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Believe It or Not
Ripley was crazy about dogs
Robert Ripley may be best remembered as a connoisseur of two-headed calves and man-eating clams, but the “Believe It or Not!” man’s greatest animal affinity was clearly with dogs. With an income that reached $1 million a year during his Depression-era heyday, the bachelor (he married only briefly) was able to indulge every fantasy his impoverished boyhood had denied him. That included dogs, and...
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Martha Speaks Now on PBS
Q&A with the creators of the new series
Guess who’s coming to PBS? It’s Martha, the unassuming, loquacious and forthright mutt whose ingestion of alphabet soup turns her into, as one reviewer noted, the “Mr. Ed of the canine world.” Bark recently connected with Susan Meddaugh, Martha’s creator, and Carol Greenwald, WGBH Senior Executive Producer, to learn more about this milestone event. Bark: Who is Martha? How did you develop this...
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Mother-Daughter Vet Graduates
Sharon Hunt Gerardo realizes her original dream
A mid-life career change is not uncommon. Nor is going back to school to get a second degree. Going back for a fourth degree, however, is more of a rarity, and graduating side by side with your daughter—well, that’s downright extraordinary. This is Sharon Hunt Gerardo’s story. In June, at the age of 51, she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis alongside her 27-year-old...

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