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Get through the dog days of summer with the 2nd season of Bark, a podcast about dogs

Bark podcast host Jim Moore's 2-year-old golden retriever, River. (Jim Moore photo)

The second season of Bark, a podcast about dogs, was released on Wednesday, and I hope you get a chance to check it out. It’s available at 710Sports.com and wherever you find podcasts.

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Bark was named by my boss, Dave Pridemore, who was also the one who came up with the idea of a podcast about dogs. He knew how much I love dogs and thought it would be a good fit for me to give it a go. So I’ve given it a go the last two years and enjoyed every minute of it.

I don’t consider being a solo host a strength of mine, but Bark has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone. Aaron Mason, co-host of KIRO Nights on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, has helped me put these two seasons together. I didn’t know the first thing about podcasts when I started Bark, and Aaron kept assuring me that this format was right up my alley because podcasts typically feature casual conversations. And if you make mistakes from time to time, that’s OK too.

Dogs have been an important part of my life. I’ve owned three golden retrievers – Murphy and Willie, and River is the 2-year-old goof that I have now (pictured below). We’re also thinking about getting another dog so that River will have a buddy to hang out with.

Hosting Bark has been fun, and I hope to start a third season this fall. But to keep it going, we need to find a sponsor. If you’re interested, please contact me at [email protected] If you have feedback, positive or negative, you can contact me at that address as well.

Here’s what you’ll find in the seven new episodes:

Episode 1: Jim goes behind the curtain with his own veterinarian, Terry Tomchick from Alpine Animal Hospital in Issaquah, Wash., to see what it’s really like in her profession, including the ups and downs of the patient-client relationship.

Episode 2: Jim looks into the pros and cons between getting a dog from a breeder or adopting a rescue dog, featuring an interview with Ardith Devries, executive director of Old Dog Haven, and organization that finds homes for senior dogs.

Episode 3: Ever feel guilty about leaving your dog at home while you go to work? Jim looks into dog-walking services and talks to Jenna White, senior director of Rover Now at Rover.com, a new on-demand dog-walking service.

Episode 4: Think your boss should allow employees to bring their dogs to work? Jim examines the pluses and minuses of dogs in the work place with Jovana Teodorovic, head of people and culture at Rover.com.

Episode 5: Dogs are the best, you know that already. And some have really cool jobs. Jim talks to three owners whose dogs are sports stars too. Jim catches up with Fred Hassen, owner of Finn the Bat Dog, who fetches bats at Las Vegas Aviators baseball games; Sergio Pedroza, head groundskeeper at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility and owner of Turf, a chocolate lab that has the run of the place and keeps geese away; and Britta Closson, owner of Kohl, a black lab that retrieves the kicking tee after kickoffs at Boise State football games.

Episode 6: People have bucket lists all the time, but Lindie Saenz decided to have one for her puppy too. Logan, a German Shepherd, was born with heart issues that shortened his life. But Lindie made sure that Logan got the most from the life he had. Jim talks to Logan’s owner about the puppy’s many travels and appearances in a bittersweet interview.

Episode 7: Thinking about getting pet insurance for you dog? Jim is too. He’s on his third dog but has never had pet insurance. Jim talks to T.J. Houk, head of member experience at Trupanion, about the different options for pet insurance.