The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/25/17)

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: What a difference a week makes.Snow showers early. Peaks of sun later. High of 29. “F”

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy early, then afternoon sunshine. Very windy. High of 45. “C”

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


Jennifer was told she doesn’t have strep throat. But it’s close. She can barely speak. Kevin’s reaction? He is refraining from possible deliriously happy comment.

Kevin, that means you need to fill in.


Well here I go.

I fully understand how popular dogs are. I joke, barely, when I suspect my wife wants a dog more than she wants a husband.

But a former 24/7 journalist needs a bit more evidence about our love affair with dogs than his wife’s constant yearning for a pet, preferably canine.

So I turn to data from 2012 supplied by the American Veterinary Foundation:

Dogs Cats Birds Horses
Percent of households owning 36.5% 30.4% 3.1% 1.5%
Number of households owning 43,346,000 36,117,000 3,671,000 1,780,000
Average number owned per household 1.6 2.1 2.3 2.7
Total number in United States 69,926,000 74,059,000 8,300,000 4,856,000
Veterinary visits per household per year (mean) 2.6 1.6 0.3 1.9
Veterinary expenditure per household per year (mean) $378 $191 $33 $373
Veterinary expenditure per animal (mean) $227 $90 $14 $133
Just a few examples from

They are loyal, can be relatively easily trained to be obedient, fairly easy to take care of, are great companions,  and show their pleasure with little effort. 

They are fun to play with; they are protective; they can perform jobs. 

They might save your life.  (I have at least 3 first hand experiences and one second hand experience in my family)

They can be very entertaining.  They are cuddly and petting them is very soothing to both the person and the dog.  Most of them are so cute that you can’t help smiling when you look at them.

Check out these numbers from Abodo:

How far would you go to protect your dog or cat?


What would you do for your pet?

And we could go on and on.

But have we gone too far?

John Boyle writes in the Citizen Times in Asheville, N.C.:

“In general, the whole, ‘My dog is my baby’ philosophy has taken over the United States, and that’s not going to change,” Brophey said, noting how many of us consider them “fuzzy babies.” And yes, we actually get a nice little buzz of oxytocin, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone,” from our interactions with the fur babies.

So this is where we are in America — our dogs have become family members and we want to take them everywhere. Now, the question is, Brophey says, is “Are we going to  do this the right way, or are we going do this the wrong way?”

You can read the entire piece and also find out who Brophey is, here.

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

‘Ruff’ justice: Supreme Court rules for disabled girl, service dog

Brewery offers paid ‘paw-ternity’ leave for employees with new puppies.

Dog was chained outside for 15 years, but now…

Huh? Dog shoots woman?

Wedding ceremony helps paralyzed officer heal.

New store in Franklin hopes to help pets become happier, healthier.

Not one but three meals you can enjoy with your dog.



It’s in this article.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

We keep posting about this because the problem isn’t going away.

And a new dog movie is out this weekend:

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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