This is the 10th anniversary of Katrina, one of the five deadliest hurricanes to hit the U.S. Back then, we were days away from our deadline when we began hearing about the flooding and the desperate situations so many people and their pets were facing. We decided to scrap our lead stories and concentrate on covering Katrina. Fortunately (for us, at least), there were Bark readers and writers in the area, and they shared their on-the-spot perspectives. In the end, one of the big takeaways had to do with the importance of dogs in our lives—and the phrase “Not without my dog” has become a part of the public’s consciousness. In this issue, we reflect on that storm and the hard lessons that were learned in a guest editorial by former NOLA resident Ken Foster. We also meet up with Sally, our 2005 Katrina issue cover girl. She was among the rescued “Katrina dogs” who headed west in the first wave of humanitarian flights. She is also among the lucky ones who went on to inspire their new families—we write about hers, and other survivors’ remarkable stories.
On the feature front, Susan Tasaki makes the case for more research into the possible health benefits that medical cannabis might have for dogs, and Rebecca Wallick introduces us to an amazing volunteer first-responder team whose mission is to help animals in crisis situations. In a new series we hear from dog professionals about their work; we lead off with home-visit veterinarian Melissa Shapiro.
On the new book front we talk with Tracey Stewart (her husband recently retired from a popular Comedy Central news show) about her first book, Do Unto Animals. We also chat with New Yorker’s Maira Kalman about her new illustrated memoir with dogs. Intrigue novelist Alex Kava fields questions about her new series, anchored by a K9 handler with a true love for rescue dogs. Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Susan Thixton, authors of Dinner PAWsible, promote the value of nutritious homemade meals. Amanda Jones reflects on her new book, Dog Years, which featuring dogs in youth and old age—she also took this issue’s cover photograph. And award-winning photographer, Traer Scott rounds out our “On Book” series with her new work, Finding Home, a tribute to shelter dogs everywhere. This list just hits the high spots, there is quite a lot more that we surely engage your interest and that you’ll be back for more.
P.S. As an added bonus, if you like Greek yogurt, be sure to see my take on how to whip up a batch, and what you can do with the “left behind” whey (here’s a hint: dogs love it).
A Good Herb? Medical cannabis might hold promise for ailing companion animals. By Susan Tasaki
Dispatch from Poland—The Barka Foundation: People and dogs saved by compassion and one another. By David Shaw
Essay: Lessons Learned … and Unlearned. By Emily English Medley
To the Rescue: Injured animals get a helping hand from volunteer first-responders. By Rebecca Wallick
In Between Dogs: A shelter visit helps with healing. By Lee Harrington
Tracey Stewart’s Do Unto Animals looks at ways to improve the lives of all animals.
Finding Home by Traer Scott Finding hope and love with memorable shelter dogs.
Maira Kalman talks with us about her latest work Beloved Dog, an artful memoir with dogs.
Dog Years by Amanda Jones Looking back over 20 years of photographing young and old.
It’s a Dog’s Life
BEHAVIOR: Nice to Meet You—taking the angst out of canine introductions. By Karen B. London, PhD
HOWL: Assisted Living By Jenny Scott
HOLISTIC MEDICINE: Back Problems—Acupuncture can help dogs with intervertebral disc disease. By Sara Greenslit, DVM, CVA
SURGICAL INNOVATIONS: Is there a breakthrough in severe dysplasia? By Mark J. Knapik
DOG-ASSISTED THERAPY: Guide Dogs for the MindCanines. By Sheldon Siporin
ON THE JOB: Senior dogs benefit from in-home vet care. By Melissa Shapiro, DVM
ON VIEW: Folk Art
AUTHORS SPEAK: Alex Kava talks about her newest character and his dogs.
The Shepherd’s Life; Rescue Road; Breaking Creed and Silent Creed; 101 Doggy Dilemmas
Spotlight: Amanda Foundation and Saatchi; Jon Hamm and Shelter Me; Dogly
ENDPIECE: Freddie Flealoader By Dolly Withrow
GUEST EDITORIAL Katrina 10 Years After. By Ken Foster
OPENER: Katrina’s dogs make good.
Tune In: The Peanuts Movie; First Aid Studies; Research Findings; Apps reviews
High Performance Dogs: The care and feeding of canine athletes.
Travel to Dog Friendly Bozeman, Montana Big Sky country is mighty welcoming.
Cooking for Health: Q&A with Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Susan Thixton, authors of Dinner PAWsible.
Sniffing Around: Their noses know.
Smiling Dogs: Always Irresistible
What’s New: Whimzees, Puzzle Mat, Probios Soft Chews, Bark to Art