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!

 

FEATURES
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


SPECIAL FEATURE: GENEALOGY
[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.

ESSAYS AND HOWLS
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
 
DEPARTMENTS
[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

DOGPATCH
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.

From This Issue

• 10 Easy Pieces to Liven Up Your Dog’s Dinner - Mealtime surprises from the grocery shelf
• Reducing Fear in Your Dog - A gentle hand or a tasty treat doesn’t reinforce fear, it reduces it
• Scary Math - What are the odds the past and the present will collide on a Manhattan street?
• Fortune’s Talker - in memory of Roscoe, a black Labrador
• Ten Commandments of Veterinary Office Visits - Become an advocate for your dog
• Prefab Dog House - New look for traditional digs
• The Toby Project - A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation
• Porchie: Cover Dog - Sept/Oct 2008
• DNA Testing - Which DNA test should you choose to settle the “what’s in the mix” question?
• Creative Re-Use - Tote on the cheap
• Foreclosed but Not Forgotten - Groups help pets in need
• How I Found My Dog: The Right Dog for Me - The list goes out the window when the perfect dog comes in the door
• Can DNA Decipher the Mix? - Unraveling the genetic tapestry provides clues to breeds and their mixes
• Martha Speaks Now on PBS - Q&A with the creators of the new series
• Mother-Daughter Vet Graduates - Sharon Hunt Gerardo realizes her original dream
• DNA & The Well-Mixed Mutt - Dogs are more than the sum of their parts
• Dog Law: Dogs and Disasters - Going astray and finding solutions
• Namesake: The White Dog Café - A Philly legend with a national reputation
• Canine Eyes & Their Disorders - Keys to preserving your dog’s vision
• Blessed Are the Animals - A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed
• Celebrate Halloween with Dog-o-Lanterns - How to sculpt a special dog-themed Halloween pumpkin
• Four Scientific Studies on Dogs and Play - Having fun is serious business
• Battle of the Flying Fur - The true renewable resource