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. A high of 69. “B”
SUNDAY: Wake up early to partly cloudy skies that will become more cloudy as the morning goes on. A 70% chance of scattered thunderstorms by 5:00. A high of 74. “A” throughout the day. After 5:00 the grade gets lowered.
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
Due to “technical difficulties” the Fischer Family has been carpooling for about two weeks. Kyla loves having Daddy act as Chauffeur, and it certainly allows her & me to have longer, more detailed conversations. When I don’t have to personally concentrate on morning rush hour traffic, I can focus on whatever is on her mind that day.
Yesterday I mentioned to Kevin that our neighbor Rudy commented to me how much he hates cutting his grass. We agreed that both our families should get a lawn service next season. I said to Kevin, “Well, not only does he have to cut his grass, he also has ‘poop detail’ before he can even cut.” Rudy is the (sometimes) proud owner of Bucky, as captioned in last week’s final photo.
I went on to reminisce about my own childhood chore of doing the exact same thing when my dad was about to cut our grass. That’s when Kyla piped in: “Why did YOU have to pick up your dogs’ poop?” I said, “Because they were MY dogs and MY responsibility. Part of that meant picking up their poop before the grass could be cut.”
I took that moment to offer a warning to Kyla… “When WE get a dog, you’ll have to pick up after it too.” Needless to say that was NOT met with any enthusiasm despite my repeated emphasis that it was important. It did, however, spark quite the chat regarding our future dog.
K: “What kind of dog are we going to get?”
Me: “Whatever the Humane Society has when we’re ready to adopt. Or maybe we’ll go through a Breed Rescue to get a specific KIND of dog that needs a forever home.”
K: “I don’t want a Chihuahua.”
Me: “No, never. You already know I don’t want a Dog McNugget.”
K: “Oh. What will we name him?”
Me: “We’re going to get a girl dog.” (At this point, I thought for SURE Kevin would pipe in about being further outnumbered, but he kept his thoughts to himself.)
K: “What if the dog chews my things?”
Me: “It won’t, because you’ll be responsible and pick up your stuff before the dog gets it. And that’s only a concern if we get a puppy and it’s teething.”
K: “Yeah, and I won’t let it in my room.”
Me, to Kevin under my breath: “Until she wants to sleep with it the first night…”
K: “What are we going to name our dog?”
That got the most attention of any part of this interchange. After all, isn’t that the most fun part of adoption? Finally, Daddy piped in.
Kevin: How about “Heffalump?”
K: “HEFFALUMP???!!! Noooo, we CAN’T name it HEFFALUMP!” Giggles ensue.
Since Daddy’s suggestion was a Disney reference, I told Kyla about a former coworker who named all her cats & dogs after Disney characters. BUT, I said that the biggest thing will just be meeting our new family member and figuring out what name makes the most sense.
K: “Mommy, how did we start talking about this in the first place?”
Thinking to myself that it all started with dog poop, I let that one drift past. I was just happy that Kevin was in a confined space for a ten minute dog-centered dialog.
Now if I could just get my “dog-hating” husband to transition from “Let’s name it Heffalump” to “Wanna see a photo of OUR dog?”
It might be easier convincing Kyla that it’s HER job to pick up the poop.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dog at a funeral home? Yes.
Never give a dog…a bone?
We reported this to you last week. It’s worth repeating.
Life getting you down? There’s always dogs.
A dog, iPhones, and “Buxomgate.”
Love to dance but tired of leaving your dog home to go dance at the club? You don’t have to!
Boxer eats seven corn cobs, and then…
An update on a story we shared with you a few weeks ago: Inseparable!
It’s pumpkin spice time, right? So what’s the dog angle?
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:
MORE on a story we told you about last week.
“Mima,” center, jumps after winning the gold medal in the jumping competition during the Dog Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Owner of the dog park and organizer of the animal event Marco Antonio Toto says his goal is to socialize humans and their pets while celebrating sports. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
We close as we always do with our closing video. And we’ve got a few.
Next, On The Trail: The dogs of Denali National Park:
OK. You saw a photo. How about a video?
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
See ya, BARK, next week!