The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/23/20)

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:   Cloudy early with thunderstorms developing later in the day. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. Chance of rain 90%.  High of 71.  “A” in the morning and early afternoon,  “D” in the late afternoon.

:  Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 81.  “A-”

MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY: Party cloudy. High of 86. “A”

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

A poll done on behalf of the University of Phoenix showed 57% don’t know.

Image may contain: text that says 'REMEMBER the DIFFERENCE MEMORIAL DAY Honors those those VETERAN'S DAY who died in service to our Nation. Honors the living who once served in the Armed Forces. ARMED FORCES DAY Honors those currently serving in the the Armed Forces.'

Most Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, sadly, were canceled. If you ask me, those who lost their lives would have asked that the events go on.

Dog lovers would be happy to know there are many memorials around the country that honor the dogs of war. One is right here in Wisconsin.

Neillsville is a city in Clark County, located 230 miles, about 3 1/2 hours from our home in Franklin. The Highground Veterans Memorial Park is a 155-acre premier park located three miles west of Neillsville along Highway 10 that pays tribute to Veterans of the past, present, and future.

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The Fountain of Tears is one of four rooms within the Meditation Garden. The GI statue is the genesis of the tears in the Fountain of Tears tribute which reflects the spirituality of the Meditation Garden. In one hand the GI is holding dog tags of his fallen comrade. His other hand rests on a helmet and impaled rifle. His tears flow through the fountain under the bridge and into the pond. The wife and child of the fallen soldier sit at the end of the pond holding a folded flag.

There’s more.

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From the memorial’s website:

Many lives were touched/saved by the work of dogs and dog handlers during conflicts. Be it the work of a scout dog, sentry dog, or tracker dog —the efforts of these animals and their trainers made a profound impact on our military.

The dream of this tribute originated with the story of a young Vietnam Veteran. He was a Scout Dog Handler, married just prior to his service and killed in action just 90 days into his tour of duty. This tribute (honors) this dog and handler and all other Military Working Dogs who have served in our armed forces.

The Goal:
Our goal being to honor all Military personnel and their dogs who have served in the Vietnam and other conflicts past, present, and continuing. We hope this will provide a place of healing for those affected by these wars, and educate others regarding the effects of these wars on everyone.

On the day the memorial was dedicated, in June 2018, people from across the country attended. In attendance, three Korean War vets who discovered that they had served in the same unit at the same location, but during three different years. Amazingly, they had all handled the same dog.

God bless the people of Neillsville, those who served, and our hero war dogs.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Adoptable dogs harder to come by as travel restrictions slow shelters’ supply.

Dog Training In A Time Of Isolation.

When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig.

Veteran reunited with military working dog that saved his life.

This painting dog’s artwork sales yielded 2,000 pounds of food donations to Second Harvest.

This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat.

8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs.



Wednesday was National Dog Rescue Day. Yes we have photos.

Expressive Pup Portraits Capture the Unique Personalities of Comical Canines.

We close as we always do with our closing video.  And we have a few.

First, I wouldn’t be surprised…

NEXT,  atta boy Moose!

Moose, who has been with Virginia Tech since 2014, is one of the school’s four therapy animals and ambassadors for mental health awareness.

Along with attending football games, club events, and new student orientations, Moose also helps students cope with anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues. The fluffy pup has helped thousands of students and assisted in more than 7,500 counseling sessions, according to his owner, licensed counselor Trent Davis.

And, meet Dude, the skateboarding dog. Watch the video in this article.

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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