The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/21/18)

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:   Cloudy. High of 55.   “B”

:  Partly cloudy. High of 56.  “A”

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

At times it is unbelievable to me how much pet ownership has changed since my youth and own pet experiences.  My dogs (and cats) were spoiled of course but it was in the middle-class, 1980’s sort of way.

Obviously they were taken to the vet regularly and were always up to date on vaccinations.  But if they were dirty or smelly, we washed them in the bathtub using baby shampoo.  We didn’t brush their teeth.  Their treats were basic rawhide bones or similar.  They didn’t do doggy yoga.  We didn’t have a subscription to DogTV so that they could watch their favorite programs when we were gone.  If we had to leave the house for a long day-trip we simply made sure they had enough food & water and hoped for the best…  they did NOT attend doggy day care.

Their food was common and off-the-shelf; we fed them both wet and dry types.  And they regularly received table scraps.  Additionally we kept their dry food out all day and let them “graze.”  We weren’t a feed-once-a-day type of family.  Admittedly they were a bit overweight but they certainly were happy and overall quite healthy.  They all lived to satisfyingly old ages with our “primitive” care.

Fast-forward to today’s pampered pooches.  More is spent on them than children in the same house in some cases.  It is a bazillion-dollar business in every arena from food to fashion and the end is nowhere in sight.

I mentioned our very basic feeding routine for our own dogs.  Most owners these days wouldn’t DREAM of grabbing any old bag of kibble from Walmart and giving it to their best fur baby.  But how much is hype and how much is help?  It certainly pays to be educated and you don’t have to fall for every gimmick out there to insure your pup is well-fed.

Here are some things VETERINARIANS want you to know about your dog’s food, not what the MARKETING COMPANIES want you to know.  Do your homework and you can feel confident your dog will be healthy and happy.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Here’s why everyone in Wichita is getting a postcard about dogs in the mail.

These Concrete Dog Statues drew attention for a tragic pattern many were overlooking.

Do You Know Which Dog Breeds Are in a Mutt? Scientists want to find out.

Sick dog’s ‘cancer’ revealed to be chewed up teddy bears.

Dog owners, there are rules for shopping with Fido — even in pet–friendly stores.

Pet-friendly hotels in Madison, Wisconsin Dells and beyond are growing in popularity.

We’re so close with dogs, even our poop looks similar.

This is great. Spencer the Flag-Waving Marathon Dog is a good boy, and a star.

Japan’s Akita dogs melt foreign hearts.

Hundreds of unwanted dogs were taken in by one lady.




A bad dog in Canada who ran away from his owners to chase a deer was “arrested” and detained in the back of a cop car.

Reid Thompson and his girlfriend were walking on a trail with the pup, Finn, in Kenora, Ontario, when they decided to let him off his leash. But instead of sticking around, Finn caught the scent of something interesting and took off after it, Thompson told Fox News.

Clearly on a mission, Finn ignored the calls and whistles from his owners. But about 30 minutes later, Thompson received a call from the Ontario Provincial Police saying they had the dog and he was in a bit of trouble.

“I was informed that Finn had been causing some chaos as he chased a deer along the road, through the hospital grounds and back onto the road. They tangled for a bit, up and over a guard rail and down onto the ice … eventually the deer got away and Finn gave up the chase,” Thompson said.

The police told Thompson Finn had been “detained.” When he arrived to pick up his dog, Thompson said he got “stern lecture about keeping the dog leashed,” and that there could be a follow up from the city by animal control officers.

Finn, meanwhile, was sitting in the back seat of the cop car behind barred windows, looking guilty.

Thompson’s daughter, Emme, shared the above photo of the pup on Twitter. The tweet has since gone viral.


Barbara Bush and dogs.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And we have a few.

In Florida a dog is at the center of a legal custody battle.

Next, Jessica Kensky and her husband Patrick Downes were both injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The couple released a children’s book featuring Rescue, Kensky’s service dog, who helped her navigate life after the attack.

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Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, play with Rescue, a service black Labrador.

At the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, people share their work space with thousands of pooches.

And finally, during a visit to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to help promote the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, which De Niro founded in 2002 with film producer Jane Rosenthalof  and is celebrating its 17th year this spring,the cameras followed Fallon and actor Robert DeNiro as they chatted and strolled down the back hallways of Rockefeller Center, where the show is filmed. Everything seems to be going fine, up until they walk by a few people hanging out with a puppy.

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!


One thought on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/21/18)

  1. Pingback: The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/09/18) | This Just In… From Franklin, WI

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