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: A few clouds from time to time. High of 86. “A”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 82. “A”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Reason #32520 this year is really screwed up.
Yeh, that was yesterday but we blog about it anyway.
Because this holiday if you will was more or less a bust this year. There were very few news or Internet stories this past week generating excitement for the big day that basically fizzled, thanks to COVID-19.
That’s unfortunate. As I’ve blogged in the past there are all kinds of benefits. Dogs in the office help reduce employee stress, boost office morale, promote productivity, improve communication, improve employee retention, and help workplaces appear more attractive to prospective employees.
However, let’s be honest. A virtual TYDTWD, though potentially interesting, just isn’t the same. Consider these recommended ideas for TYDTWD from pre-pandemic years:
An office picnic
A hot dog luncheon
Setting out some water bowls and treats
A photo booth for employees and dogs
A photo contest
Dog/owner look-a-like contests
A doggie parade
Friendliest canine co-worker
Compare to the suggestions for 2020 from Pet Sitters International (PSI) , the folks who created TYDTWD:
Invite employees’ dogs to a virtual staff meeting. “While co-workers can’t meet one another’s dogs face-to-face at the office, seeing their canine co-workers on the screen during a virtual meeting will be a morale booster,” PSI officials said.
Share photos of employees’ dogs on the company’s blog or social media sites. “Encourage employees to submit photos of their dogs in their home office and post on the company blog or social media pages to celebrate the important role dogs (or other pets) play in the lives of employees,” officials added.
Invite a local animal shelter or pet rescue to virtually introduce adoptable pets to staff. “The goal of Take Your Dog to Work Day is to promote pet adoptions,” officials said. “Whether inviting a local pet-rescue organization to attend a staff Zoom meeting to introduce pets available for adoption or sending photos of adoptable pets through a company email, participating businesses can help pets find their forever homes.”
Host a virtual lunch and learn with a pet care expert. “Invite a veterinarian, professional pet sitter or other pet care professional to speak on an important pet care topic, such as pet first aid or helping pets deal with separation anxiety post-pandemic,” officials said. “Businesses could host this talk through Zoom, Microsoft Teams or another virtual meeting platform for staff.”
Good intentions. I repeat. Not the same.
Here’s an idea offered by a company that had to scale back this year. Re-schedule the event, depending on the virus situation, to August 26th. That would be National Dog Day.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Law professor: Service dog industry in U.S. is largely unregulated, making people vulnerable to scams.
In fight to ban dog meat, China’s activists find an ally in the coronavirus.
Canine Owners Vow to Hound NYC Mayor Until Dog Parks and Runs Reopen.
How Training These Service Dogs Helps Veterans Heal.
The latest on dogs being trained to detect coronavirus.
Deaf dog’s pack provides ‘protection ears’ on outdoor adventures.
Not everyone loves your dog as much as you do, according to this columnist.
What makes a good dog walk?
Navy working dog donates blood to save Air Force canine colleague.
Custer’s canines: Army officer loved dogs and had dozens of canines.
Must love dogs! ‘Dog dads’ seen as more masculine, responsible and rich
Augie makes history.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK. AND WE’VE GOT A BUNCH.
On Tuesday, three Clearwater, FL officers came to the rescue of an adorable dog that had been locked inside a car in a beach parking garage. Thankfully, workers at the Holiday Inn & Suites called police about 2:15 p.m.after hearing a dog barking and howling inside a car that was parked there. Officers found the car was locked with the windows all the way up. They had to break one of the windows to pull the dog out of the hot car. They gave it water to drink and dabbed water on its head to try to cool it off. When Pinellas County Animal Control arrived about 10 to 15 minutes later, the temperature inside the car was still 94.6 degrees after having been open for some time. It’s safe to say the temperature inside the vehicle while the dog was still in it was well over 100 degrees. The case has been referred to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Dog owner recreates classic artworks by dressing up her pet pooch.
Grieving family see pet dog’s face in cloud formation.
Oh Mama! Shelter Rescues Three Pregnant Dogs and Gives Each One Their Own Maternity Shoot.
Are you ready? Ready for Gunner the dog and his friend Delta? I bet not.
Dog is inseparable from stuffed toy.
We close as we always do with our closing video.
OK. We had photos of a dog and a dolphin. Here’s video from last Saturday of a dolphin saying ‘good morning’ to dogs at Isle of Hope Marina in Georgia. Magen Peigelbeck says the dolphin swam with their boat the whole morning, interacting with her two pups, Stanley and Miles. “It makes me grin and my heart get big,” Peigelbeck said. “Everyone can get along. We can learn lessons from animals.”
ALSO: Dog chaperones 5-year-old girl to and from the school bus stop every day.
AND: Dog Steals His Brother’s Food. The Way He Says Sorry Will Melt Your Heart.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!