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, followed by afternoon thunderstorms. 80% chance of rain. High of 71. The almost certainty of rain brings the grade down. “D”
SUNDAY: Windy with thunderstorms likely. Some may be severe. 90% chance of rain. High of 72. “D”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
Two weeks ago when Kevin filled in for me he posed the following:
“Who doesn’t like dogs?”
Turns out, a lot of folks.
This week, a new question.
“Who doesn’t walk their dog?”
Turns out, a lot of folks.
That begs other questions.
Shouldn’t they be doing it?
If they don’t, are they bad people?
We open our weekly installment with a subjective dog-walking forecast. Kevin has taken some good-natured flak when he grades an “A” when temps are in the 80’s. The thinking is a hot day beats a cold, wet day anytime. But weather doesn’t seem to play a role in the decision by dog owners to keep their animals at home rather than going on a neighborhood stroll.
So, let’s examine the previously mentioned questions.
Why do people refrain from dog walking? Lots of reasons.
Depending on the size and age of the dog, it may not enjoy walks.
Some dogs may not like being around other dogs they may confront.
Could be the dog is sick, or just plain tired.
And in many cases a dog owner simply lacks motivation to do the walkin’.
Shouldn’t they be doing it? Well, yes. Exercising is of great benefit. And we know walking can bring comfort and joy to pooches.
If owners don’t walk their dogs, are they bad people? On that one let’s bring in a Barking Lot favorite, Stanley Coren, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He relates an encounter with a neighbor.
“I am a bit concerned about one of my neighbors,” she told me. “She has one of those fluffy little dogs, but I never see her out walking him. So last week I asked her ‘How often do you walk your dog?’ and she told me that she never walks the dog. She just lets the dog out in the yard for 15 minutes two or three times a day and that’s it. That’s really wrong and perverse. I walk Herman twice a day which I feel is the minimum he needs. I can’t imagine not ever walking your dog, and I wanted to know whether I should be reporting her to the SPCA for potential dog abuse.”
Is such a person mean and horrible? The short, simple answer is no.
Coren did some research and discovered several studies on non-walkers. On average about four out of ten owners do not walk their dogs. Some studies came up with a total as high as 70%.
Read more about what Coren found here. Do read to the end because the last sentence may very well surprise you.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
In Iowa, dog disease that can be passed to humans confirmed.
Extreme weather kills nearly every prairie dog at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison.
New York fraternity members allegedly forced dog to drink beer.
Woman seeks visitation with dog she shared with ex-boyfriend.
Boy with nut allergy gets life-saving service dog after going into 5-day coma.
4 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dog Teaches You About Leadership.
This is good. Really good. (Nice video, too)
Your furry friends can run up a big tab over their lifetime, but there are ways to keep expenses in check.
A Better Way to Run with a Seeing Eye Dog.
This pop-up playground for pups is every dog’s dream.
This Franklin woman turned a home-based dog bakery into a shop with pet products and gifts in Greendale.
Hello, room service?
Dog Owners Are Obsessed with These Leak-Proof Waste Bags.
He named his lazy dogs after the Chinese police. They were not amused.
Dog runs away from home to visit friends at doggy daycare.
Milwaukee Pug Fest is this weekend in Franklin.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
At this week’s National Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
We close as we always do with our closing video.
Please check out the video in this news report: Dog ‘bounty hunter’ spends free time tracking lost dogs for pet owners.
And in theaters NOW…
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday!