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 49. That’s more than 30 degrees warmer than last Saturday. “B”
SUNDAY: Showers at times. High of 38. So that means a cold rain. “F”
At this point I normally write:
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
But Jennifer has been helping Kyla get ready. Kyla as some readers know dances with the Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance. As you read this Kyla and family are either headed to or are already at a feis at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc.
What’s a feis (pronounced ‘fesh”)?
Details for this feis are here.
So we have a replacement for Jennifer this week.
That would be me.
And I want to pass along the latest on an issue we’ve posted a lot about on The Barking Lot.
The scam surrounding service animals.
Please follow along. This has become a state legislative matter.
Under current law, a political subdivision may regulate places, structures, or
objects with special character, historic interest, aesthetic interest, or other
significant value. A political subdivision may also designate historic landmarks and
establish historic districts and may regulate the historic landmarks or the properties
within a historic district for historic preservation purposes.
Under a new proposed bill, in the repair or replacement of a property that is designated as a historic landmark or included within a historic district, a political subdivision must
permit an owner to use materials that an ordinary observer would perceive as having
a substantially similar appearance to the original material.
Where’s the dog angle?
I’ll tell you.
Buried in this bill, officially in Wisconsin as Assembly Bill 771 (AB 771) is the service animal component.
Again, follow along because we will get to the whole dog deal. From state documents (bolded portions are mine for emphasis):
Under the state open housing law, various forms and types of discrimination in
housing are prohibited, including discrimination against persons with disabilities.
In addition, the open housing law contains a provision that specifically addresses individuals whose vision, hearing, or mobility is impaired and who keep an animal
specially trained to lead or assist the individual.
The bill repeals this provision and replaces it with provisions that address 1)
animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with
disabilities and 2) emotional support animals, which are defined in the bill as
animals that provide emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship but
that are not trained to perform tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities.
Subject to certain exceptions, the bill provides that it is discrimination in housing to
deny housing to an individual with a disability who keeps either type of animal.
However, the bill provides that a person seeking to keep an animal that is
individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability may be requested to provide documentation of his or her disability and disability-related need for the animal, unless such disability or need is already known or apparent.
The bill also provides that a person seeking to keep an emotional support animal may be
requested to provide documentation, from a state-licensed health professional
acting within his or her scope of practice, of his or her disability and disability-related need for the animal.
Finally, the bill includes forfeiture penalties for a person who misrepresents having a disability or a disability-related need for an emotional support animal in order to obtain housing, and for a licensed health professional who makes such misrepresentations regarding his or her patient.
Makes common sense to me.
If you’ve been following The Barking Lot we’ve posted numerous stories about the blatant and rampant regarding folks lying about the authenticity of and the need for service animals.
Even though the bill passed 6-3 in and Assembly Committee this week, the current WI legislative session in on a very fast track. There may not be enough time to get this bill passed by both houses and to the Governor’s desk for his signature to enact into state law.
—-Jennifer Fischer’s fill-in
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Good dog, bad dog … Delta wants to know before you board.
Dog Owners Push To Ban Pit Bulls After Deadly Attack.
Meanwhile, Pit Bull University coming to Fox Valley Humane Association.
US Army Dog Given Posthumous Award.
This dog trekked 20 miles to her former owners. Their rejection didn’t stop her.
Meet the amazing animal handlers who are the Puppy Bowl’s real MVPs.
Dogs vs. cats…here’s the latest.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Next, Dog a Porter, by the Milan brand Temellini, offers clothing custom-fit for different breeds, ranging from the tiny Chihuahua to the stately greyhound. The line includes cashmere knits, nylon bomber jackets with tiny arms, Sherlock Holmes-style capes and lined raincoats.
The capes cost 170 euros ($208) and synthetically filled hooded parkas go for 210 euros ($256) to reflect the extra time it takes to get the fine stitching on the elasticized sleeves just right.
In this image taken on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, designer Giovanna Temellini kisses her dog Ulisse, an Afghan greyhound, wearing a winter coat created by Ms. Temellini, at the Temellini manufacture headquarters, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
In this image taken on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, customers Amanda Smith, left, and Giorgia, walk with Ulisse an Afghan greyhound, and a dachshund ‘Pardo’, wearing winter coats created by designer Giovanna Temellini outside the Temellini manufactor headquarters, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
We close as we always do with our closing video. And we have a few.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.
See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!