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Dog Years
HarperCollins, 207 pp., 2007; $23.95
Dog Years By Mark Doty Reviewed by Andrea Walker Mark Doty is a critically acclaimed poet whose verses have appeared frequently in this magazine. Now he has turned to nonfiction to chronicle the impact that two Retrievers, one black and one golden, have had on his life. Arden is the gentle and affectionate black Retriever puppy Doty adopts from an animal shelter in Vermont. Beau is the more...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dogs in Weddings
Tips on sharing that most special day
When my fiancé Blair and I started courting, the event that sealed the deal for me was when he met Ernest. Blair was sitting on the stoop of my apartment building, I opened the front gate, and Ernest pretty much bounded into Blair’s welcoming arms. Ernest is my—now our—12-years-young Lab/Beagle mix. A year later, Blair proposed while we were walking Ernest in Riverside Park. Ernest has been there...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
“Reading” Dogs Help Children Learn
By lending an ear at story time
Reading is indeed fundamental, but for many, acquiring the skill is daunting. Fortunately, thanks to some innovative programs and cooperative dogs, the challenge is getting easier to meet. Across the nation, dogs are lending their ears, and thousands of children who need extra help with reading and interpersonal communication couldn’t be happier. Imagine this scene, described by Brooklyn’s Good...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Foreclosed but Not Forgotten
Groups help pets in need
Making a serious problem worse, record housing foreclosures are escalating the nation’s already sizable numbers of homeless and abandoned pets. Thankfully, some enterprising organizations and individuals are stepping up to lessen the burden on individuals as well as shelters. For example, the not-for-profit No Paws Left Behind was created specifically to be the “voice” of pets affected by...
Dog's Life: Work of Dogs
Truffle Dogs
Wanted: A dog who can keep a secret … and a nose to the ground.
If a truffle grows in the forest and no one can smell it, is it really there? That’s what Charles Lefevre, a professional mycologist and grower of “truffle trees,” has been asking himself lately. Since 2001, his company, New World Truffieres, has been supplying seedlings to aspiring truffle farmers across the United States and Canada. Any time now, the trees Lefevre’s customers have purchased...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Water Collies
Lucky dogs frolic in a water wonderland designed just for them
It was June 1989, and we had found our dream home: one and a half acres of grass and woods for the dogs to enjoy and some potentially nice areas for my own gardening pleasure. Privacy, so we could have as many dogs as we liked. Perfect! Oh, and the house was nice, too, all on one level, no stairs—we could grow old there. But it included a swimming pool, something we weren’t terribly excited about...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
GPS for Dogs
Eyes in the Sky can help find your dogs
Does your dog suffer from wanderlust? Or during those long summertime hikes, do you worry that she might follow her nose just a little too far and turn up missing? Or would you like additional peace of mind while exploring the backcountry with your dog? A Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device could help allay those concerns. There are now at least five products on the market that can...
Dog's Life: Green
Living Green
Wise choices make your home healthier for you and your dog
Try this: Select a spot in your home and lie down on the floor. Is it the kitchen? Give the floor a little lick. Or the living room? Put your nose on the carpet and take a really deep breath. Then, wander into the bathroom and check out the porcelain “drinking fountain.” Okay, stop the experiment. You get the idea: this is your home from your dog’s point of view. You generally experience your...
News: Guest Posts
A Goth Pet
Prowling around the Internet is a little like wandering through a used bookstore -- lots of times I don't find what I'm after but I still go home with a few goodies. Like today, I was searching for some information on leashes and stumbled onto this eye-opening story about a British teenager who lives as a pet. Watching my pups snoozing in the October sun, I thought, I can relate to the dream of...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Prefab Dog House
New look for traditional digs
Prefab houses that blend high-end design and affordability are all the rage, and soon, dogs will be able to enjoy chic digs as well, thanks to Seattle designer and user-experience expert Jason Valalik, who’s developing a line of stylish prefab doghouses. Initially, he anticipates selling the finished designs as DIY plans, though at some point, he may also provide kits (think Ikea). Combining his...

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