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Blog: Weekly Smilers
Apr 5th 2010 - Smiling Dogs
Blog: Guest Posts
Large, Fragile and Valuable
Should dogs get their own seats on airplanes?
Reader comments to TheBark.com are almost always onpoint, insightful, informative and polite--even about issues that makes us want to tear our hair out. We saw a pretty heated but information-loaded string of feedback to a post by JoAnna Lou last fall. She wrote about people who falsely claim their dog is a service animal in order to qualify for privileges not ordinary extended to companion dogs...
Blog: Guest Posts
Pet Meds Primer
10 questions to ask your vet
The FDA recently published a quick checklist of what to ask when your veterinarian prescribes medications for your pet. These are commonsense suggestions and worth a refresher.
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Q & A with Bim Angst
Winner of The Bark’s 1st Annual Short Story/Fiction Contest
A brindle-furred Pit Bull is one point of a complex, mid-life love triangle in Bim Angst’s contest-winning story “Village Dogs” (The Bark, April/May 2010). In the piece, a man and a woman stutter-step toward one another, in large part, through their feelings about the dog. The result is an authentic and poignant look at how people—often aided by their canine co-pilots—come together. On the eve of...
Blog: Weekly Smilers
Mar 29th 2010 - Smiling Dogs
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs of Valor
Four- and three-legged heroes honored
We all know dogs rock. They improve our lives in countless small ways every day—motivating us to be active and patient, making us laugh, helping us in work and play. Sometimes they go an extra mile, saving us from injury and even death. For three years, The Humane Society of the United States has celebrated these ubervaliant pups with the Dogs of Valor Awards. This year’s big winner was Kenai, a...
Magazine: Web Exclusives
Web Exclusives: Apr/May 2010
Expand your horizons here
Welcome to our web exclusives. This is where you’ll find new and topical articles, instructions, links for taking action, multi-media bonuses and expanded versions of material in the print magazine. Enjoy!   Breed Rescue Our online reader supplied breed rescue list Strategies for Dog Rescuers Finding a balance by Julia Kamysz Lane A Teachable Moment Targeting: Go to Your Mat By Sandra...
Blog: Guest Posts
Q&A with Maren Bussey
Young author follows shelter dogs in a new book
With more than 100 books to her credit, four adopted dogs in her home and a canine-behaviorist mother, it was probably only a matter of time before Maren Bussey wrote a book about shelter dogs. Tackling the project like a journalist, the cub reporter followed dozens of dogs surrendered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., and then profiled 15 in...
Take the Quiz! Dog’s Superior Sense of Smell
Questions that test your dog sense.
Take this 6 question quiz and see the results at the end.   Question: As dogs get older, their senses, including sight, hearing and smelling, are diminished.Answer: False. Only sight and hearing, the sense of smell normally stays with a dog for a lifetime.   Question: A dog’s nose print is as individual as a human’s fingerprint. Answer: True. Noses have a pattern of ridges and dimples that,...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs on Grass
Dogs love grass—eating it, rolling on it, playing on it and, unfortunately, “fertilizing” it too
Dogs love grass—eating it, rolling on it, playing on it and, unfortunately, “fertilizing” it too. Urine can cause a nitrogen overload on most grasses, and females, because their squatting produces a steady, concentrated stream, are more likely to create the brown ring pattern on lawns, which some horticulturists call “female dog spot disease.” So if you’re planting—or replanting—a lawn, chose...

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