The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/14/17)

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: Partly cloudy. High of 32.  “D”

SUNDAY Partly cloudy. High of 35. “C”

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

Even before Kyla was born, Kevin and I had a pretty firm rule that we wouldn’t talk “baby talk” to our child.  Once she WAS born, we stuck to that rule.  Certainly, we used soothing voices and gentle phrases.  But we didn’t change actual words like “little” to “widdle” and that sort of thing.  We wanted her speech to be clear when she started speaking on her own.  As she got older, we also made it a point to talk to her like a little adult.  She was always engaged in conversations even when she couldn’t fully contribute.  Neither Kevin nor I regret our decision.

Now, what will happen when we get a puppy?  We will follow those same rules?  Well, unless we want our pooch to be valedictorian at her obedience class graduation I highly doubt we’ll be as stringent.  Besides, who can resist puppy face?  How can you NOT coo and swoon over that sweet darling?  Why wouldn’t you “koosty kootsy koo” at a butterball of fur?

Well, if you think your PUPPY will respond to all that cutesy talk you’re probably right.  But if suddenly you want to communicate with your senior citizen four-legged friend you might be out of luck.  Huh?  What am I talking about?  Once again, I find a dog behavior study fascinating.  I hope if you’re a dog owner, you do too!  You never know how your communication with your canine might be improved.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

.Blind man puts GoPro on his guide dog to show his daily struggles.

President’s dog bites guest.

Puppies react to “dog-directed speech.”

We’re always amazed at stories like this.

Kelsey is a hero.

How smart your dog is seems to matter.

Making sweaters out of dog fur.

Loretta Swit paints to help animals.

We just can’t stop posting about Ricochet!

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK. THEY’RE IN THIS VIDEO:

One more.


Huskies take part in an international dog sled race in Werfenweng, near Salzburg, Austria, Jan. 7. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, we head to Colorado and two back-to-back videos.

Finally, Purin — an 11-year-old Beagle who lives in Japan — and his owner, Makoto Kumagai, break the Guinness World Record for most skips by a dog and a person in one minute on a single rope by completing 58 jumps.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!

On May 17, 2014, Bo, left, and Sunny, are walked by

First Lady Michelle Obama and the family dog Bo are

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