The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/24/19)

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:  Sunny. A high of 73. “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy.  High of 75. “A”

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

I often comment that my dream job would be taste-testing brownies while petting puppies.  I’m still waiting for the opening somewhere that can fulfill that wish.  In the meantime, I have to say that this past Wednesday evening was as close as I’ve come so far.

As an Education Assistant at Kyla’s school (St. Anthony) I’ve got plenty of free time in the summer months.  Since the Milwaukee Milkmen were hiring I thought it would be a perfect part-time gig…  Close location, beautiful new ball park, what more could I want?  Hmm…  Maybe some dogs?  Um, no not hot dogs…  Every ball park has those.  I mean those furry faced creatures that make my heart skip a beat.

Finally, this past Wednesday I got my wish.  The Milkmen hosted their first Bark in the Park event.  Each fan could bring up to two dogs on a leash and were seated in our Waterstone Bank Pasture area.  Franklin’s own Lulu’s Dog Pawlour was the sponsor of the event.  HAWS was the non-profit of the game and brought a few friends that were available to adopt.

My coworker Laura is as big of a dog lover as I am.  She thought it would be fun to have a little something extra for them at the box office.  So, she brought her own bag of treats and with the owners’ permission would give them a little cheese nugget.  Then, our four-footed guests were treated to a complimentary bandana courtesy of the Milkmen that they proudly wore throughout the game:

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In addition to the Puppy Parade (sadly I was still working and did not get to take any photos) there were volunteers walking around, handing out dog-friendly treats with their owner’s permission:

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Number of dogs in attendance Wednesday was 97.  Based on human attendance (1449) that was about one dog for every fourteen people!  There was so much pawsitive feedback (sorry, I simply couldn’t resist) that it’s sure to be an event next season too.  I’m already looking forward to it!

Golden from Bark in the Park

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

We open with a video.

Trying to save a dog in distress could lead to civil, possibly criminal charges.

Oh my.  Dogs are…destructive?

Dog racing died without a funeral.

Loyal dog Dies 15 minutes after owner loses eight-year cancer battle.

Train Your Baby Like a Dog: Outrage over TV show in the UK. And here’s an update.

Scientists have discovered that dogs developed a special eye muscle to give ‘puppy dog eyes’ and bond with humans.

What’s this? 1 Dog Year Is Not Equivalent to 7 Human Years.

Double amputee dog running marathon to raise funds for dog rescue.

Soothing Victimized Dogs with Bach and Beethoven.

Dogs are good for your heart.

Darby is a hero.

Question: What is the most dog-friendly city in the nation? The answer.

‘Lady and the Tramp’ remake casts shelter dog in lead role.

‘A Dog’s Journey’ bloopers: Watch what happens when a squirrel drives the dog stars nuts.

‘Pure cuteness’: Doggy Con draws hundreds of dressed-up dogs, from Yoda to Starbucks cups.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

And we’ve got a bunch this week.

A group of service dogs viewing a performance of Billy Elliot in Ontario Canada.
An adorable photo of a group of service dogs sitting in a Canadian theater last week catching a production of “Billy Elliot” has gone viral. The photo shows the crowd of mainly poodles and golden retrievers taking up at least four rows and attentively watching the stage during the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The objective was to prevent fur from flying during live theater so the pups can help their handlers navigate a theater atmosphere.

A dog dressed as Yoda from "Star Wars" won the cosplay costume contest award at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up like a fictional character.
Bark for the best! A dog dressed as Yoda from “Star Wars” won the cosplay costume contest at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park on Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta.  Photo: Andrea Smith, AP

Atlanta-area resident Megan Nelson poses for a photo with her dog Darla during Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Nelson wore a Cruella de Vil costume and dressed her mixed chocolate Labrador Retriever in a Dalmatian outfit. The pair won the costume contest award for best dog and owner combination.Megan Nelson and Darla, her mixed chocolate Labrador Retriever, won the best dog-and-owner combination award at Doggy Con. Nelson wore a Cruella de Vil costume and her pooch was a Dalmatian.  Andrea Smith, AP

Stella Jones, a 17-month old Atlanta resident, plays with Kira, a dog dressed as a Starbucks coffee cup, at Doggy Con in Woodruff Park, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Atlanta. Kira's owner Tali Higgins dressed like a Starbucks barista. "I like coffee and my dogs are super sweet, so I thought it was a good fit," Higgins said.
Stella Jones, 17 months old, plays with Kira, a dog dressed as a Starbucks coffee cup, at Doggy Con. Kira’s owner Tali Higgins dressed like a Starbucks barista. “I like coffee and my dogs are super-sweet, so I thought it was a good fit,” Higgins said. Andrea Smith, AP

ESPN’s having a “Dog Day” today, so Golf Digest posted a bunch of photos of dogs.

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And Kyla was with the handsome Duffy, a Glen of Imaal Terrier at the Celtic Canine location at Irish Fest last weekend.

We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have a few.

First…

Next, earlier this week on The Morning Blend on Today’s TMJ 4…


AND
, one of the best dog videos of the year is in this article.

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/17/19)

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:  Partly to mostly cloudy.  A high of 83. “A”

SUNDAY:  A 50% chance of scattered morning showers, then mostly cloudy.  High of 84. “B”

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

I can’t think of a combination that I love more:  the celebration of Irish culture, and dogs.  Really, it doesn’t get any better.  So this weekend, I’ll be in my glory at Milwaukee Irish Fest.  They are the only FOUR DAY ethnic festival which means more opportunities to enjoy phenomenal food, incredible music, and talented craftspeople.

Of course I can eat delicious food (McBob’s corned beef sandwich is a must, as are their Bailey’s chocolate balls.  I can drink Bunratty Meade to wash down a slice of Irish Cream cheesecake from the Tipperary Tea Room.  You get the idea.)  I can listen to toe-tappin’ hand-clappin’ Celtic tunes.  I can always find a new piece of Claddagh jewelry for myself and Kyla.  Did I mention yet that I can watch my talented husband emcee the Children’s Freckle Contest and the Children’s Red Hair Contest?  SO fun.

In addition to all of those fantastic activities, there is one area of the grounds that I simply can NOT pass up:  the gorgeous Celtic Canines.

There is no other ethnic festival that can showcase so many breeds from one country.  You can swoon over Setters, tickle a Terrier, or wish for a Wolfhound.  Having an opportunity to pet so many sweet pups and talk to their owners is such a fun time for you AND for the dogs!

Celtic Canines

Every dog at the Celtic Canine Area is adorable.  Every.  Single.  Dog.  However, we’ve come to have our favorites.  When Kyla was little, we’d joke about how she could actually ride a certain breed like a pony.  You guessed it… we love the Irish Wolfhound.    It seems to now be a personal goal of Kyla’s to pet ALL the showcased ‘Hounds.  She has made great friends with several of them:

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Kyla and a ‘Hound friend, 2016

If you attend this year’s celebration (I should say WHEN you attend… how can you miss this???!!!) don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Canine area.  If you see our family, please stop by to say hello and tell us how much you enjoy reading The Barking Lot.  (Of course also ask Kevin when he’s going to get his lovely ladies their OWN dog so they don’t have to keep bothering the wonderful dog owners at Irish Fest and in their own neighborhood!)

We hope to see you this weekend at Milwaukee Irish Fest!  Slainte!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Heartbroken dog owners mourn the loss of their pets from deadly algaeMORE.

‘It’s either a dog or a child’: Former Navy SEAL to critics of training K-9s to attack school shooters.

Woman sues American Airlines, claims emotional support dog was locked in aircraft restroom.

What Should I Do With My Dead Dog? A peaceful, watery send-off known as “aquamation” is now possible for pets.

The number of fake emotional support dogs is exploding – why?

‘They literally saved his life that night’: WI dog almost dies after swim in lagoon.

The $636 million pet supplement industry is fueled by the greatest suckers of all: millennial dog owners.

Dog with 6 legs adopted by bullied teen.

Empathetic Funeral Home Dog Becomes Millionth ‘Canine Good Citizen.’

In Wichita, City Hall tries to hire a goose-chasing dog, learns its police dogs violate leash law.

How to deal when your dog is terrorizing the neighborhood.

NEWS FLASH: Dogs Are Even Smarter Than You Think.

Your Dog Could Get a Job As a Canine Critic Reviewing Pet-friendly Hotels.

This dog in a baseball uniform is the answer to the internet’s ‘how would a dog wear pants?’ debate.

Where to stay and play with your pup on National Dog Day.

Pet furniture gets stylish, from $20 dog beds to $5,000 cat towers.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A dog peaks through the netting behind home plate during the Colorado Rockies bark in the park show before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Denver's Coors Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsA dog peaks through the netting behind home plate during the Colorado Rockies bark in the park show before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Denver’s Coors Field. Photo: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

We close as we always do with our closing video.

About 50 dogs recently competed in the World Dog Surfing Championship in California’s Linda Mar Beach. The competition raises money for various dog-related charities.

 

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/10/19)

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:  A shower or two possible early in the morning,  mostly to partly cloudy the rest of the day. High of 78.  “B”

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

In my next life I want to be …

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She’s a cognitive scientist who studies dogs.

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I would love that job.

And then when the New York Times calls and asks me to do a special assignment and write about it, I’d jump at the opportunity.

To compile information for her opinion piece Horowitz wasn’t required to gather exhaustive “research.” All that was necessary was a notepad along with her two ears. Here’s a brief portion of the Times piece.

Everywhere I go I encounter dogs: on the sidewalk, in the parks, in stores and airports, at readings, at my dog cognition lab. Most of the dogs are with people. Consequently, it is not long before I hear people talking to their dogs.

Heading down a city sidewalk one morning, when sleepy dogs and people stumble out for the dog’s morning micturition, I saw a woman with two small dogs, both in sweaters, one of whom had lifted a rear leg to aim directly onto a scaffolding pole. “You’re going first: excellente! Awesome job!” The dog’s owner crooned. I pulled an envelope out of my bag and scribbled down her words. Thus began my long foray into public eavesdropping on the dog-human dyad.

Horowitz heard quite a bit, jotting it all down. And there’s more to it than all those cutesy phrases as she explains.

You can sense that she must have had a blast on her “fact-finding tour.” I know I would have.

Read what she discovered and what it all means here.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

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

Specially trained dogs travel to El Paso to comfort first responders and medical staff after mass shooting.

We often say here that the news isn’t always good. Woman faces felony after dog dies in hot car at Lambeau Field.

While a man lay dying, this woman stole his dog. Police found her because she later stole a car.

Feds announce new guidelines for service and emotional support animals on planes.

Proposed testing could limit dog adoptions in Wisconsin.

He had to rescue his dog.

Jamie Otis Decides to Rehome Dog to Protect Daughter: ‘This Is the Hardest Thing.’

This woman quit her job to paint deceased pets. Now, there’s a six-month wait for her works.

4 Detroit coworkers share custody of the office dog. Here’s how they do it.

The health benefits of having a dog, as told by a man with 50.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

He’s back!!!

SURF DOG RICOCHET CATCHES WAVES WITH KIDS WHO CAN’T WALK, EAT OR BREATHE

 


Surf Dog Ricochet and kids with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) caught waves last week during the 5th annual “Surf Away SMA With Ricochet” event. SMA is a disease that robs individuals of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to hold their head up, stand, sit, crawl, walk, swallow food effectively, or breathe. The diagnosis comes with words no parent ever wants to hear…”No treatment, no cure.”


Some kids like Neil, have a tracheostomy, a surgically created opening into the trachea that provides breathing assistance via a permanent ventilator. Neil has Type I SMA—the most severe and the most common.


Other kids like Isabella have type II SMA. these kids can typically sit up without help, though they may need assistance getting into a seated position, but they are unable to walk and will require a wheelchair.


Lauren has Type III SMA. Individuals affected by this type are initially able to walk, but have increasingly limited mobility as they grow and eventually, many need to use a wheelchair.


Although these kids have difficulty performing the basic functions of life, SMA does not affect their ability to think, learn, have hopes and dreams or… surf with their pet dog and Surf Dog Ricochet!!


Neil’s sister gives him a last minute “pup” talk!


Having children who are profoundly disabled takes the utmost expertise of the water safety team. Getting water into the opening of a tracheostomy could cause aspiration pneumonia. With this in mind, the board was picked up going in and out of the water, as well as each time a wave came close.


The board was kept in shallow water, and when the crew was ready, the team leader held onto the back of the board and walked it to shore. The rest of the team surrounded them to ensure safety.


A bath chair was attached to the surfboard to keep the kids comfortable. This is what all-inclusive surf therapy looks like!


Children who aren’t as severely disabled were able to go without the chair, but safety was still the number one priority, so a skilled and experienced surfer was on board too.


Thanks to Ricochet, and an incredible team of skilled volunteers, the kids got a thrill of a lifetime.


The surf session also celebrated a new drug called Spinraza that was recently approved to treat this debilitating and terminal disease. Significant improvement has been seen in the survival of infants. It has also improved motor function in some children, helping them sit, stand and even walk.


For a child with SMA, going from a chair full of gear to a surfboard full of cheer gives both the child and the parents the opportunity to do something they never thought possible.


It takes a village!


Please get on board, and join Ricochet in raising awareness of SMA by sharing this uplifting story of children who have a spirit much stronger than the body that houses it. Thanks for your support.

Note:  For more information, please contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679, or pawinspired@aol.com.

Photos by: Ionis Pharmaceuticals

And here are 21 more. Therapy dogs at work!

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Tank, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, was recently diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM), a progressive and fatal paralytic disease. His Okaloosa Island owner, Chris Page, was told two months ago that Tank has eight months to live.

And, in theaters now…

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/03/19)

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:  Partly cloudy in the morning with a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 82.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 81.  “A”

HOW ABOUT THAT!

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

About a month ago I blogged about a neighbor who placed “NO DOG PEE” signs on his well manicured front lawn. Dog urine is filled with grass-killing nitrogen. You’ll see no complaints about his signs from me.

Personally, I make nothing of a pooch when I see one piddling on our tree near the curb or the fire hydrant at the end of our property line.  And yet there are many accounts that dog urine can be devastating, not so much in the suburbs, but in urban areas.

Back in 2012 Carrie Maria, the owner of Philadelphia’s “Monster Minders” took some photos of trees. You can see them in this CityLab article.

“All over the city you can actually see evidence of burning on the trees. It’s super easy: Just look down, and at the lower foot or two feet of the tree you can see fissures and cracking,” she said. “I first thought, well, maybe it’s just the salt” that municipal trucks spread during winter. “Then you notice that the trees with cages around them don’t have these marks.”

Her deduction was that trees that were slowly dying were the result of owners letting their pets urinate on them again and again. A Smithsonian official argued not necessarily.  Could be mowers, car doors, pedestrians, disease, or insects causing the damage.

Conventional wisdom, however, says dog pee is problematic. Some go so far as to claim it’s destroying, yes, destroying the urban landscape.

Occasionally I like to cite Stanly Coren, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia who has written books and articles about dogs.

Coren recently wrote about a study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Oregon that examined the effect of 40 some gallons of urine on plants in a  greenhouse over a four-week period. His conclusion about what happened:

“It appears to me that the environmental effects of dogs on the green infrastructure of the city’s environment, although real, can be projected to be relatively minor, certainly not the clarion call of Gabriel’s trumpet announcing the end of urban life as we know it.”

But wait!

“That is not to say that dog urine has not caused problems for other cities in the past,” Coren continued, who also wrote about what can happen when dog urine meets steel or concrete lampposts.

But as far as green elements are concerned, no, dogs are not making cities crumble, meaning if a dog’s gotta go, that’s okay (unless it’s at my neighbor’s house).

Read Coren’s column here.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Ohio woman hospitalized, undergoes partial amputations after catching infection from dog saliva.

Delta refused to let family’s service dog fly, sparking discrimination allegation.

‘Amazing dog’ abandoned in Connecticut by owner who left note explaining why.

“Fospice” program gives senior and terminally ill shelter dogs a home for their final days.

Redskins rookie committed as much to dog rescue as football.

Technology reunites dog missing for 8 years with Tennessee owner.

Dog who lived under a bed for 2 years gets ‘Cinderella’ makeover.

Disney unleashes fashion line to ‘match’ your dog.

Now’s your chance to pick up US postage stamps honoring military dogs.

What Dog Bag Should I Use to Look Like I’m Carrying a Dogfluencer?

Bride-to-be freaks out when fiancé puts his dog’s surgery over wedding: ‘He’s a member of the family.’

Lonely model gives up on dating, marries her golden retriever.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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Criminals continue drug smuggling attempts across our borders. This past Thursday Border Patrol agents (and a K9) arrested six smugglers with over 25 pounds of meth hidden in backpacks. Thanks CBP Arizona for keeping these drugs out of American communities! Photo: The White House

ALSO: Pete the dog travels Europe.

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few.

For young patients at UC Davis Health, this 2-year-old “Doggie” Howser helps children cope with the stress of treatment. A poll conducted by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital showed half of the parents said their 2 to 5-year-olds were afraid of going to the doctor.

Next, dog donors in Tampa Bay.

And finally…

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/27/19)

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:  Partly cloudy early in the day will give to scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail possible. High of 87. “B”

SUNDAY:  Possible isolated afternoon thunderstorms. High of 86  “B”

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

OK. As much as Kevin and I blog and Facebook about our family’s tremendous Irish pride, this weekend we place on parade our love of Germany as we celebrate a fantastic Milwaukee ethnic festival happening this weekend, German Fest!

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Well, of course…

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The food just might be the best of all the ethnic festivals on the lakefront.

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Pigs on a spit. Spanferkel.

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Dessert anyone?

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They call the German spirit of fun “Gemütlichkeit.”

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The human Glockenspiel…

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OMG!

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Thank you, German Fest, for posting that photo from 2018 on your Facebook page.

Lots of good stuff at the event but many fest-goers this Sunday will forego all German Fest has to offer in order to observe the…

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14th Annual Dachshund Derby
 

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

1:05pm  Blessing of the Dachshunds
1:15pm  Dachshund Derby and Ribbons
2:30pm  Dachshund Costume Contest

Our family is at German Fest when this race takes place. The area is jammed. Can’t get a seat. Just not possible. So Kyla is in her swimsuit, fully immersed in the fountains honoring Bo Black,  stationed inside the mid gate, right behind the dog races.

We probably had already been at tent featuring champagne to wash down our German pizza with bratwurst. Good stuff.

Eventually we’ll head to the Konditorei pastry shop and hope they haven’t run out of Bienenstich, a traditional German coffeecake filled with a special custard and topped with almonds and honey.

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Take our advice. Go for dessert first. Head there right away to avoid the disappointment of this luxury being sold out. But as much as we’d love to watch the Derby it doesn’t happen because it’s so popular.

Here’s the point. The large crowded assembly for the Derby at German Fest is an amazing testament to the human adoration and love of dogs. In the steaming hot early afternoon sun of late July a packed throng sits elbow to elbow on the ground to watch in great anticipation the races of immensely cute dogs that last merely seconds.

It’s excitement for dog lovers to the nth degree. One of the summer moments we live for when shovels and wind chills are the topics of discussion.

God love ’em, those dachsunds.

From 2012…

—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

OPINION: Ivanka Trump’s white dog is just a dog. Can we stop imposing race on animals?

Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It.

Dog who was shot 17 times becomes therapy dog.

‘Mind-blowing’: Stranded for 4 days, 72-year-old man and his two dogs survive in remote Oregon desert.

Instead of Using Milk Cartons to Search for Missing People, Pizzeria is Attaching Lost Pet Flyers to Pizza Boxes.

The Quietly Changing Consensus on Neutering Dogs.

What dog is the one for you? How I Met My Dog will tell you.

Since Dogs Make Everything Better, There Is Now a Bike Designed to Take Your Dog Anywhere.

Best dog names of 2019.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A dog named Luna enjoys a water hose in Hareskoven, Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 24, 2019. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / AFP / Getty

And check these out from the Milwaukee Business Journal that covered this week’s “Finding Fido.”

We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few. The first is from Houston.

Post a negative online review? You may end up in court.

AND in Portland, you can rent an air-conditioned dog house while you shop.

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/20/19)

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:  Excessive Heat Warning  remains in effect. Temperatures will remain warm with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, with heat index values of 100 to 108. The warmest values will occur over southeast Wisconsin. IMPACTS…Heat illnesses will be possible with prolonged outdoor exposure to the heat. The elderly, children, and those on certain medications are especially at risk for heat illnesses. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun… and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Scattered thunderstorms. High of 90.  “C”

SUNDAY:  Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High of 77.  “B”

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

I’ve blogged several years in a row about “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”  I think it’s an adorable idea IF all circumstances are favorable. I’ve blogged about cat- and dog- cafes, and supported dog-friendly outdoor dining establishments.  Heck, if I lived in TX I might even catch a flick here.  I think dog-inclusive special events can be fun – ballparks, walk/run fundraisers, pet parades, etc. can be wonderful opportunities for owners to have a good time with their furry friend.

Then there’s the whole New York Dog-in-a-Bag debacle.  In all honesty I’ve never ridden a NY subway so I can’t speak from personal experience.  But knowing me I’d try to make friends with a grizzly New Yorker just so I could pet their dog, and would probably be pick-pocketed in the process.

As readers of The Barking Lot know, the Fischer Family does NOT own a dog despite consistent pleading from two of the three members.  But if we did, I truly believe we would err on the side of caution and intentionally not bring our dog along on too many excursions.  Despite the fact that our daughter is now officially a tween we still don’t travel as lightly as I would like to, even to an ethnic festival or water park adventure.  Bringing a dog along with all that it too would need really isn’t my idea of a good time. I’m a pack mule as it is!

My point is while I do recognize the appeal of having your dog buddy with you on certain occasions, I don’t think you really need to bring him/her everywhere.  Not as much fun for you OR your pooch.  Renee Moilanen shares a similar perspective. 
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

More than 120 dogs and cats transported out of Louisiana before Tropical Storm Barry.

When ‘Puppy Mill Rescue’ Blurs The Line Between Saving And Selling Dogs.

As we’ve written in the past, the news isn’t always good. Dog buried alive at West Oahu beach is discovered. Now recovering.

UPDATE on Leialoha.

There are dogs who arrive at their new home with intense — unexpected — behavioral or emotional issues and upend their owners’ lives.

Cancer-stricken dog given ‘best weekend of his life.’ 

Breaking breed stereotypes: Pit bull mix goes from stray to service dog.

AI Startup Develops Facial Recognition Software For Dogs.

Florida man kicks gator in snout, saves dog.

The Real Reason Dogs Seem to Hate Mailmen.

Study Finds You Can ‘Pet Your Stress Away’ By Cuddling Cats and Dogs.

What to do if your dog gets heatstroke in extreme weather.

True or false: should you be giving your dog ice cubes?

Disability emojis: Guide dog and wheelchair user revealed.

Celebrate Summer by Getting Matching Hawaiian Shirts for You and Your Dog.

Meet the 10 Finalists for PEOPLE’s World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Vote for Your Top Dog.

The First Dog Ascent of a 7,000-Meter Himalayan Peak. Mera did it.

Rookie the bat dog visits Yankee Stadium.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Dog days: Scenes from ‘Bark at the Park’ at the Milwaukee Brewers game

This Is The Most Popular Dog Breed in Your State

 We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s go to Plano, Texas.

AND, “America’s Got Talent” dog act Lukas and Falco returned to perform in front of Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union, Howie Mandel and guest judge Brad Paisley. For their performance Lukas and Falco took on “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

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!

Wilson enjoyed a hamburger and fries during his final days.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/13/19)

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:  Partly cloudy. Could be sticky. A high of 86. “A”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. Less humid. High of 84.  “A”

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

Do you consider yourself a friendly, outgoing person?  Do you find it easy to introduce yourself to strangers?  Are you the kind of person who can make small talk with people in almost any situation (even a crowded elevator?)  Do you describe yourself with a term I’ve grown to hate because of its overuse…  a “people person?”

Fine, fine, fine…  You’re socially confident.  But would you go up to a completely unknown individual and ask them something to the effect, “Hey…  I can’t finish this {insert name of half-eaten item here} would you like it?” Yet recently that is just what our daughter Kyla did.

We spent a lovely afternoon at this year’s Franklin Civic Celebration enjoying music, rides, running into neighbors, and eating tasty food.  Kyla has a pretty eclectic palate but more than anything that day she wanted a festival classic. Her smile says it all don’t you think?

Kyla Corn

Munching happily, we made our way to the music tent but not before we encountered another cutie enjoying the same treat.  Only this corn cob connoisseur had four paws and a tail. It was the first time we’d ever witnessed a dog enjoying that summer staple the same way a human does!  All the while we listened to the band, we couldn’t get that sweet face out of our heads. So when Kyla was finished with her snack her first thought was to find the dog again and offer him her leftovers.

Fortunately we found him right where we left him.  From our earlier, albeit brief, encounter we knew his owners were friendly and he was too!  Kyla enthusiastically asked his owners if she could give him her mostly-eaten corn. There was a two-second hesitation from his mom, only because of her slight concern of too much butter.  But seeing how happy this simple food made him she quickly agreed.

It’s not hard to see that sharing her corn with Cooper made Kyla even happier than her initial bite!

Kyla Cooper

Cooper made quick work of his second cob and shows that it’s truly a lip-smacking delight.

Cooper Smacking

So we didn’t exactly exchange contact information to go out for coffee or to meet at the dog park.  But we clearly wouldn’t have gone up to that nice couple if not for Cooper. Why is it so simple to approach humans when they’re accompanied by a dog?  What ups their friendliness factor that wipes out most if not all hesitation to talk to complete strangers if they’re holding a leash?

This article just might have the answers.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Protestors rally against ‘dog meat day’ in South Korea.

American Airlines disputes man’s claim that dog was too heavy to fly.

All dogs are bad and their owners accursed, Israeli city’s rabbis rule.

Vibrating dog vest may let you ‘talk’ to your pup without saying a word.

The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my dog.

Puerto Rico has 300,000 homeless dogs — and This Dog Rescue is making it easier for you to adopt them.

Andy Cohen is here to end the Stigma Around Senior Dogs.

On the road with some sidecar dogs.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

This Little Dog Befriended A Butterfly, And For A Moment The World Was Perfect

Teen Who Owns 16 Dachshunds Gets All of the Dogs to Pose Perfectly on the Stairs

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Researcher: Possible Connection Between Diet And Canine Heart Disease Is Reversible. KPIX-TV reports.

AND:

Watch dog vs. bear video in this article.

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/06/19)

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

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy.  High of 75.  “A”

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

When summer finally came this year, it arrived with a bang.

No oppressive heat just yet. But it’s been warm.

Just like last year our tenderhearted daughter, Kyla is helping our furry friends this summer by placing a plastic container (remember, no dog so we have no dog bowl) out by the curb with water. She made this sign in 2018 to put on the tree that shaded the water.

Sign for Dog Water 2018

One of us, including Kyla would periodically refresh the container with cold water, free of bugs.

Obviously we couldn’t see every dog that walked by but we did witness quite a few that took advantage and slurped away.

But there were just a few more owners that didn’t allow their pets to drink up. Instead, they pulled the dogs away by the leash and nicely told them no.

That’s fine, of course. Possibly they worried about a spread of germs. If so, experts say they needn’t be concerned.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are very few diseases dogs spread or contract by mouth.

Bacteria or viruses that can cause disease are more likely to be spread by fecal-to-oral transmission. And that can only happen in a bowl left out for dogs in the neighborhood  if fecal material somehow ends up in the bowl.

Still other diseases are of the respiratory kind. Can those be passed along by Kyla’s water container? Of course. An infected dog would have to sneeze right on or near the bowl.

To summarize, the AKC contends if your dog is healthy, water meant to be shared is highly unlikely to be risky. Many other sources claim the same.

Does that end the debate? Not at all.

Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at Kansas State University says, “Communal water dishes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and giardia, an intestinal parasite. It can live in a wet or damp environment for long periods of time. If a dog catches this parasite, it then multiplies to the point where it infiltrates the lining of a dog’s intestines and blocks normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. To be safe, owners should simply bring their own water bowl (to a dog park).”

And the Center for Pet Safety recommends pet owners bring fresh bottled water during public outings and avoid the use of communal water bowls.

So we completely understand if the next dog owner on our street just keeps walking.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

2 central Wis. dog sellers listed in Humane Society of the United States’ ‘Horrible Hundred’

Dallas Zoo’s new African painted dogs kill packmate.

Dog attacked and killed by swan in Dublin.

In California, dog falls off cliff.

Dane County, WI  woman searching for man who hit dog, looks to thank him for closure.

Man offers unique reward for safe return of beloved lost dog.

Missing Texas dog spooked by 2018 July 4th fireworks found in California.

Use Science To Help Your Dog Survive Fireworks (And Thunderstorms).

Everyone Wants a Rescue Dog. Not Everyone Can Have One.

Yes, the Post Office can do this.

Pet owners have some tools to fight veterinary sticker shock.

When Evicted Man is Heartbroken Over Decision to Surrender His Dog, Community Leaps into Action.

Nearly Half Of Dog Owners Turn To Their Canines Over Family For Comfort.

St. Francis, WI has its own social media sensation, Bane, a police dog with over 2,700 followers.

Have dog, will write.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Dog Photographer of the Year 2019: Portrait of deaf 14-year-old rescue dog takes top prize

23 of the Best Dog Photos of 2019

A dog cools off in the Trocadero Fountain near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during a heat wave on June 28, 2019. Photo: Zakaria Abdelkafi / AFP / Getty

We close as we always do with our closing video.

The digital series of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), “Unleashed: A Dog’s Life”, examines dog weight management. Is Fido Fat? How can you tell? And, most importantly, what can you do about it?

AND…

The Ride to End Dogfighting was born after the nation’s largest dogfighting bust in 2009. Over 500 dogs were set free from their heavy chains and miserable, loveless lives. Members of the Brew City Bully Club volunteered with the survivors for months and out of those experiences a passion to end dogfighting was born. This year was the 10th anniversary of the unprecedented MO500 bust AND the 10th annual ride!

The Brew City Bully Club (BCBC) started in 2008 as an advocacy organization with the mission of rehabilitating the reputation of pit bull type dogs while reducing fear in the community. The BCBC is the only organization in Wisconsin that focuses its energy on education and community support for this group of dogs. The BCBC fulfills its mission by providing high quality programs seeking to alleviate suffering, encourage responsible ownership and raise awareness of the positive potential of pit bull type dogs. Understanding the importance of pets in our families, and respecting the goals of the BCBC, the House of Harley-Davidson added its muscle to support the mission by hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year…the Ride to End Dogfighting. It took place on June 22nd in Milwaukee.

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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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/29/19)

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:  Early morning clouds give way to partly cloudy skies. A high of 83. “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. A chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 81.  “B”

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

In our subdivision in God’s Country, USA, the neighbors care deeply about taking care of their lawns. I would say the compliance rate is a proud 99% (Nobody’s perfect).

One front lawn down the street is especially pristine, consistently resembling a freshly manicured major league baseball field. No weed would ever dream of popping up there.

Because the owner is so meticulous he naturally, I’m sure, has a deep sense of satisfaction about what his green thumb has achieved. So his caring includes taking a certain precaution that his spotless grass remains that way.

You know those tiny little flags Diggers Hotline sticks in the ground? This property owner has made similar ones and inserted them right at the curb that read in small lettering:

NO DOG PEE PLEASE

Nothing fancy or expressive. No colors or illustrations. Nothing real big.

He had other options.

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He went for the simple homemade variety.

Can you blame him for his signs?

Dog urine is rich in nitrogen, a definite lawn killer when enough is deposited over time.

“The high concentration of nitrogen, from urea in urine, and associated salts found in dog urine essentially burns the grass it directly hits,” said Theresa Smith, director of marketing for Natural Alternative.

If a lawn has many brown spots around dark green grass that’s probably the result of dog urine.

“The areas surrounding that spot will be lush and green, thanks to the added nutrients not being so concentrated,” said Smith.

Can some dogs be more damaging than others?

“Dog spot damage is more prevalent with female dogs due to the fact they squat in a single place, while male dogs generally leave their calling cards in multiple areas around trees and other upright objects,” Smith said.

Those warning signs you can purchase…are they really necessary? In this day and age, unfortunately, yes.

Here in Franklin I’ve never seen an irresponsible dog walker. But we know not everyone is built the same.

Let’s travel north of the border. A Toronto realtor blogged in 2013 that a great family neighborhood called Riverdale, despite how wonderful it is, has plenty of those signs posted.

The blogger at the time had clients Patrick and Nicole.

The boiling point came one day this fall when he was standing on his front porch, with his two kids, and a neighbour walked by with her poodle.  The poodle stopped, and started to take a poop.

“Nice day, isn’t it?” Patrick said, from his front porch, as this lady’s poodle took a crap.

“Lovely!  And your daughters – they’re so beautiful!  I love those little dresses!” she said.

The lady picked up the dog poop with a bag, the poodle ripped up the lawn with her back legs as dogs do when they finish, and the lady smiled, and walked away.

Patrick told me, “This lady had no shame at all – thought nothing of letting her dog take a crap on MY lawn, right in front of me!”

The problem isn’t that Patrick can’t be on guard all the time; the problem is that many people don’t think this is anything to be fussed about!

And for certain – most dog-owners don’t think this is an issue, and that’s why the poop-problem persists.

I’ve talked to dog owners that say, “It’s a natural bodily function, and we all do it!  You can’t be so uptight not to expect a dog takes a teenie-tiny whiz on your lawn!”

And everybody poops, too, following that logic.

You can read the entire Toronto blog here.

Our grass-loving neighbor (whom I don’t know and have never met) has spent a lot of time, energy, and $$$ to develop a blue ribbon lawn. His signs look fine to me.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer! Me, too.

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

Proposed dog breeding facility for medical research draws ire of Spring Green, WI residents.

When is a dog not a dog? The answer.

FDA: Your dog may be at risk for developing heart disease based on their food.

BBC host Emily Maitlis drew tabloid scorn for letting her pooch take up a seat on a busy train.

OPINION: Your dog is not a furry human.

Service dog Loki has done it, a first.

He’s a scamp, he’s tramp, he’s the winner.

Groom has his pet dog as his best man.

Even veterinarians were surprised when they X-rayed this dog and it’s bloated belly.

Some time ago a reader chastised me for rating the dog-walking forecast an “A” when temps were in the 90’s. She pointed out how uncomfortable the conditions are and even suggested that I thought dogs were outside wearing Hawaiian shirts. Well…

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

My goodness, there are a lot of ugly dogs out there.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Let’s start with…this.

Next…

ALSO…

Life is good at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Tennessee, where hundreds of senior shelter dogs find loving, lifetime retirement homes.

Watch the video here.

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!

Loki joins owner Elizabeth Briggs, McKenzie Johnson and Mel Olson at the top of Mount Rainier, making Loki the first medical service dog to complete the feat.