Perfect for the summertime, we have oodles of good reading in store for you. From first-time book author Matthew Gilbert, a charming look at his Boston dog park scene and a good reminder that snap judgments can snap back in a positive way, and that letting go of assumptions can lead the way to a new attitude. Gail Caldwell is back with another memorable memoir, this time including a jumpstart to her life with a new pup. David Koff supplies a classic “how I found my dog” story, and Joshunda Sanders offers insights on how becoming a dog person helped her revise her own perceptions about the black community’s relationship with dogs. Jill Smolowe shows us that having a daily routine to look forward to is valuable to those on both ends of the leash. Finally, be sure to check out our editors’ top-pick summertime reading roundup.
Also on deck: Veterinarian Ilana Strubel has tips on how to get—or keep—the pounds off your pup, and we have an excerpt from an excellent new book by Linda Case, who explains what to look for (and ask for) when reading pet food labels. Then, imagine paddling a canoe down the Mississippi with a canine co-pilot and find out how Lucas Will and Tischer fared on their more than 2,000-mile adventure. For more outdoor inspiration, Suzanne Roberts recounts a backpacking expedition with her husband and their dog, Ely, along a challenging section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
On the “news you can use” front, Sheila Pell investigates the proliferation of ticks (climate change strikes again!) and what we can do to ward them off us and our dogs. We also check out stem cell and hyperbaric oxygen therapies and backyard barbecue do’s and don’ts, and serve up an easy recipe for delicious and nutritious whole-grain peanut butter dog cookies. Mardi Richmond reports on what happened when a top guide dog–training organization transitioned to clickers, and Donna Jackel looks at worthy, locally based humane groups that are making remarkable impacts on their communities. We have important safety tips about summertime activities, and many reader-supplied ideas on where to find the best off-the-beaten-track adventures this season.
So, settle yourself and your dog in a cool, shady spot and dig into the summer issue. We think you’ll find lots to ponder and put to use.
Tick Talk Is climate change behind the rise in the numbers of ticks and the diseases they bring? By Sheila Pell
Dog Paddling the Mighty Mississippi Down the river with a dog. By Lucas Will
Backcountry Trek A dog with a job makes a perfect hiking partner. By Suzanne Roberts
Label Smarts Ways to improve your dog-food-selection skills. By Linda Case
On View In the Company of Cats and Dogs. By Cameron Woo
Tula The challenges and rewards of a new pup. By Gail Caldwell
Cell Phone Lady Dog parks are full of pleasant interludes. By Matthew Gilbert
Walking Misty Daily routines provide welcome relief at both ends of the leash. By Jill Smolowe
Finding Carson A stray meets her match. By David Koff
Color-blind Love Opening our eyes to stereotypes and dispelling racial myths. By Joshunda Sanders
Guest Editorial: Go Walk Shelter Dogs
Bark’s Summer Tips
Travel—ideas from our readers.
Dogfroyo; Instant harness; Tails to Trails
Last Chance IPA; Keeping it clean; Beware Compost
SMILING DOGS: Simply irresistible
Healing oxygen by Susan Tasaki
Recipe: Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cookies
Grooming: Summer Shedding Secrets
Pop Art: Vintage Labels
It’s A Dog’s Life
THEATRE: Of Mice and Men + dog by Amy Kantor, DVM
HEALTH: Pounds be Gone Help your pup shed excess weight. By Ilana Strubel, DVM
HEALTH: Self Healing Stem Cells. By Megan Cassels-Conway, DVM
SECOND OPINION: The Barbecue Blues Tips. By Nick Trout, DVM
BEHAVIOR: Lessons learned from aggression cases. By Karen B. London, PhD
WORKING DOGS: Clicker training conversion. By Mardi Richmond
WELFARE: Grassroots Animal Welfare: Helping dogs, one community at a time. By Donna Jackel
REVIEWS: Off the Leash by Matthew Gilbert; New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell; A Dog’s History of the World by Laura Hobgood-Oster; From Birdbrained to Brilliant by Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell; Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn; The Mountaintop School for Dogs by Ellen Cooney; Citizen Canine by David Grimm; Puppy Savvy by Barbara Shumannfang
ENDPIECE: Murphy: A most unusual adoption arrangement. By Lisa Leshaw