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Tip Sheet: Hiring A Dog-Sitter
Traveling this holiday? Reserve your dog-sitter now.
My nephews are two of the best things to happen to my dogs and me in the past couple years. These responsible, compassionate, dog-loving 20-somethings settled in Seattle after college and have so far proven willing and eager to house- and dog-sit pretty much every time we ask. A cloud of worry and stress has lifted. Anyone who has more than one dog or a dog with special needs—such as separation...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Friend for Life
Her last wishes were my first choices.
Six months before her ninth birthday in May 2002, Nessi was diagnosed with kidney failure. At the time, her vet said she would only live a couple of weeks. I researched naturopathic diets, vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to help the immune system in dogs whose kidneys are failing. I talked to vets all over the U.S. Finally, I had enough information and I put together a special diet...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Better Rap for Dogs
Q&A with hip-hop artist MC Esoteric
Seamus Ryan, a Boston-based hip-hop artist who goes by the nom de plume, MC Esoteric, dropped a concept album this fall that turns old school rap depictions of fighting dogs upside-down. Saving Seamus Ryan tells the semi-autobiographic story of a man who is redeemed by the love of a Labrador Retriever. To mark the CD debut and Esoteric’s Saturday, Oct. 24, appearance (with his dog Logan) on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part I: Getting started
It started with a crazy longing for a dog. We don’t need a dog. We already have three cats and our children are high-need. Our daughter has Asperger’s (a high-functioning form of autism) and our son has autoimmune issues. My hands are quite full, but somehow I’d find myself looking at petfinder.com, or the Greyhound rescue sites, or the Golden Retriever rescue sites. I’d stare longingly at the...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Yeller Turns 18
Yeller Celebrates his 18th birthday: All the neighborhood kids came to a party to congratulate him. Species-appropriate cake for all, plus prizes for such feats as “drop a cookie in Yeller’s mouth” (he’s blind in one eye and doesn't see a lot out of the other). — Jill Hinckley, Portland, Ore.            Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dogs and Money
Ulriksen poodle graces special New Yorker cover.
Check out The Bark’s very own Mark Ulriksen interviewed on The New Yorker blog. (We know, The New Yorker blogs! Weird.) OK, technically, the artist is not ours but we like to think of him as on loan to pubs like The New Yorker, because we’re huge fans and friends, and he loves dogs, and when we’re very lucky he creates art for us, including wonderful covers for Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers...
Blog: Guest Posts
I Spot Trouble
Why I think "The 101 Dalmatians Musical" is a bad idea.
When I first heard about "The 101 Dalmatians Musical," my first thought was, "Does everything have to be turned into a musical?" On a more serious note, I worry that there will be a surge in popularity for this breed just like what happened in the late '90s when Disney's live-action remake of "101 Dalmatians" came out followed by a popular sequel, "102 Dalmatians." Backyard breeders quickly took...
Blog: Guest Posts
Let the Fur Fly
Pilots volunteer time and energy to transport homeless pups to a better future.
When Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska adopted Kit and Holly from a rescue in Kentucky last Christmas, she learned the shelter had a program for sending dogs to new homes in the North but not out West where she lives. A little more digging to find a ride for the puppies revealed a formal and informal network of individuals and organizations working together—supported by countless Internet posters...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Gigi Spies A Green Tomato
A tragicomedy in five parts
The stage: A small wooden deck with sturdy balusters, overlooking a vegetable garden in late season. Enter Gigi. The six-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel saunters across the deck, untroubled. It’s hard to tell by looking at her, but Gigi is a former rescue dog, and a traveled one, too: She’s lived in Singapore and Manhattan and (for the past two years) this Boston suburb. Gigi takes all...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Goodbye to Clayton, The Great Heart
It was a match made in heaven…
I met him at a Borders bookstore. I had been avoiding such “open houses” since an ill-fated Internet match did not work out in the least, but a neighbor urged me to look again, and there he was … in all his fluffy, furry glory. Clayton was not an easy dog to own at first: stubborn, arrogant and prone to running out the door. I remember his first Christmas at my mom’s, the star of the show,...

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