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News: JoAnna Lou
BlogPaws 2010
More than 250 pet bloggers unite to learn and network
Who doesn’t regularly read blogs these days? Last week, more than 250 people traveled to Columbus, Ohio to attend BlogPaws 2010, a conference for pet bloggers and a testament that this online tool is here to stay.  BlogPaws was created last year to foster a community of learning and networking among pet bloggers. Besides the annual conference, the organization plans to expand its web site to...
News: Guest Posts
Painted Dogs
Will wild dogs by another name smell sweeter?
Not long ago I went to a networking event for writers where one of my younger colleagues asked me about my brand. My brand? I hadn’t really thought of myself as needing a label, and from the sound of it, I am very much mistaken. The savvy wordsmith handed me three distinct business cards—each reflecting a certain niche. And I could see the logic of her sell. In these tough times, image management...
News: Karen B. London
My Town Is Dog Friendly
What about yours?
The latest issue of a local publication (Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine) contains an article called Citizen Canine: Flagstaff and Its Commanding Dog Presence. In it, the author discusses why Flagstaff is such a great place for dogs. The top reasons include:   Flagstaff boasts many great places to walk, run, or bike with dogs. The clean air, fresh water and endless miles of trails are...
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He Said, She Said, Dog Loses
There are two victims here
To read the original story, it seems pretty cut and dried. A jogger in Mercer County, Kentucky, passed by a dog on a tie out. The dog got loose and attacked her, requiring plastic surgery. Animal control takes the dog away to be quarantined then euthanized. But if you read the comments, you'll find several different perspectives. For example, the mother-in-law of the dog's owner claims the dog...
News: Guest Posts
Fab Four Update
Two of our April cover dogs go home
Have you been wondering about the fate of the quartet of delectable foster puppies on the cover of The Bark (Apr/May 2010)? We checked in with Julie Duarte, who has been fostering the pups in northern California, to see what’s haps with Flower, Candace, Ladybug and Edgar. Here’s the news from Julie:   Ladybug’s new owners absolutely adore her! When they came down, in between snowstorms, to pick...
News: Karen B. London
Visual Versus Vocal Cues
Dogs watch us and we talk to them
There’s a little list in my mind of information that dog trainers know and that they wish everyone knew. At the top of that list is the fact that dogs primarily communicate with visual signals whereas humans most often express themselves vocally. This difference explains so much of the confusion between our otherwise largely compatible species.   Dogs often pick up on visual cues that we use,...
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Expanding the Foster Universe
By allowing more dogs and cats per home
We all know animal control agencies, shelters and rescue organizations around the country are trying to do more with less. And I’m intrigued by new strategies that could make a considerable difference without further taxing resources, such as the idea under consideration in Lafayette, Ind. That city’s animal control commission is crafting legislation that will increase the number of pets allowed...
News: Contests
Show & Tell: Just Who's Door Is it?
This is a picture of my nephew using Penny’s doggy door. Penny thought it was very interesting to see a human use her entrance. —Joyce Kato, Monrovia, Calif.           Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything that captures your dog's special something. Send the photo with a brief description, to editor@thebark.com. Winners online...
News: Karen B. London
Subaru Dog Driving Lessons
April Fools!
On April Fools Day, my sons swapped the contents of our cereal boxes. When I tried to pour my daily serving of boring grown-up bran cereal, my bowl filled with some kind of Gorilla Crunch cereal. That’s about the extent of the jokes at our house, but we enjoyed the joke that Subaru carried out enough to make up for our own lack of creativity.   Subaru announced on the first of this month that...
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A Change of Heart
Adopting a dog, Belize-style
We were afraid it was a heart attack. My husband Bruce felt pressure on his chest, stiffness in his neck and on his left side, and struggled to breathe. So we drove our beat-up SUV 3 hours over rough bush roads to the hospital in Belize City. It was this frightening incident, and waiting for the doctor’s results, that landed us at the new Belize Humane Society.   Let me take a step back to the...

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