The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/30/18)

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:   EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM. Dangerous heat and humidity is expected.  Last night’s warm overnight lows will add to the cumulative impact of the heat. Heat-related illnesses are more likely to occur in these hot and humid conditions. If outdoors, take plenty of breaks from the heat, and drink plenty of water. Check on those more prone to be affected by the heat, including children, the elderly, and those on certain medications.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Take extra precautions…if you work or spend time outside. When possible…reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work…the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency…call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun… and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Sunny. High of 95.  “D”

  Scattered thunderstorms. High of  87.  “C”

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

fireworks cartoon

Any dog owner can laugh at the above cartoon, but also shake their head in sympathy and agreement.  No one wants to see their dog suffer while they are enjoying one of the best traditions of our nation’s birthday party celebration.

In June 2016 this news story reported on a new prescription medicine that could solve your dog’s noise-aversion anxiety. Sileo was taking the canine world “by storm” for a species that can’t stand the very thought of them.  Launched in time for the Independence Day celebrations across America, vets & their patients promoted the prescription as a possible “miracle.”

Do you have personal experience with this doggy drug?  Initially I had high hopes that it would really make a difference in the lives of dogs who suffer from noise aversion.  However, after two years on the market it appears that it might not be as perfect as promised.

If you’re not the type to jump to a pharmaceutical phenomenon there are other holistic remedies that might be just the solution.  Check out the Dodo’s list of helpful hints.

If you have any anecdotes to share about how you keep your dog happy and calm during these stressful times, please feel free to share in the comments section.

Happy Independence Day to all the Barking Lot readers and their faithful four-legged friends!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Chicago police dog helps find $10M in marijuana.

George HW Bush enlists help of new service dog Sully.

After Husky saves deaf hiker on Alaska trail, others come forward saying he rescued them, too.

Why death of your pet is difficult to bear.


New York boy selling his toys to raise money for service dog’s surgery.

How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure.

VERY COOL: Jaguars and Pet Paradise Announce New Details on NFL’s First In-stadium Dog Park.

Not a news story, but timely: DIY PATRIOTIC FRUIT STARS | DIY Dog Treats.



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Ali was part of a Mega-Adoption event held by the city of Indianapolis last weekend, but he unfortunately was not one of the lucky pets to be chosen. Plainfield, Indiana resident Cathlene Hirtzel took a heart-breaking photo of Ali at the end of the adoption event and posted it on Facebook hoping to find someone to adopt Ali. The photo quickly went viral. As of this posting there have been about 100 applications that are now being reviewed.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And we’ve got a few.

1) British vet Zephanie Woodward shows how car can reach ‘dog-killing’ 46C in just 30 minutes during heatwave.

2) Check out video in this article: Incredible dog trained to perform CPR on anyone who’s collapsed

3) And finally…

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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