The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/11/20)

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 with a chance of showers. Rain is likely this evening. High of 60.  “B-“

: UPDATED: Cloudy in the morning with a 70% chance of showers in the afternoon. High of 54.  “B-“

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.

Perhaps you’re one who monitors the news for the very latest on virus updates.  Perhaps you’re like me who prefers occasional news snippets of positive information only and have otherwise had it up to their eyeballs with COVID-19.  Somewhere in between is an option as well.

Do you have enough TP?  Hand sanitizer?  Soap?  Bleach?  Most importantly, beverage of your choice?  Nearly one month into quarantine and quite frankly I’m not (yet) ready to sever family ties.  The Fischers are managing quite well actually.  It might have something to do with the fact that I’ve not yet run out of grape juice nor has my beloved run out of juniper-infused spirits.

So you think you’re stocked appropriately, eh?  Um, are you a dog owner?  If so, do you feel you are truly prepared and have enough of everything?  Of COURSE, you assure me…  Kibble?  Check.  Squeaky toys?  Check.  Snuggle babies?  Check.  Plush bed & blanket?  Check.  Treats?  Um, hello…  CHECK.

OK… so what about your Fido First Aid Kit?  A-ha!  Got some of you!  You might not have thought of that one.  Emergency preparedness is important for all our family members, don’t you agree?  Well long before this hot mess of a pandemic that will (I promise!) end at some point, there were folks who thought we should dedicate a month to our four-legged friends’ safety.

That’s why April has been designated as National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.  Here at The Barking Lot, we know how much you love your pup.  You wouldn’t run out of bandages, pain relievers and a thermometer in YOUR medicine cabinet right?  Well, don’t short-change your best friend either.  Now that you’re all set to be prepared you might want to double-check the information we provided.  No need to ask Siri, we’ll provide another resource.

Well dog lovers, I hope this week’s edition didn’t send you into a tailspin.  Be safe, be healthy, be happy and leave a comment or photo of your pup if so inclined!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Can Dogs Smell Covid-19?

New technology in streaming cameras can flag unusual dog behavior or suggest why the dog might be barking.

Police in Florida rescue a dog stranded alone on boat after owner was hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms.

Dog Fostering Rises While Americans Stay Home.

Is dog grooming essential?  PetSmart Says Yes, Pressuring Hundreds To Come In To Work.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is distributing over 40,000 pounds of free dog food around the state.

National Hug Your Dog Day was Friday:  Why you should hug your dog a little tighter today.

Look what students in Fond du Lac can look forward to when they go back to school this fall.

And now, an important public service announcement from The Barking Lot.

Good dogs competing for a chew toy is the newest must-watch quarantine sport.

COLUMN: I’m Your Dog and I’m Worried About You.

COLUMN: The coronavirus will go down as the greatest time of a dog’s life.



Dogs rest in a crowded enclosure at Auntie Ju’s shelter for stray dogs on the outskirts of Bangkok where some 1,500 canines rescued from the streets around the Thai capital are being housed. Photo: AFP

Sheri Franklin distributes treats to her dog guests. Franklin’s dog, Trolli, is at front of the snack line. Franklin takes care of eight dogs while waiting for foster parents to take them in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesica Prado / San Francisco Public PressSheri Franklin, founder of the senior dog rescue shelter Muttville in San Francisco, distributes treats to her dog guests. Franklin’s dog, Trolli, is at front of the snack line. Franklin takes care of eight dogs while waiting for foster parents to take them in during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Yesica Prado / San Francisco Public Press

ALSO: Dancer Wears A Different Bizarre Costume Every Day To Walk Dog.

ALSO: Wichita rescue dog and his amazing cookie balancing stunt is making him a quarantine star.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, from Australia…



: Good boys: The funniest dog videos to get you through the day

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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