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Show & Tell: Puppy Paddle
This is four-month-old Leila (a Coonhound/Lab mix) learning how to swim at the “Puppy Paddle,” an annual event held at the public pool in Bowling Green, Ky., at the end of swimming season. Owners and their furbabies are invited to come and swim before the pool is drained. It was a blast, and sparked Leila’s love of the water. Now, at one-year-old, I can’t keep her out of it!    —Amanda Hardeman...
Blog: Guest Posts
Adopt Less Adoptable Pets
Make a special difference this week
I adopted what qualified as “less adoptable pets”—middle-aged, black mutts. They’ve been, no surprise to most Bark readers, amazing companions. So I was thrilled to hear about PetFinder’s initiative—Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week (which started yesterday)—to bring dogs like mine together with loving, responsible families. The idea is that Petfinder member shelters and rescues nominate a special...
Blog: Karen B. London
Best Family Dogs
Which breed? It’s a common question
I am frequently asked which breeds of dogs make the best family dogs. It’s a fair question because different breeds represent different genetic stocks of dogs, and it’s well known that genetics can have a strong influence on behavior. In a recent article, What Are The 5 Best Dogs For Your Family?, Sarah McCurdy tackles this subject.   Her top picks for best family dogs are the Newfoundland, Pug,...
Blog: Karen B. London
Meeting the Neighbors
Thank you canine family members!
When we moved to our first house in Wisconsin after years of being students and renting, we were very excited about our new life as homeowners. We couldn’t help feeling that life would be just a little easier, and just a little sweeter in this new place—820 square feet of “Well, at least we own it!” And it was true—life was good there. Of course, the reason wasn’t so much that we owned the place...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Training Goals on the Web
Using social media for a push
As someone who works in professional development, I always tell people that in order to reach your goals, you have to hold yourself accountable. This looks different for every person and committing can be as simple as writing your goal down on paper. Goal setting is also important when it comes to our dogs because it motivates us to carve out time to train and develop our relationships with our...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: A furry dip
Chloe, our wonderful “found” dog enjoying the water at Myrtle Beach’s Bark Park.   —Leslie Vanauken, Myrtle Beach, S.C.       Send us your photos. 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 receive a subscription (new or...
Blog: Guest Posts
HelpJoey.com
One man’s plan to stop stray sex
I thought a woman hanging upside-down to raise awareness about puppy mill cruelty was edgy—until I met Joey Henry. With his plan to stage elaborate raids on fornicating cats and dogs, he’s my new gold standard for the wacky frontier of animal welfare activism.   His strategy is simple to describe and probably a lot more challenging to execute: Stake out strays, wait and watch from a hidden...
Blog: Karen B. London
Tear Jerkers
Quotes that require tissues
The other day I was browsing through a catalog of dog-related products and there were so many beautiful sayings in it that I found myself a little teary. Surely I’m not alone in finding that quotes about dogs can be very moving. Here are some of the ones that really pulled on the heartstrings.   Now and forever, my dog is my heart.   Home is where my dog is.   I prefer to be in the company...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Ribbon Recycling
Donate your old show ribbons to a good cause
My dog sport friends often tell me that they don’t take the ribbons they’ve won because they end up stuffed into old shoe boxes at home.  When I first started competing in agility and rally with my first dog, Nemo, I couldn’t believe that people had so many ribbons that they wouldn’t take them! Each of the prized ribbons Nemo and I earned meant so much to me, a representation of our hard work and...
Blog: Guest Posts
Cirque de Puppy
Aerial fabric artist spins for dogs
Ever feel like your unique talents couldn’t possibly translate into helping animals? Well, Kyla Duffy could change your mind.   The first time I saw Duffy, who co-founded Happy Tails Books (which publishes collections of breed-specific adoption stories), was a few days ago at the opening reception for BlogPaws West 2010. (Over the next week, I’ll be writing about several of the dedicated and...

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