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Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Working Dogs
Bear Dogs in Eco-Resort
Not many people commute to work on a boat. Even fewer can boast they travel to their job in a helicopter. But for Karma, boat trips and helicopter rides are all just a part of her job as a bear dog in the remote Canadian wilderness. Karma is the first black Labrador to work at the Nimmo Bay Resort, a luxury helicopter adventure and fishing eco-resort on the coast of British Columbia. She and...
News: JoAnna Lou
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Free stickers and tips to protect you and your pets
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by pets. I never really thought about it before, but between my cats jumping on the counters and my dogs zooming past tables, I can see how this can be more common than I’d like to think about. I pretty much avoid candles for this reason, but I had no idea how easy it is for a cat or...
Dog's Life: Humane
Gateway Guardians Premieres Sunday
Q&A with documentary’s director Rebecca Ormond
On July 18, Gateway Guardians, a documentary about a handful of scrappy volunteers feeding and rescuing stray dogs in a blighted East St. Louis neighborhood, premieres. Filmed almost entirely by flipcam-wielding rescue and foster volunteers and Webster University film students, the documentary provides a moving, dog’s-eye-view of street packs and loners and their unorthodox saviors. We spoke with...
News: Guest Posts
More Than Property
Shared custody agreement recognizes dogs as family members
At the risk of a little too much information, I’ve been divorced. I mention it because when my husband and I split, we had two dogs. We also shared an attorney who advised us against negotiating shared custody. He told us: It will just create opportunities for conflict down the road. At that time, more conflict was the last thing either of us wanted. In the end, my husband took the dogs....
News: Guest Posts
The Name Game
The unpredictable art of pet naming
My first dog was named Cricket. A number of explanations were offered as to why she had that name, though none of them seemed very good. My mother told me, “As a puppy, her bark sounded like a cricket!” Well, as an adult she sounded like a woman wailing whenever she barked. My dad told me, “We named her that because she’s good luck, like a cricket!” Not great luck, considering this dog had kidney...
News: Guest Posts
Twilight vs. Harry Potter
Leading ladies put on the dog
We don’t have much call to do celebrity blogging a la Gawker here at Bark, so I couldn’t resist an opportunity to drop two “it” girls (with video!) into a dog-themed post.   Twilight’s Kristen Stewart recently told David Letterman that her family has wolf-dog hybrids, including one named Jack with yellow eyes that looks like something right out of the blockbuster series—and I mean that in the...
News: Guest Posts
Extreme Pet-Proofing
Beyond bitter spray and baby gates
Before adopting my first dog, I did what any soon-to-be dog parent would do, I pet-proofed my home. I was vigilant. Exposed electrical cords were tucked out of sight, my favorite white shag rug was Scotchgarded and put in a room where my dog would never go without supervision, and I bought a baby gate for confining him in the kitchen when I was out. I felt extremely satisfied with my preparation...
News: Guest Posts
Celebrate Canine Roommates
Help a dedicated dog person win $10,000+
Two wonderful pups—the delightfully verbal Charlie and a trick-happy rescue named Abby—have made it into the group of ten finalists in Apartments.com’s Roommate of the Year Contest. I blogged about this video competition in May because, well, I was impressed by the more-than-decent prize—your rent paid for one year plus $10,000. You could raise a lot of dog-centric fun with that kind of dough....
News: Guest Posts
A Girl and Her Dogs
Karaoke vs. hula hoops
Even from a young age, I was convinced my life would not be absolutely complete until I had a dog to call my own. Now, at 24 with two dogs, I can tell you that in many ways it is complete and also complicated! My rite of passage into adulthood began when I adopted my first dog a few years ago, a small Schipperke mix who the rescue aptly named “Skipper.” To me, Skipper meant I never would have to...
Dog's Life: Humane
Feed Your Dog, Save a Farm
Farm
The pet food recalls over the past
few years have taught us a few things. When you buy commercial dog food, your money goes to a corporation that’s likely far away from your community. You simply have to trust that the package label doesn’t lie and what’s in there is safe for your dog to eat. But if you buy meat, milk or eggs from your local farmer, you can stop by the farm to see for yourself...

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