The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/26/17)

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 in the morning. Mostly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 73. “B”

SUNDAY:  Rain and thunderstorms. Chance of rain, 80%. High of 72. “D”

We did get some reaction to an article we shared last week: We’re not making this up. Professor says dogs and cats harm climate, advises hamsters instead.

The e-mailer wrote:

“Just a comment on the idiot who wants us all to have hamsters: I hope
he’s well bitten by one. They are lousy pets.”

Can’t say we disagree.

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

In the Fischer home, we “celebrate” dogs almost daily.  In some way, they are talked about, loved, recognized, or remembered.  Of course there’s the Barking Lot, which clearly celebrates dogs every week.  I suppose technically we don’t really need a national holiday for them but since it’s TODAY well, how can we resist???!!!

There are many articles around the web to give you ideas about how to celebrate all things canine.  In just one news article there are multiple suggestions of where to dine, stay, and socialize.

I could certainly continue to list ways to celebrate your own special pup.  As dog owners there are as many opportunities to spoil your Springer as there are ways to cherish your child.  The possibilities are truly endless.  However this year I would focus on a different reason to celebrate the wonderful, beautiful, unique, amazing DOG…

Almost every week, Kevin will share a story in the Dogs In The News segment about remarkable service dogs.  At one time, “service dogs” meant basically a Seeing Eye Dog.  Now there are so many opportunities for dogs to help people in cognitive, social, emotional, medical, physical, ways.  Not to mention the awe-inspiring military and law-enforcement dogs.  It seems like there are no limitations to the ways they are able to assist in daily living.  With that, there is no shortage of heartwarming stories about ways these dogs enrich their owners’ lives.

This week and in honor of National Dog Day 2017 I would like share an article about some extremely special service dogs and their phenomenally impressive owners.  Please meet Danelle Umstead and Becca Meyers, both U.S. Paralympians and their special assistants.

Ladies, you are truly inspiring.  Our readers are fortunate that you shared your stories!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

San Francisco dog owners plan to ‘leave a gift’ for right-wing protesters: Poop.

War on Opioids Moves to Veterinarians’ Offices.

Marine dog’s funeral will cross Michigan in convoys of Jeeps, U.S. flags.

205 dogs spared grim fate with airlift to U.S.

Woman is on heroic crusade to save dogs left for dead in Puerto Rico.

The strays of Chernobyl: How descendants of pets abandoned after 1986 nuclear disaster are now helping scientists.

Dog owners would spend $7,000 more than cat owners to save their pets.

The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colorful canines.

What Your Dog’s Bad Behavior Says About You

Pooch For Hire! Man Creates Sweet Resumé for Dog Seeking a New Foster Family.

Weird question: Does Your Dog Know You’re Pregnant?

Man builds doggo his own little bedroom and it’s too pure.

Terrier 1

Our 8-year old daughter Kyla gets to meet an Irish Terrier at Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Her face is a combination of “I’m in LOVE” and “Can we PLEEEEEEZE get one?”

Oh, and why is she wearing a swim suit? She had just emerged from the fountains located inside the main gate on a warm mid-afternoon.

Kyla then met an old, rather relaxed dog and its very shy owner.

Terrier 2

Kyla makes two new friends.  Our doggy pal’s name is forgotten but the experience is not!  She was a senior Irish Terrier and this was going to be her last of 13 consecutive Irish Fests.

Water Spaniel

The owner of this Irish Water Spaniel was incredibly accommodating.  Her pup WAS going to take a rest but when she saw how interested we were, she brought her out for one last photo!

We close as we always do with our closing video. And like our photos section this week, we have a few videos.

First, hundreds of people IGNORE ‘dog’ trapped in hot car in shocking footage. Watch.

Next, a  Barking Lot update: Minneapolis  Police Department Recruits Getting Training After  Dog Shootings…

And our final video. We love posting stories about Ricochet.


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!

One thought on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/26/17)

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