The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/26/20)

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:  Mostly cloudy. High of 80. “A”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy with occasional afternoon showers. High of 71.  “A” in the morning, “C” in the afternoon.

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

It’s no secret that until our family gets a dog to call our own, we frequently get our Fido fix with our neighbors’ pets.  There’s Rainbow, Bella & Rosie, Bucky, Tucker, Ike, Casey, and (while we hate to play favorites) the best of the bunch:  Leila.  

Leila’s mom & dad walk her every morning.  In the summer when Kyla sleeps in she generally misses when they walk past, since it’s around 7:00 am.  But Kevin and I see that sweet Golden girl happily prancing up the street… when she gets to our driveway she looks expectantly towards the garage hoping to get a glimpse of Kyla and get a few good belly rubs.

We feel very fortunate for many reasons that Kyla’s middle school (Forest Park) immediately began five-day, in-person learning.  She truly loves her new school and is having a great first month.  Now, whether she likes it or not, there will always be a first-day-of-school photo shoot.  Even through her senior year of high school.  Yes, I’m one of those moms.  Then again, Daddy wouldn’t have it any other way either.

So on her first day of 6th grade we were both out there, bright and early, making her mug for the camera holding a “First Day” sign.  Actually, she willingly obliged.  Not sure what the next few years hold in store but it was delightful that she indulged us.  Then, as if on cue, who came lolling around the corner full of caramel-colored love and energy?  Our girl!

Oh, the reunion of these two!  I honestly couldn’t judge who was happier and whose smile was bigger.  Everyone’s hearts were bursting at the joy between sweet Leila and our daughter.  “Leila” rhymes with “Klya.”  Coincidence?  Hmmm.

Truly it was one of those moments when you wish a dog could talk.  It had to be a one-sided conversation but it was magical nonetheless.  The outpouring of affection and loving words spoken to Leila couldn’t be returned the same way.  But science tells us that Leila was incredibly excited to hear what Kyla had to say.  Yep, it’s love for sure. 

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Dogs that can detect coronavirus with nearly 100 percent accuracy are being deployed at a European airport.

A Dog’s Nose Work Is Never Done.

Note left with abandoned dog: My dad lost his home from COVID.

You wouldn’t hit a dog, so why kill one in Minecraft? Why violence against virtual animals is an ethical issue.

There’s a problem at The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. Where are dogs supposed to go?

Dog Dementia: What It Looks Like and What Can Done About It.

‘Dad, there is a Rottweiler that is going to be put to sleep. He’s looking for a pizza.

What My Sled Dogs Taught Me About Planning for the Unknown.

Senior Dog Gets Adopted After Spending Days Abandoned in Car Following Owner’s Death.

MEET THE DOG SURFERS WHO HAVE REACHED “A NEW PLATEAU.”

These would not be the surfing type.

We love a heroic dog. Meet Ice.

Gardener stunned after finding potato that looks just like her American bulldog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Rocky Kel Lev, a seven-month old havanese dog, at a drive-in service called the ‘Shofarpalooza’ marking Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Germantown celebrates Oktoberfest in a big way with the annual Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest in Dheinsville Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, 2020! Authentic German food, beer, live music, and plenty of family-friendly activities. There will be plenty of children’s activities, the annual Barleympics, the Dachshund Dash on Saturday at 3pm, a Classic Car Display on Sunday from noon – 3pm, and much more.

Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest admission is FREE, and so is parking. Run by the Germantown Historical Society, the takes place at Dheinsville Historic Park, an original settlement from the 1850s filled with history. This weekend, it’ll be filled with lederhosen, accordions, and fun.

Here are some photos from last year.

Pint-sized pups compete in the popular Dachshund Dash event during the 25th annual Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest at Dheinsville Historic Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The free family oriented event features music, dancing, food and drink, games and more.

Pint-sized pups compete in the popular Dachshund Dash event during the 25th annual Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest at Dheinsville Historic Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. The free family oriented event features music, dancing, food and drink, games and more. Photo: Scott Ash/NOW News Group

Trisha Fischer of Slinger treats her Dachshund "Spud" to a bite of her pretzel during the 25th annual Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest at Dheinsville Historic Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

Trisha Fischer of Slinger treats her Dachshund “Spud” to a bite of her pretzel during the 25th annual Germantown Hunsrucker Oktoberfest at Dheinsville Historic Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group

We close as we always do with our closing video.

More than a dozen dogs, homeless because of Hurricane Laura in the gulf, boarded a plane and flew to Pittsburgh where they received a second chance and a new life. No Dog Left Behind flew the 1500 mile round trip in their Mahindra Airvan over the course of 15 hours.

The dogs were surrendered to a local animal shelter in Louisiana by owners who knew they would no longer be able to care for them – because extensive damage made it impossible for them to return home.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

One of the dogs trained to detect the coronavirus with its trainer at the Helsinki airport.

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