The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/10/16)

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.

OK. Take a deep breath. Lots coming your way.

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 pm SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH 12 am MONDAY. * TIMING… SNOW DEVELOPING SATURDAY EVENING CONTINUING AND THROUGH SUNDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… 6 TO 10 INCHES. * WINDS… SOUTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 20 MPH ON SUNDAY TURNING TO THE WEST LATER SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. * IMPACTS… HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DEVELOPING SATURDAY NIGHT CONTINUING INTO SUNDAY. REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO FALLING SNOW WITH SOME DRIFTING SNOW. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

PROLONGED PERIOD OF SNOW STILL EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN… .SNOW IS STILL EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN LATER SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY EVENING. BY LATER SUNDAY NIGHT… SNOWFALL OF 6 TO 10 INCHES MAY HAVE FALLEN ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. BREEZY SOUTHEAST WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE SOME DRIFTING OF THE SNOW ON SUNDAY. BREEZY WEST WINDS WILL CAUSE DRIFTING LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT DUE TO THE ACCUMULATING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY.

TODAY: The calm. Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Clouds get heavier in the afternoon with snow showers developing around 6 pm. Snow continues into the evening and overnight hours.  High of 22.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Snow all day and through the evening. High of 29. “F”

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

Hold on. Jennifer has the week off, so here I go.

Regular readers know my wife and my 7-year old daughter would love a dog.

Right now.

No questions asked.

For as many years as The Barking Lot has been published I do get approached in public in Franklin even before the obligatory “Hello!” and “How are you?”

“Do you have a dog yet?”

In case those regular readers and others have missed our lack of a dog house it is not because of my aversion to pups. Au contraire.  My wife has torn the mask off that Lone Ranger. Yours truly is a complete dog softie.

To repeat, there’s no dog at the Fischer household these days for these two reasons, in this order:

1) No one’s at home most of the day due to work, school and after-school activities.

2) Yes, Daddy fears that horrifying moment when it’s time to say goodbye.

Laurie Clements Lambeth understands my point of view.

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Lambreth is the author of “Veil and Burn,” a book of poems, and teaches medical humanities courses at the University of Houston. In a recent NY Times column she wrote:

“If there’s anything a dog lover knows and must contend with, it’s the fleeting nature of a dog’s life, the speed with which they age and die relative to our own life spans.”

I’ll not divulge all, but her dog is disabled. So is she.

Talk about needing each other And talk about how tough letting go is.

Read Lambreth’s column.

Related reading: The love of a dog can break your heart.

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

We’ve often written that the news, naturally, isn’t always good. In Milwaukee a police officer is being investigated for shooting and killing a neighbor’s dog.

Luis Carlos Montalván, Advocate for Soldiers With PTSD, Dies at 43. Yes, there’s a dog angle.

Students send ‘no poo’ message to dog owners.

Dog dubbed ‘Houdini’ rescued after eluding capture for two years.

Apollo is a hero.

‘DOES THIS REALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE?’ Yes it does. You have to read it to believe it.

Meet Patton, who could be the “first dog.”

Kids begging you for a puppy this year? Know this first.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

APTOPIX Britain Royals Christmas JumpersA dog owner tells her Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi to ‘stay’ as four Corgi dogs pose next to wax work models of the British Royal family wearing colorful Christmas themed jumpers for a charity Christmas Jumper Day campaign at Madame Tussauds wax works in London. The members of the royal family are from the left, Prince Charles Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Prince Harry.The Queen is well known for her love of this particular breed of dogs. Photo: AP

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Woman shares heartbreaking video of dog saying goodbye to owner

ALSO,  a dog on the job at Lowe’s.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by..

See ya, BARK, next week!

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