The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/31/19)

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. A high of 72. “A”

SUNDAY:  A shower or two possible in the morning. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. This is one of those depends on when you walk Fido. High of 74.  “C”

LABOR DAY MONDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 80. “A”

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

Regular readers know, and my hubby teases me about it, that on the dog blog I prefer to write about the science and psychology around dogs. This week there’s definitely some psychology involved. But I believe for the first time on The Barking Lot I will get political.

Please don’t go away. This is very interesting, I promise, and won’t (shouldn’t) get you all riled up.

Nope. None of that.

So, are you a dog owner?

Or a cat owner?

Do you consider yourself a Democrat?

Or Republican?

And is there a connection between pet owners and political persuasion?

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I want this man’s job.

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Stanley Coren who’s been mentioned before on this blog is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Psychology is from Stanford University. He is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues. Considering he writes about psychological topics his style is wonderful.

Coren was asked if research exists specifically detailing if pet ownership shows how a person votes. The professor answered in his latest column…yes.

“Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this data set comes when we break down the effect of pet ownership as a predictor of voting behavior and look at the influence of dog ownership versus ownership of cats.”

Coren worked hard to discover the information and substantiate what he found. And his conclusions demonstrate yet another variation between dogs and cats, or in this case, their owners.

Think you know what Coren learned?

He went the extra mile to answer a colleague’s query. I know you’ll find Coren’s column quite interesting.

Professor Coren, keep up the fascinating work!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Toxic Algae Kills Dogs Across the Country

Duct-taped dog with slit throat revealed as a hoax by owner who couldn’t afford vet care.

Police dogs are dying in hot cars. MORE.

This Maryland dog park divides the rich and powerful.

OPINION: Keep your dog off my airplane.

Over 70 percent of dog owners admit This.

News you can use: Risk factors that predict a dog’s fear at the vet.

Meet this year’s top military working dog.

Hurricane, a now-retired Secret Service dog, is getting an award…in Great Britain.

‘He looks like a blimp’: Letter was sent by former president George H.W. Bush asking White House staff not to feed his overweight dog.

Players in the NFL need an emotional support dog? Apparently. Take one guess which team has one.

How clever is this dog? Very.

A Paw in Every State: One Show Dog’s Journey Across the U.S.

Monday was National Dog Day. Here are 21 things we know are true about dogs.

Dog owners may have healthier hearts.

Why Dogs are Better than Cats, according to science.

The best vehicles for dog lovers, as ranked by Autotrader.

OK. We’ve been doing this blog for years and years and years. Never came across a headline like this. Ready? It’s for real. His dog ordered porn. He got stuck with the bill.



Downton Abbey celebrates International Dog Day with adorable new posters.

We close as we always do with our closing video. It’s from the Houston area.

AND… let’s head over to Marquette University and meet Nattie.

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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