We’re easing our way into another summer season, tuning up for vacation flings, scoping out dog-friendly resorts and venues, and hoping to find time to settle back and simply enjoy a few peaceful moments with our dogs.
As our cover proclaims, we have an exclusive, behind the scenes feature on the dogs of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Ever wonder why they always seem to win the Emmy? We found the answer to that! Talk about a good time being had by all … not only does this have to be one of the most imaginative, intriguing and invigorating spots in which to work, its über-dog-friendly environment catapults The Daily Show into the stratosphere of the country’s most appealing workplaces. To honor that, we’re bestowing our first-ever “The Bark’s Best Place to Work Award” on The Daily Show.
Elsewhere in this issue, we share practical advice from our experts. Karen London gives us the scoop on the alleged differences between big and small dogs from a behavioral perspective; Pat Miller tells us how to tame door-darters; and attorney Rebecca Wallick provides a primer on pet insurance: Is it the best option? What should you look for when choosing a provider? What are the alternatives?
Then we take on one of dogs’ most profoundly embarrassing behaviors. Who doesn’t know a dog who tries to mount another dog, or his bed or toys or Uncle Louie’s leg? Julie Hecht helps us figure out what’s behind all those “good vibrations.” We go from R-rated to squeaky clean in a Q&A with a grooming pro, who gives us tips on the best way to brush and bathe our co-pilots, as well as the best tools (you can toss the one brush you’re likely to have but probably never use), methods and general advice on how to have “flawless fur.”
Being our summer issue, the big focus is “Outside.” We introduce you to stand-up paddleboarding, a water activity that’s likely to have your dogs hopping aboard for the ride. We learn the ins and outs of backpacking with dogs and hear about a fisherdog too. Check out the easy jerky recipes plus a fun whittling project—one of the first DIYs ever!
That’s it for now. Let’s hope that the summery months give you time to chill, kick back and relax with your pup at your side.
The Dogs of The Daily Show: Behind the scenes exclusive. By Claudia Kawczynska
Humping: Just why do dogs do it? By Julie Hecht
Risk Management: Should you buy pet insurance? By Rebecca Wallick
Into the Wild: Backpacking with your dog. By Ceiridwen Terrill
Big Splash: Photographs By Seth Casteel
Big Dogs, Small Dogs: Does size affect behavior? By Karen B. London, PhD
Chloe Chronicles VI: Getting the dog you need. By Lee Harrington
Waking Up from My Dream Dog. By Laurel Saville
Endpiece: Fisherdog. By Lily Raff McCaulou