As the year and a decade wind down and seasonal celebrations ramp up, we present a full monty of fun, inspirational and thought-provoking reads. In “Wonder Dogs,” we do a 10-year round up of all the amazing jobs dogs have been schooled to do for us. Perfect for this time of year, we look at the joys of fostering—if you haven’t already, this article might inspire you to invite a canine guest in for the holidays. Then, two of our favorite literary luminaries—Rick Bass and Mary Oliver—make return engagements. Dallas dog-lovers might become the envy of us all, especially during these wintery months—we go inside for a romp at their city’s Unleashed, a new dog park with walls and windows! Be sure to check out our cover dog, Charlie, a stray rescued from Guatemala who might just be the cutest pup ever! See how southern hounds strike a bargain with French cats; how a father, his adopted son and a Dalmatian explore Aspen together; and how to interpret your dog’s antics during play. For a very special, and exclusive treat—you can read this whole issue now in its digital version! Go to our dmag now, be sure to look for the video and try out all the links for an added value reading experience. Enjoy and spread the word!
Wonder Dogs—New jobs for dogs tap into their amazing talents. By Barbara Robertson
Field Work—Conservation dogs follow the scent of the wild. By Ilona Popper
Shared Giving—Animal-loving companies direct charitable dollars. By Rayne Wolfe
The Joy of Fostering—Finding fulfillment, saving lives. By Rikke Jorgensen
Olympic Bound—Snowboarding’s Steve Fisher and skeleton’s Katie Uhlaender
From Pound to Provence—Southern hounds learn village ways. By Judith Reitman
Special Delivery—’Tis the season for giving and happy endings. By Mickey Rathbun
A Greyhound’s Firsts—Photo essay. By Mark Menditto
Dogs of Paris—Evocative pièce de résistance. By Rick Bass
Poetry—The Sweetness of Dogs, by Mary Oliver; With Gessa, by John Harris
[Travel] Spotted in Aspen—Adventures on and off the slopes. By Gregory Edmont
[Recipes] Homemade Holidays—Special treats and reusable wrappings.
[Humane] Safety on the Set—American Humane dogs the entertainment industry. By Alysia Gray Painter
[Dog Nation] Indoor Play Park—Unleashed delights Dallas. By Joy Tipping
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash—Play watching. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Sights] A Dog’s Castle—Delightful discovery. By Sally Silverman
[Insight] The Art of Training—Building trust is the first step. By Jeannette Cooperman
[Vet Advice] Dry Eye—Diagnosing and dealing with this common canine ailment. By Rebecca Burwell, DVM
[Training] By the Numbers—5 misconceptions about dog training and behavior. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Reviews] Inside of a Dog, A Big Little Life,The Wolf in the Parlor, All My Patients Have Tales
[New & Noteworthy] Rescue Ink, Canine Massage in Plain English, Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats, Come Back, Como, Am I Boring My Dog?, Good Dogs Doing Good
[For Young Readers] Diogenes
[Endpiece] All in a Day’s Work—A wee bit of Christmas cheer. By J.F. Pirro
Snowbound—Good cold fun.
Smart Ideas—For your smart phone.
Surviving the Holidays—Mind your Ps & Qs.
Holiday Tool Kit—Handy helpers.
Mascot—Amber and the Navajo Code Talkers.
Tricks of the Trade—Cold-weather walks.
Take Three—Q&A with Temple Grandin.
Nellie McKay—Singer’s newest is normal as blueberry pie.
Take a City Walk—Cards lead the way.
In the Kitchen—Biscuit cookbook kit & an apron with attitude.
Teachable Moment—Three steps to a fab flip finish.
Our Cover Dog—Charlie, mighty cute.
AWARE—Guatemala rescue group.
Kit’s Corner—Editor’s choice for small dogs.
Pinups & Pit Bulls—American classics stand up for Pits.
MC Esoteric’s Dog Rap—Hip-hop artist with a soft heart.
Smiling Dogs—They’re here and they’re happy.