The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/30/16)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY: Cloudy with occasional rain (90% chance) this afternoon. A high of 48.  “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. A high of 48. “C”

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

My great-grandfather had a “shot” of brandy every day and smoked a cigar every day as well.  He lived a full life until he passed away at 104 years of age.  While I don’t know the specifics of his diet I can guarantee you a couple of things:  it didn’t include kale and it was full of things like red meat and real butter.  I’m confident in saying that not only did he not know his BMI, he didn’t know what a BMI rate even was.  (Given Grandpa’s personality, he wouldn’t have cared anyway.)

I was born in 1973.  That qualifies me as being “a survivor of the 70’s.”   I’m the younger version of my great-grandpa’s generation, I guess.  Having made it through the hazards of growing up without warning labels attached to everything I’m still defying odds.  Because like Grandpa I eat real butter, red meat and don’t touch kale.  And I’m managing just fine.

My point?  Sometimes, experts aren’t experts in the least.  Whether these authorities offer supreme knowledge on fitness, nutrition, child-rearing, relationships or pet care what they offer by way of case studies they lack in common sense.  They can be over-paid, self-important know-it-alls who at times don’t even possess any sort of qualifications to tell the rest of us what to do.

If they challenged on their “wisdom” and are honest at least a few will admit that there are always exceptions to their rules.

Yes of COURSE there is a connection to dogs with all this ranting!  Some yahoo out there is telling us that we shouldn’t hug our dogs because we’re causing them undue stress and trauma…

In the study, Dr Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia examined 250 dogs being hugged by adults and children and analysed them for signs of stress.

Coren found that 81 per cent of all dogs being hugged were uncomfortable, suggesting they wanted their owners to put them down.

Then another expert tells us that it’s perfectly OK to hug our dogs…

Cohen’s own dogs love to be hugged, he tells NYT, a reaction which he determines based on the slowing of their breathing and softening of the gaze.

Oi vay!  A person could get whiplash trying to keep up with this tennis match-style arguing.    I’m siding with Matthew Gilbert, thanks.

—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

In Kenosha police find 17 dogs in homeless couple’s car.

Cities go to extreme lengths to tackle a dog poop epidemic.

In Madrid, don’t pick up after your dog, and…

Hero dog rescues, then collapses and dies.

Can dogs ever be trusted around babies?

Why you should never pet a guide dogDog walking seniors are healthier, but…

Amtrak goes to the dogs.

Diving dogs to star
, not in Franklin, but in, where else…Oak Creek.

Gourmet food…for dogs?

Dog rescues hummingbird. Story doesn’t end there.

Column: Can’t beat a dog’s love: There’s one kind of love that just goes on forever. Get a dog and you will experience unconditional love for as long as the animal is around.




In a lush, sprawling corner of Costa Rica, hundreds of dogs–among the luckiest strays on earth–roam freely on a hillside. Fed, groomed and cared for by vets, more than 750 dogs rescued from the streets of Costa Rica inhabit Territorio de Zaguates or “Land of the Strays.” The 375-acre sanctuary in the center of the Central American country is funded by donations. Around 8,000 dogs have passed through the refuge. There are more than a million stray dogs in Costa Rica, where the government outlawed putting animals down in 2003. The strays at the sanctuary are all available for adoption. Above: Stray dogs run at the sanctuary in Carrizal de Alajuela, Costa Rica, on April 20, 2016. Photo: JUAN CARLOS ULATE / Reuters

And we close as we always do with our dog video of the week. We’ve got a couple in these stories.

Woman walks dog…while driving?

Shelter dog cried.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please share with a fellow dog lover. They’ll be glad you did!

See ya, BARK, next week!


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