The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/28/22)

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:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High of 74.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High near 85. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Higher wind gusts possible. “A-”

MONDAY: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High of 88. “A-“

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

Comfort dogs have been deployed to Uvalde.

‘An innocent creature’: 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy survives being shot in the neck with arrow.
UPDATE: The dog died Friday morning. It is unknown if anyone is in custody at this time.

A Child’s Pet Dog May Shield Them From Crohn’s Disease.

From Stanley Coren: Dogs Are Not Actually Fully Colorblind.

With his own ID badge, Pretzels the Dog goes to the office — the company hopes employees follow.

A snoring pitbull wins the title “Best in Rescue” on new ABC show.

Aggressive rat sparks chaos at NYC dog park in wild viral video.

Bizarre. A man from Japan has fulfilled his lifelong dream of wanting to look like an animal.

AND FINALLY, from my wife Jennifer’s blog a couple of years ago:

Dog lovers would be happy to know there are many memorials around the country that honor the dogs of war. One is right here in Wisconsin.

Neillsville is a city in Clark County, located 230 miles, about 3 1/2 hours from our home in Franklin. The Highground Veterans Memorial Park is a 155-acre premier park located three miles west of Neillsville along Highway 10 that pays tribute to Veterans of the past, present, and future.

The Fountain of Tears is one of four rooms within the Meditation Garden. The GI statue is the genesis of the tears in the Fountain of Tears tribute which reflects the spirituality of the Meditation Garden. In one hand the GI is holding dog tags of his fallen comrade. His other hand rests on a helmet and impaled rifle. His tears flow through the fountain under the bridge and into the pond. The wife and child of the fallen soldier sit at the end of the pond holding a folded flag.

There’s more.

Cast in bronze, the Military Working Dog Tribute shares space on the grounds of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville. Pictured is Al Laughlin, who served in Korea from late 1955 to early 1957 as a dog handler. Photo: JOHN HART, WI STATE JOURNAL

From the memorial’s website:

Many lives were touched/saved by the work of dogs and dog handlers during conflicts. Be it the work of a scout dog, sentry dog, or tracker dog —the efforts of these animals and their trainers made a profound impact on our military.

The dream of this tribute originated with the story of a young Vietnam Veteran. He was a Scout Dog Handler, married just prior to his service and killed in action just 90 days into his tour of duty. This tribute (honors) this dog and handler and all other Military Working Dogs who have served in our armed forces.

The Goal:
Our goal being to honor all Military personnel and their dogs who have served in the Vietnam and other conflicts past, present, and continuing. We hope this will provide a place of healing for those affected by these wars, and educate others regarding the effects of these wars on everyone.

On the day the working dog memorial was dedicated, in June 2018, people came from across the country. In attendance, three Korean War vets who discovered that they had served in the same unit at the same location, but during three different years. Amazingly, they had all handled the same dog.

God bless the people of Neillsville, those who served, and our hero war dogs.

—Jennifer Fischer, May 23, 2020

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!

War Dogs Milwaukee. Piper is the War Dog.

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