The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/12/20)

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:   UPDATED: Rain likely (90% chance) this morning. Then cloudy skies. A stray shower is possible. High of 71. “D”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 73.  “A”

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

Here is the absolute worst kept secret about dogs.

Dogs really, really, really do love you. That’s not some starry-eyed opinion. It’s true. Science says so!

Let’s recap some previous findings I’ve shared. Researchers at Princeton University were able to pinpoint genes in dogs that in humans are associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. One of the features in the syndrome is, are you ready, indiscriminate friendliness.

I’ve blogged about Gregory Berns who has studied the brains of dogs extensively. Berns found that the portion of dogs’ brains that generate excitement when they hear their owners’ voices is actually the same part of the human brain that perks up when we are fond of someone or something.  That’s a discovery that further explains the affection dogs have for humans.

There’s more. Clive Wynne, a psychologist at Arizona State University who specializes in dog behavior says dogs not only bond exceptionally with humans, but with other species as well.

Another author, Kate Harding says, “Dogs don’t care what breed anybody is or where they used to live. Dogs just act as though they believe everyone deserves to be happy, fed, sheltered and comforted when they’re sick or sad. Radical, unconditional love — giving it and inspiring it in others — is one key to their survival.”

Here’s yet another example of the strong bond amazing canines have with us ordinary humans. They love us like crazy, even though we do stuff that confuses the daylights out of them. No, I’m not talking about wearing white after Labor Day or putting pineapple on pizza. Normal, everyday habits have them perplexed.

My husband told me a long time ago that people who read are drawn to articles and columns that focus on lists. The 25 best restaurants in the state. Best family resorts in Florida. Cleanest bathrooms at Walt Disney World. Safest bike helmets.

Two professors from the University of Sydney have come up with a list of human behaviors that dogs simply don’t get. Can you think of any before you click the link? At least one, maybe two, possibly more?

The professors provide eight.

Here you go.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

A young boy died alongside his dog in the Oregon wildfires.

Pandemic Unleashes ‘Startling’ Rise in Dog Bites.

After two recent dog biting incidents, West Allis creates a new rule requiring leashes in parks and public spaces.

Dogs, too, can find the pandemic disorienting.

Some dogs love it, some dogs hate it…social distancing on dog walks.

Act Fast If You Want to Adopt A Racing Greyhound: The ‘Greyhound Glut’ Is Over.

This is the most ridiculous item ever posted on The Barking Lot. Blogger claims white people who own dogs are racist.

Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future.

KC Chiefs’ Derrick Nnadi revives popular dog adoption program.

A Dog’s Heart Rate Increases by 46% When Owner Says ‘I Love You,’ New Study Shows.

2-Year-Old Boy Adopts Shelter Dog with Same Birth Defect.

Fromm Petfest is a go this year but with a new location and four Saturdays to celebrate your pup.

Jenna Phillips makes a lot of money at acting very weird.



Chloe the Yorkshire terrier gets bitten by a SNAKE, leaving the poor pet with a massively swollen head.

‘The reality of working in 2020’: Student nurse, 26, leaves the internet in hysterics as her cheeky ‘clinger’ dog Stanlee stares at her from the next room ALL day.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, from Today’s TMJ 4, missing or stolen dogs in Wisconsin.

AND…Racine woman spends decades dedicated to saving dogs she loves. The video is in this article.

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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