The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/20/21)

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:  Rain showers this morning with numerous thunderstorms developing during the afternoon hours. High around 75. Chance of rain 70%. “D”

SUNDAY:  Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High around 75. Chance of rain 40%. “C”

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

Can pets get monkeypox? It’s rare but experts say yes. Here is what to know. And yes, it can happen.

Army soldier aims to rescue desperate dog that snuck onto overseas base: ‘He deserves to come home.’

Should We Stop Keeping Pets?

Inside the World of Guide Dog Dropouts.

Are Intellectually Gifted Dogs More or Less Playful?

BARKING LOT update from last week: Dog behavior expert reveals ONE trick for testing if a pup is too dangerous for adoption using just a bowl of food – after vet shared surprising breeds you should never own.

Can dogs eat gluten? 

Island is Wonderland for Penguins Once Again After Dog Helps Eradicate 300,000 Invasive Rabbits.

This Hero Dog-Lover Keeps Seniors and Their Pets Together With ‘Peace of Mind.’

This is a great story. Thousands of beagles were rescued from a breeding facility in Virginia, where they faced a bleak future. More from CBS News…

MORE on the story. Recently rescued 6-week-old beagle puppies visit Virginia nursing home.

We’ve blogged many times about Ricochet, an incredibly amazing dog…

AND FINALLY:

From The Barking Lot vault, August of 2011. Here’s my wife Jennifer:

By mid-July, retailers everywhere have back-to-school specials.  From spiral notebooks to notebook computers, from tote bags to bed-in-a-bag ensembles, every store has something to offer kids & parents.

There are annual stories about what parents are spending their money on.  There are pieces about what is cool for college kids this coming fall.  And sadly, there are always stories about school bullies whether they are the old-fashioned playground type or the cyber style.

But how many stories do you see about helping the family pet(s) adjust to the soon-to-be school routine?  Not enough.  It either takes a very insightful owner, or one who has had one too many items chewed by a stressed out pooch to realize that yes, dogs feel the pain of kids heading back as much as the kids themselves.

If you have kids in grade school or high school, the change in seasons might be a bit easier for the family pup than if your student is going away to college.  Tips offered by the blog “Speak Dog” could be helpful in many situations.  Specific to college-bound students, there are schools across the U.S.  that won’t make you part with your pet for the semester.  If your higher ed campus isn’t on the list, there’s hope – don’t despair!

Good luck to all the students, parents, and pets this coming school year!

—Jennifer Fischer, August 27, 2011

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!

See the Wolfhounds at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend.

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