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AKC’s Latest Controversy
Competitors were reaching for sandbags not glory at Agility Invitational
Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility Invitational puts the spotlight on the top five dogs of every AKC-recognized breed, which gives less traditional agility breeds a chance to come out and shine. It's held in Long Grove, Calif., in conjunction with the creme de la creme of conformation and the top obedience teams. You might have seen highlights from years past on Animal Planet....
Dog's Life: Humane
Dogs On Board
Operation Roger: Truckers hauling rescue dogs home
When Marty discovered Jackson (bottom, left), shunned by a pack of wild dogs in a Louisiana swamp, he rescued the Beagle-mix, assuming he was another Hurricane Katrina victim. After some time, Marty became ill and could no longer care for his dog. Eventually, poor Jackson ended up in a shelter—homeless again. When a rescue organization in Lakeside, Calif., offered to take Jackson it seemed a...
Culture: Tributes
Cameron Chillin’
Memories of Christmas and his last family vacation
This is a picture of my best friend and soul mate, Cameron. I lost him unexpectedly on Aug. 6, 2009 at the age of 14-and-a-half years. He was a black and tan mini-Dachshund. I miss seeing his beautiful face, the jingle of his tags and his paws tapping the floor. I got him when he was just six-weeks-old, and he was the perfect companion. He helped my mother during her illness, and helped me get...
News: Contests
Show & Tell: Spirit of Christmas
In two parts!
    Send your holiday canine photos to webeditor@thebark.com (explainer notes welcome), and we’ll feature our favorites in a special yuletide slideshow.   OR share other photos with us. 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
Holiday Pet Safety
‘Tis the season
This time of year is filled with special foods, decorations and activities. I love the celebrations, but I am also cautious about them in some ways. At the risk of sounding un-festive, I always feel like shouting, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!” (Actually, since becoming a Mom, this is actually something I HAVE said, and not just as a joke.) Perhaps because I have heard...
News: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part V: Pup-Peronies, fan clubs and channeling Temple Grandin
[Below are three excerpts from Michelle O’Neil’s blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog.]   Give That Dog A Treat! Riley is not allowed to go on the Internet without permission. Period. Today she did it, and I had to follow through with consequences, banning her from the computer for 24 hours. She pitched a very big fit, screaming and stomping all the way up to her room. Jingle...
News: JoAnna Lou
Cast Your Vote
The polls are closing for the top dogs in pop culture.
In honor of the American Kennel Club’s 125th anniversary, the AKC has teamed up with AOL’s PawNation.com to compile a list of the Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture decided by pet lovers around the world. There’s just a couple days left before the polls close and the final results will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 7. From cartoons to literary characters, dog lovers can vote for their favorite pups in...
News: Contests
Show & Tell: From Dawn to Dusk
A cosmopolitan co-pilot
Kingsley was a Border Collie in Singapore, who was given up at two-years-old. I managed to adopt him when he was four. From the time I got him until now, he has been my co-pilot, even enduring a 13-hour flight when I relocated to the Netherlands. —Shanni Lim, the Netherlands           Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything...
Culture: Tributes
Herbie, The Foodie
The story of a Beagle and his belly.
To call Herbie, my family’s rotund former Beagle, a “foodie” isn’t entirely accurate, as that term implies some selectivity in consumption, which Herbie did not have. His time with us was certainly borne of a love of good food, though, more specifically, a love of good drink, having been purchased by my parents from a pet store after their better judgment was drowned in too many margaritas at the...
News: Contests
Show & Tell: Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Usually, we eat in the kitchen, but on Thanksgiving we set the table in the dining room. Without any encouragement from anyone, Brandy climbed up on a dining room chair as if ready to be served. He never got food from the table, but I think he knew we’d all be in the dining room, and he just wanted to be with the family. He got down when he realized he was too big for the chair.   —B.J. Burton...

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