Issue 34: Jan/Feb 2006


This issue launches not just Bark’s new bimonthly status—and the first of six Year of the Dog issues—but also a whole new design look, and we wanted to inaugurate it with an extra dollop of pizzazz. Mark Derr, our science editor, supplies an in-depth analysis of one of the most significant events of this new century, the mapping of the dog genome. Jane Brackman interviews Mark Neff about his research into the origins of genetic mutations. We have stories of snow country dogs, with amazing photos that might make you feel—or wish—you were part of the action. Cynthia Mills contributes a report about the positive ways that dogs are being looked after in “paradise,” and in the latest Rex in the city (the twentieth!), Rex connects with his inner dog and other urban species. Cindy Adams, gossip columnist and dog-lover extraordinaire, takes on the VP, and Abigail Thomas ponders—longingly—her female pup’s “cycle.”


People Who Matter: Doris Day Singer, actress, animal activist— Doris Day reflects on her greatest role, as an ambassador for animal welfare. Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay joins our conversation with the legendary star.
The Dog Days of Winter Backcountry skiing embraces “white gold,” solitude and the beauty of high altitude wilderness. By Kari Medig
The Dogs Must Be Crazy A rookie musher braves the wilds of Alaska, and lives to tell all. By Jeff Greenwald
Decoding the Dog Genome A female Boxer provides the DNA for the first complete sequence of the dog genome—what will it mean to the health of man and dog? By Mark Derr
Street Dogs in Paradise Grass roots efforts improve the lives of street dogs in island communities—from Bora Bora to Rarotonga. By Cynthia Mills

All Work and No Play Makes a Gossip Columnist Crazy Yorkies assist the doyenne of talk. by Cindy Adams
Rex in the City, Part: XX Making foul weather friends. by Lee Harrington
Carolina’s in Heat and I’m Not Suitors at the gate. by Abigail Thomas
Spotted Interrupted Sniffing out fear. by Gregory Edmont
When the Cold Wind Blows Thoughts on a winter night. by John Monahan

[Q & A] Spotting Rough Play: Our new column “Ask the Behaviorist” examines the dynamics of dog play. By Karen B. London, PhD
[Canine Hall of Fame] Titina: A small, orphaned Terrier became the first dog to fly over the North Pole, making aviation history in 1926. By Gay Salisbury
[Perspective] Wayne Pacelle: Humane Society President speaks out against puppy mills and the business of trafficking pets. Legislative measures aid in battle.
[Smiling Dogs] Palo, Spunky and Annie are among our favorites this issue.
[Dr. Ruth the Vet] Caring for Aged Dogs Aging canine companions benefit from timely and close attention to their health. By Ruth MacPete, DVM
[Unleashed] Is it in the cards: Susan seeks guidance from a tarot reader in finding the best homes for her fosters. By Gregory Edmont
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash: Dog training is in the details—small steps can make a world of difference. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Vet Education] Deep in the Heart of Texas: Innovative diagnostic procedures and treatments make Texas A&M a leading veterinary college. By Bliss Foster
[Natural/Holistic] Picking the Bones of the Raw Food Debate: Raw food or not raw food—strong opinions line up on both sides. By Christie Keith
[Interview] Mark Neff: Renown genetic scientist “deconstructs the gene pool” to uncover the origin of threatening mutation. By Jane Brackman, PhD
[Artist's Sketchbook] Ward Schumaker
[Media Reviews] Marley and Me by John Grogan, Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training Volume Three by Steven R. Lindsay, The Pet Lover’s Guide to Natural Healing for Cats & Dogs by Barbara Fougère, Planet Dog: A Doglopedia by Sandra and Harry Choron, The Year of the Working Sheepdog by David Kennard

From This Issue

• Take Dog Training One Step at a Time - In dog training, taking things one step at a time can make a world of difference
• Deconstructing the Gene Pool - Dr. Mark Neff and his team uncover the surprising origin of a potentially deadly mutation