The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/04/20)

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:   Sunny. High of 87. “A”

:  Mostly sunny. High of 89. “A”

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

No mail today. So no dogs sinking their teeth into postal workers.

A few weeks ago I wrote about National Dog Bite Awareness Week. This week I have more since it’s an issue more serious than many think.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (you’ve heard of them, I’m sure) a whopping 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in America.

Why should you care? You don’t even own a dog. Every dog you’ve ever known has been fantastic. So why be concerned? There are lots of reasons.

Kids get bit a lot. Most often it’s the age 5-9 crowd.

Who gets bit the most? The good folks trying to deliver your mail? Nope.

Over half of dog-bite injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to the victim.

You can’t take this lightly since dog attacks hurt everybody. How so?

As the number of dog attacks and subsequent injuries (even deaths) go up, so insurance payouts. That means higher premiums for liability AND health insurance, if you own a dog or not.

That’s according to the Insurance Information Institute that also reports that the average cost paid for dog bite claims nationwide was $44,760 in 2019, up from $39,017 in 2018.

The average cost per claim for dog bites nationally has risen 134 percent from 2003 to 2019 due to increased medical costs and increasing size of settlements, judgments, and jury awards to victims/plaintiffs.

Liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries cost homeowners’ insurers $797-million in 2019.

And we’re not talking just bites. Let’s say your dog knocks someone over. If there are injuries and you don’t have the proper insurance to cover the costs, you’re in trouble.

Own a pit bull? Like it or not some insurance companies won’t cover homeowners or renters that own that breed or any other deemed dangerous.

An insurance company may not care what kind of dog you have. Until it bites. At that point the company may charge a higher premium, choose not to renew coverage, or take the dog off of coverage.

Again, big bucks are at stake. The average cost paid out for dog bite claims nationwide was $44,760 in 2019,  up from $39,017 in 2018. And to reiterate, higher costs per claim include dogs knocking down children, cyclists, the elderly, etc.

While a special week is designated to dog bite awareness, you can understand why this is a constant concern.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others.

Can Dogs Who Are Afraid of Fireworks or Loud Noise Be Cured?

Panel urges more expansive guidelines for VA medical experiments on dogs.

Keeping canines cool. Good reminders.

Hero Park Ranger Carries Dehydrated Dog To Safety Down a Treacherous Mountain Trail.

Three-legged dog walks on hind legs with ease: ‘He wanted to move so bad he just stood up.’

Well, the #1 is no surprise!



Heartwarming moment security guard protects dog goes viral.

10 Funny Photos Of Dogs From Prizewinning ‘Be More Dog’ Project.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First…we head to Oklahoma.

And we know fireworks can be quite unnerving for dogs. Some studies show Independence Day has the highest number of runaway dogs.

Recommended by the American Kennel Club,  classical music called ‘Through A Dog’s Ear’ has a calming effect on dogs.

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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