The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/10/17)

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.

But before we get to that, in last week’s blog we forecast last Sunday as: Partly cloudy. High of 86. “A”

That prompted this e-mail from a loyal reader.


All you need to say is that Kevin hasn’t a CLUE about weather and dogs. What makes him happy makes a dog sick. It’s best not to turn him loose with an innocent animal. He probably thinks they wear Hawaiian shirts too!

So with sweltering temps on hand this weekend, what are we to do? I went to social media and found the following to the question, When is it too hot to walk a dog?

It depends on the dog… if the heat index is above 100 I don’t walk. If it is extremely hot or overly humid, I gauge how the dog is doing on the walk. My other concern is the pavement temperature. I try to stay to grass areas but in some of the neighborhoods pavement and asphalt are unavoidable. I place my bare hand on the asphalt and see if I can stand it for 10 seconds. If I cannot, then it is too hot for the dog paws. Depending on if it’s borderline or not I may consider either using a protective salve (available in many pet stores) on their paws or carrying smaller dogs over the asphalt to a grassy area. Cold weather/long hair/ thick coated dogs I am especially cautious with. Check for uneasiness in their breathing, excessive drooling, whimpering, “high stepping” on the pavement, etc. There are lists of heat stroke symptoms online and I’d definitely check one of those out and possibly keep them with you. If it’s over 90 degrees I often scale back the walk and seek shade when possible.

I live in Texas, so I have to have a hot weather policy. Heat stroke in dogs is unusually common here in Houston, especially at dog parks and daycare facilities. As a result, I am overly cautious, if the heat index is over 100 degrees, walks will only be conducted if there is a safe path to do so (no concrete, asphalt, etc.). Additionally, the walks are shortened to 15 minutes outside, with the rest for a cool down period and water break inside. As long as you are cautious and monitoring the dogs for signs of heat stroke, you should be fine.

TODAY   Mostly sunny and very windy. High of 88. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 92.  “B”

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

So here we are.  June 2017 promises all the usual holidays and celebrations… Graduations, Father’s Day, Flag Day and one of MY personal favorites, Take Your Dog To Work Day.  Yes, it really is that time of year again!  Bark bark!  I mean, Whoo hoo!  June 23rd is right around the corner!

Dog owners everywhere can rejoice in the opportunity to bring their fur baby to work and show him/her just what mom or dad does all day when they run out the door in the morning until they drag their tired body back home in the evening.  Dog lovers-but-not-owners can thrill at the chance to pat, scratch, and spoil a four-legged friend even if they don’t have a pup themselves.  And cat lovers?  Well, we won’t go there.

Since 1999, TYDTWDay has been promoting “the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.”  Really how can you argue with that mission?  Hopefully your boss can’t.  Hopefully he/she is also a dog owner or lover.  If not perhaps this is your chance to show just how great it is to have a dog in your life.  After all, it is just one day.

Twenty percent of companies are now pet-friendly.  To those who really, REALLY love their dogs that might seem like a small number.  It’s certainly better than nothing and YOU might be able to increase that percentage.  If you would like to bring your canine to your cubicle perhaps this is the year to approach your boss about the idea.  However, you won’t do anyone a favor if your doggie is a disaster.

You’d like to think common sense would be enough but even the most loving pet owners might need a refresher course.  Simple courtesies and planning ahead can make or break your event.  If you’re wondering just what you should do to show proper petiquette, ABC News can help you with 9 Take Your Dog to Work Day Tips

Now really, with all this great wisdom, there is NO REASON why this event won’t work and won’t continue at your place of employment.  Please leave a comment and tell me if you initiated (or continued!) an event at your job.  Good luck!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Your dog is lost. Who you gonna call?

Children who grow up in households with dogs have a lower risk for developing autoimmune illnesses.

The spread of emotions between animals and people, or between animals is an emerging field of science.

Is a vegan diet good for dogs?

The Triumph and The Shame of Dog Reiki.

Why do dogs behave badly?

Owners of flat-faced dogs don’t mind the snorting.

The new exercise taking social media by storm: Dog Squatting.

Pup Deemed “Too Friendly” for Police Work Finds Appropriate New Job.

‘Megan Leavey’ stars share stories of their own K9 companions.



Miller Park goes to the dogs.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And we have a few.



Next, a bucket list in Pennsylvania…

And this movie opened Friday…

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!



4 thoughts on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/10/17)

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