The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/16/19)

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: Cloudy. High of 26.  “D”

  UPDATED: WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST MONDAY. Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected in portions of southeast Wisconsin. High of 26.  “F”

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

On the surface it sounds like a terrific idea.

Earlier this month in Madison, the city county liaison committee took up the question of whether city employees would be allowed to bring their pet dogs to work in city offices.

Deciding the matter was no slam dunk. The committee voted yes, but the vote was 4-3.

“Dogs tend to calm people, make people more friendly,” said Enis Ragland, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Finance. “It brings on collegiality, improves the work flow in offices and there are studies that show that, and they’re just fun to have around, and it relaxes people.”

Do you agree? Read the quotes again. Carefully.

More than 500 city of Madison employees took part in a survey about how they felt having dogs in offices in the City County Building. Of the 529 who participated, 54.25% said they supported the proposal, 35.35% said they did not, and 10.40% said they didn’t care one way or the other.

“Dogs tend to calm people, make people more friendly, and they’re just fun to have around, and it relaxes people.”

But even this dog lover has to admit that might be true for some, but not for all.

Why would anyone object? For several reasons, actually. According to that survey here were the top worries beginning with the biggest:

1) Work distractions

2) Hygiene

3) Safety

4) Noise

Some respondents were also concerned about allergies.

What about rules?

Dogs must be spayed or neutered. Dogs must have had their shots. Dogs would have to be licensed. Dogs would have to be well-behaved (Who makes that determination and how?). Dogs must have no fleas. Dogs would not be allowed in cafeterias or common conference rooms. Dogs must have insurance. Dogs could not be unattended.

Remember, this is Madison we’re talking about. Because of all those regulations the thought by city officials is that few dogs will actually show up.

Here’s another factor to consider.

“My concern would be the lack of training or control or sometimes responsibility that people have with their general pet dogs,” said Nicole Meadowcroft, president of Custom Canines Service Dog Academy.

“They don’t have the training and socialization that our service dogs do, so I worry about the safety of our service dogs and our clients out there working. The worst case scenario would be dogs fighting, somebody getting bit trying to break up a dog fight, so I question who is going to be responsible, who would carry the insurance,” she said. “If one of our service dogs gets attacked by another dog, that’s a huge fine for that other pet owner, but also it could mean instant retirement and a loss of enhancement for someone with a disability.”

Rules and regulations? There’s more.

“The next step is to complete the drafting of an administrative procedure memorandum, which is the rules that city employees work by, managers work by,” said Enis Ragland, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Finance. “Once those are drafted we’ll let the mayor’s management team take a final look at them to see if there’s any issues they may have with them. Then we’ll implement them in this building and in all city facilities where it’s feasible.”

Halley’s Comet could strike before that all happens.

Sounds like this idea wasn’t vetted properly or efficiently.

Take Your Dog To Work Day? You betcha.

Take Your Dog To Work Every Day? Probably not.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Fatal experiments on dogs are happening at the VA. Now, the inspector general is investigating.

Sheriff: Dog named Donald Trump wasn’t killed over politics.

Oregon’s governor lost a vote on a dog, and learned a lesson.

80-Pound Dog Attacks a Top Runner a Mile Away From Half Marathon Finish.

‘My Owner Will Be Back Soon. Don’t Worry! Tesla Just Launched ‘Dog Mode’

Hang on to that pooch: Cleveland forecasters issue “Small Dog Advisory” on blustery day.

Column: What to do for your dog so they’re happy when you’re not around.

‘King’ the wire fox terrier claims Best in Show title at 143rd Westminster Dog Show.

Remember George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully?



Don Chatten, 49, is now being called a “hero” after he took quick action to save a small dog that had fallen into the icy waters near the Bark Park at Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda, NY. Chatten told 7 Eyewitness News that another person in the park asked him to help find a missing small dog just after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Shortly afterwards, Chatten’s own two dogs spotted the small animal in the water. Chatten said he first called for 911 but decided to take action fearing the little dog would not last long. Hhe tried to crawl across the ice but it gave way and plunged him waist-deep into the water. “I knew it wasn’t real deep in this part because I use to come here when I was a kid,” Chatten said. He was able to rescue the dog and return him to his owner. Photo: WKBW-TV

Mystery of sad dog abandoned on beach with Valentine’s Day balloon solved

Gallery: Pups groomed for success at Westminster dog show

We close as we always do with our closing video, and we’ve got a bunch.

First, genetic tests for dogs have surged in popularity, but as NBC News reports, experts have warnings.


How about some cuteness…


King was the king of New York.


Let’s go behind the scenes at the big dog show.


Here’s a tale of two dogs. First, the amazing Gabby captured the 8″ division title at the 2019 WKC Masters Agility. She ran a time of 39.31 for the win.


That was Gabby.

This was Winky.

Last video?

No way. There’s one more!

Is this the dog video of all dog videos?


That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please consider passing this along to other dog lovers you know. We’d really appreciate it!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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