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: UPDATED-Rain and thunderstorms throughout the day. 80% chance. High of 46. “F”
SUNDAY: Rain showers along with windy conditions. Wind gusts of over 40 mph. High of 48. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Remember this movie from 2016 about what happens when pet owners leave them for work or school each day? They couldn’t possibly know.
Because it’s theater the animated film takes a great deal of creative license. That was 2016. Today’s reality has pets and their owners now home together, all the time, thanks to that nasty virus.
Play along with me fellow dog and pet lovers. The movie implies that once the owners say sayōnara that the animals have a sudden sense of freedom, independence, power! They let loose, all hell breaks loose, and they absolutely love it!
Granted, it’s only a movie, right? But aren’t there documented videos taken secretly by the real people in charge at home that show once the pets are…Home Alone…the dogs, cats, whatever, are in sheer heaven?
STAY AT HOME!
Pet owners don’t leave the house.
Pet and humans, sequestered.
We’ve blogged before that there’s an incredible bond between pets and the humans who rule the roost. But what about now? Forget the movie. The pooch doesn’t have the house all by himself/herself. Crazy to be around you these days?
Let’s consult an expert.
Dr. Margaret Gruen is an assistant professor of behavioral medicine at NC State’s veterinary college and a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.
OK, Doc. The dog has its way, day after day.Not anymore. Give it us straight. What’s the deal.
“Overall, dogs are happy to see you, particularly if they are crated or alone during the day. However, the same recommendations we’ve all been given for helping people adapt to the change – maintaining a schedule, eating at normal times, etc. – are important for pets as well. The more animals can predict what may happen, the more comfortable they are,” said Gruen.
“For instance, you may be able to take your dog for an extra walk at midday now, which is great, but you should try to keep basically the same morning and evening routines in place that you had while working or going to school.”
Dogs explained for. Now another test. What about cats?
Kev, this is a dog blog. May I toss in a mention about…you know…cats?
KEVIN HERE: Your blog. Go right ahead.
This is Jennifer. Back to me. Gruen said this about cats:
“Cats do sleep a good chunk of the day. So if the household is busier, they may be trying to find somewhere quiet to nap. You can watch them for signs of irritation, although you may find that they do become more interactive while you’re around.”
Gruen advises if there’s a routine, try to keep it in place.
“If you have a pet that spends time crated or in a particular space during the day when you’re gone, you can ease them back into that routine slowly by having them spend some time there while you’re home.”
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Is it a good time to rescue a dog during the coronavirus lockdown?
This dog was so happy about the quarantine…it got hurt.
When Walking the Dog Is ‘a Piece of Paradise.’
OPINION: Dogs, at Least, Love Home Quarantine.
Florida dog tracks close over coronavirus, leaving hundreds of greyhounds in need of homes.
OPINION: Animal lovers pounce when they see this mural.
Cole the Deaf Dog takes his message of kindness on the road.
Meet Lieutenant Dan! Cadbury names two-legged dog the face of its new candy commercial.
Quarantined man sends his dog to fetch Cheetos from the shops.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Tom Giesfeldt of Milwaukee walks his dogs in an empty Miller Park parking lot on what would have been the Milwaukee Brewers’ opening day game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Robert Becker walks his dogs while carrying a .410 bore shotgun as a precaution due to the new coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer
We close as we always do with our closing video.
First, shelters looking for foster families.
AND “Nightline” hits one of the biggest dog grooming competitions in Las Vegas, where artists use their pooches as their canvas.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!