Category Archives: Dog News

Talking with Hero Dogs Author Paul Lobo

In Hero Dogs: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America’s Greatest Disaster-Search Partners (St. Martin’s Press, January 2019), co-author Paul Lobo digs into how the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) works its magic. A national leader in the search-and-rescue (SAR) field, SDF also revolutionized the way search dogs are trained. He shared some insights with Bark editor-in-chief Claudia Kawczynska in a recent interview plus read our book review. Claudia Kawczynska: The pairing of […]

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Book Review: Hero Dogs

Have you ever wondered why some dogs seem to be consumed by raw energy and intense drive? Some would say that they are hyper-energized, or even untrainable and irredeemable. Sadly, it is often these hyper dogs who get into trouble; deemed too much to handle, they end up at shelters, passed along to someone else or, in some cases, in even worse circumstances. However, these are precisely the type of dogs who fit the profile of a […]

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Toby is a baby Golden Retriever Chow Chow mix puppy who was found alone and crying for food and water as a stray.

Toby is a baby Golden Retriever Chow Chow mix puppy who was found alone and crying for food and water as a stray. Toby ended up at the Little Rock Dog Pound where, like many of the animals, they had little chance of getting adopted or making it out of the shelter without becoming sick. Toby was so young when first found he had to be put with a nursing mother. Fortunately for Toby, he was able […]

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Kris is a large young male Labrador Retriever German Shepherd mix who wondered right through the front door of a hospital in Arkadelphia Arkansas on Christmas day looking for some Christmas Cheer.

Kris is a young male Labrador Retriever German Shepherd mix who wondered right through the front door of a hospital in Arkadelphia in Arkansas on Christmas day looking for some Christmas Cheer. Everywhere Kris wandered that day, he would have been able to smell Christmas dinner wafting through the air, and by now he was probably more than just a little hungry for some turkey and dressing. Lucky for Kris, a kind Samaritan at the hospital decided […]

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Marley a.k.a Little Bit is a male neutered 1 year old beautiful Black Labrador Retriever who was given as a gift to a family that was in no way prepared for what was about to happen.

Marley a.k.a Little Bit is a male neutered 1 year old beautiful Black Labrador Retriever who was given as a “gift” to a family that was in no way prepared for what was about to happen. At first Marley was tiny, cuddly, sweet, soft, and wooed his way into every ones heart with oodles of puppy breath and little kisses, but the peace and serenity was short lived. In no time at all, Marley grew into a […]

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Dogs On Honeymoons

When a newly engaged friend of mine began to make wedding plans, I offered to watch her dogs while she was on her honeymoon. I knew that her dogs would be happy at our house, and I hoped that would allow her to leave any canine-related worries behind. She seemed shocked by my offer, though, because she had never considered going on her honeymoon without her dogs. When I said, “Oh, you’ll be taking them with you?” […]

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Smiling Dog: Stella

Dog’s name and age: Stella, 7 years Stella’s Adoption Story:We were walking through the Arizona Humane Society and saw Stella jumping up and down in her kennel. We instantly knew that her crazy self was the perfect match for us.  Fun Tidbits:– Stella loves chasing the iRobot around the house.– She knows how to sit, shake, and lay down.– She loves playing Finder’s Keepers. If her people don’t know she’s taken something, she’ll come and show them, […]

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If Only We Could Love So Loudly

Tink is a 4.9-pound Chihuahua, the size of a bread loaf. She pees on a square pad in the bathroom. She loves peanut butter and hates grapes. When I play the piano, she sings along—a wolf to the moon. Tink was a mermaid for Halloween this year. Her costume hooked on with Velcro—a strap under her belly and a strap around her neck. She wore a silver spiked crown that accentuated her huge ears and stayed on […]

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For gait transitions, stability often trumps energy savings

A dog’s gait, according to the American Kennel Club, is “the pattern of footsteps at various rates of speed, each distinguished by a particular rhythm and footfall.” When dogs trot, for example, the right front leg and the left hind leg move together. This is an intermediate gait, faster than walking but slower than running. In the December 12, 2018 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a multi-institutional team of researchers based at the […]

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