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contents The Art of Dog.TM COLUMNS The New Barker Volume 14/Issue 41 A gathering place for inspiring dog stories


6 Editor Unleashed 8 Contributors 10 Letters 12-15 Calendar 12-24 Reality Sound Bites (Dog news from around Florida)


26 Grooming Pandemic Fur Of Epic Proportions


28 Rescue Volunteers Are The Lifeblood Of Every Shelter - 34 A Warmly Illustrated Examination of Empathy - 37


“We lost our amazing 10-year-old dog on June 19 after he was diagnosed with advanced cancer on June 13. It’s been a heavy loss for us, as well as for our 9-year-old


dog that has never known life without the other.” Shannan Powell, ForeverLawn K9Grass and hu-mom to Percy and Cocoa. See more Loving Tributes, page 85.


49 Working Dogs Facing Home Schooling & Other Obstacles During The Pandemic


52 The Dog Homefront Pillow Talk - 53 There’s No Place Like Home - 54


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FEATURES Sometimes Rescue Looks Like This A woman’s lifelong love of Poodles leads her to become a volunteer for a rescue group and an advocate for adoption.


Changing For The Better The Florida Department of Corrections has programs in various prisons where shelter dogs are trained to be adopted. Tina VaLant takes us into one of those prisons. It’s therapy at both ends of the leash.


Where There’s A Tail And A Cold Nose, There is Hope We always hear about the stories of how a service dog changes the life of an individual. What we may forget is that, more often than not, an entire family is involved. We inter- viewed the Watt family via Zoom and learned how Foley, a service dog, changed a family’s dynamics.


Some Dogs Are Not Designed For Aquatic Use So, what do you do if you love the water and your swimming pool? You rip up your existing pool and thoughtfully redesign a new one with the safety of your dogs as the number one goal.


Our Souls Already Knew Each Other Opening our Here’s To Dog Health section is a contemplative story from Heather Schulman about how far some of us may go to help save our dogs’ lives.


Dog Training Rebuilding Trust - 61 Home Alone With Less Anxiety - 64


66 Cover Artist Profile An interview with our cover artist, Valeria Moldovan


70 Books, Movies, Music, & More


HERE’S TO DOG HEALTH Hydrotherapy And The Underwater Treadmill - 75 Non-Anesthetic Dental Treatment: More Harm Than Good? - 77 Achieving Some Certainty In Uncertain Times - 79 Save Yourself Some Heartache - 81


83 PAW LAW Prepare For The Worst. Hope For The Best.


85 LOVING TRIBUTES 88 PRODUCT REVIEWS 90 GOOD DOG EATS


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