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Issue 59: Apr/May 2010


Spring is upon us, and with it comes fresh ideas and new beginnings. What better way to greet the new season than to meet our new friends—Bark’s Fab Four cover pups will win your heart. The theme of “natural” dog is woven through this issue—the ways that dogs bring us back into nature, helping us discover or reconnect more fully with our environment and realize the importance of protecting it. We talk with Karsten Heuer about his family’s mind-boggling adventure to “find” Farley Mowat, which involved a canoe trip across Canada with their Border Collie, Willow, and two-year-old son, Zev. We also talk with a true hero of the green movement and a MacArthur “genius” award winner, Majora Carter, whose dog, Xena, led her into an area of her South Bronx neighborhood that awakened her resolve to reclaim it for her community. We profile Juliette de Baïracli Levy, who died last year at the age of 96, a pioneer of what is known today as holistic animal care, and we examine the occurrence of lead in dog toys, and how much can or should be tolerated. We love exploring interspecies relationships, and in this issue, we look at dogs and horses. Then, to round off our natural dog theme, we have gardening tips and an essay about a dog who helps with weeding chores. All that plus an article about breed rescuers and, at long last, the story that won our first annual fiction contest. We hope you enjoy it all!

Inspired by Dog  Majora Carter and her dog Xena, transforming the world.
Juliette of the Herbs Juliette de Baïracli Levy pioneered a natural approach to animal care. By Eleanor K. Sommer
Finding Farley Karsten Heuer’s family and their dog make a canoe excursion across Canada, retracing Farley Mowat’s literary adventures.
Wanted: Forever After Breed rescue—thousands step up to meet the challenge and save lives. By Julia Kamysz Lane

Tips on Unemployment By Lisa Levine
Village Dogs A woman, a man and a dog—three lives intersect. By Bim Angst
The Perfect Garden Dog By Nancy Taylor Robson
Love, Italian Style By Justine van der Leun

[The Simple Life] Backpacks: Dogs can help carry the load. By Jenna Woginrich
[Talking Training] Making Friends. By Victoria Stilwell
[Second Opinion] Unforeseen Outcome. By Nick Trout, DVM
[Safety] Getting the Lead Out of Toys. By Lisa Wade McCormick
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash. Adjust expectations. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Interspecies Bond] Exploring the canine-equine relationship. By Amy Engle
[Art] Paper Magic. Cut, tear, glue, and voilà! By Melissa Ferreira
[Botanicals] Chinese Herbs 101
[Law] ABCs of Dog Bites. By Geordie Duckler, JD, PhD
[Vet Advice] Pilling the Pup. By Patty Khuly, VMD
[Training] By the Numbers. When pain is expressed through behavior. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Book Reviews] Animal Manifesto, One Good Dog, Low Stress Handling, Saving Gracie




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From This Issue

Magazine: Web Exclusives

Web Exclusives: Apr/May 2010 Expand your horizons here By The Bark

Magazine: 2010

Strategies for Dog Rescuers Finding a balance By Julia Kamysz Lane

News: Contests

John Andross and Pup Family Dog By The Bark

Wellness: Recipes

Dog Food Recipes: Kaptin's Crunchy Kibble Makes 20 to 30 servings for a 25 lb. dog By Wendy Nan Rees

Wellness: Healthy Living

Cleaning Confidential Clean Green By Tom McNulty
Beware of Lead and Toxic Dog Toys Be proactive in monitoring what goes in your dog’s mouth By Lisa McCormick

Good Dog: Activities & Sports

Target Training Your Dog: Go to Your Mat A Teachable Moment By Sandra Mannion

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Behavioral Signs of Pain Your dog may be saying “Ouch!” By Karen B. London
Can't Our Dogs Just Get Along? Talking Training with Victoria Stilwell By Victoria Stilwell

Culture: Reviews

Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats Cattle Dog Publishing, 470 pp., 2009; $148.95 DVD included By Pat Miller
One Good Dog St. Martin’s Press, 320 pp., 2010; $22.99 By Alison Pace
The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint New World Library, 272 pp., 2010; $14.95 By Michael W. Fox
Saving Gracie Wiley & Sons, 256 pp., 2010; $21.99 By Susan Tasaki

Culture: DogPatch

Finding Farley A young family undertakes a cross-Canada adventure to visit literary legend, Farley Mowat. By The Bark
Pet Passions Singer-songwriter Mary Ann Kennedy By Sarah Morgan
On Making Paper Pooches Paper Sculpture | Art By Melissa Ferreira

Culture: Stories & Lit

Winner of Bark's Fiction Contest: Village Dogs A woman, a man and a dog--three lives intersect By Bim Angst
Tips on Unemployment from My Dog Looking at unemployment through the eyes of my four-legged friend. By Lisa M. Levine

Dog's Life: Lifestyle

Dogs on Grass Dogs love grass—eating it, rolling on it, playing on it and, unfortunately, “fertilizing” it too By The Bark
Dog Packing The how [and why] of teaching dogs to carry packs By Jenna Woginrich
Horse Sense The whys and hows of the canine-equine bond By Amy Engle

Dog's Life: Humane

Juliette de Baïracli Levy’s Last Turkuman Hound Holistic pioneer had a passion for Turkuman Afghans By Eleanor K. Sommer
Operation Roger Trucker transporters By Lisa Wogan
ABCs of Bites Our dog law expert offers counsel on first bites, “free” bites, and laws with bite By Geordie Duckler
Case Study: Saving Aussies NorCal Aussie Rescue Sanctuary By Marcia Barkley
Breed Rescue Breed rescuers meet the challenge head on By Julia Kamysz Lane

Dog's Life: Green

Dog-friendly Yard Work By Claudia Kawczynska
The Perfect Garden Dog Digging and weeding and vermin control, oh my! By Nancy Taylor Robson