The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/22/20)

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:  Mainly sunny. High of 44. “C+”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy.  High of 49.  “B-”

Speaking of dog-walking…

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

Kevin and I “argue” about exactly three things:  the thermostat setting (typical man vs. woman temperature disagreements,) my fondness for ‘80’s music (no decade could ever produce a single decent song since the 1970’s,) and reading fiction vs. non-fiction (I watch zero TV.  Reading fiction is my entertainment and escape from reality.  It’s my guilty pleasure.)

Specifically I enjoy reading the suspense/mystery/horror/supernatural works of Dean Koontz.  I don’t remember when I discovered his books, but after the first one I was completely hooked.  While his individual novels may differ in characters, setting, and plot it’s like sitting down to chat with an old friend every time I open a new book.  He has such a distinct style of writing that within a few paragraphs I can feel “at home” once more.  In my single days, reading his novels late at night caused me to jump at a startling sound or forced me to turn on a light that wasn’t really needed.  I actually like that.

Besides just crafting stories that bring shivers to my spine, I appreciate his recurring themes of love, hope, joy, and wonder.  More often than not, these feelings are brought to life by canine characters in his books.  I had always enjoyed the photos on the back and references to his own dog, Trixie.  Then came the back page notation about “the spirit of Trixie.”  Indeed, Trixie had passed away and I felt very bad for the Koontz family.

Dean, Gerda, and Trixie

Occasionally (or once really, about five years ago) I read a non-fiction book, when it is also penned by the aforementioned Mr. Koontz.  And, you guessed it – Trixie is the subject.  As a former dog owner who had to deal with the death of two beloved pets, it was not easy reading about the end of Trixie’s life.  But I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful anecdotes that Dean offers.  He echoes so many of my feelings and philosophies about dogs enriching our lives.  Like any proud parent, he happily brags about his Golden girl and I don’t blame him a bit.  She was truly a remarkable dog.  It goes without saying that I highly recommend reading this story… as well as having a few tissues on hand if you’re prone to tears.

I am now eagerly awaiting another novel featuring his favorite animal.  As soon as I can get my hands on a library copy, I will devour Devoted in likely less than 24 hours.  Since I follow his fan page on Facebook, I saw the article The Sacramento Bee published a few days ago.  In the Q&A section, Koontz offers his usual humorous anecdotes about life & dogs.  What a great interview!

An author who can simultaneously frighten me half to death AND wax poetic about America’s best pet?  I might not be his biggest fan, but I’m in the top two!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Heartbreak for dog owners: Popular breed more prone now to cancer.

Saying goodbye to a dog with dementia.

Professional baseball player’s surprising post about dogs goes viral.

NY Times: Dog parks are rife with problems — for you, and for your dog. Again, that’s the NY Times. There is another view.

Sales for refrigerated dog-food makers soar.

‘Cuss Collar’ will swear every time your dog barks.

We are always happy to share these stories with you. From the incredible file.

From the dogs are amazing file.

Last week Jennifer blogged about whether dogs love you. Here’s more.

This dog is a mayor.

Dog with ‘wonky’ face named Picasso thriving in new home, owner says: ‘Perfectly imperfect.

Hallmark Channel helps shelter dogs find fairytale forever homes.

Dogs are going nuts for this.

A pigeon that can’t fly befriended a puppy that can’t walk. Cute stuff.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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Dog grooming during the Moncler show at Milan fashion week. No, I don’t understand the spacesuits. Groomers are aware that sudsy water, chemicals, and flea treatments fly off dogs shaking their coats out. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

What is that?

We close as we always do with our closing video. A bunch this week.

Browser is something else. From not so far away Lake County, Illinois…

NEXT…Blind canine Stevie Wonderful was named Pedigree Foundation’s 2020 Rescue Dog of the Year. The 9-year-old Border Collie has been a Canine Greeter at Cleveland Clinic for two years. He joined a talented group of canine companions who bring smiles to the faces of patients, family members and staff as they greet visitors in the hospital’s lobby. Three years ago, Stevie was found on the side of the road with a rusty chain wrapped around his neck. He was taken to Indian Summers Border Collie Rescue where he was literally saved. Every Wednesday, Stevie reports to the Cleveland Clinic as a Canine Greeter, a job at which he excels.

CUTENESS ALERT for our next video from Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Opening in theaters this weekend…

The film is getting poor reviews because the dog is not a real dog and that’s very noticeable.

Finally, not sure where this was taken but the video made the rounds on social media this week.

And I can’t resist. One more.

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 (02/15/20)

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:   Wake up to wind chills in the single digits. Cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. High of 32. “D”

SUNDAY
:  Intervals of clouds and sun. High of 34. “C-“

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

It’s St. Valentine’s Weekend.  But THE DAY was yesterday.  That could mean any number of things, including but not limited to…

  • You had to postpone your special plans because of schedule conflicts
  • You got a puppy as a gift
  • You gained five pounds overnight because of a Haagen-Dazs binge
  • You got engaged
  • You DIDN’T get engaged
  • You’re in the doghouse

You knew there’d be a dog reference or two, didn’t you?

Did you get your dog a card and/or gift?  Did your dog get you one?  If your dog DIDN’T get you one, does that mean he/she doesn’t love you?  Yes, I realize I could be opening more than one can of worms to our readers and I haven’t even started the gist of my blog yet!

There are two distinct camps when it comes to believing if dogs can love humans the way humans love dogs.  Loyal readers know I am crazy for scientific research on canine behavior.  Dr. Stanley Coren is a favorite source, and has been cited many times in The Barking Lot.  So it’s no surprise that I’d turn to his insight into doggy/human affection.

Since I don’t have direct contact with him, I was grateful that Reader’s Digest asked that pressing question for me:  Does my dog love me?  Naturally he had quite a lot to say.

Well, dear readers, I don’t know where this weekend leaves you romantically.  I do know that if you’re here, you at least love dogs.  Thanks for checking in!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Afghan sports coach says she will flee after dog shot dead.

Why won’t Coors Light help pay for Pa. dog adoptions? No one seems to know.

Contact 6 with a warning before you buy a dog collar: ‘We ended up taking him to the emergency vet.’

The Hope And Hype Of Diabetic Alert Dogs.

His dog was dying. Flying overseas was the only hope.

This cartoon about rescue puppies now generates more than $1 billion a year.

‘Trust your dog’: extraordinary pets help solve crimes by finding bodies.

OMG. Missing dog’s ghostly barking heard underground.

Good news from Congress?  Yes.

Japan’s first airport bathroom for dogs features self-cleaning ‘pee pole.’

Yes, this constitutes a naughty dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Boy asked to be the one to hold the dog as it went to ‘heaven’

From the Westminster Dog Show.

14 Strange And Furry Pictures From The World Of Dog Shows

Hey! We know this dog!

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Knox.

He belongs to Kari Fischer. We know her,  too!

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Sorry, Kari. Aunt Jennifer made me do it.

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

Getting ready for the big show…

 

The big award…

 

A Barking Lot update…

 

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray chipped in, too: She offered a free supply of pet food for a whole year for every dog that Nnadi paid for, provided through her dog food line.

Gotta do one more.

 

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/08/20)

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, cloudy in the afternoon.  High of 32.  “D”

SUNDAY
:  Cloudy with snow. Chance of snow 90%. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected. High of 33.   “F”

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

This week, a serious topic.

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Regular readers know this is a departure from our opening blog where we normally bring up much lighter topics. Every week there are a number of stories about mistreated dogs. Last November a New York man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after authorities said his German shepherd gnawed off one of her legs while chained outside.

Most of the time we just ignore such stories and don’t link to them, believing folks generally would prefer not to read them. However, the fact is that all across the country dogs are tied up in their yards by owners who can be lazy, uncaring, or downright neglectful.  So some places ban tethering of pets altogether. But going that route isn’t that easy. In Charlotte this week, outrage after the city council refused to approve a ban, but could decide to impose new restrictions on circus animals. If banning doesn’t work there’s another approach: awareness.

Every day, week,  and month in America there’s a special designation for this or that. February 7-14 is “Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.” It developed thanks to this woman.

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Growing up on a Pennsylvania farm, U.S. Air Force veteran Tamira “Tammy” Thayne was left with a painful, lifelong memory.

“We had a chained beagle my whole life and even as a child I knew it was wrong,” Thayne said. “I pitied this dog, but felt like I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Thayne spent five years in the military, then purchased a home where she lived next door to a chained dog. Thayne called animal control and was informed nothing could be done.

Wrong. In 2002 Thayne started the nonprofit group “Dogs Deserve Better”and led the movement for 13 years,  chaining herself to dog houses in front of state capitol buildings across the nation. She moved the group’s HQ to Smithfield, Virginia, the former home of NFL player Michael Vick, who was convicted and served time in prison for running a dogfighting ring.

Thayne suffered burnout and left “Dogs Deserve Better” but the organization is very much alive. From their website:

The mission of Dogs Deserve Better, Inc., is to provide a better life for abused, neglected and abandoned canines; especially those which are chained or penned without human companionship. We strive to accomplish this through advocating for humane legislation; promoting spay and neuter; educating communities on animal welfare; and rescuing and rehabilitating distressed canines.

Often we will meet with caretakers of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them. We work with families to help them provide a better life for their dog and their family. When available, we provide fencing grants to those willing to bring their dogs inside but lack the means to put up a fence so their dog is safe within their yard while spending appropriate amounts of time outside.

Do you know of a chained dog? What you can do.

And as for Tamira Thayne, she’s back in the game. In 2016, she founded Who Chains You Books, an animal focused publishing company she runs out of her house. Utilizing her  degree in graphic design and her prior publishing experience at the dog rescue nonprofit she has published 28 books for children and adults. The titles include, “Foster Doggie Insanity,” “A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human,” and “Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation.”

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—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

St. Paul woman sees missing dog on Florida beer cans promoting shelter dog.

Does Your Pet Really Need Cat TV or a Dog Playlist?

Now this is just super! And how about this!

New dog park could be named after Wausau women who passed from cancer.

Diva dogs have crazy beauty routines before Westminster Dog Show. And do the judges have a favorite breed? You better believe it.

This dog can do what???

Do you love your dog?  Rover.com asked 1,500 American dog owners about their relationship with their pet for its “Anatomy of Dog Love” report. Plenty of interesting information in there.

Funny column: Don’t Know How Your Dog is Feeling? Check His Eyebrows.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A dog trainer works with his dog to walk on ropes while his eyes are covered, during a dog show at the beach of Gaza City. Photo: AP

Image may contain: carDogs are seen inside a car during the Hyperborea-2020 dog sled race in Omsk, Russia. Photo: REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko

We close as we always do with our closing video(s).

New Jersey man fights off dog pack menacing neighborhood in ‘terrifying’ video after several residents bitten.

In Ohio…

And a WI teen is headed to the Westminster dog show, despite her very heavy plate.
Take a look.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/01/20)

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:   Overcast. Steady temps around 35. “C”

SUNDAY
:
  Partly cloudy. High of 50. “B”

Speaking of walking your dog….

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

A few years into the new century executives at cable channel TBS came up with a rather unusual programming decision. Since American families are too busy on Christmas to watch television, why not just make it easy and run the same holiday movie over and over again the entire day?

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About that same time the folks that run Animal Planet realized, and rightfully so, that their wildlife schedule couldn’t possibly compete with pigskins on Super Bowl Sunday. But they had to broadcast something. No sense going hog wild, so a bunch of dogs were placed inside a small indoor stadium replica and were filmed running around, playing with plush toys, staring into cameras, slurping up water, etc. The show would air prior to the big game and then repeated into the evening.

The Puppy Bowl exploded in popularity and scope to what is now an exhaustive endeavor with a basic mission: Get people to adopt dogs. Let’s examine some of the show details.

Yes, the dogs are on a makeshift football field and do compete by scoring touchdowns on the mini Geico Stadium. Cameras capture the heated competition as announcers narrate.

This year, Puppy Bowl XVI, features 96 “players” from 61 shelters across the United States along with dogs representing Cartagena, Columbia; St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and Toronto. All of them can be adopted and most likely will be. The Puppy Bowl’s adoption rate is perfect.

Five special needs players will be up for adoption. Watch for Ferris, a three-legged Labrador Retriever mix; two hearing-impaired pups: Kismet, a Great Dane, and Paprika, a Chihuahua mix; Filbert, a blind and hearing-impaired Shetland Sheepdog mix; and Rooster, an American Staffordshire Terrier/Bulldog mix with a cleft palate.

Celebrities on hand are comedian Whiteny Cummings, stars Johnathan and Drew Scott  and singer Emmylou Harris.

Back for his ninth game as the Puppy Bowl’s “rufferee” is Dan Schachner. TV correspondent Jill Rappaport will also be involved be part of the action as well. Look for a locker room cam, the water bowl cam,  the puppy kiss cam, and slow-motion replays.

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Yes, what about halftime at the Puppy Bowl?

The Kitty Half-Time Show, are you ready, stars Jenni-Purr Lopze and Cat-ira. They will perform, and I’m not making this up, “Catnips Don’t Lie.” Both kittens will also be available for adoption.

If you heard there will be pygmy goats and armadillos, you’re right. Big game has to have cheerleaders.

Can it possibly get more adorable? Team Ruff and Team Fluff will be vying for the Chewy “Lombarky” trophy.

Puppy Bowl programming begins at 7:00 AM Central Time Sunday with a training camp segment  showing what it takes for a coach to decide which  pups have a chance to become a Puppy Bowl Champion.

Pre-game show: 12:58 PM

Puppy Bowl XVI: 1:56 PM

Finally, this 2018 video is a wonderful piece on The Puppy Bowl from CBS Sunday Morning that is still timely today.

—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Chinese dog owners are buying coronavirus masks for their pooches.

Can My Dog Get Coronavirus?

Jury awards $400,000 over the loss of frozen dog semen from prized Labradors.

The latest about the billionaire who wants to be President.

There’s something about dog-walking this writer hates.

How This Wisconsin Couple Prepares for the World’s Biggest Sled Dog Race.

Lowe’s employee builds custom wheelchair for injured dog found limping on a highway.

Barking Lot update: ‘Oh my gosh! That’s my dog!’: Owner finds missing dog via photo on beer can.

Internet-Famous Crossing Guard Dog Presented With Doghouse and ‘People’s Choice’ Award.

Powerball winner told dog first, wife second.

Across the pond

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Dramatic Aerial Photo Shows Driver Saving Dog Running Loose On Manhattan Highway. 

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From a Barking Lot reader: “Winston sure makes it hard for me to get my charting done. He is sound asleep and snoring.”

We close as we always do with our closing video.

In frosty Minnesota…

Earlier this week Indy and his team finished fifth in the John A. Beargrease 120. Frank Moe originally planned to compete in the full 300-mile Beargrease, but he switched to the 120 after dealing with several dog injuries.

‘Lucky Dog’ Scout and UW School of Veterinary Medicine star in WeatherTech Super Bowl commercial.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/25/20)

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:   Cloudy with snow showers mainly this morning. Some rain may mix in. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Chance of snow is 40%. “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies. High around 35. “D”

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

Recently on my Facebook page I asked folks the following:

Dog owners, we need your help for a future dog blog…Think about this.

Suppose that there was an outbreak of a form of canine influenza in which 12 percent of all of the dogs in the area are expected to contract the disease and die as a result. Now further suppose that there is a vaccine that would reduce the risk of the dog dying from 12 percent to only 2 percent. This vaccine would only be effective for a year. How much (from $5 to $3000) would the dog owner be willing to pay to get this treatment?

Please private message me (ASAP) your response and even a comment if you’d like. We won’t mention you. It will all be anonymous.

Why this particular question? A team of researchers headed by Deven Carlson of the University of Oklahoma attempted to determine the financial value of our pet dogs. We know that dog owners place a high value based on what they pay to feed and take care of their pets (Households in the USA spend about $70 billion annually on pets. Dogs, the most common pet, can be found in nearly half of American households.)

The question is can we pinpoint an actual value amount. Granted. You’re asking people “How much are you willing to pay for a life?” So it’s difficult.

The study is entitled:

Monetizing Bowser: A Contingent Valuation of the Statistical Value of Dog Life

The value of statistical dog life or VSDL as the researchers call it is rather important, and not just because we’re talking about a precious dog. Estimating a VSDL can be helpful in determining legal awards in wrongful death cases and in property divisions in divorce settlements where joint custody of dogs is not feasible.

In order to calculate the VSDL the researchers conducted a national sample of 4,682 dog owners (where the dogs were primarily pets as opposed to guides, breeders, or guards) who were asked willingness-to-pay for a vaccine that would reduce the risk of canine flu. Again, the question was how much (from $5 to $3000) would the dog owner be willing to pay to get this treatment?

Before we divulge what the study finding was let’s see some of the responses I got from readers.

“I would definitely be on top of the vaccine. It is so hard to put a dollar amount on what I would spend for the vaccine. My questions would be why is it so expensive if it were in fact $$$. I would only be able to spend within my means. And if I couldn’t afford it, my dogs would stay in the house! Pee pads would do the job!”

Another proud pet owner answered that it all depends. His dog is currently in the middle of cardiac “treatment” at $150/month.

If your pup (like his) is fairly social but with known friends in a controlled environment the amount comes off of the $3k. If she’s outside, dog parks, lots of unfamiliar dogs and people the number stays high. If she’s at home all the time and doesn’t much interact with other dogs…. low risk, low dollar.

“The routine stuff doesn’t present financial dilemmas. It’s bloat surgery, cancer, hit by car, heart problems, swallowed a car… stuff like that. Believe me, I know. One dog (of his)  died during spaying by reaction to anesthiesa; one had Immune Mediated Hemoylitic Anemia twice then had congestive heart failure. Now (his dog) has heart failure (controlled). Just like a kid, you do what you can.”

He’s right. It does depend. Those researchers had to consider various factors that influenced the answers they got, including the dog’s age and life expectancy, which all depends on size, breed, etc.

Another owner was willing to put an exact dollar figure to the question.

“I would do $1000. Anymore than that and I probably would need a part time job.”

So, are you ready? What did the researchers in Oklahoma finally come up with? What is the value of a dog’s life?

The value is in the range of $5000 to $9000. If you add in the emotional attachment a dog has to a family the value goes up another $1,000. That places the top limit on the monetary value of a dog at about $10,000.

Too high? Not high enough? Does it all depend?

“Although we have confidence in our estimate,  it is only a first estimate,” the researchers concluded. This study, the first of its kind, will no doubt lead to even more.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Mama dog found on side of road pulling crate filled with her puppies.

NJ woman who claimed PetSmart groomers killed her dog is apologizing.

How a dog named Bentley helped a young dancer heal from the abuse of the former physician Larry Nassar.

Close to home, Camp Bow Wow, a doggy day camp and boarding business, is opening in Oak Creek.

This North Texas business owner is eating nothing but dog food for 30 days.

A cyclist carries a dog to safety on his back after finding the abandoned pooch dehydrated in the middle of a road.

In Wisconsin it’s…

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The American Water Spaniel. In West Virginia, there’s an effort to make ‘Shelter Dogs’ the State Dog. Meanwhile in New Jersey

Disney is ‘great training experience’ for this adorable service dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A dog  once considered too “weird”-looking to find a home has now done just that, thanks to the Internet. The 4-year old husky was dropped off at the Husky House in Matawan, N.J., a few years ago. A breeder apparently “felt they just couldn’t sell her.”

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Before the dog was adopted The Husky House posted this on their Facebook page:

My name is Jubilee. I’m a 4 year old female husky who has been with Husky House for a long time. I came from a “breeder” who couldn’t sell me because he said I was “weird” looking. Huskies are majestic looking dogs and I don’t know why I don’t look like them.

I wish I was beautiful so someone would want me to be their dog.

I like other dogs, but I don’t like cats. I love people, but I’m a little shy because people mostly laugh at the way I look.

Doesn’t anyone want a funny looking husky? I wish I had a family of my own who could love me even though I’m not pretty.

Well you know what happened. Jubilee became a viral celebrity, and after a quick trip to the salon…

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She joined a loving family.

Also this week…

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

First from CBS 58, video showing dog trainer slamming crate door on deaf dog causing outrage.

Your dog or your home? Disabled Ohio veteran forced to make tough choice. Watch.

Next, to the rescue in nearby Glendale.

Dog becomes lost during WAG! walk, so owner brings in scent-tracking dogs to locate her. Watch the video in this article.

This is nice. Really nice. Police in Pasco, Washington, turned a rescue pup with an inoperable tumor into a dashing police K9. Take a look. Just click the play button.

Eddie was sworn in. Click here, then scroll down for the video of the brief ceremony as Eddie took his oath. Volume up!

In Fargo, ND, a brewing company is using its beer cans for a good cause…

And one more. Meet the bilingual counting dog from Michigan at ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/18/20)

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:  Here we go again. Our area remains under  a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until 6:00 tonight. Snow will taper off and end during the morning but skies will remain cloudy during the afternoon. High near 35. Chance of snow is 90%. About one inch of snow expected. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. “F”

SUNDAY:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High of only 19. “F.”

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

On this week’s segment, news you can use. Quite a bit as a matter of fact. But we’ll narrow it down before you get to read about it all. Don’t worry. It will make sense and you’ll be glad you came along.

Pet Life Today is a free resource offering expert, researched information on pets. This week the online content publisher released The State of Pet Healthcare 2020, a comprehensive guide to pet health. You can imagine it’s very detailed.

One of the facts in the report should come as no surprise. Healthcare costs for taking care of our pets have gone through the roof.  Here’s another truth that’s undeniable. Owners have an indescribable affection for their pets. Which means owners will not object to higher expenses when it comes to making sure their pets are healthy. To illustrate that point, from Pet Life Today:

“…in spite of the economic recession that hit in 2008, spending on pet health continued to increase. Indeed, a 2011 study found that 68% of dog owners said that they would maintain spending on pet health regardless of any downturn in the economy. To put this statistic in perspective, spending on Mother’s day declined by 10% when the economy slowed down.”

OK. As stipulated, not a surprise. Now to some key information from The State of Pet Healthcare 2020 that came out this week.  And it’s quiz time. For that I will employ one of my husband’s blogging tactics.

Let’s play FINAL JEOPARDY!

Today’s Final Jeopardy category is:

IN THE NEWS

Now, you know how this works.

In a moment, I’ll give you the Final Jeopardy clue.

You will have 30 seconds (if you play fair, that will be when the music runs out) to come up with an answer and remember, players… your answer must be in the form of a question.

Ready.

Here’s your clue.

According to Pet Life Today, this is the #1 health problem for dogs.

Good luck. Please click.

Alright players, time’s up.

Again, today’s Final Jeopardy category is:

IN THE NEWS

The Final Jeopardy answer was:

According to Pet Life Today, this is the #1 health problem for dogs.

The correct question is, What is…


There’s a whole lot more in the report, including the healthiest and not so healthy breeds of dogs. And info about cats, too.

Take a look.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

The news isn’t always the best. Off-duty Secret Service agent shoots and kills dog on a leash in Brooklyn.

‘Leash your dog, dammit.’ Why control is critical when leaving home with your pets.

There’s more on that story about the blind Minnesota sled dog.

What Wolf Pups That Play Fetch Reveal About Your Do.

Want to share a snow adventure with your dog? Try skijoring.

A lot of dogs don’t get enough rest. How about a podcast?

‘You never write about cats.’  Well, see Jennifer’s blog. But that’s basically true, because this is not a cat blog.  ‘But can’t you make an exception now and then?’ We’ll try.  Here goes.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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Dog trainer Ryan Tate who runs the Tate Animal Training Enterprises, which specializes in detector dog services. He’s with Taylor, a 4-year-old English springer spaniel. Taylor  has been among the hard working rescuers during Australia’s bushfire crisis. Photo: Reuters

https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/dog-photographer-of-the-year-2019-winners-5d1db4e009a37__880.jpgNow in its 14th year, the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year recognizes the most talented professional photographers who are able to capture the best canine photo on their camera. The international dog photo competition received almost 7,000 entries from over 70 different countries.

The above is from the Special Mention Dogs At Play Category, “A Snowy Chase” By Louise Farrell, UK. Farrell writes:

I’m a pet photographer from Reading, UK and photograph all types of four-legged hairy animals who mean the world to their humans. If the humans want to be photographed with their pets, then yes, I do that too! Specialising in action photography I love to make images of animals, especially dogs, doing what they love most – having fun with a smile on their faces. Once or twice every month, I volunteer at an animal rescue centre in Berkshire (DBARC) photographing the incoming rescue dogs to try to help the centre rehome them as quickly as possible. I’m always amazed that, in most cases, the dogs arrive joyful and happy having gone through who knows what. I feel it’s my privilege to be able to capture their happiness at being out in a field and free. It’s also a way for me to say thank you for my rescue dogs. The two border collies in this picture are my family. Both arrived as puppies; Meg (aged 9, the tri colour) came to me from DBARC and Jake (aged 2, the spotty one) chose me from a rescue centre appropriately called The Border Collie Spot, also in Berkshire. They play together beautifully. This image captures their excitement playing earlier this year and kicking up the snow. I just love to see them enjoying life to the full.

One more. Seen on Facebook. Obedient, I’ll give the guy that.

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

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Our first video takes us to wildfire-ravaged Australia and is one of the best we’ve ever posted on The Barking Lot.

Store that in the ever-growing file that “Dogs are Amazing.”

And now on to Canton, N.C. Meet Hulk.

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 (01/11/20)

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.

TODAYA WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL TO 6 AM SUNDAY. Periods of mixed precipitation through early this afternoon. Heavy snow expected this evening. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.  High of 31.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a high of 27.  “F”

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

Kyla’s Godparents always ask what she’d like for Christmas.  This has been going on since 2009 so it’s really nothing new.  They like to get her “one big gift” over lots of “smaller gifts.”  I get it…  You want to show your Godchild how much you love her AND you want more bang for your buck.

Last year, Auntie & Uncle got her a new (Adult = Big Kid) scooter for Christmas.  Her cousins got her a special travel bag for Irish dance called a “Zuca.”  These items don’t come cheap, but the Fischer family loves our Kyla.  Those were her two big wishes, and they were indeed granted.

For Christmas 2019, the one item on Kyla’s list was a FITBIT.  We’re a little bit late to the party but Kyla has wanted a Fitbit for quite some time.  And she has really wanted amazing technology that can monitor her movement, calories burned and other lifestyle monitoring.

Shock of all shocks, Auntie Bernie & Uncle Greg came through with her request to have her very own Fitbit.  They are amazing and have never denied their Goddaughter anything she’s ever asked for.  And she’s enjoyed every minute of it.  She’s been extremely conscientious about her sleep quantity, steps taken, and water consumed.

Already, I can see a change in her habits.  As I told her this can’t be just a “January thing.”  This needs to stay with her all the way through December 2020 and far in to 2021.  Knowing her love of technology and her commitment to staying healthy, I think this is a perfect opportunity.

If we had a dog I’m pretty sure he/she too would want wearable technology, if Kyla had any influence.  And thanks to Whistle Labs, it’s possible.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Oh my. PETA blasts AOC for apparently choosing purebred puppy over rescue dog.

Rescue dogs helping save koalas from Australian bushfires.

Allergic to dogs? It may only be the males.

OPINION PIECE by a veteran firefighter: I could have given Thor a better life. But he was not mine.

When a dog is lost, don’t call its name.

Woman Who Visited and Fed Chained-Up Dog for a Year Finally Gets to Adopt it From Neighbor’s Yard.

Dog who never missed trips to her favorite pet store is now memorialized there forever.

Engaged Oconomowoc dog trainers will be on A&E’s new show ‘America’s Top Dog.’

How Dog Parks Took Over the Urban Landscape.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

On Dec. 20, Facebook user Bryan Thompson posted photos of a “guy with an awesome heart” he saw taking his paralyzed dog out for a walk in a wagon. 

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From Thompson’s facebook page:

“I don’t know this man, and I hope he won’t mind this post. This guy with an awesome heart was walking his dog through Shubie Park in Dartmouth, as you can see, in a wagon. He told me she has ALS, she was all bundled up and was happy for extra love.”

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“I told him he was a great person for doing that, because I know there are many who wouldn’t. He just said that she would do the same for him and kept trucking. It’s hard to type this without tearing up. I hope you can share this, especially everyone who shares the lost animal posts, this guy deserves a huge dog kiss for his love of his dog.”

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A UPS driver started posting dog pictures in 2013.  UPS Dogs is now a viral sensation with 1.6M likes.

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

First: This one’s bizarre.

Also: Stray dog dubbed ‘Subway Sally’ waits outside store every day for food, video shows

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Next: Here’s an update on Miracle…

More good news. A 12-year-old dog named Sandi was finally  adopted last week – after spending more than 6 years in a shelter. “She’s been here longer than any employee. … She’s kind of the boss,” a staff member at the Marion-Grant County Humane Society told CBS News.

Check this guy out:

 

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That’s Barclay, the team dog for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

The Blues are the reigning NHL champions.

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This week Barclay received his championship dog collar. ⁦Purina provided the jewelry.

Precious. Boone meets baby brother for first time.

This one’s a few years old, but so worth seeing:


And finally
: Attend a special evening showing of this giant film in the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater.

Celebrate Milwaukee’s museums January 18 through 26, 2020. From tours, talks, and programs to interesting exhibits, there is something exciting for everyone!

Join an immersive giant-screen adventure to experience the life‐saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs.

Here’s the schedule for showings at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

As always, 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 (01/04/20)

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:  Cloudy skies. Partly cloudy later in the day. A chilly high of 32. “D”

SUNDAY:  Becoming partly cloudy and very windy. High of 41.  “D”

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

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

Thanks Jennifer and the folks who sent in pictures!

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

OPINION: Local animal control agencies must respond rapidly to complaints about aggressive dogs.

‘It’s not going away’: Vets still seeing cases of dog heart problems linked to grain-free food.

Is adopting a service dog right for you?

What’s Really Going on at the ‘Dog Suicide Bridge‘?

Good News for Dogs with Cancer.

Read about the dog-walking group helping men to open up about their emotions.

If you’re a dog, 2019 wasn’t all bad news.

Two new breeds get the American Kennel Club’s nod.

‘America’s Top Dog’ is ‘American Ninja Warrior’ for pooches.

, but not at any Bucks game.

And O-M-G! I Want a Dog, but My Husband Refuses. Should I Just Do It?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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A dog who was struck by a car in New York in snowy conditions needed a helping hand, and a police sergeant didn’t hesitate to assist. The dog, named Rogue, was hit by a car on Dec. 20.  Sgt. Chris Howlett, of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, is seen comforting the dog as she lies on a snowbank, covered by a law enforcement jacket. Rogue’s family says the dog was taken to an animal hospital for treatment of minor injuries and is doing well. Photo: (Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office)

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The Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, Arizona rang in the New Year with a very special reunion. David, a PACC community outreach client experiencing homelessness, lost his pup, Chubbs, last year. Luckily, Chubbs was in good hands at PACC, where he reunited with his human, David.

“Our Community Outreach client, David, is experiencing homelessness and his pal, Chubbs, went on a little adventure and found himself at PACC. We were able to reunite Chubbs with David and we all cried happy tears.” Photo: PACC

Members of the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt parade for their annual New Year’s Day meeting in Maldon, England. Photograph: Martin Dalton/Rex/Shutterstock

 

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These two belong to a Barking Lot reader, Marni Kopenski Hebert. What are they so intently interested in watching?

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

First, dramatic, heroic.

More dramatic video from Wausau, WI…

Dogs are amazing, right? Let’s go to the video.

One more. Are dog boots the answer to keep your furry pet warm this winter? Watch.

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 (12/28/19)

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 FOLLOWING IS A SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION OF THE BARKING LOT

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

TODAY:  Cloudy in the morning, with rain developing after 9:00. 80% chance of rain throughout the day. High of 41. “D”

SUNDAY:
  Light rain early, ending after 8:00. Then cloudy the rest of the day. High of 58. “B”

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog. And since this is a year-end special we thought we’d begin with the most popular BARKING LOT of 2019. Jennifer wrote in July:

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. 
—July 20, 2019

Another Jennifer entry examined an issue that I’m sure pops up in neighborhoods all across the country:

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.
—June 29, 2019

One more. And it’s not surprising. Jennifer found that even dogs can be political.

Regular readers know, and my hubby teases me about it, that on the dog blog I prefer to write about the science and psychology around dogs. This week there’s definitely some psychology involved. But I believe for the first time on The Barking Lot I will get political.

Please don’t go away. This is very interesting, I promise, and won’t (shouldn’t) get you all riled up.

Nope. None of that.

So, are you a dog owner?

Or a cat owner?

Do you consider yourself a Democrat?

Or Republican?

And is there a connection between pet owners and political persuasion?

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I want this man’s job.

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Stanley Coren who’s been mentioned before on this blog is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in Psychology is from Stanford University. He is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues. Considering he writes about psychological topics his style is wonderful.

Coren was asked if research exists specifically detailing if pet ownership shows how a person votes. The professor answered in his latest column…yes.

“Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this data set comes when we break down the effect of pet ownership as a predictor of voting behavior and look at the influence of dog ownership versus ownership of cats.”

Coren worked hard to discover the information and substantiate what he found. And his conclusions demonstrate yet another variation between dogs and cats, or in this case, their owners.

Think you know what Coren learned?

He went the extra mile to answer a colleague’s query. I know you’ll find Coren’s column quite interesting.

Professor Coren, keep up the fascinating work!
—August 31, 2019

Thank you, Jennifer, for your dedicated work all year!

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

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US stops sending sniffer dogs to Jordan and Egypt.

Florida vet removes stick from dog’s mouth that was likely there for years, shelter says.

Like we always say: Love a happy ending.

Did you like that ending? Well, we’ve got another one.

Could we possibly have a third happy ending? Oh yeh.

And now from the “naughty dog” file.

And the biggest dog news story of 2019? That’s easy. Conan. And some others.

Oh, and we stumbled upon this item. The most read Dear Abby advice column of 2019 was about, you got it.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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Reggie was fitted with a lifejacket to keep him safe in case he went overboard - while others had to wade through the waters

In Kent, UK, Reggie the dog is rescued by boat from the flood-hit Little Venice Country Park and Marina, Maidstone, after heavy rain. Reggie was fitted with a lifejacket to keep him safe in case he went overboard – while others had to wade through the waters. Photos: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

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Thanks to the quick actions of emergency responders, a dog named Charlie is safe at home with his family after he ran away and broke through ice. According to the Plymouth, Minnesota Fire Department, it was on Tuesday, or Christmas Eve, when Charlie ran away, broke through ice and got stuck in the marsh. The family attempted to rescue him, but also broke through the ice. By the time responders arrived, the family was safe. Firefighters in “mustang suits” (ice rescue gear) helped find & reunite Charlie with his family.

Now for some noteworthy dog photos from 2019.

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Of course. Had to include that one. Here are some more.

Overall Winner and 1st Oldies Denise Czichocki ©

Every year, the Kennel Club honors dog photographers from all around the world by holding the Dog Photographer of the Year contest. This year’s overall winner and first-place winner of the Oldies category was “Dreaming Merlin,” taken by Denise Czichocki of Switzerland. Oldies is a category highlighting canine senior citizens.

“I was lucky to find this beautiful magnolia tree near my home in Switzerland, said Czichocki.  “And still more lucky to get the chance to take photos of wonderful dogs in these magnolia. Merlin was one of them. He is a 14 year old Podenco rescued from a shelter who is happy to live his life since two years in a lovely home in Switzerland. It wasn’t easy to take photos of him because of his absolutely deafness. So I couldn’t work with noises to get his attention…afterwards it wasn’t necessary. He gave me so many beautiful moments as you can see in this picture. This is Merlin, beautiful, dreamy and kind of wise. A wonderful old dog with so much charisma.”

The runner-up in the Dogs at Play category…

2nd Dogs at Play Zoltan Kecskes ©

“Let’s jump rope together!” taken by Hungarian photographer Zoltan Kecskes.

“The girl you can see in the picture is Kathleen and her dog is called Rebel,” said Kecskes. “She is actually a trainer. She teaches tricks to dogs. We live in the same town but met on social media. I saw her videos of doing these awesome tricks with her dogs and I just knew that I had to photograph them. I was particularly interested in the skip roping trick. I think the most challenging part was to find the right focal length and angle to capture them in a way that really showed how awesome was what they were doing. I love shooting against the sun. You lose some details and a bit if sharpness when you bring the shadows up, but for me it’s worth it, I just love the atmosphere of those shots.”

A baby goat kisses a dog at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, April 13, 2019.

A baby goat kisses a dog at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, April 13, 2019
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And this photo comes from Officer Ben Rexroad of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado. Pictured is his K-9 partner, Ringo. You will see that Ringo lacks any sense of personal space.

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

Watch the video in this online article: Dog Detectives: Inside Training Cadaver Dogs and Their Handlers.

And here are some videos we brought to you in 2019.

How often have we said dogs are truly amazing? WKOW-TV in Madison reported in November.

Certified therapy dog, a Barking Lot favorite, the amazing Surf Dog Ricochet, Army Veteran Jose Martinez and Marine staff sergeant Persons B. Griffith IV (Ret) AKA Griff have joined forces to share their experiences in an effort to heal, change and save the lives of wounded warriors, veterans with PTSD, kids with special needs and others who face physical, emotional or cognitive challenges.

For 30 years, professional violinist Martin Agee has performed in some of the world’s most renowned music venues. But two years ago, he landed his favorite gig.

WHEW! That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by throughout 2019.

Please consider passing this along to other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/21/19)

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. High of 44. “C+”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 47.  “C+”

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

Come December there are all kinds of news stories about whether giving a dog as a gift for Christmas  to a youngster is a good idea. The general consensus is, it’s not.

NY Times best-selling author Jon Katz has written several books including:

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In 2005 Katz produced a column for Slate.com that read in part:

Why is a Christmas dog a mistake?

First, because no animal should be a surprise. The arrival of a dog changes a household considerably—for years. Someone has to take responsibility for their daily needs—feeding, exercise, health care, grooming. The decision should be thought about, talked about, negotiated. A new dog, not necessarily a puppy, either, should be the result of a process, not an impulse.

Kids can be unreliable; kids change. The puppy melts their hearts for a few days or weeks. But then it needs to be walked every day (in the rain). It needs careful attention to its feeding and eliminating if it’s going to be housebroken effectively. It needs to be taught not to jump on Grandma. The kids oohing and aahing under the tree will soon move on to IMing and texting their friends.

PetMd.com sums it up nicely.

Above all, don’t get swept up in the excitement, forgetting that pets are lifelong commitments as new members of your family. This shouldn’t be a snap decision that’s made in the spirit of the holidays.

And yet who knows how many folks will forego and ignore this advice instead of simply waiting till later.

Kids, however, do have a scientific argument they can resort to in order to convince their parents there should be a pet under the Christmas tree.

Those highly intelligent researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have just released study showing that exposure to pet dogs before the age of 13 may reduce the chances of developing schizophrenia later in life.

Here’s what the researchers did. They examined 1,371 women and men between ages 18 and 65, including 396 people with schizophrenia and 381 with bipolar disorder. Participants in the study were asked if they had a pet dog or cat during their first 12 years of life.

The results:  People who were exposed to a pet dog before their 13th birthday were as much as 24% less likely to be diagnosed later in life with schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder with symptoms that include delusions, hallucinations, trouble with thinking and concentration, and lack of motivation. There is no cure.

But hey, kiddo, that new pet may not happen just yet. The researchers say more study is needed.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

In last week’s Barking Lot Jennifer blogged about the value of reading to dogs. Here’s a nice update.

That puppy in the window could make you sick, a US health agency warns.

Why Few Vets Say Raw Dog Food Is A Good Idea.

San Francisco woman offers $7,000 reward and hires plane in search of stolen dog.

Dogs are children for a growing number of Americans—and that’s putting new pressures on pup-friendly space.

Dogs in cars: Getting there safely.

Family fights porch pirates with box of dog poo.

Four Guys Asked Their Neighbor If They Could Walk Her Dog. They Got A Letter Back From The Dog.

NYT Opinion: Do you mind if I pet your dog?

UW-Madison students design cart for dog without front legs.

New Zealand man sets up ‘stick library’ for dogs.

I went to a Christmas dinner for dogs, and it made me realize therapy pets aren’t just for nervous fliers.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

And we’ve got a bunch.

Firefighters are known for rescuing cats out of trees. But German Shepherds? Lathrop Manteca Fire District in California shared photos. Firefighters were called to rescue a dog that chased a black cat up a tree.

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He appeared to have been rescued safely. The department wrote: “Glad to hear that all turned out well for this pooch, and we are all pretty sure he’ll think twice about chasing cats up the next tree.”

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NEXT!

The perfect pack of sausages! Owner Liam Beach lined up the 17 sausage dogs. From top, left to right: Buster, Daisy, Ziggy, Wallie, Zac, Bonnie, Saffie, Duke, Diamond, Ruby, Kizzy Sammy, Kandy, Kiki, Lottie, Benji and Dudley

Owner Liam Beach, 20, from Rhondda, Wales managed to get all 17 of his adorable dachshunds to pose perfectly along a decorated staircase in festive Christmas outfits for an epic holiday photo. From top, left to right: Buster, Daisy, Ziggy, Wallie, Zac, Bonnie, Saffie, Duke, Diamond, Ruby, Kizzy Sammy, Kandy, Kiki, Lottie, Benji and Dudley.

“I have done pictures of the dogs previously, dressed up for Christmas on the sofa and thought, ‘I need to top them’. So I thought I’d do it on the stairs this year. I thought that’s a challenge, so I had to go one better to prove people wrong with the dogs all dressed up ready for Christmas. I thought it would be funny to see them all dressed up in their little outfits,” said Beach.

“It took about 45 minutes to get the picture, because when the dogs were dressed in their outfits they thought it was time to go walking and all went crazy running around the house. So, I had to calm them down before putting them on the stairs.

“Once they were on the stairs it took ten minutes to get the picture using a squeaky ball and a bag of treats this time around.

“It was a harder picture to get this year because they thought it was walkies. After a while on the stairs with their jumpers on they began to fall asleep so I had to work hard at keeping them awake and looking at the camera.

“People are absolutely loving the picture and commenting how amazing it is and how they are envious of me and that I am lucky having so many.”

The perfect pack of sausages! Owner Liam Beach lined up the 17 sausage dogs. From top, left to right: Buster, Daisy, Ziggy, Wallie, Zac, Bonnie, Saffie, Duke, Diamond, Ruby, Kizzy Sammy, Kandy, Kiki, Lottie, Benji and Dudley

And now, some of the best dog photos of 2019.

Surf Dog Ricochet and her kid sister Cori  have both been featured on The Barking Lot.

And they’re back. Take a look!

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, a closer look at the bomb-sniffing dogs keeping Detroit Metro Airport safe is in this website story. Watch.

Now a memorable scene from a 1990 Disney movie:

Jessica Paulsen and her service dog Henry, both from Nashville, recently visited Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, where Henry met a costumed cast-member dressed as Dug from “Up” — and could barely contain his excitement.

Henry, who currently has 111,000 followers on Instagram,politely approached and nuzzled both Dug and a cast-member dressed as Russell from the 2009 animated film.

We first met Henry on The Barking Lot in June of this year. In case you can’t remember…

This is a fun video featuring Nashville service dog Henry along with his handler, Jessica Paulsen in Walt Disney World. Paulsen used the trip, and many others, to teach Henry how to interact with crowds.

“Your relationship can become stagnant and you can begin to miss the personality of the animal that is right by your side,” Paulsen wrote in an Instagram post. “This is when I know I need to invigorate our relationship and our training.”

Paulsen has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a condition that triggers a rapid heart rate, fainting and light headedness. Henry helps warn Paulsen when her blood pressure is getting too low and also alerts those around her if she’s going to faint.

 

AND FINALLY, the latest naughty dog.

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 annual Christmas Sausage Dog Walk in Hyde Park in London