The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (11/09/19)

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:  Clouds this morning, partly cloudy skies this afternoon. High of 42. “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy skies. High of 38.  “F”

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

We normally end the blog with a video, and we will today. But we’re also going to begin with one. Watch.

OK. Were you laughing? Or were you ready to scold Poncho?

You’ll notice the owner was mighty calm. He didn’t raise his voice to Poncho. But could you blame him if he did react angrily?

If dog owners are honest they probably would confess that they’ve yelled at their pets, especially during those naughty times. A new study says that’s not good, that you should never yell, or otherwise punish, not even when…

An international team of researchers has just released the results of what is considered the first comprehensive and systematic study to evaluate and report the effects of dog training methods on the welfare of companion dogs.

In short, what is the effect on dogs like the ones in the above video when they are punished for ripping that pillow apart as opposed to training that is based on rewarding the dogs.

Here’s what the researchers did, and regular readers know this stuff fascinates me.
Dogs from reward-based training schools, 42 to be exact, were recruited. These schools use food or play to get the dogs to exhibit good behavior. Another 50 dogs were taken from programs that utilize negative reinforcement, like yelling leash-pulling, as well as pushing on their butts to get them to sit.

During the training the dogs were videotaped. Their saliva was tested before and after the exercises with researchers specifically looking for a particular stress hormone (cortisol).

Dogs from the programs that utilized negative training methods demonstrated more stress like lip licking and yawning. They also had higher levels of cortisol in their saliva than when at home. Meanwhile, dogs in the reward-based training group showed no changes in cortisol levels during training or at home.

There’s more. Researchers trained 79 of the dogs to associate one side of the room with a good piece of sausage.  If a dog found a bowl in that part of the room, it would contain sausage. But bowls on the other side of the room would be empty.

An empty bowl was placed at different spots between the two extremes. An “optimistic” dog would run excitedly to a bowl in the middle, whereas a “pessimistic” dog would move more slowly.

The study DID NOT conclude what method is most effective at dog training. It did suggest that reward training is much better for your dog’s happiness.

Marc Bekoff, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder was not involved in the study. He does offer this opinion.

Reward-based training “may take time, but so what? At least the dog isn’t living in fear or constant stress.”
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Vets say: Hero dog ‘Conan’ injured during Baghdadi raid deserves purple heart.

Veteran offers up his Purple Heart to military dog hurt in Baghdadi raid.

Senator Wants to Expedite Valor Medals for Dog Team that Took Down ISIS Kingpin.

High-Ranking Dog Provides Key Training For Military’s Medical Students.

DOJ settles with hotels where clerks allegedly wouldn’t honor reservations for vets with service dogs.

Should We Stop Keeping Pets?

Owner says, dog brought back to life after being dead for 10 minutes.

Here in Milwaukee, dog lovers lined up to adopt a 14-year-old sad-eyed collie that came in as a stray.

This brewery is featuring adoptable dogs on beer cans.

Did you know this is Saving Senior Dogs Week? They make great pets.

I Spent the Day With an Airport Therapy Dog and It Was Shockingly Cute.

Meet the real dogs of Disney’s new ‘Lady and the Tramp.’

20 gifts for those who love dogs more than people.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Christina Bojorquez, 26, who is homeless, sits inside the tent in which she lives with dog Ordo in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Christina Bojorquez, 26, who is homeless, sits inside the tent in which she lives with dog Ordo in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Image may contain: 1 personA study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that veterinarians run a higher risk of dying by suicide than the general population: 2.1 times higher for male veterinarians and 3.5 times higher for females. There are more than 73,000 veterinarians in private practice in the United States, and around 60% are women. Pictured: Dr. Carrie Jurney of the Jurney Veterinary Neurology. Photo: NPR

Pretty serious photos this week. How about an image that’s a bit cheerier?

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

The largest Belgian Malinois breeding and training facility in the country is in Capitan, New Mexico. That’s where a trainer is concerned about the spike in demand for the breed. KOAT-TV reports.

And one more video…

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 (11/02/19)

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly cloudy. Occasional snow showers possible. A chilly high of 37. “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy with a slight chance of rain. High of 41.  “D”

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

Halloween 2019 in SE Wisconsin will be talked about for a long time.  We had our share of awful weather last winter season of course.  But even the Polar Vortex waited until after Christmas.  Trick or Treaters needing boots and hand warmers?  Really?

A dear friend/coworker posted some adorable photos of her dog Finn enjoying yesterday’s crazy snowfall.  He was covered in the white stuff, running around like mad, and finally snuggled in with his fuzzy blanket.  When I talked to her this morning I told her how much we enjoyed her pics.  She said snow is his favorite thing and he simply couldn’t get enough of the white stuff.  (Personally I don’t agree with Finn on this one even though I love him dearly.)

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Thinking back, my Springer Spaniel was the same way.  She would play outside as long as we let her and did her best to “refuse” to come in despite snow-packed paws and frosty ears.  She didn’t enjoy the thawing of her paws and I can still remember the clickety-clack of icy fur on our kitchen floor.  It wasn’t that bothersome though because she’d beg to go back for more every chance she had.

What is it with these silly dogs?  Why do they love snow so much?  Picture me shaking my head in disgust saying “I have no idea.”  But if you ask some canine scientists like Julie Hecht had the opportunity to, you’ll get some insightful responses.

Again, I love Finn.  And almost ALL dogs.  But I think the snow-loving ones are a bit addled.  I’m glad to see he came to his senses later:

Finn Snuggle 2019
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Best dog story of the year? Top dog: Hero K9 of al-Baghdadi raid returns to duty after treatment. MORE.

What it takes to become a U.S. Special Forces dog.

Thousands want breed of ‘hero’ dog in al-Baghdadi raid, but

George H. W. Bush’s Former Service Dog Sully to Be Honored with His Own Statue in Texas.

In Chicago, Labrador sworn into office: ‘Hatty’ will help young children cope in the courtroom.

Bon Jovi has a new recording. Yes, there’s a dog angle.

Coco is a miracle dog.

I don’t think Dear Abby has ever made an appearance on The Barking Lot. This week we make an exception.

Your dog might be hiding its true colors.

Woman Transforms Rescue Dog’s Crate Into The Cutest Space Ever.

Wonder what your dog would look like as a cat? There’s this tool.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Overall Winner and 1st Oldies Denise Czichocki ©

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

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

The runner-up in the Dogs at Play category…

2nd Dogs at Play Zoltan Kecskes ©
“Let’s jump rope together!” taken by Hungarian photographer Zoltan Kecskes.

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

See and read about all the winners here.


At the Howl-O-Ween dog parade in Phoenix last Sunday. Above photos: Phoenix New Times

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A Barking Lot reader’s morning walk with her pet, before the snow fell.

And here’s a whole bunch of dogs in action.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

More on that hero dog that goes by the name Conan.

And opening in theaters this week, Swifty the fox discovers a devious plan by Otto Von Walrus to drill beneath the Arctic surface to unleash enough gas to melt all the ice. With help from his friends — an introverted polar bear, a scatterbrained albatross, a crafty fox and two paranoid otters — Swifty and the gang spring into action.

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 (10/26/19)

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:  Wake up to freezing temps. Considerable cloudiness. Chance of afternoon showers around 3:00. Chance of rain…60%. A high of 50. “D” in the morning and early afternoon, “F” after 3:00.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 57.  “C”

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

Hard to believe, but there was a time I wasn’t married and enjoyed “looking.”  I always had a “type,” too.  Dark hair over blonde…  Brown eyes over blue…  No beards…  Generally speaking hair needed to be short unless it was uh-maze-ing and perfectly kept.  Also couldn’t be longer than mine, and natural in color.  Remember that Adonis who hawked a margarine-like substance?

Fabio

Nope.  No thank you.  Not even buying the yellow tub that you couldn’t believe in.  Never.  Sorry.

There was one time I made an exception to my own rules and fell hard for a long-haired rocker-type in my young-and-stupid days.  Looking back I’m so glad I came to my senses.

Was he a two-timing, unemployed creep?  Nope.  Worse.

Was he a progressive?

Could’ve been.  At that point in time I wasn’t interested in his politics.

Well then, what WAS it?

He owned cats.

Yep…  probably would’ve endeared himself a lot more to me if he had traded that litter box for some rawhide treats.  Truly not meant to be.

Would I really make a final decision on whether or not I was going to date someone based on his pet ownership?  Hard to say.  In all honesty though, if I saw two similarly attractive guys on the street and one was holding a grocery bag/coffee cup/cell phone/what have you, while the other was holding a leash attached to a yellow lab?  I can guarantee you I’d make a bee line for the dude with the dog.

Apparently I’m not alone.  According to some research women are definitely attracted to a dog-owning guy.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

No dog. I won Jennifer over anyway. I still got it.

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

Chinese cafe paints dogs to look like giant pandas.

Heartbreak for stray dog after she gets on West Yorkshire bus on her own. And now, an update.

Best friend to the end.

6,000 pounds of dog poop a day. Where?

This could be dangerous for your dog…and you.

What to do if your dog ingests weed.

Your dog knows when you’re sick…how?

Forget the Cookie. I Want a Dog at Check In.

California Pizzeria Creates ‘Doggy Style Pizza’ for Man’s Best Friend.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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The San Francisco 49ers have Zoë, their official emotional support dog. In welcoming the year-old French Bulldog, the 49ers have become the first team in the NFL to have an emotional support dog. Zoe is being held by the team’s starting QB, Jimmy Garoppolo.

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

First, we head to San Diego.

Also in San Diego…

In Colorado…

Happiest dog in the world?

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

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 (10/19/19)

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:  Clouds and sun early, then mostly cloudy later. A high of 63. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 59.  “B”

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

*The following is combo of some previous Barking Lot blogs*

A couple of items this week.

First, I’ve enjoyed being scared since I was in Junior High.  I LOVED all those creepy movies like Children of the Corn, The Changeling, The Shining…  When my best friend and I were in high school and college, we’d go to see the most psychologically disturbing movies we could stand.  When the remake of Cape Fear came out you BET we saw it.  Particularly disturbing was the fact that the vehicle belonging to the tormented family in the movie was the same kind we drove to see it that night!

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I still like psychologically creepy movies and books – Dean Koontz is my all-time favorite author of that genre.  I guess I must believe in ghosts if I allow those sorts of things to give me the heebie-jeebies, right?  So what would I do if I thought my dog (or I should say my future dog) saw a spirit?

Wait.  What???!!!  We’ve gone from I-like-creepy-movies to I-might-believe-in-ghosts to my-dog-sees-dead-people????  Well, the Halloween season IS upon us.  Or is that Howl-o-ween?  Honestly I didn’t realize that there is a lot of talk about whether dogs can or cannot see spirits.

Considering all the remarkable stories about dogs that we have brought you over the years on The Barking Lot there is very little that shocks me about the canine sub-species.  Dogs continue to inspire and impress me of course but even the most extraordinary accounts elicit a simple, “I’m not surprised,” when I read or hear about it.

I’m not about to consult Madame Maltese the Medium to see if I can contact my late Uncle Danny.  But I certainly read the following two articles with interest.  Dogster provides some attention-grabbing anecdotes and theories here.  A bit more skeptical and analytical, Stanley Coren offers us his perspective on what dogs might or might not see.

Next, across the pond, reporter for the Guardian, Martin Belam writes that US dog owners spend $350m a year on elaborate costumes for their pets, and the trend is spreading to Britain. Is it harmless fun – or animal cruelty.

Kevin and I say, are you nuts? It’s FUN!

Fairy Dog Halloween Costume


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Let’s see what the upper crust says.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

BARKING LOT UPDATE TO LAST WEEK’S BLOG: The Truth About Dog Ownership and Your Health.

The Chicago Cubs President’s dog did what?

Cops Take Shelter Dogs On Rides Around Town To Increase Their Chances Of Adoption.

Chiefs Fan Brings Special Delivery — 24 Rescue Dogs — To Denver.

This blind dog has his very own guide dog.

In baseball the Nationals’ incredible run began after Ryan Zimmerman adopted an adorable new dog.

Ordering off the dog’s menu.

Writer says canine co-parenting is an unexpected joy.

This dachshund has a unique talent.

42 amazing facts about dogs.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Last Sunday at about 6:30PM the Salt Lake County Search and Rescue team (SLCOSAR) got a call for a 190-pound, 3-year-old Male injured Mastiff about two miles up the Grandeur Peak Trail. Several hikers had called Unified Police to report that the dog and his owner were on the trail and not able to move. Salt Lake County Search and Rescue members went into action and headed up the trail to make sure Floyd could get off the mountain with his human before it got too cold. Floyd was packaged in a litter and carried down the mountain. Floyd was a good boy and was happy to be assisted. Floyd, his human and all the team members got off the mountain around 10:30PM. 

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AND…All the Photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William Playing with Dogs at the Army Canine Centre.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

How many times have we said it. We love a happy ending.

And…

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!

After getting loose in 2007, Dutchess was finally reunited with her owner more than 12 years later.

 

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/12/19)

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.

TODAYFREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 THIS MORNING.

Mostly sunny. Windy. A high of 51. “D”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. Zero chance of precipitation. High of 46.  “F”

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

JENNIFER: Psst. Some breaking news this week could be very important to the Fischer family. This development might be just what finally convinces that husband of mine that we need to get a dog. Let’s see if we can work him over.

KEVIN: Ah. What are you up to?

JENNIFER: Just banging away on this week’s dog blog.

KEVIN: Good deal. One of those psychological discoveries about what makes dogs tick?

JENNIFER: Nope. Something much better.

KEVIN: Really? Care to tell me about it?

JENNIFER: Sure, and you are gonna love it!

KEVIN: OK. Don’t keep me in suspense, or do I have to wait till Saturday?

JENNIFER: Well, there’s this brand new study out. Brand new. This week. And are you ready for this? Oh this is huge!

KEVIN: Go on …

JENNIFER: If you own a dog…you could live longer.

KEVIN: What?

JENNIFER: Whad’ya mean, what? You heard me. People that own dogs have a good chance of living longer than those who don’t have dogs.

KEVIN: How much longer?

JENNIFER: Dog owners had a 24%, 24% risk reduction for death from any cause.

KEVIN: Just because they had a dog in the house?

JENNIFER:  24%. There’s more. If you have heart issues, the benefits of living with a dog are even greater.

KEVIN: I don’t have heart issues.

JENNIFER: One of the authors of the study said that having a family pet can help manage stress…

KEVIN: I AM NOT STRESSED!

JENNIFER: Increasing activity…

KEVIN: I’m plenty busy.

JENNIFER: Decrease loneliness…

KEVIN: I am not lonely.

JENNIFER: Just sayin’ what the study says.

KEVIN: The study, the study. I suppose you’re going to tell me this study is oh so reliable?

JENNIFER: Actually it is. It was done in conjunction with the American Heart Association.

KEVIN: So what did they do? Go out and interview a few dog walkers on the street?

JENNIFER: No, smarty pants. The scientists examined studies that were published all the way back to 1950 and up to May of this year. They specifically evaluated the connection between dog ownership and mortality. In all there were 10 studies that offered data from more than 3 million participants.

KEVIN: You don’t say.

JENNIFER: And this whole heart angle. Did you know that 10 times more women die from heart disease and stroke than breast cancer? You do love me, don’t you?

KEVIN: Of course I love you. And I am not stressed!

JENNIFER: Well then…

KEVIN: Well then, what?

JENNIFER: I want a dog.

KEVIN: Yeh, so…

JENNIFER: Kyla would like a dog.

KEVIN: Worst kept secret in town.

JENNIFER: So can we…

KEVIN: Just run out and buy a dog? Anything else noteworthy about this study? Level with me, please.

JENNIFER: Well, having a dog doesn’t necessarily help with risk factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and smoking.

KEVIN: Anything else?

JENNIFER: Well, one of the authors did offer a cautionary note. Before adopting a dog, people need to seriously consider all the attention, feeding, walks and various other responsibilities associated with owning a pet.

KEVIN: What a fascinating study. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. All those responsibilities. They’re right. Need to give them lots and lots of thought. This could take some time. I’ll get on it as soon as I can.
JENNIFER: Damn.
—-Jennifer Fischer

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

The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs.

Getting a second dog? Be ready for something different.

‘Is this your turd?’: Springfield, Missouri tries to clean up.

Dog owners often inaccurately measure out kibble.

How corgis became the hottest dog of 2019.

Dog Refuses To Leave Mom’s Hospital Room After Saving Her Life.

Ah yes, how we love a happy ending.

Here’s another.

The woman was dog sitting, and then became horrified.

H&M just launched adorable matching dog and human sweaters so you can twin with your pooch.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Image may contain: outdoorFlorida animal rescue groups have stepped in to help a woman desperate to find her disabled dog after her car was stolen with the husky mix inside. Wanda Ferrari had left the air conditioning on for her 13-year-old dog Zorra, whose back legs are paralyzed, while she popped into a Dollar Tree in Oakland Park, just north of Fort Lauderdale. When Ferrari returned, she found her car and dog had disappeared. Rescue groups are asking everyone to spread Zorra’s picture and story. Abandoned Dogs of Everglades has also hired a pet detective and is now offering a $2,000 reward for returning the dog. Photo: AP

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Snow fell in Denver Thursday. Photo: FOX 31 Denver

Danielle Fishel’s Dog Brunch Wants to Be in Every Baby Photo: ‘All Pictures Involve Brunch.’

And check out the photo (and video) in this article.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Our first video is amazing.

‘The dog shot her?’: 911 call released of woman’s bizarre accident. Watch the video in this article.

And one more. Feels like winter doesn’t it? Need a bit of summer? Here’s a video we missed in August.

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 (10/05/19)

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:  Cloudy in the morning, then off and on showers in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High of only 58.  “D”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 65.  “C”

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

Let’s go dog shopping!  Or, at least pretend to.  Have you ever played the “What would I do if I won the lottery?”  I do something similar; I play “What kind of puppy will I get some day?”  I follow that up with a round of “What will I name my puppy?”  It’s fun and about the closest thing I will get to four paws in the house for awhile.

So… you’re at the dog shelter.  (Remember, this is my game, and my rules are you get your dog from a shelter, not a breeder.)  Cage after cage, you peruse the aisles of furry faces, eyes looking longing at you just begging “Please take me home with you.”

You don’t have a specific type of dog in mind; you just want to provide a good home to a dog that needs one.  Some of your choices are:

Dogpack.com

The Labrador Site

The American Kennel Club

Dogtime.com

OK, narrow it down to two.  (One black, one golden.)

Now pick one.

Which one did you choose?  Wait.  Let me guess.  You picked GOLDEN DOG.  If you did, you followed a very common pattern with dog adoptions, and have just given in to what some people call “Black Dog Syndrome.”  Many shelter workers believe that there is a true problem with black dog bias.

You may or may not believe this theory but this website  is devoted to showcasing black dogs and encouraging people to adopt responsibly.  Other stories support the black dog bias idea, such as the experience Pamela Gregg had with Molly.

The world of dog lovers shared some excitement this past Tuesday.

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With the special day came a special message: Black dogs deserve love, too.

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—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Wounded military working dog exhibit coming to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever.

Why train your dog with food rewards?

Dog Owners Paying 300% More For Organic, Vegan Dog Food.

After a divorce, who gets the dog?

Keeping an older dog vibrant.

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to ‘Talk’ With Humans.

Nothing to sniff at: radiothon offers dogs for $9.63.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

First, adorable dog with ‘human face’ who looks like he’s smiling baffles the internet

Next…


Skyler Henard competes in the 2019 Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California, Sept. 28, 2019. Photo: AFP

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Winston, a service dog, trains for Halloween. Watch the video in this article.

And…Marvel fan Matt Sherwood and his service dog Chris become a hero team to fight social injustice in this episode of Marvel Make me a Hero.

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 (09/28/19)

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

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

TODAY:   Cloudy in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. A below average high of 61.  “C”

SUNDAY
:  Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High of 61. “F”

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

My best friend lost her dad when he was WAY too young.  We were under 30 and to say we were devastated by his sudden death to a heart attack is a gross understatement.  Chuck was a second dad to me and an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was so much to so many…  intelligent, funny, kind, a leader in so many ways, caring, full of integrity, loving, gentle, humble, and generous to nearly a fault.  I challenge anyone who knew him to find a single bad word to say about him.  So many mourned his passing but none so much as his equally amazing wife, Mary, who is just as much of a second mom to me.

Chuck & Mary were blessed in many ways and that included the benefits of Chuck’s many years of dedicated hard work to his career.  Yes Chuck was, as I mentioned, humble.  That’s not to say he didn’t enjoy gadgets, toys, and luxuries that he was able to provide for his family.  When he died, Mary was surrounded by friends & family for support but ultimately she was alone in a very large home.  Every room held precious memories that comforted her.  But despite mementos, photos, and memorials throughout the house there was one thing that really truly made a difference in those days.

Dusty & Mopsy (get it…  Dust Mop?  That’s a glimpse at Chuck’s humor) were two of the sweetest Shih Tzu’s you’d ever want to meet.  Even the dogs in his family were crazy spoiled.  Sunday’s meant a trip through McDonald’s drive thru for a soda for Chuck and a sausage patty for the girls.  They knew by doggy intuition when their special day of the week had arrived and weren’t shy about reminding him if he wasn’t getting the keys fast enough.  They were there for Mary and literally brought extra life into the house.  One look at those faces and you had to cheer up if only for a moment at a time.

Eventually they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge and Mary got another Shih Tzu who she named Sophie.  Then came the tough decision to sell their home.  Sophie was the perfect constant throughout that difficult, memory-filled time of transitioning to an apartment.  Mary has an amazing outlook and disposition along with an incredible support system.  Still she would have been justified in feeling depressed.  I never saw so much as a glimpse of that from her.  I truly credit her pets as part of her healing process.

Indeed, furry friends ease depression, loneliness after spousal loss.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Dog owner blames United Airlines for animal’s alleged heatstroke death: ‘They literally fried him.’

Canadian dog owner is slammed for decorating her poodle to look like a SKELETON from Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival.

Dash cam captures police officer rescuing dog hit by car.

She Quit Her Job. He Got Night Goggles. They searched 57 days for their dog.

Blind dog tries to help beached dolphin on Rockaway Beach.

EDITORIAL: Don’t pass your pooch off as a service dog.

Why there’s no such thing as a ‘responsible dog owner.’

Man who created labradoodle compares breed to ‘Frankenstein’s monster.

Barking Lot update: ADOPTED!

I met Chaser, the world’s smartest dog.

What makes dogs so special? The answer.

Take in the sights and sounds of a baseball game through the eyes of a dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

I don’t know how we missed this one from a year ago this month, but it’s so good we just had to post, even though it’s really late.

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Photo: The Daily Mail

Australian hero! Asha the golden retriever saved a lost baby koala’s life by letting it snuggle with her all night. Here’s the story.

Precious Professional Photoshoot Shows Dog Mom Marveling at Her Newborn Puppies.

Barking Lot Update: Service Dog Cuddles With Donald Duck At Disney World.

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

First, this report from Central Texas.

OK. Now we have video on finding that missing dog after 57 days.

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


ALSO
: Excited Dog with Horse Friend Learns to Stand on His Hind Legs to Hug His BFF.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you consider sharing with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

A dog greets the camera at the ASPCA's Animal Recovery Center in New York.

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Martin Agee plays his violin for a dog at the ASPCA's Animal Recovery Center in New York.

The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/21/19)

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

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

TODAY  Scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. A very humid high of 76.  “C-“

SUNDAY
Rain all day. Over an inch possible. High of 71. “F”

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

Sometimes, inspiration for The Barking Lot comes from unexpected sources.  This week I was immediately struck by a short Op-Ed piece posted on Facebook.  I’m not familiar with the source as it doesn’t seem very “newsy.”  But the message resonated just the same.

As I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog, I’ve had the misfortune to have three pets (two dogs & a cat) euthanized.  They were some of the most agonizing moments of my life.  For days after, I could hear their footsteps on the floor and their tags clicking against their collars.  Despite thorough vacuuming I’d find a stray hair of theirs and that was the worst.  I’d have dreams at night that they were still alive, only to wake up brokenhearted again.

I was only in my late teens/early twenties when I had to say good bye to these beloved animals.  But I was dedicated enough to their lives that I refused to leave them at their most vulnerable time.  So I held their sweet paws while they lay on the vet’s table, knowing it would be the last time I felt their warmth.

Back then we weren’t aware of vets who made house calls to euthanize pets.  If that service had been offered we definitely would have used it.   I’m sure it would have been so much more comforting to our entire family.  But we did what we could at the time.

I’m really not trying to be depressing…I just feel very strongly about being with your pet in its last moments with you.  Sure, it’s difficult.  No one thinks this sort of thing is easy.  When they give you their short lives, filled with nothing but love for you, surely you can return their gift when they need it the most.

This author/vet feels the same way I do.  Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer.

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

They Lost 113 Of Their Friends In Hurricane Dorian. Now These Dogs And Cats Are Ready For New Homes.

The US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan. Now they’re dying from poor treatment.

Michael Vick’s dogs changed the way fight animals are treated.

Can dogs be racist?

Does your dog need swimming lessons?

How one entrepreneur made over $1 million walking dogs.

Dog caught destroying book about, oops, canine training.

Dog who always sits in the window given sweet letter by kind stranger.

The Laziest Dog Breeds for people who don’t want to play fetch all day.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Girl Takes Same Photo With Her Dog Every Month As He Grows Up.

Inspired By His Dogwalking Job, Photographer Creating Adorable Photos At Montrose Dog Beach.

ALSO, A Bunch Of Dog Photos Taken With The iPhone 11 Pro.

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

First, we go to Ohio.

Next stop, the Kansas city area…

Now we head all the way to Thailand  A street sweeper there has become an internet sensation after a picture of her carrying her dog on her back while sweeping the streets of the Thai capital went viral.

Mazda, a year-old Poodle-Shih Tzu mix is seen calmly hanging in a vest attached to the back of his owner like a backpack while she sweeps the street in a Bangkok suburb, not bothered by passersby and the traffic.

Our next video: Dog Going on His First Walk After Being Adopted.

AND FINALLY, Autism service dog Nala enjoyed cuddling with Donald Duck at Epcot in Disney World.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

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

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/14/19)

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

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny.  A high of 77. “A”

SUNDAY:  A chance of showers early in the day. Very humid. Some sunshine later in the day. A high of 78.  “B”

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

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Well, here we are.  For all intents and purposes, Summer 2018 is over.  Technically, we still have until September 23rd to start thinking pumpkin flavors, stadium blankets, and Halloween costumes.  But by now your kids may have already completed one to two weeks of instruction.  You’ve gone from the lazy days of summer to the full swing of a structured routine with bed times, after-school schedules and realizing just how precious the weekends are.  You’re wondering two things:  1. How did you survive three months of “Mom, she’s looking at me funny,” “I’m BORED” and “What’s for lunch?” for over 80 days? And 2. How are you ever going to get your kids to get their homework done PLUS have time for practices, lessons, and other extracurriculars?

Have you considered how the changing summer-into-fall routine affects not only your kids & spouse, but your DOG as well?  If you have a new schedule to adjust to, don’t forget your pup will be affected with the rest of the family.  Roscoe can’t complain about having to get up early, and won’t grumble about picking out an outfit for picture day.  But he sure will notice when your kids aren’t around 24/7 for extra walks, belly rubs, and treats.

“Oh, he’ll be fine,” you’ve assured everyone, mostly yourself.  Until you came home from that first day of school & soccer practice only to find your fave flats chewed beyond recognition, or a very uncharacteristic pile of ickiness by the back door.  Wanna rethink that opinion?

Eventually everything will return to normal.  You’ll get into a pattern that will make you wonder why everyone was so stressed out at the beginning of September.  By Christmas you’ll be on complete autopilot, and even catch a break for about a week.  In the meantime, please understand that the stress you feel packing lunches, finding permission slips, and making sure gym clothes aren’t forgotten isn’t the only thing that can interfere with family peace.

It’s not too late to follow the advice I linked to in order for your family to get through the next couple 10 days or so. With a bit of extra patience for ALL the family members, you’ll be doggone ready to tackle anything! Good luck to everyone this fall!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Woman sentenced in Lambeau Field dog death.

Vets fear anti-vax pet owners are putting their animals’ health at risk.

Why euthanasia rates at animal shelters have plummeted.

Meet Andy the dachshund and see how he walked again thanks to 3D printing.

A rodent-like pest destroying the Louisiana coast finds new enemy in dog treat business.

Powerful Women Told Me Getting a Dog Is the Key to Success. They Were Right.

American dog owners checking their dogs into luxury ‘canine capsule hotels’ while shopping and drinking.

DOG-loving couples must bone up on what to do if they want their pooches to have a lead role at their weddings.

After Porcupine is Rejected By His Mother, Wiener Dog Steps in to Be His Best Friend.

Dog shows off swimming skills despite physical deformities.

Does your dog need a trainer?

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A small dog competes in the 14th annual Helen Woodward Animal Center 'Surf-A-Thon' where more than 70 dogs competed in five different weight classes for 'Top Surf Dog 2019' in Del Mar, California, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake


A small dog jumps off his surfboard while competing at the 14th annual Helen Woodward Animal Center “Surf-A-Thon” where more than 70 dogs competed in five different weight classes for “Top Surf Dog 2019” in Del Mar, California, U.S., September 8, 2019. Photos: REUTERS/Mike Blake

We close as we always do with our closing video.

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 (09/07/19)

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.  A high of 76. “A”

SUNDAY:  Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 66.  “B”

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

I love working at my daughter’s school, St. Anthony’s, on Milwaukee’s South side.  There are many reasons why it is a perfect job for me, not the least of which is the group of people I work with.  Since we may share many different views on many different topics we frequently have lively discourse…  We’re a Catholic school so there’s not much debate about faith.  We wisely avoid political discussions.  One subject we ALL love is to talk about our pets, though.  Who can resist bragging about the latest trick their dog learned or share the newest kitty caper?

A couple of days ago I was chatting with two friends and the conversation easily turned towards our four-legged friends.  One of my colleagues shared that his parents are “requesting” grandchildren from their two married kids.  (He’s one of them.)  Apparently due to lack of human infants they have taken to calling my colleague’s French Bulldog their granddog.  And he’s not too keen on that.

He adamantly told us that he is NOT the dog’s father.  My other coworker chimed in that it bothers her as well when someone will command her parents’ dog to “go by your auntie” (her).  Both my friends view their spoiled & adored family pets as something totally separate from a blood relationship with an actual child.

The entire conversation got me thinking and I knew it would make for a perfect edition of The Barking Lot.  (In Kevin’s world “this would make a GREAT talk radio topic!”)  I started to wonder:  Do most people who have dogs in their lives consider them property, furry children, or somewhere in between?

In my past blogs I have referred to dog owners, and I have also called them pet parents.  Truly until this office dialogue I never gave it much thought.  It appears I should and I started to think it could turn into another pop culture debate:

So, what DO people with pets in their homes think about this?  (Notice I didn’t take sides by calling them something specific!)

Not surprisingly it falls into two categories…  Pet OWNERS and pet PARENTS.

This author doesn’t like the term PET OWNER.

In contrast, this author doesn’t have a problem with PET OWNER at all!

This perspective wants to please everyone, both “owners” and “parents.”

I’m neutral on this topic in this respect:  You can call your animal companion whatever you want and it doesn’t bother me.  My only hope is that you treat any other (two legged) members of your household with the same love and respect.

What are YOUR feelings?  Feel free to leave a comment!
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Cascade, WI man gets 90 days for shooting his dog three times. The dog? Happy in a new home.

This dog owner in the Poughkeepsie, NY area is angry. Read why.

NY TIMES Opinion piece: Dogs are not here for our convenience.

People are feeding their dogs meat-free food. Can dogs really go vegan?

In Greenland village, shorter winters cast doubts over dog sledding.

Centuries of breeding have reshaped dog brains—here’s how.

Kate Middleton’s brother James praised for taking therapy dog as ‘date’ on red carpet.

Murray is now a superstar.

Politician keeps his word? Yes he did.

New children’s book: I want a dog.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Emily Hicks of Charleston holds her dog Murphy along the waterfront ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Charleston, South Carolina, September 4. REUTERS/Randall Hill
Emily Hicks of Charleston holds her dog Murphy along the waterfront ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Charleston, South Carolina, September 4. Photo: REUTERS/Randall Hill

The resident therapy dog Winnie, a Sheepadoodle, gives a smooch to Brunno, a nine-week-old Bracco Italiano owned by the Burden family of Menomonee Falls, during the Dog Days of Summer event at The Gables of Germantown Senior Community on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The free event featured local trainers, groomers, veterinarians and plenty of four-legged companions. Photo published this week: Scott Ash/Now News Group

Hilarious photo shows dog’s terror at seeing her toy in the washing machine.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Woman rescues 97 dogs as Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas.

Please take the time to read: The Legacy of 9/11 Dogs 18 Years Later.

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!