The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/15/19)

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:   UPDATED – Mostly cloudy after morning sunshine. Scattered shower is possible. A high of 74.  “B”

SUNDAY:   Sorry, Dad. Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High of only 59.  “D-”

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

I think that Kevin might consider this week’s main blog “a good talk radio topic.”  For years, when filling in on WISN, he would choose topics that first and foremost interested him.  When he was passionate about an idea, it resonated with his listeners.  His topics were always current but not necessarily hard-hitting news pieces.  While thought-provoking, sometimes there were elements of humor and fun. Obviously he decided on pieces that could have two (or more) opinions about the subject.  I don’t claim to have my husband’s on-air expertise by ANY means. But I think I can pick an interesting topic now and then!

I don’t know of a single dog owner who does not directly speak to their dog.  I don’t mean just commands, I mean a full-on convo. Beyond that, I know plenty of owners who not only talk to their dogs, they talk back for them!  Some even in special, designated voices! Are you one of them? No judging, honestly. BTDT.

Can things get a little weird, a little over-the-top?  It depends on who you are, how you view your relationship with your dog, and maybe if you profit monetarily from your pup.  A little back-and-forth of “Bucky, are you hungry?”  “Of course I am, mom!  We just got back from the dog park!  I’m STARVING!”  “OK let me get you your food Sweetie” seems pretty typical to me.  Once you stray into the “Did you say you want the bowl with the Swarovski crystals or just the plain Sterling silver today?” arena I think we might be reaching overboard territory.

And it’s not just conversations, either.  Thinking that your dog prefers a certain color blanket, needs a new jacket, wants a different bowl for his/her kibble and then acting accordingly are all ways we elevate our pets to human status.  I can guarantee you, your dog will NOT hold a lifelong grudge if you forget their birthday. But you, as the owner, would never forgive yourself if you didn’t celebrate that momentous occasion.

Why, exactly, do so many owners do this?  There are theories of course… from behaviorists as well as regular people.  It’s easy to say “Because they’re nuts!” But there might be a little more to it, actually.  Jia Tolentino offers her perspective in a recent New Yorker contribution.

Another article posted earlier this year lends additional thoughts.

Again, I’ll admit I’ve talked to (and for) my childhood pets.  While we don’t have a dog (yet, as I keep saying) I would most likely continue that habit.  But I can guarantee I wouldn’t worry about them getting mad at me for giving them a sweater they don’t like.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

‘Don’t make me stab the dog:’ Kalin Sunde charged in pursuit, standoff involving stolen van.

You can meet Justice, the police dog stabbed during the I-94 standoff in Oconomowoc.

Wisconsin’s K-9 laws, why handlers want tougher penalties for offenders.

Canine teams from the Midwest are training in Wisconsin this week. Here are 9 things to know about explosive-sniffing K-9s.

Some of nearly 200 rescued dogs almost ready for adoption.

This dog was abandoned by her owner. Now she’s thriving as a police dog.

Support dog or pampered pet? Training tells the difference.

Dogs make the world a better place, even Pebble Beach.

OPINION: Adopt a shelter dog with Big Brown Dog Syndrome. It’s good for you.

How to pick the right dog.

Why Being Neurotic Might Be Good for Your Dog.

WHS helps man facing homelessness with free services for his dog so she can stay at shelter.

These Mermaid Life Jackets On Amazon Will Turn Your Dog into a Fabulous, Fearless Swimmer.

These Are The Most Dog-Friendly Offices In The U.S.

Teach your children how to ‘read’ a dog.

You Can Buy a Very Large — and Very Heavy — Replica of a Ghostbusters Terror Dog.

Aldi’s Ice Cream For Dogs Is Here Just In Time For Summer.



Nearly 50 three-legged dogs and hundreds of human companions turned up last Sunday for the 9th Annual Tri-Pawed Dog Picnic in San Francisco, a party for amputee canines plus dogs with cones, casts, one eye, one ear, wheelchairs, blindness, deafness, or toothlessness.


Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, dog and indoorLord, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, goes through the National Odor Recognition Test course at the Kohl Center with Deputy Keith Kelly from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly and Lord have been a team for a year after he took over for her previous handler. Photo: Nina Bertelsen / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nic Garlie from the ATF’s St. Paul office starts Taylor, a 3-year-old black Labrador, on the training course for the National Odor Recognition Test at the Kohl Center. Taylor sniffed inside each canister and when she detected an explosive she would sit and signal to Garlie.The dogs sniff inside canisters to try to identify which ones contain an explosive at the Kohl Center. Some canisters contain distractors and if the dog signals for those they can get points marked off.  Nic Garlie from the ATF’s St. Paul office starts Taylor, a 3-year-old black Labrador, on the training course for the National Odor Recognition Test at the Kohl Center. Taylor sniffed inside each canister and when she detected an explosive she would sit and signal to Garlie. Photo: Nina Bertelsen/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, ‘He Had His Little Strut Back’: Dog Owners Turning To Cryotherapy To Help Old, Sick Pets. Watch the video in the linked article.

And a deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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