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Issue 42: May/Jun 2007


Exciting news to share with you awaits you in this issue—we are launching a contest that is sure to get your camera snapping and your dog up on her toes. We are looking for a Bark cover dog to grace our January 2008 issue.

We were just finishing up production when the pet food recall hit the front pages. We knew we had to make an editorial adjustment and cover this significant story. We’ll be tackling this multi-dimensional subject through a series of articles, starting with a historic overview provided by two of the topic’s most influential experts in their respective fields: Donald Strombeck, DVM, on animal nutrition and Ann Martin on the commercial pet food industry. For help in feeding our dogs, we have a few recipes online (and in the magazine).

We are happy to introduce you to a new book, Merle’s Door, which we predict will take its place in the dog-lit canon. Ted Kerasote writes a stirring biography of his dog, Merle, seamlessly interweaving commentary on canine natural history, science and behavior with tales of his beloved dog. We also learn of memorable dog-human partnerships and how lives are enriched and comforted. In homage to people whose humor has delighted us, we interview Merrill Markoe, Emmy-award winning writer and dog “channeler.” Plus, we look at ways to form a partnership with your vet, and have a visit with Costa Rican dog rescuers. All that and so much more awaits you in the May/June issue of Bark.




Trust the Hand That Feeds You By Claudia Kawczynska
Comfort in the Court Dogs provide a safe harbor when legal seas get rough. By Rebecca Wallick
Merrill and Me Merrill Markoe shares a few funny bones. Interview by Alison Pace
Puppy Makes Three The pet industry toddles into the nursery, and vice versa. By Andrew Adam Newman
Dirty Wow Wow Well-loved mementoes of childhood transformed. Q&A: Cheryl Katz with Cameron Woo
Special Report Our perspective on the issues involved in the pet food recall Interviews with Donald Strombeck, DVM, and Ann Martin


Do Animals Have Emotions? A leading biologist says yes. By Marc Bekoff, PhD
Chasing Duque Spirit dog leads to hope in Costa Rica. By Ken Foster
Growing Into Himself Merle develops an appreciation for music and babies. By Ted Kerasote
Whine at the Office By Eileen Mitchell





From This Issue

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

Ann Martin on Pet Food Safety and the Menu Foods Recall Industry gadfly continues the quest for safe pet food By Claudia Kawczynska
Donald R. Strombeck Talks Dog Nutrition and Pet Food Recalls Talks to Bark about vet education, nutrition and the Menu Foods recall By Claudia Kawczynska
A Vet's Point of View on the Pet Food Recall (2007) A Guest Editorial By Patty Khuly
Choosing the Best Food for Your Dog Providing good food is our responsibility By Claudia Kawczynska

Good Dog: Studies & Research

Do Animals Have Emotions? Of course they do By Marc Bekoff

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

Scent Tracking with Your Dog Tracking showcases your dog’s most scentsational talent By Julia Kamysz Lane

Culture: Stories & Lit

Chasing Duque Spirit Dog Leads to Hope in Costa Rica. By Ken Foster

Culture: DogPatch

Merrill + Me Merrill Markoe shares a few funny bones, and then some. By Alison Pace

Culture: Reviews

The New Yorkers Sarah Crichton Books, 304 pp., 2007; $24 By Andrea Walker
The Emotional Lives of Animals New World Library, 248 pp., 2007; $23.95 By Mark Derr

Dog's Life: DIY

DIY Dog Leashes With a little attention, an old leash can bloom By Trina Moore

Dog's Life: Humane

Dog Law: Animal Control Hearings The inside scoop By Geordie Duckler

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Under the Doggywood Tree At Tennessee’s Dollywood, there’s something for everyone, even the family dog By Rachel Bonilla
All Rise for Mayor Junior In Rabbit Hash, Ky., the top dog is …well … a dog By Arin Greenwood
Down on the Farm At Memphis’s Shelby Farms, it’s all about size By Gregg Elliott
And Puppy Makes Three The pet industry toddles into the nursery, and vice versa By Andrew Adam Newman

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Dogs in the Courtroom A comforting canine presence provides victims with a safe harbor By Rebecca Wallick