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Big Love, Big Winners
Our five favorite reader Love Stories
We celebrated Valentine’s month (oh, you thought it was just a day?) by inviting you to count the ways you love your dogs—and then to share the results with us in 100 words or less. Thanks to everyone who submitted love stories. Not only did you manage to stay darn close to the word count, you reminded us of so many things we love about our dogs, and sometimes forget to appreciate, and gave us a...
News: Guest Posts
Picasso’s Dog
Begging for scraps in the Cubist style
When I lived in New York, I had the good fortune to visit a few museums in the company of Thomas Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With him, there was no slow shuffling past endless works, dedicating a minute or two to each. Instead we hoofed through galleries intent on a destination, with Hoving discouraging us from taking in the sights along the way. Then we’d...
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Show & Tell: Gone Fishing
Luna has always hunted rabbits and squirrels, but now that she's older and slower she's taken up fishing. She watches bluegills from our lakeside deck. Once, wading, she actually caught one but spit it right out. We think she was expecting it to have fur. -- Susan Sanders, Richfield, Wisc.                   Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or...
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Be Kind to Animals Contest
Kindness pays. No, really. Cold, harsh cash to compassionate kids.
Entrepreneurial humanitarians make me optimistic about the future, especially when they start innovating ways to do good before they can even drive. Take Ian Cahr. At the ripe-young-age of eight-years-old, the Chicagoan earned $12 selling beaded jewelry from a sidewalk stand, which he promptly donated to New Leash on Life, a dog rescue organization in his hometown. Of course, that was only the...
Culture: Science & History
Darwin’s Dogs
Celebrating the bicentennial of the father of evolution
Early in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Charles Darwin uncorks a passage to illustrate the capacity of dogs to love that is guaranteed to break the heart of all but the most unfeeling cad, and one that should hang over the door of every laboratory engaged in experiments with animals. “In the agony of death a dog has been known to caress his master,” he says, “and everyone...
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New Way to Pay for Spay
[Web exclusive] Can Washington State alter 70,000 more cats and dogs
It’s Spay Day, and all around the country, animal welfare organizations are offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries and spreading the word about the importance of altering pets to reduce unwanted litters, overpopulation, abandoned and neglected pets, crowded shelters and high euthanasia rates. In Washington State, legislators are considering an unusual bill to increase funding for low-cost spay...
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Hotel for Dogs Contest Winner
Paramount Pictures and Bark roll out the red carpet for the Dearborn Animal Shelter
Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a nonprofit shelter in Dearborn, Mich., has won our Hotel for Dogs contest. In partnership with Bark, Paramount Pictures will host a free private screening at a local movie theater for the shelter and its choice of employees, volunteers and supporters. “I am absolutely thrilled and very proud to have won,” says Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends...
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“Alpha” Training Can Backfire
Updated. New study shows aggressive techniques yield aggressive dogs.
[3/2/09 update: In a recent blog post, Susan Leisure, the director of AARF (Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc.), reacted to the latest study on aggression and dog training much like we did (below). But Leisure also recommended a Bark story, Choosing A Trainer, as "critical" reading before hiring a pro. We agree there, too.] A new study from the University of Pennsylvania confirms what so many...
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Show & Tell: All in the Family
"Our granddaughter, Mia Green, was only a few days old and the family dogs, Monster, Mango and Moose (left to right) are in awe of the new addition. Grandpa, Surendra Saxena, is pretty much in awe too. Grandma, Mona Saxena, took the pictures." -- Mona Saxena, Miami, Florida             Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just about anything...
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Twitter Up for Dog Rescue
Join the Animal Rescue Tweet Blast on February 28
In the January issue of Bark, we wrote about how Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom found a home for a shelter dog using only a brief message on Twitter, the social networking service. It was a first for Dogs Trust, and maybe a first-ever. Well, good news travels fast, especially via the Internet, and the folks at Animal Rescue Online plan to turn up the volume on shelter adoptions with a Tweet...

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