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: Sunny. High of 79. “A”
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 85. “B”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Hot enough for you?
Wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that lately.
It’s July so the steamy weather is expected.
Our tenderhearted daughter, Kyla decided this past week to help our furry friends by placing a plastic container (remember, no dog so we have no dog bowl) out by the curb with water. She made a sign to put on the tree that shaded the water.
One of us, including Kyla would periodically refresh the container with cold water, free of bugs.
Obviously we couldn’t see every dog that walked by but we did witness quite a few that took advantage and slurped away.
But there were just a few more owners that didn’t allow their pets to drink up. Instead, they pulled the dogs away by the leash and nicely told them no.
That’s fine, of course. Possibly they worried about a spread of germs. If so, experts say they needn’t be concerned.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are very few diseases dogs spread or contract by mouth.
Bacteria or viruses that can cause disease are more likely to be spread by fecal-to-oral transmission. And that can only happen in a bowl left out for dogs in the neighborhood if fecal material somehow ends up in the bowl.
Still other diseases are of the respiratory kind. Can those be passed along by Kyla’s water container? Of course. An infected dog would have to sneeze right on or near the bowl.
To summarize, the AKC contends if your dog is healthy, water meant to be shared is highly unlikely to be risky. Many other sources claim the same.
Does that end the debate? Not at all.
Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at Kansas State University says, “Communal water dishes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and giardia, an intestinal parasite. It can live in a wet or damp environment for long periods of time. If a dog catches this parasite, it then multiplies to the point where it infiltrates the lining of a dog’s intestines and blocks normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. To be safe, owners should simply bring their own water bowl (to a dog park).”
And the Center for Pet Safety recommends pet owners bring fresh bottled water during public outings and avoid the use of communal water bowls.
So we completely understand if the next dog owner on our street just keeps walking.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees.
Exhaustive DNA studies find that the dogs of European colonists completely replaced ancient American dogs.
The secret price of pets.
Air-conditioned dog houses are popping up across the country.
Committing to a Dog Is Hard. This Place Lets You Just Flirt.
The WTF challenge.
Saint Bernard with months to live uses bucket list to fulfill his best dog life.
Lemonade stand at Burlington (WI) Farmers Market raises money for service dogs.
The 25 most heroic dogs in America.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Photo: C.T. Kruger/Now Media Group
We close as we always do with our closing video.
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!