The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/29/16)

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. High of 66.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 51. “C”

Jennifer has the week off, preparing for an upcoming trip. A trip coming very soon.

So I repeat myself.

We don’t have a dog.

My wife adores dogs.

My child adores dogs.

But we don’t have a dog.

My wife wants a dog.

My daughter wants a dog.

I don’t want a dog. At least not now.

One woman jokingly on social media referred to me as Jennifer’s “dog-hating husband.” At least I think she was kidding.

I won’t go through this again but there are real serious reasons we are at this point sans canine. No one home all day. And yet wherever I go I repeatedly get asked, “When ya gonna get a dog?” Did I mention no one home all day.

Also, I’m a real softie when it comes to dogs. And selfish. I don’t want to endure the inevitable pain of a pet’s life being ended so abruptly, far too soon.

I’ve never used my age as rationale for refusing to get a dog. I could. Not for complete rejection, but for raising concerns to be considered.

Maine Belonio is described by the Huffington Post as a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long-distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus.

Belonio on Friday offered 4 factors to take into account when adopting a dog after the age of 50 (My wife isn’t 50, not even close. But I’ve hit half a C note).

You can probably come up with the four Belanio writes about.

Again, the 50 threshold can be dealt with. I just choose not to at this time.

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

A 4-year-old girl tried to give her new dog a treat. Instead, it turned on her, and killed her.

Traditional Hunting Dogs Are Left to Die En Masse in Spain

The dirty secret behind banning certain dog breeds.

Does your dog have dementia?

Dogs have the ability to smell out almost anything.

The owner who took his loving dog for one last joy ride will give you all the feels.

Assistance dog gives girl with autism a voice.

Abandoned dog waited a month for owners to return — until this man stepped in.

Rylee…good dog.

Shelter dogs come in handy, and vice versa, for cross country team.

How gorgeous is Tea?




Heartbreaking Photo of Dog Left By Owners Prompts Man to Rescue the Pit Bull

How about this?

CAUTION: Many folks online have been upset by this photo.


Hoisington, Kansas veterinarian, Dr. Lindsay Mitchell, posted this photo of one of her patients this past Monday night and it is being used by permission of the dog’s owner in hopes of helping other pet owners. The dog pictured had 30-40 Asian lady beetles attached to the roof of its mouth, and appeared to be foaming at the mouth. The beetles can be safely removed at home with a finger or hard object like a tongue depressor or a spoon, Mitchell said.

We close as we always do with our closing video.


And one more.

Ben Mesches decided to dress up as his dog’s favorite toy, Gumby. The reaction is priceless.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

We’re going on hiatus. See ya, BARK, in a few weeks!

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