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 58. “B”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 65. “A”
Dear Miss Manners: I walk almost every day, and I’ve noticed an uptick in entitled dog-walking behavior lately. When I encounter people walking their dogs, they do not move over to the right, and instead allow their dogs to occupy the entire sidewalk.
This forces me to walk in the grass upon passing. Am I just being petty, or do we need a PSA to dog owners who were never taught these etiquette rules of the road?
Gentle Reader: The rule is to be considerate of others’ circumstances, which can, in practice, require different behaviors.
A person who is stopped (briefly, and without taking up all available space) rightly expects a jogger to go around, while the same person should step back to make room for someone using a wheelchair. The rule applies without reference to the number of feet, wheels or paws touching the public roadway, although Miss Manners thinks that “thems with paws” had better leave implementation decisions to the judgment of “thems without.”
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Study reveals best- and worst-behaved dog breeds.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday!