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 cloudy. High of 20. “F”
SUNDAY: Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 24. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
That’s me. My coworkers have affectionately nicknamed me as such. I blame many factors… crazy schedule, busy work days, having a kid. I write notes to myself and then forget where I put the notes! I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m so smart. Ha! Still, I should probably start doing crossword puzzles to exercise what grey matter I have left.
If you think humans are the only species with memory troubles, guess again. Our beloved dog friends can succumb to a canine version of Alzheimer ’s disease! Considering all the other “human” age-related ailments they get (arthritis, diabetes, vision & hearing loss, even cancer) it should come as no surprise that their memories can fail too.
Now researchers in Vienna might have an answer to that problem… Doggy Sudoku! Well, not exactly but certainly memory exercises using a nose-touch screen. Can you imagine? In the near future you could work with your senior dog to improve his memory and ultimately quality of life. I find the whole concept truly fascinating. I realize this study is in the very initial stages but I’m all for such a simple way to help our aging pets.
Read about the study here, and make sure to watch the short video clip in the middle. Here’s to one more way to keep our furry friends healthy!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Meet the dogs of Chernobyl – the abandoned pets that formed their own canine community.
Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade.
The world’s wealthiest tend to be dog people, not cat people.
‘World’s first dog tap house’ is open in the Portland area.
Dollars and Pets: Costs of dog doo duty.
Dog reunited with original owner after seven years.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
We close as we always do with our closing video.
First, we head to Varina, Virginia.
At the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, it’s really the humans who give the event its character.
Mike Sugerman reports.