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: Scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. A very humid high of 76. “C-“
SUNDAY: Rain all day. Over an inch possible. High of 71. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Sometimes, inspiration for The Barking Lot comes from unexpected sources. This week I was immediately struck by a short Op-Ed piece posted on Facebook. I’m not familiar with the source as it doesn’t seem very “newsy.” But the message resonated just the same.
As I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog, I’ve had the misfortune to have three pets (two dogs & a cat) euthanized. They were some of the most agonizing moments of my life. For days after, I could hear their footsteps on the floor and their tags clicking against their collars. Despite thorough vacuuming I’d find a stray hair of theirs and that was the worst. I’d have dreams at night that they were still alive, only to wake up brokenhearted again.
I was only in my late teens/early twenties when I had to say good bye to these beloved animals. But I was dedicated enough to their lives that I refused to leave them at their most vulnerable time. So I held their sweet paws while they lay on the vet’s table, knowing it would be the last time I felt their warmth.
Back then we weren’t aware of vets who made house calls to euthanize pets. If that service had been offered we definitely would have used it. I’m sure it would have been so much more comforting to our entire family. But we did what we could at the time.
I’m really not trying to be depressing…I just feel very strongly about being with your pet in its last moments with you. Sure, it’s difficult. No one thinks this sort of thing is easy. When they give you their short lives, filled with nothing but love for you, surely you can return their gift when they need it the most.
This author/vet feels the same way I do. Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
They Lost 113 Of Their Friends In Hurricane Dorian. Now These Dogs And Cats Are Ready For New Homes.
The US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan. Now they’re dying from poor treatment.
Michael Vick’s dogs changed the way fight animals are treated.
Can dogs be racist?
Does your dog need swimming lessons?
How one entrepreneur made over $1 million walking dogs.
Dog caught destroying book about, oops, canine training.
Dog who always sits in the window given sweet letter by kind stranger.
The Laziest Dog Breeds for people who don’t want to play fetch all day.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Girl Takes Same Photo With Her Dog Every Month As He Grows Up.
Inspired By His Dogwalking Job, Photographer Creating Adorable Photos At Montrose Dog Beach.
We close as we always do with our closing video. And we have a few.
First, we go to Ohio.
Next stop, the Kansas city area…
Now we head all the way to Thailand A street sweeper there has become an internet sensation after a picture of her carrying her dog on her back while sweeping the streets of the Thai capital went viral.
Mazda, a year-old Poodle-Shih Tzu mix is seen calmly hanging in a vest attached to the back of his owner like a backpack while she sweeps the street in a Bangkok suburb, not bothered by passersby and the traffic.
Our next video: Dog Going on His First Walk After Being Adopted.
AND FINALLY, Autism service dog Nala enjoyed cuddling with Donald Duck at Epcot in Disney World.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!