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, cloudy in the afternoon. High of 32. “D”
SUNDAY: Cloudy with snow. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected. High of 33. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
This week, a serious topic.
Regular readers know this is a departure from our opening blog where we normally bring up much lighter topics. Every week there are a number of stories about mistreated dogs. Last November a New York man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after authorities said his German shepherd gnawed off one of her legs while chained outside.
Most of the time we just ignore such stories and don’t link to them, believing folks generally would prefer not to read them. However, the fact is that all across the country dogs are tied up in their yards by owners who can be lazy, uncaring, or downright neglectful. So some places ban tethering of pets altogether. But going that route isn’t that easy. In Charlotte this week, outrage after the city council refused to approve a ban, but could decide to impose new restrictions on circus animals. If banning doesn’t work there’s another approach: awareness.
Every day, week, and month in America there’s a special designation for this or that. February 7-14 is “Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.” It developed thanks to this woman.
Growing up on a Pennsylvania farm, U.S. Air Force veteran Tamira “Tammy” Thayne was left with a painful, lifelong memory.
“We had a chained beagle my whole life and even as a child I knew it was wrong,” Thayne said. “I pitied this dog, but felt like I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Thayne spent five years in the military, then purchased a home where she lived next door to a chained dog. Thayne called animal control and was informed nothing could be done.
Wrong. In 2002 Thayne started the nonprofit group “Dogs Deserve Better”and led the movement for 13 years, chaining herself to dog houses in front of state capitol buildings across the nation. She moved the group’s HQ to Smithfield, Virginia, the former home of NFL player Michael Vick, who was convicted and served time in prison for running a dogfighting ring.
Thayne suffered burnout and left “Dogs Deserve Better” but the organization is very much alive. From their website:
The mission of Dogs Deserve Better, Inc., is to provide a better life for abused, neglected and abandoned canines; especially those which are chained or penned without human companionship. We strive to accomplish this through advocating for humane legislation; promoting spay and neuter; educating communities on animal welfare; and rescuing and rehabilitating distressed canines.
Often we will meet with caretakers of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them. We work with families to help them provide a better life for their dog and their family. When available, we provide fencing grants to those willing to bring their dogs inside but lack the means to put up a fence so their dog is safe within their yard while spending appropriate amounts of time outside.
Do you know of a chained dog? What you can do.
And as for Tamira Thayne, she’s back in the game. In 2016, she founded Who Chains You Books, an animal focused publishing company she runs out of her house. Utilizing her degree in graphic design and her prior publishing experience at the dog rescue nonprofit she has published 28 books for children and adults. The titles include, “Foster Doggie Insanity,” “A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human,” and “Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation.”
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
St. Paul woman sees missing dog on Florida beer cans promoting shelter dog.
Does Your Pet Really Need Cat TV or a Dog Playlist?
New dog park could be named after Wausau women who passed from cancer.
This dog can do what???
Do you love your dog? Rover.com asked 1,500 American dog owners about their relationship with their pet for its “Anatomy of Dog Love” report. Plenty of interesting information in there.
Funny column: Don’t Know How Your Dog is Feeling? Check His Eyebrows.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
A dog trainer works with his dog to walk on ropes while his eyes are covered, during a dog show at the beach of Gaza City. Photo: AP
Dogs are seen inside a car during the Hyperborea-2020 dog sled race in Omsk, Russia. Photo: REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko
We close as we always do with our closing video(s).
And a WI teen is headed to the Westminster dog show, despite her very heavy plate.
Take a look.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!