The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (03/31/18)

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:  Morning light rain. Winds up to 35 mph. Partly cloudy skies later. Wind advisory in effect until 6:00 PM. High of 49. “F”

SUNDAYMostly clear. High of 37.  “F”

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

I’ve covered just about every topic possible relating to dogs since I started this blog back in 2008.  2008????!!!!  It’s been TEN YEARS????!!!!  Honestly, I can’t believe it.  I’ve learned so much from researching published articles and other blogs.  Kevin’s segments have brought me to tears from unfortunate sadness to absolute joy to complete laughter.

I’ve reminisced about my own childhood dogs Sugar & Skippy and related my experiences with them to many contemporary discoveries.  Kevin & I have gone round and round about why we should and should not get a dog.  I’ve come close to agreeing with him on certain points, but I’ve never given up the hope that we would someday adopt our own four-legged friend.

Of course, I specifically said adopt.  I’ve always been in favor of our family rescuing a pup in need.  I’ve mentioned many times that I am not personally opposed to anyone buying from a reputable breeder; it’s just my own preference to rescue.

I never truly realized all that goes into adopting a rescue dog!  The forms! The questions! The pre-approval then approval process!  Goodness gracious it’s nerve-wracking.  “What are you willing to spend on your dog if it gets sick?”  “Who will take care of it if you have to be gone unexpectedly?”  You can’t get a puppy unless you can guarantee you won’t be away from home more than four hours.  I swear they almost want a waiver that you will donate your own kidney to your potential dog, if one is needed and you are a match.

Once you are approved and you’ve chosen your dog from a list of candidates and all the stars align, you get the green light.  You are officially a pet parent!  You can’t believe you are finally bringing a new member to the family home!

Of course you have to shop like a madwoman before your pooch actually joins you.  Bedding, toys, food, bowls, collar & leash, the list is endless.  Literally it’s like when you bring home your baby from the hospital except no one threw you a puppy shower – you have to buy it all on your own.

But then that sweet little face, those amazing eyes, he looks at you and he knows.  He knows that the long and scary trip from Kentucky to Wisconsin was all worth it.  He knows you are his forever home and he knows he loves you & you love him.  I mean really how could you NOT love this face?


Please welcome Knox as the newest member of the Fischer Family!
Um, you do realize that the Fischer family extends well beyond the KEVIN Fischer family, right?  It’s even possible that we have a niece who loves dogs as much as we do.  Additionally it’s possible that said niece recently adopted Knox and provided all those great details about adopting a rescue from Kentucky.

Sorry, just couldn’t resist a little April Fool’s prank to all our loyal readers.  No, I truly wish Knox was getting used to our home.  Still not quite ready to commit to a pup.  But we get to meet him tomorrow and we’re over-the-moon excited!

Congratulations Kari, on the precious addition!  You will make so many wonderful memories together and you’ve given him a great home.  We are so happy for you!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Coast Guardsman faces $31K price tag for shipping dog home from Japan.

For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?

Dog Walkers Become North Texas’ Unassuming Citizen Patrol.

He’s cuddly — and this ‘comfort dog’ calms cops and crime victims alike.

Column: The Parable of the (Expletive Deleted) Comfort Dog.

The Most Popular Dog Breed in the United States is…

These housing markets are going to the dogs, in a good way.

Millennials are shelling out hundreds to wear pics of their pets.

‘The world needs a sausage dog museum‘, so German owners provide one.

Final wish granted as dog visits dying owner.



 A Chula Vista police officer embraces Griffen, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, before the K9 officer passed away over the weekend.

Authorities in Southern California were mourning one of their four-legged crime fighting partners who died last week. The Chula Vista Police Department said Griffen, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, suffered from an undisclosed medical condition. Griffen’s handler, Officer Curtis Chancellor, his handler’s family and other members of the department’s K9 program were present when he passed, police said. The department posted a photo on Twitter of Griffen’s handler giving an emotional last goodbye, embracing the dog with both of his arms.

On a much lighter note, before they walked down the aisle last Saturday afternoon, West Virginia natives Matthew and Mara Dudley spent the morning parading with more than 400 dogs and fellow dog lovers at the first annual DoG Street Strut, a local fundraiser in Williamsburg.

Before getting married, Matthew and Mara Dudley walked up and down Duke of Gloucester Street in the DoG Street Strut. (Courtesy Daniel Gorman)

Matthew and Mara Dudley shared their wedding day with 125 guests and 400 dogs.

Matthew and Mara Dudley shared their wedding day with 125 guests and 400 dogs. (Courtesy Daniel Gorman)

During the photo session after their wedding, a stranger walked by with his dog. The newlyweds called him over and posed with the dog.

Matt and Mara Dudley are two dog lovers. During the photo session after their wedding, a stranger walked by with his dog. The newlyweds called him over and posed with the dog. (Courtesy Daniel Gorman)


We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s head to Oshkosh, WI:

And one more, from San Marcos, California:

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!

 The excited pooch can't wait to jump on her owner

One thought on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (03/31/18)

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