The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/29/17)

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:  Cloudy with a 90% chance of rain developing later in the day. Windy. High of 45.  “F”

SUNDAY Rain early followed by thundershowers. A 90% chance of rain with over an inch. High of 45.   “F”

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

I’ve blogged in the past about some really great entrepreneurs (or should I say “entrePAWneurs”).  I can’t help it.  When I see a great idea started by an everyday person and it launches into something amazing that dogs and their owners can go crazy for, I need to tell everyone!

I told you about Doggles.  They’re a fabulous-sounding product, aren’t they?  Fortunately you can live anywhere and order a pair for your pooch.

Sadly though, you have to live in the Pacific Northwest if you hope to enjoy a treat from the Seattle Barkery.

Now let’s go back to a blog I wrote introducing the concept of dog cafés.  It will come as no surprise to you that I was all for something that combines canines and caffeine!

At that point, the idea of a coffee-plus-dog adoption-opportunity was more of a dream than a reality.  But through obvious hard work and dedication, The Dog Café is now a reality in Los Angeles.  I have no doubts that this will be extremely successful.

Those are some examples of new businesses that I previously spotlighted. Before I tell you about the latest here’s some important background.

According to recent research:

  • One quarter of pet owners (25 percent) worry that the pet food they buy is making their pet obese.
  • Furthermore, over half (55 percent) of all pet owners agree they worry about filler ingredients in pet food, including grains and meat byproducts.
  • Pets are increasingly considered members of the family for many Americans.
  • Pet food is a $30 billion a year market.
  • Even so, many pet owners some owners are skipping store bought food and cooking meals for their pets at home.
  • Pet food recalls the past few years are taking a toll on consumer confidence with 82% of respondents to a petMD survey saying they don’t think pet food manufacturers are “currently doing all they can to keep pet food free of salmonella and other contaminants.” Only 15% of respondents know if the manufacturer of their pet food is practicing strict, physical separation of raw ingredient from cooked product in the manufacturing process, a crucial practice for controlling food contamination.
  • More than 84% of people who took the petMD survey would prefer pet food products that are manufactured in a U.S. facility, and 98% want to see ingredients come only from the U.S. or countries with regulatory systems similar to the U.S.

All of this is why a new group formed by three entrepreneurs based in Downington, Pennsylvania, is so critical. Ollie is a start-up that includes nutritionists, tech specialists, and manufacturers. They’re backed by solid investors. Ollie uses technology to form a bond, a personal relationship with dog owners. They do it by bringing healthy dog food right to the owner’s door.

Forbes has the details. Make sure you click on the link to Ollie in the Forbes article where you can find out exactly how that healthy dog food arrives at your home.

The business owners even wrote a letter to their dogs explaining what they were up to:

Clearly we want you to be with us as long as humanly (and canine-ly) possible. And to us, that means giving you food that makes you feel as good as it tastes. We took a closer look at what was out there, searched high and low, and we couldn’t find anything we felt good about feeding you. (Have you read a dog food label? What the heck is butylated hydroxyanisole?!) So we decided to make it ourselves.Ollie raised $4.4 million last October. Since Ollie began in 2016, the company says it is on a pace to deliver 1 million meals within its first full year of business.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

The most publicized “dog” story this week involved the criminal actions of an Army veteran. You won’t see it linked to here. In a blog from 2013 I wrote this about our DOGS IN THE NEWS section:

The blog has evolved in that a decision was made some time ago that certain stories would be left out. Every week there are news articles about dog abuse. Our feeling is that Barking Lot readers don’t check in to read about those grisly details. We’d include them to relate that these crimes occur and should be dealt with. However, we’ve more or less eliminated them. There will always be exceptions.

Now on to the news.

Dog food possibly contaminated with euthanasia drug is recalled.

The saddest chart in global business.

These dogs were heroes of the Korean War.

Dog doesn’t recognize owner…read why.

This Is What Happens To Your Dog When You Leave It Alone.

Versatile trusts can guarantee care for pets.

Are you fluent in DoggoLingo?



2017 Milk-Bone 15 Dogs Who Changed the World

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Ohio man makes bizarre call to authorities.

And one more.

We’ve written before about Ricochet from San Diego, the only SURFice dog® in the world that surfs with special needs kids, and people with disabilities. Ricochet has raised almost $500,000 for human and animal causes.

Surf Dog Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment is a collaborative, all-inclusive mentorship and comradeship program made up of military and civilian volunteers. It focuses on the human-canine bond while creating unique surfing and empowerment building activities that unite kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and military with PTSD.

Thanks to Ricochet’s owner, Julie Fridorno for the tip. Take a look.

If you are an active duty service member or veteran that would like to volunteer, or if you have a disability, PTSD or a child with special needs that would like to surf with Ricochet, please send an email to

In addition to their veteran and disabled volunteers, they are always looking for water men and women, photographers, videographers, cheerleaders and friends! Just send an email if you’d like to volunteer in any capacity.  For additional information and to follow Ricochet on social media, click the link below:

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!


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