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Issue 74: Summer 2013
Great recipes, wellness/training tips, good reads and smiling dogs.


Welcome to another new issue of The Bark. In this issue we do a special investigation about the record number of recent pet food recalls—many top brands made in the USA have been affected. Can we expect to see more? What to do if your favorite food is recalled? We will continue to track this subject closely, and will be posting recall notices here too.
Geneticist Adam Boyko heads up the fascinating Village Dog project, and tells us about some of its findings. He and other researchers are hoping to discover whether or not the genetic codes from dogs found in villages around the world hold clues to canine evolution and perhaps even to improved health for our own dogs. We look at the difference in dogs’ personalities and why it’s such a complicated topic, and also covers the do’s and don’ts of dealing with an aggressive off-leash dog.

Just in time for gearing up for a summer reading fest, we are delighted to include a new essay by Ann Patchett. In this issue she describes her search for a “store dog” for Parnassus Books, her new Nashville bookstore venture. As a bonus, Ann provides a list of her favorite dog books for children.

We preview of a new book about the challenges of training a would-be service dog to lead the way home, plus an essay on the importance of teaching a dog to pay attention. In the Howl entry, learn the ways a man’s life is informed by three feisty Dachshunds, and in the Endpiece, how a new dog signals a couple’s rejuvenation.

We feature the great 19th –century artist, James Tissot— his own Border Collie was an able muse/model, and his plein air works are summertime marvels. We chat with Jason Gann—the man behind (and inside) one of our favorite TV characters, the man/dog, Wilfred—who shares how he comes up with his species-crossing ideas ….

On the wellness front, we look at hydrotherapy and its rehab benefits; an holistic vet explains why allergies plague our dogs and offers herbal treatment tips; and we have a basketful of recipes to please your dogs at picnic time.

Be sure to check out our second annual “Best Place to Work” competition, which was inspired by my visit last year to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. If you know of a company that has what it takes to earn this year’s top-dog honor, nominate it today. Winners get great prizes and lots of pats and positive reinforcement, too.

Go here for additional picks for summer reading. From the classics to entertaining beach books: you’ll find it all there. But for now, stick around with this issue, which is packed full of good reading for you.

Personality: Dogs have it aplenty. By Julie Hecht
Pet Food Recalls —Who’s minding the store? By Claudia Kawczynska
Meet the Store Dogs: Nashville’s finest bookstore has new canine workers.  By Ann Patchett
“Home”: Lessons for a service dog in training. By Susannah Charleson
Look at Me: The importance of the gaze. By Laurel Saville
A Dog’s Life: Darwin’s beloved Polly. By Angela von der Lippe
Art of James Tissot: Celebrating the elegant life … with dogs. By Nancy Rose Marshall
Hounded: Three Dachshunds and their wily, winning ways. By Matt Ziselman
A True Romance By Jane Vandenburgh

Editor’s Letter
Readers’ Letters
Guest Editorial
Traer Scott’s Newborn Puppies
Dog Terms for People by Donald Friedman and J.C.Suarès
Dog Matchmaker
Shop & Adopt by Mary Helen Berg
Smiling Dogs: always irresistible.
What’s New in Products




From This Issue

Wellness: Recipes

Recipes: Picnic for Pups Yummy Picnic Recipes By Natalya Zahn

Wellness: Healthy Living

Fight Back Against Environmental Allergies Is there something more we can do to help our pups? By Tom Schell
Hydrotherapy: Dog Walk in Water A fast-growing rehabilitation option By Alisa Advani

Wellness: Food & Nutrition

Dog Food Watch: Recalls What’s gotten into food safety? By Claudia Kawczynska

Wellness: Health Care

Canine Orthodontics Orthodontics—braces—are actually the most gentle way of dealing with a malocclusion. By Paula Maxwell

Good Dog: Behavior & Training

Close Encounters in Dog Parks How to handle trouble at dog parks. By Karen B. London
Dog’s Personalitites Studies now suggest that personality in non-human animals can be measured and evaluated, just as in humans. By Julie Hecht

Culture: Stories & Lit

Dog Leading the Way Home Lessons for a service dog in training By Susannah Charleson
The Importance of the Gaze. Look at Me By Laurel Saville
A Dog's Life Darwin’s beloved Polly By Angela von der Lippe
A True Romance By Jane Vandenburgh
Ethics Lesson: Dogs in a Haitian Village Standing up for a dog in Haiti By Jayme Moye

Culture: Reviews

Book Review: The Possibility Dogs Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies Published by Univ. of Virginia Press By The Bark
Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts Published by Scientific American/FSG By The Bark
Book Review: Wilderness Published by Bloomsbury By Katherine Griffin
E. B. White on Dogs Published by Tilbury House, Publishers By The Bark
The Soul of All Living Creatures What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human, Published by Crown By The Bark
You Tell Your Dog First Published by Berkley Trade
Train Your Dog Positively Published by Ten Speed Press By The Bark
Reaching the Animal Mind Published by Sunshine Books By The Bark
Review: Hounded Published by Center Street By The Bark
Review: A Dog Named Boo Published by Harlequin
Review: The Secret Life of Dog Catchers Published by CreateSpace By The Bark
A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt By The Bark

Culture: Science & History

Scientists Searching for Clues to The First Dog Village dogs’ genetic code may hold clues to canine evolution and health By Jane Brackman

Culture: DogPatch

Newborn Puppies By Traer Scott
Interview Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Dogdom's Grande Dame By Claudia Kawczynska
The Dog Matchmaker By Susan Tasaki
Master Paintings of James Tissot Celebrating the elegant life … with dogs. By Nancy Rose Marshall
Interview with Sue Halpern Author of A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home By Annik La Farge
Q&A with Wilfred TV’s baddest dog gets philosophical
Q&A with author of Wilderness In Conversation: Lance Weller and Katherine Griffin By Katherine Griffin

Dog's Life: Humane

Earth Angels NYC: Dog Rescue People Who Matter: Emelinda Narvaez, founder of NYC’s Earth Angels By Catherine Johnson
Running the Numbers Guest Editorial By Tom Cushing, Sierra Cushing
Pets Trust: Miami Parternships A partnership aims to save animals By Elinor J. Brecher
Shop & Adopt Bark n’ Bitches: LA’s First Humane Pet Shop By Mary Helen Berg

Dog's Life: Work of Dogs

Meet the Store Dogs Nashville’s finest bookstore has new workers. By Ann Patchett