The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/23/17)

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 89. Too toasty. “B”

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.  High of 88. “B”

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

My summer-loving friends (and my husband, of course!) were having a field day as we set a new record high temperature for the first day of Fall.  Because I work in a school that does NOT have air conditioning in the classrooms, I was less than enthusiastic about going in Friday.  I survived by drinking plenty of water and standing in front of fans any chance I had, but I did my share of complaining.

Today Kyla and I will take our annual jaunt to the Harvest Fair at the WI State Fair Park.  I may have mentioned once or twice that I LOVE FALL.  An entire festival dedicated to pumpkin bowling, hay rides, scarecrow building and caramel apples is my idea of heaven.  But instead of searching out a hot cider stand we’ll be downing bottle after bottle of cold water just to try to stay hydrated.

This unseasonably hot weather will not dampen my enthusiasm for all things autumnal and with that I have some thoughts about fall and our four-legged friends.  Surely dogs can also appreciate cooler temperatures (longer, more pleasant walks) and seasonal treats (pumpkin is totally canine-friendly.)

There are many fall activities that you can enjoy with your pup. found a list of seven easy ones for your consideration.  In addition, like any other season Fall can bring some health and well-being dangers for your pet.  Common sense should always prevail but just in case here are some basic reminders of how to keep your furry friend safe.

Finally for a laugh, I offer you “28 Dogs Freaking Out About Autumn Leaves.”  I think some are better than others, but my personal favorite is #19.  If YOU have leaves to rake this weekend drink enough water so you don’t suffer heat exhaustion.  (Insert grumbles and sarcasm here.)
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Stop Faking Service Dogs.

This therapy dog was shot ‘point blank’ by a hunter—right in front of its owner.

RIP: Febe, ‘an American hero’ who served in Iraq.

Virginia Beach woman chartered plane to rescue 300 animals as Hurricane Maria bore down on Caribbean.

Meet Frida, the valiant Lab who’s saved a dozen lives in Mexico.

Caring for a sick pet can take a major toll.

Dogs Recognize Themselves in Test Based on Smell, Not Sight.

Pet deaths in Japan: dignified but dog-gone expensive.

Dogs’ Love of Man Is Real.

Boise State has a dog that can do this.




Photos of current K-9 officers sit on display during

Photos of current Franklin K-9 officers sat on display at the Paws for the Law K-9 Pet Fest Party in Franklin’s Lions Legend Park last Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for Franklin’s K-9 program. Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group

We close as we always do with our closing video.


‘Career Canines’: TSA dog deploys to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. Video is in this article.


Rescue dog inspires Katherine Schwarzenegger’s new book on pet adoption.

Have you seen Amazon’s commercial with a baby, dog and lion? It’s causing a stir. Click here.

And Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs” will be out next March.

The movie takes place in Japan, 20 years in the future. A canine saturation has reached “epidemic proportions.” An outbreak of dog flu causes the government to take emergency orders — the dogs are banished to a place called Trash Island.

Then, a young boy comes to the island in search of his lost pooch, Spot.

The trailer has just been released.

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 is "Frida", she has saved 52 people so far in Mexico's Earthquake"

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