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The New Barker Volume 12/Issue 35 The Art of Dog.TM


Teacup, with Florida Boxer Rescue at Dogs Day in Dade City. She is a Teacup Boxer (just kidding).


FEATURES 23 It’s Not Just Who You Know, But What They Know. We took a trip to Tallahassee during this year’s Humane Lobby Day, and shadowed Connie Johnson through the maze of bills and the halls of the Capitol building.


28 Here Come The Dogs. Have you considered including your dogs


in your wedding? Check out some pointers alongside fun photographs.


34 Best In Show? We love watching dogs and their handlers at


the AKC shows held across the state. But, some competitors are playing with their dogs’ health and well-being just to win. How did it come to this?


38 Rescue. At What Cost? The underbelly of the puppy mill business


includes auctions, not open to the public. Older and/or sick dogs no longer able to breed are sold to another breeder who hopes to get one or more litters out of the dog. Puppies, deemed unsaleable by the breeders to their retail markets, are sold here as well. A Central Florida rescue group is saving some of the discarded dogs.


42 Open Your Heart For A Little While. Make A Difference Forever.


Debra Starr with Manatee County’s Animal Network Inc. talks about the different foster programs available through Manatee County Animal Services.


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Brackley a South African Mastiff we met during Bark in the Park at Curtis Hixon Park for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.


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Ianna is a Golden Retriever puppy we met during Paws in the Park, for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Photograph by Anna Cooke.


52 A Life That Touches Others Goes On Forever.


We spoke with several people who have been visited in dreams by their deceased dogs.


56 The Vodka Guy. Once An Underdog, Now, He’s the Leader of the Pack.


Previously, you’ve read about Tito’s Handmade Vodka as the vodka for dog lovers in The New Barker. Read a bit more about the company’s employees and what they’re doing to help homeless animals across the country.


58 Who Is Looking After Your Dog? With so many new businesses opening to service


our dogs, how can we know they can be trusted to take proper care of our dogs? We interviewed several owners of dog daycare and boarding facilities for some insight into this very important question.


62 The Best Gift In Life Is A Second Chance.


TampaPets.org continues to provide marketing support for member rescue groups. Read more about what this Tampa Bay area group is doing to help rescue groups gain more exposure.


6 Editor Unleashed 8 Contributors 10-14 Calendar 16 Letters to the Editor 18-20 Reality Sound Bites Product Reviews: 26 Food & Treats 44 The Dog Homefront. lMy Heart & Home Hold A Special Place for My Dog. by Luellen Hoffman. lCitySide.Your Next Adventure Awaits. lPlus tips from designers on having a stylish home, inside and out, even while living with dogs. 50 Books, Movies, & More. 64 Cover Artist Profile: Scott Ashcraft from Gainesville. 66-69 Get Going, Dog. lAir Animal Pet Movers: Moving A Great Dane to the UK. lStaycations: Amelia Island, White Dog Plantation and The Fontainebleau adoption program. lA short trip to The Hostess City of the South. 72-79 Here’s To Dog Health. lEssential Oils, a gift from Mother Nature. by Timothy Hodge, DVM. lMaladies of our dog’s eyes we should be aware of. by Elizabeth F. Baird, DVM, CVPP, CCRT, cVMA lAre you buying meds online? Dr. Timothy Hodge has some words of wisdom. lWondering if CBD Hemp Oil could help your dog? Read each of the excellent articles by two industry professionals: Angela Ardolino and Twila Cole. 71 PawLaw: Airline Travel Safety. 81-90 Dog Socials 91 Dog Dining - Sweet Surrender 100 Life From A Dog’s Perspective.


COLUMNS


Photograph by Anna Cooke


Photograph by Anna Cooke


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