The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/12/17)

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 Mostly sunny. High of 75. “A”

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 78. “A”

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

Last summer, the Fischers were at neighbor friends for a bonfire.  Gatherings at these neighbors are always sure to include the following:  kids, beverages, laughter, s’mores, mosquitoes, and most importantly in my estimation, dogs.  Kevin enjoys the conversations, Kyla the s’mores and hello what do you think I enjoy the most?  One neighbor dog is great.  Three neighbor dogs at a bonfire?  Yep.  Heaven.

We still talk about that particular night.  It’s not what anyone said, it’s not what anyone did, it’s not what was served, and it’s not what anyone wore.  It is a great memory that still tickles us.  On that particular evening, Kevin met Rainbow for the first time.  Before I met her and found out her real name, I just called her “Crabby Dog.”  That was of course a joke; she is one of the most enthusiastic happy dogs I’ve ever seen.

Rainbow’s owners were there, needless to say.  But I’m not sure she even realized that.  It was as if she had a magnet in her belly and Kevin’s leg was made of pure steel.  She did not leave his side that entire night and of course he didn’t mind.

I do believe that dogs “know” a dog lover.  Certainly in this case that was true.  But how did she come to notice Kevin in the first place?  Why was he chosen over the other obvious dog lovers around the fire pit?  Did she think he smelled like bacon?  Did she like his Hawaiian shirt?  Was it his soothing, perfect-for-radio voice?

Naturally there’s no way to be entirely sure.  But a recent study looked at what most influences dogs to notice you in the first place.  Dr. Stanley Coren summarizes their findings along with his own unique perspective.  Perhaps the next time your own pup ignores you and a dogfriend can’t get enough of you, there is a scientific explanation.    Or maybe you didn’t get him that new chew toy he wanted.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Bill banning VA’s dog testing program draws an opponent: Disabled veterans.

Wisconsin tradition – hunting bears with dogs – comes under attack by wolf advocates.

iMyK9 designed to help dog owners keep their pets safe.

One Big Reason Millennials Are Buying Homes? For Their Dogs.

Mistreated and Scarred as a Pup, Patriot the Husky Now Helps Children Who Have Also Been Victims of Abuse.

Can one young dog cause an entire town to come together on his behalf?

You have to see this adorable airport terminal just for pets.

Audible, the Amazon-owned company and largest seller of narrated books, wants your dog to listen to classic literature.

Dogs transformed into works of art at extreme grooming contest.



The Comedy Pet Photography Awards – in pictures

This Pup Was a Ringbearer at His Owner’s Wedding – and the Pictures are Adorable

Dog poop signs around the world

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


Also, on Animal Planet’s new series that premieres tonight at 9:00, ‘Rescue Dog to Super Dog,’ rescued dogs turn into rescuers.

Next, watch the video in this article: Assistance Dog Helps 11-Year-Old Who Can’t Stand on Her Own Accomplish Her Dreams.

And one more. Last Saturday in California…

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!

This head-turning mutt's transformation has been inspired by Alice in Wonderland, complete with the Cheshire Cat on his head

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