The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/18/21)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY Sunny. High of 72. “A”

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 81. “A”

Before we get to DOGS IN THE NEWS, a Barking Lot Summer rerun.

Here’s a dog blog Jennifer wrote back in January 2020:

The following are photos of dogs I know personally or at least know their owners.  Different breeds to be sure, all of them “good dogs” in their own right.  Take a look at them… What do you notice about their facial hair?  Different amounts?  Different lengths?  Different locations?  How about all of those?

Gibbs Whiskers
Knox Whiskers
S'mores Whiskers
Finn Whiskers

Gibbs the Pug and Knox the Lab Rescue have what I would call basic whiskers.  You know, the kind you’d expect to see on a dog.  S’mores has some noticeable “extras” along his cheek and eyebrow regions.  Finally, our buddy Finn.  Look at him again:

Finn Whiskers

Check out those bad boys!  I mean no disrespect in this crustacean comparison but he reminds me just a bit of a spiny lobster!  Such pronounced eyebrows!  Such long, if not a bit droopy, whiskers!  I can’t get enough!  Kyla & I met Finn this past summer and we had a delightful time:

Finn & Kyla

We asked our friends to provide photos of their dogs showcasing their whiskers and the four photos are what they shared.  These comments were left under the photo Finn’s owner shared on Facebook:

Finns are so long! Haha

I know right!!! Lol. I always accidentally pull them when we’re playing tug of war.

All I can say is DON’T YOU EVER, EVER CONSIDER TRIMMING THEM!!!!

No, this isn’t for vanity’s sake.  There are real, scientific reasons why you should never groom your dog’s whiskers even if you think they are too long, too unruly, or get in the way of your tug of war game.

Dr. Stanley Coren (I really, REALLY want to meet him some day!) tells us that while a dog’s sense of smell is absolutely incredible, vision is a sense that is quite limited.  Thus, whiskers come in handy for helping them “see” better, especially close up.  I guess if that’s the case, Finn could find a career in watch & jewelry repair.  (That is, if he had thumbs.)

In all seriousness, here’s the fascinating reason you never want to trim your dog’s whiskers.
—-Jennifer Fischer


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

Dogged determination…

Lady Gaga’s dog walker recalls night he was shot by dognappers in his first TV interview: “They didn’t think I was gonna survive”….

S.F. woman, killed in hit-and-run near Sacramento, had faced infamous animal cruelty case in city.

Woman and dog crawl out of car smashed by falling tree in California.

Rescue Dog Who Lost Her Back Paws Adopted by San Diego Detective with Prosthetic Leg.

From upside down to right side up…

Karl Rove writes about…dogs?

Pet owner enrages family with ‘uncomfortable’ name for dog: ‘I don’t think I did anything wrong.’

New photos of ‘dog-bone’ asteroid reveal that it’s truly weird.

It’s back…next Saturday.

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!

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