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: Sunny. High of 63. “A”
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 68. “A”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Did you see this cute story and video in this article in last week’s dog blog?
That postal worker is one of the lucky ones.
Last year, 5,803 letter carriers suffered a dog bite or attack. Many of those attacks came from dogs whose owners, not surprisingly, regularly used the phrase, “My dog won’t bite.” Any dog can bite.
Tameka Toliver, a letter carrier in Dearborn, Michigan says she was pinned on a porch by a dog that bit her above her knee.
“It happened so fast, even with all my training, I barely had time to react,” said Toliver.
“I’m still scared when I get close to that house because I remember the attack so vividly. It takes a long time to get over the fear.”
National Dog Bite Awareness Week, sponsored by the United States Postal Service, takes place June 14–20. This annual public service campaign provides safety tips and aims to increase owner responsibility in the prevention of dog attacks.
Mail carriers are given explicit instructions on how to avoid becoming a statistic. They’re encouraged to carry dog repellent, one full can within reach at all times. Any dog incidents on their route are to be reported to a supervisor. If approached by a dog, carriers should resist the impulse to scream and run away. Running will more than likely trigger the dog to chase. Carriers are told to remain still, place your satchel between you and the dog, and avoid eye contact. Then when the dog calms down, back away slowly to ensure you don’t stumble and fall.
What can you do to keep your carrier safe?
When a carrier comes to the home, keep dogs inside the house or behind a fence, away from the door, in another room, or on a leash.
Keep in mind that if the carrier deems a residence unsafe because of an unrestrained dog, mail delivery service can be interrupted, not just for that address, but for the neighborhood. Mail would then have to be picked up at the Post Office.
Across the country mail carriers have begun placing a do paw sticker on the outside of a mailbox where there is a known dog in the immediate area. A yellow sticker indicates a dog resides at the next delivery address. An orange sticker means a dog resides at that address.
Want the sticker removed? The Post Office will do it, just ask.
Where did most of the bites of carriers take place last year?
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Waukesha County judge backs county’s decision ordering a family to euthanize their dog or move.
Lots of us adopted dogs in quarantine: ‘Dog Whisperer’ César Millán has some tips.
Bond between humans and dogs strengthened by COVID-19.
This comfort dog made a virtual visit to children at this New Berlin school.
Oklahoma family camps out for 27 hours to adopt dog with ‘black heart.’
World’s tallest dog is now the oldest living Great Dane.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
The Siberian Husky breeder, Stephen Biddlecombe, sits among some of his dogs at his home, in Tonbridge, England, on June 4, 2020. Photo: Peter Nicholls / Reuters
We close as we always do with our closing video.
First, in Florida…
Now we head to New Hampshire.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!