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The new issue ...

Bark_newmag31... is out, with a special emphasis on humor. Take a look at what's inside.

Don't forget to check out the online extras, including this piece on 10 essential items to pack for a getaway with your dog, and this link to more examples of canine comics. (By the way, if you're itching to check out that exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, here's the link to more information.)  You'll also want to check out these canine-friendly vacation resources.

On a more serious note, there's this piece on the controversy over the temperament tests many shelters use to make life-or-death decisions on which dogs will be put up for adoption. (For another look at the issue, check out the discussion here on the Dogged blog.)

We're off to a great start with comments! Click on the comment links at the right or after every post to read what others are saying, and then be sure to let us know what you think. -- G.S.

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I'm so excited that The Bark has a blog! I'm going to post a link on my dog blog to you. Oh, I just received the newest issue of The Bark and it's great!

Posted by: Leslie | Jun 14, 2005 4:35:36 PM

I was amazed to see the article on CCL just days after my Saint Bernard's diagnosis. He spent the weekend at the local Vet School's clinic because of his epilepsy, and it was diagnosed there. He's always had a bit of a funny walk, and some trouble rising on our tile floors. Just as the article said, he has clearly lived with this condition for a while and it 'suddenly' got a lot worse.
When he gets the surgery will be determined by the success of his epilepsy treatment, but now that I have the article to refer to, I feel much more confident about what will be done. Thanks, Bark!

Posted by: K Poenisch | Jun 13, 2005 8:44:01 AM

I'm waiting anxiously for my first issue, but I only just signed up this weekend, so it'll be a while. How could I pass it up, the blog is wonderful, the website is great. I'd be remiss to not subscribe!

Without seeing this issue yet, I have to say that by far the BEST comic strip is "Get Fuzzy" by Darby Conley. For me its dog vs. cat dynamic is hilarious and shadows the famous Garfield/Odie feud.

Posted by: Nancy Campbell | Jun 12, 2005 1:20:47 PM

Re "When knees go bad" p. 55, Summer 2005.
I remember certain expenditures of money with smug satisfaction. The $12.98 I spent to buy Al Franken's "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot" in hardcover. The $1,200 I spent to put in a concrete driveway with a separate pad to hold the giant, city-owned rolling trash cans, and the ramp instead of a step onto the front porch. The $800 I spent on cruciate ligament surgery for Babe, my 12 year old, Belgian-shepherd mix.
Based on Babe's experience and that of two other dogs I paid to have treated for such injuries, I highly recommend this kind of surgery. I've had three dogs who needed some kind of knee surgery. Babe got the full CL surgery, and with careful post-surgery crating/confinement was 100 percent recovered. An 18 month-old rescued Golden Retriever, Rusty, had equally pricey surgery to repair a traumatically damaged knee cap that slipped out of place. With careful post-surgery crating/confinement, he, too, was 100 percent healed, and went on to a wonderful home (he was, and is, a wonderful dog, in spite of his endearing yet troubling trick of retrieving live skunks . . . .)
The third dog, a six-month old sharpei mix, who weighed in at about 40 to 45 pounds, was crated for several weeks until the excellent traveling orthopedic vet was scheduled to be at my regular vet's office for the orthopedic surgeries. By the time he got to her and had opened the leg up, the CL injury had begun to heal. He was left with having to break it to operate on it, and made the decision to close her back up and let it heal on its own. In fact, this -- just crating and close confinement for six weeks -- did the trick, and the total cost was $150 for the pre-op and some of the boarding.
So, with a young dog, it might well work to keep the dog confined so that it cannot jump up on anything, and let nature work her wonders. With the 12 year old dog, who was otherwise in good shape with no other orthopedic problems, e.g., arthritis, I found the improvement in the dog's quality of life and concomitant overall physical health well worth the cost, even though the dog's remaining life expectancy was only 3 to 5 years.
As to the 18 month old rescued dog, I fronted the cost, but it was offset by donations from Golden lovers among my colleagues at work who, although they couldn't adopt the dog, wanted to help pay for his surgery. This surgery, too, was well worth the cost, because of the dog's fabulous personality as a companion animal, beauty as an athlete, and sense of humor as a stand-up live skunk retriever.
The surgeon was Dr. Seckner, who practices in the Southern California area, traveling from city to city. I've since run into a number of other pet owners who were equally satisfied with the great outcomes they obtained from his skilled services.

Posted by: Letitia Pepper | Jun 11, 2005 7:16:27 PM

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