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: Cloudy in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. A below average high of 61. “C”
SUNDAY: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High of 61. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
My best friend lost her dad when he was WAY too young. We were under 30 and to say we were devastated by his sudden death to a heart attack is a gross understatement. Chuck was a second dad to me and an inspiration to all who knew him. He was so much to so many… intelligent, funny, kind, a leader in so many ways, caring, full of integrity, loving, gentle, humble, and generous to nearly a fault. I challenge anyone who knew him to find a single bad word to say about him. So many mourned his passing but none so much as his equally amazing wife, Mary, who is just as much of a second mom to me.
Chuck & Mary were blessed in many ways and that included the benefits of Chuck’s many years of dedicated hard work to his career. Yes Chuck was, as I mentioned, humble. That’s not to say he didn’t enjoy gadgets, toys, and luxuries that he was able to provide for his family. When he died, Mary was surrounded by friends & family for support but ultimately she was alone in a very large home. Every room held precious memories that comforted her. But despite mementos, photos, and memorials throughout the house there was one thing that really truly made a difference in those days.
Dusty & Mopsy (get it… Dust Mop? That’s a glimpse at Chuck’s humor) were two of the sweetest Shih Tzu’s you’d ever want to meet. Even the dogs in his family were crazy spoiled. Sunday’s meant a trip through McDonald’s drive thru for a soda for Chuck and a sausage patty for the girls. They knew by doggy intuition when their special day of the week had arrived and weren’t shy about reminding him if he wasn’t getting the keys fast enough. They were there for Mary and literally brought extra life into the house. One look at those faces and you had to cheer up if only for a moment at a time.
Eventually they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge and Mary got another Shih Tzu who she named Sophie. Then came the tough decision to sell their home. Sophie was the perfect constant throughout that difficult, memory-filled time of transitioning to an apartment. Mary has an amazing outlook and disposition along with an incredible support system. Still she would have been justified in feeling depressed. I never saw so much as a glimpse of that from her. I truly credit her pets as part of her healing process.
Indeed, furry friends ease depression, loneliness after spousal loss.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dog owner blames United Airlines for animal’s alleged heatstroke death: ‘They literally fried him.’
Canadian dog owner is slammed for decorating her poodle to look like a SKELETON from Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival.
Dash cam captures police officer rescuing dog hit by car.
She Quit Her Job. He Got Night Goggles. They searched 57 days for their dog.
Blind dog tries to help beached dolphin on Rockaway Beach.
EDITORIAL: Don’t pass your pooch off as a service dog.
Why there’s no such thing as a ‘responsible dog owner.’
Man who created labradoodle compares breed to ‘Frankenstein’s monster.
Barking Lot update: ADOPTED!
I met Chaser, the world’s smartest dog.
What makes dogs so special? The answer.
Take in the sights and sounds of a baseball game through the eyes of a dog.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
I don’t know how we missed this one from a year ago this month, but it’s so good we just had to post, even though it’s really late.
Australian hero! Asha the golden retriever saved a lost baby koala’s life by letting it snuggle with her all night. Here’s the story.
Precious Professional Photoshoot Shows Dog Mom Marveling at Her Newborn Puppies.
Barking Lot Update: Service Dog Cuddles With Donald Duck At Disney World.
We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have a few.
First, this report from Central Texas.
OK. Now we have video on finding that missing dog after 57 days.
Here’s another good story. For 30 years, professional violinist Martin Agee has performed in some of the world’s most renowned music venues. But two years ago, he landed his favorite gig.
That’s it for this week.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!