The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/27/16)

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: Scattered thunderstorms possible all day long beginning around or just before 7:00 a.m. A late afternoon high of 79. Tough call. We’ll give it a  “C”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 81. “A”

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

In the Fischer home, we “celebrate” dogs almost daily.  In some way, they are talked about, loved, recognized, or remembered.  Of course there’s the Barking Lot, which clearly celebrates dogs every week.  But Kevin wanted a separate, special blog specifically recognizing National Dog Day yesterday on August 26th.  He shared the story of Ricochet the Surf Dog (tissue alert!) and how she spreads joy every day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t top that one.  So I’m not even going to try.  However, there are many other fabulous articles surrounding the holiday.  Does that surprise you?  No, I knew it wouldn’t.  (And quite frankly I’ll bet you’ll never see a National Cat Day.)  Let me just list a few of my favorite items from the last few days.

It’s no secret:  I don’t like Starbucks.  So when we DO finally get a dog I’m not treating her to a puppucinno any more than I’ll be clamoring for a Pumpkin Spice latte for myself this fall.  But for those who literally can’t live without their over-priced caffeine they can indulge their fur babies as well.  And who knows?  That bit of craziness just might help get another pup adopted!

Here’s another well-known tidbit:  I don’t like sports.  Well, I like them a bit more than Starbucks at least.  I watch Notre Dame football with (and because of) Kevin.  I get a touch caught up in March Madness.  But other than that I wouldn’t know Aaron Rodgers if he brought me an ill-fated Frappuccino.  Still, I love a bunch of cute photos from athletes showing a softer, fuzzier side of themselves.

Now, I DO enjoy dining, an adult beverage, and “chichi” hotels.  So I could certainly relate to a roundup of where and how to enjoy National Dog Day around the U.S.  I was disappointed but not terribly surprised that nothing from Wisconsin was mentioned.  (Perhaps by the summer of 2017 Oak Creek will host the first event for our state.)  If you live in or were visiting California, Georgia, Texas, New York, Oregon, or Florida however, you were in luck.  Plenty of events to choose from!

Hopefully you found some fun ways to celebrate with YOUR four-legged friend this weekend.  If you did, feel free to leave a comment!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Leave it to the wacko website to ask the ridiculous question.

Dog takes…the witness stand?

Dog ‘PooPrints’ help crack down on un-scooped doo in one Des Moines apartment complex.

Meet veteran Joe Worley, who knew he could always lean on his service dog Benjamin – literally.

This Mailman Writes Fake Letters For A Dog That Loves Mail.

He’s no mutt. He’s the mayor.

A young girl, engrossed in an art project, dips the family dog’s tail into shallow little cups of paint. NPR celebrates National Dog Day.

But National Dog Day was yesterday. Lots to celebrate.

Boston cops are heroes. Read why.

Everyone is telling me, Kev, you gotta get a dog. How much will it cost me?

Cartoon about a dog saying goodbye to its owner will leave you in tears.



Quillen was found with more than 350 porcupine quills all over her body. (Humane Society of North Texas)
A run-in with a porcupine left a 2-year-old terrier mix with more than 350 quills all over her body. The dog, now named Quillen, was turned over to the Humane Society of North Texas earlier this month after a woman found the stray near DFW Airport.She had the needles in her face, tongue, ears and feet and was also dehydrated and covered in ticks, the Humane Society said. “She was probably close to the porcupine and barking at it when the quills were released,” Dr. Cynthia Jones said. “That’s how she got them in the back of her throat.” Quillen was given antibiotics and pain medications, bathed in Epsom salts and had the quills extracted in a process that took almost two hours, the Star-Telegram reported.  Quillen will be put up for adoption after she recovers. Photo: The Dallas Morning News

We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have a few this week.

Dog in Phoenix is lucky to be alive. KPHO reports.

Next, meet Angus,  the hospital dog trained to sniff out deadly superbugs.

Here’s a real gem. The award-winning Boyd Huppert, who used to work at Channel 6 in Milwaukee, brings us a wonderful story about Bruno…

And coming this January…

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!





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