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 76. “A”
SUNDAY: Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 66. “B”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
I love working at my daughter’s school, St. Anthony’s, on Milwaukee’s South side. There are many reasons why it is a perfect job for me, not the least of which is the group of people I work with. Since we may share many different views on many different topics we frequently have lively discourse… We’re a Catholic school so there’s not much debate about faith. We wisely avoid political discussions. One subject we ALL love is to talk about our pets, though. Who can resist bragging about the latest trick their dog learned or share the newest kitty caper?
A couple of days ago I was chatting with two friends and the conversation easily turned towards our four-legged friends. One of my colleagues shared that his parents are “requesting” grandchildren from their two married kids. (He’s one of them.) Apparently due to lack of human infants they have taken to calling my colleague’s French Bulldog their granddog. And he’s not too keen on that.
He adamantly told us that he is NOT the dog’s father. My other coworker chimed in that it bothers her as well when someone will command her parents’ dog to “go by your auntie” (her). Both my friends view their spoiled & adored family pets as something totally separate from a blood relationship with an actual child.
The entire conversation got me thinking and I knew it would make for a perfect edition of The Barking Lot. (In Kevin’s world “this would make a GREAT talk radio topic!”) I started to wonder: Do most people who have dogs in their lives consider them property, furry children, or somewhere in between?
In my past blogs I have referred to dog owners, and I have also called them pet parents. Truly until this office dialogue I never gave it much thought. It appears I should and I started to think it could turn into another pop culture debate:
So, what DO people with pets in their homes think about this? (Notice I didn’t take sides by calling them something specific!)
Not surprisingly it falls into two categories… Pet OWNERS and pet PARENTS.
This author doesn’t like the term PET OWNER.
In contrast, this author doesn’t have a problem with PET OWNER at all!
This perspective wants to please everyone, both “owners” and “parents.”
I’m neutral on this topic in this respect: You can call your animal companion whatever you want and it doesn’t bother me. My only hope is that you treat any other (two legged) members of your household with the same love and respect.
What are YOUR feelings? Feel free to leave a comment!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Cascade, WI man gets 90 days for shooting his dog three times. The dog? Happy in a new home.
This dog owner in the Poughkeepsie, NY area is angry. Read why.
NY TIMES Opinion piece: Dogs are not here for our convenience.
People are feeding their dogs meat-free food. Can dogs really go vegan?
In Greenland village, shorter winters cast doubts over dog sledding.
Centuries of breeding have reshaped dog brains—here’s how.
Kate Middleton’s brother James praised for taking therapy dog as ‘date’ on red carpet.
Murray is now a superstar.
Politician keeps his word? Yes he did.
New children’s book: I want a dog.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Emily Hicks of Charleston holds her dog Murphy along the waterfront ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Charleston, South Carolina, September 4. Photo: REUTERS/Randall Hill
Photo published this week: Scott Ash/Now News Group
We close as we always do with our closing video.
Woman rescues 97 dogs as Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas.
Please take the time to read: The Legacy of 9/11 Dogs 18 Years Later.
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!