Issue 40: Jan/Feb 2007

The Jan/Feb 07 issue of Bark presents a licking good way to usher in the new year. Start 2007 on the right foot and find out from behavior expert Patricia McConnell what it takes to turn your pup into a well-mannered pooch. Then, go beyond standard obedience training and check out the precision teamwork involved in the sport of Rally-O. Learn to create an adorable replica of your dog with a new DIY craft that is sweeping the country—with only a bit of fluff, “provided” by your own dog, and easy to follow instructions, you can make a whole adorable pack of your own. Check out our smiling dogs, plus new contests, you too can be a winner! Pickings from a natural apothecary from the garden can mean renewed vigor for your dog. And see the ways that vaccination schedules are changing, that plus how technological advances in veterinary medicine are making inroads into treating both human and canine cancers. In Organizations that Matter we profile the Delta Society, which for 30 years has been plumbing the mysteries of the healing power of animals. One of the winningest coaches in basketball, and her star player, tell us about the parallels between the game and life with their canine companions. Could the 18th century British George Stubbs be the greatest dog artist ever? He gets our vote. Plus a new poem by Mary Oliver—all this and so much more, in the current issue of Bark.




Full Court Pooch Two of college basketball’s top performers find parallels between the game and life with their canine companions By Maria M. Cornelius
George Stubbs’ Noble Creations George Stubbs, among the best known of the 18th-century British painters, made his name with animal portraits that revealed the individual dignity of their subjects By Martin Myrone
A Place of Dignity: A new refuge in the nation's capital. Washington Animal Rescue League opens a new, state-of-art shelter for abandoned animals. Story and Photography by Carol Guzy
Paws for the Cure New research bolsters efforts to identify and combat both canine and human cancer. By Scott Nolen

Taking Care of Me Soul support comes on four paws and wearing a wedding veil By Kayt Sukel
Becky Has Two Daddies But which one does she really prefer? By Robert Masello
Pre-Amble A man, a dog, a snowy mountain—deep-winter thoughts as a new year approaches By David Petersen
The Dog Who Came Gift-Wrapped An unexpected gift takes its recipient on a wild emotional ride By Christopher Schelling
Poem Bazougey Poem By Mary Oliver

[Crafts] Fleece Dogs: Make a whole pack of “mini-dogs.”
[Training] By the Numbers: Seven Activities for a Bad-Weather Day By Karen B. London, PhD
[Travel] Sun Valley By Gay Salisbury
[Wellness] Herbs, Nature’s Medicine By Jan Allegretti and Katy Somers, DVM
[Behavior] Both Ends of the Leash Behavior Interruptus—good habits make good dogs, so teach them early. By Patricia B. McConnell, PhD
[Health] What’s new in vaccination schedules and titers. By Barbara Royal, DVM
[Legal] Is a Pet Just a Pet? Developments in companion animal death cases By Bliss Foster
[Sports & Activities] Playing with Precision Obedience and Rally-O are more than just teaching your dog to heel, sit and stay By Julia Kamysz Lane
[Activity] Making Tracks: Snowshoeing Another way to enjoy a snowy day By Andi Marie Cantele
[Organizations That Matter] Delta Society Thirty years ago, decision made by a handful of doctors and veterinarians helped transform the way we view our four-pawed companions By Lisa Wogan
[Reviews] Melancholia’s Dog by Alice A. Kuzniar; The Hard Way by Carol Lea Benjamin; Paws and Reflect by Neil Plakcy and Sharon Sakson, The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
[Endpiece] A Boy’s Best Friend By Nancy Lowell George

Cookie Takes the Bus—Adventurous Italian pup hops a bus, has an unplanned vacation. By Tracey Gambarotta
Dog Nation Update—Off-leash hours are now official in NYC parks By Chuck Bennett
The Pause That Refreshes—Some airports go the extra mile for traveling dogs By Beth Finke
Waste Management—It happens, to paraphrase the bumper sticker. So what are you going to do about it? By Kay Elliott
War Dogs—an exhibit highlighting heroic animals. By Lisa Wogan
Mi Mejor Enemigo A new Chilean film. By Rachel Bonilla
Smiling Dogs Our newest family album!
Top Dog Cancer Care in NYC By Lee Harrington

From This Issue

• Snowshoeing with Dogs - Making tracks is another way to enjoy a snowy day
• Teaching Your Dog Obedience and Rally-O - Teaching your dog to do more than just heel, sit and stay
• If Your Dog’s Activity is Restricted, Engage the Brain - Easy ways to entertain an injured dog.
• 7 Activities for a Bad-Weather Day - Rainy day play by the numbers.
• Dog Waste Management  - Poop happens. So what are you going to do about it?