The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/05/19)

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 47. Normal high is 29.  “B”

  Cloudy. High of 35. “C”

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

For many years, I thought I would name my future dog “Remy.”  After this stuff:

remy martin bottle

Perhaps I dreamed of having a rich, golden, caramel-colored dog with an air of sophistication about her.  Or maybe it’s just because I enjoy drinking that particular cognac.  Either way, I thought it sounded like a fun name… nothing tough to spell or pronounce, short enough to easily fit on registration tags.

Then a few years ago Disney Pixar created a movie that has become one of my favorite (modern) Disney films:  Ratatouille…

remy from ratatouille

And the main character just happened to be named Remy.

I think Remy is adorable – especially for a rat.  Leave it to the animators to take vermin and make them huggable and endearing.  However, I must admit it made me think twice about my future four-footed friend sharing his name.

Flashback story… when we were pregnant with Kyla we didn’t know the gender of our baby.  So we had to think of both names to be prepared.  During this time, my “second mom” adopted a dog and named her Sophie.  I enjoyed teasing her that Sophie WAS going to be what we chose if we had a girl.  The look on her face was priceless but I couldn’t keep a straight face for more than two seconds after that!

Where am I going with this?  How much thought did you put in to naming YOUR dog?  Was your pooch a rescue that came “pre-named?”  Or was it a pedigree with more names on its papers than a Catholic after confirmation?  Either way, your Mastiff’s moniker likely took some consideration.

You might be wondering where your dog’s name falls in the category of “popular.”  Wonder no more.

Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC writes for the Canine Corner on Psychology Today’s site. He reflects on’s 2018 survey of dog names and how we choose them.  Enjoy his article, and here’s to another wonderful year of The Barking Lot.  Thanks, as always, for reading!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

California this week became the first state in the nation to bar pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they come from animal shelters or rescue groups.

‘Punk’ dog vests serve to deter coyotes, dog owner believes.

Does your dog have dementia?

More on a story we blogged last week. TSA to enlist more floppy-eared dogs because pointy-eared dogs can appear ‘ominous.’ Here’s a thought. How about the TSA agents not be so ominous?

How 1 greyhound is changing lives of sick kids

Wisconsin dog owner wakes up on New Year’s to find ‘heavily intoxicated’ stranger sleeping with her 150-pound mastiff.



Puppy Bowl 2019: This year’s lineup of adorable rescue dogs revealed for first time.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Now that two-thirds of U.S. residents live in states where marijuana is legal or decriminalized, police departments are thinking differently when it comes to training K-9s. NBC’s Gadi Schwartz reports for TODAY.

Next …Service animals are like family – but it’s not a relationship that happens overnight.



That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please consider passing this along to other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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