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Issue 60: Jun/Jul/Aug 2010


In this, our summer issue, we go outdoors, seeking the discoveries, joys and unexpected encounters that await us and our intrepid co-pilots during these warm months. We start with our Editors’ Outward Hound picks and tips—did you know that you can train your dog to find naturally shed deer antlers? These make great “organic” chews. Or did you know that many ski resorts allow dogs and their well-behaved owners to use their gondolas in the off season, ride high up, and have a breathtaking walk down? We cover the latest sport that every dog can do—using simple props and their most highly-tuned sense—K9 Nose Work. And from a pro in the field, see what it takes for a woman and her pup to earn SAR certifications in Scent of the Missing. Have you noticed how many “wild” types of meat are showing up in pet food these days? We look at the back story on this trend. Barbara Smuts, PhD and Camille Ward, PhD pose the question: Does Your Dog Need a BFF? Find out what these researchers have learned. One of our fav dog books is now an animated film, we talk with the artists behind My Dog Tulip, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. As always, there is so much more—learn plants to avoid, tips on biking with a pup copilot, why “tug” is definitely in and what it means to be a good breeder. Great reads, fab art and dogs aplenty—pick up a copy of Bark today!

Nose Work: Honing dog’s scenting abilities through fun and games. By Sandra Mannion
My Dog Tulip: The Film Animating a book classic with filmmakers, Paul and Sandra Fierlinger  Q&A with Edward Guthmann
Exotic Meats: Out of the wild and unto the pet shop shelf By Martha Schindler Connors
Does Your Dog Need a BFF?: Researchers confirm that they do. By Barbara Smuts, PhD and Camille Ward, PhD
The Stepping-Off Place: Fiction-contest finalist’s idealized island retreat. By Don Katnik
Scent of the Missing: an excerpt exploring partnerships between handlers and SAR dogs. By Susannah Charleson
Summer Art Eric Fischl, Timothy Horn, Fairfield Porter and Mark Ulriksen

[The Simple Life] Camping By Jenna Woginrich
[Second Opinion] Three-Legged Dogs By Nick Trout, DVM
[Talking Training] Generation Gap By Victoria Stilwell
[Outdoors] What Was That My Dog Just Rolled In? By Diane Gibbons
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Well Bred By Patricia McConnell, PhD
[Assistance] Courthouse Dogs Go South to Chile By Ellen O’Neill-Stephens
[Health] Rash Action: common plant causes allergic reaction By Eleanor K. Sommer
[Activity] Putting the Pup into Biking By Finley Fagan
[Howl] Top Secret By Jim McDevitt
[Training] Myths of Canine-Human Play: Wrestling is out, tug is in. By Karen London, PhD
[Vet Advice] Frustrating Foxtails By Nancy Kay, DVM
[Endpiece] Devotion By David Weiskircher
[Poem] Purna Flying By Ann Goethe
[Book Reviews] Love is the Best Medicine, I Thought You Were Dead, Every Dog Has a Gift, Not Fit for a Dog!, Puppy Primer, Scent of the Missing