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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,...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Biscardi
It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog...
Blog: Contests
Family Dog: Freckles
Send us your family-dog photos
It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your family-dog...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Duncan the Wonder Dog
From scruffy mutt to regal specimen.
I wonder if Duncan’s first owners thought he was a Scottish Terrier. Why else would they have given him such a grand Gaelic name? We met Duncan when he was six-months-old—by then he weighed thirty pounds with legs like stilts and ears like goalposts. Obviously, Duncan was not a Scottish Terrier. We were visiting the shelter in search of a big dog, but when we saw Duncan we wondered if he was the...

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