In this summer issue we welcome back Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist John Woestendiek, unravelling the latest news from the strange world of dog cloning. Such a bizarre pursuit; it’s a mystery to me that people spend so much money trying to re-create their dog, especially since the cloned version is never truly the same. Rebecca Wallick introduces us to the Guide Dogs for the Blind’s puppy-raising program, which includes an option that allows volunteers to share the responsibilities, making it possible for more people to do this invaluable work. Don’t miss Karen London’s wonderful take on the connections we have with our dogs, and how deeply they can be felt by both of us. Also, check out the lead article in DogPatch: evidence that this connection is genetically driven.
The (almost) Wild Dogs of Pavones, Costa Rica
Encounters with venomous snakes can end badly for dogs—here’s what to keep in mind
By Sandra Roth
Notes from a Dog Walker: Back to Their Nature
Guardians, companions, zodiac animal—canines are a constant in Japanese culture.
Q&A with interior design legend
By Cameron Woo
The connection between people and dogs is the stuff of legend.
People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story