The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/22/17)

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 57.  “B”

SUNDAY Mostly sunny. High of 62.  “A”

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

I’ve blogged several times about the difference between my wanting a dog and Kevin’s NOT wanting one.

Truly, his biggest opposition is the life span of a creature we will grow so incredibly attached to.  He says time and again that it is simply not fair to love a dog for such a relatively short amount of time, only to have to say goodbye so soon.

I reiterate the Circle of Life concept and point out that I am willing to withstand the pain of losing a pet for all the love and joy they bring to our lives.

OK, let’s say I finally win him over at some point in my life.  What life stage would we adopt?  Puppy?  Teenager?  Senior?  Oh, I can guarantee you it would never EVER be a senior.  If he’s fought tooth-and-nail not to get a dog because they die too soon do you honestly think he’d agree to adopt a dog with only a few years left to live?

I have to admit, I don’t think I would ever adopt a senior dog.  Not because I wouldn’t want the added burdens of caring for an older canine, but because I would fall head-over-heals in love with it, and our time together would be that much less.  I simply couldn’t do it.  Yes, I’ll admit I’m not emotionally strong enough to bear that pain if I only had a couple years with our pet.  Somehow having a dog for its entire lifespan actually makes it easier, in my view.

Having said that, I would never give our dog up simply because it was old and/or faced life-ending health problems.  Dogs are not disposable though sadly some owners act like they are.  What happens to senior dogs that can’t or won’t be cared for any longer?  Can you imagine living your life in a warm, safe, comfortable home and then suddenly when you need care the most, you are abandoned?  It breaks my heart thinking about it.

Fortunately for dogs in Michigan and New Jersey there is a hopeful alternative.  For aging dogs and dogs close to the end of their life there are extraordinary people who watch over them in their time of need.  Kudos to these caregivers who sacrifice so much in order to make sure these pups are loved until the very end.

Thank you, Silver Muzzle Cottage and Monkey’s House.  You give what these beautiful creatures need the most:  love, compassion, and help at the most critical times in their lives.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Yes, dog parks can be poop pastures, but are they unsafe?

Is marijuana safe for pets?

It’s called “cynophobia.”

Neglected Dog Loses 6 Lbs. of Matted Fur During 3-Hour Shave

The “Guilty Dog” Look and Other Borrowed Signals.

Dear wife of mine, this article is for you.  

Afghanistan vet fought to get his dog back, now he’s fighting to help other vets.

With the headline this story has, you know you just have to read it.

Can we say…spoiled?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:

Dog owners have been sharing hilarious Snapchats of their pooches’ bizarre behavior

We close as we always do with our closing video.

“Pickle” was in a pickle.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please forward this to other dog lovers you know. We’d appreciate it.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

Dog

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