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. A high of 32. “D”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. A high of 33. “D”
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
I am SO excited for one of the biggest sporting events of the year! I just can’t get enough of the players and the pre-game festivities. The cheerleaders are fun, and the play-by-play announcers do a good job. The half-time show is amazing, and I don’t even get mad at the refs.
Sure, the players might piddle on the field and bite one another. Sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of an exciting play but that’s OK. This year, they face some special challenges. One is missing a leg, one is deaf and one is both vision AND hearing impaired.
Yes my friends it’s time for the annual Puppy Bowl! And this year features special needs pups as part of the lineup. I think that’s wonderful. Of course by the time the Puppy Bowl actually airs, the three featured dogs have found their forever homes.
I truly admire people who adopt special needs dogs; I can only imagine some of the challenges that come with it. I remember my English springer spaniel grew deaf in her later years. Not only did it break our hearts to see her like that, it wasn’t easy communicating with her. She was an exceptionally smart dog. But it wasn’t a situation where we could teach her sign language like some deaf dogs have learned. We just did our best and muddled through.
I am particularly looking forward to watching this year’s event. I wish all the players luck and of course I’ll be rooting for those three underdogs! Thank you, Animal Planet and the many sponsors, for helping make sure all these incredible dogs find loving homes.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
You know that movie? Investigation shows no animal was harmed.
Is That Dog on Your Flight Really a Service Pet? The Feds are cracking down.
Dogs on marijuana: Not cool.
Your Dog May Soon Get the Flu Vaccine, Too.
Man, dog bike around country to promote shelter adoptions.
Dopey is anything but.
Dog Escapes Shelter to Track Down Woman Who Fed Him Treats.
Study: Dogs will generously share food.
I’m A First-Time Dog Owner, And I Wish I Knew This.
The dog ate his WHAT?
12 Chic Puppy Accessories That Will Turn Heads at the Dog Park
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
The above photos were taken in the Black Sea province of Rize. They show a shepherd girl and her dog carrying a newborn goat and its mother in their backpacks, which went viral on social media. The shepherd girl has been identified as 11-year-old Hamdu Sena Bilgin, and the photograph was taken in the village of Yağcılar, 10 kilometers away from the center of the İkizdere district of Rize. The photos were taken while Bilgin was returning home with her sheep and goats after realizing one of the goats had started to give birth. After the birth she put the newborn goat in her school bag and placed it on the back of her sheepdog, named “Tommy,” and took the mother goat in her own backpack. Bilgin’s 15-year-old brother Ali Rahman, while she and her dog were struggling home through the snow.
Photos: Hurriyet Daily News in Turkey
We close as we always do with our closing video. And you’re in luck. We have more than just one.
January 29th, 1929, 88 years ago last Sunday, The Seeing Eye organization was incorporated in Nashville.
CBS reports the organization Morris Frank helped found has matched more than 16,000 dogs with partners. The Seeing Eye serves an average of 260 people a year. Training lasts 25 days, and almost all of the costs are paid for by charitable contributions. Three-quarters of the dogs who begin their training successfully complete it. They work an average of eight years before they get to enjoy retirement.
CBS Correspondent Marlo Bendau visited the Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., where puppies are raised and trained to serve as assistant animals for the blind. Originally broadcast on “CBS Morning News” on January 10, 1983, this report was rebroadcast last Sunday morning on CBS.
And from Waukesha, WI…you’re going to love Roxie.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
See ya, BARK, next week!