The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/17/16)

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.

TODAY: WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 TONIGHT.  SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 11 INCHES THROUGH TONIGHT. ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVIER SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM MID SATURDAY MORNING INTO SATURDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY ARE EXPECTED AT TIMES. GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS ON SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO SATURDAY NIGHT AS THE SNOW IS TAPERING OFF… CREATING BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THESE CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS INTO SATURDAY EVENING. IN ADDITION… AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL ARRIVE LATE IN THE WEEKEND. WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TO 2O TO 30 BELOW ZERO LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING… AND SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY WILL BE NEEDED FOR THESE PERIODS.

Snow all day. High of 25.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. Midnight temp of 16, then falling temps. Daytime (mid-afternoon) high of 0.  “F”

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

dog-and-fire-hydrant-cartoon

(Just a little improper humor to warm your December Saturday morning…)

I have some very simple rules for our future dog:

  1. It will be microchipped
  1. It will not go to the doggie spa to be groomed more often than I go to the salon
  1. It will NOT require a walk to do its doggy “business”

Regular readers of The Barking Lot know that I am a firm believer in microchipping.  There are so many success stories of dogs & owners reunited thanks to that bit of technology.

I consider myself extremely low-maintenance when it comes to a beauty routine.  I don’t color my hair because I’m not willing to commit to the regular upkeep.  I’ll take the blonde Mother Nature gives me and leave it at that.  So I would never, could never, own a pooch that needs constant shampoo/blow dry/trim/fluff/add-ribbons-to-ears grooming.  It’s just not my style.

The very last thing I want to do when the wind chill factor is dangerous and it’s painful to go outside is to have to walk a dog.  I find nothing enjoyable about having to put on layer after layer so that I can watch Fido pick the perfect spot to squat.  Our pooch will have full run of our yards and that will just have to be good enough.

However, I know that many dog owners are dedicated to the daily ritual of walk/sniff/pause/squat/bark/try-to-play-with-another-dog thing.  We’ve been “blessed” with unusually early heavy snow & cold temps.  So in light of this, I’d like to offer some reminders and tips for Barking Lot fans.

I realize that most of my astute readers will look at these and say “No kidding!”  However, just like in the summer months when you read about geniuses leaving their dogs in locked cars with the windows up, you will read about Mensa members whose dogs suffer extreme frost bite or die from antifreeze ingestion.

So as your pup is holding his leash in his mouth, looking at you and doing “the dance” you should probably consider these pointers before heading outside this season.  The American Kennel Club also offers useful information about Winter Care for Canines. And for the times you’re just not willing to send your precious pup outdoors for more than a nature call, there are other ways to keep him healthy.

I guess a Siberian husky or Samoyed won’t be breeds I adopt!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. BTW, Jennifer, there’s no way I personally would stoop to such a tactic as that opening cartoon if I was writing that blog. My goodness. How could you.

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

There’s a “puppycide” epidemic in Detroit.

Ex-owner of dog that had 42-pound tumor is charged with animal cruelty.

More colleges enrolling bomb-sniffing dogs.

With marijuana legal, many police dogs are now overqualified.

Pets Help People Manage Serious Mental Illnesses.

Dogs creating truffle-mania.

Why do dogs do this so much?

Speaking of questions…

OK. For the umpteenth time on The Barking Lot…

This Blind, Deaf Poodle Greets Every Day With A Joyful Spirit.

Must-have Christmas gifts for the pets.

She stole the show at ‘The Mutt-cracker.’

And speaking of dancing…


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

</p> <p>Spanish equestrian artist Santi Serra sits on his horse Kyfruc with his dog Banch ahead of the Olympia The London International Horse Show on Dec. 12, 2016, in West London, Britain. (Steve Parsons/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p> <p>Spanish equestrian artist Santi Serra sits on his horse Kyfruc with his dog Banch ahead of the Olympia The London International Horse Show on Dec. 12, 2016, in West London, Britain. (Steve Parsons/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

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

First, training to heal:

And previously (this past June) on The Barking Lot, see in the NEWS section, NFL rookie a hero.  The update:

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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OK. TWO MORE.

Seen this morning in Greendale:

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