The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/31/16)


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  33.  “D”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 38. “C”

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

In keeping with our year-end theme here is what I consider my stand out dog blog the past year, July 9:

When I write my portion of our weekly feature, I do my very best to be accurate and up-to-date.  Once I’ve selected a topic, I scour sites and check links to make sure my sources are the best they can be.  Kevin keeps an eye on things too… often, a news story has updates and he’s quick to point those out as well.

Somehow, we both managed to overlook something that is extremely important to me.  Every summer, I write about leaving dogs in hot cars. In that blog I gave what I thought was accurate information.  While it is unfortunate I gave outdated facts, it is EXTREMELY FORTUNATE that they are now obsolete.

As recently reported by WQOW in Eau Claire, you can now break into a car to save a distressed child or animal without fear of civil liability.  Effective November 13, 2015 the 2015 Wisconsin Act 103  clearly states your responsibilities before you just toss a brick through a car window because you see a dog inside the vehicle.

Speaking of tossing a brick through a window…  Most people won’t actually have a brick with them for canine emergencies.  And believe it or not, a brick isn’t even the most effective tool for smashing a window.  A glass repair expert explains.

Additionally, if you’re a former Girl Scout or Boy Scout and your motto is still “Be Prepared” you might already own a car window hammer like this. It could certainly save your OWN life if you’re ever trapped inside your vehicle after a collision.  But it could also be a worthwhile investment if you’re determined to keep defenseless creatures safe when temperatures rise.

PLEASE share this blog with as many people as you can.  It just might save a life!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Usually at this point we post DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. That portion will return next week.

On this special year-end edition of The Barking Lot here are our picks for top dog stories of 2016.

First, do you remember Bretagne?

And I admit a certain bias in this next selection. I helped hire John Jagler at WTMJ many years ago. What a nice story.


And there are plenty.

We close as we always do with our closing video. Here are the dog videos of the year.

First…we say it often on The Barking Lot. Dogs are simply amazing.

And finally, do you remember Bruno from a small town in Minnesota?  The award-winning Boyd Huppert, who used to work at Channel 6 in Milwaukee, brought us this wonderful story.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!


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