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The Best Antibiotics for Dogs

by EntirelyPets

Looking for medicine to treat your pup’s ailment? Here are the top antibiotic treatments to treat a variety of different issues your dog might be experiencing.

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Ancient Art Features Dogs, On Leash

by Karen B. London
Images from 8000 years ago offer new information

One piece of ancient art in an archaeological find shows a man surrounded by over a dozen dogs, two of which are connected to him by lines that could represent leashes. In a recent news article in the journal Science, researchers discuss the importance of this discovery, along with other similar carvings, found on sandstone cliffs in northwestern Saudi Arabia.

The engravings are believed to be at least 8000 years old, which makes them the oldest known artistic representations of dogs. The lines, probably leashes, suggest that humans trained and directed the behavior of dogs thousands of years earlier than previously estimated. Groups of dogs shown with people holding weapons suggests that the dogs participated in the humans’ hunting activities.

The Best Dog & Puppy Dewormers (Comparison Chart)

by EntirelyPets

Is your dog or puppy infested with worms? Here are the best canine dewormers to remove and treat them.

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Smiling Dog: Chip

by The Bark

Dog's name and age: Chip, 5 years old

Chip's backstory:  

Chip was abused in his early years, which is evident by the scar he has around his neck from being tied up. He was taken in by a local rescue group where we saw his profile online and fell in love. After arriving at the rescue, I was immediately on the floor petting him as he sat in my lap. I knew he was our dog and adopted him on the spot. When my husband got home, he asked, "What a cute dog! How long is our trial period with Chip?", and I replied "forever." When we got him, he was scared of people, so we worked with an amazing trainer who taught us positive reinforcement techniques.

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Smiling Dog: Scout

by The Bark

Dog's name and age: Scout, 7 years old

Scout's adoption story:  

My partner and I went on a trip to a non-profit animal shelter I've previously been to in Louisiana. We were not planning on adopting a dog, and if we "left with a dog," my partner wanted a young one. Walking through the shelter, all the dogs were barking except this one older hound dog. He was in a kennel next to a very aggressive German Shepherd (because he was the only one who did not pay attention to her). He was laid out on his back relaxing. When we got to play with him, he just rested his head on my legs and showed nothing but affection. My partner and I had to think about bringing a non-neutered male dog home because of my small older female dog. Scout had skin problems, an ear infection, cuts and scars, a split ear, and muscle loss in his hips.

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Protecting Christmas Trees from Dogs

by Karen B. London
Creativity is required

There are so many little ways that having pets around the holiday season complicates things. For anyone who puts up a Christmas tree, this is old news because dogs (and cats) don’t always recognize that the tree is supposed to be off limits to them. Keeping a fully-decorated tree safe from our dogs requires some ingenuity, as you can see in this video. (There are many cat-related part of this video, but many of them could apply to certain dogs as well.)

The location of trees, how they are decorated, their size, and the barriers around them are all ways to make sure that dogs are not interacting with them in ways that they shouldn’t. Putting a pair of vacuum cleaners next to a tree it is my favorite solution. Though I dislike the idea of making a dog afraid, the fact that many dogs actively avoid vacuum cleaners makes this solution useful to so many people.

If you have a Christmas tree, how have you prevented your dog from messing with it?

15 Homemade Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

by Jen Gabbard

I spend a lot of time baking over the holidays for family & friends. And do you know who stares at me the whole time while I’m cooking? My dog. Since most of the goodies I bake aren’t good for dogs I decided to compromise. Each year I make a batch of special holiday dog […]

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Craig & Fred

by Claudia Kawczynska
A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other
Craig Grossi (William Morrow)

Craig Grossi has achieved much in  his comparatively young life. He was  a U.S. Marine for nine years, which included intelligence work for the RECON unit. He won a Purple Heart, came home and worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, then got a degree from Georgetown University. Along the way, he rescued a remarkable dog, a short-legged, personality-plus pup he met while on duty in Sangin, a remote area of Afghanistan. And now, he’s written his first book, Craig & Fred, telling the story of how it all came to be—how, in between fighting the Taliban, he struck up a friendship with a stray dog he’d seen nosing around his unit’s compound, and sealed the deal with a piece of beef jerky.

Their story of mutual rescue is inspiring and also enlightening. Grossi, a talented storyteller, gives a sense of immediacy to the combat scenes, and to the everyday slog that comes from going out on nighttime patrols looking for IEDs and the men who are planting them. His portrayal of Fred, and how he won the hearts of the marines by giving the troops a feeling of home also rings true.  As Grossi says, the dog had a “way of reminding me of the little kid inside of me. It was a thing that only a dog could do.”

The book’s chapters don’t follow a linear timeline; narratives about Afghanistan—including how Grossi managed to get Fred out of the country—are sandwiched in with a cross-country road trip that Craig, Fred and Josh, a veteran pal, took in 2015, visiting many of the men who knew Fred back when. If the reader feels a little overwhelmed by the sheer brutality and terror of battle, the next page will provide relief with a story about Fred’s rescue, or where the trio is on the road trip.

We learn that the military has a strict no-dog policy, and often kills dogs who have befriended the troops. But somehow Fred made it, with a little help from a lot of friends, including the Ugandan manager of a DHL office in Camp Leatherneck (the marine base in Helmand Province), and Grossi’s sister back home, who made sure all the “export” paperwork was in order.

This work has a lot in common with one of my favorite books of 2015, No Better Friend, by Robert Weintraub. In that one, which is set in WWII, the dog, Judy, was a prisoner of war on the Pacific front. Similar to Judy’s, Fred’s story highlights the nature of resiliency, courage, and the strength of the bond between man and dog. There is just something so compelling  in these rather extreme cases of “how I got my dog” stories, and how the dog, in many ways, saves the lives of those he or she touches. Timed well for holiday gift-giving, Craig & Fred is published in two versions, including one for children.
 

Issue 92: Winter 2017

Rescued

by Zoe Conrad
What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose
By Peter Zheutlin (TarcherPerigee)

I’m a big fan of Zheutlin’s first book, Rescue Road, which centered on Greg Mahle, the long-haul transporter and owner of Rescue Road Trips who chauffeured the author’s own dog, Albie, from the South to him and his family in the Northeast. Zheutlin also profiled many of the everyday heroes and volunteers who facilitate this ongoing South/North migration, moving dogs from shelters with high euthanasia rates to new homes.

In his second book, he again addresses the importance of rescue, this time though individual narratives from those who have adopted rescue dogs. All of their stories highlight the dire situations faced by the many thousands of dogs languishing in shelters. The stories also reinforce the widely held belief that “rescue” is definitely a two-way proposition; when asked who rescued whom, the adopters pointed to themselves. Zheutin’s stories of his own two rescues illustrate the impact they can have on the family units as well. Finally, he considers the emotional lives of the animals and how their gratitude binds them even more closely to their adopters.

I, for one, never tire of rescue stories, and these are certainly inspirational. For readers who might not realize how many dogs are killed each day for lack of a home, the book should serve as a wake-up call and will, I fervently hope, cause them to consider adopting a rescue dog today

Issue 92: Winter 2017

Meet Tucker

by The Bark
Bark's Cover Dog: Winter 2017
Photo by Mo Saito mosaito.com
Cover photo by Mo Saito mosaito.com

Smart, sociable, well adjusted, fearless … and all of four pounds at his last weigh-in: meet Tucker, our 2017 Winter cover dog. According to his person, Diane, he came into her life at just the right time, and definitely the right time for him. He was about six weeks old and weighed one—yes, one—pound when he was found on a street in Concord, Calif., dodging cars. Diane and her husband, Adam, who had recently lost their two dearly loved Boxers, agreed to foster him, and you can guess the rest. An excellent watchdog, Tucker only barks at intrusive activity (or when he’s startled by his own reflection!). He’s particularly attached to a crocheted red lobster and carries it with him everywhere. Outside, he chases leaves and collects rose hips from the garden, and inside, drapes himself like a cat over the back of the family couch (and around Adam’s neck when he’s sitting on it). Basking in the sun is also high on his list of daily activities.

Best Dewormers for Cats & Kittens (2017 Product Comparison)

by EntirelyPets

Does your cat have tapeworms, roundworms or other parasites? Here are the best dewormers to get rid of them.

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Chewbacca is Based on a Dog

by Karen B. London
He therefore deserves the esteemed co-pilot status

With about a week to go until the premiere of The Last Jedi, I’m fully on board as a Star Wars fan after many years of being less into the films than just about everyone I know. My new conversion is a result of learning that the inspiration for Chewbacca was a dog. Specifically, this lovable wookiee is based on George Lucas’ Alaskan Malamute, Indiana. According to Lucas, Indiana would sit in the front seat of his car like a co-pilot and was regularly mistaken for a person. (On a side note, his dog is responsible for the name of one of Lucas’ other famous characters—Indiana Jones.)

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