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: Partial cloudiness early, scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. High of 87. “B”
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 82. “A”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
I’ve blogged about numerous research studies that show countless remarkable qualities of dogs. These studies go far beyond “Dogs are cool. People love dogs. People who love dogs are cool.” We kinda knew that already right? I love research projects because they give us such wonderful insight into the qualities that make dogs unique and worthy of our admiration. In my view they are the proof we need to assert, “Dogs are the BEST animals in the world.”
I also find them fascinating because without researchers developing studies, the average pet owner wouldn’t find these things out on their own. They might have certain ideas or opinions about their dog’s behavior but without data and samples of many dogs it remains just a singular opinion.
I’ve shared studies about how dogs react to their owners in particular situations, how dogs grieve, how they use their intelligence in human-like ways. And now I’m going to tell you that some dogs might also have a Napoleon Complex. In other words, “Small Dog Syndrome.”
Personally I’ve only owned female dogs so I’ve never really paid much attention to how they squat. But those boys? If they’re low-riders they might be eliminating themselves in such a way that states “I’m NOT a Jack Russel, I’m a Great Dane! So you’d better watch out!” I’m not kidding. Behavioral ecologists and ethologists are weighing in on why small dogs might lift their legs higher when they pee.
Are the dogs lying to other dogs, or is it simply the way they’re built? Read the article, and if you have a theory of your own feel free to share your opinion in our comments section!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
New airline rules haven’t stopped an increase in pets, including emotional-support animals.
Lender threatens to take dog back after saying woman was only leasing him.
Inside the very big, very controversial business of Dog Cloning.
Man who lost his limbs after dog lick-caused infection Speaks Out: ‘I’m Not Looking Back.’
Dog DNA used to track down owners who don’t clean up after their pets.
When the Dog Decides Where You Live.
This startup says dog chow that’s good enough for humans to eat is the future of feeding your dog.
Inquiring minds want to know: Why do dogs scratch the ground after they pee?
Study: Dog owners take more pics of their pet than their spouse.
How much does it actually cost to own a dog?
Column: Summertime Is Puppy Time.
Review: In ‘Dog Days,’ finding each other through canine fandom.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Franklin Police Sgt. Jason Fincel portrays the criminal in a K-9 demonstration during National Night Out at the Franklin Public Library on Monday, August 6, 2018. The event featured law enforcement & fire emergency vehicles, safety Information, displays, demonstrations, face painting, refreshments and more. Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group
Franklin K-9 officer Mac Koster gives a drug search demonstration with his K-9 partner Vito during National Night Out at the Franklin Public Library on Monday, August 6, 2018. The event featured law enforcement & fire emergency vehicles, safety Information, displays, demonstrations, face painting, refreshments and more. Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group
A cyclist pulls a dog on a skateboard between rightwing supporters of the Patriot Prayer group and counter-demonstrators during a rally in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters
Some of the canine stars of the film Dog Days attend the world premiere in Los Angeles. Photograph: Eric Charbonneau/Rex/Shutterstock
We close as we always do with our closing video.
First, pet leasing.
Next, nobody knows the truffles they’ve seen.
Thanks for stopping by.
We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.
See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!