The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/29/20)

e 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:   Partly cloudy. High of 76.  “A”

: Mostly sunny. High of 74. “A”

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

Here’s a sweet photo:

OK. What’s that dog up to? Besides that, smarty!

Years ago, to promote an upcoming program the USA cable network once asked Americans whose dreams they would like to hack if given the opportunity.

The respondents were nearly as likely to want to hack into their pets’ dreams as they were to want to hack into their partners’ (“my pet” came in second on a list of 25, right after “my partner”). Dr. Deirdre Barrett, who is a teacher and a Clinical and Evolutionary Psychologist at Harvard Medical School and has studied doggie dreams for many years, says “respondents have it right: pets’ dreams would be the most interesting to enter. Other mammals, including cats and dogs, share our sleep cycle complete with REM (Rapid Eye Movement). But their brains are so different that these would be like no dream we’ve ever experienced.”

Researchers know that mammals go into a deep sleep, just like humans. Size matters.

Small animals go through sleep stages rather quickly. Their dreams are shorter and more frequent. Larger animals have a much longer sleep process meaning they’re in deep sleep longer between dreams.

There’s a big IF. It’s uncertain if dogs even dream. No one knows for sure. But if they do, what’s going through their brains?

Dogs are like humans who dream about what they like and are familiar with. So dogs would dream the same.

Studies show that because owners have been a constant feature in their dogs’ lives since they were puppies that dogs generally accept humans as relevant social partners, far more than other dogs.

Here’s what the experts say. IF your dog dreams, the what is answered in the above picture.

Your face.

Your smell.

Pleasing you.

Even annoying you.

Researchers have also examined cats, and the finding isn’t all that interesting.

“Cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed. They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams,” said Dr. Barrett.

And that’s about all cats dream about.

Back to dogs. IF dogs do in fact dream an owner can enhance the sleeping experience by exposing the dog to as much happiness during the day before it’s nighttime.

So owners, it’s like the song goes. “But in your dreams whatever they be….

—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Kerith is a hero.

Survey Finds Dog Owners Are Exercising More, Enjoying Working From Home During the Pandemic.

How Science is Revolutionizing the World of Dog Training.

Dogs are amazing. Yet another example.

Are you walking your dog properly?

Four-Legged Patients: Can EMS Help the Dog?

Paralyzed 6-Year-Old Meets Her Future Golden Retriever Service Dog and Bonds with Pup Instantly.

Exactly how much does it cost to own a dog in 2020?

Which WI city made this list?

Busch Beer launches Dog Brew, a beverage made specifically for dogs.

Haven’t had one of these for some time. Let’s open the “Naughty Dog” file.



Jeep ran a contest for dogs – and it just picked a winner for its social media channels. Bear was named Jeep’s first Top Canine on National Dog Day. He’s from Massachusetts.

From the Facebook page “View from my window.”

Three good boys waiting for the floors to dry so they can come back in, from Beirut, Lebanon.

Earlier this week at Franklin Field in Franklin, WI, it was Take Your Dog to the Ballpark night.

We close as we always do with our closing video. And a few this week to enjoy.


Barking Lot Update: Honolulu TSA’s Kajla wins national Cutest Canine Award

AND, how about some Chick-fil-A?

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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