The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/10/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 82.  “A”

SUNDAY: Periods of rain. Potential for heavy rainfall. High near 65. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch. “F”

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

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Barking Lot UPDATE: My dear Facebook friend Darlene Wink is close to this story. Her cousin Holly is a handler for Bane.

‘You just keep going’: Retired St. Francis (WI)K-9 Bane continues to fight as paralysis progresses.

TODAY…

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MORE NEWS

The Queen’s dogs were her beloved companions. What will happen to them now?

Comfort dogs are greeting Uvalde students for their return to school. Here’s how canine visitors can help after tragedy.

Do Dogs Have a Homing Instinct They Can Use if They Are Lost?

Eebbers, TSA’s oldest and cutest bomb-sniffing dog, retires after a decade of service.

Dog urine to the rescue of threatened hooded plovers.

Middle schoolers raise guide dog puppies for visually impaired future owners: ‘They just add joy to the school.’

This millennial makes over $100,000 a year walking dogs in NYC: I earn ‘six figures without a college degree.’

Sly dog tricks neighbors into thinking it killed mailman.

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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/03/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High of 74. WNW winds shifting to NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.  “C”

SUNDAY:  Overcast. High of 68. Keeping us cooler- Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. “C”

LABOR DAY MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 73. “A”

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

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Will your dog get dementia?

In the UK, a ‘dog housing crisis.’

Does a Dog’s Size Predict Its Hearing Sensitivity?

We love a happy ending.

Two-Thirds of Dog Owners Want to Get Pets Involved in Their Wedding Day.

A Dolly Parton wig for dogs? Doggy Parton could turn your pet into the Queen of County. Watch CNN video.

Meet the 10 Finalists Competing for the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Crown — and Vote for a Winner.

VIDEO: From GoPro…

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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/27/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

READERS: Take the following with a grain of salt. The last two weekends the forecasters have been dreadfully inaccurate.

TODAY:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High of 81.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High around 85. Chance of rain 50%. “B”

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

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Mysterious illness killing dogs in northern Michigan has state, feds investigating.

Dog attacks on postal workers are a common hazard. It happens thousands of times a year.

Dog Goes Blind After Ingesting Oxycodone on Walk: ‘He Could’ve Died,’ Says Owner.

Why a pet’s death hits so hard: New book explores dealing with the loss of a beloved companion.

Dog owners make final pleas to keep Oak Creek (WI) dog park open as fall closure draws nearer.

Dogs’ eyes well up with tears of joy when reunited with their owners.

A Vermont woman was attacked and bitten by a mother bear. Her dog may have saved her life.

Your stressed-out dog wants to hear Mozart, not ‘Harry Potter’: study.

2022’s best cities for dogs (A WI city made the list, but way down).

‘Dog Lover’ Kristen Bell Shares Comical Snap of Common Issue All Pet Owners Face.

ICYMI, Friday was National Dog Day.

Krispy Kreme Is Unleashing Donuts Made Just for Your Dog.

PHOTO: From last weekend at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Clearly this Glen of Imaal Terrier is doing some treat begging. It is NOT saying ‘Kevin, take me home.’

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!

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

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should We Stop Keeping Pets?

Inside the World of Guide Dog Dropouts.

Are Intellectually Gifted Dogs More or Less Playful?

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

Can dogs eat gluten? 

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

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

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

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

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

AND FINALLY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Jennifer Fischer, August 27, 2011

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

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

See the Wolfhounds at Milwaukee Irish Fest this weekend.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/13/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 83.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 80. “A”

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

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US Space Force tests robot dogs to patrol Cape Canaveral.

BARKING LOT UPDATE – 07/02/22: St. Francis’ K9 Bane may get a bronze statue, but he has a debilitating disease that might prevent him from seeing it. The update…

Dog-sitters are charging more than £100 a night for their services after surge in pandemic puppies has driven up demand.

I’m a dog sitter – I charge £750 a WEEK and I love my job… but there’s one type of dog I won’t look after.

Missouri Spelunkers Rescue Dog Missing for Months Deep Inside Cave.

Vet goes viral after revealing the best and worst dog breeds.

Does Activity Level Predict Trainability in Dogs? Data says yes.

This Newfoundland is Training to Be a Dog Lifeguard.

Seattle Mariners introduce new team rescue dog, instantly win over fans on social media.

How to calm your dog in the car with music.

These pups caught some waves during California’s World Dog Surfing Championship…

And a bunch of surfing photos. AND 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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/06/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High of 93. Too hot and very sticky.  “C-”

SUNDAY:  UPDATED: Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 82. Chance of rain 80%. Locally heavy rainfall possible.  “D”

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

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Oh no! Higher housing costs force more pet owners to surrender their dogs.

Man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker is recaptured months after mistaken release.

Milwaukee County’s largest off-leash dog park is closing for good in Oak Creek.

Runway Dog Park in Cudahy to close indefinitely this November.

Thousands of pet dogs are helping scientists to understand what happens to memory and cognition in old age.

Are playful dogs smarter? Study finds link between learning and romping.

Wearable fans help Japan’s hot dogs beat the heat.

Florida Dog Who Struggled with ‘Stranger Danger’ Finds Ideal Home After 8 Years in Shelter.

Feline Becomes Dog Friend’s Guide Cat After Canine Loses His Vision: ‘Most Beautiful Thing.’

Stray Dog Crashes Couple’s Wedding – and Becomes Part of Their New Family.

The Moving Story Behind Dog Sitting All Alone, Staring at the Sea: ‘It Broke My Heart’

BY Louise Chambers, The Epoch Times,AUGUST 2, 2022 

On a family outing to the beach near her home in Peru, a woman came across a little dog sitting all alone and watching the ocean. As it turned out, there was a sweet, sad story behind his sea-gazing.

Jolie Mejia, 23, of Lima, first saw the dog on the nearby sandy shores of Punta Negra on Feb. 27. He approached, and was friendly.

Mejía, a marketing student, told The Epoch Times that the dog didn’t seem to be abandoned because “his fur looked nice and he had a green ribbon around his neck.” She thought his owner must be elsewhere on the beach, or swimming in the sea.

Epoch Times Photo

“He was really calm and had a peaceful look in his eyes,” Mejía recalled. “At first, he laid down with us but kept his distance. After a few minutes, I started petting him … and taking photos, until a local man passed by and recognized the dog.”

The man told Mejía that the little dog’s name was Vaguito, meaning vagrant in English.

“I thought he was his owner,” she said. “I said something like, ‘Hey, don’t worry, I’m giving you back your dog!’ in a friendly way, but then he said Vaguito was not his dog. He said Vaguito was a really popular dog on the beach; every local neighbor knew him and loved him.”

Epoch Times Photo

It was then that Mejía learned the sad story behind the dog’s seaside vigil.

Vaguito’s owner, a fisherman, had passed away about a year before, and the loyal dog returned to the shore every day, waiting patiently for his boat to come in.

“He got excited every time he saw boats or other fishermen in the sea,” Mejía said. “I felt really moved by his story. He was such an angel, it broke my heart that he would never find his owner again, and at the same time, his love inspired me very much.”

Mejía asked the local resident she met at the shore if Vaguito needed a home, but he assured her that neighbors were taking good care of the dog, providing him with food, shelter, and medical care. The green ribbon around his neck had come from the local vet. Mejía had another idea; she would share Vaguito’s story on social media in hopes of encouraging her friends to visit the lonely dog.

Epoch Times Photo

“I thought that was the only way to help him, giving him as much love as possible,” she reasoned. “Taking Vaguito away from that beach would probably harm him more than helping him. His home and purpose was now there.”

Mejía took to Twitter to share the lonely pup’s tale.

“This beautiful baby impacted me on the beach. A man told us that this is his home now … his owner was a fisherman who passed away a while ago,” she wrote, as translated from Spanish. “Since then, he stares at the sea every day, and gets excited every time he sees boats.”

The tweet went viral. Thousands responded with love and empathy for the little dog and the human he lost.

Epoch Times Photo

Mejía has not returned to Punta Negra since meeting Vaguito and doesn’t know how he is doing. Nonetheless, she thinks it is important for all people to realize that a human companion means everything to a dog.

“Their love is infinite,” she told The Epoch Times. “I hope that this story inspires people to take care of their pets, and give them all the love they deserve.”

Having Trouble Flying With Your Dog? Charter a Private Jet for Princess

By Dustin Volz, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 4, 2022

LONDON—Hannah Crosby plans to move from Durham, N.C., to London in a few months. Flying there might cost her well over $10,000.

That’s because she also needs to relocate her two dogs, Tess, a 10-year-old German shepherd Plott hound mix, and Agatha, 2, whose lineage is less certain. Commercial air travel is so strained these days that Ms. Crosby, a 31-year-old nurse, plans to split the cost of a chartered flight with a group of strangers from the internet who also are desperate to bring their animal companions into the U.K.

As flying becomes more chaotic and expensive for humans, it is becoming positively beastly for their four-legged friends. A confluence of Covid-era factors, including canceled flights, staff shortages at airports and a pandemic pet boom, have made overseas pet transport more complicated and stress-inducing than ever.

Ms. Crosby first considered flying her dogs in cargo on a commercial flight, but the quotes she got were about $4,000 per pup. The only trans-Atlantic ocean cruise with kennel space was booked at least 18 months in advance. “Chartering seems the only way,” she says.

Last year, Amy Heath and her husband planned a move from Texas to the U.K. to be closer to his parents. Their predicament was their beloved boxer, Zoe.

Because pet arrival slots at the Animal Reception Centre at London’s Heathrow Airport were fully booked for months, their pet-relocation company paused services to the U.K. So Ms. Heath organized a charter flight from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to London Biggin Hill Airport for her family and some other frustrated pet owners. The cost worked out to $7,700 a seat.

Frustrated pet owners shared the cost of a charter flight from New Jersey to London .PHOTO: KIERAN SIBBALD

The best part was her dog didn’t have to fly in the cargo hold, where the lack of in-flight service is worth howling about. The charter crew provided toys, blankets and treats for all the dogs, and Chinese food and Champagne for the humans. “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t consider any other way of flying our little girl,” she says of her pup.

Two private Facebook groups, both formed during the pandemic and collectively boasting more than 16,000 members, allow pet owners to connect and divvy up the cost of chartered flights overseas.

One, Chartered Air Travel With Pets, advises pet parents to expect to spend between $7,000 and $10,000 for a “luxury human seat” and a spot for one large dog or up to two small or medium-size dogs on a flight for about a dozen people between New York and Lisbon. Longer flights cost more.

Katy Prochaska, 64, began the Facebook group in 2021 after retiring as a cardiac nurse and planning to move from California to Portugal, with her four dogs and two cats. She initially planned to move her menagerie Noah’s Ark style, on a pet-friendly trans-Atlantic cruise, but the cruises were canceled because of the pandemic.

The New York to Portugal flight’s final passenger list included 10 humans, 10 dogs and two cats. PHOTO: KATY PROCHASKA

Unwilling to allow her precious beasts to fly cargo, Ms. Prochaska found eight strangers online who were interested in splitting the cost of a private flight. They devised a system that allowed for payments down to a quarter of a seat. (A chihuahua probably doesn’t need much legroom.) They even hired a lawyer to draft a contract.

After months of planning, Ms. Prochaska and her son flew with their six pets and other travelers on a 14-seat chartered flight from New York to Lisbon. Her share came to $22,000.

The final manifest included 10 humans, 10 dogs and two cats. Ms. Prochaska says the only drama came during preboarding socializing at the airport, when a large dog spooked her cats by venturing too close. Once in the air, she says, the cats “howled at the indignation.” Doses of cat sedative, she says, proved “very helpful in reducing the kitty profanity.”

Other pet parents unable or unwilling to foot the bill for charter travel try to work around long backups at some airports by routing their furry family members through other cities, then hiring a courier drive them the rest of the way.

The author of this article just relocated from Washington to London. His 7-month-old bernedoodle puppy and blind 17-year-old cat had their first flight canceled at the last minute, then flew cargo 10 days later through Amsterdam to Manchester, where a courier picked them up and drove them four hours to London. Total travel time: about 46 hours.

A spokeswoman for the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre says the wait time for pet-arrival slots is currently about three weeks for afternoon and evening arrivals and eight weeks for morning ones.

The Paulley family hired a high-end pet courier to fly Oliver and Norman to Australia.
PHOTO: J.T .PAULLEY

When J.T. Paulley, a microbiologist, accepted a job last summer in Geelong, Australia, he and his wife, Susan, “told our kids we would not leave our dogs behind,” Mr. Paulley recalls.

The logistics to transport Oliver, a 9-year-old husky golden retriever mix, and Norman, a 2-year-old dachshund beagle, into Australia looked daunting.

They hired Starwood Animal Transport, a pet-moving company, part of a growing industry of high-end pet couriers who help to defang the Byzantine rules of international journeys.

It took nearly a year to pull off Oliver and Norman’s relocation, which included a six-month waiting period to get into Australia. The Paulleys had to move ahead of the dogs, who stayed behind in Tennessee with their human grandparents until they could be put on a plane.

Ms. Paulley says she leaned on Starwood’s pet concierge services for emotional support. “There were days when they had to talk me off the ledge,” she says.

Australia requires pets to be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival, at a facility in Melbourne. Oliver and Norman—longtime pals—had to be separated. The Paulleys were able to drop off roasted chickens for their dogs to eat, but the reunion didn’t come until the quarantine ended.

“They went crazy when we got them back,” Mr. Paulley recalls. “The little one was kind of screaming and yelling with excitement.”

A passenger enjoying the flight to Portugal arranged by Ms. Prochaska.PHOTO: KATY PROCHASKA

Starwood, which helps relocate pets to and from the U.S., most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, projects its international relocations to increase by about one-third this year. It attributes the surge to a pandemic spike in pet ownership, the lifting of international travel restrictions and airline-industry disruptions.

Ms. Prochaska, who launched the pet charter-flight Facebook group, says she hopes it will send a message to commercial airlines that they need to offer more pet-friendly travel options. She estimates that the two Facebook groups have brokered a couple of dozen flights.

“Airlines need to hear,” she says, “that people will pay big money to fly their pets.”

AND FINALLY, time to dig into the Barking Lot vault.

One has to go. Your dog or your mate. Jennifer wrote two blogs on the subject in 2009 and 2011 and excerpts from both are combined here.

I have a dear friend (“Katie”) who has been exclusively dating a guy (“Steve”) for almost a year.  Things are going very well for them and she cares for him quite a bit.  Not long ago, she asked him:  “Honey, am I marriage material?”  His response was, “Yeah, if you didn’t have that dog.”

Now don’t jump to conclusions that boyfriend is a dog hater.  He, in fact, owns a dog himself.  He just has a bit more control over his better-behaved dog than my friend has with hers.  Steve has taught Katie some tips on helping “Bennie” listen better and has worked on some behavior issues with the naughty dog.  All in all, it seems to be working out.

However, Katie has pointed out to me that Bennie has been in her life longer that Steve has.  While I know she wants to settle down with “Mr. Right” at some point, she has become very attached to her dog.  She has pretty much told me that if it came down to it, she would choose Bennie over any potential mate.

While the question of “would you choose your dog or your mate” is probably more in line with the “tastes great – less filling” argument than anything Plato pondered in The Apology, it can certainly spark a heated debate.

Truthfully for as long as I have known Katie and for how deeply I know she wants to find “The One” I think she is a little off in saying she would choose Bennie over a husband.  Oh, I don’t DOUBT her. I just think she might want to reconsider.

Again, Steve is NOT anti-dog.  He is anti- poor behaved dog, which Bennie often is, since Katie had always let him get away with murder like a spoiled child.  (I have witnessed first-hand how over indulged this pup is.)

Ever since Katie told me about their conversation I wondered what I would do in her situation.  It’s difficult to say.  I would of course want my significant other to “love me, love my dog.”  But if I fell head over heels for Tall, Dark and Handsome and he felt the same about me, sans dog, it could be a tough choice.  Like all philosophical questions there is no one right answer but it certainly makes for lively conversation

Another friend, “Sally” is married and I dare say she, too, would choose her dog over her husband.  I’m not sure how long & hard she would even have to think about it!

Both of my wonderful friends fall in to the 14% of respondents who would choose their pet over their mate.  A recent AP-Petside poll found that 25% of unmarried pet owners would pick Rover before Lover.  I find it a bit reassuring that the number drops to 8% of married pet owners answering the same way.

Kevin often teases me that on the list of Top Ten Things Jennifer Loves, he comes in somewhere around Number 12, after our microwave.  I would never say he’s Number 12 but I could be forced to admit it’s a tie between him and crème brulée.  But choose a pup over a partner?  Not me!

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!

The plan is to head this weekend to Das Fest in Elkhorn where they’ll have their annual Little Leg Races and a costume contest.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/30/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  A good deal of sunshine. High of 82. “A”

SUNDAY:  Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 85. “A”

How often should you walk your dog? Best practices for keeping your pup healthy.

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

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OPINION: America’s Beloved Pets Getting the Shaft Under Team Biden.

Dogs can ‘see’ with their noses, study suggests.

Are the Behaviors of Large and Small Dogs Really Different?

Clever canines: can dogs really tell when you’re being unkind?

Why does my dog stare at me? Here’s what they could be trying to tell you.

How Much Should I Spend to Keep My Elderly Dog Alive?

Real Life ‘Lassie’ Leads Search and Rescue to His 53-Year-Old Owner Who Fell Off 70-Foot Cliff in the Woods BY The Epoch times, JULY 28, 2022 

The 53-year-old man fell down a 70-foot cliff in a remote part of the Tahoe Forest in northern California, breaking his hip and ribs.

But he managed to move himself to someplace where there was cell service and call for help.

The next day, on July 14, a Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue (NCSSAR) team was dispatched, and was able to ping the man’s last known GPS signal to locate him.

The rescuers were informed by a friend of the man’s to look out for his border collie, Saul.

When search and rescue reached the man’s camp, he wasn’t there, so they began to spread out their search. They thought they heard a voice calling out but weren’t able to pinpoint where it was coming from.

Moments later, the searchers encountered Saul.

The dog was described as “jumping up and down and spinning around in circles,” NCSSAR Sergeant Dennis Haack told KCRA.

The “Lassie-like” behavior helped them save the dog’s owner. “They started following him, he went for somewhere between 150 and 200 yards, and took them right to the victim,” Sergeant Haack said.

They found him in a small shelter that was covered with a camouflaged tarp. Medical staff described his injuries as “traumatic,” the news outlet reported.

They then got him to a CHP chopper and shuttled him to an air ambulance a few miles away, then transported him to receive more treatment.

“He’s very lucky that his dog directed our search personnel to him,” Sergeant Haack added.

NCSSAR posted on Facebook about the harrowing incident afterward, crediting the rescue team, and Saul, for their efforts saving the man.

“Great work and skill by all involved today and for the Border Collie he was transported back to Grass Valley and given a well deserved dinner,” they posted.

Saul is being looked after by a local nonprofit in Grass Valley while his owner undergoes medical treatment for his injuries.

A nurse’s compassion: A unique connection between a pet and caregiver.

Indiana woman’s dog pulls strange creature from pool: A 7-inch hairless, bloated groundhog.

And finally, from The Barking Lot vault, my wife wrote in the summer of 2012:

I have suffered from seasonal & environmental allergies for most of my life.  I have never had “allergy testing” because quite frankly I am too chicken to subject myself to the process.  Generally I just take OTC antihistamines from first bloom to first frost and deal with it.

I tolerate a range of annoying allergic reactions besides ragweed and pollen.  I have a severe reaction to nickel in metal so much to Kevin’s chagrin I can only wear “real” gold.  I can’t come within 5 yards of a horse or I will break out in hives and have eyes so swollen I look like, well, I don’t know what.  Just the other day, I tried a new brand of dish soap because I thought it smelled nice.  “Big mistake,” my rash-covered hands told me.

Kevin, on the other hand, has no issues with things like this.  The man can cut grass in a dust storm, pet a dozen dogs at one time, stand in a field of flowers and use any sort of soap/lotion/fragrance.  If he sneezes once during the months of June, July and August it’s because he got pool water in his nose.

I truly hope that our daughter Kyla takes after her Daddy and has her own natural ability to fight allergens and not rely on a lifetime supply of Benadryl.  I don’t know… with our luck, our poor offspring will sneeze in unison with Mommy from May through October and we’ll open the windows once during the summer season.

I will never complain when I’m not shoveling and shivering.  But summertime can make it rough for those of us who have to endure the Sneezin’ Season.

So where am I going with all this nasal news?  Well, if you think the two-legged members of your family are the only ones who can suffer this time of year think again.  If you have noticed the family pooch scratching more, or sneezing uncontrollably then chances are he/she is suffering from seasonal allergies.  Fortunately there are ways to cope just like there are for humans.  Antihistamines are a possible source of relief, as are a short-term dose of steroids.

This year if you are itching & scratching, rubbing your eyes, sneezing and dealing with a raspy voice and scratchy throat; please don’t dismiss your dog may be suffering the same ways you are

From a fellow allergy sufferer, good luck with the rest of the summer.

—By Jennifer Fischer

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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/23/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY: Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High of 92.  Scattered thunderstorms during the evening becoming more widespread overnight. Potential for severe thunderstorms. Chance of rain 70%.“A” during the day, “D” in the evening.

SUNDAY: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then becoming sunny late. High 83. “B-”

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

Should I Take My Dog Out In This Heat?

US marshals hunt man wrongly released over shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker.

The country where having a pet could soon land you in jail.

Yves Lampaert fumes after dog unleashes Tour de France chaos.

Dog rescued by authorities and good Samaritan after being thrown off bridge into river.

One of the best dog stories of the year: U.K. Family’s Missing Beagle Mix Returns Home with Third Place Ribbon from Dog Show.

How often should I take my dog to the vet? And how to know if your pet needs a checkup. The answers

How often should you bathe your dog? A guide based on breed, lifestyle and coat.

I slept with my beloved pit bull — until he tried to eat me alive.

Are you clumsy—or just mean? Your dog may know the difference.

Are you a helicopter dog parent? Then you should read this.

The Dog You Should Have Based on Your Zodiac Sign.

What was Demi Moore thinking?

Another story from the DOGS ARE AMAZING file.

PHOTO: Three-Legged Dogs Yet Again Take Over California park for Annual Picnic for ‘Tri-Pawed’ Dogs.

VIDEO: ‘My dress!’: Dog crashes owners’ wedding ceremony.

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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (07/16/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

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

TODAY: DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM THIS MORNING. Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog in portions of east central, south central and southeast Wisconsin. Cloudy. High of 74.  “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High of 81. “A-”

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


Therapy dog helps Highland Park…

Can Your Dog Get Cancer Just by Sniffing?

Dogs can help keep our neighborhoods safer and reduce crime: New study. More details on the OSO study.

Our sweet little dog needed a friend. No one warned us puppies can be psychopaths.

4,000 beagles will be rescued from a Virginia breeding facility.

What’s the best dog breed for your kids? Here are the top 20.

Dog poo forms a significant part of foxes’ diet,

‘A Lot of Introverts in One Room’: Awkward Dog Meet-Up Goes As Expected.

We dig into The Barking Lot vault for this blog written by my wife in June of 2010:

I often talk about getting a dog, especially when Kyla is a little bit older.  I figure that’s the best plan…  After all, Kevin doesn’t need to know that my intention is really to have dogS.  Yes, plural.  I had two dogs most of my youth, and it was a blast.  They had different personalities, looked different, and played differently with me.  So why wouldn’t I consider the same situation with our family?

Actually, there might be some reasons.  Or at least there are things to thoughtfully consider before you just spring two dogs on each other and assume they will be doggy BFF’s.

Again from our friends at PetPlace.com, there are certain steps you should follow when you want to introduce two dogs for the first time.  I think this information would be useful for introducing two “friends” or “extended family” dogs as well as if you would like to adopt a second one for your home.  Excerpts of their article include:

1. Keep it friendly – It may be possible to introduce the dogs in a relaxed manner by just letting them sniff and play, as long as both are known to be friendly with other dogs.

2. Take it slow – If you are not sure how the dogs will react, start off cautiously by taking them for a walk together on neutral territory (e.g. a park, not your yard).

3. Watch for signs – Be aware that wagging tails do not necessarily mean that dogs are happy to see each other.

4. The dominant dog will emerge – When the dogs eventually meet off-leash, one of them is going to need to establish dominance. This is a normal and necessary step in a dog-dog relationship, but sometimes the process can look and sound pretty scary.

5. Support the dominant dog – Once the dogs are together, make sure that you support one dog as dominant (this will probably be the resident dog). Show him that he is number one.

Additional tips from PetPlace.com are specific to helping you think through the process of adopting a second furry friend.  So besides all the great ideas listed above here are some more points to ponder:

If you have a dog and you’re thinking about getting another dog, choose wisely. There are many things to consider, like finding the right dog, keeping the peace and balancing the pet budget.

The better the match, the easier the transition will be. A natural hierarchy will develop over the first few weeks and usually the older incumbent dog will and should occupy the “alpha” position.

Is it better to get a dog of the same or opposite sex? Many veterinarians and behaviorist recommend choosing a dog of the opposite sex. This will decrease the chance of aggression. 

What breeds should you avoid? Avoid breeds that are known for their aggression toward other dogs (e.g. Pit Bull). Do your research first and choose the breed that has the best chance of getting along with your resident dog. 

Make sure their personalities match. If the incumbent dog has lots of playful energy, it would be appropriate to get a new puppy or young adult dog. However, if your present dog is unlikely to tolerate the antics and energy of an adolescent dog, consider getting an older dog.

Once you select your new dog, the “dog-to-dog” introduction is very important. Observe their behavior … see how they react to each other, and then decide how to continue.

Consider all of these factors when choosing a second dog – and don’t forget about the added expense for that dog’s care. In addition to food, toys and grooming think about the additional medical expenses. 

Uh, sorry, Kev.  If you think that all this information is going to dissuade my hopes of having eight paws and two tails in our home, you are out of your doggone mind.
—Jennifer Fischer

Now it’s 12 years later and…never mind.

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!