The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/28/18)

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:  Wake up to crisp 50-degree temps. Mostly sunny. High of 77.   “A”

  Partly cloudy.  High of  78. “A”

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

Growing up, I was fortunate that I was never seriously injured.  To this date, I’ve never had a broken bone or even received stitches.  That’s not to say I didn’t have my fair share of bumps and bruises and plenty of scraped knees.  After all I was a typical kid who ran too fast and didn’t always watch where I was going.  We didn’t have a paved driveway, just gravel.  So let me tell you when I tumbled it wasn’t just a scrape, I was picking little stones out of my knees!

It goes without saying that plenty of tears accompanied those mishaps.  What kid doesn’t cry when they spurt blood?  It didn’t matter that my mom always came to my aid with bandages and Bactine and extra hugs.  While I appreciated all of that, it was my dog Sugar that always made me feel better.  From the moment I’d tumble in the back door until the last tear was shed and dried, she would be with me.

Admittedly I wouldn’t call her the most intelligent dog I’ve known, but she was sensitive and sympathetic any time I was sad.  She knew when I was crying that I was hurting, and would do everything in her little doggy power to help make me feel better.  Funny thing is, it always worked.  Dog owners, is there ever a moment that spending time with your pup doesn’t make you feel better?

It certainly doesn’t surprise me that a scientific study shows us that dogs run to help their owners when they are crying.  Other such studies have been done, and this recent one has a nice Wisconsin tie.  Julia Meyers-Manor, an assistant professor of psychology at Ripon College, was senior author of the study.  You can read about it here.

When is the last time you had a tear-fest and your dog came running to check on you?  Share your story in our comments section!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

“I just flung her:” Greenfield man fights off 2 coyotes who attacked his dog.

Sombra the drug-sniffing police dog is famous in Colombia. Now, smugglers have put a bounty on her head.

Man bites dog: North Koreans eat dog meat to beat the heat.

In Dog-Eat-Dog World Of Congress, 2 GOP Lawmakers Spar over canine training facility.

Old and crippled WI dog sat vigil three days when its owner died. Now he needs a home.

Bereaved owners are hit hard by the death of a pet. Should they get paid leave?

Why can’t I use my dog’s tick prevention medicine?

Pets at home: do cats and dogs really fight like cats and dogs?

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains.

Family Dog Teaches 1-Year-Old to Walk as Mom Raises Her Daughters Alongside Four Samoyed Pups.

Shawna Nicols, inspired by walking her dog Bob, has written a children’s book titled “The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee.”

Petco takes posh approach with PetCoach store.

It’s a palace fit for a queen . . . or a very spoiled pup.

Police Dog Forgets How to Walk When He Tries on New Shoes.



Pregnant Foster Dog Treated to Sweet Maternity Shoot — Complete with ‘Lots of Belly Rubs’.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

At the Barking Lot we never tire of stories like this…

For more info about W.O.O.F., go here.

Next, a milestone for a special breed.


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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