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: Sunny. High of 77. “A”
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 82. “A”
Before we get rolling, some reaction to Jennifer’s blog last week about why dogs are so happy and what makes them so.
“Just remember, dear Jennifer, that there can be exceptions. I have a
painful scar and memory to prove it—I who love most creatures on
sight! I who know all the rules about approaching any strange
four-legger– who would have loved to adore my adopted son’s German
Shepherd on sight and was bitten badly on the arm while I was sitting
quietly and allowing HIM to make the first move. (The dog that is, not
the son.) Well, he did! I the mutt lover! I who have been lovingly
sat upon by two Pit Bulls at once in adoration! I-I-I! ….and assorted
groans of mistreatment etc etc…”
Life just isn’t fair.
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
There are times when I think we should adopt a puppy puppy, as in two months old or so. There is something so amazing about puppy breath, a pink and round fuzzy tummy, and little yips before they develop into a full-fledged bark.
Then there are other times when I think “Why would I want to deal with housebreaking, chewed furniture, and basic training and commands?” It would seem that adopting a dog around a year old would for the most part have those issues taken care of. (Yes, I do realize there are exceptions to that theory.)
Truthfully, those are the only two age categories I ever consider for our future dog: puppy or just out of puppyhood. Yet I understand that there is an entire group of dogs this mindset overlooks: the aging dog. Bucket Lists for terminally ill dogs are becoming something more and more dog owners try to do. It’s a bittersweet time for them to do some final bonding and send their friend to the rainbow bridge with as little heartache as possible. Unless your family is hit with an unusual situation, you probably don’t think about a list like that until diagnoses of a fatal illness late in the dog’s life. But if you’ve owned your dog its entire life, you have awhile to prepare for the inevitable. Unless…
Unless, as I mentioned above, you adopt a senior dog. You might be thinking “Why on earth would I adopt a dog that only has a few years left on earth, is most likely riddled with health problems, will probably cause me additional expense, just to have to say goodbye that much earlier?” If I’m completely honest with our readers I would have to admit that’s pretty much my way of thinking.
Well, I’ve been given paws – er, pause – for thought. While some people could justify the arguments against adopting an elderly dog there are just as many reasons you should consider it. Author Laura Coffey looks at it from a different perspective:
“And when it comes time to say goodbye, there’s something about having given them a safe and happy final chapter that softens the hardest part,” she says. “Let’s face it, for any dog of any age, when the end comes it’s always too soon.”
She gives heartwarming testimony about adding a dog of advanced years to your family. I can’t argue any of her points… I just don’t know if I’m strong enough to follow her suggestions personally.
If you DO feel that your heart is ready to open itself to a senior dog, there’s an upcoming event just for you. If you’ve ever watched Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl instead of that NFL thing of a similar name, you know how amazing it is to watch that action-packed game of puppies. If, however, you’re apt to adopt a dog on the other end of the age spectrum, you now have your chance.
I’m looking forward to hearing all the success stories of the senior dogs who find their loving, forever homes.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
How your pet could make you a target for scammers.
Maryland police officers get training to save their drug-sniffing dogs from overdoses.
Dogs Can Now Have Gender Reassignment Surgery.
Decoding Your Dog: How Owners May Be Misunderstanding Their Pet’s Behaviors.
More Evidence That Owning a Dog Is Really Good for You.
Dog Walking Can Help Your Health in Your Golden Years.
Fitness for Fido: Dog gyms, workouts flourish in DC area during ‘dog days’.
Harley the blind therapy dog, who lost eyes at age 5, warms hearts.
Those wacky Millennials are influenced more by dogs than marriage, children when buying a home.
If you had to choose: your dog or your boyfriend?
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Fine photo. But what’s the explanation?
We close as we always do with our closing video.
This week, hundreds turned out to say goodbye to the hero dog, Cena, a black lab who served three tours in Afghanistan as a bomb-sniffer with the Marines.
On a much lighter note, Sunday (tomorrow) at Milwaukee’s German Fest it’s the Dachshund Derby Race.
Last Saturday a record crowd came to see some big racers on some short legs. About 10,000 people showed up for the 22nd Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos race course in California. They came to see 90 dogs take each other on in a 50-yard race.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!
See ya, BARK, next Saturday!