaii takes in a stray (who perhaps wasn’t) and — in the second of our three fiction-contest-finalist stories — a man without a home rejoices when a dog finds one.

We’re also pleased to offer you an excerpt from Gail Caldwell’s new must-read memoir, Let’s Take the Long Way Home, in which she shares the story of her abiding friendship with Pack of Two author Caroline Knapp. Our endpiece showcases LA Times columnist Meghan Daum’s peripatetic life and search for that perfect house, not just for herself, but for her dog Rex as well. Reader-inspired DIY home-design projects, editors’ picks of cutting-edge products and “at home” photographic portraits round out our take on things domestic.

Have you ever wondered if your dog could make it into the Ivy League, or the movies? Amy Sutherland’s Penny Jane, a “certified” Harvard dog, and Lorraine Goodman’s feature-film-appearing Tiger show you how two dogs did it. In the latest installments from our behavior mavens, Patricia McConnell tells us what to do when pats and praise aren’t the positive reinforcements we think they are, and Karen London gives us 10 ways to increase our dogs’ happiness quotient. Finally, we get a sneak peak at a new book assembled by Cameron Woo, our publisher and art director, titled Photobooth Dogs. Published in October by Chronicle Books, this charming collection of photobooth photos celebrates the age-old bond between canines and their people.

Check out our video of cover dog Bentley, plus see all of our Web Exclusives!

Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dog: Bentley
Sept/Oct 2010

Bentley is very much the star of Christine’s life, “He is such a snuggle-pup that brings a smile to my face every day … He brings joy to everyone who meets him.” Her hope of sharing the joys of bully breeds was realized when she won the Greenies® Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile contest. With over 100,000 votes, Bark Publisher Cameron Woo and Dr. Jan Bellows, DVM, one of America’s foremost dental veterinarians, judged Bentley to best exemplify the contest theme —“Show Us Your Pet’s Healthy Smile.” Renowned pet photographer Amanda Jones captured his winning smile for our cover — congratulations to Bentley!

Magazine: 2009-2011
Meet Harry Cooper
Jun/Jul/Aug 2010 Cover Dog

Meet Harry, Bark’s current cover dog—a loveable Tibetan Terrier who lives in Sonoma County and enjoys life as the muse of photographer Stephanie Rausser. Hello Harry!

Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dogs: Flower, Candice, Ladybug and Edgar
Apr/May 2010


When our dear friend Julie wrote saying she was fostering four young puppies, we knew exactly who our cover dogs would be for Bark’s upcoming Spring cover. Who can resist a gaggle of puppies? Julie specializes in rescuing and rehoming German Shorthair Pointers, but when a friend dropped off four 6-week old mixed puppies, she could not refuse their charms and committed to finding them all good homes. For now, the “Fab Four” as we dubbed them, make their home in northern California, on 6 acres sharing the country air with 8 other rescues, horses and a herd of goats. We called upon one of our favorite photographers, Emily Nathan, to photograph our visit—and capture a delightful afternoon of puppy life. Puppy life is simple, featuring lots of play, cuddles, snacks and naps in favorite places like the tall grass and under the shade of giant oak trees. The small of Emily’s back was another favorite napping spot. The pups stole our hearts, and as you’ll see in this clip they are not about to give them back!

By the way, the runt of the litter has been adopted, but her siblings are still looking for their forever homes.

Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Girl: Millie

Millie is a three-year-old Dachshund/Poodle mix who lives in Inglewood, Calif., with Andy and Jillian Domin, and Teddie, a Bichon/Shih-Tzu mix. Her favorite word is “Dinner,” her favorite food is everything, and she aspires to therapy dog work.

Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dog Charlie

Our Nov. '09/Jan '10 issue cover dog, Charlie, is one of the cutest pups we've ever seen. Her photo (at left) and story from Aly Anderson came to us on a Monday, and within a week, she was posing for Amanda Jones for the cover. Charlie was rescued from a Guatemala street in March of this year and nursed back to health by the folks at AWARE. At three months old, she was on a plane to Los Angeles and then in a car to San Francisco, where she bunked with her foster mom, Sue Redding. Redding put out the word on Craigslist.com, and within minutes of reading it, Anderson was on the phone; she and her husband adopted Charlie shortly thereafter. She's "just the right amount of cute, cuddly and smart," says Anderson. Recently, Charlie and her littermate, Thandi — who was rescued at the same time and now lives near Charlie in northern California — met up for a gleeful reunion. More playdates are on their calendars. Postscript: Thandi's family had her DNA tested, with surprising results: Saluki, Poodle, Collie, German Shorthaired Pointer and Yorkie are in the mix!


Magazine: 2009-2011
Meet Charlotte
Cover Dog: May/Jun 2009

“Cute, sweet and cuddles good”—Heather LaHaise’s son provides the perfect description of Charlotte, the six-month-old Pit Bull girl on our cover, photographed by Amanda Jones during a southeastern swing. This little Southern belle was scooped up from a Columbia, S.C., roadside and taken to Wescott Acres Pet Rescue, where LaHaise found her and took her home. Charlotte now occupies her days napping, playing and “cuddling good,” as well as modeling for LaHaise, an artist who specializes in canine portraits; go online to see more of her work.

Magazine: 2009-2011
Meet Mr. Tuvok
Cover Dog: Mar/Apr 2009

Join us in a round of applause for Mr. Tuvok, a 14-year-old, 10-pound Terrier mix who’s the light of his family’s life. In 2002, while living in Dallas, Hélène Côté and Mike Charlasch decided they needed a dog, one small enough to travel easily and spry enough to take part in outdoor adventures. They found their match in Mr. Tuvok, a pint-sized charmer they adopted from the Protective Animal League and named for the stoic Vulcan lieutenant commander on Star Trek Voyager. They adopted Tuvok with a bum leg and bad teeth, but those were soon fixed. In the process, it was discovered that not only had his back leg been broken and never set, he’d also been shot with an air rifle; the surgeon found three pellets in his body. Mr. T now leads an adventure-filled life with his family in Los Angeles, and this photo by L.A. photographer and award-winning art director Grace Chon catches his jaunty, spirited nature and winsome smile to perfection.

Video of Mr. Tuvok