The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/18/20)

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:  HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM. Heat index values 100 to 105 expected for all of Southern Wisconsin. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1. Partly cloudy. High of 92.  “B”

:  Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in the clouds later in the day. A stray shower is possible. High of 87. “B”

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

Last month, our daughter Kyla’s smile wattage increased with the addition of shiny silver brackets on her top teeth.  Believe it or not she was actually looking forward to getting them.  She needed some “prep work” in the form of a palatial expander which was inserted in January.   While she realized it was part of the treatment process it didn’t look or feel like real braces.  The next phase was delayed because of, what else, the virus.  Finally, June 8th was THE DAY.  Despite an unusual new routine for arrival and appointment she was a trooper.  (We expected nothing less in all honesty.)

Admittedly it took some getting used to…  Traditional brackets on the top, a retainer that remained IN while eating on the bottom, and the palatial expander still cemented in place.  Eating was a new adventure for a few days and I wouldn’t have asked her to say “She sells sea shells by the sea shore” and expect any enthusiasm.  But the look on her face that afternoon speaks volumes…

Kyla Braces

While my childhood braces corrected a slight overbite, Kyla’s are working to fix a crossbite.  It’s a little more complicated than what I experienced and she’s likely to have a second round of them in high school.  She fully understands and is more than willing to have a lifetime of straight teeth with no complications of jaw problems and difficulty biting & chewing.

Now, it’s no secret that 2/3 of the Fischer Family want a dog with fierce desperation.  It’s also no secret that the 1/3 remaining pays the majority of the bills, including orthodontia-related ones.  Generally high costs related to dog ownership are one of the top three reasons Kyla & I haven’t won our arguments.  Yet.    But you just know that in the back of his mind he’s thinking that with his luck even our dog will need its bite corrected.  And not in that canine vs. mailman way.

While I certainly hate to admit he could have a point about an additional expense for Fido, he’s kind of right.  Dogs CAN need braces!  But then again, who could possibly resist the cuteness of a doggo with dental work? 
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

South Carolina dog put down after testing positive for coronavirus: report.

Connecticut mayor sues Delta Airlines over dog bite.

Dog shows try to go on amid the pandemic.

Why this bad pandemic might be good for dogs.

Dennis Quaid says ‘animal abuse’ scandal on his 2017 movie A Dog’s Purpose ‘was a scam’.

Brainy dog owners are more likely to have badly behaved pets. Why?

Study: Dogs may use Earth’s magnetic field to take shortcuts.

The Ivy League of Seeing Eye Dog Schools. It’s elite.

Jennifer blogged about this a long time ago, but the news media has been reporting on it the past few weeks.

Yellowstone National Park’s famous lost and found dog featured in new children’s book.

COLUMN FROM AUSTRALIA: I applied to foster a dog, but a month into lockdown the entire nation had the same idea.



Cookie the cockapoo jumps over a sea defence on the beach in west Norfolk. Photo: The Guardian

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

“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” Little 6-year old Bridger Walker’s story of heroism is one of the best of 2020.

The dog was euthanized, according to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. The shelter said that Cheyenne Animal Control investigated the incident, as is the case for all animal bites in the city and Laramie County. At the dog owner’s request, the animal shelter provided humane end-of-life services to the dog.

News outlets are still talking about this item we shared with you last week.

And to the rescue again, in California:

And Watch Genius Dog Talk to His Owner in English Using a Sound Board With Dozens of Spoken Phrases.

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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