Issue 73: Spring 2013

Spring 2013: Issue 73

We kick off 2013 by putting the lid on winter and leaping into spring with zest. Julie Hecht helps us understand what all that barking is about; behaviorist Karen London explains why dogs have a fondness for novelty; and Rebecca Wallick talks with Ted Kerasote about his new book in which he gives his prescription for longer-lived dogs. While we’re in agreement with much of what he says, we do take exception to a few of his positions, particularly his stance on spay/neuter. But debate is good, right? John Woestendiek investigates the merging of human and veterinary medicine and the benefits that accrue to both species. In our TechoDog survey we also look at the intersections between dogs and technology; as one amazing example, Emily Anthes interviews an orthopedic vet who creates prosthetic limbs. Plus, another episode of Lee Harrington’s “Chloe Chronicles,” in which Chloe has a marrowbone mishap; and Twig Mowatt reveals how forward-thinking shelters are making adoptions more accessible. In this era of climate change, we look at preparing for the next natural disaster. Then Jayme Moye introduces us to great organization, Animal Experience International that is dedicated to providing volunteer opportunities around the globe.

The Endpiece from none other than E.B. White, author of the classic Charlotte’s Web, is our valentine to you. In this timeless essay, which White wrote during WWII, he talks about his vegetable garden, urban chicken-raising and his irrepressible dog, all topics that are once again in vogue (though dogs have never gone out, thank goodness). All that plus a delectable granola treat recipe, an essential oils primer and a new gallery of smiling dogs. Hope you enjoy it all.

FEATURES
Dog Speak By Julie Hecht
Bionic Limbs By Emily Anthes
TechnoDog A survey of milestones and innovations.
Species-Spanning Medicine By John Woestendiek
POEM: Rosie Speaks By Maxine Kumin
Can Dogs Live Longer? In conversation with Ted Kerasote and Rebecca Wallick
Only a Dog By Donald McCaig
Chloe Chronicles: A marrow bone mishap. By Lee Harrington
Endpiece: A Week in November, (1942) By E. B. White

It’s a Dog’s Life
Terms of Endearment
Step into Spring
Maddie on Things.
Dogs join street protestors.
Happy Feet! Shoe-art smiles.
No Name Dogs: Helping “rez” dogs.
Destinations: Yosemite, Aspen,  Northern Vermont
Graphic Novel: An epic Good Dog.
Wellness: Dental care tips.
Smiling Dogs: Always irresistible.
HomeWorks: Swarm home delights.
Urban Animal: Vet’s design flair.
Nosework Search Games.
SpaGo Dog mobile grooming.
Songbook: Lyrics by Amy White and Patty Smith.
Family Dog: Touring band’s pups.
Holistic: Essential Oils  By Lisa M. Browder
Recipe: Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies
Safety: Preparing for a Natural Disaster By JoAnna Lou
Health: A look at Degenerative Myelopathy By Nick Trout, DVM
International Outreach Vacation By Jayme Moye
Dogs in Malls By Twig Mowatt
Crikey! British Invasion Redux
My Met: Sharing Masterworks with Friends.
Author’s nook: Taking a Walk with Alexandra Horowitz
Hospice Care: The gift of saying good-bye By Shea Cox, DVM
Behavior: Dogs Take to the New By Karen B. London, PhD
Book Reviews: Pukka’s Promise, Animal Wise, Genius of Dogs, Last Walk, Truth About Wolves and Dogs, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

From This Issue

• The Future of Dogs - Q&A with Ted Kerasote, author of Merle’s Door
• Song Book: Patti Smith - Her latest album Banga
• Song Book: Amy White - Grammy award–winning musician talks "The Best Dog".
• Urban Animal - Smiling in Seattle
• Preparing for Natural Disasters - Lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
• International Outreach Vacations - Transformed by volunteering, Nora Livingstone helps others do the same
• SpaGo Dog Mobile Grooming - Q&A with Miki Chan of SpaGo Dog
• Innovative Sheltering - Mall Adoptions: Shelters expand into retail locations
• Swarm Home Delights - Paintings meet furniture
• Step into Spring - Fitness Resolutions
• My Met - The Metropolitan Museum invites you to collect and connect
• No Name Dogs - Helping “rez” dogs
• Techno Dogs - A survey of milestones and innovations.
• Crikey! - British Invasion Redux
• Dogs Take to the New - Stay Loose: Dogs’ impressive ability to cope with novelty