The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/21/22)

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:  Cloudy with occasional showers. High of 62. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%  “C-”

SUNDAY:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. Windy. High of 63.  “C”

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

Pug health so poor it ‘can’t be considered a typical dog’ – study.

NY Times: Your Dog Is Not Ready for You to Return to the Office.

How are they dealing with errant poop in NY? Vigilantism and shaming.

VIDEO and ARTICLE: Air Force Veteran helps train service dogs for fellow vets.

Can a Dog Be a Doctor’s Best Friend?

Over in England, the man who feeds his dog rather than himself.

Bruin is the winner of the 13th annual Hambone Award® presented by Nationwide. This award is given every year to the most unusual pet insurance claim that Nationwide receives.

A dog named ‘Baby Girl’ went viral after being abandoned in Wisconsin. And now…

Black shelter animals weren’t getting adopted. A photographer had an idea.

Barking Lot update: Young coyote mistaken for dog now bonding with another rescued pup.

Barking Lot update: The world’s tallest dog is 7 feet tall on his hind legs: ‘He thinks he’s a lap dog.’

VIDEO: A very cute 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!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/14/22)

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 86.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of 68.  “C”

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

Why pet food is so doggone expensive.

In Illinois, some pet crackdowns.

Hero dog saves Texas woman missing for days in George Bush Park.

Stolen Mother’s Day flowers leads to reunion between lost dog and owners after 2 years.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Patron the bomb-sniffing dog cements his hero status with a presidential medal.

Family brings home coyote they mistook for a lost dog.

Coyotes are everywhere.

Pet owners can now sleep in giant dog beds: ‘It’s a need.’

Tenn. couple wakes up to find strange dog sleeping with them in their bed.

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!

A final note. Our daughter Kyla has a dear friend in the neighborhood, Joey. The two girls attend Franklin Middle School and are both active in the Glencastle Irish Dancers.

Joey’s pet yellow lab Logan is pictured below with a halo from Kyla’s Halloween costume from last year. Logan was 17 when he was put to rest on Thursday. An absolutely terrific dog. Goodbye Logan.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (05/07/22)

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:  Sunny. High of 59.  “B”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of 57. “C”

Before we get to this week’s news a dip into The Barking Lot vault. Jennifer wrote in May of 2012 (edited and updated):

With Mother’s Day tomorrow, this is the time we stop to think about all that “Mom” means and all that Mom does.  You’re sure to read lists containing common terms such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator.  How ‘bout one more:  chief pet caretaker.

Yep, on top of everything else, moms are generally the ones who end up caring for Fido. Everything from shopping for food to the end result of yard duty seems to fall squarely on her shoulders, despite the repeated promises from her children that THEY would take care of it.

Getting a dog during the summer is a great time for the kids to walk it and bathe it.  But when it’s January and warmer in Alaska than it is in Wisconsin who’s the one donning the ski boots so Rover can romp?

Do you know any family where Mom yells out, “Roxie threw up again!  Eeew, gross!  I’m not cleaning that up…”  No, she just grabs the roll of Viva and dives in no questions asked.

Since minor children have no source of regular income, who pays for everything?  Milk Bones, loofah doggies, plush bedding and flea collars don’t fall from the sky.  The kids don’t work, and they certainly don’t drive.  Who takes Ralphie to the vet at least annually?

And let’s not forget who the best and biggest worrier in the family is.  When there is a medical concern or run-away issue, who’s the one staying up at least half the night until the problem is resolved?

If you’re still stumped as to what to get Mom this year, consider this…  Make good on your promise that you will, indeed, care for your dog.  After you hand Number One Mom the box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, and mushy card, why not take Rex for a walk, give him a bath, pour his food and water and play with him.  (I’d suggest also vacuuming up his hair and cleaning the yard but we want to see mom smile, not faint from shock.)

—Jennifer Fischer

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

VIDEO: Milwaukee dog daycare takes heat over social media videos…

WTH is wrong with people?! MORE.

Dog trainer opening private dog park in Milwaukee neighborhood, hopes to prevent dog attacks.

VIDEO and ARTICLE: Carroll University students share bittersweet moment after handing dogs to new owners.

How Much of a Dog’s Behavior Is Predicted by Its Breed?

How Often Should You Feed Your Dog? Giant Study Reveals a Surprising Answer.

Zeus holds the record. VIDEO and ARTICLE.

Tiny Driving Dog Collared By Traffic Cops in Adorable Video, one of the best of the year.

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!

And Happy Mother’s Day!

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/30/22)

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:  Cloudy with periods of rain. Becoming windy in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High of 54. Winds ESE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. “D”

SUNDAY:  Overcast. High of 54. “C”

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

Woman Who Lost Arms in Dog Attack Keeps Asking Mom to Hold Her Hand.

VIDEO: Philadelphia woman’s dying wish is to find new owner for her dog…

Less than 24 hours after Alexander spoke to FOX 29’s Chris O’Connell about her last request, over 300 people have reached out to help Rosie. Now comes the search to find Rosie a perfect match from hundreds of interested adopters, so Alexander can find peace.

VIDEO: Jump!

VIDEO and ARTICLE: NYC cracks down on lazy dog walkers: ‘There is no poop fairy.’

Good dog or bad dog? New study shows that breed isn’t really a predictor of behavior.

VIDEO and ARTICLE: Patron is a hero.

VIDEO: Gus is a hero.

Shaggy fur, an important job and a link to an extinct breed: Meet a dog breed you’ve never heard of.

Dog longevity: How long will my pet dog live?

The world’s oldest living dog is 21. Here’s how his owner keeps him fit.

Do Dogs Actually Have Two Noses?

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 (04/23/22)

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 skies. Windy. High of 77. Spring at last! “A”

SUNDAY:  Windy. Showers early with clearing later in the day. High of 72. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. An optimistic  “B”

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

How Hard Is It to Create a Counterfeit Service Dog?

OVERSEAS: Dog feces the most ‘potent’ polluter of Dublin’s coastal bathing water.

In US, Every Dog Has Its… $200 DNA Test.

Barking Lot update. Spencer. The Boston Athletic Association named him the official dog of the 126th Boston Marathon.

Bacon-flavored bubbles for the dogs, bubbly for their owners. This dog club is being coined the Soho House for dogs.

Florida Chihuahua believed to be world’s oldest dog.

VIDEO and ARTICLE: Angry dog hailed ‘next Rocky Balboa’ after hilarious boxing match against cushion.

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 (04/16/22)

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:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High of 43.  “D”

SUNDAY:  A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High of 39. “D”

Speaking of dog walking…

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

Puppy scam: Americans desperate for a canine companion paid for imaginary pups.

‘Now I’m pissed’: Secret Service agents outraged by White House spin over ‘first dog’ bites.

Today’s veterinarian shortage: How it could affect your dog or cat.

Stanley Coren: Can a Few Minutes With a Therapy Dog Help Relieve Pain?

PHOTO: Ukrainian children take part in a therapy session with a therapeutic dog, in a complex set up as a shelter organized by volunteers, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. Photo: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

PHOTO: In Bursa, Turkey, Emre Demir takes care of more than 300 dogs at an animal rescue built with donations. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

‘Heartbreaker’ Rescue Dog Stood Up at His Adoption Party Finds a Home After 225 Days in Shelter.

ICYMI last week, about your dog’s bowl….

OK. Here we go. Monday was National Pet Day. Colleen Paige, animal welfare advocate and pet and family lifestyle expert, founded National Pet Day in 2006 to celebrate the joy pets can bring to us. But she also wanted to bring attention to the ongoing needs of many pets of all kinds waiting in shelters to be adopted. Which pet makes better financial sense, a cat or a dog?

Vegan diets are healthier and safer for dogs, study suggests.

A beginner’s guide to pet passports.

Can owning a dog be a ‘selfish’ pursuit? This academic thinks so.

There’s a reason humans melt when they see ‘puppy dog eyes,’ new research reveals.

Naughty dogs: Here are the 10 most mischievous breeds of adorable dog.

A New Survey Reveals Dog Personality Types—Which One Does Your Pet Have?

Time to Tell America’s Dogs This Arrangement Won’t Last Forever.

Students Write Adorable Letters on Behalf of Shelter Animals to Boost Adoptions – And it Worked

Tennessee dog wins wackiest name crown in national contest.

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 (04/09/22)

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 skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High of 44. “D”

SUNDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High of 50. “C”

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

Actress Jenna Malone was among a group of witnesses who say they saw a man abusing a small dog before several people beat him near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. KNBC’s John Cadiz Klemack reports. 

Internet Backs New Mom Avoiding Couple Due to ‘Aggressive’ Breed of Dog.

VIDEO & ARTICLE: Dog with six legs, two penises wasn’t expected to live. Now he’s healthy and has a new home.

Bomb-sniffing dog detects explosives in Ukraine, video shows.

Remember this…

Ukraine’s Hachiko: Dog refuses to leave side of owner’s body in Kyiv.

Neiman Marcus hires gun-sniffing dogs to patrol Mag Mile store. And they apparently work.

From one of our favorites, Stanley Coren: Can a Snoring Dog Jeopardize a Marriage?

Humans bred dogs to have puppy-dog eyes.

Most US dog owners don’t follow FDA pet food handling guidelines: study.

Your Pet’s Food Bowl Is Big Infection Risk, Experts Warn.

And now, a brief video…

OH OH. Don’t let dogs lick your face! Pet owners warned sign of affection could be deadly.

Jennifer blogged about this many years ago:

Growing up, I never hesitated to receive a lick on the hand OR face from either of my dogs.  Come to think of it, I never hesitated to get one from any dog I knew.  I never thought it was gross if a dog licked my face.  Sure, some kisses were drier than others…   My Basenji’s lick felt nearly like a cat’s it was so dry and tidy.  My Springer Spaniel’s swipe made you look for the nearest towel – STAT. 

I will say that occasionally (as my seasonal allergies have worsened and my skin has become more sensitive) a dog’s lick will trigger a few localized hives.  I know this in advance yet I can’t resist some canine affection.  So I simply wash my hand or cheek with soap, apply a dab of hydrocortisone cream and that’s that.  Despite this reaction I still don’t shy away from a pooch smooch.

But let’s make one thing abundantly clear…  I’m talking about a dog (my dog, a friend’s dog, a dog I met ten seconds ago) licking my hand, arm, or cheek.  That’s as far as it goes.  And I’m sure the same holds true for many if not all dog owners/lovers.  We’re not referring to “intimate kissing” for crying out loud!  Personally I don’t think alarm bells need to sound over the discovery of a particular type of germ in a dog’s mouth.

Quite frankly after Kyla’s first year of school, I’m starting to think that being in a room full of four- and five-year-olds is WAY dirtier and germier than anything a dog can dish out.  We’ve endured sinus infections, ear infections, and several rounds of pink eye in these past nine months.  In all the years we’ve been affectionate with dogs not ONCE have we contracted any sort of malady.

So “urban legend” or not, I’m sticking with the theory that it’s not that terrible to have your dog kiss you.  These kinds of reports and stories  just don’t scare me.
—Jennifer Fischer, June 7, 2014

Back to this week’s news…

Veterinarians share 10 ways you could be making your dog angry without realizing.

For National Dog Bite Prevention Week (April 10-16), experts provide tips to prevent likelihood of bites.

Rule-Following Dog Caught on Camera Hilariously Calling Out Her Canine Sister for Misbehaving.

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 (04/02/22)

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:  Periods of snow. High around 40. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.  “F”

SUNDAY:  A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High of 45. “D”

Speaking of walking your dog…

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

Iditarod punishes 3 mushers for sheltering dogs in windstorm.

World’s first electronic sniffing dog dies.

As travel returns, so are requests for dog sitting.

VIDEO and STORY: Go Spencer Go!

Last October…

Living with a blind dog.

Does Your Dog Actually Love You? There are skeptics.

Dog that knows 40 commands gets job at Florida children’s hospital.

John Travolta adopts the dog from the Betty White Oscars tribute — thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis.

Ohio Therapy Dog Annie Rose Wins 2022 Cadbury Bunny Tryouts and Gets Her Own Candy Commercial.

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 (03/26/22)

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: Overcast skies and windy. High around 35. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Higher wind gusts possible.  “D”

SUNDAY:  Mainly sunny. High of 33. “D”

Speaking of dog walking…VIDEO and article.

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

This Ontario couple tried to adopt a dog. The rescue group said no because their son has autism.

UW: Canine TV preferences could lead to answers in protecting dogs’ eyesight.

A Dog Day at the Dentist’s: North Carolina Regulates Pups in Dentistry.

This is no surprise.

And that’s a perfect lead-in to the final minutes of this video…


OK. Back to the week’s news.

People say my dog’s name is offensive – strangers have a go at me in the park on walks.’

North Carolina family abandons dog over fears he is ‘gay.’

No, When Male Dogs Mount Other Males, It Doesn’t Mean They’re Gay.

7-year-old boy pens sweet letters for future adopters of his foster 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!

The Barking Lot (03/19/22) – America’s Finest Dog Blog

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 and snow showers in the morning. Then remaining overcast in the afternoon. High of 47.  “F” in the morning, D in the afternoon.

SUNDAY:  Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High of 55. “B”

On your dog walks this spring, a warning.

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

We’ve said it before. The news isn’t always good. College student who was disfigured in vicious attack by dogs reveals her face. CBS News video. And just FYI, yes, there is a disclaimer…

VIDEO: From CBS 8 in San Diego:

Survey Reveals People Returning To Work Will Miss Their Dog More Than Kids Or Spouse.

Therapy Dog That Comforted U.S. Troops in the Middle East Now Needs Help Continuing Healing Work.

We love the work of Stanley Coren. Short-Headed Dogs Are More Reactive to Negative Stimulation.

Your dog might be anxious for the same reasons you are.

OPINION: Yes, your dog can go vegan – but cats are natural born killers.

My dog sniffed out cancerous lump in my breast and saved my life.

AKC: Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2021.

These dog breeds make the best police dogs.

Sorry we missed this one, but still timely. Pooch Playoffs: Madison photographer launches March Madness-style tournament fundraiser for dogs, dog lovers.

From overseas, dog walker pinned down in dog mess by ex-military passer-by ‘after refusing to pick it up.’

VIDEO: Veterinarian Dr. Thomas Hamilton tells of caring for scared dogs:

VIDEO: Meet Ouka, paraglider:

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!