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Summer Books 2016

Reading is a year-round pleasure but summer is particular seems to invite us to kick back, chill out and dive into the printed—or digital—page. Here are our candidates for your reading list, books we feel offer intriguing perspectives and tell good tales.

Non-Fiction

The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

Behind the scenes with a remarkable organization that trains dogs—some from shelters—for highly specialized work for young children with disabilities. Inspirational and absorbing.

By Melissa Fay Greene (Ecco)

 

Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

This is a thoughtfully-researched book examining the history, stereotypes, fictional and societal worries surrounding a breed that was once considered an American icon.

By Bronwen Dickey (Alfred A. Knopf)

 

The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers

This is a compelling investigation of the many ways that dogs come into our lives—keeping in mind how the financial transactions involved affect all dogs.

By Kim Kavin (Pegasus Books)

 

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Noted ethologist shows us that animals are not only smarter but also engaged in different ways of thought we have only begun to understand. The importance of looking at other species through their own world-views.

By Frans de Waal (W.W. Norton & Company)

Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures

Looking at the correlation between human and animal healing and how finding a cure is important to both species.

Arlene Weintraub (ECW Press)

 

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

A thoroughly engaging book about a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it’s too late.

Pauls Toutonghi (Alfred A. Knopf)

 

Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry

Noted veterinarian behaviorist breaks new ground with the practice of One Medicine, the recognition that humans and other animals share the same neurochemistry, and that our minds and emotions work in similar ways.

By Nicholas Dodman, DVM (Atria Books)

Memoir

Free Days with George: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog

An inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness.

By Colin Campbell (Doubleday)

 

Fiction

Just Life

A touching and dramatic story about saving animals in a no-kill shelter from a virulent virus. Some claim that dogs are the source but the veterinarian in charge of the shelter needs to prove this isn’t the case to save the animals.

By Neil Abramson (Center Street)

 

Stalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

The second in a new mystery series about a small town policewoman and her K-9 partner. Realistic portrayal of how the two work together; plus good character development that includes a sympathetic veterinarian and his two young daughters.

Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books)

 

Young Readers

No Better Friend: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II

A young readers’ version of one of our 2015 picks. This is a compelling and well-researched book that does justice to the remarkable dog Judy and the men whose stories are told so effectively and poignantly. Theirs is truly one of the great sagas of WWII.

By Robert Weintraub (Little, Brown and Company)

 

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Elegant, charming and whimsical a story of a governess teaching 67 dogs and how she imparts 20 important lessons to her furry brood.

By Janet Hill (Tundra Books)

Picture Book (Ages 4 to 8)

 

News: Guest Posts
12 Houseplants That Are Dangerous to Dogs (and Cats!)

This inforgraphic is a good reminder that we should consider our dogs when picking plants for both inside and out. According the ASPCA, their poison control hotline receives around 150,000 calls annually from pet owners needing assistance with possible poison-related emergencies. This inforgraphic is based on a list of toxic plants from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's most common causes of emergency calls and Texas A&M ’s “Common Poisonous Plants and Plant Parts ”. The infographic gives you a break down of the risks to your dog (and cat!) and warning signs to look out for.

News: Editors
Bark’s Best Places to Work
A directory of dog-friendly companies

The following businesses understand the value of working in the company of dogs— whether it’s writing code, blowing glass or saving the environment … work is just better with a dog by your side. We’ve gathered together the most comprehensive list of dog- friendly workplaces in America, both large and small, covering 30 states. We salute these companies for working and playing hard, and valuing a belly-rub and as much as a balance sheet. (If you know a dog-friendly company we’ve missed, please add it in the comments)

Company: 3five, Inc. 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees: 8 
3five.com

Company: Advent Software 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 1141 
Dog-friendly notable: The company hosts dog-related event and "holistic health" classes for their pet owners. 
advent.com

Company: Amazon 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 88,500 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs must remain on a leash unless it is behind a baby gate or in an office with a closed door. 
amazon.com

Company: archer>malmo, inc.
Headquaters: Memphis, TN
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 160
archermalmo.com

Company: Assembly of Dog 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 4 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees dogs board for free and receive treats and poo bags.  
assemblyofdogseattle.com

Company: Autodesk 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 7000 
Dog-friendly notable: Autodesk offers pet insurance as a benefit, and dog ID tags. 
autodesk.com

Company: Average Joes Entertainment
Headquaters: Nashville, TN
Business type: Record Label
Number of employees: 25
averagejoesent.com

Company: Ben & Jerry's  
Headquarters: South Burlington, VT 
Business type: Ice Cream Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 110 
Dog-friendly notable: Approximately 110 human employees and roughly 15 to 20 dogs 
benjerry.com

Company: Big Communications 
Headquarters: Birmingham, AL 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 43 
Dog-friendly notable: Milk bones, dog beds and Frosty Paws aplenty.  
bigcom.com

Company: Big Foot Media
Headquaters: Chicago, IL
Business type: Media/Video Production
Number of employees: 5
bigfootcreates.com

Company: Big Spaceship 
Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 62 
Dog-friendly notable: Office dogs have professional photos taken for website feature. 
bigspaceship.com

Company: BISSELL Homecare, Inc. 
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, MI 
Business type: Floor Care Products Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 2000 
Dog-friendly notable: Pet Spot, is their pet-friendly facility featuring work stations, conference area, indoor kennels, dog bathing station and play area. 
bissell.com

Company: Bitly
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 65
bitly.com

Company: Boa Technology 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 72 
Dog-friendly notable: Hosts dog-friendly events and pet health/wellness programs. 
boatechnology.com

Company: Boly:Welch 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Longstanding relationship with the Oregon Humane Society through volunteerism and in-kind support.   
bolywelch.com

Company: Bomber Industries
Headquaters: Silverthorne, CO
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 4
bomberonline.com

Company: Bravo! Vail
Headquaters: Vail, CO
Business type: Music Service
Number of employees: 15
bravovail.org

Company: Build-A-Bear-Workshop 
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO 
Business type: Toy Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 4,250 
Dog-friendly notable: Featured on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. 
buildabear.com

Company: Bulkley West 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Manufacturers Representative Group 
Number of employees: 5 
Dog-friendly notable: Current staff/dog ratio: 5 employees and 8 dogs  
bulkleyassociates.com

Company: Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners 
Headquarters: Sausalito, CA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: Listed on Outside magazine's 50 Best Companies to Work, their day includes a daily group dog walk. 
bssp.com

Company: Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater 
Headquarters: Bridgewater, NJ 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 45 
Dog-friendly notable: Provide free daycare, discounted boarding/training/grooming. 
campbowwow.com/bridgewater

Company: Canine Detection and Inspection Services 
Headquarters: La Grange, IL 
Business type: Inspection Services 
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: All dogs have full health coverage and an abundance of toys/treats/snuggles. 
canineinspection.com

Company: Cape Art Tiles
Headquaters: Truro, MA
Business type: Print Manufacturing
Number of employees: 6
capearttiles.com

Company: Carnation Corners 
Headquarters: Carnation, WA 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 4 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats for all.  
carnationcorners.com

Company: CattleDog Publishing
Headquaters: Davis, CA
Business type: Publishing
Number of employees: 6
droshophiayin.com

Company: Century Box 
Headquarters: Methuen, MA 
Business type: Folding Carton Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 120 
Dog-friendly notable: Employs a dog walker while the pooches are on-site. 
centurybox.com

Company: Certified Wildlife Friendly  
Headquarters: Bainbridge Island, WA 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 4 
Dog-friendly notable: Closes office for annual ski day and summer outings—including dogs on cross country skiing and summer adventure (paddling, hiking or biking).  
wildlifefriendly.org

Company: Chehalem Wines 
Headquarters: Newberg, OR 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Grassy one-acre fenced-in dog area next to the winery provides room for playing and socializing. 
chehalemwines.com

Company: Chuck Latham Associates 
Headquarters: San Diego CA 
Business type: Pet Products Broker 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Pets get to test and taste products from companies represented. 
clareps.com

Company: Clif Bar & Company 
Headquarters: Emeryville, CA 
Business type: Manufacturer of Food 
Number of employees: 350 
Dog-friendly notable: Large off-leash area, VPI pet insurance discount, unlimited paid time-off to volunteer for animal causes. Included on Outside's Best Places to Work list in 2010. 
clifbar.com

Company: Country Walkers 
Headquarters: Waterbury, VT 
Business type: Tour Operator 
Number of employees: 23 
cwadventure.com

Company: Cram Crew
Headquaters: Houston, TX
Business type: Education
Number of employees: 50
cramcrew.com

Company: Culver Brand Design
Headquaters: Milwaukee, WI
Business type: Design Agency
Number of employees: 18
culverbd.com

Company: Dean Insurance Agency
Headquaters: Altamonte Spring, FL
Business type: Insurance
Number of employees: 4
dogbitequote.com

Company: Delphic Digital
Headquaters: Philadelphia, PA
Business type: Digital Agency
Number of employees: 42
delphicdigital.com

Company: Diamond Creek Pet Retreat & The Canine Sports Center 
Headquarters: Goshen, CT 
Business type: Dog Training 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Outdoor exercise area for on and off-leash activity, dog treadmill when weather is bad, numerous treats. 
caninesportscenter.com

Company: Doggyloot 
Headquarters: Chicago, IL 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Copious amounts of samples, chews, treats, toys and doggy accessories. 
doggyloot.com

Company: dogIDs
Headquaters: Fargo, ND
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 11
dogids.com

Company: Dogster/SAY Media 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Entertainment 
Number of employees: 300 
Dog-friendly notable: Poop bags and treats aplenty. Brings together visiting children and dogs for added fun. 
dogster.com

Company: Dogtopia 
Headquarters: North Bethesda, MD  
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 84 
Dog-friendly notable: Complimentary dog daycare services, discounts on boarding and retail products. 
dogdaycare.com

Company: DogTrekker 
Headquarters: San Rafael, CA 
Business type: Travel Directory / Online Services 
dogtrekker.com

Company: Dogwise 
Headquarters: Wenatchee, WA  
Business type: Book Publisher 
Number of employees: 9 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs encouraged to try new products—toys and treats. 
dogwise.com

Company: Etsy 
Headquarters: Brooklyn, NY 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 200 
Dog-friendly notable: Since its start in 2005, the craft marketplace site Etsy has been a dog friendly office. 
etsy.com

Company: Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force
Headquaters: Columbia Falls, MT
Business type: Veterinary
Number of employees: 30
fsntf.org

Company: Fluent City
Headquaters: Brooklyn, NY
Business type: Education
Number of employees: 8
fluentcity.com

Company: Found Animals 
Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog food/treats aplenty. Ample time allotted to employees for walks/playtime with pets. 
foundanimals.org

Company: Frenchie Winery 
Headquarters: St. Helena, CA 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: For every bottle of Frenchie wine sold, $1 was donated to the ASPCA foundation to support animal rights. 
frenchiewinery.com

Company: Freshpet 
Headquarters: Secaucus, NJ 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer   
freshpet.com

Company: Fueled 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: App Design 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs welcome in the office at all times, doggy toys/food available. 
fueled.com

Company: Giraffe Marketing 
Headquarters: Durango, CO 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 4 
Dog-friendly notable: All outdoor events include dogs and in company cars, a canine co-pilots encouraged. 
giraffemktg.com

Company: Glassy Baby 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Glass Blowing   
glassybaby.com

Company: Google 
Headquarters: Mountain View. CA 
Business type: Web Search Engine 
Number of employees: 20,000+ (Mountain View)  
google.com

Company: Grassroots solutions, inc 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats, toys, cozy sleeping areas provided. 
grassrootssolutions.com

Company: Halmoni 
Headquarters: Oakland, CA 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 5 
halmoni.net

Company: Harbors Home Health & Hospice
Headquaters: Hoquiam, WA
Business type: Home Care
Number of employees: 48

Company: Healthwise 
Headquarters: Boise, ID 
Business type: Health Information Provider 
Number of employees: 210 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs have played a part in its culture from the first day, thanks to Healthwise’s dog-loving CEO, Don Kemper, who currently shares his office with a Bulldog mix named Tuba 
healthwise.org

Company: Healthy Paws Pet Insurance 
Headquarters: Bellevue, WA 
Business type: Insurance 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Discount on pet insurance, healthy snacks, former vet technicians on staff. 
healthypawspetinsurance.com

Company: Helen's Salon 
Headquarters: Claremore, OK 
Business type: Beauty & Cosmetics 
Number of employees: 4

Company: HelloSociety
Headquaters: Santa Monica, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 22
hellosociety.com

Company: Humane Society of the United States 
Headquarters: Washington, DC 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 623 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees reimbursed for pet care expenses incurred due to work-related travel. Discounts on pet insurance. Flexible visits permitted for vet appointment, vacation leave or other needs.  
humanesociety.org

Company: Hydro Flask
Headquaters: Bend, OR
Business type: Manufacturer
Number of employees: 34
hydroflask.com

Company: Ideapark 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: Full treat jar in the kitchen and a smattering of beds around the office. 
ideapark.com

Company: IMC
Headquaters: Holmdel, NJ
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 15
imc-nj.com

Company: IMRE 
Headquarters: Baltimore, MD 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 83 
imre.com

Company: InsightSquared
Headquaters: Cambridge, MA
Business type: Software
Number of employees: 105
insightsquared.com

Company: Integrated Benefit Consultants 
Headquarters: Rolling Hills Estates, CA 
Business type: Insurance 
Number of employees: 6 
Dog-friendly notable: Pet insurance is provided as part of our employee benefits. 
ibenefitconsult.com

Company: Intent Media 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: Technology  
intentmedia.com

Company: Jaime Ellsworth Studio
Headquaters: Friday Harbor, WA
Business type: Arts
Number of employees: 4
jaimeellsworth.com

Company: Jersey Printing Associates 
Headquarters: Atlantic Highlands, NJ  
Business type: Print Manufacturing 
Number of employees: 26 
jerseyprinting.com

Company: Joliet Slammers
Headquaters: Joliet, IL
Business type: Baseball
Number of employees: 300
jolietslammers.com

Company: Jones Soda 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Manufacturer of Soda 
Number of employees: 20 
jonessoda.com

Company: Justia 
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA 
Business type: Legal Portal / Online Services 
Number of employees: 80 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs roam free, attend meetings, go on walks, offered treats and special birthday celebration. 
justia.com

Company: Justuno
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Software
Number of employees: 9
justuno.com

Company: JVST USA LLC.
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 7
jvst.us

Company: K9 Country Club & Training Academy 
Headquarters: Bulverde, TX 
Business type: Dog Daycare / Boarding 
Number of employees: 12 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees gets access to the Beach Club, discounts on grooming, doggie daycare. Offer field trips with their dogs. 
k9countryclub.net

Company: Karmaloop 
Headquarters: Boston, MA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 200 
karmaloop.com

Company: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. 
Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 21 
Dog-friendly notable: Office dogs sit in on staff meetings, hang out with the employees and play outside. 
kibi.org

Company: Keiler 
Headquarters: Farmington, CT 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 46 
Dog-friendly notable: Incorporated “Puppy Policy” into employee handbook—allowing dogs to accompany their owners into the office on any given day of the week.   
keiler.com

Company: Kiosked Ltd
Headquaters: Los Angeles, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 45
kiosked.com

Company: Klutz 
Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA 
Business type: Gaming 
Number of employees: 43 
klutz.com

Company: KolbeCo 
Headquarters: O'Fallon, MO 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 7 
Dog-friendly notable: 5th year of producing an annual donation drive—Frills For Furbabies—to support local animal shelter Stray Rescue of St. Louis. 
kolbeco.net

Company: Kriser's 
Headquarters: Chicago, IL 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
krisers.com

Company: Kyjen 
Headquarters: Centennial, CO 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs are a vital part of the creation of Kyjen products. Regular company outings with dogs. 
shop.kyjen.com

Company: Larson Family Winery 
Headquarters: Sonoma, CA 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides dogs 100 acres of land and vineyards with a creek to roam and explore.  
larsonfamilywinery.com

Company: Law Offices of Daniel F. Brookman 
Headquarters: Santa Monica, CA 
Business type: Law Firm 
Number of employees: 5 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers leashes, water dishes, treats and toys for all the dogs, plus daily dog walk breaks. 
danielbrookmanlaw.com

Company: Le Chateau Pet Resort
Headquaters: Amarillo, TX
Business type: Pet Resort
Number of employees: 24
lechateaupetresort.com

Company: LeashLocket, Ltd./AEI 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Pet Product Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 8 
Dog-friendly notable: Office features plenty of dog beds, treats, chews and toys, plus time for dog walking. 
leashlocket.com

Company: Liftopia 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Online Retailer 
Number of employees: 35 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog toys, dog beds aplenty. 
liftopia.com

Company: LocalResponse 
Headquarters: New York, NY 
Business type: Advertising Network 
Number of employees: 25 
localresponse.com

Company: Lovely 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Rental Listing / Online Services 
Number of employees: 15 
Dog-friendly notable: Outdoor and indoor space for dogs—indoor facilities offers bean bags and lounge chairs to share with employees.  
livelovely.com

Company: Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 
Headquarters: Solvang, CA  
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 34 
Dog-friendly notable: Company dogs have been featured in winery promotion photos. 
llwine.com

Company: Madison House Assisted Living Residence 
Headquarters: Cortez, CO 
Business type: Assisted Living Residence 
Number of employees: 17 
seniorhousingoptions.org

Company: Marcus Thomas LLC 
Headquarters: Cleveland, OH 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: All the meeting rooms are named after their dogs.  
marcusthomas.com

Company: Martinez Animal Hospital  
Headquarters: Martinez, CA 
Business type: Veterinary Hospital 
Number of employees: 17 
martinezanimalhospital.com

Company: mcgarrybowen
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 600
mcgarrybowen.com

Company: Midland School 
Headquarters: Los Olivos, CA 
Business type: School 
Number of employees: 24 
Dog-friendly notable: 2,864 acres of open space to frolic, dogs live in dorms with students, integrated into study and work life.  
midland-school.org

Company: Milton M. Muraski DDS Inc.  
Headquarters: Hilo, HI  
Business type: Dental Office 
Number of employees: 7 
Dog-friendly notable: Office dog(s) provide love and relaxation for patients and staff. 
drmurasaki.com

Company: Ministry of Supply
Headquaters: Boston, MA
Business type: Retailer
Number of employees: 10
ministryofsupply.com

Company: Momofuku Milk Bar 
Headquarters: New York City, NY 
Business type: Bakery 
Number of employees: 89 
Dog-friendly notable: Daily dog walks with employees, plus occasional baked treat extraordinaire.  
milkbarstore.com

Company: Morristown Deli 
Headquarters: Morristown, NJ 
Business type: Restaurant  
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Active supporter of local shelters and rescue organizations. 
facebook.com/morristowndeli

Company: Motivators
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Distributor
Number of employees: 60
motivators.com

Company: Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory 
Headquarters: Petaluma, CA 
Business type: Factory and Store 
Number of employees: 100 
Dog-friendly notable: Outside kennels for factory workers dogs, office dogs accompany their owners. 
mrsgrossmans.com

Company: Natural Habitat Adventures 
Headquarters: Boulder, CO 
Business type: Wildlife Safaris 
Number of employees: 36 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog treat stations throughout the office, extensive open space for walks/runs.  
nathab.com

Company: Nebo Agency 
Headquarters: Atlanta, GA 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees: 45 
neboagency.com

Company: Neff Associates 
Headquarters: Philadelphia, PA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 12 
neffassociates.com

Company: NORTH
Headquaters: Portland, OR
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 30
north.com

Company: Now What
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Strategy/Research
Number of employees: 30
nowwhat.com

Company: O.H.S.O. Eatery & nanoBrewery 
Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 65 
Dog-friendly notable: Homemade dog treats to all guests, sponsors fundraisers benefitting dogs. 
ohsobrewery.com

Company: ODEL PLC 
Headquarters: Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Business type: Clothing 
Number of employees: 200 
Dog-friendly notable: Sponsors adoption programs, rescue and treatment plus education programs aiding street dogs. 
odel.lk

Company: Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Contractor
Number of employees: 25
ocisf.com

Company: Ombud 
Headquarters: Denver, CO 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: Monthly grooming, daily runs/walks by dog walker, dog pantry, dog picnics, visits to Dog Adventure Park. 
ombud.com

Company: Onestop Internet 
Headquarters: Compton, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 220 
Dog-friendly notable: Doggie breaks, treats and playtime. 
onestop.com

Company: OverGo Studio
Headquaters: Southport, NC
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 10
overgostudio.com

Company: Page One Web Solutions
Headquaters: Portland, ME
Business type: Web Development
Number of employees: 18
pageonewebsolutions.com

Company: Palantir Technologies
Headquaters: Palo Alto, CA
Business type: Software Company
Number of employees: 750
palantir.com

Company: Paula's Choice 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Beauty & Cosmetics 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers discount pet insurance. 
paulaschoice.com

Company: Paws 
Headquarters: Tucson, AZ  
Business type: Veterinary Hospital 
Number of employees: 20 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free pet training, free pet food once a month and underwater treadmill.  
pawstucson.com

Company: Peskind Law Firm 
Headquarters: St. Charles, IL 
Business type: Law Firm 
peskindlaw.com

Company: Pet Sitters International (PSI) 
Headquarters: King, NC 
Business type: Association 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides annual $50 veterinary-care reimbursement, annual Hungry Bowl™ Pet Food Drive and an Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® celebration. 
petsit.com

Company: PetPeople 
Headquarters: Hilliard, OH  
Business type: Pet Supplies Retailer 
Number of employees: 11 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers employee discounts, store dog uniforms for in store/event dogs, discounted vet visits. 
petpeoplestores.com

Company: Peterson Milla Hooks Advertising
Headquaters: Minneapolis, MN
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 65
pmhadv.com

Company: Pose 
Headquarters: Santa Monica, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees take turns walking and playing with whichever dogs are present. 
pose.com

Company: Possible 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 1500 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog owners alias to share info or schedule play time in office. Large chalk mural in the main lobby showcases 11 office pups. 
possible.com

Company: PrintingForLess.com 
Headquarters: Livingston, MT 
Business type: Print Manufacturing 
Number of employees: 170 
Dog-friendly notable: Ample outdoor space for the dogs to run and exercise. 
printingforless.com

Company: Procter & Gamble 
Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 358 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free pet food to employees up to 400 lbs. annually; 5% discount on pet insurance. 
iams.com eukanuba.com

Company: Qualey Granite & Quartz 
Headquarters: Veazie, ME 
Business type: Counter Top Fabricator 
Number of employees: 18 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides 2 fenced acres for play and recreation. Dogs have full run of the office, including quiet spots.  
qualeygranite.com  

Company: Radio Systems Corporation
Headquaters: Knoxville, TN
Business type: Manufacturer
Number of employees: 627
petsafe.net

Company: RE/MAX Results So Co 
Headquarters: Saint Louis, MO 
Business type: Real Estate 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Open door pet policy at all times. 
facebook.com/remaxresultssoco

Company: RedRover 
Headquarters: Sacramento, CA  
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 14 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers annual veterinary allowance associated with emergency care to eligible employees.   
redrover.org

Company: Replacements, Ltd. 
Headquarters: Greensboro, NC 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 450 
replacements.com

Company: Road Rebel Entertainment Touring Logistics 
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Travel and Logistics 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Features a "pup commissioner" as well as a dog committee to promote a happy, healthy, puppy environment. 
road-rebel.com

Company: Rover.com 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Sitter Listings / Online Services 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides communal dog treats and pet clean-up supplies, plus walk breaks. 
rover.com

Company: RSA FILMS 
Headquarters: West Hollywood, CA 
Business type: Production Company 
Number of employees: 50 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats plus mobile dog grooming service visits once every three weeks. 
rsafilms.com

Company: Ruffwear 
Headquarters: Bend, OR  
Business type: Dog Product Manufacturer  
Number of employees: 25 
Dog-friendly notable: Supports positive feelings dogs bring to the office environment.  
ruffwear.com

Company: S/Nipped 
Headquarters: Coos Bay, OR 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 5 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers medical services and products to employees and board members at cost.  
snippedandspayed.webs.com

Company: Sam Simon Foundation
Headquaters: Malibu, CA
Business type: Dog Training / Non-Profit
Number of employees: 8
samsimonfoundation.org

Company: Service Dog Project 
Headquarters: Ipswich, MA  
Business type: Dog Training / Non-Profit 
servicedogproject.org

Company: Sevnthsin 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Web/Mobile Design 
Number of employees: 8 
Dog-friendly notable: Community doggy water dish and several doggy beds for naps. 
sevnthsin.com

Company: Scream Agency
Headquaters: Denver, CO
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 6
screamagency.com

Company: Small Dog Electronics 
Headquarters: Waitsfield, VT 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 30 
Dog-friendly notable: Insurance for dogs of all full time employees. 
smalldog.com

Company: Small Girls PR
Headquaters: Brooklyn, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 14
smallgirlspr.com

Company: SoundCloud
Headquaters: San Francisco, CA
Business type: Music Service
Number of employees: 18
soundcloud.com

Company: SpareFoot 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 90 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog snacks aplenty. Employees keep track of pets on official Puppy Calendar. 
sparefoot.com

Company: Sports Basement 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Outdoor Retailer  
sportsbasement.com

Company: Springbox Digital Partners
Headquaters: Austin, TX
Business type: Digital Media
Number of employees: 45
springbox.com

Company: StackMob, Inc. 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Technology 
Number of employees: 28 
Dog-friendly notable: Provides free doggie daycare, belly rubs, treats. 
stackmob.com

Company: Summit Contractors Group 
Headquarters: Jacksonville, FL  
Business type: Construction 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Fenced-in playground, full interaction with clients and other employees.  
summitcontractors.com

Company: SUP ATX 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Retail 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Complimentary meet-up group for people and their dogs for instructions on how to paddle board. 
supatx.com

Company: Swift
Headquaters: Portland, OR
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 85
swift.co

Company: Swift Collective 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 23 
Dog-friendly notable: Dogs are welcome at everyone's desk and in every meeting. 
swiftcollective.com

Company: SwiftTest 
Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 65 
Dog-friendly notable: Employees take dogs for walks, include them in meetings, play fetch.  
swifttest.com

Company: Synapse Product Development 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Product Development 
Number of employees: 165 
Dog-friendly notable: Dog club promotes dog events, plus Dog Faces directory on a wiki, dog resources and information. 
synapse.com

Company: Tassel Depot 
Headquarters: Deerfield Beach, FL  
Business type: Manufacturing  
Number of employees: 16 
Dog-friendly notable: Promotes a home-like welcome to dogs. 
tasseldepot.com

Company: theAmplify
Headquaters: Culver City, CA
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 10
theamplify.com

Company: The Clymb 
Headquarters: Portland, OR 
Business type: Outdoor Retailer 
Number of employees: 108 
theclymb.com

Company: The Glenn Group 
Headquarters: Reno, NV 
Business type: Advertising/Marketing 
Number of employees: 40 
Dog-friendly notable: 4th annual “Dog Mob & Fair” benefits pet-approved organizations, including The Shakespeare Animal Fund and The Animal Foundation. Annual bring your dog to work event and party hosted at their offices.  
theglenngroup.com

Company: The Golden Paw 
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Pet Resort 
Number of employees: 18 
Dog-friendly notable: Access to doggie day care, free overnight lodging and discounts on grooming/retail/food. 
thegoldenpaw.net

Company: The Honest Kitchen  
Headquarters: San Diego, CA 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 26 
Dog-friendly notable: The "co-woofers" receive discounted  pet insurance, frequent pet trainers, nutritionists, birthday celebrations. 
thehonestkitchen.com

Company: The Nerdery 
Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 
Business type: Interactive Design 
Number of employees: 450 
Dog-friendly notable: Weekly "dog frolics unleashed in the Nerditorium." 
nerdery.com

Company: The Squires Group, Inc. 
Headquarters: Annapolis, MD 
Business type: Consulting 
Number of employees: 25 
Dog-friendly notable: Fido-friendly, stress easing workplace featured on a local ABC News Channel. 
squiresgroup.com

Company: The Watering Bowl
Headquaters: St. Louis, MO
Business type: Doggy Day Care
Number of employees: 36
thewateringbowl.com

Company: Tito's Handmade Vodka 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Winery/Distillery/Brewery 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Web launch to fundraise for national low cost spay neuter called "Vodkafordogpeople.com" 
titosvodka.com

Company: Tomlinson's Feed & Pets 
Headquarters: Austin, TX 
Business type: Pet Supplies Retailer 
Number of employees: 60 
Dog-friendly notable: Treats, socialization, and entertainment aplenty. 
tomlinsons.com

Company: TrainingPeaks 
Headquarters: Boulder, CO 
Business type: Software 
Number of employees: 48 
trainingpeaks.com

Company: Treats Unleashed 
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO 
Business type: Pet Food Manufacturer 
Dog-friendly notable: Pet amenities feature the 'Barking Lot' and the 'Woof Top Dog Run' for their dogs to play.  
treats-unleashed.com

Company: Trupanion 
Headquarters: Seattle, WA 
Business type: Pet Insurance 
Number of employees: 250 
Dog-friendly notable: Full-time dog walking service with option for trips to the dog park, pet bereavement day, baby gates and tethers at every cubicle pod, pet insurance, official pet team to oversee the pet policy. 
trupanion.com

Company: Vaughn building
Headquaters: Austin, TX
Business type: Real Estate
Number of employees: 6

Company: Vision 360 Design  
Headquarters: Dallas, TX 
Business type: Hospitality Design  
Number of employees: 10 
Dog-friendly notable: Website dogs claim positions of Head of HR, Security, and Public Relations Representative. Company provides doggie treats, walks, babysitting, birthday parties, and photo shoots. 
vision360design.com

Company: WAKA Kickball & Social Sports 
Business type: Social Sports 
Number of employees: 150 
Dog-friendly notable: All employees work out of their home offices, thus pet-friendly.  
kickball.com

Company: Wasabi Rabbit
Headquaters: New York, NY
Business type: Advertising/Marketing
Number of employees: 17
wasabirabbit.com

Company: Wild Goose Chase, Inc. 
Headquarters: La Grange, IL 
Business type: Wildlife Management 
Number of employees: 32 
Dog-friendly notable: Full health insurance package as well as all the toys, treats, vitamins, and nutritional supplements aplenty. 
wildgoosechasers.com

Company: Winchester House 
Headquarters: Libertyville, IL 
Business type: Long Term Care/Rehabilitation 
Number of employees: 100 
winchesterhouse.com

Company: Wolf Conservation Center 
Headquarters: South Salem, NY 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 5 
Dog-friendly notable: Staff dogs can accompany employees/volunteers on trips — modeling for the online store or as an impromptu therapy dog on a visit to a local center for people with developmental disabilities. 
nywolf.org

Company: Working Dogs for Conservation 
Headquarters: Bozeman, MT 
Business type: Non-Profit 
Number of employees: 6 
Dog-friendly notable: Offers working dogs the opportunity to be happier, healthier dogs and contributing better scientific data while bonding with handler. Dogs get a full retirement when their working career is over.   
workingdogsforconservation.org

Company: Wyatt Technology Corporation 
Headquarters: Santa Barbara, CA 
Business type: Scientific Instrument Manufacturer 
Number of employees: 102 
wyatt.com

Company: Zynga 
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Business type: Gaming 
Number of employees: 1757 
Dog-friendly notable: The company pays a portion of pet insurance, offers a rooftop play area and hosts a professional photo-shoot on annual Puppy Love day.  
company.zynga.com

Culture: Reviews
Putting on the Dog—Picture Book Pleasures
For Young Readers

You can count on librarians—they always come through with the goods! In the book review section of our Winter 2014 issue, we cover a handful of recent children’s picture books featuring dogs. But we knew that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg—oh-so-many more deserve mention.

With absolutely no advance warning, we swooped down on two local librarians—Theresa McGovern and Carolyn Potter of the Marin County Free Library at Fairfax, Cal.—and asked them for a list of their young library users’ faves, not just recent, but across the years. Within hours, we had it in hand and are sharing it with you here. (Your local children’s librarians might suggest others—check with them the next time you’re in.)

As you’ll notice, the suggested age range begins at two and goes up, so if you’re looking for a gift for a dog-loving child, you’re sure to find one that’s age-appropriate. Many are available as e-books as well, though, traditionalists that we are, we can’t imagine anything better than sitting with a child, turning paper pages and lingering over beautifully printed illustrations.

Bad Dog, by David McPhail (2014)
Forgiveness and love triumph at the end of this charming story of a family dog who’s rarely on his best behavior.
(Suggested Ages 2–7)

Ball! by Mary Sullivan (2013)
A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on earth. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

A Ball for Daisy, by Christopher Raschka (2011)
A wordless picture book about all the fun a dog can have with her ball.
Caldecott Medal Winner
(Suggested Ages 3–7)

Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer (1999)
What’s a puppy to do when he can’t sound off with an arf or two? (also, his Henry the Dog with No Tail).
(Suggested Ages 3–8)

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, by Kathi Appelt (2002)
Bath day for Bubba and Beau and their favorite blankie—a sad, sad day in Bubbaville.
(Suggested Ages 2–5)

City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems (2010)
Award-winning story of an unlikely friendship for all seasons (also, his Pigeon wants a Puppy!).
(Suggested Ages 3–6)

Dog Breath, by Dav Pilkey (1994)
Hally is a loving dog with horrible breath (also, his Dogzilla).
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon (2006)
Fergus experiences the perfect doggy day—except for the bath, of course!
(Suggested Ages 3–5)

Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion (1956)
A white dog with black spots gets so dirty that his family doesn’t recognize him. This classic has been around for more than 50 years, and was named by the National Education Association as one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
(Suggested Ages 3–8)

Little Dog Lost, by Monica Carnesi (2012)
True tale of a curious dog adrift on a sheet of ice, seemingly beyond rescue.
(Suggested Ages 3–5)

Martha Speaks, by Susan Meddaugh (1992)
After eating alphabet soup, Martha starts to speak, and she has a lot to say (also, her other “Martha” books).
(Suggested Ages 4 & up)

Mister Bud Wears the Cone, by Carter Goodrich (2014)
Canine pals Mister Bud and Zorro encounter … the cone.
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

Mogie: The Heart of the House, by Kathi Appelt (2014)
A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House. (Note from Bark: This one also appears on the Bark list.)
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

Sally Goes to Heaven, by Stephen Huneck (2014)
When Sally goes to heaven, she lives happily and helps her family on earth find a new pet.
(Suggested Ages 5–8)

Skunkdog, by Emily Jenkins (2008)
Dumpling is a lonely dog with no sense of smell and no friends—until she meets a skunk!
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

The Stray Dog, by Marc Simont (2001)
A heartwarming tale of a stray dog who finds a home.
Caldecott Honor
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

Trouper, by Meg Kearney (2013)
A moving story of a three-legged stray dog who finds a loving boy to call his own.
(Suggested Ages 4–8)

The Way I Love You, by David Bedford (2005)
A little girl celebrates all of the ways she loves her puppy.
(Suggested Ages 4 & up)

And, of course, these classic picture book series featuring two favorite canines: 

Good Dog, Carl, by Alexandra Day (Suggested Ages 4–8)

and 

McDuff Moves In, by Rosemary Wells (Suggested Ages 2–5)

 

Note from the librarians: Some descriptive content provided in our library catalog by Syndetics.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Autumn To Do List

As late summer’s dog days drift into fall, it’s time to try something new.

Learn | Sign up for obedience, agility or another canine-centric activity, and crack open the Internet to expand your dog-cog information base. (Patricia McConnell is an excellent guide; visit patriciamcconnell.com for leads.)

Refresh | Toss the flattened stuffies and stock up on new chewables, DIY a toy storage box, or take the washable pooch bed to a commercial laundry and fluff it up.

Volunteer | Stop by your local shelter and offer yourself as a dog walker, or a dog talker; dogs benefit from having someone sit nearby and talk (or read) to them.

Foster | Partial to a particular breed? See if its local rescue group needs foster homes for dogs-in-waiting. Better yet, make the same offer to your shelter.

Unwind | Give doga a try; get out the yoga mat and do a few downwardfacing dogs with your in-house dogini.

Leaf Peep | Fall-color hot spots abound; google “fall foliage” for your region, then hit the road, co-pilot in the car and camera at hand.

Have Fun | Rake leaves into billowy piles for your dog to jump into … then rake them up again.

Light Up | Days are getting shorter; make sure you’re visible on late-afternoon or early-evening walks. Put new batteries in your flashlight and invest in reflective vests: one for you, one for the pup.

Look Up | Sirius, the Dog Star, is the night sky’s brightest, and easy to spot (plus, stargazing is a good way to pass the moments while your furry friend checks her p-mail).

Dress Up | Make your dog a costume and take part in a Halloween dog parade. NYC’s Tompkins Square Park hosts one of the most venerable, and other cities and groups also sponsor them. Or, try your hand at carving a dog-o-lantern.

Freeze Up | Fall is prime time for pumpkins, one of canine nutrition’s high-antioxidant, high-soluble-fiber wonder foods. Puree fresh cooked pumpkin and freeze it in silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins for future meals. (Organic produce seems to provide more good-guy antioxidants, so go organic when possible.) For recipes: thebark.com/pumpkin

Plan Ahead | Popular dog-friendly resorts and vacation venues fill up fast; make your holiday reservations now. Or, if you know you’ll be traveling sans dog, reserve time in your favorite pet sitter’s schedule.

Get Started | Winter and its seasonal celebrations are coming, so put on your DIY hat and make something special. Knit a sweater, felt a woolen ball, crochet a colorful dog bed, assemble a keepsake book.

PS | Stay safe. Along with summer heat’s last hurrah come potentially dangerous blue-green algae blooms, particularly in freshwater lakes and streams. Read up on their hazards at petpoisonhelpline.com.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
New Products: Canine Covers to Viva Coco
Fun, functional and fruity characterize our product round-up

A. Viva Coco is a nutrientrich coconut water powder that can boost your dog’s health and hydration. Mix with water and offer after a period of high activity or simply as a liquid treat. 100% all-natural and GMO-free with no artificial preservatives or flavors. Viva-coco.com

B. Fruitables Chewy Skinny Minis are an allnatural, low-cal treat for your pup. Their small size and soft texture make them perfect for training! Available in five yummy flavors. Free of gluten, wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors and colors; sourced and made in the USA. Fruitablespetfood.com

C. Fetchbee means no more slobbery, tired hands, no more stooping. The plastic arm clips easily onto the special disc, helping you play a little longer with your disc-obsessed dog. Fetchbee.com

D. Keep your dog safe in the backseat with Canine Covers Canine Travel Seatback Barrier. The US-made mesh barrier fits most vehicles with two bucket front seats. Easy to remove and fold up for storage. Caninecovers.com

E. Handmade Pet Company’s Slip-Thru Collar Bandanas stay put, which means they won’t come off during a romp on the beach. A readyto- wear line is available, or request a custom design that perfectly fits your dog’s unique sense of style. Handmadepet.com

F. Turn mealtime into a challenging “stimulation” game with The Company of Animals Green Slow Feeder. Scatter food in between its grass-like blades. Finding the food can slow down intake, which can reduce vomiting, gas and the risk of bloat. There is a Green Mini too for smaller pups. Companyofanimals.us

Wellness: Healthy Living
Summer Dogs Checklist
It’s time to get out, kick back and have fun with dogs—safely!

Homework: Before you set off on your summer road trip, check out rules and regs and make a list of dog parks, vets and doggie hang-outs at your destination (and stops along the way). There are apps for that—BringFido (bringfido.com), for example.

Be Ready: Put together a “go-bag” for your dog, which can also serve as an emergency kit; include basic first-aid supplies, an extra collar with ID tags, a leash, bowls, a couple of old towels or a blanket, and perhaps food with a good shelf life.

Overheating: It’s nice to have company when you’re running around doing errands, but this time of the year, it’s best to let your co-pilot snooze at home rather than in your car. Even if it’s “not that hot,” even with the windows down, even in the shade, cars heat up fast, and heatstroke kills.

Humidity: And it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity. Dogs pant to cool off, evaporating body heat by moving it across their wet tongues, and high humidity slows down that process.

Car Safety: If you don’t already use one, invest in a canine restraint device for your car. A loose dog can distract you, or worse, become airborne if you suddenly hit the brakes.

Water Safety: Before taking your pooch on the water, be sure she can swim (not all dogs do). Buckle her into a canine lifejacket if you’ll be on a fast-moving river or open water. Too much water might also not be a good thing. Swimming, diving for balls or even playing with a water hose can lead to water intoxication that can result in life threatening hyponatremia (excessively low sodium levels).

Splash: A rigid kiddie pool is a perfect place for a hot dog to cool off. A floating toy or two will make 
it even more irresistible.

Frosty Treats: Or cool her down with frozen treats. Some dogs like plain ice cubes, but practically any food your dog likes can be frozen (try easy-release silicone ice trays or cupcake pans). More recipes online;

Fear Less: Tis the season of thunderstorms and fireworks. If your dog is upset by their noise and flash, get good advice from dog-behavior pro Patricia McConnell at thebark.com/fear. Or check out Thundershirt.

Stung: Some dogs love chasing bees— until they catch one. Be prepared; before that happens, review thebark.com/stings.

Good Host: Doing some outdoor entertaining? Plan ahead with your dog in mind. Start with keeping the yard gate closed and secured, then make sure that all those tasty picnic classics—bones, skewers, corn cobs—don’t make their way into Fido’s stomach.

Dog's Life: Lifestyle
What’s New: Products
With many new products on the store shelves, these caught our eye.
CarpetSaver

Keep floors dry and clean with CarpetSaver’s absorbent foam-backed (non-skid) fabric that grabs debris and water. Just shake it out or toss in the washer when it’s dirty. Comes in two widths, three colors and a variety of lengths.
Carpetsaver.com

Minnesota’s Mendota Products is in the “pink” over a new color they introduced to their pliable, durable safety collar line. Pink teams up with yellow, green and orange as the high-visibility colors now being offered. Cleaning is simple—dirt and odors are quickly rinsed off.
Mendotaproducts.com

Ma Snax’s sweet smiling leprechaun cookies are sure to bring good luck. Wheat/ corn/soy and preservativefree. Baked in small batches in Sonoma, Calif., to ensure freshness; hand-decorated.
Masnax.com

Skookum Dog makes a synthetic sheepskin, memory foam bed whose curvy design looks like the “real” thing. Perfect for a nap out on the porch or anywhere inside too.
Skookumdog.com

Sleepypod’s Clickit™ Utility claims to be the world’s first three-point dog safety harness, offering a safer ride for your favorite co-pilot. It was named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a Subaru and Center for Pet Safety collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses.
Sleepypod.com

Add new flavor and zing to your dog’s kibble meals with Doggie Shotz. It comes in six flavors including Three Cheese, Chicken Stir Fry and Turkey ’n Mash. Just shake, pour on and stir into kibble.
Doggieshotz.com

Moso Bags are a safe, natural way to purify and dehumidify your home. Made of bamboo charcoal, it’s non-toxic and fragrance free. Great around dog beds, litter boxes and anywhere odors linger in a house!
Mosonatural.com

These useful microfiber cleaning cloths from Poochie-Pets feature fun “Live in Dog Years” designs, and are great for cleaning fingerprints or nose “kisses” off your tablets and phones. Available in six designs.
Poochie-pets.net

For a soft, durable collar, Timely’s rounded styles are handcrafted from the finest Italian and Finnish leathers. Developed by a small family-owned Danish company, they are designed with a unique “inside stitch” technique with no outside edges.
Timelyus.com

The Loop is an easy, stylish way to carry the all-important poop bags with you. “Loop” it through a leash, or even through your handbag strap; refilling is simple. Comes in six fashionable colors.
Loft312.com

Dexas presents its H-DuO, the first bottle carrier designed for both you and your active dog! Carry two drinks at the same time—one for you, and one for your dog. A companion cup collapses flat against the side of the bottle—it’s BPA-free too.
Dexas.com

Culture: DogPatch
Overheard: Authors on dogs
Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, J.K. Rowling, Sue Monk Kidd
"The dogs bark but the carnival moves on." – Paul Begala

It’s no coincidence that many authors have dogs. After all, dogs are quiet, companionable and have a deep appreciation for routine, all of which fit into the writing life like a sleepy pup in a comfy bed. Here are some snippets gleaned from our reading list.

According to what she told Oprah, the dog made Sue Monk Kidd quit (in a good way): “I have an old dog named Lily and she’s a Black Lab. We got her as a puppy when I finished writing The Secret Life of Bees. My main character was named Lily and so that’s what we named her. She is 13 now, but she will come in and get me if I stay too long in my study. She’ll come put her head in my lap and tell me it’s time to stop.” Which, for this author, is a very good thing.

From J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo’s Calling: “One of the earliest and most vivid memories of Robin’s childhood was of the day that the family dog had been put down. She herself had been too young to understand what her father was saying; she took the continuing existence of Bruno, her oldest brother’s beloved Labrador, for granted. Confused by her parents’ solemnity, she had turned to Stephen for a clue as to how to react, and all security had crumbled, for she had seen, for the first time in her short life, happiness and comfort drain out of his small and merry face, and his lips whiten as his mouth fell open. She had heard oblivion howling in the silence that preceded his awful scream of anguish, and then she had cried, inconsolably, not for Bruno, but for the terrifying grief of her brother.”

Roger, a Tahitian dog, is an unforgettable, fully drawn character in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, The Signature of All Things. In a post on her Facebook page, Gilbert explained his significance and how his personality and name were inspired by a Balinese street dog: “The best thing about Roger is that his name wasn’t even Roger; it was actually ‘Raja,’ but my sweet Brazilian husband had misunderstood it. Thus, in our house, the poor little dog went from having a name of kingly Hindu majesty to being simply … Roger.

“A reader asked me, ‘Why did you have a dog in this novel?’ Two reasons: (1) To honor the memory of the real Roger, who was so absurd and who brought us so much joy, and (2) because I would never want to read a novel that didn’t have a dog in it.”

When asked by a Daily Beast interviewer what breed her new dog Sparky was, Ann Patchett replied: "I have no idea! But Annie Lamott said he was a Czechoslovakian circus dog. He looks like a dog from an Eastern European circus: a small, scruffy dog who you could imagine balancing on a red ball."

In a recent Vanity Fair interview, Stephen King was asked what person or thing he would like to come back as. His response: “A dog. A good one that gets lots of love and a hearth to lie on in the winter.”

Culture: DogPatch
Dogs for the Ages
Bracketology: The Final Four of Everything charts out the top dog of all time!
Bracketology: The Final Four

Here at Bark, we adhere to the theory that humans coevolved with dogs. If wolves hadn’t chosen to leave their packs and join our humble campfires, who knows what rung of the evolutionary ladder we would still be on. Not only did dogs teach us the hunt (Sirius), they guided us through icy storms (Buck, Balto), waited our return from adventures (Argos, Krypto), saved us from hairraising travails (Checkers, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Snowy, Toto, and Asta), acted as our confidants (Charley, Fala, Gromit), served as our muses (Boatswain, Flush, Man Ray, Marley, and Tulip) and in the end, became what they are best known as—our truest and oldest friends (Earl, Old Yeller, Skip, and Snoopy). See an enlarged image of this bracket.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lassie vs. Rin Tin Tin
Lassie, the über-Collie, set the bar for canine exploits so high that all our dogs are doomed to pale in comparison. Rin Tin Tin, a scrappy German Shepherd, defined the rugged action hero. The tiebreaker? “Rinty” was a real dog discovered on a WWI battlefield, a dog’s dog. Lassie was an actor. Besides, who can resist a dog in uniform?

Balto vs. Laika
These two heroes captured the world’s attention—Balto in 1925, for his role in the Alaskan serum run, and Laika in 1957, for being the first earthling in space. Laika wins by a nose. Found on the streets of Moscow, the mongrel stray (dubbed Muttnik) wins points for her humble beginnings and her tragic end, while Balto tasted stardom.

Checkers vs. Fala
A runoff between two notable presidential pets—on one ticket, we have Checkers, the Cocker Spaniel who saved Richard Nixon’s career, and on the other, FDR’s constant companion and confidant Fala, a Scottish Terrier who never missed a photo opportunity, accompanying the president by plane, limo, and ship—giving new meaning to dogfriendly travel. Fala in a landslide!

Goofy vs. Droopy
It’s a battle of styles— Goofy, the lead dog in Walt Disney’s cast of cuddly, sentimental characters, versus Tex Avery’s gum-chewing, sarcastic barnyard beboppers, represented here by the deadpan Droopy. Sorry, Goof …

Argos vs. Rin Tin Tin
One for the ages—Ulysses’ devoted dog Argos in Homer’s Odyssey faces off with Rin Tin Tin, Hollywood’s first animal star. Argos’ devotion helped win back the kingdom of Ithaca, while Rin Tin Tin’s loyalty saved Warner Bros. from bankruptcy. Rin Tin Tin bows to Argos, whose legend has been burnished through the millennia.

Charley vs. Tulip
J. R. Ackerley’s My Dog Tulip and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley are classic meditations on the enduring bond between man and dog. In this matchup between Tulip, a German Shepherd, and Charley, a Standard Poodle—Charley wins. The quintessential co-pilot, he guided Steinbeck’s search of America, served as the journey’s social icebreaker, and played silent straight dog to his human’s musings.

Boatswain vs. Cujo
How else would these two masters of the written word face off but through their canines? Boatswain, a Newfoundland, inspired one of Byron’s best-known works, “Epitaph to a Dog,” while Cujo provoked fear in Stephen King’s bestseller. Boatswain, in a poetic finish.

FINALS

Fala vs. Snoopy
Sorry, Fala, you’re already immortalized with your beloved FDR on the National Mall, but Snoopy is the iconic dog for the ages, so we award him the golden bone. Snoopy had many alter egos in his long career, and here’s one more for him: the archetypal “everydog.” Snoopy embodies all the characteristics (both good and bad) that we see in our own dogs. He is the muse, the prankster, the hero, the philosopher, the confidant, and the truest of companions. Snoopy possesses a little of everything that makes for the perfect dog—plus, just enough Joe Coolness to keep us on our toes. Good grief, how could he not win?

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