The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/01/16)

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: Wake up early to showers that will last throughout the day until they let up after 5:00.  High of 62.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy all day, but dry. High of 65. “C”

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


When I was in fourth grade, we had a special event to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  If our pet was well-behaved we were able to bring it to school for an outdoor prayer service and then our pets would receive a special blessing.

As an aside, can you IMAGINE something like that happening today?  The school would have to hire a team of attorneys to draft a release form that every parent would have to sign.  It wouldn’t be the standard menagerie of dogs and an occasional cat.  These days every “exotic” animal would need to be included – after all, St. Francis wouldn’t have discriminated.  Parents of children without pets would be encouraged to take their kids to a school-sponsored therapy session helping them through their pet-less experience that day.  And even a Catholic school-sponsored event would have to give equal time to some Wiccan equivalent of an animal holiday. But I digress.

Back to my elementary school experience.  I was able to bring my Basenji mix Sugar, the pet I will measure all future pets against.  She was in my opinion the perfect dog.  A bit of a “prima donna” but none the less an awesome four-legged friend.  I’ll never forget holding her little leash and thinking how cool it was that she was actually going to be blessed in the same way I was at mass.  And who couldn’t use a little help from above!  I don’t recall anything out of the ordinary occurring so I’m assuming all pets behaved and minimal clean-up was necessary.  After all that was a “few” years ago.  I still remember feeling that it was such a cool celebration of animals and the saint that loved them.

I have to say, there’s a sense of pride when I see news regarding Cardinal Timothy Dolan.  I can’t help but wish he was still our Archbishop, but I’m happy that he’s moved on to “bigger and better things” in New York.  Two years ago, he participated in a fabulous celebration of St. Francis.  An edition of Arlington’s Catholic Herald also mentions the event & Cardinal Dolan.  In addition, it offers some reflection as to why this feast day is so popular.

I have to admit, I was surprised by the source of our final piece of information.  Certainly they are champions of animals, but the following article is more than just a brief mention on their website.  The Humane Society of the United States offers an in-depth history, and I was happy to see such detail about this special feast day.

We know that dogs are truly a blessing in our lives.  It really does make sense that we return the favor with a blessing to them.  Happy Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and we’ve got a bunch. The news, unfortunately, isn’t always good.

Missouri State suspends QB for allegedly breaking dog’s jaw.

Soldier who drowned dog gets unusual sentence.

One of the saddest dog stories of the year.

Pet driver safety goes to the dogs.

Prison and P.J.

What your dog’s vet bill says about America’s health care system.

Tsunami is a very important dog.

Touching moment girl says final goodbye to her dying pet dog.

Little Girl with Rare Disease and Her Service Dog Have a Special Friendship.

Yale Study Shows Dogs Are Too Smart to Follow Bad Advice.

This hotel’s guests have access to a therapist.

The great American dog? It’s the coyote.

OP-ED: When will people learn to treat cats like dogs?

A gourmet menu for dogs.

Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?



A dachshund on a leash walks with the Bavarian shooters association at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Sept. 18. (Photo: Marrhias Balk/EPA)

He looks kinda sad. Let’s turn that around.

Canine competitors had 12 minutes to catch their top five waves

A pooch competes in the Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California. Photo: Getty Images. Did you like that? Here are two dozen more!

We close as we always do with our closing video from McDonough, GA.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!



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