The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/01/17)

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 58. “B” Some might say “A”

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy.  High of 58. “B”

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

So many dog stories, so little time.  Really, that’s the case here at The Barking Lot.  There’s never a week when we’re working on it and say to each other, “There’s just not a single good dog item to put in the blog!”  It’s more like “I don’t know how to cut it down!”

Of course this week is no exception.  Once again, dogs’ amazing abilities and qualities are presented in beautiful stories of kindness and caring.  Have you heard of Seeing Eye dogs… for dogs?  Yes, that’s right.  They exist, and they are beautiful.

The Seeing Eye organization was founded in 1929.  While its headquarters were in Nashville, its origins were actually in Europe.  I am frequently impressed by how dogs can enrich the lives of their owners by helping them with endless physical tasks.  Hearing stories of how dogs literally and figuratively open doors for the people they help is truly heartwarming.  But… those dogs are trained.  And they are trained to help humans.

What happens when two dogs who live together, just “siblings” if you will, realize that one of them has lost their sense of sight?  It’s extraordinary, really.  You probably wouldn’t think that a regular, average, untrained dog of no remarkable breed could suddenly function as a guide dog.  But that is exactly what happens.

Cass, Keller, and Zen (and apparently MANY others) have taken on a role that no one asked them to.  They stepped into a position of helping their sibling after vision loss.  They weren’t trained and clearly there was no conversation that went “Cass/Keller/Zen, your dog brother/sister can’t see any more because they have glaucoma.  So we need you to help him/her when they go up and down the stairs and things like that.”  So how, exactly, does this phenomenon happen?

For stories and theories, please keep reading.

Here’s to one more fascinating way dogs bring a special joy to our lives like no other animal can!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Speaking of blind dogs…Smiley.

A pardon for Dakota.


I know. I know . I’ve heard it over and over again. 🙂

This dog is deaf. Born with a nerve disorder. Has cancer. Now he’s a celebrity. His story.

Dog honks for owner.

‘It’s the Poopocalyspe’

Westminster Best in Show Winner to be Recognized as WI Assembly ‘Hometown Hero.’



Drugged-up dog after surgery is the smiliest pup you’ll see today.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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