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  • Meet Snowy | The Bark

    Meet Snowy | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Snowy, 7 years Nicknames: Snowsie, Bear About Snowy: Snowy prefers to maintain an air of mystery … but when he employed me as his assistant he informed that Snowy was his name. On his leisure time, Snowy enjoys going into local shops, putting his paws on the counter and getting a […] More

  • Meet Rona | The Bark

    Meet Rona | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Rona, 7 years Location: The Netherlands Name Story: Rona was named after a Scottish island, just like her sister Skye. About Rona: Rona loves doing tricks to earn cookies, snoozing with me on the couch and going for long walks in the forest or beach. We have a blast at the beach! She goes loonie at the […] More

  • Meet Bella | The Bark

    Meet Bella | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Bella, 7 years Nicknames: Any cute pet name said in a high pitched voice 🙂 Name Story: Stella Artois Adoption Story: While throwing away some trash including a Stella Artois bottle, I heard a tiny whine coming from the dumpster. I peered inside the dumpster, hearing whining and barking grow, I discovered […] More

  • Meet Stella | The Bark

    Meet Stella | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Stella, 8 years Nicknames: Tater tot About Stella: We named her Stella because she is a brave and joyful rescue star! Stella loves riding on the back of my bicycle with the wind blowing through her ears and driving to visit friends. She’s a great soccer player and we love how amped up she gets […] More

  • The Prodigal Dog | The Bark

    The Prodigal Dog | The Bark

    I live in the suburbs of Piedmont, N.C., but we also own (so far, the closets of) a little house in the Great Smoky Mountains. Our house is on a low mountain, or “knob” as the folks around here like to say. Granny’s Knob is what it’s called. We may, in fact, live in Granny’s […] More

  • Dog Eyes | The Bark

    Dog Eyes | The Bark

    I’ve had many trail companions over the years, but hands down, my pup is the best. That’s not to say that my human counterparts were terrible. Some of the most special moments in my life have taken place in the woods with friends and family. It’s just different when you hit the trail with a […] More

  • Ilsa | The Bark

    Ilsa | The Bark

    I prayed for God to tell me, to send me a sign,and He did, when I knelt next to youto gently pet your head and pray over youafter I hung up the phone with the vet.You looked at me with your jet-black eyes, reassured meyou were ready, andI was making the right decision. I didn’t […] More

  • Ben Ailing | The Bark

    Ben Ailing | The Bark

    Ben Ailing sat hunched over the wheel of his Chrysler Gran Fury, inching his way down a long gravel alley in a rundown section of the Republic South Hills—past boarded-up brick houses and junked washers and dryers—looking for sign of something familiar—wondering how in the hell he’d wound up here of all places. He’d thought […] More

  • Blue Boys | The Bark

    Blue Boys | The Bark

    You showed up on my blue canvas, a portrait I patted myself on the shoulder for. I’m so very sorry, my dear friend. It is too late now. I can take nothing back, not one thing. You had your daily runs, walks and a healthy appetite. There weren’t any outward signs,but I wasn’t paying close […] More

  • Meet Martha | The Bark

    Meet Martha | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Martha, 2 years Nicknames: Little Girl and Mar Mar Adoption Story: I went into the local animal shelter with the intention of adopting a cat, but as I walked passed the dog section I locked eyes with this little girl and my plans shifted. I found her to be so easy […] More

  • Meet Trapper John | The Bark

    Meet Trapper John | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Trapper John, 16 years Nicknames: Traps, the Star, the Little Man Adoption Story: We had just lost a dog to an ehrlichia infection, caused by a tick bite. It was a rough period for us but we spotted little Trapper and he filled our hearts with such joy. Along with being a Canine Good Citizen, […] More

  • A Spreadable Dog Treat | The Bark

    A Spreadable Dog Treat | The Bark

    We love nut butters ourselves, so we were delighted to discover Wag Butter—peanut butter for dogs, made by Big Spoon Roasters, a small North Carolina company making handcrafted, fresh-roasted nut butters and snack bars. Made with locally sourced ingredients in small batches, Big Spoon’s Wag Butter contains just three ingredients—peanuts, organic chia seeds and virgin […] More

  • Meet Miss Pickles | The Bark

    Meet Miss Pickles | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Miss Pickles, 7 years Adoption Story: Miss Pickles came to us as a rescue. When we met her she was shaven down to the skin on her back, with sunburns and blisters on the lower part of her back. She is now spoiled and has the most luxurious coat ever. We […] More

  • Meet Sammy | The Bark

    Meet Sammy | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Sammy, 8 years Nicknames: Sam, Samuel L. Jackson, Sammy-poo, Samson Behind the Name: I had just read the book Sammy the Seal to my daughter. We thought it was the perfect name for our new dog. Photo Caption: On a long hike, Sammy found his favorite thing to do and he […] More

  • Meet Hercules | The Bark

    Meet Hercules | The Bark

    Dog’s Name and Age: Hercules, 2 years Adoption Story: We had made the decision to adopt a shelter dog rather than seek out a breeder to buy a puppy. Hercules had been bounced around a few shelters and was pretty timid at this point. After spending just a couple of minutes with him, we knew he absolutely […] More

  • Meet Loki | The Bark

    Meet Loki | The Bark

    Dog’s Name and Age: Loki, 6 years Nicknames: Princess, Noki, Noks Adoption Story: While living in Africa we rescued Loki about three years before moving back to the USA. Loki is short for location, on the streets of Africa they call the slums “locations” and she is our little location special. While living in Africa, Loki loved […] More

  • Meet Annie | The Bark

    Meet Annie | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Annie, 16 years Nicknames: Annie Fannie Adoption Story: I was a police officer in Pass Christian, MS, during Hurricane Katrina. Almost the entire town was reduced to rubble with very few remaining structures. I had survived the huge tidal surge of Hurricane Katrina on a roof with 12 other police officers. Annie had survived […] More

  • Meet Oakley | The Bark

    Meet Oakley | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Oakley, 7 years Nicknames: Jubby, JubJub About Oakley: I suffer from chronic pain and daily migraines. Oakley provides comfort and always sits right next to me every time I am not feeling well. His smile brightens my life. We have a blast going on adventures together, traveling and doing tricks. He’s pretty famous for his […] More

  • On-Leash Reactivity—Give Me Space! | The Bark

    On-Leash Reactivity—Give Me Space! | The Bark

    It’s another exciting day in the life of a dog trainer. I come bearing my notes and a treat pouch stuffed with teeny-tiny pieces of cheese, ready to tackle my new client’s reactivity concerns. (For those looking for a description of reactivity, it is barking, lunging and/or growling in response to the presence of a […] More

  • Meet Archie | The Bark

    Meet Archie | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Archie, 4 years Nicknames: Big Dog, Archibald T. Pick Adoption Story: We adopted Archie after a sad turn of events, one of his previous owners died of Lukemia and the other took their life days later. Archie’s two fur-siblings were easily adopted by another family. But for four months Archie was shuffled between family members […] More

  • Meet: Sweet Pea | The Bark

    Meet: Sweet Pea | The Bark

    Dog’s name and age: Sweet Pea, 1 year Nicknames: Little Girl or Crazy Bean Adoption Story: Our beloved Pit Bull Kota Boy passed away and about five months had passed when we just happened to walk by an adoption event. We decided to stop by to donate, not really looking for a dog. But, when […] More

  • Abby the Wonder Dog | The Bark

    Abby the Wonder Dog | The Bark

    Abby has become a “wonder-dog” companion for our family. Every day, I give her a chance to run away. Every day, she sticks around the house, lying in the sun in several locations around the yard. This old hound comfortably keeps an eye on the comings and goings of our home. If it’s raining or […] More

  • Meet Stella | The Bark

    Meet Stella | The Bark

    Dog’s Info: Stella, 1 year Adoption Story: A friend was moving and they could not take Stella with them. She was just a little puppy at the time and we thought she was precious so we decided to take her in. It was the best decision ever! She is such a wonderful and loving dog. […] More

  • Why Do Dogs Howl? | The Bark

    Why Do Dogs Howl? | The Bark

    Dear Bark: I’ve had my Beagle, Jet, for a couple of months, and we’re doing well together. However, his howling is becoming an issue. Do you think he’s afraid or unhappy when he howls? Is this something he’ll outgrow, or should I be working on changing the behavior now? And if so, how do I […] More

  • Separation Anxiety Training | The Bark

    Separation Anxiety Training | The Bark

    Two weeks ago I celebrated with one of my separation anxiety clients over her newfound ability to leave her dogs alone for three-plus hours without barking complaints from her apartment neighbors. And then suddenly the gym where she could finally climb the rock wall again closed and the library that she visited on her first […] More

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