Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 48: May/Jun 2008

Second chances, second acts—in the new issue, we explore the idea of dogs as agents of change. Around the block and around the world, people are finding their true vocations working with dogs.


For example, in “Prison Pups,” the good work done by and for inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women who take part in the Prison Pet Partnership Program is highlighted. Then there are those who shift career gears, such as Sweden’s Nina Ottosson, who left her job as a nurse to become a full-time developer and manufacturer of some of the smartest dog toys around.


Dogs are not only the reason for change, they’re also subject to it. In “The Future of Dogs,” noted scholar Alston Chase, author of the newly released book, We Give Our Hearts to Dog to Tear, discusses the danger of breeding for beauty and ignoring function, taking Jack Russell Terriers as an example.


Then we find out about four exceptionally dog-friendly companies, the work of Latin American animal activists, how to make a tug toy and pup cakes, and how puppy mills are using both new technology and old sob stories to sell their “products.” (As an antidote, check out these Internet-based “good guys”: 1-800-Save-a-Pet, petfinder.com and pets911.com.)

Our nutrition editors, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, report back from the Global Pet Expo, and, as always, we have a whole new lineup of insights and good advice from our columnists, well-chosen words about our relationships with our dogs, new smilers, a new cover dog story, big dogs & cats at the zoo, singing to your dogs, and more.


We trust that there will be something to interest, inform and amuse you in our magazine—hope you pick up Bark at the newsstand or, even better, subscribe.


Prison Pups Women and dogs get a second chance. By Lisa Wogan
The Future of Dogs Breeding for looks alone can threaten dogs’ well being. By Alston Chase
Dogs @ Work Some of our picks for the most dog-friendly workplaces in the US. By Julia Kamysz Lane
Puzzlemaster Nina Ottosson’s innovative toys help dogs develop problem-solving skills. By Robin Bell
Spotlight on EnrichmentBy Karen B. London, PhD

How to Sing to Your Dog Go ahead, belt out a tune. By Cathy Crimmins
Evolution Out of the doghouse, into pajamas. By Sally Asher
America’s Coprophagia Some habits are hard to break. By Jack Boulware

Portfolio Farm Dogs Plein air painter Tim Horn captures rural stories.
Cape Cod Journal May at the Cape with dogs. By Cathy Hawkes
Poetry Costa Rican Payphones by Terese Svoboda

[Crafts] Handy Tugger A homemade toy to enjoy. By Michael Spears
[Nutrition] The Future of Pet Food The view from inside Global Pet Expo. By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Working Dogs] Reigning Cats and Dogs Cheetah and Shepherd are roommates at the Cincinnati Zoo. By Amy Sutherland
[Vet School Profile] Colorado State University At this vet school, it’s all about teamwork. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Both Ends of the Leash] Rites of Passage Navigating the loss of a beloved dog. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Activism] Puppy Mill Scams Peddling their “products” via the Internet. By Roxanne Hawn
[People Who Matter] Latin American Activists in Colombia and Venezuela. By Diego Zerpa Chang
[Dog Law] Dogs in the Workplace By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Training] By the Numbers Five Signs of Fearful Aggression By Karen B. London, PhD
[Media] Lassie’s Timmy Jon Provost and his Collie co-star. By Rayne Wolfe
[Reviews] Puppy Chow Is Better than Prozac, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Positive Perspectives 2, Crate Games for Self-Control and Motivation (DVD), Perfect Paws in 5 Days (DVD)
[Endpiece] Part-Time Puppies By Nancy L. Claus

Shelter Dogs—Mutts’ Patrick McDonnell has a new book.
Pup Cakes—Have a people + dog party.
Cover Dog—Boog’s the sweetheart of the dog park.
Just One of the Girls—Honey’s a hit at NYC’s Lower Eastside Girls’ Club.
What’s New—Watering the dog.
Your Dog—Clancy Rito, Tucson, Ariz.
Bayou Blue—George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog.
Show & Tell—Readers’ favorites.
Smiling Dogs—All new smilers.
Career Change—Everything and the Dog’s Lydia Best.

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 49: Jul/Aug 2008

For our July/August issue we have gathered up an array of tips, tricks and treats to help keep the season pleasurable and safe for both you and your dog. Learn how to make refreshing and cool doggie snacks, and read about the application of Global Position System products that go beyond trip mapping and help you to locate your wandering pooch.

Looking at food sourcing and manufacturing we have take a closer look at how and where rawhide chews are made, perhaps time to seek an alternative. As for calorie counting, it’s time that we demand that pet food companies provide us with this most basic in labeling information; our nutrition team of Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explains why this is so important.

We have part two of our series about popular music’s doggie-inspired tunes, from Tom Waits to Nellie McKay, they all like to walk the dog. Keeping up our summer “good reads” series, we have a fiction piece by master short story writer Tobias Wolff and a memoir from an up and coming author, Nic Sheff—both of which examine the pull dogs have on us. We proudly present two new poems by Mary Oliver, and an homage to Vicki Hearne by Ken Foster. Rounding out this collection, Lee Montgomery tells us about her lip-reading Schnauzer.

And Susan McCarthy writes about the success story surrounding the rehabilitation of Michael Vick’s dogs. Wonderful community efforts lead by groups like BadRap and others have shown us that all dogs lives are worth saving.

As always, more charming smilers, a great cover dog(s) story, plus gems from you, our readers, too!


Pop Goes the Dog II More songs from the canine charts. By Bill DeMain
Special Teams Advocacy group is part of the solution for Michael Vick’s dogs. By Susan McCarthy

The Write Stuff: Summer Lit
[Fiction] Her Dog Man and dog forge a new bond. By Tobias Wolff
[Essay] Schnauzer, Talking A little pat, a little tickle, a little ritual all his own. By Lee Montgomery
[Homage] Vicki Hearne Remembered A brilliant, disorderly, singular woman with a keen passion for dogs. By Ken Foster
[Memoir] Ramona Guitar Wolf Jackson Lending a Hound a helping hand. By Nic Sheff
[Poetry] Benjamin, Who Came from Who Knows Where Percy Waits for Ricky By Mary Oliver

Howl: The Imaginary Dog Awards Take a bow, or a bone—whatever works. By Phil Austin
Step Right Up! Carnival chalkware dogs. By Carolyn Jacinto
Short Takes—More Good Reads Wally’s World by Marsha Boulton, The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig, Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington

[Nutrition] The Politics of Pet Food Calorie labeling. By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[Adventure] The Reluctant First Mate A woman and her dog sail the Atlantic Ocean. By Melody Coulter
[Masterworks] Mary Cassatt & Berthe Morisot Woman Impressionist painters
[Recipe] Summertime Treats Make your own! By Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
[Postcard from Los Angeles] Barking for a Living Voice-over pros tell how to talk dog. By Alysia Gray Painter
[Both Ends of the Leash] Not Tonight—I Have a Paw Ache That suddenly cranky pup could be suffering from undiagnosed pain. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Safety] FrankenBones The downside of rawhide—can it harm your dog? By Sheila Pell
[Wellness] Joint Efforts Arthritis management takes careful coordination. By Martha Schindler Connors
[Ask the Behaviorist] Backsliding on Recall By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] The Labrador Pact; We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear; We Can’t Stay Together for the Dogs; Dog Body, Dog Mind
[Endpiece] A Bird in the Paw By Donna Hicks Myers

Dog Days—A picnic of summertime treats.
Eyes in the Sky—GPS technology finds missing dogs.
SAR Call to Action—Search Dog Foundation ready to grow.
Cover Dog—Meet Penny and her best buddy Nemo.
New Lynda Barry Comeek—Getting Along with Others.
Online: Hear Lynda Barry talk about her work and her new book, What It Is, on NPR’s Arts Audio/Video (scroll down).
Happy Endings—Rescued pup inspires boy.
Online: Hear Mark Federman read his essay.
Smiling Dogs—All new, all happy.
Family Dogs—A Sunday buggy ride, and Fido’s on the job.
Chew on This—Himalayan yak milk chews.
HOP on the Bus, Gus!—Boulder’s new dog-friendly bus line.

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 50: Sept/Oct 2008

With this September/October issue, Bark strikes gold! To celebrate hitting 50 (issues, that is), we set a lavish table, loaded delights for both the mind and the eye. In the triple-article feature “Genealogy,” we look at the ways DNA testing attempts to unscramble the genetic secrets of well-mixed pups. Dogs of the Mississippi Delta are also on tap, captured by renowned photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. The irrepressible Martha, star of Susan Meddaugh’s classic children’s stories, Martha Speaks, debuts on PBS, and we score an in-depth interview with the creators of the series. Well-versed vet Nancy Kay tells us how to speak up for our dogs, and just in time for Halloween, we show you how to sculpt a pup-kin or stitch up a costume for your pooch. From nutrition editors Nestle and Nesheim, we learn what words really mean when it comes to pet food; Patricia McConnell takes issue that comforting a fearful dog is a bad idea—it isn't; and Karen London reveals that play is serious business. There’s more! Animal blessings, 10 healthy ways to add variety to your dog’s mealtime, canine eye care, cover dog Porchie, a mother/daughter matching DVMs, new smilers, and a Dogpatch potpourri round out the issue. Enjoy!


Martha Speaks to Bark The children’s classic comes to PBS! Program creators share their insights. By Claudia Kawczynska
Dog-o-Lanterns Step-by-step instructions for sculpting a pup-perfect pumpkin. By Terri Hardin
Delta Dogs Maude Schuyler Clay’s artful Mississippi photographs. By Beth Ann Fennelly
Becoming Your Dog’s Advocate The 10 (tried and true) commandments of veterinary office visits. By Nancy Kay, DVM

[Science] What Kind of Dog Is That? Jane Brackman, PhD, unravels mutts’ rich genetic tapestry.
[Essay] The Well-Mixed Mutt Michael J. Rosen finds that dogs are more than the sum of their parts.
[Tests] Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo Amy Young decodes the DNA test market.

Scary Math In a chance encounter, the only one not surprised is the dog. By Kim Lemon
Homer A great Hound who lived once upon a time. By Rick Bass
A Pooched Punt A football-loving Lab outfoxes the home team. By Ben Ginsberg
Poem: Fortune’s Talker By Stephen Kuusisto
[Career Moves] Degrees of Difference Mother-daughter duo graduate from vet school By Rikke Jorgensen
[Nutrition] Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food Is there truth in labeling? By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[People Who Matter] Andrew Kaplan, DVM A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation. By Lee Harrington
[Wellness] 10 Easy Pieces Mealtime upgrades from the grocery basket. By Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
[Behavior: Both Ends of the Leash] Comforting a fearful dog can be a good thing. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Celebration] Blessed Are the Animals A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed. By Laurel Maury
[Health] Eye Care By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Crafts] Trick or Treat A costume with flower power. By Annette Howard
[Behavior: By the Numbers] Studies on Canine Play By Karen B. London, PhD
[Dog Law]  PETS legislation and how to improve it. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Reviews] The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Oh Behave!, Tell Me Where It Hurts, Eco Dog, See Spot Sit
[Endpiece] Battle of the Flying Fur By Jeffrey Shaffer

Opinion: Flood Relief—Displaced Iowa shelter needs a helping hand.
Amazing Greyts—a new book by photographer Barbara Karant.
Namesake—Philly’s White Dog Café.
Re-Use—Tote on the cheap.
Fabulous Prefab—Build your own and weigh in on the design.
Cover Dog—Soulful Porchie from Massachusetts .
Foreclosure Pets—Helping pets in hard times.
Fat Book—Artists unite to help a great rescue group.
How I Found My Dog—A new reader-based series; for our first, Joyce Freedman tells Honey’s story.
Smiling Dogs—A new & happy crew of smilers.

Magazine: 2006-2008
Issue 51: Nov/Dec 2008

In the November/December 2008 issue, we take a look at fast dogs, big love and thrifty gifts—and that’s just for starters. Writer and sheepdog handler extraordinaire Donald McCaig reports from the UK’s World Sheepdog Trials, while back in the U.S., the sweet romance between a dog-loving elephant and a rescued pup is revealed. Tips for a homespun holiday—50+ gifts under $20, how to help your dog be a gracious guest and two easy craft projects—provide a gentle entry to the season. Add a report on canine personality research; the low-down on Rin Tin Tin; a Q&A with Broadway’s premier trainer and shelter-dog advocate; and articles on behavior, health, doga and more and you have a holiday issue that’s hard to beat. Enjoy!


Big Love In Tennessee, dogs are an elephant’s best friends. By Megan McMurray
Dog Star Susan Orlean’s quest for the truth about Rin Tin Tin. By Sheila Pell
Please Understand Me In dogged pursuit of the canine personality. By Sophia Yin, DVM
World Sheepdog Trial 2008 Donald, Luke and June go to Wales. By Donald McCaig

The Gracious Guest Is your dog ready to go a-visiting? By Karen B. London, PhD
60 Gifts Under $20 Delightful, delicious, delovely giving.
Handmade Window Books Simple paper projects with a personal touch. By Esther K. Smith
Ruffle Dog Collar Knit an easy, elegant collar. By Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne

Friday Faithfuls The day after Thanksgiving is a busy one for shelters. By Marian Gryzlo
The Lady in Holmby Park Was it the squirrels or the prayers?  By Sy Fischer

[Wellness] Mealtime upgrades from the grocery shelf. By Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD [See Part One]
[Recipe] Thanksgiving Dinner. Use up those leftovers. By Jonna Anne with Mary Straus
[Behavior] Can you bet against your dog’s nature and win? By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Eco Life] The Greening of Animal Shelters By Debra J. White
[Q&A]Bill Berloni: Broadway’s premier animal advocate and trainer tells all. By Susan Tasaki
[Legal] Breaking the Chain: Advocating for anti-tethering legislation By Alyce Miller
[Photo Essay] Fierce Beauty Michael Crouser’s Dog Run. By Mark Doty
[Film] Wendy & Lucy Indie film with a focus on the human-dog bond. By Heather Huntington
[Assistance] Family Visits Therapy dogs help parent and child. By Rebecca Wallick
[Activity] Good Dogi Stretch, breathe and bond with doga. By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Vet Advice] Small Organ, Big Problem: The low-down on canine pancreatitis. By Nancy Kay, DVM
[Family Dog] The Tate boys & Judge. Vintage memories.
[Reviews] Pet Food Politics; For the Love of Animals; Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition; The Modern Dog; Speaking for Spot
[Endpiece] Lawn Ornament Lunacy. By Julie Smith

Opinion—Marc Bekoff on our “compassion footprint.”
The Great Cover Dog Contest: Redux—Let the entries begin!
Cover Dogs—Coos Bay’s Jammer and Tru.
Canine Chorus—Sounds of the season.
Wagger—Margaret Cho.
Dog Park Ducks—Huey, Dewey and Louie save the day.
Musician’s Muse—Derek James and Clueless.
Dogs Speak Cat—Research news.
Dioramas Delight—Photographer K.C. Bailey’s “Brooklyn Rescue” project.
Q&A—Talking dogs with Nick Trout, DVM.
How I Found My Dog—Poet Maxine Kumin rescues Rosie.
Smiling Dogs—Miles of smiles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Exclusives: Sep/Oct 2011
Expand your horizons here.
  • Send us your bright ideas for living clean and green, and you’ll be entered to win one of dogdom’s favorite vacuums.
  • Win a Crypton throver in our Homeworks giveaway!
  • Green Grooming with Baking Soda
  • Build Your Own Pet Waste Digester
  • Learn more about our cover dogs—Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella.
  • Read more about Claire and Chloe's Rags for Wags.
  • Join our Open Thread for a real-time conversation with its author John Woestendiek and Jane Brackman, PhD. Date to be determined.
  • Get infomation on raw food.
  • Slideshow of Atsuhiko Misawa's carvings.
  • Read more about Frans Hals's Young Man and Woman in an Inn.
  • Q&A with HeARTs Speak founder, Lisa Prince Fishler by Lisa Wogan
Web Exclusives: Jun/Jul/Aug 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Summer School Gone to the Dogs Learn new skills in the coming months by JoAnna Lou
  • Recipes for Dogs: Allergen-Free Dog Treats More Recipes from "Dog Cookies" by Bark Editors
  • Share Your Favorite Summer Spots For Dogs
  • Readers' Summer Travel Tips Find dog-friendly hotspots recommended by fellow Bark readers.
  • If I’d Known Then What I Know Now  What would YOU do differently? by Karen B. London, PhD
  • On the Road with Elvis The video adventure of a smiling French Bulldog. by Bark Editors [Video]
  • Beginners film leads star to adoption How actor Ewan McGregor found his co-pilot dog by Bark Editors [Video]
  • Beginner’s Animal Trainer Extraordinaire Coaxing a Great Film Performance from Dogs by Bark Editors [Video]
Magazine: 2009-2011
Cover Dog: Bayou
Apr/May 2011
Kartik, Bayou and Breeze

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

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

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


Web Exclusives: April/May 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Talking Training & Television - Coming soon. Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog, talks to us in our video interview about the new season, her take on training methods, the difference between men and women as training clients, and her search for a new dog.
  • More Advice for Graying Dogs - We asked Dr. Nicholas Dodman even more questions about his latest book, Good Old Dog, and what you can do to keep your aging dog as happy and healthy as ever in this video interview.
  • Seriously Cute Crochet Dogs - Grab your crochet hooks and try your hand at amigurumi, knitted stuffed Japanese toys, with this Beagle puppy pattern from the book Ami Ami Dogs.
  • Q&A with the Inmate Trainers of Freedom Tails - Learn more about the prison dog training program Freedom Tails—straight from the trainers themselves.
  • More Recipes from Barbara Laino - Looking for more homemade recipes for your dog's dinner? Barbara Laino shares more recipes fresh from Midsummer Farm.
  • To Clone or Not to Clone? - In our video interview, John Woestendiek, author of the new book Dog Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man’s Best Friend, exposes the high cost of canine cloning—for both the people who invest their money and emotions in the procedure, and the laboratory animals used to create the clones.
  • Q&A with Animator Bill Plympton - In our expanded interview with Guard Dog animator Bill Plympton, he talks about his love of hand-drawn animation and his future projects with the Dog.


Web Exclusives: Feb/Mar 2011

Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multimedia bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!

  • Bark Rescue Wonder Dog: Charlotte - A once-shy shelter dog stars in her own short film.
  • Q&A with Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz - Perfect family dog training.
  • Knitted Dogs - Download the Knit Your Own Dog pattern.
  • Raising a Guide Dog Puppy - Catch up on the latest posts.
  • Paper-Mache Dogs Gallery
  • Paper-Mache Dogs Instructions - Make a paper-mache dog of your very own.
  • Interview with Jeffrey Masson - Video from our Skype chat with the author of The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving.
  • At Long Last Love - Our interview with Jeffrey Masson from 1997.
  • Wedding Dogs - Here comes the bride ... and her dog: stories, advice and resources for including your dog in the big day.