Issue 97: Spring 2019

This spring issue’s menu of wide-ranging articles and stories is an apt match for the new season.

In “Heavy Petting,” Jeannette Cooperman digs into the right and wrong ways to greet and show our affection for dogs, while behaviorist Karen London explains just how important it is to incorporate games into our dog’s daily routine—plus, it strengthens our bond. Turning to culture, “A Dog on the Beat” by Dylan Brody is an apt way to commemorate Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s centenary birthday this year, and classical music enthusiast Dennis Bartel provides a master class in composers who had doggy muses. Our pal Gregory Edmont brings us news from Paris, where, at long last, parks are opening their gates to les chiens (surprisingly, until this year, they were closed). A continent away, Dani Redd guides us through her neighborhood in Bangalore and introduces us to its street dogs, many of whom are tended to by residents and humane NGOs. And a Swedish, dog-loving, youthful activist is making us all take notice about the need to act now about climate change.

Shifting to safety and health, we look into dog-walking apps and weigh the convenience they offer against possible risks inherent in the gig-economy model. Phyllis Entis, a food-safety expert, delves into the ongoing pentobarbital-in-pet-food controversy. As her article points out, one of the big problems with the pet food industry is what seems to be insufficient supplier oversight, which is magnified by the failure of the FDA to hold up their end of the process. And Sara Greenslit, DVM, CVA, explains canine influenza and how to offset its risks.

In November, California’s devastating Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state’s history, displaced thousands of people, many with pets. See how the San Francisco Bay Area’s BadRap organization has stepped up to help. We also look at a search-dog specialization being used by survivors to locate precious ashes within the ashes.

Ending on an uplifting note, we chat with Carol Novello, president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, about the societal and personal benefits of rescuing shelter dogs. Novello is justly proud of Mutual Rescue, a national animal-welfare initiative created under the auspices of HSSV. Her new book of the same name (which she also discusses) and several inspiring short films speak to the transformative impact animals can have on our lives.


Pentobarbital in Pet Food: A dirty little secret is now out in the open. By Phyllis Entis

Dot-com Dog Walking: When it comes to our dogs’ safety, is the gig economy a good model? By Sassafras Lowrey

Petting Lessons: When petting a dog, there’s a fine line between being affectionate and being annoying. By Jeannette Cooperman

The Big Idea: Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves Q&A with Carol Novello, HSSV, author of Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too

Forensic Dogs: Highly specialized detection dogs help recover precious remains. By Ada McVean

Classical Dogs: Many of the great composers kept dogs, and some put them into their music. By Dennis Bartel

The Kindness of Strangers: How stray dogs are cared for by the community in Bangalore, India, By Dani Redd

Postcard from Paris: Making the parks more égalité, by Gregory Edmont

Bone Broth for Dogs: Healthy slurping, by Judy Morgan, DVM

After Your World Burns: What comes next for the people and pets who survived California’s Camp Fire? Text by Donna Reynolds, Photographs by Kathy Kinnear

The Affliction By Lesley Gibson

On Becoming a Dog Person By Rachel Lyons

A Dog on the Beat By Dylan Brody

Canine Influenza: What it is, what you can do to reduce your dog’s exposure. By Sara Greenslit, DVM, CVA

Ways to Play: 7 games and the practical lessons your dog can learn from them.  By Karen B. London, PhD

Sketchbook By Aaron Meshon


 The Wonder of Lost Causes, Life on the Leash, Lucy


Guest Editorial: Trail Etiquette, by Jill Reynolds

Census is Counting Heads and Tails

Eco Activism on Global Scale: Greta Thunberg

Dogeared from Ian Rankin; Netflix’s DOGS; Underdog Signs NETFLIX

Toronto’s Berczy Park Fountain: Delightful water dogs.

Spring Smiling Dogs: Always our favorites

Poetry: Kimberly Merénda; Richard Blum

In Memoriam: Donald McCaig

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver