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German Shepherd Dials 911, Saves Owner
Given a chance, dogs are capable of mastering extraordinary skills. Buddy the German Shepherd called 911 when his owner, Joe Stalnaker of Phoenix, had a seizure. Help quickly arrived and thankfully, he survived. Stalnaker adopted Buddy as a puppy from Paws With A Cause so he could be trained as a Seizure Response Dog. As a dog trainer, I'm always looking for fun, new things to teach my pack of...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell Winners Dec 2008
[Top left] Thomas Rote's photo of Misty & Taz (two of his five Aussies) sharing their wish list with their favorite holiday lap.[Middle] Karen Andrew submitted this charming photo of her Roo, who, she tells us, "loves to jump and climb trees." Roo and Karen live near the James River in Richmond, Va.[Top right] Richard Stringer's, co-pilot, Harley rides along in a namesake Harley sidecar—...
Blog: Contests
My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone
Birdie’s photo, sent in by Jennifer Holt, launches our “My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone” contest. According to Jennifer, Birdie (shown here perching on the lap of Jennifer’s niece, Elizabeth) taught herself this “tickle my funny bone” trick, and regularly entertains guests to the Holts’ basement rec room with her “lappings.” Does your dog do something that makes you laugh? Do you have a photo of her...
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Soldiers' Pleas for Pup to Leave Iraq
Five months ago, Sgt. Gwen Beberg and a fellow soldier saved a little black and white puppy from a pile of burning trash in Baghdad. Soon, Beberg will return home to Minnesota and she requested that her beloved dog, Ratchet, return with her. The Army said no, according to Defense Department rules. Worried that Ratchet would not survive the streets of Iraq, or worse yet be decreed a "nuisance" by...
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Surf the Bark’s New, Improved Website
Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? Today, The Bark launches a new site with expanded capabilities, and, boy, are our tails wagging! You'll find the full text of many of your favorite articles (with more added all the time), plus web-only magazine extras, such as a downloadable pattern for handmade window books, a video interview with Margaret Cho, and bonus gift picks for the holidays...
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The Patience of A Dog
Most recreational dog bloggers focus on their own pups. It's sort of a species of canine-navel gazing. That's why I love Jon Sung's Dogblog. He zeroes in on a simple slice of the urban canine's life--waiting outside shops, cafes and other no-dogs-allowed zones around San Francisco. In snapshots and laid-back commentary, stretching over nearly three years so far, he celebrates the patience, quirky...
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Does Petland Support Puppy Mills?
An eight-month-long investigation by the Humane Society of the United States alleges that Petland, the nation's largest puppy retailer, sells puppies from large-scale commercial breeders (otherwise known as puppy mills), despite telling customers that the pups come from reputable breeders. Last time I checked, reputable breeders do not sell puppies to be treated like retail merchandise, nor do...
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Dog & Owner Reunited After Three Years
What an incredible journey for Czar and owner Michelle Garza of Lisle, IL! The 13-year-old mixed breed finally came home after three years thanks to his microchip. I still can't believe a senior dog survived as long as he did. If you haven't already microchipped your pup, now's the time! And if your dog is microchipped, be sure to update your contact info. With the holidays upon us and company...
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Daily Dose of Feel Good
What could be better than a puppy rescued from a fire? How about dozens of puppies? Over the weekend, volunteers worked in the face of a raging fire fueled by hellish winds to evacuate 80 dogs from the California headquarters of Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar--not far from the Oakridge Mobile Home Park where nearly 500 homes were destroyed. Watch a story on the rescue. It seems a miracle that...
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The One She Saved
Sometimes its hard to imagine what your veterinarian is thinking. This honest report from the trenches by buckeyedoc, a veterinarian-turned-veterinary pathologist, provides some heartfelt insight.

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