The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/08/16)

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: Sunny. High of 59.  “C”

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 60. “C”

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

For a while yet, until the timing is just right for the Fischers, The Barking Lot is how I live vicariously through other dog owners.  While it doesn’t offer tail wags, hand licks or games of fetch, I will say it’s cheaper and easier.  That’s because our dog will be almost as spoiled as our daughter.  There will be unnecessary treats for no reason at all, a birthday celebration, and depending on our future pup’s social circle even a dog-centered party or two.  That’s just how we roll (over) in our family.

I generally like doggie Halloween costumes.  Unless they appear truly uncomfortable or unsafe for the pooch, I see nothing wrong with a little seasonal humiliation for your canine family member.  So what if Fido’s get-up is so doggone cute it’s not enough just to take him along with the kids as you Trick-or-Treat?  Might I suggest a Howl-o-ween party?

Why yes, I am crazy enough to tell you to host a spooky & treat-filled party for your pet.  Why not?  I can think of nuttier things than a gathering of two- and four-legged friends (mostly in costume) to celebrate a holiday that centers around scaring yourself & others and eating too much candy.  As with any good party, preplanning is essential.  You never know how much of a hit it could be, especially if you include bobbing for tennis balls or hot dogs in addition to apples (like Sue Subkow or Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.)

You could even take a cue from party maven Amy Locurto.  She designed a set of printables for her exclusive members of Living Locurto.  How cute are these?

Aw, go ahead.  You know you want to do it.  And since you’re already aware that chocolate is a no-no for all dogs, you’ll just have to keep that Snickers all to yourself.  😉

P.S.  Feel free to post some photos via a Facebook comment of your pup in its Halloween finery, or of your own poochcentric party.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Marine veteran has his ‘dog in the fight.’

Advice from a trainer: don’t talk to the service dogs.

How dogs could be the key to fighting cancer.

Living with a blind dog.

Man finds dog. Man finds dog on his roof. Man decides to…

Apparently dogs can tell time with their…

This startup is making dog food that’s so safe and nutritious, even humans can eat it

Would you let (make) your dog wear leotards?

How to help your dog not get spooked on Halloween.

Picasso, a prostitute, and of course, a dog.



Hurricane Matthew preparations
Pet owners and their pets hang out in the lobby of a storm shelter set up at the Barnett Park community center to accommodate evacuees during Hurricane Matthew, in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, October 6, 2016. Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

The bond between politicians and their dogs.

Cars are a dog’s best friend.

The happy hound's grin eclipsed the Pope's smile, as he greeted pilgrims in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis was upstaged this week by a smiling dog who was photographed grinning behind the pontiff at his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square. Photo: Reuters via the Daily Mail

Bless, an American Pit Bull Terrier, being treated to a free grooming session at Pampered Pets in Montreal. A Quebec Superior Court judge temporarily suspended Montreal's pit bull ban on the same day the new law was to come into effect. The local SPCA humane society took the city to court over the ban, which place restrictions on owning a pit bull. Judge Louis Gouin suspended the parts of the animal control law that deal with pit bull-type dogs until Wednesday evening while he evaluates the SPCA's request. 

Bless, an American Pit Bull Terrier, being treated to a free grooming session at Pampered Pets in Montreal. A Quebec Superior Court judge temporarily suspended Montreal’s pit bull ban on the same day the new law was to come into effect. Photo: AP

We close as we always do with our closing video.

From ABC News in Sarasota:

In Green Bay dog sniffs out bed bugs.

And one more…

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!

PHOTO: Cole Lyle, Marine veteran, with his service dog Kaya before the House Committee Government Oversight and Reform hearing, April 14, 2016.


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