Let’s hear it for good old dogs! In the new issue, join us as we raise a paw to seniors—not only do we spotlight Seattle’s Old Dog Haven, a group with a soft spot for elderly canines, and revel in portraits of America’s “golden oldies,” we also round up info and tips on their care and behavior, gear to ease their days, and hands-on ways to ease their muscles. And in the wider world of dog culture, science and art are added to the mix with pieces on Darwin’s insights on dogs and Bonnard’s artful interiors, as well as thought-provoking essays, including one from the late Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, William Styron. Research, film, poetry, Airstream adventures, and advice on nutrition and law round out the issue.
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Old Dog, Good Dog—Tune into your senior’s needs. By Jeannette Cooperman
Senior Dogs in America—Photos of the nation’s venerable dogs. By Nancy LeVine
Pierre Bonnard—A painter’s view of family and friends. By Nancy Coleman Wolsk
Darwin’s Dogs—Celebrating the bicentennial of the father of evolution. By Mark Derr
Walking with Aquinnah—The delights of rambling with a dog. By William Styron
Grooming Sweetie—Tender lessons from an elderly Afghan. By Denise Kirshenbaum
Two Dogs and a Door—The (mis)adventures of the Wonder Wieners. By Val Mallinson
Lifetime Dog—Sharing a special place in one’s heart. By Eileen Mitchell
Number 52—Patrick Lawler
My Dog Chasing a Chipmunk—Judith Sornberger
Rescue Dog—Rebecca Leidner
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Go ahead, issue a senior citizen pass. By Patricia McConnell, PhD
[Wellness] Stretch It Out—Help your dog stay fit and flexible. By Raquel Wynn
[Gear] Lend a Helping Hand—Products to make life more comfortable.
[Legal] Pet Trusts—Providing for your pup after you’re gone. By Rebecca Wallick, JD
[Family Dog] Dogs were siblings’ best friends.
[Media] Film Fatale—Is movie violence toward dogs on the rise? By Heather Huntington
[On the Road] Airstream Dreamin’—A woman, her dog and a vintage Airstream. By Kristiana Spaulding
[Nutrition] Dig Deeper—10 home-feeding misperceptions. By Catherine Lane
[Research] Spot On—Dalmatian DNA holds the key to a medical mystery. By Amy Young
[Humane] People Who Matter—Judith Piper and Old Dog Haven welcome white whiskers. By Lisa Wogan
[Vet Advice] More than a Pretty Smile—Dental hygiene promotes good health. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Training] Ask the Behaviorist—Teach your dog to have a “soft” mouth. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Daily Coyote, Playtime for Your Dog, Made for Each Other, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman
Dirty Bow Wow—Dogs and their toys.
Pet Soup Kitchens—Filling empty food bowls.
Kiss the Dog—New report says it’s safe.
Cover Dog—Meet Mr. Tuvok.
Kibble—Bite-size news and views.
The Canine Supernanny—Victoria Stilwell takes charge.
Yawns Are Contagious—Catch one from your dog.
Tribute—A dog speaks to an artist.
Show & Tell—Interspecies mixers.
Smiling Dogs—More happy faces.
Opinion—Nathan Winograd says No Kill Nation is a goal within reach.
Web Extras Good stuff we couldn't quite fit into our March 2009 issue.
The Jan/Feb 07 issue of Bark presents a licking good way to usher in the new year. Start 2007 on the right foot and find out from behavior expert Patricia McConnell what it takes to turn your pup into a well-mannered pooch. Then, go beyond standard obedience training and check out the precision teamwork involved in the sport of Rally-O. Learn to create an adorable replica of your dog with a new DIY craft that is sweeping the country—with only a bit of fluff, “provided” by your own dog, and easy to follow instructions, you can make a whole adorable pack of your own. Check out our smiling dogs, plus new contests, you too can be a winner! Pickings from a natural apothecary from the garden can mean renewed vigor for your dog. And see the ways that vaccination schedules are changing, that plus how technological advances in veterinary medicine are making inroads into treating both human and canine cancers. In Organizations that Matter we profile the Delta Society, which for 30 years has been plumbing the mysteries of the healing power of animals. One of the winningest coaches in basketball, and her star player, tell us about the parallels between the game and life with their canine companions. Could the 18th century British George Stubbs be the greatest dog artist ever? He gets our vote. Plus a new poem by Mary Oliver—all this and so much more, in the current issue of Bark.
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Full Court Pooch Two of college basketball’s top performers find parallels between the game and life with their canine companions By Maria M. Cornelius
George Stubbs’ Noble Creations George Stubbs, among the best known of the 18th-century British painters, made his name with animal portraits that revealed the individual dignity of their subjects By Martin Myrone
A Place of Dignity: A new refuge in the nation's capital. Washington Animal Rescue League opens a new, state-of-art shelter for abandoned animals. Story and Photography by Carol Guzy
Paws for the Cure New research bolsters efforts to identify and combat both canine and human cancer. By Scott Nolen
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Taking Care of Me Soul support comes on four paws and wearing a wedding veil By Kayt Sukel
Becky Has Two Daddies But which one does she really prefer? By Robert Masello
Pre-Amble A man, a dog, a snowy mountain—deep-winter thoughts as a new year approaches By David Petersen
The Dog Who Came Gift-Wrapped An unexpected gift takes its recipient on a wild emotional ride By Christopher Schelling
Poem Bazougey Poem By Mary Oliver
[Crafts] Fleece Dogs: Make a whole pack of “mini-dogs.”
[Training] By the Numbers: Seven Activities for a Bad-Weather Day By Karen B. London, PhD
[Travel] Sun Valley By Gay Salisbury
[Wellness] Herbs, Nature’s Medicine By Jan Allegretti and Katy Somers, DVM
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Behavior Interruptus—good habits make good dogs, so teach them early. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] What’s new in vaccination schedules and titers. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Legal] Is a Pet Just a Pet? Developments in companion animal death cases By Bliss Foster
[Sports & Activities] Playing with Precision Obedience and Rally-O are more than just teaching your dog to heel, sit and stay By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Activity] Making Tracks: Snowshoeing Another way to enjoy a snowy day By Andi Marie Cantele
[Organizations That Matter] Delta Society Thirty years ago, decision made by a handful of doctors and veterinarians helped transform the way we view our four-pawed companions By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Melancholia’s Dog by Alice A. Kuzniar; The Hard Way by Carol Lea Benjamin; Paws and Reflect by Neil Plakcy and Sharon Sakson, The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
[Endpiece] A Boy’s Best Friend By Nancy Lowell George
Cookie Takes the Bus—Adventurous Italian pup hops a bus, has an unplanned vacation. By Tracey Gambarotta
Dog Nation Update—Off-leash hours are now official in NYC parks By Chuck Bennett
The Pause That Refreshes—Some airports go the extra mile for traveling dogs By Beth Finke
Waste Management—It happens, to paraphrase the bumper sticker. So what are you going to do about it? By Kay Elliott
War Dogs—an exhibit highlighting heroic animals. By Lisa Wogan
Mi Mejor Enemigo A new Chilean film. By Rachel Bonilla
Smiling Dogs Our newest family album!
Top Dog Cancer Care in NYC By Lee Harrington
The March/April issue of Bark is a reminder that Spring is on its way. Make the most of it by brushing up on “dog talk”—Dr. Nicholas Dodman and the folks at Tufts University translate what your dog’s trying to tell you when she sniffs, licks, bows, rolls or makes any of 35 lively canine “comments.” It’s also the season for March madness and bracketology—Bark editors use it to determine the top dog of all time. Gear up for adventure with whitewater dogs, and find out how to improve the odds of finding a reliable pet sitter. The artful dog returns with artist Joe Andoe describing his “less is more” technique, which produces stunning art. Get a sneak preview of new fiction from Cathleen Schine, find out how Rex copes with his party nerves, and meet a neighborly Pug and some hardworking Border Collies. In a new column, Julia Szabo takes on the sometimes peculiar world of design for dogs, while Patricia McConnell speaks up for the family dog. We profile one of the nation’s best off-leash parks—should be an inspiration to all of us. On the serious side, we take a look at dogs and divorce, and on the health and wellness front, living with a diabetic dog and food as good medicine take center stage. Wrapping up the issue, mystery writer Susan Conant confesses! Find out why she writes about dogs (fans of her “Holly Winter” series will enjoy this endpiece). Plus, kibble galore—new products, smiling dogs, contests, movies, book reviews … it’s all inside!
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Translating from Puppy to English 35 things you should know and that your pup is trying to tell you. By Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, and Lawrence Lindner
River Run Paddling white water with a dog at the helm By Peter Bronski
Bracketology: The Final Four of Everything Dogs for the Ages From the Editors of Bark
When the fur flies, custody of the family dog is the new battleground. By Curtis Pesmen
A Breed Apart Mighty mutts strut their stuff. By Amanda Jones
The Dog Revealed Q&A with Artist Joe Andoe By Cameron Woo
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
The Pug Who Came to Dinner Perky, pesky and utterly unflappable, a new neighbor makes himself at home. By Gail MacMillan
The Happy Couple From a new novel with a dog-rich storyline. By Cathleen Schine
Dogs of Windcutter Down Trying to keep hearth and farm together, a Devon sheep farmer shows city folk country ways—with the help of his new pup. By David Kennard
Rex and the City: XXIV A little herbal help for Rex’s party nerves By Lee Harrington
Guest Editorial: Dogs Redeem Us Prison pup programs do more than produce well-trained service dogs By Annika Deasy
Endpiece: Why I Write about Dogs By Susan Conant
[Home] How to Choose a Pet Sitter Asking the right questions improves the odds. By Eileen Mitchell
[Training] By the Numbers: 8 Tips for Vet-Visit Bliss By Karen B. London, Phd
[Design Matters] The first in a new column focusing on canine design. By Julia Szabo
[Nutrition] We Are What We Eat Don’t wait until your dog’s sick to look at what you’re putting in her bowl. By Susan Blake Davis, CCN
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Let’s hear it for the family dog By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] Dealing with Diabetes An all-too-common malady demystified. By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Organizations That Matter] CHAMPS Helping to rid the world of landmines, with the help of heroic dogs and children who care. By Rachel Bonilla
[Dog Nation] What Makes SODA Pop? This just might be the best dog park in the country.By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Dog Years by Mark Doty, Why Does My Dog Act That Way? by Stanley Coren, A Three Dog Life: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas, A Trifecta of Training DVDs: My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons; New Puppy! Now What? by Victoria Schade; Crying for Control by Deborah Jones and Judy Keller
[Poem] Lie or Lay By Toni Mirosevich
Shhh… It’s a Surprise! Birthday tribute to Patrick McDonnell’s Earl.
Show & Tell—Send us your favorites.
Wurstminster—On-line art expo.
You’ve Got Art Mail—Take a tour of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Dogs at the Met—Small book, great work.
Year of the Dog—Can dog-love turn into an obsession?
Do & Don’t Do This at Home—Thumbs up for charity knitting, thumbs down for faux topknots.
Toastmaster—Brewing up dog-friendly legislation in Seattle.
After Thomas—A stirring new film from BBC America looks at the enriching relationship between a child with autism and a dog.
Smiling Dogs—Our newest family album.
New Products—Something for every cool pup.
Wooden Dogs—Artist carves three charmers.
Poetry Slam—A good reason to step up to the microphone.
K9 Down—Professionals learn what to do when minutes count.
Exciting news to share with you awaits you in this issue—we are launching a contest that is sure to get your camera snapping and your dog up on her toes. We are looking for a Bark cover dog to grace our January 2008 issue.
We were just finishing up production when the pet food recall hit the front pages. We knew we had to make an editorial adjustment and cover this significant story. We’ll be tackling this multi-dimensional subject through a series of articles, starting with a historic overview provided by two of the topic’s most influential experts in their respective fields: Donald Strombeck, DVM, on animal nutrition and Ann Martin on the commercial pet food industry. For help in feeding our dogs, we have a few recipes online (and in the magazine).
We are happy to introduce you to a new book, Merle’s Door, which we predict will take its place in the dog-lit canon. Ted Kerasote writes a stirring biography of his dog, Merle, seamlessly interweaving commentary on canine natural history, science and behavior with tales of his beloved dog. We also learn of memorable dog-human partnerships and how lives are enriched and comforted. In homage to people whose humor has delighted us, we interview Merrill Markoe, Emmy-award winning writer and dog “channeler.” Plus, we look at ways to form a partnership with your vet, and have a visit with Costa Rican dog rescuers. All that and so much more awaits you in the May/June issue of Bark.
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Trust the Hand That Feeds You By Claudia Kawczynska
Comfort in the Court Dogs provide a safe harbor when legal seas get rough. By Rebecca Wallick
Merrill and Me Merrill Markoe shares a few funny bones. Interview by Alison Pace
Puppy Makes Three The pet industry toddles into the nursery, and vice versa. By Andrew Adam Newman
Dirty Wow Wow Well-loved mementoes of childhood transformed. Q&A: Cheryl Katz with Cameron Woo
Special Report Our perspective on the issues involved in the pet food recall Interviews with Donald Strombeck, DVM, and Ann Martin
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Do Animals Have Emotions? A leading biologist says yes. By Marc Bekoff, PhD
Chasing Duque Spirit dog leads to hope in Costa Rica. By Ken Foster
Growing Into Himself Merle develops an appreciation for music and babies. By Ted Kerasote
Whine at the Office By Eileen Mitchell
[Ask the Behaviorist] Day Care Difficulties What to do when your dog’s being bullied. By Karen B. London, Ph.D.
[Crafts] A New Leash on Life With a little attention, an old leash can bloom. By Trina Moore
[Design Matters] The Life of the Party Pup-safe party ideas. By Julia Szabo
[Outdoors] Take a Walk on the Wild Side Hike Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, New York. By Tammy L. McCarley
[Dog Law] Ask the Expert Animal Control hearings defined By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Adoption] Off the Clock Just because they’re retired doesn’t mean they aren’t busy. Jen A. Miller
[Activities] It’s All in the Nose Tracking showcases your dog’s most scentsational talent. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Plus, first time’s the charm for SAR rookie Gandalf.
[Service Dogs] Double Duty At Working Dogs at Adelante, both trainers and trainees acquire new skills. By Lisa Wogan
[Masterwork] Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod Evening
[Care] Mutual Aid Understanding your vet’s role and your own is key to a successful partnership. By Richard Lerner, DVM
[Reviews] The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine, The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff, Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe, The Best Dog in the World by Donna Long
Name That Toy—Teach your dog a trick.
Baubles & Bangles—Online jewelry museum.
Sharon Montrose’s Mutts—New book celebrates the all-American breed.
One for the Road—Bach flower remedies aid peaceful travel.
Oakland A’s Dan Haren & Bernie—Baseball goes to the dogs.
Southern Comfort—Shelby Farms Park, the biggest official off-leash?
Stable conversion benefits Kentucky shelter.
Meet Mayor Junior, a politician everyone loves.
Under the Doggywood Tree at Pigeon Forge.
Show & Tell—Send us your faves and we’ll share them.
Who’s Your Momma?—Canine Heritage Breed Test tells (almost) all.
On the Table in San Francisco—An incentive to rent to those with pets.
New Products—Things for cool pups and their people.
Smiling Dogs—Our latest family album.
Ah, summer! Time for good reads, water play and spirited games of Frisbee fetch. Lucky for you, we’ve covered all the bases in the July/August issue. The special “Lit Mix” is a veritable picnic of stories that will make you smile, sigh and think—and you may even discover a new writer or two. Smart water-ways are also covered; be inspired by a backyard water feature for Border Collies amusement, and learn how to keep your dog safe while on a boat or at poolside. The Frisbee is 50 this year, and we’re celebrating its anniversary with a trio of stories on this high-flyer—its creation, its use in scientific research, and its “Disc Dog” practitioners. Other highlights: humane education in Africa, a new breed of boarding kennel, special-needs dogs, dogs who provide a safety net for diabetics, and our tried and true columnists on dog law, behavior and training. It’s all inside, waiting for you!
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The Suite Life A new breed of boarding facility. By Rachel Bonilla
Africa Outreach Humane educator Karen Menczer helps Africa’s domestic dogs. By David Pluth
Five Boys and a Bear (and a Bag) Bear sighting scuttles sleeping bag field test—Dachshunds mystified. By Val Mallinson
Dog Days and Summer Magic By Fred Damiano
A Flying Icon Spins Gold Frisbee celebrates 50 years of high-soaring fun. Plus, The Math of Fetch By Kevin Skaggs
ESSAYS AND HOWLS [Summer Lit Mix]
I Done Them Wrong Caught in the act. By Cathy Crimmins
Summer Dog Looking for love—and a meal. By Bernice Kolier
Evie Dog holds the key to the secret of delight. By J.R. Ackerley
What Wallace Learned How to live in the city… and how to live. By Lee Harrington
A Dog’s Work Is Never Done Searching for mountain lions. By Don Katnik
Linguistics Canine colloquialisms decoded. By Mark Peters
Dog Stories Open a memory gate to all the dogs you’ve known and loved. By Lynda Barry
[At Work] Ballpark Dog Detroit Tigers’ head groundskeeper signs up her Bullmastiff. By Chris Lezotte
[By the Numbers] Top 10 Topics What’s on the minds of canine behaviorists? By Karen B. London, PhD
[Home] Water Collies Water wonderland designed for the dogs. By Deb Norman
[Safety] Smooth Sailing Read this before casting off with your pup. By Tracy Acosta, DVM
[Special Needs] Moving On Dogs with spinal cord injuries teach lessons in humanity. By Marcy Epstein, PhD
[Service Dogs] An Immeasurable Bond Four-legged safety net for people with diabetes. By Susan Lyte King
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Why all our dogs can’t be above average By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Sport] Disc Drive If your dog is a fetch fanatic, you’ll go far in the sport. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Products] Summer trippin’—cool stuff for pups.
[Guest Editorial] Recall Call-Out Pet-food manufacturers challenged to earn consumers’ respect. By Christie Keith and Gina Spadafori
[Dog Law] Ask the Expert Assigning accountability in the pet food recall. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Vet Tips] Waterwise Swimming pool safety in the sweet summertime. By Patty Khuly, DVM
[Reviews] Dreaming in Libro by Louise Bernikow, Help! I’m Barking and I Can’t Be Quiet by Daniel Q. Estep, PhD, and Suzanne Hetts, PhD Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams, Dog Sense by Sneed B. Collard, III Also Noted: Visiting the Dog Park by Cheryl S. Smith, Stray by Stacey Goldblatt
Mood Swings—Research shows that dogs’ tails tell all.
Chow—Pugs Leap Cheese.
Online Kibble—Tasty web bits.
Dog Park Tips—How to help your dog have a good experience.
OLA Partnership—New leash on life for a Capitol Hill cemetery.
Citrus Crate Labels—Images of dogs helped sell the American dream.
How Humane Is Your City?—West Coast leads the list.
Eco Dog—The latest on planet-friendly scoopers.
Show & Tell—Send us your faves and we’ll share them.
Staredown in Central Park—Border Collies give Canada geese the bum’s rush.
Toby Does the Heimlich—Dog lends a lifesaving paw.
Smiling Dogs—A new family album.
As summer slips into fall and the days grow shorter, it’s time to settle in and do a little reading. And in the September/October issue, we provide lots of tasty food for thought. Looking for “kinder, gentler” ways to get around town? We show you what’s new in the world of alternative transportation. Learn what science is discovering about environmental causes of canine cancer. Revel in the phantasmagorical world of artist Roy De Forest, and discover why dogs laugh, how to approach homemade meals for your dog and what Pit Bull advocate Ken Foster thinks about media coverage of the Michael Vick case. You’ll be inspired by the determined women who operate the Evergreen Animal Protective League and roused to action by the article on lure coursing—or perhaps a dog-friendly hike through the golden aspen of the Colorado Rockies is more to your taste. Of course, no issue would be complete without the insights of our columnists on dog law, behavior, and health. Finally, indulge yourself in some wonderful essays, a new short story from Catherine Ryan Hyde, a new poem from Mary Oliver and a taste of Howl, our forthcoming humor anthology. All in all, a perfect way to usher a new season.
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Nellie: An Album Bark’s much-loved founding dog remembered.
Wheels of Change Good for the planet, good for the dog. By Kevin Skaggs
The Canine in the Coal Mine Do environmental pollutants cause canine cancers? By Sophia Yin, DVM
The Phantasmic World of Roy De Forest The world of artist Roy De Forest—fueled by fantasy and boisterous with dogs. By Lynn R. Matteson
Get Ready to Howl A new Bark anthology is just around the corner. By Cameron Woo and Claudia Kawczynska
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Dog of the Day Day care diva finally earns her title. By Laurie Notaro
Dante Memory as an antidote for loss. Fiction by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Rule of Dogs in Northern Spain Dogs are part of the web of village life. By Beebe Bahrami
Return to Dog Second child means second chance for dog love. By Elena Sigman
Good Girl By Cameron Woo
Poetry: Percy By Mary Oliver
[Adventure] Saved by the Dog Athlete can thank her dog for rescue. By Brian Metzler
[Nutrition] Homemade Meals Canine nutritionist offers a perspective. Q&A with Catherine Lane
[Research] Laughing Dogs Study reveals their secrets. By Patricia Simonet
[Hikes] Rocky Mountain Ramble An autumn hike in Colorado’s Front Range. By Ania Savage
[Activity] Running on Instinct The thrill of the chase is one of lure coursing’s attractions. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Dogs score high on the honesty scale. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Travel] Hotel Dog Connections of the canine kind buoy hotel guests. By Lori Rotenberk
[Organizations That Matter] Evergreen Animal Protective League A generous definition of “rescue.” By Lisa Wogan
[Therapy Dogs] Story Time Reading dogs are a hit. By Anita B. Stone
[Products] Safer walking, new toy, new bowl, dogs on chips.
[Guest Editorial] The Media and the Pit Bull By Ken Foster
[Masterwork] Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte
[Legal] Dog Law: Ask the Expert Owner or guardian—is there a difference? By Geordie Duckler, JD, Phd
[Vet Advice] Chowhound Gorging has consequences. By Patty Khuly, VMD
[Design Matters] The Perfect Getaway Constructing a dream itinerary. By Julia Szabo
[Reviews] The Behavioural Biology of Dogs ed. by Per Jensen, PhD; The Loved Dog by Tamar Geller, Stress in Dogs by Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt; The Cautious Canine by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
Moonstruck—Study sheds light on an age-old phenomenon.
Rubber Brothers—The world’s first rubberband dog.
Class Act—Montana design students have Bark covered.
Funny Man—New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti talks to Bark
Artful Gardens—Two unique examples, both in Columbus, Ohio.
Sailor Dog—Morrow II is a real sea dog.
Brew Pup—The face that launched a thousand bottles.
Selected Shorts—Public reading.
Dog-o-Lantern, Anyone?—Delight trick-or-treaters.
Show & Tell—More new faces.
Code Cracker—The DNA battle heats up.
Who’s That Dog?—in the latest Harry Potter flick.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all swell.
Dog Collar—British clergywoman and her dog.
Invisible Man—London’s National Portrait Gallery venue for smiling dog.
Historic Comics: Gasoline Alley—Pal part of venerable cartoon strip.
Pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in to read our biggest issue of the year. The November/December Bark is a treasure chest filled to the top with stories that will touch your heart and make you laugh, as well as a cornucopia of ideas to think about and crafty projects to make. Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen talks to us about a writer’s life with dogs and kids, and Marion Nestle (What to Eat, Food Politics) answers questions about canine nutrition and her new project, What Pets Eat, which she and her partner, Malden Nesheim, are now researching. We find out that scholars around the world are tapping into the world of canines, and that dogs are playing a role in our understanding of genetic links of anxiety, phobias and fears. On a lighter note, there’s a new installment of “Rex and the City” and a smile-inducing Christmas Eve conversation between two Beagles. Add to the mix reflections on the ways dogs help us see the world differently, Pit Bull crime fighters, an amazing surgical technique that helps dogs stand on their own, an organization that works with the Houston animal shelter to find homes for homeless pets, poetry by Gary Soto, in-home training for assistance dogs, and of course, insights on behavior, activities, health, books and more, and it becomes clear: Like an overstuffed recliner, this issue is one you’ll really enjoy sinking into!
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Believe It or Not Ripley was crazy about dogs. By Greg Daugherty
Maggie Mayhem Border Collie herds couple toward a new way of life. By Mike Land
The Dog Project An investigation into the genetics of canine anxiety, phobias and fears. By Karen B. London, PhD
The Near and Far of Dogness A friendly pack is scaling ivory towers worldwide. By D.L Pughe
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
A Healing Heart Lab with a wise old soul helps family navigate loss. By Emily Alexander Strong
Going to the Dogs Nepalese celebration lures a reluctant traveler halfway around the world. By Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Rex in the City XXV To stay at home or not to stay at home, that is the question. By Lee Harrington
The Cattle May Be Lowing But two hounds get it said. By Jeff Steinbrink
Poetry: For Nelson, My Dog By Gary Soto
[Sport] The Joy of Joring All-season dog-powered fun. By Peter Bronski
[Nutrition Perspectives] In Conversation with Marion Nestle & Malden Nesheim.
[Assistance Dogs] Insider Training In-home assistance-dog training programs offer valuable option. By Beth Finke
[Organizations That Matter] A Stellar Breed Nonprofit groups step up for the Houston city animal shelter. By Bliss Foster
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash From free-living dogs to homebodies—what’s been lost, what’s been gained. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[DIY] Crafts Folding feeding stand, crocheted dog bed, felted wool balls, leash bags.
[Health] A Leg to Stand On Pioneering surgical technique offers new hope for dogs and people. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Working Dogs] Crime Fighters Pit Bulls have the right stuff for bomb- and drug-detection work. By Allie Johnson
[Artful Books] Traer Scott’s Street Dogs & Mary Lundington’s The Nature of Dogs
[Masterwork] Emanuel de Witte’s Interior of the Old Church in Delft
[Nifty Products] Deck the hall, the dogs and yourself.
[Science] Notes on Research Dog vs. Bird By Mark Derr
[Training] Accentuate the Positive Research validates positive reinforcement By Pat Miller
[Vet Advice] Do Try This at Home Common canine ailment responds to home care and familiar remedies. By Robert J. Silver, DVM
[Reviews] And Baby Makes Four; A Pack of Good Dog Books for Children; Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog; When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs; Merle’s Door
[Endpiece] The Winter Baby By Suzanne Strempek Shea
Body Talk—Dogs’ special language.
Postal Pups—First-class fun.
Dog-Friendly Carmel—City’s calendar celebrates its canine citizens.
A Perk That Works—Dog parks make a difference in new housing developments.
Progressive Thinking—Riding in cars with dogs is covered.
Dining Dogs—Cities make it legal.
Happy 2009! To celebrate the new year, we look at what it takes to make a guide dog (including raising those precious puppies); delve into the background of a long-lived civil rights anthem inspired by playful pooches; peek into songbird Emmylou Harris’s Nashville rescue operation; and get a little history lesson on the rise of the modern-day humane movement in America. Toss in dog-centric art, behind the scenes at the hot new movie Hotel for Dogs, fair-share strategies for successfully resolving the “who gets the dog” dilemma, user-friendly safety reminders, indoor activities, good advice from our columnists and some touching (and funny) essays, and you have an issue that we think is both entertaining and thought-provoking … in short, a perfect way to start the year.
Speaking of starting the year... Lola, this issue's cover dog, is one of the 6.5 million dogs who have found their forever homes thanks to Petfinder.com (our editor-in-chief saw her online and it was love at first sight). So if you're thinking of adding the patter of four furry feet to your home in the upcoming months but don't know where to start, Petfinder.com can help.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Bonaparte’s Retreat—Emmylou Harris’s haven for homeless dogs. By Bill DeMain
Dog Dog—Playful pooches inspire a civil rights anthem. By Evelyn C. White
The Making of a Guide Dog—From puppy to partner, guide dogs are a special breed. By Jane Brackman
Puppy Raisers Wanted—Volunteers teach young dogs new tricks. By Rikke Jorgensen
Compassion in Action—The beginnings of the American humane movement. By Kathryn Shevelow
ESSAYS & HOWLS
Mary’s Last Rescue—Mary Warner’s battle to end dognapping. By Karin Winegar
Rex: The Story Ends—Farewell to a much-loved friend. By Lee Harrington
Pet Smarts—The verdict is in: The dog did it! By Sandra E. Lamb
Professor Burt—Lessons in motherhood from a Golden Retriever. By Catherine Boalch
[Safety] Making Do—A snow rescue, the hard way. By Jill Haunold
[Activity/DIY] Living Room Agility—Pep up the pup indoors. By Christina Sondermann
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Not all communication is verbal. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Home] Toxic Dust Devils—A few sticky points about house dust and dogs. By Susan McGrath
[Photo Essay] America at Home—Domestic moments, plus dogs.
[Film] Who Let the Dogs In?—Behind the scenes at Hotel for Dogs. By Alysia Gray Painter
[Relationships] Fair Share—A modern-love dilemma: navigating joint custody. By Amelia Glynn
[Art] Lost & Found—Robb Putnam talks about his misfit mutts. By Cameron Woo
[Masterworks] An International Trio—Works by Utagawa, Ansdell and Clairin. By Tamsin Pickeral
[Training] By the Numbers—New games to play with your dog. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Vet Advice] Nutraceutical News—When it comes to supplements, check with your vet. By Donna M. Raditic, DVM, CVA
[Reviews] Play Together, Stay Together; Play with Your Dog; Shelter; Nose Down, Eyes Up; The Dog Trainer’s Resource 2; A Friend Like Henry; Paws to Protect; Indognito; Breakfast at Sally’s
Puppy Bowl V—A new team takes the field.
Greyts—Mass. bans dog racing.
Tweet—Thanks to Twitter, Irish dog finds a home.
Kibble—Bite-size news and views.
Family Dog—Rolf loves Siggi.
Show & Tell—Readers’ faves.
Notable Books—Our 2008 list.
Smiling Dogs—Miles of smiles.
Dogs I Have Known—Daniel Wallace draws the line.
Cover Dog—Bark’s own Lola
It’s not only a new year, it’s the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and with this issue, we kick off the festivities in style.
First, the big news: With more than 6,000 entries in our cover dog contest, choosing just one proved to be impossible, so, for our cover, we choose four—Sarah Babcock’s Flake, Gadget, Pilot and Crosby. (See page 14 of the magazine for a special announcement about the cover dog contest.)
Then, we treat you to highlights from Bark’s archives, including photos, art and short takes on the themes that define modern dog culture. Ian Shoales and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum offer two very different views of the changing role of dogs in society, and in an excerpt from the newest Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year, puppy mills and rescuers take center stage.
Jump to the beat of dog pop; be amazed by one woman’s dedication to providing a safe haven for abused and abandoned sled dogs; follow Jag, Montana’s “first dog,” as he helps Governor Brian Schweitzer keep a firm paw on the state’s business; and find out why spinning dogs are nothing to laugh about.
And of course, there’s a full complement of useful (or just plain entertaining) information: dancing with your dog; ice safety; causes and remedies for scratching dogs; behavior and training tips, tricks and insights; a Q&A with Tin Man’s Alan Cumming; and more.
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
Pop Goes the Dog A celebration of the pooch in popular music. By Bill DeMain
A Blue Dog in a Red Dog State For Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, every day is “take your dog to work” day. By Charles Finn
The UnMusher The power of the pack restores mistreated and abandoned sled dogs to health. By Lisa Wogan
Spin Out Canine compulsive disorder is no laughing matter. By Sophia Yin, DVM
Celebrating a Decade of Dogdom
Over the past 10 years, Bark has taken a journey through dog culture. To mark this milestone, we scoured our archives and selected snapshots from that trip, highlighting a few—well, actually, more than 100—of the ideas that informed us, entertained us, inspired us—and defined what it means to be dog’s best friend. (We also spiced up the festivities with three new pieces in the “Essays and Viewpoints” category.)
Ten Years of Memorable Moments—
Katrina, Dream Duos, Vicki Hearne, Simple Pleasures, Stubbs, Kipling, Co-Pilot, Covers, Save-a-Sato; Firsts, Laugh, Lady Day, Excursions, Speak, Blue-Ribbon Art, Art 101, Canine Evaluation, Score, Puppy Talk; Life Stages, MLB’s Great Canine Nicknames, Take Action, Readers’ Picks, Wood/Paper/Plant Dogs, Training Milestones, Mutts, Tripod Standout, Co-Pilot Sightings, Editors’ Picks, Dogs@Work, Dogs@Play
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
This Changing Dog a cranky take on canine trend, by Ian Shoales
The Saved Are the Saviors an excerpt from newly released The Darkest Evening of the Year, by Dean Koontz
Dog Is My Co-Dependent reflections on the role of dogs, and their people, in modern life, by Meghan Daum
And, of course— The announcement of the Jan/Feb 2008 cover dog winners, as well as big news about future 2008 cover dogs.
[Q&A] Alan Cumming Tin Man’s “Glitch” is a dog-lover. by Vanessa St. Clair
[Activity] Strictly Pawroom Canine freestyle gets you and your dog moving to the music. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Safety] Dogs on Ice Lessons learned from a wintry near-disaster. By Kathleen Rooney Mara
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Words at Work By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Healing Arts] This Dog Heals! Patient pup is source of companionship and inspiration. By Lawrence Lindner
[Vet Advice] Itch Busters Quick facts and fixes for scratching dogs By Robert J. Silver, DVM
[Play by the Numbers] Fun and Educational Toys for Dogs By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Divine Canine, Redemption, Dog Man, Unleashed, Noble Hounds and Dear Companions, These Were Our Dogs
[Poem] A Conversation By Michelle Katz for Cody Dog London
[Endpiece] How Do I Love Thee? By Eileen Mitchell
Change is in the air, and in the new issue, we look at a few: A charming French Bulldog who wants a “real dog’s nose.” A woman who takes on LA’s mean streets to improve the life of the city’s underdogs. A Katrina survivor who’s considered too unpredictable to be rehomed (but, with the right approach, shapes up!). Be sure to read about Rudy, our newest cover dog. Adopted from a New Jersey shelter, Rudy now rules the roost in a home of his own, and we couldn’t be happier to showcase this quintessential pooch. D.L. Pughe digs deeper into literary dogs, and Lisa Wogan profiles people whose love for dogs is literally skin deep.
Our nutrition editors, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, take a trip to the library and discover facts about the 2007 pet food recall’s infamous melamine that government regulators and scientists apparently missed. Veterinary surgeon Nick Trout gives us an inside view of irresistible indigestibles, and we also find out more about the signs and symptoms of valley fever.
And, as always, we have a whole new lineup of good advice from our columnists, best meat loaf recipe for dogs ever, good art from the Louvre, well-chosen words about our relationships with our dogs, new smilers, Ladybird from “King of the Hill,” and more—a veritable garden of springtime delights!
APPEARING IN THIS ISSUE
People Who Matter Downtown Dog Rescue helps LA’s underdogs. By Sheila Pell
Indelible Dogs Canine co-pilots inspire a range of tattoo tributes. By Lisa Wogan
Alfred’s Nose A charming tale of a dog with beguiling habits. Q&A with Vivienne Flesher
Literary Dogs Writers imagine the world from a canine point of view. By D.L. Pughe
ESSAYS AND HOWLS
Separation Anxiety It’s not always the dog who has the problem. By Bruce Goldstein
Pogo Eats Strangers The taming of a pugnacious pup. By Melody Coulter
Daisy and Pumpkin Giving new meaning to the term “assisted living.” By Dana Standish
[Family Matters] Kids & Dogs Turning promises into practice. By Amy Robinson, CPDT
[Postcard from LA] “King of the Hill” John Altschuler Q&A with Alysia Gray Painter
[Masterwork] Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin’s Le Buffet
[Nutrition] Who Knew? Revisiting the pet food recall’s mystery ingredient. By Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Career Change] Heidi Hill From corporate finance to retail with a holistic focus.
[Outdoors] Out and About Day-tripping dogs and their people take to the trails. By Alison Pace
[Health] A Fungus Among Us Valley fever defies easy diagnosis. By Shannon Fitzgerald
[Good Eats] Meatloaf A tasty—and easy—recipe. By Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Walking the Talk By Patricia B. McConnell
[Home Safety] Indigestibles Tasty, disgusting, edible or not—everything’s fair game. By Nick Trout, MA, VET MB
[Perspectives] The Wolf in Your Dog Canine evolution and human needs. By Michael W. Fox, DVM, PhD
[Dog Law] Talk to Your Vet By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Ask the Behaviorist] Double Time Are two puppies a good idea? By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Paws and Effect, Your Adopted Dog, Fighting Dominance in a Dog Whispering World (DVD), The Agility Advantage
[Endpiece] Watered Down By Michelle Massie
Andy Warhol—Dogs and the Pop Art icon.
Cover Dog—Rudy rules.
Lie Down with Dogs—Floor art.
Canines in Kevlar—Helping law dogs.
What’s New—Useful products.
Artful Dogs—Public art enhances dog park.
Dogs Welcome—Oregon Botanical Garden.
Dispatch from London—Beware of the talking dog.
Rent a Dog?—A look at dogs by the hour.
Show & Tell—Windsurfing, remote-hugging, cow-kissing: these dogs do it all.
The Family Dog—Jake’s day of beauty.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all smiles.