The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/12/18)

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:   Considerable cloudiness. Occasional showers this afternoon. Thunder possible.  High of 53.  “D”

:  Partly cloudy. High of 64.  “B”

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

At work, I’m surrounded by moms.  From moms who are also grandmas to moms-to-be, we have a wonderful group of women who love having the world’s toughest job.  In my circle of friends & acquaintances I am also blessed to know many wonderful moms.  I have an incredible “second mom” or “adoptive mom” in my life that has been with me since sixth grade.  So yeah, I’m pretty lucky – I know many phenomenal women.

Oh – I also know many fantastic dog moms.  Yep, they are just as dedicated to their fur babies as moms to two-legged kids.  And since they give it their all (many times they are moms to human kids as well!) they deserve some extra-special recognition, don’t you think?  Well the time has finally come.

Today marks the first year of the National Dog Mom’s Day.  From now on, the second Saturday in May will be nationally celebrated to thank those fantastic dog moms.

Great idea, don’t you think?  Of course it is.  However, you can’t have a day like that and not get that special mom in your life an extra gift.  So if you’re seeking suggestions, look no further.  We’ve got you covered.

Happy Mother’s Day (the one on Sunday of course) and Happy Dog Mom’s Day today!  Thanks for all you do, ladies, for ALL the children in your life!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

$25,000  “diabetic-alert” dogs just ill-trained puppies, lawsuit claims.

Protecting Police Dogs From Fentanyl.

Dog visits funeral home for 1 last goodbye to beloved owner.

Here’s yet another example of how this blog is educational.

Dogs are trend-setting on Instagram — and are getting paid for it.

Sony’s robotic pet is proving popular.

Joe Hawley retired from NFL. Then he moved into a van and hit the road in search of a new path. And yes, there’s a dog component. Read.

And now a BARKING LOT first. Dog shoots man. Excuse me? Did you say “Dog shoots man?” Yes I did.  Dog shoots man.

That one is hard to top. But let’s try anyway. She thought her dog was a dog. Wrong.



Heartwarming photo of rescue dog on his “freedom ride” goes viral

Pack of dogs take epic ‘selfie,’ and it is everything we ever wanted.

ALSO: She’s back!


Her segment focuses on her Waves of Empowerment program that connects veterans with PTSD and kids with special needs for a day of canine-assisted surf therapy and emotional healing.

Ricochet, the surfing sensation, who is also a registered and certified therapy dog, is set to star in a new film entitled “Superpower Dogs.” The film will bring extraordinary dogs to life on giant IMAX screens. Ricochet’s segment included two days of filming at the beach, and one day at Balboa Park. The film is scheduled to be released in March, 2019.

The film is aiming to be the best movie ever told about extraordinary real life dogs who save lives, protect us from danger and make our world a better place. The featured canines include search and rescue, avalanche rescue and water rescue. Dogs that sniff out wildlife poachers in Kenya will also be highlighted. These dogs rescue people from physical trauma.

Ricochet’s story of profound emotional healing will be told through the experiences of Staff Sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV (Griff), a Marine combat veteran with PTSD…

Her guardian, Judy Fridono, and two seven year old boys, Kennie Alvarez who has autism, and Logan Powell who has sensory processing disorder.

It’s Ricochet’s wish that her segment will be the catalyst that gives hope to veterans with PTSD who are suffering in silence or contemplating suicide, as well as anyone else who is faced with emotional, physical or cognitive challenges. Fridono believes all dogs have these healing powers. Unfortunately, we often misinterpret their cues as bad behavior. In doing so, we miss the magic every dog is capable of. Her hope is that others will gain a better understanding of the sentience of dogs, and how they are always communicating with us… we just have to listen.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And let’s stay with Ricochet and the IMAX filming.

Click here for CBS coverage of the filming

Click here for KUSI’s coverage of the filming

And finally, dog casually crashes live weather broadcast.

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!

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4 thoughts on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/12/18)

  1. Some lovely images above and a very impressive dog who can surf. Funnily enough, I wrote a blog post myself (Two Dogs, Two Dudleys) about my wife and I’s ill fated attempt to body board in the surf with our Chocolate Labrador.


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