The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/03/19)

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:  Partly cloudy in the morning with a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 82.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 81.  “A”


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

About a month ago I blogged about a neighbor who placed “NO DOG PEE” signs on his well manicured front lawn. Dog urine is filled with grass-killing nitrogen. You’ll see no complaints about his signs from me.

Personally, I make nothing of a pooch when I see one piddling on our tree near the curb or the fire hydrant at the end of our property line.  And yet there are many accounts that dog urine can be devastating, not so much in the suburbs, but in urban areas.

Back in 2012 Carrie Maria, the owner of Philadelphia’s “Monster Minders” took some photos of trees. You can see them in this CityLab article.

“All over the city you can actually see evidence of burning on the trees. It’s super easy: Just look down, and at the lower foot or two feet of the tree you can see fissures and cracking,” she said. “I first thought, well, maybe it’s just the salt” that municipal trucks spread during winter. “Then you notice that the trees with cages around them don’t have these marks.”

Her deduction was that trees that were slowly dying were the result of owners letting their pets urinate on them again and again. A Smithsonian official argued not necessarily.  Could be mowers, car doors, pedestrians, disease, or insects causing the damage.

Conventional wisdom, however, says dog pee is problematic. Some go so far as to claim it’s destroying, yes, destroying the urban landscape.

Occasionally I like to cite Stanly Coren, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia who has written books and articles about dogs.

Coren recently wrote about a study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Oregon that examined the effect of 40 some gallons of urine on plants in a  greenhouse over a four-week period. His conclusion about what happened:

“It appears to me that the environmental effects of dogs on the green infrastructure of the city’s environment, although real, can be projected to be relatively minor, certainly not the clarion call of Gabriel’s trumpet announcing the end of urban life as we know it.”

But wait!

“That is not to say that dog urine has not caused problems for other cities in the past,” Coren continued, who also wrote about what can happen when dog urine meets steel or concrete lampposts.

But as far as green elements are concerned, no, dogs are not making cities crumble, meaning if a dog’s gotta go, that’s okay (unless it’s at my neighbor’s house).

Read Coren’s column here.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Ohio woman hospitalized, undergoes partial amputations after catching infection from dog saliva.

Delta refused to let family’s service dog fly, sparking discrimination allegation.

‘Amazing dog’ abandoned in Connecticut by owner who left note explaining why.

“Fospice” program gives senior and terminally ill shelter dogs a home for their final days.

Redskins rookie committed as much to dog rescue as football.

Technology reunites dog missing for 8 years with Tennessee owner.

Dog who lived under a bed for 2 years gets ‘Cinderella’ makeover.

Disney unleashes fashion line to ‘match’ your dog.

Now’s your chance to pick up US postage stamps honoring military dogs.

What Dog Bag Should I Use to Look Like I’m Carrying a Dogfluencer?

Bride-to-be freaks out when fiancé puts his dog’s surgery over wedding: ‘He’s a member of the family.’

Lonely model gives up on dating, marries her golden retriever.



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Criminals continue drug smuggling attempts across our borders. This past Thursday Border Patrol agents (and a K9) arrested six smugglers with over 25 pounds of meth hidden in backpacks. Thanks CBP Arizona for keeping these drugs out of American communities! Photo: The White House

ALSO: Pete the dog travels Europe.

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few.

For young patients at UC Davis Health, this 2-year-old “Doggie” Howser helps children cope with the stress of treatment. A poll conducted by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital showed half of the parents said their 2 to 5-year-olds were afraid of going to the doctor.

Next, dog donors in Tampa Bay.

And finally…

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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