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Issue 50: Sept/Oct 2008


Scary Math In a chance encounter, the only one not surprised is the dog. By Kim Lemon
Homer A great Hound who lived once upon a time. By Rick Bass
A Pooched Punt A football-loving Lab outfoxes the home team. By Ben Ginsberg
Poem: Fortune’s Talker By Stephen Kuusisto
[Career Moves] Degrees of Difference Mother-daughter duo graduate from vet school By Rikke Jorgensen
[Nutrition] Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food Is there truth in labeling? By Marion Nestle, PhD, and Malden Nesheim, PhD
[People Who Matter] Andrew Kaplan, DVM A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation. By Lee Harrington
[Wellness] 10 Easy Pieces Mealtime upgrades from the grocery basket. By Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, RD
[Behavior: Both Ends of the Leash] Comforting a fearful dog can be a good thing. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Celebration] Blessed Are the Animals A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed. By Laurel Maury
[Health] Eye Care By Shauna S. Roberts, PhD
[Crafts] Trick or Treat A costume with flower power. By Annette Howard
[Behavior: By the Numbers] Studies on Canine Play By Karen B. London, PhD
[Dog Law]  PETS legislation and how to improve it. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Reviews] The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Oh Behave!, Tell Me Where It Hurts, Eco Dog, See Spot Sit
[Endpiece] Battle of the Flying Fur By Jeffrey Shaffer

Opinion: Flood Relief—Displaced Iowa shelter needs a helping hand.
Amazing Greyts—a new book by photographer Barbara Karant.
Namesake—Philly’s White Dog Café.
Re-Use—Tote on the cheap.
Fabulous Prefab—Build your own and weigh in on the design.
Cover Dog—Soulful Porchie from Massachusetts .
Foreclosure Pets—Helping pets in hard times.
Fat Book—Artists unite to help a great rescue group.
How I Found My Dog—A new reader-based series; for our first, Joyce Freedman tells Honey’s story.
Smiling Dogs—A new & happy crew of smilers.




From This Issue

Magazine: 2008

Porchie: Cover Dog Sept/Oct 2008

News: Show & Tell

How I Found My Dog: The Right Dog for Me The list goes out the window when the perfect dog comes in the door By Joyce Freedman

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

10 Easy Pieces to Liven Up Your Dog’s Dinner Mealtime surprises from the grocery shelf By Roschelle Heuberger
Natural, Human Grade, Organic Dog Food: Really? An Organic Primer By Marion Nestle, Malden C. Nesheim

Wellness: Health Care

Ten Commandments of Veterinary Office Visits Become an advocate for your dog By Nancy Kay
Canine Eyes & Their Disorders Keys to preserving your dog’s vision By Shauna S. Roberts

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Reducing Fear in Your Dog A gentle hand or a tasty treat doesn’t reinforce fear, it reduces it By Patricia McConnell
Four Scientific Studies on Dogs and Play Having fun is serious business By Karen B. London

Culture: DogPatch

Musician’s Muse By Katie Martinez
Martha Speaks Now on PBS Q&A with the creators of the new series By Claudia Kawczynska
Mother-Daughter Vet Graduates Sharon Hunt Gerardo realizes her original dream By Rikke Jorgensen
Blessed Are the Animals A cathedral’s must-attend event—dogs are welcomed By Laurel Maury

Culture: Tributes

Homer By Rick Bass
Fortune’s Talker in memory of Roscoe, a black Labrador By Stephen Kuusisto

Culture: Stories & Lit

Scary Math What are the odds the past and the present will collide on a Manhattan street? By Kim Lemon

Culture: Reviews

See Spot Sit: 101 Illustrated Tips for Training the Dog You Love Skyhorse Publishing, 120 pp., 2008; $12.95 By Donald McCaig
Tell Me Where It Hurts Broadway, 304 pp., 2008; $22.95 By Patty Khuly
Oh Behave! Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker Dogwise Publishing, 264 pp., 2008; $19.95 By Pat Miller
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Ecco, 576 pp., 2008; $25.95 By Claudia Kawczynska

Culture: Science & History

DNA Testing Which DNA test should you choose to settle the “what’s in the mix” question? By Amy Young
Can DNA Decipher the Mix? Unraveling the genetic tapestry provides clues to breeds and their mixes By Jane Brackman
DNA & The Well-Mixed Mutt Dogs are more than the sum of their parts By Michael Rosen

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Prefab Dog House New look for traditional digs By Susan Tasaki
Foreclosed but Not Forgotten Groups help pets in need By Kay Elliott
Dog Law: Dogs and Disasters Going astray and finding solutions By Geordie Duckler
Battle of the Flying Fur The true renewable resource By Jeffrey Shaffer

Dog's Life: Humane

The Toby Project A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation By Lee Harrington

Dog's Life: DIY

Creative Re-Use Tote on the cheap By Claudia Kawczynska

Dog's Life: Travel

Namesake: The White Dog Café A Philly legend with a national reputation By Kay Elliott


Dog-o-Lanterns How to sculpt a special Halloween pumpkin By Terri Hardin