Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 17: Winter 2001

The Bark’s new winter issue is a must read—Search and Rescue in the aftermath of 9/11, noted author Donald McCaig’s natural history of dogs, touching stories by esteemed author Alistair MacLeod, ex-New Yorker staffers Maeve Brennan and Brenda Peterson, and a glowing cover by artist Lauri Luck. This standout issue also features new essays by author/media critic Jon Katz, humorist Cynthia Heimel and NPR host Daniel Pinkwater, holistic health remedies, doggie paint-by-numbers and—as a special treat—free colorful Holiday postcards and gift tags designed by our award-winning illustrators. The set of 6 cards were commissioned exclusively for The Bark and are instant collectibles.


Dogs and Us Donald McCaig tackles the history of our evolving relationship—from working dogs to the show ring.
Alpha Schmalpha? Rolling over the myths of dominance hierarchies. by Patricia McConnell, Ph. D.
Search and Rescue at Ground Zero Dogs learning new signals, inspiring many. by Heather Houlahan
Postcards from Home Reflections on the 9/11 aftermath: New York by Elizabeth Hess; Washington by Kathleen Phalen
Dogs of Ancient Rome A tour of the British Museum’s canine sculptures and mosaics. by Susie Green

[Holistic Health] Herbs and Ear Problems Nature’s soothing herbal remedies. by Randy Kidd, D.V.M.
[Products] From halters to harnesses—choosing “training” collars. The pros and cons in selecting a collar that’s right for your dog. by Denise Herman
[Research] Treating Canine Hypothyroidism New developments in this most common hormonal disorder. by Barry Kipperman, D.V.M.
[Exhibits] Paint By Numbers From kitsch to classic—the How-To craze and its most popular subject. by Alice Jurow
[Legal Matters] Vet Malpractice Complaints Precautions and recourse regarding healthcare damages. by Matt Krasnowski
[Safety] Holistic First-Aid Kits Are you prepared for an emergency? Is your dog? by CJ Puotinen

The Children Are Quiet When They Are Away Maeve Brennan’s New Yorker story about the longings of her beloved dog Bluebell.
Winter Dog Award-winning Canadian author Alistair MacLeod’s harrowing story about boyhood lessons learned on the ice.
Rex in the City Rex shows his true color in the days following the WTC tragedy. by Lee Forgotson
Tom and Penny Senior citizen, senior dog—comforting each other in their golden years. by Jon Katz
Domestic Happiness with Dogs Adventures in the wilds of New York with a young Siberian husky. by Brenda Peterson

Bobby, My Brother A preview from Daniel Pinkwater’s new book, Uncle Boris in the Yukon.
Fostering for the Dogoholic Taking in dogs and preparing them for a new life. by Cynthia Heimel

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 15: Summer 2001

We are heading into the summer of 2001 in grand style with two special features. One is a review of places to travel with a water-loving dog. As we learn, even Pugs love a day on the beach. We also explore the meaning behind the well-worn phrase “dogs as members of the family.” Through personal insights by authors such as Ann Patchett, Carolyn Heilbrun and Deborah Digges we come away with an expanded sense of the meaning of family. We also talk with Family Studies Professor Gail Melson who helps us to understand just how profound the relationship is and how it has contributed to our very “humanness.” Finally, we start to tackle the more difficult issues that are confronting us today—what are the causes of aggressive behavior? What can good breeding practices do to alleviate this problem? We turn to the expertise of behaviorist Patricia McConnell to begin to sort this out for us. All this, plus dog parks, our summer reading list and tips on organic gardening.



A Family of One’s Own From single life to raising human-canine siblings through empty nesters—dogs have broadened our ideas of family. Essays and articles by Ann Patchett, Deborah Digges, Tom Stienstra, Carolyn Heilbrun with an introduction by Louise Rafkin.

Plus an interview with child psychologist Gail F. Melson, author of Why the Wild Things Are, Animals in the Lives of Children.

Summertime Travel: Into the Water Oceans, lakes, rivers—The Bark jumps in feet first with some favorite wet spots and water activities around the country.

Both Ends of the Leash: Aggression, Is it In The Breeding? Good dogs, bad dogs—a perspective. by Patricia McConnell Ph.D.

Early Warning Systems Seizure and cancer alert dogs at work. by Carmen Thériault

[ Dog Parks ] Comparing Groundcover Materials by Laura Cavaluzzo
[ Activism ] Open Paw: Ian Dunbar’s Shelter Training Program by Paul Klein
[ Gardening ] A Safe and Organic Gardening Primer by Jack Aldridge, D.V.M.
[ Training ] ABC’s of Canine Swimming Safety by Pat Miller
[ Outreach ] At-risk Youth Train Rescue Animals by Heather Bloch
[ Classics ] The Art of James Thurber by Michael J. Rosen
[ Literature ] The Bark Summer Reading List by Bark Editors
[ Humor ] All-Star Canine Team by Jack Connelly

Rex in the City: Part Two Second thoughts on Rex’s adoption. by Lee Forgotson

Photograph: Seth Affoumado
Illustration: Katherine Dunn Nellie Mae

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 14: Spring 2001

We are kicking off 2001 with another award-winning issue filled with the best in dog culture—activities, behavior, health, literature and art. We present a new column by eminent holistic veterinarian Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M., who brings us her recommendations on alternative health care. We are also launching a new series of true life stories called “Rex in the City,” which chronicles the life of a big dog in the Big Apple, by our editor Lee Forgotson. Few of you might know that the theme of Jacqueline Susann’s first book was about our favorite subject—so we present an excerpt from her Every Night, Josephine! We are also thrilled to announce that Patricia McConnell’s column, “Both Ends of the Leash,” will give you a preview of what to expect from her much anticipated book, The Other End of the Leash, to be published next year by Ballantine/Random House. All this, plus dog parks, skijoring, hydrotherapy, activism and much more….

Dog at Large Behind the scenes with a rescue operation by Elizabeth Hess
Both Ends of the Leash: Caution, Your Dog Is Watching Why gestures are worth a thousand words. by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
Westward Bound: driving with the big dogs Challenges and surprises along the highway. by Katie Davis
Street Vet Seattle Vet helping those truly in need. by Lee Green
Four Footed Feats Exploits of canine mountaineers. by Laura and Gus Waterman

The Bad Dogs of Park City Legendary dogs leave their mark. by Pam Houston
Rex in the City: Part One An ongoing saga of a Big Dog in the Big Apple. by Lee Forgotson
And Daddy Makes Three Jacqueline Susann finds her true love. Excerpt from Every Night, Josephine!

[ Activities ] Skijoring and cross country skiing The winter sports gain in popularity. by Marla Riley
[ Activities ] Private Dog Parks by Claudia Kawczynska
[ Media ] Still Life with Animated Dogs A review of a new animated film. by Edward Guthmann
[ Health ] How to be Free of Fleas Natural remedies work wonders. by Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M.
[ Health ] In the Swim: Hydrotherapy Taking the plunge into water therapy. by Janine Adams
[ Field Notes ] Moral Mutts Insights into social play. by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D.
[ Humor ] Go Split an Atom: Ian Shoales
[ Humor ] Trouble with Trash Cans: Rita Hoover
[ Humor ]  Mutts: Jean Hanff Korelitz


Photograph: Sylvia Plachy
Illustration: Katherine Dunn Paul Fierlinger

Magazine: 2005 & Earlier
Issue 12: Summer 2000

Doggies in the Outer Field Canine Rookies Join the Major Leagues as Home Run Retrievers by Bill English

First Encounters of a Doggy Kind Noted authors share their memories with Louise Rafkin

Fort Funston: Land of the Leash-Free Can dogs, birds and plants co-exist? by Susan McCarthy

The Truth about Spats and Dogs Divorce—Doggy Style by Shane DuBow

Paris France Gertrude Stein’s classic book illuminated by Ward Schumaker and Yolly Bolly Press

New on the Shelf: Excerpts
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’ The Social Lives of Dogs
Louise Bernikow’s Bark If You Love Me
Charles Siebert’s Angus
Vicki Hearne’s Adam’s Task

The Enemy Loving the Dog Everyone Hates by Susan Conant

Minutes of a Canine Convert Home is Where the Dogs Lie by Gina Moranto

Sister Canine: Cynthia Heimel
Tales of Two Species: Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
Walkin’ the Dog: John Valentine
W-2s for Dogs: Ian Shoales
Meeting Maxine: Mark Morford
A Conversation with Sue Coe
Lynda Barry’s One Hundred Demons

Saying Good-bye Kids Say the Darndest Things by Kathy Briccetti-Clark

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 74: Summer 2013
Great recipes, wellness/training tips, good reads and smiling dogs.

Welcome to another new issue of The Bark. In this issue we do a special investigation about the record number of recent pet food recalls—many top brands made in the USA have been affected. Can we expect to see more? What to do if your favorite food is recalled? We will continue to track this subject closely, and will be posting recall notices here too.
Geneticist Adam Boyko heads up the fascinating Village Dog project, and tells us about some of its findings. He and other researchers are hoping to discover whether or not the genetic codes from dogs found in villages around the world hold clues to canine evolution and perhaps even to improved health for our own dogs. We look at the difference in dogs’ personalities and why it’s such a complicated topic, and also covers the do’s and don’ts of dealing with an aggressive off-leash dog.

Just in time for gearing up for a summer reading fest, we are delighted to include a new essay by Ann Patchett. In this issue she describes her search for a “store dog” for Parnassus Books, her new Nashville bookstore venture. As a bonus, Ann provides a list of her favorite dog books for children.

We preview of a new book about the challenges of training a would-be service dog to lead the way home, plus an essay on the importance of teaching a dog to pay attention. In the Howl entry, learn the ways a man’s life is informed by three feisty Dachshunds, and in the Endpiece, how a new dog signals a couple’s rejuvenation.

We feature the great 19th –century artist, James Tissot— his own Border Collie was an able muse/model, and his plein air works are summertime marvels. We chat with Jason Gann—the man behind (and inside) one of our favorite TV characters, the man/dog, Wilfred—who shares how he comes up with his species-crossing ideas ….

On the wellness front, we look at hydrotherapy and its rehab benefits; an holistic vet explains why allergies plague our dogs and offers herbal treatment tips; and we have a basketful of recipes to please your dogs at picnic time.

Be sure to check out our second annual “Best Place to Work” competition, which was inspired by my visit last year to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. If you know of a company that has what it takes to earn this year’s top-dog honor, nominate it today. Winners get great prizes and lots of pats and positive reinforcement, too.

Go here for additional picks for summer reading. From the classics to entertaining beach books: you’ll find it all there. But for now, stick around with this issue, which is packed full of good reading for you.

Personality: Dogs have it aplenty. By Julie Hecht
Pet Food Recalls —Who’s minding the store? By Claudia Kawczynska
Meet the Store Dogs: Nashville’s finest bookstore has new canine workers.  By Ann Patchett
“Home”: Lessons for a service dog in training. By Susannah Charleson
Look at Me: The importance of the gaze. By Laurel Saville
A Dog’s Life: Darwin’s beloved Polly. By Angela von der Lippe
Art of James Tissot: Celebrating the elegant life … with dogs. By Nancy Rose Marshall
Hounded: Three Dachshunds and their wily, winning ways. By Matt Ziselman
A True Romance By Jane Vandenburgh

Editor’s Letter
Readers’ Letters
Guest Editorial
Traer Scott’s Newborn Puppies
Dog Terms for People by Donald Friedman and J.C.Suarès
Dog Matchmaker
Shop & Adopt by Mary Helen Berg
Smiling Dogs: always irresistible.
What’s New in Products

Earth Angels: Emelinda Narvaez By Catherine Johnson
Recipes: Picnic for the Pups By Natalya Zahn
Holistic Health: Allergies—Herbal Treatments By Tom Schell, DVM
Humane Watch: Miami’s Pet Safe aims to save animals By Elinor J. Brecher

Wellness: Hydrotherapy: A popular rehab option By Alisa Advani
Behavior: How to handle trouble at dog parks. By Karen B. London, PhD
Media:  TV’s Wilfred Talks to Us
Ethics: International Misunderstandings By Jayme Moye
Health: Canine Orthodontics By Paula Maxwell
Science Talks: Village Dog Project a genetic search for the first dog
Adam Boyko in conversation with Jane Brackman
Author’s Nook: with Sue Halpern and Annik La Farge
Author’s Nook: with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Review of Wilderness and Q&A with author, Lance Weller by Katherine Griffin
Book reviews round-up: The Possibility Dogs; The Soul of All Living Creatures; E. B. White on Dogs; A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home; Mr. and Mrs. Dog; A Million Years with You; Hounded; The Secret Life of Dog Catchers; Reaching the Animal Mind; Train Your Dog Positively; You Tell Your Dog First; The Secret of Happy Ever; Frankenstein’s Cat; A Dog Named Boo.


Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 73: Spring 2013
Spring 2013: Issue 73

We kick off 2013 by putting the lid on winter and leaping into spring with zest. Julie Hecht helps us understand what all that barking is about; behaviorist Karen London explains why dogs have a fondness for novelty; and Rebecca Wallick talks with Ted Kerasote about his new book in which he gives his prescription for longer-lived dogs. While we’re in agreement with much of what he says, we do take exception to a few of his positions, particularly his stance on spay/neuter. But debate is good, right? John Woestendiek investigates the merging of human and veterinary medicine and the benefits that accrue to both species. In our TechoDog survey we also look at the intersections between dogs and technology; as one amazing example, Emily Anthes interviews an orthopedic vet who creates prosthetic limbs. Plus, another episode of Lee Harrington’s “Chloe Chronicles,” in which Chloe has a marrowbone mishap; and Twig Mowatt reveals how forward-thinking shelters are making adoptions more accessible. In this era of climate change, we look at preparing for the next natural disaster. Then Jayme Moye introduces us to great organization, Animal Experience International that is dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities around the globe.

The Endpiece from none other than E.B. White, author of the classic Charlotte’s Web, is our valentine to you. In this timeless essay, which White wrote during WWII, he talks about his vegetable garden, urban chicken-raising and his irrepressible dog, all topics that are once again in vogue (though dogs have never gone out, thank goodness). All that plus a delectable granola treat recipe, an essential oils primer and a new gallery of smiling dogs. Hope you enjoy it all.

Dog Speak By Julie Hecht
Bionic Limbs By Emily Anthes
TechnoDog A survey of milestones and innovations.
Species-Spanning Medicine By John Woestendiek
POEM: Rosie Speaks By Maxine Kumin
Can Dogs Live Longer? In conversation with Ted Kerasote and Rebecca Wallick
Only a Dog By Donald McCaig
Chloe Chronicles: A marrow bone mishap. By Lee Harrington
Endpiece: A Week in November, (1942) By E. B. White

It’s a Dog’s Life
Terms of Endearment
Step into Spring
Maddie on Things.
Dogs join street protestors.
Happy Feet! Shoe-art smiles.
No Name Dogs: Helping “rez” dogs.
Destinations: Yosemite, Aspen,  Northern Vermont
Graphic Novel: An epic Good Dog.
Wellness: Dental care tips.
Smiling Dogs: Always irresistible.
HomeWorks: Swarm home delights.
Urban Animal: Vet’s design flair.
Nosework Search Games.
SpaGo Dog mobile grooming.
Songbook: Lyrics by Amy White and Patty Smith.
Family Dog: Touring band’s pups.
Holistic: Essential Oils  By Lisa M. Browder
Recipe: Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies
Safety: Preparing for a Natural Disaster By JoAnna Lou
Health: A look at Degenerative Myelopathy By Nick Trout, DVM
International Outreach Vacation By Jayme Moye
Dogs in Malls By Twig Mowatt
Crikey! British Invasion Redux
My Met: Sharing Masterworks with Friends.
Author’s nook: Taking a Walk with Alexandra Horowitz
Hospice Care: The gift of saying good-bye By Shea Cox, DVM
Behavior: Dogs Take to the New By Karen B. London, PhD
Book Reviews: Pukka’s Promise, Animal Wise, Genius of Dogs, Last Walk, Truth About Wolves and Dogs, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 72: Nov/Dec 2012
Bark 72: Nov/Dec 2012

Our Winter issue has a lot of good reading in store for you. You will be delighted to see that Patricia McConnell is back to untangle another tricky topic—what it takes to be a therapy dog. Many of us might think our dogs would be perfect nursing-home visitors, but Trisha provides a reality check, telling us just what is expected of dogs who do this work, and why many don’t make the grade. Sheila Pell investigates the amazing procedure that restored cover dog Whiskey’s cancerous jaw; learn how a UC Davis vet team applied innovative biomedical techniques to regenerate his bone. It’s truly an incredible story. Next, beating the drum for fostering, we look at the insights into this worthwhile activity, and its many values to needy dogs and the rescue groups that care for them. When it comes to fostering, every season is the season to volunteer.

Behaviorist Karen London explains the importance of play in training dogs with aggression problems. Barbara Smuts expands on a topic that became dear to our heart when we adopted our fourth dog: Is “pack” living for everyone? Can any group of dogs get along well, or does it take a special personality, age and gender mix—of both dogs and humans—to make it work?

Columnist Julie Hecht goes on a quest to discover how much dogs understand of what we say. Do they really know the differences between words? How do they apply what they hear? Is it content or context? We investigate DNA testing; just what does it actually tell us about our dogs’ breed makeup? And then we profile legislation now pending that has the potential to make pet meds more affordable. We also have travel ideas, tips on how coconut and olive oils can help winterize your dog’s coat, comfy DIY sweaters, gift picks galore, another great Chloe from Lee Harrington, plus a paw-tapping new song. Hope you feast on the ideas in this issue, especially those that inspire you to take action to make even one dog’s life better.

Is your dog a good fit for therapy duty? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Life with multiple dogs By Barbara Smuts, PhD
DNA tests reveal more genetic secrets By Jane Brackman, PhD
Wonder Dog: Bionic Bone Regeneration By Sheila Pell
Why Foster? Helping to find forever homes for rescue dogs. By Kim Kavin
Chloe Chronicles: Redirecting a chow hound By Lee Harrington

It's a Dog’s Life
TEAM UP: It (can) take a village. By Claudia Kawczynska
RECIPE: Blueberry Scones
MUSE: Robin and Linda Williams bluegrass tribute to Tessie Mae
DESTINATIONS: Marfa, Texas; Asheville, North Carolina
FAMILY DOG: the Goletto Family
SMILING DOGS: Always irresistible
HOWL: Fire Hydrant Chats By Heather Armitage
ON VIEW: Preview of museum and gallery shows
Q&A: Rickie Lee Jones The singer and her dog, Juliette—rock on.
EDITOR'S PICKS: Gifts for Family and Home.
HOLISTIC HEALTH: Winterizing your dog’s coat By Deva Khlasa, DVM
MONEY MATTERS: More Affordable Pet Meds. By Martha Connors
HEALTH: Spaying Alternatives. By Nick Trout, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Do dogs understand the meaning of words? By Julie Hecht
DIY: Cozy, comfy dog sweaters.
BEHAVIOR: Play training helps aggressive dogs. By Karen B. London, PhD
PHOTO ESSAY: International Dog Stalking. By Kimberly Wang
AUTHOR’S NOOK: Mystery writer Deborah Crombie talks dog.
BOOK REVIEWS: The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, Rabid, An Echo Through the Snow, Wallace, The Dog Stars, Tough Love (DVD)
ENDPIECE: The Perfect Housemate By Miriam Fox Gabler
POETRY: Brian Beatty, Donna Hughes, Brian Fitch

Click to purchase some of the books and products featured in this issue.

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 71: Sep/Oct 2012
Sept/Oct 2012

Our September issue, reflecting that special “back-to-school” time of year, focuses on dog studies. We survey the schools that are putting canine subjects into their syllabi, so students have a chance to really learn about dogs in a variety of new courses. Then, to one of the dog-world’s most debated and least understood subjects: dominance. Karen London thinks that a discussion of this issue can only benefit and expand our understanding of canines. Camille Ward gives us 12 ways to boost your dog IQ. Julie Hecht explains why appearances really do matter—for example, the mixed signals inadvertently sent by dogs with cropped ears and docked tails. We also talk with an author of a new book who explores both the underbelly and the shining lights of today’s humane movement. And we also talk with First Lady Michelle Obama about her very special “son-dog,” Bo, and find out just how much he means to her family. Read about recent research that points to just how much dogs can improve the health of children. We take a look at “breed selector” quizzes, John Woestendiek has taken most of them, and shares his opinion with us. We try out a new GPS device that measures up in keeping track of your dog, especially handy for backcountry exploring. For good eating ideas, we have a raw food primer; tips for mixing-and-matching ingredients for home cooking, plus a great recipe for kale frittata, healthy and delicious for you and your dog. Then another installment of the Chloe Chronicles, fall viewing trips, lots of poems, fab art and oh so much more—hope you enjoy.

Gone To The Dogs: Canine Studies In Colleges. By Pamela S. Hogle
Keep It Real: Managing Behavior Expectations Makes For A Better Relationship. By Camille Ward, PhD
Skin Deep: Looks Do Play A Role In Intraspecies Communication. By Julie Hecht, Msc
Dominance: Much Talk About It, But Do We Really Understand It? By Karen B. London, PhD

First Lady Michelle Obama: More On Her  “Son” Bo.

Eyes In The Sky: GPS Does The Tracking And Relieves The Worry. By Rebecca Wallick
Digital Dogs: Do Online Quizzes Help Find True Love?  By John Woestendiek
Call To Action: Q&A With Kim Kavin, Author Of Little Boy Blue, With An Excerpt From 
Her Book.
Southern Pup Finds A New Home And Author Finds Her Cause. By Claudia Kawczynska

That’s Amore! Swept Away By An Italian Charmer. By Mary McCarthy

Chloe Chronicles VII: Rejection Blues Trying For Second Dog, But Found “Wanting.” By Lee Harrington

Howl: Someone’s Been To The Vet By Jeff Steinbrink

Endpiece: Carriage Trade By Todd Stansfield

It’s A Dog’s Life

Dogs Can Make Children Healthier. By Claudia Kawczynska

Kitchen Diy: Healthy Meal Matches

Young Scientist; LA Food Truck Aids Rescue

Destinations: Leaf Peeping With Pups. By Lisa Wogan

Book Marks: Letter To My Dog; I’m A Good Dog: Pit Bulls In America; Homer

Embark: Sri Lankan Humane Effort With Style.

Smiling Dogs: Simply Irresistible

Recipes: Kale Frittata By Kathryne Taylor

Guest Editorial: Doggie Dependence Debate By Kelly Oliver, PhD

Homeworks: Tips On Scoring At Flea Markets

Second Opinion: Magic Act By Nick Trout, DVM

Setting The Table By Rick Woodford

Raw Food Primer By Elizabeth Kennedy

Book Reviews: Little Boy Blue; What Are Dogs For?; Zoobiquity

Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 70: Jun/Jul/Aug 2012
15th Anniversary Special Issue
Jun/Jul/Aug 2012 - The Bark - The Daily Show - Special Issue

We’re easing our way into another summer season, tuning up for vacation flings, scoping out dog-friendly resorts and venues, and hoping to find time to settle back and simply enjoy a few peaceful moments with our dogs. 

As our cover proclaims, we have an exclusive, behind the scenes feature on the dogs of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ever wonder why they always seem to win the Emmy? We found the answer to that! Talk about a good time being had by all … not only does this have to be one of the most imaginative, intriguing and invigorating spots in which to work, its über-dog-friendly environment catapults The Daily Show into the stratosphere of the country’s most appealing workplaces. To honor that, we’re bestowing our first-ever “The Bark’s Best Place to Work Award” on The Daily Show.

Elsewhere in this issue, we share practical advice from our experts. Karen London gives us the scoop on the alleged differences between big and small dogs from a behavioral perspective; Pat Miller tells us how to tame door-darters; and attorney Rebecca Wallick provides a primer on pet insurance: Is it the best option? What should you look for when choosing a provider? What are the alternatives?

Then we take on one of dogs’ most profoundly embarrassing behaviors. Who doesn’t know a dog who tries to mount another dog, or his bed or toys or Uncle Louie’s leg? Julie Hecht helps us figure out what’s behind all those “good vibrations.” We go from R-rated to squeaky clean in a Q&A with a grooming pro, who gives us tips on the best way to brush and bathe our co-pilots, as well as the best tools (you can toss the one brush you’re likely to have but probably never use), methods and general advice on how to have “flawless fur.”

Being our summer issue, the big focus is “Outside.” We introduce you to stand-up paddleboarding, a water activity that’s likely to have your dogs hopping aboard for the ride. We learn the ins and outs of backpacking with dogs and hear about a fisherdog too. Check out the easy jerky recipes plus a fun whittling project—one of the first DIYs ever!

That’s it for now. Let’s hope that the summery months give you time to chill, kick back and relax with your pup at your side.


The Dogs of The Daily Show: Behind the scenes exclusive. By Claudia Kawczynska
Humping: Just why do dogs do it? By Julie Hecht
Risk Management: Should you buy pet insurance? By Rebecca Wallick
Into the Wild: Backpacking with your dog. By Ceiridwen Terrill
Big Splash: Photographs By Seth Casteel
Big Dogs, Small Dogs: Does size affect behavior? By Karen B. London, PhD
Chloe Chronicles VI: Getting the dog you need. By Lee Harrington
Waking Up from My Dream Dog. By Laurel Saville
Endpiece: Fisherdog. By Lily Raff McCaulou

It’s a Dog’s Life
Destinations Dog-Friendly Oregon Coast. By Katherina Audley
Second Opinion: Joint Decisions. By Nick Trout, DVM
Training Door Darters: Tips on dealing with dashing dogs. By Pat Miller
Recipes: Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Chews
Nail Trimming Tips. By Nancy Kay, DVM
Great Ideas: Dallas Shelter Photo Studio
Grooming Ideas on a well-groomed dog. Q&A with Robyn Michaels
Activity: Paddleboarding with Dogs on board. By Jayme Moye
Crafts: Whittling pocket-sized dogs. By Cameron Woo
Author Nook Talking with Lily Raff McCaulou. By Claudia Kawczynska
International: Postcard from The Dominican Republic. By Ann Marie Gardner
Book Reviews: Summer Reads; The Canine Kingdom of Scent; Empire of Dogs; One Dog and His Boy

The Joys of Silence
Mayan Collars; Animal Bond Museum; Co-Pilot Kayak
Hose Warning; Edith Wharton’s 150th; Skateboard
Sleepovers; Spectacles Gives Back
Smiling Dogs
Kit’s Corner: Cool Designs
Me & My Dog: Readers’ Pix


Magazine: 2012-2014
Issue 69: Mar/Apr/May 2012

We bring you a spring issue filled with another wondrous array of articles, essays and art. To start, we offer a canine-behavior trifecta. Karen London dissects the controversy over the term “prey drive.” Does it increase our understanding of dog behavior, or—similar to the “alpha dog” notion—does it merely lead to more misunderstandings? In “Dog Smart,” Julia Hecht gives an overview of current academic interest in canine studies. Finally, Sophia Yin presents compelling evidence that operant conditioning is not only the most humane approach to dog training, but pays dividends, and that it has proved to be more reliable than long-standing coercion-based methods.

Our other features include a fascinating and inspirational report from Chicago on community advocates who are trying to solve animal abuse and dog-fighting problems by focusing on programs for young people. We also look at the ways military therapy dogs are deployed to provide battlefield troops with much-needed emotional support. We talk with our old friend, Mark Derr, about his latest canine “history” project, this one taking a look way back at the dawn of dogs. And we look at a therapy dog who is still busy working even though she has lost her sight.

For those of you who want to put more zing into your dog’s diet, we present “Toppings,” which lays out easy, inexpensive and inventive ways to vary suppertime fare. Plus, easy-as-pie directions for making your own yogurt—good for you and your dogs. Our travel piece takes us to our very favorite spot in SF: the Presidio of San Francisco. There you’ll find the city’s best beach and bay frontage; the Golden Gate Bridge looks close enough to toss a Frisbee over. And in “Follow Your Nose,” we have a thoughtful excerpt from a new memoir by Donna Kelleher, DVM, in which she discusses her holistic veterinary practice and approach to caring for cancer patients. Lee Harrington invites us to help celebrate Chloe’s springtime birthday, and in the touching EndPiece by Marianne Leone, we learn what it’s like to open your home, and your heart, to a pair of puppy-mill rescues.

All that, plus news from the Bark home front: Charlie, our newest addition—who can be seen on the cover—is proudly proclaiming his new status. Because he makes our fourth dog, we also look into why that number, at least for us, seems to be ideal in our lead-off piece, “The Pack is Back.” Anxious to hear your thoughts on that score. For now, dig in and enjoy it all.

The Pack is Back. The more the merrier? By Claudia Kawczynska
Positive Interventions: Outreach helps Chicago kids and dogs bond. By Jennifer Martin
Dog Smart: How well do we know our dogs? By Julie Hecht
Bells & Whistles: Operant conditioning’s staying power. By Sophia Yin, DVM
Interview with Mark Derr: Tracking the dawn of the dog. By Claudia Kawczynska
Follow Your Nose: Healing maladies holistically. By Donna Kelleher, DVM
Chloe Chronicles Part V: A birthday is cause for celebration. By Lee Harrington

[Destinations] Dog-friendly beaches of San Francisco’s Presidio.
[Recipes] Toppings liven up dog dining. By Elizabeth Kennedy
[Second Opinion] Treating chronic pain in dogs. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Dogs at Work] Dutchess, the disabled therapy dog, inspires many. By Karen Jones
[Good Dog] Behavior Matters: Rethinking prey drive. By Karen London, PhD
[Media] Darling Companion filmmakers Lawrence and Meg Kasdan. By Jan Wahl
[Activities] Trick training provides key mental stimulation. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Pro Tips] Photographer’s tips for great canine candids. By Sarah Sypniewski
[Therapy] Military therapy dogs give solace to soldiers. By Melanie D.G. Kaplan
[Travel] Advice for dog-friendly adventures. By Lisa Wogan
[Art] Robert Clarke Dog Portraits A–Z
[Book Reviews] Stay with Me; Sergeant Rex; Your Dog’s Best Health; Dog InSight
[EndPiece] Lucky and Frenchy. By Marianne Leone

Finding Charlie: Bark’s new dog
DIY Silhouettes
Home Works: Daily Life Clock
Spring Cleaning Tips
Smiling Dogs
Dexterity Puzzles