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: Partly cloudy. High of 63. “A”
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 68. “A”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Friday at lunch, our conversation turned to dog ownership. Two of my coworkers in the group have dogs; one is less than six months old and one is just a year old. In one breath, Kristen was talking about the challenges of having a male puppy who hasn’t been neutered yet. In the next breath she glowingly told us that getting her dog was truly the best thing that has ever happened in her life. Spoken like a true pet parent. I don’t blame her. Look at Finn:
I relayed the fact that I want a dog more than anything else, but it’s just not going to happen for a while. I explained that it was the reason The Barking Lot was born, and the general consensus was “Poor Fischer… can’t have a dog… so sad!” No one tried to talk me down from my desire. No one tried to convince me that NOT owning a dog would be better for our family. My entire building is a group of dog lovers so that’s not really a surprise. Not a single person told a story of regret, or warning.
To be perfectly honest I can’t argue with any of those considerations. They are practical matters that certainly need to be deliberated. And actually, I would add a tenth; the most difficult one on the list. You will inevitably have to say Goodbye. Given the fact that dogs live a comparatively very short life to humans, you could easily own several dogs over the course of your lifetime. Saying goodbye will never get easier and will always stay with you.
As a dog owner in my youth, I can attest to everything positive AND negative about having them. And the negative will never outweigh or dissuade me from wanting another. Sorry Kevin, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to convince you!
Thanks Jennifer! Good things come to those who…wait.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Man who lost limbs after contracting bacteria found in dog saliva speaks out.
Post-hurricane, animal rescue groups need money, not dog food.
Dogs are dying after groomings at PetSmart.
Noah’s Ark except it’s a school bus: Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats from floods of Hurricane Florence.
How to Help Your Dog Deal With Separation Anxiety.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Panicked dogs that were left caged by an owner who fled rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, are rescued by volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, in Leland, North Carolina. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
Chilean police officers march with the puppies of future police dogs during the annual military parade at the Bernardo O’Higgins park in Santiago, Chile. Photo: REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
That Dood Squad gets its green and gold on for the Packers season. The Instagram stars live in Atlanta, but two of the seven have owners with Wisconsin ties. The squad’s starting lineup is Packer, Lola, Addie, Sheldon, Charlie, Charlie and Cedar. They range in age from 1 to 7. Four of the seven are therapy dogs with Happy Tails Pet Therapy in Atlanta. (Photo: Courtesy of ShelbyRae Photographs)
We close as we always do with our closing video.
As Hurricane Florence continued to pour down on the Carolinas last week, a journalist for ABC local station WTVD who was in the field reporting on the storm found herself rescuing a dog.
Julie Wilson was recording a video for Facebook Live in New Bern, North Carolina, when she came across a woman trying to save her dog from knee-deep water.
“Do you think that is safe,” Wilson asked the woman, who said her name was Tasha.
“It’s my daughter’s therapy dog. I have no choice,” Tasha responded.
While Tasha went to recover her dog, a Rottweiler that had been injured, Wilson continues to report on the live feed about her surroundings, which included people floating toward safety on boat.
“This is no joke, folks, when they tell you or encourage you to leave,” Wilson said as she waited for Tasha to come back out of her house.
Once out, Wilson sees Tasha having difficulty maneuvering with the dog through the water, and asks her if the dog can be carried.
“Can we pick this one up?” Wilson asked. Then she asks Tasha to hold the camera as she picks up the dog herself.
“You are OK baby girl,” Wilson said to the dog as she carried her to safety. Tasha could be heard thanking her repeatedly in the background.
And one more, from Sheboygan, WI…
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.