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. High of 42. “C”
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 46. “B”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
Last week I blogged about a truly amazing story that should have gone and did go viral. Numerous news websites picked up on it and why not. This had BULLETIN written all over it.
Think about the sheer excitement, joy, and astonishment such a story could generate. Talk about your Christmas gift!
Owning a dog can make you healthier, even extend your life according to a new study.
News indeed. And not just news. Positive news. News you can use. Great news. Not the kind we’re used to.
In the news cycle we all know when one strong opinion is issued there usually comes along someone with a totally opposite stance. That would include those scientific studies. The rebuttal on this one didn’t take long.
It came from John Bradshaw, Ph.D. who founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the University of Bristol. I can hear you right now. Yes, I’ve heard of that.
Bradshaw has been studying the behavior of domestic cats and dogs (and their owners) for over 25 years, and is the author of many scientific articles, research papers, and reviews.
He claims all this research about living longer simply if you bought a dog is poppycock.
I don’t question Bradshaw’s smarts and research capabilities but it seems he has taken the original study too literally. For example, he writes:
So far, there is no direct evidence that shows that someone who gets a dog automatically accrues several more years on this planet.
Gee, I think we all get that.
But there’s no denying the happiness, if not the life longevity, a dog can bring to its humans. There are countless anecdotes on the Internet to bear that out.
I’m not a scholarly researcher by any means. But if I was, I personally would look at other studies to dispute and criticize than one that says dogs are life energizers.
However, here’s what Bradshaw has to say.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites.
Eliminating Police Bias When Handling Drug-Sniffing Dogs.
Guide dogs: Coping with retirement and death.
Beloved ‘Norman the Scooter Dog’ Has Cancer, But You Can Help Save His Life.
Orlando Shelter Sorts Hard to Adopt Dogs into Harry Potter Houses at ‘Pawgwarts.’
Puppy-Dog Eyes May Have Evolved in Stages.
This rescue turkey celebrated Thanksgiving with its best pal — a dog.
Dog swallows 8-inch kebab skewer.
Manitoba artist with autism gets spotlight at National Dog Show in Philadelphia.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.