Issue 76: Winter 2013

Our Winter/Holiday issue is sure to delight dog lovers. We have an exclusive, “at-home” feature on William Wegman and his remarkable dogs. Our photo-journalist, Kimberly Wang, was invited to spend time with the Wegman clan at their Maine retreat and came away with a wonderfully intimate story and engaging photos of her visit. (How does that man get his dogs to hold those poses?) Lee Harrington is back with one of her best takes ever on life with Chloe who is spending a lot more time in one of her many beds. In our continuing “Lost & Found” series, we have an essay by Katherine Goldberg, DVM, about how it feels when a dog is missing—a traumatic low in the life of a dog lover that’s almost, but not quite, worth the reunion high. Yvonne Zipter describes the way a fostered Greyhound turned a corner and found peace in her new life. Julie Hecht asks six “great minds” for their thoughts on dogs; their answers and insights are truly fascinating. Karen London shows us how to keep our dogs healthy, happy and fit. Vet Shea Cox offers her “Fifty Shades of Brown” to answer one of the most the popular dog-related search questions on the web (you can guess what it is); we learn what the colors mean and which deserve more scrutiny. We meet the very clever Girl Scout who struck gold with both an award and an inventive way for dogs to assist autistic children. Then we look at reasons for the growing concern about genetically modified (GMO) food; is there a case for the impacts GM crops might have on the health of our dogs? We find out how important SAR dogs are in avalanche/skiing country, and share our suggestions for great winter wonderland spots to visit (safely) with your pup. Be sure to read our newest dog park profile, whip up a simple turkey recipe and DIY textiles. We also have fabulous gift suggestions, and incredible holiday giveaways—including elegant and comfy dog beds. Be sure to see our very special gift subscription offers, buy two and get the third for only $1! As always, we have something for everyone, so hope you enjoy.

Wegman’s World: Behind the scenes with the artist, his family and the dogs. Photography/text by Kimberly M. Wang

Happy Holidays: A case for personalizing greetings. By Meghan Daum

Baby Love: A surprise acceptance for a new arrival. By Hinda Mandell

A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends Photography by Garry Gross, text by Steve Duno

Fifty Shades of Brown: The Scoop on Poop
What colors mean and which deserve more scrutiny. By Shea Cox, DVM

Bringing Up Blondie: A Greyhound finds her perfect match. By Yvonne Zipter

Chloe Chronicles: Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie
Reflecting on her dog’s slower pace. By Lee Harrington

Great Thinkers on Dogs: Six leading canine researchers talk about their work. By Julie Hecht

Finding Sydney: A former street dog tests her person’s resolve. By Katherine Goldberg, DVM

It’s a Dog’s Life

Travel: Choice Spots for Winter Escapes. By JoAnna Lou

Recipe: Fast, easy and nutritious turkey feast. By Christine Filardi

Petcare: When Your Dog Can’t Go with You. By James Dziezynski

Second Opinion: Ensuring Quality Health Care. By Nick Trout, DVM

Assistance: Jumping for Joy, a program for children with special needs. By Kathie Meier

Behavior: Run for Your (Quality of) Life Strategies for keeping your dog healthy, happy and fit. By Karen B. London, PhD

Food Safety: GMO: Are genetically modified crops safe? By Sheila Pell

Working Dogs: Avalanche SAR Canines Making slopes safer for everyone. By Jayme Moye

Decoding Your Dog by the ACVB; The Hidden Life of Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, The Business of Dog Walking by Veronica Boutelle; Dog Encyclopedia.

Guest Editorial: Crissy Field Dog Use in Peril
The Giving Season: Tips & ideas for a safe holiday
Top Chef’s Rescue Wins, Kid Vet App, TV’s Lucky Dog
DIY: Making your own fabric is just an inkjet away.
At the Dog Park: Howard & Erna Soldan Dog Park, Lansing, Mich.
Bark’s Best Places to Work Contest Winners
Family Dog: The Skippy Portraits by Linda Griggs
Smiling Dogs: Always irresistible
The 12 Beds of Christmas: Enter to Win!
Holiday Gift Guide

From This Issue

• Howard & Erna Soldan Dog Park - Dog Park Case Studies
• Bringing Up Blondie - A troubled Greyhound finds her perfect match.
• DIY: Personalized Fabrics - Make your own textiles, wallpaper, gift wrap and more—digital printing is all the rage!
• Snow Play - When the snow flies, it’s time to dust off your skis or snowshoes, pack your dog’s cold-weather gear and make tracks for wintertime fun.
• Great Thinkers on Dogs - Six leading canine researchers talk about their work.
• GMO: Are genetically modified crops safe in your dog food? - A vet speaks out on genetically modified pet food.
• Run for Your Quality of Your Dog's Life - Strategies for both you and your dog.