The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/15/19)

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:   UPDATED – Mostly cloudy after morning sunshine. Scattered shower is possible. A high of 74.  “B”

SUNDAY:   Sorry, Dad. Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High of only 59.  “D-”

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

I think that Kevin might consider this week’s main blog “a good talk radio topic.”  For years, when filling in on WISN, he would choose topics that first and foremost interested him.  When he was passionate about an idea, it resonated with his listeners.  His topics were always current but not necessarily hard-hitting news pieces.  While thought-provoking, sometimes there were elements of humor and fun. Obviously he decided on pieces that could have two (or more) opinions about the subject.  I don’t claim to have my husband’s on-air expertise by ANY means. But I think I can pick an interesting topic now and then!

I don’t know of a single dog owner who does not directly speak to their dog.  I don’t mean just commands, I mean a full-on convo. Beyond that, I know plenty of owners who not only talk to their dogs, they talk back for them!  Some even in special, designated voices! Are you one of them? No judging, honestly. BTDT.

Can things get a little weird, a little over-the-top?  It depends on who you are, how you view your relationship with your dog, and maybe if you profit monetarily from your pup.  A little back-and-forth of “Bucky, are you hungry?”  “Of course I am, mom!  We just got back from the dog park!  I’m STARVING!”  “OK let me get you your food Sweetie” seems pretty typical to me.  Once you stray into the “Did you say you want the bowl with the Swarovski crystals or just the plain Sterling silver today?” arena I think we might be reaching overboard territory.

And it’s not just conversations, either.  Thinking that your dog prefers a certain color blanket, needs a new jacket, wants a different bowl for his/her kibble and then acting accordingly are all ways we elevate our pets to human status.  I can guarantee you, your dog will NOT hold a lifelong grudge if you forget their birthday. But you, as the owner, would never forgive yourself if you didn’t celebrate that momentous occasion.

Why, exactly, do so many owners do this?  There are theories of course… from behaviorists as well as regular people.  It’s easy to say “Because they’re nuts!” But there might be a little more to it, actually.  Jia Tolentino offers her perspective in a recent New Yorker contribution.

Another article posted earlier this year lends additional thoughts.

Again, I’ll admit I’ve talked to (and for) my childhood pets.  While we don’t have a dog (yet, as I keep saying) I would most likely continue that habit.  But I can guarantee I wouldn’t worry about them getting mad at me for giving them a sweater they don’t like.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

‘Don’t make me stab the dog:’ Kalin Sunde charged in pursuit, standoff involving stolen van.

You can meet Justice, the police dog stabbed during the I-94 standoff in Oconomowoc.

Wisconsin’s K-9 laws, why handlers want tougher penalties for offenders.

Canine teams from the Midwest are training in Wisconsin this week. Here are 9 things to know about explosive-sniffing K-9s.

Some of nearly 200 rescued dogs almost ready for adoption.

This dog was abandoned by her owner. Now she’s thriving as a police dog.

Support dog or pampered pet? Training tells the difference.

Dogs make the world a better place, even Pebble Beach.

OPINION: Adopt a shelter dog with Big Brown Dog Syndrome. It’s good for you.

How to pick the right dog.

Why Being Neurotic Might Be Good for Your Dog.

WHS helps man facing homelessness with free services for his dog so she can stay at shelter.

These Mermaid Life Jackets On Amazon Will Turn Your Dog into a Fabulous, Fearless Swimmer.

These Are The Most Dog-Friendly Offices In The U.S.

Teach your children how to ‘read’ a dog.

You Can Buy a Very Large — and Very Heavy — Replica of a Ghostbusters Terror Dog.

Aldi’s Ice Cream For Dogs Is Here Just In Time For Summer.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Nearly 50 three-legged dogs and hundreds of human companions turned up last Sunday for the 9th Annual Tri-Pawed Dog Picnic in San Francisco, a party for amputee canines plus dogs with cones, casts, one eye, one ear, wheelchairs, blindness, deafness, or toothlessness.


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Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, dog and indoorLord, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, goes through the National Odor Recognition Test course at the Kohl Center with Deputy Keith Kelly from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly and Lord have been a team for a year after he took over for her previous handler. Photo: Nina Bertelsen / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nic Garlie from the ATF’s St. Paul office starts Taylor, a 3-year-old black Labrador, on the training course for the National Odor Recognition Test at the Kohl Center. Taylor sniffed inside each canister and when she detected an explosive she would sit and signal to Garlie.The dogs sniff inside canisters to try to identify which ones contain an explosive at the Kohl Center. Some canisters contain distractors and if the dog signals for those they can get points marked off.  Nic Garlie from the ATF’s St. Paul office starts Taylor, a 3-year-old black Labrador, on the training course for the National Odor Recognition Test at the Kohl Center. Taylor sniffed inside each canister and when she detected an explosive she would sit and signal to Garlie. Photo: Nina Bertelsen/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, ‘He Had His Little Strut Back’: Dog Owners Turning To Cryotherapy To Help Old, Sick Pets. Watch the video in the linked article.

And a deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard.

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

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

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/08/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Partly cloudy in the morning, more clouds in the afternoon.  No chance of rain. A high of 74. “A”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. High of 65.  “C-”

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

After 20 years together, Kevin & I are certainly in tune to one another’s moods – good & not-so-good.  One look, a few words to the other’s ear, we know… We know when there is good news to share, and when we need to run for cover.  We know when one of us is trying to keep something inside and when we’re bursting to offer an amazing bit of information.

Once Kyla joined our mix Kevin and I instantly became aware of her states of mind as well.  Since she’s only 10 she’s not at the point where she tries to hide her feelings. Indeed, she is the type to wear it all on her sleeve:  from excitement to disappointment she counts on Mommy & Daddy to echo her emotions. And we do.

Now let’s think about if we had a dog.  Uh, I mean let’s think about WHEN WE GET A DOG.  What will our pooch contribute to this familial empathy?  Wait… WHAT??? What are you talking about?  Is it too far of a stretch to think that our dog will also be synchronized to our ups & downs?  I’ve always felt that dogs are incredibly intuitive. After all, isn’t that a reason that therapy & support dogs are as successful as they are?

Lina Roth, a professor at Linkoping University in Sweden certainly thinks so.  Her recent study will most likely lead to other similar ones showing us even more that dogs can mirror the stress from their owners.  Read more about her research here.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Dog Breeds That Pose the Highest Risk of Hurting Children.

Owners of dog who died at fireworks show: ‘We don’t blame the Mud Hens.’

Ball throwers BLAMED for giving dogs arthritis.

Robert Joseph Quick is a hero.

Man Takes His Dog on a 1,100 Mile Journey After She Lost Her Eyesight.

4 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Dog.

People are spending thousands on puppy concierge services to find the perfect dog.

How To Hold A Dog When You’re Taking A Picture.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Dogs at the ballpark:

May 29, 2019: Camden Yards (Orioles)
Camden Yards (Orioles) Rob Carr, Getty Images

May 14, 2019: Great American Ball Park (Reds)Great American Ball Park (Reds) David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports

May 14, 2019: Great American Ball Park (Reds).
Great American Ball Park (Reds). David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports

April 29: Fans hold their dogs during the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. It was "Bark at the Park" night at the stadium.
Kauffman Stadium (Royals) Orlin Wagner, AP

March 6, 2019: Salt River Fields (Rockies spring training)Salt River Fields (Rockies spring training) Matt Kartozian, USA TODAY Sports

June 19, 2018: Petco Park (Padres)
Petco Park (Padres) Jake Roth, USA TODAY Sports

Aug. 20, 2016: Citizens Bank Park (Phillies)Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports

You can bring your four-legged friend to Miller Park to cheer on the Brewers against the Braves on Tuesday, July 16. This special ticket package also features a Brewers rope-style dog toy. As an added bonus, a portion of all special ticket packages sold will benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society and Animal Rescue Foundation.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Now in theaters…

That leads us to a Barking Lot rerun from the fall of 2016.

The animated movie “The Secret Life of Pets”  explored what our animals are up to after we leave the house each day. Pets have a secret life, all right. But for dogs, it’s mostly about how they experience the world: through their noses. Did you know they can actually tell time through their sense of smell? Martha Teichner of CBS News reports.

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

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

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (06/01/19)

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:  A mix of clouds and sun with a 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms.  High of 65. “D”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 63.  “C”

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

Here’s a serious subject.

Are dogs property?

a couple of people posing for the camera: Jessica Sardina, 25, has lost her battle to win joint custody of Honey, the dog she lived with for three years when she was with then-boyfriend Kelvin Liriano (pictured together)

Jessica Sardina, 25, has lost her battle to win joint custody of Honey, the dog she lived with for three years when she was with then-boyfriend Kelvin Liriano (pictured together).

The pair from Bangor, Maine met on Tinder in 2014 but became serious the following year. He moved in to her apartment at the time, bringing Honey with him, a dog he adopted just a month  before.

They lived together for the next three years with her two other dogs Murphy and Beasley.

Can you figure out where this is headed? If you guessed a courtroom you get a gold star.

When they broke up in 2018, Liriano claims Sardina stopped him from taking Honey with him when he moved out.

Liriano argued before a district judge that he should have sole custody. Sardina fought back.

When the case was appealed to Maine’s top court, Sardina’s lawyer, Gene Sullivan submitted the dog in question is not property. It’s much more.

“A dog that greets you and plays with you and loves you is presently on the same level as an inanimate object, like a couch, a diploma or a blender. We won’t see any of those objects on Christmas cards, but people across the country will put their companion animals on holiday cards to other family members and friends because they view their pets as part of their family. This is true for both married and unmarried couples.”

Liriano’s attorneys countered, claiming Sardina hadn’t presented the court with any authority for the proposition that having sex with someone gives one rights to the other’s property.

The district judge ruled in favor of Liriano. The judge’s ruling was affirmed just this week by the state’s highest court, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley mentioned that on the same day the court was deciding the fate of Honey it also had to rule on cases involving the death of an infant and a sexual assault.

“What happens with the dog when unmarried parties go their separate ways – is that really something we want judges in this state to spend their time on?” Saufley asked.

And what was the key reason Liriano won the case? Saufley and the other judges ruled  Honey belonged to Liriano because only his name appeared on the adoption papers.

Pets are considered property in all 50 states. So what do you think? Are they? The dispute begs two questions.

1) Are pets property? The law says they are. The Portland Press Herald editorializes:

The court system is one of the best ways ever devised to resolve disputes, especially when they involve money. We cannot demand that judges start considering the rights and opinions of animals, who, as far as we can tell, don’t know that we still exist when we are not in their sight. And how would a judge determine the dog’s wishes? Look deeply into her eyes? See if she wags her tail?

If dogs have legal rights in custody cases, what about other animals? Should wage-and-hour laws apply to dairy cows? Can deer sue for a shorter hunting season?

2) OR, are pets part of the family?

In response to the Press Herald editorial Paula Gerstenblatt wrote a special column. She’s an associate professor at the University of Southern Maine School of Social Work.

Research on the human-animal bond indicates pets are considered family, and the connection equals or exceeds that experienced between humans.

According to the American Pet Products Association, 68 percent of American households have companion animals, 86 percent of households with companion animals consider pets family and overall spending in the U.S. pet industry was $69.4 billion in 2017. Pet companionship can be an essential part of a human’s healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally, often providing social support and stress reduction. Characteristics used to describe this relationship include love, comfort and protection – also associated with human family members.

Research shows the loss of a pet can be as or more difficult than the loss of a human. The decision to euthanize a pet results in feelings of guilt and a deep sense of loss once the pet is gone.

You can read Gerstenblatt’s entire column here.

Property or family member?

Is this a tough call? Kev, what do you think?
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer! And thank you for asking.

I’d have to say no. It’s not all that difficult. Having worked for 15 years in the Wisconsin State Senate I believe the writers of the newspaper editorial are correct. There’s no question pets and their owners have quite the bond going on. But the law is explicit and the hands of judges are tied. Pets are property. That’s what judges are ruling on. Expectations were that the appeal of the first ruling would take a month or two. It took a few days because the matter was so cut and dried.

Legislatures in the states need to change the laws if they choose. Judgment calls wouldn’t be less messy, I’m afraid. But judges would have some leeway as opposed to the rather strict “pets are property” laws on the books right now.

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

Oh oh. Prepare for a hot debate.

Dog owner laments lapse in vaccination.

Creator of HBO’s Chernobyl Says Show’s Dog Death Scene Is a ‘Toned Down’ Version of Real Events.

There’s no such thing as the poop fairy.

Rapper Valee Receives Backlash From Fans After Sharing a Video of His Dog Dyed Completely Red.

Rescuers Brave Oklahoma Floods to Save Dog ‘Clinging for Life’ to Tree Stuck in 12-Ft. of Water.

From Denmark, WI: Service dog changes young girl’s life, motivates her to give back.

At a New York college, you can fetch a bachelor’s degree in dog training.

Not exactly a news bulletin: Dog owners get more exercise.

Your dog at the beach? Could be very dangerous.

A bride helped shelter dogs find a home by having her bridesmaids walk the pups down the aisle at her wedding.

Can your dog get you a date? Dogs are amazing, So yes.

Dog orders burger at fancy New York City restaurant, has very specific demands.

And a different MUELLER made the news.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.


Air Force Veteran Sabrina Weber of Alabama hugs her service dog during a moment of silence in remembrance of service members who gave their lives, on Memorial Day at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, May 27, 2019. Photo: Reuters



Racing corgis at the Southern California “Corgi Nationals” championship at the Santa Anita Horse Racetrack in Arcadia. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

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

First… A wild dog in Zimbabwe narrowly escaped becoming a lioness’ latest meal by playing dead as the ferocious feline carried it around in its mouth.

Video footage from Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest nature preserve, shows tourists gasping as an African painted dog hanged lifelessly from the jaws of a lioness.

According to Kruger Sightings, which posted the video, the dog was part of a pack dining on an antelope when the lioness approached.

“In the flash of a moment, she pounced and managed to grab one of the dogs,” the company explained. “The lioness held onto the wild dog for a long time, which seemed lifeless in her grip, and many already believed it was already dead, as it stayed completely still.”

But when another member of the pack approached, the giant cat dropped her prey and attacked the interloper. That’s when the “dead” dog sprang back to life and made his escape. Kruger Sightings has confirmed both pups survived the encounter.

African painted dog

Next, from CBS News: How service dogs play a vital role in rehabilitating veterans.

ALSO:

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.

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 (05/25/19)

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 FORECASTWe grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Wake up to cloudy skies after overnight storms. Becoming partly cloudy early this afternoon. Temps will rise all day. High of 81.  “A”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies early, then partial clearing. A stray shower or storm is possible. High of 67.  “B”

MEMORIAL DAY: Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High of 69. “D”

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

Last Saturday I was jealous of Kevin.

While I was home on a day that looked like skies would open any second to torrential rains, he was the emcee for the fourth year in a row for the Armed Forces Challenge held at St. John’s Military Academy.

Teams composed of senior and junior men and women compete to help our vets. Teams consist of those who are in military academies, to first responders, to ROTC and everything in between. They compete in events like the sniper crawl.

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And the tire toss.

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The whole idea is to raise funds to support veterans of the United States Armed Services to help them and/or their families.

I mention my jealousy because Kevin came home and proceeded to torment me by saying he met…

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Piper.

You’ve probably figured out Piper is the canine in front of Michelle.

As you know Kevin is not particularly fond of dogs and vice versa. 🙂

But Piper took to him immediately.

That oh-so good-looking pooch is with War Dogs Milwaukee, the designated charity for this year’s Armed Forces Challenge.

Their mission is to educate people in the important role dogs have played in the service of wartime.

From the War Dogs Memorial in Menomonee Falls, WI…

War Dogs Milwaukee is 100% run by donations. For a $12 donation you will receive a T-shirt. For a $20 donation you will receive a sweatshirt and for $10 donation you will receive a hat.

Here’s the contact info for War Dogs Milwaukee: jwwitt@execpc.com.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Loved to death: Is euthanizing pets to be buried with dead owners OK?

Hundreds of drug dogs could face an uncertain fate if marijuana is legalized in New York.

Ohio State study identifies pit bulls, mixed breeds as dogs most likely to bite children.

Surgeons warn of serious hand injuries from dog leads and collars.

Dogs can bring neighbors together or divide them further, new research shows.

Dogs Not Welcome: Growing Calls by Muslims To Accommodate Their Hatred Of Dogs.

Wausau’s champion dog musher stages comeback after horrific crash and injuries.

Explosive-sniffing dogs trade ruff life for cushy retirement back home.

Homes Are Rapidly Going To The Dogs.

Are Dogs Really Smiling at Us?

Being a Dog Lover May Be in Your Genes.

Huh? How to name your dog without offending its canine sensibilities.

This Movie Theater Offers Bottomless Wine And Lets You Bring Your Dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Rescue Dogs Enjoy Their Own Big Dance With Adorable Puppy Prom.

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

First…

Also…

And check out the video in this story about a dog’s favorite napping spot that had people worried.

Finally, Meatball is on a journey.

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 (05/11/19)

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:  Overcast. High of only 54 (normal high is over 60 degrees). “D”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy in the morning, overcast in the afternoon. Slight chance of rain. High of 52. Sorry all you moms.  “D”

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

I’ve been a mom for ten years.  My favorite saying is “The days are long, but the years are short.”  Anyone who has a child can 110% relate. There’s nothing like it in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  But some days…

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In my blog about Dog Mom’s Day last year, I gave a shout-out to all the dog moms I know.  Once again this year, I would like to commend all the “moms” who clean up chewed household items, buy food that costs as much as (if not more) than their humans eat, spend more at a vet than they do at the spa, buy bite-proof babies & beds and worry just as much about their four-legged buddies as they do anyone else at their address.

Today we celebrate what is now annual National Dog Mom’s Day.  While written last week this brief article gives a nod to all the reasons why we should.  Interested in how many women pride themselves on being dog moms and all that it means?  Read some of the poll results posted here.

Once again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Enjoy your special time!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Cindy McCain reveals new details about how John McCain’s dog Burma died.

Man walks dog while driving car in Texas.

Michigan schools are hiring these dogs to help prevent shootings.

Found a stray dog? You might soon be on the clock, or face a fine in Illinois.

Talking to your pet is not so wacky after all. It’s actually good for you – and your health.

Attention, pet owners: Walmart will see your furry friend now.

There’s Finally a Place That Lets You Borrow Dogs for a Couple Hours.

Petco is making an unprecedented move to win over millennials who treat their dogs like their ‘first-born child.’

Opinion: Writer says dog has helped him stay sober.

After PETA controversy, ‘A Dog’s Journey’ becomes unlikely sequel — thanks to China.

You say your child wants a dog? This column from the New Yorker is for you.

Columnist writes, is it any wonder dog owners are happier than cat owners.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Jacquie Kelley and her service dog, Moose.

A disabled student studying abroad has finally gotten back to Dublin after being stranded in Lisbon, Portugal for two days because she says airlines wouldn’t accommodate her service dog, Moose. That’s Vermont native Jacquie Kelley, 21, who
described her experience as “the hardest day” of her study abroad trip, which she began in mid-January, adding she has “never cried so many tears in one day.” Kelley landed in Dublin last Saturday. She supplied the above photo.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

From Ronkonkoma, NY…

Next….How Las Vegas women are saving lost dogs in the desert. Check out the video in this article.

AND…Pet ownership in this country has exploded in the last 50 years and with it comes changes in the way we treat our four legged best friends. Jim Axelrod of CBS finds out in this 2011 report if there’s  a scientific reason why our pets are now considered “part of the family.” Pay close attention and you’ll figure out why we’re re-posting this piece from eight years ago this weekend.

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 (05/04/19)

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 63. “A”

SUNDAY:  Sunny in the morning. Increasing clouds in the afternoon with a 50% chance of showers. High of 70. “A”

My lovely wife, Jennifer, has the week off so I’ll supply the main blog. And I want to explore a topic that’s been on my mind for several weeks. The idea was inspired by something a regular reader once said to me:

“Who doesn’t like dogs?”

Indeed. Who doesn’t?

Turns out, a lot of folks.

Just check out social media, which by it’s very nature can be very crude, putting it mildly.

I think dogs are filthy, repulsive, and in all honesty I’ve been in gas station toilets that smelled better. I don’t consider the daily routine of scooping poop and pushing the horny dog off your leg to be any sort of substitute for real human companionship. A dog cannot have a conversation with you. A dog cannot share in your deeper interests.

That said, that’s only a personal opinion. If somebody wants to love a dog, that’s their business, not mine. But I would be more respectful of dog owners if they would not automatically hate me just because I don’t want to kiss their pit bull on the mouth or because I’m not advocating for more tax dollars to be spent on dog parks. It’s okay to not like dogs, and it doesn’t make you a cold-blooded, heartless monster.

ANIMALS ARE NOT LITTLE PEOPLE. But people think they are now. They want a pet which they can mold into an accessory, an artistic expression, a doll, a child, an extension of them which has no ability to talk back or run away. It’s a way for needy people to always have that security blanket whenever they feel too fat or lonely or uneducated or impoverished, or too thin or too bald or too wealthy or too oppressed or… you get the point.

I don’t want something nosing at me that just licked its own privates or behind a few minutes ago. They tend to stink no matter how often they are bathed, and have zero respect for your personal space, and their breath is just downright disgusting.

But too many times have I had dog owners dismiss my “Sorry, I’m just not a dog person, I’d rather not touch your dog” and insist their dog is a really friendly one and is so excited to see me, I should pet him! They immediately assume I’ll love their dog as much as they do, and that I won’t mind if it sheds hair where I want to sit, is in my way everywhere I want to walk, licks me, rips my tights with its claws jumping up at me, slobbers into my lap, or constantly hits me with the wagging tail.

I ******* hate dogs. Unfortunately I live with 2. My hubs adores them hence why I put up with them. Honestly ive nothing good to say about dogs. I dunno how anyone gets any joy of owning one and trust me my hubs trains his but they don’t always comply and my house skinks and constantly dirty and don’t start me on the furniture thinking they can lie anywhere they want. I patiently await the day they both die.

I’m a certified vet tech.

And.

I am not a dog person.

I have resuscitated more dogs than you ever will in your lifetime. I have pushed emergency drugs into I don’t know how many dog veins to keep them alive. I have acted fast when hit-by-cars storm through the front doors and work tirelessly to stabilize them. I have helped I don’t know how many dogs learn to walk again after suffering trauma. I have held hundreds upon hundreds of paws of those dogs who’s owners DROPPED THEM OFF FOR EUTHANASIA. That’s right, they didn’t want to be present, so guess who was there for them? Me. I have spent hours on patients who refuse to eat to get them to at least take 1 bite of food. I have missed so many lunch breaks, and have had to hold my own pee for hours because your dogs needed me there, my undivided attention. I have spent way more time at work with your dogs than with my own family.

So don’t give me any **** about not being a dog person. I’m in veterinary medicine because I love VETERINARY MEDICINE.

Let me not be a dog person in God damn peace.

My biggest problem with dogs is that I don’t like needy people or animals. Anyone that requires constant attention is extremely annoying to me plus the filth. Most dog owners have dirty homes.

I don’t dislike dogs however I don’t really understand what the big deal about them is either. All the fuss – clothes, carrying them, constant attention, etc. sometimes I think the people that are obsessed with dogs don’t have many friends or significant relationships in their life. I just don’t get it – cleaning up poop and the shedding slobber just aren’t worth it.

Families defrauded by unregulated service dog trainers.

Permian Pups Also Fight for Housing in Fastest-Growing U.S. City.

He wasn’t allowed to bring his dog inside a bar. Then he rammed the bartender with his car. Here are the details.

California’s canine blood banks harvest from caged dogs and operate in secrecy.

I am NOT surprised by this.

Washington state man dies while hiking but dog doesn’t leave his side for two days.

The long wait facing guide dog users.

The mistakes people make at the dog park that put their pet at risk.

For most people, the loss of a dog is comparable to the loss of a human loved one.

This Dog’s Adoration for His Food Bowl Got Him Adopted Just in the Nick of Time.

Man who is deaf adopts deaf puppy, teaches him sign language commands.

Dogs can tune out noise, just like people at cocktail parties.

Hey folks, we knew this all along, didn’t we?

The auto industry is going to the dogs—quite literally.

Why are there so many books about dogs?

Do you know what next Saturday is?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

How does she get such perfect family portraits?

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First… A man in Virginia said he has no regrets about smashing a window to free a dog that was locked in a hot car. Jason Minson happened to be working in the area of Norfolk on Tuesday and immediately called police for help when he noticed the young black Lab mix, but he was worried they were taking too long.

 

 

 

 

 

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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…

Will you buy a brat to help a veteran?

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/27/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  A mainly sunny sky. High of 61. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75. That’s nearly 40 degrees warmer than last Sunday.   “A+”

WAIT!!!!!!

That was last week. Let’s try this again.

TODAY:  UPDATED: WINTER STORM ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha Counties. Heavy snow expected.  Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

High of 41 in the morning, dropping slightly throughout the day.  “D” in the morning, “F” later in the afternoon.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 48.  “C”

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

We’ve had too many friends & family members affected by dementia.  No matter what form it takes, the disorder is devastating not only to the patent but everyone who loves them.

When someone with the resources to help a family member diagnosed with dementia steps in, amazing things can happen.  Such is the case for Tom Stevens, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The greatest heartbreak for their family was when she could no longer care for her dog.  And so Jenny was eventually “born.”

Dementia patients, Parkinson’s patients, and children with special needs could all potentially benefit from a robotic pet like Jenny.  Just imagine all the wonderful things that are possible with a special friend like her!  Watch this heartwarming video where dementia patients interact with Jenny… prepare to be amazed. 

Tombot, the company that brought Jenny to life, has an amazing website.  I encourage you to read their story.  I’m so impressed and inspired by the minds & hearts behind Jenny.  I’m hopeful that “pets” like her could be the future of therapy for so many deserving patients.  I look forward to hearing even more about Tombot and the lives they touch!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

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Federal agency offers reward in poisoned dog, wildlife case in northern WI.

Taking Your Dog on a Plane Just Got Harder.

Trump calls working dogs ‘the greatest equipment in the world.’

Green Bay Police K-9 handlers to receive emergency trauma kits as Pyro returns to work.

Man offers to sell his car to save his dog’s life before community comes to the rescue.

Deaf man adopts deaf puppy from shelter, teaches dog sign language commands.

Wisconsin Humane Society celebrates future $5.9M Racine campus.

The Best Cat- and Dog-Safe Plants, According to Experts.

21 Reasons To Rescue A Dog From A Shelter If You’re Used To Buying From Breeders.

Is this the perfect party question?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A picture taken by a 12-year-old girl  captured a tender moment between man and his best friend.

“To see a dog standing on his tippy toes looking into a casket struck the heartstrings of this community.”

Sam James is the director at James Funeral Home in Huntersville, North Carolina.

“Anne Marie (Sibthorp) sent us the photo,” said James. “We asked if she would mind if we shared it with the community because we found it to be such a touching photo.”

“I didn’t even know she was taking it,” said Sibthorp about her granddaughter, Nina Holcombe, who snapped the picture. Sibthrop took Chief into the chapel for a private viewing of her boyfriend, Bill Schiller, on April 11.

“I’ll never forget. He stretched his neck in as far as he could, and he gave Bill just one little quick lick on his ear, and of course, Bill didn’t move,” Sibthorp said. “And Chief laid his head right down by his head, and just laid there for the longest time.”

Image may contain: dog and indoorPhoto: James Funeral Home Facebook Page

Personnel from Station eight of St. Johns County Fire Rescue in Florida last weekend performed a rather unique rescue. A resident in the Hastings area returned home from work and found her Rottweiler “Fifi” in a rather precarious situation.

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Fifi was apparently sniffing around her residence and became stuck in a cinder block. The six month old puppy managed to wedge her head inside one of the holes in the block. The resident tried to free Fifi’s head but was unable to do so. Out of options the resident placed a call to the SJC Communications Center for help. Deputies from SJSO arrived and attempted to free her head using soap and water. However, the puppy remained stuck. Shortly after, personnel from Station 8 arrived and began to work on Fifi’s predicament. Using the Jaws of Life, firefighters were able to crack the block and free Fifi. Fifi was uninjured and is excited to be sniffing around again.

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Image may contain: dogPhotos: St. Johns County Fire Rescue Facebook Page

And one more…

The owner of a dog holds her pet up to the Sakura cherry blossoms in the Sakura park in Vilnius, Lithuania, on April 22, 2019. Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

We close as we always do with our closing video. Like the photo section we have more than one this week.

This past Tuesday was National Lost Dog Awareness Day, aimed at bringing awareness to the dogs that go missing. It’s also a day to celebrate the reunions between lost pets and their owners.

The first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day was celebrated on April 23, 2014. It was created by a group called Lost Dogs of America. The American Humane Association estimates more than 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States every year, and that one in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.

Cedar, a dog found abandoned in Colorado, has been returned to his family nearly two years after he was stolen in Florida as a puppy. The pet was identified thanks to his microchip.

Next …there was no way he could have known a trip to the dump would change his life — and those of hundreds of dogs.

AND…Sox, AKA ‘The Bike Dog’ is traveling the world by motorcycle. Months of training and years of refining his techniques have allowed him to travel almost 70,000 miles on a motorcycle. He is currently traveling from San Diego to New York City with his Dad, stopping at National Parks and National Forests all along the way. Sox is trying to inspire more amazing dogs to live life to the fullest and bring their humans along for the adventure.

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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Pyro

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/20/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  A mainly sunny sky. High of 61. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75. That’s nearly 40 degrees warmer than last Sunday.   “A+”

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

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I’ll admit it:  I hate to exercise.  I don’t exercise.  Even when I didn’t have Achilles tendonitis as a legit excuse not to run, I didn’t run.  Coming to terms at an early age with the fact that I will never be an Olympian meant considerably less pressure growing up.  😉

I’ve often said that our dog will be walked for pleasure when weather cooperates and I’m in the mood.  Otherwise, Future Fido will be forced into contentment with our yard for canine workouts and toileting needs.  Trust me, our dog won’t be neglected…  It will be loved, played with, and given plenty of space to run & enjoy its doggy life.  But pet parenthood will not suddenly throw me into a new found love for aerobic activity.

Apparently it’s a good thing I don’t live in the UK.  At least from the perspective of someone who has a health routine equivalent of the DMV sloth from Zootopia.  But if getting a dog helps YOU burn extra calories, by all means be my guest!  

I realize this recent study is not as in-depth as the other scientific findings I’ve blogged about.  Still, I love when data and doggies merge to create an interesting article.  Thanks, Carri Wesgrath!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

All the more reason we shouldn’t get a dog. I would dearly hate to see my adorable wife out there walking and walking and walking our pet each and every day.

Now careful folks. Don’t be throwing objects at your computer!

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

This was probably wrong.

You’ve heard about that anti-vaccination movement. It’s now infecting the pet world.

The U.S. Postal Service has released dog attack national rankings.  More postal employees were attacked by dogs in Houston than in any other U.S. city in 2018.  >>> See more on the new USPS rankings ... Photo:  U.S. Postal Service

Today is the last day of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

At Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Vilified Sport and a way of life end.

She Gave Her Dog CBD Oil to calm him down and help his separation anxiety.

Dog Watching Owner Dig Its Grave has brought out a lot of emotions.

A change in routine raises the question: Are dogs more adaptable than their owners?

Check out these ‘high tech dog houses.’

What’s dirtier? A dog or a man’s beard?

How not to kill your pets this Easter.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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. Photo: AP

Elsa the Yorkshire is groomed in a competition at the Pet Expo 2019, a pet show in Bucharest, Romania, on April 13, 2019. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

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.

First, from CBS News, dog-walking apps are causing concern.

And oh, how we love a happy ending. This lucky pup has been given a second leash on life.

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!

Thailand Rescued Dog

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/13/19)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Partly Cloudy. High of 49. “C”

SUNDAY:  Periods of snow. Rain may mix in. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30’s.  Thunder is possible. 80% chance of precipitation. 1-3 inches of snow expected. Maybe a high of 37.   “F”

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

I’ve repeated on this blog many times that growing up we had both dogs and cats in our family.  I loved them all dearly and equally.  As the years went on however, I became WAY more of a dog lover than a cat lover.  Although I wanted a pet in my apartment, only cats were allowed where I rented.  It was a no-brainer by that point; I didn’t get a cat.

Kevin makes jokes about the uselessness of the feline persuasion and I can guarantee you we’d never have a family cat.  (If you think I’m struggling to adopt a dog that is NOTHING compared to the “no chance” reaction I’d get if I wanted a cat!)  Truly, he is NOT a cat person.

It’s not much of debate in our house about our pet preference.  We save arguing for more important topics such as “Should you ever put catsup on a brat?” or “What’s the best 80’s song?”  But what about other people?  Wanna start a fun (at least initially) argument?  Stand dog owners against cat owners and see what happens.

Colleen Kirk recently set out to initiate that argument, but in a scientific way.  While I must admit I’m not terribly surprised by the findings (I’m biased – I’m a dog person!) I think it’s fascinating the way she went about her research.

Feel free to leave a comment as to your allegiance and opinion on the study!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

McCain family mourning after John McCain’s dog dies in ‘tragic accident.’

Back in December we missed this one. It’s pretty important.

Dog owners warned over deadly Easter chocolate dangers.

‘That’s not a bag’: man with dog bends New York subway rule and gets denied.

Study: Dogs, Like People, Tend to Stay Away from ‘Nasty’ People Who ‘Behave Negatively.’

Prenups for pets, or ‘pet-nups,’ becoming increasingly common among couples.

A Dog Named Cactus Is Dominating a Race Through the Desert.

Normally when an umpire gets booed it’s not news, except here.

This friendship between a mailman and a rescue dog is breaking the Internet’s heart.

Yappy hours and bark mitzvahs: Dog-treat food trucks setting new trend.

Dog swallowed them on walks.

Very cool in South Dakota.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.


In Vladivostok, Russia, a girl walks an Akita dog dressed in a military uniform. Photograph: Yuri Smityuk/Tass

And…

13 Pictures Of Dogs That Deserve To Hang In The Louvre.

And…the cone of shame.

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

High school teen and her service dog star in production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Watch the video in the story.

Here’s a great organization in Riverside, California:

And…

Border Collie Comes Out Of Nowhere, Saves Chihuahua From Being Run Over By Car:

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 (03/30/18)

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 and windy. High of 44. “C”

SUNDAY
  Mostly sunny. High of 40.  “D

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

I know a meteorologist could give me historical facts as to what was the coldest winter in history.  I’m not interested in what happened 100 or so years ago.  I wasn’t around so I don’t care.  The 2018-2019 was the worst in my personal history and quite frankly I don’t care to ever repeat it.  Sure, I got a few days off with Kyla.  We had enough food and beverages to last, our furnace is in good shape, and all electronics were in working order.  But if I would have to endure that on a regular basis I can guarantee I would move to a permanently warmer location.

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Still, there was one small blessing of this infernal winter up until now:  I had no seasonal allergies to deal with.  I’d rather take a daily OTC antihistamine and decongestant than don boots, gloves, earmuffs and a scarf just to run to the mailbox.  (It seems like our area of Wisconsin will be lucky for the rest of our spring.)    I can’t believe I’ve already felt some effects of blooming things.  Yes, I’ve gone from winter cold a-choo’s to seasonal sneezes in a matter of weeks.

Kevin and Kyla are fortunate that they don’t have to battle sneezing, itchy & watery eyes, and congestion.  With any luck, our future dog will be as lucky as they are.  “Wait… what?  You’re saying DOGS can have allergies too?”  Oh yes they can.  And they can be just as annoying for them as they are for their human counterparts.

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 with the guidance of your veterinarian.

It might seem hard to believe that a warm spring & summer truly are just around the corner.  But before you know it, those little tree buds will show and bits of daffodils will peek their heads out of the ground.  Quickly following will be the first symptoms of the Sneezin’ Season.

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.  Get Fido some help so that your entire family can enjoy the great outdoors this all-too-short upcoming spring and summer season!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

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This 1999 column was re-posted this week. Agree or not? Scared of Pit Bulls? You’d Better Be!

Want to rescue a dog from overseas? It might carry a new strain of disease, researchers say.

‘Dog Suicide Bridge’: Why Do So Many Pets Keep Leaping Into a Scottish Gorge?

Prize-winning show dog lost at Atlanta airport found.

‘Job well done’: Virginia police dog needs just 15 minutes to find two lost children.

Blind dog gets his own ‘seeing eye’ dog.

Dog-proofing your car: How to keep your pups safe and secure.

Inquiring minds want to know: Should You Flush Dog Poop?

Matt Thompson is a genius. Here’s why.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.


A groomer washes a dog at a pet beauty salon in Tunis, Tunisia, March 27, 2019. Photo: Reuters

And check out Dogs Before Instagram.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

At this very moment, with their noses to the ground, four-legged heroes are actively defending our planet.

ALSO, HAVEN of Milwaukee operates dog training classes that are truly unique. Started by expert trainer Linda Bobot who has been training service dogs for decades, HAVEN is a small non-profit organization serving combat veterans facing difficulties adjusting to life after war. CBS 58’s Amanda Porterfield reports. Click here for the video.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

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

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!