Issue 65: Jun/Aug 2011

Bark’s summer issue, our “golden” issue 65, has just what you need to make yours an unforgettable one. We put out a call to our readers, asking for their favorite summery places to go and things to do; their response was terrific. Then our experts and editors offer their favorite vacation haunts from dog camps and lodges, to trails and water holes.

Our cover dog, Cosmo, is literally a stellar example of a rescue success story. He is co-starring in “Beginners,” a charming and thought-provoking new film. We met and interviewed, Ewan McGregor, the movie’s star, and its director/writer Mike Mills. We also talked with Cosmo’s mom/handler, Mathilde De Cagny, and learned that animal-loving McGregor’s attachment to Cosmo opened a new chapter for the Scottish actor—be sure to read the interviews to see what happened next.

We have helpful advice from Patricia McConnell about bringing home a “non-puppy.” We have an excerpt from her newest book, Love Has No Age Limit. Many of you are rightfully concerned about the food you provide to your dogs. But do you know if the animal protein source was humanely raised? Read “Dog Food Dilemma” to see why this matters. We have more findings on the play-research front from Smuts and Ward, who tell us how to determine if things are going smoothly with dog-dog interactions. We talk Dog Sense author Dr. John Bradshaw who probes dog’s beginnings and ways to improve their futures. We also have articles on running, navigating canine hearing loss, help with finding lost dogs and how dogs are protecting penguins. Insightful, provocative and enlightening essays round out our summer offerings. But for now, kick back, relax and dig into our summer issue.

Summer Adventure Planner: Trips, treks and travellers’ tips. By Bark Editors
Making Sense of Dogs: Q&A with Dog Sense author, John Bradshaw about his new book. By Claudia Kawczynska
The Language of Play: When to know if play gets too rough. By Barbara Smuts, PhD and Camille Ward, PhD
Beginners: Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor talk about their new film.
Training for Film: Q&A with Hollywood animal trainer Mathilde De Cagny.
Dog Food Dilemma: Humanely-raised food choices. By Steve Smith
The Breakup: Sometimes, love isn’t enough. By Elizabeth Mehren
Of Dogs and Men: On losing a veterinarian. By Annik La Farge

[Guest Editorial] Pit Bull bans facing Ontario’s shelters. By Kevin Strooband
[Talking Training] Separation Anxiety! By Victoria Stilwell
Postcard from Ireland. By Maureen Donnellon
[Second Opinion] Oncept delivers cancer-fighting DNA. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Conservation] Maremma Sheepdogs on Little Penguin patrol. By Debbie Lustig
[Howl] Me and My (Unemployed) Dog. By Ellen Kaye
[Welfare] Lost Dogs: How to get them back. By Lisa Wogan
[Training] Elite runners make great trainers. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Fitness] Turn your dog into a great running partner. By Sophia Yin, DVM
[Behavior] Adopting an adult dog. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] Living with a deaf dog. By Dana Standish
[Book Reviews] The Animal Connection, Dog Sense, Chase! Dog Inc.
[Poetry] Poems from Alexandra Yurkovsky, Mary Oliver and Carol Ann Lantz.
[Endpiece] By John L. Shepherd

Nature-Deficit Disorder
Kit’s Corner: cool goods
Show + Tell; Me & My Dog
Gluten-free Snacks
Home Works: Cabin Fever
Smiling Dogs
Masterwork: Henri Matisse & Gertrude Stein

PLUS more Web Exclusives!

From This Issue

• Beginners film leads star to adoption - How actor Ewan McGregor found his co-pilot dog
• On the Road with Elvis - The video adventure of a smiling French Bulldog.
• Recipes for Dogs: Allergen-Free Dog Treats - More Recipes from "Dog Cookies"
• Beginners' Animal Trainer Extraordinaire - Coaxing a Great Film Performance from Dogs
• Home Works: Cabin Fever - We’ve got the goods …
• Lost Dogs: How to Get Them Back - Important lessons from a decade of missing pet recovery
• Pit Bull Bans and Other Issues Facing Ontario’s Shelters - Guest Editorial: Views from the humane world
• When a Dog Adoption Doesn't Work Out - Sometimes, love isn’t enough
• Dog-Friendly Lodges - Summer Adventure Planner
• Kit's Corner: On The Go - Dicky Bag, Poopy Packs and Shortomatic Custom Board Shorts