Issue 96: Winter 2018

The Bark magazine - Issue 96 - Winter 2018

The term “hero” as applied to dogs can seem a little overplayed on occasion, but there really are dogs who have demonstrated heroism, time and time again. In this winter issue, we profile an organization that trains them, and its founder, who helped some exemplary, rescue, dogs realize their potential. In the book Hero Dogs, we learn about the backstory and the origins of the renowned National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. I talk with coauthor Paul Lobo about the book, and about the two women—founder Wilma Melville and trainer Pluis Davern—who made it possible.

We are thankful for having the opportunity to share insights and discoveries that we think will benefit our readers. For example, you’ll find my article about my quest to make affordable and nutritionally balanced fresh food for my dogs. I suspect that some might think it looks like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, and see how eagerly your dogs lap it up, it becomes easier.

Home & Garden


In an update of the Steinbeck classic, a woman and her dog hit the road for parts unknown.

Training & Behavior

Fewer treats can help improve command compliance


Pairing behaviorally challenged shelter dogs with incarcerated men.

Stories & Lit

Musings on a close relationship.
In Their Voices




New York Dogs, Their Neighborhoods, and the People Who Love Them
How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America’s Greatest Disaster-Search Partners

Dogs at Work

Plus read excerpt of how a SAR dog learns to excel

Bark Editors