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Old Dog Time
Eggs, Un-scrambled
Toby was bossy, brilliant, single minded, the quintessence of Terrier tenacity. But she was once a puppy, dithering and distracted, thoughts running in every direction. A seasoned dog trainer advised me, the ingénue, that puppy’s brains are scrambled eggs: time and guidance would firm them up. Evie, just past babyhood, rescued us a month after Toby’s untimely departure. She was always a bit...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
First Dog: Tika
Two years after I had returned my husband of 20 years to the universe (great customer service!), my younger sister, the owner of two small rescue dogs, sent a photo of a little Border Terrier Dachshund-mix puppy to me one day at work in June of 2012. In the photo, her tail was wagging so fast you could not see it and at first I didn’t think she had a tail! My heart was captured by the little...
Blog: Guest Posts
How to Spoil a Dog Park
Jake's visits to the dog park ended when he bit off part of a Bulldog's ear. Jake, a black Lab-Pit Bull mix, belonged to a first-time dog-owner who reacted to his frequent aggressive behavior by saying, “Oh, Jakey, we don't do those things” in a high, sing-song voice. Jake's owner paid the $1000-plus bill for the Bulldog's surgery but the incident reflected the biggest problem with dog parks-and...
Blog: Letters
Please Don't Chase the Wildlife
As an animal lover and a person who enjoys hiking with my dogs, I found it disturbing to read that contributor Rebecca Wallick allows her dog to run free through the forest; chasing deer. Her article on GPS tracking devices for dogs, (Sept/Oct 2012 issue) was informative, but her final sentence angers me. Her “knowing that if one day, he disappears after a deer, they will be reunited,” because he...
Blog: Letters
Skye: Lending a Helping Paw
Just had to tell you how very much I enjoyed Patricia McConnell’s “Lending a Helping Paw.” What dog person doesn’t love everything this woman has to say? She is certainly on the mark with this article. My Skye girl came to me five years ago as a pup. It was always my hope that we could work our way to being a therapy-dog team, but that depended more on her than on me. She was such a handful—...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
A tribute to Ike on Your 7th Birthday!
[a poem] When you entered our lives who would have guessed that our humble abode would become truly blessed!  When I first saw your face, those gigantic feet...My firsts thought was “holy crap” how much will he eat? Fast-forward to age 7: Mounds of your discarded fur on the floor, a fastidious cleaner I am no more! Horizontal streaks of mud on the walls...I guess that’s the payback for having “...
Blog: Letters
Reactive Rover
Dream Dog Awakening
I wish there were more articles and stories like this one. I have a Boxer mix who, at about two years old (she’s just turned three) became leash reactive, or leash aggressive. We got her as a rescue at eight weeks and took her everywhere, doing everything we thought we should to socialize and train her. But the leash reactiveness happened anyway. Twice a week, she goes to doggie day care, where...
Blog: Letters
Lizzie, Another Real Dog
Dream Dog Awakening
The process Laurel Seville went through with Ainsley is so similar to mine with Lizzie that it’s eerie. Although Lizzie is not a rescue, she went from getting her CGC and therapy-dog certification right after her first birthday to barking and lunging at strangers, especially strange dogs, two years later. Although she never really enjoyed therapy visits, I pushed her because I wanted her to be...
Blog: Letters
Adopting Tucker
Dream Dog Awakening
Border Collie
Recently while waiting for my endodontist appointment, I picked up a copy of BARK magazine.  Thumbing through it, I spotted the Border Collie pictured with your story ("Waking Up From My Dream Dog" - Bark Jun/Aug 12).  So, I began to read it being the Border Collie person that I am.  Well, I couldn't believe what I was reading.  It was as if I had written it!  You were talking about my Tucker. ...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Show & Tell: Gavin
Cairn Terrier, Gavin
This is our Cairn Terrier, Gavin. Our rescue boy is a seven-year-old who was once afraid of everything and everyone. Now he’s parading with the Fort Collins Pipe Band, wearing a band uniform and smiling for the camera, with his pal Davey.

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