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: DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON. VISIBILITY… 1/4 MILE OR LESS. SEVERELY REDUCED VISIBILITY WILL LEAD TO POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS. SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE WITH CAUTION. Morning fog. Afternoon clouds. A high of 52. “B”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 45. “C”
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
My husband has a lot in common with our new president. Well, let’s not exaggerate. He has TWO things in common with our new president: his wife is more than 15 years younger than him (Donald and his current wife have 24 years between them) AND he doesn’t own a dog because he states he won’t be around much to adopt a dog.
I can hear it now. My beloved’s best argument… “Hey, if DONALD doesn’t want a dog because he won’t be in one place often enough that’s good enough for ME.” Oi vay.
In recent presidential history, the two families that I recall best were the second Bushs’ and the Obamas’ pets. The Bush dogs (Barney and Mrs. Beasley) had their own Christmas videos that had quite a following. The Obama pets (Bo and Sunny) gained attention because of their extremely hypoallergenic qualities that fit in well with their family’s sensitivities. But it would seem that the most attention-getting dog is NO dog at all. From The Huffington Post:
A White House without a four-legged friend would be a rarity, says Dave Baker, the co-owner of the Presidential Pet Museum, a donation-based institution not affiliated with the White House or the federal government.
“There are only a few administrations that didn’t feature any pets at the White House,” Baker told The Huffington Post. More.
Is a dog the only option for the Trumps? According to presidential past, that answer is no. Still, a goldfish doesn’t exactly conjure the same warm-and-fuzzies as something that requires a leash and obedience training. With all due respect to Nemo and others of his kind, could you pass up a face like this?
I certainly couldn’t! I asked Kevin how he felt about resisting the above cold wet nose, fluffy coat and of course beseeching gaze. His answer? “I don’t want him.”
Oh no, wait. That response wasn’t from my husband; it was from a DIFFERENT man in charge:
Perhaps Melania will be more persuasive and have better results than I have. I wish her luck!
Thanks, Jennifer! I’m curious to see what Melania would say or do to convince Donald. Could work with me. Of course it just might all depend on the wardrobe. 🙂
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
We’ve said it many times in the past. The news isn’t always good. We try to keep the negative news to a minimum. There are numerous items each week we refuse to link to regarding abuse. That’s not what this blog is about. But some bad news stories we feel are noteworthy.
Disturbing trend related to opioid epidemic sweeping country: People are now maiming their pets to score drugs.
Woman throws dog off bridge, thinking it could fly.
Skin cancer cream kills dogs.
Can anyone make their pet a service dog and take it everywhere?
Is Milwaukee a good dog-walking city?
Right here in Franklin, Toy K9s raise money for Franklin’s valued police dogs.
Common sense dog law passed in Illinois.
What’s next for Rocko?
Good looking guy adopts dog with cancer.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:
We close as we always do with our closing video and he have a few.
What happens to our pets when they leave us? And will we ever see them again? New movie explores.
But there’s controversy.
And Forbes.com says wait a minute!
Our reaction: PETA wants you to boycott? All the more reason to go see what looks like a pretty nice film. Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have canceled the movie’s premiere, which was to have taken place in Los Angeles this weekend. A “Dog’s Purpose” is scheduled for wide release on Jan. 27.
Do you believe in miracles? The next story took place in nearby Lake Geneva, WI.
Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry brought his dog, Ben to his final press briefing at the department.
“Finally, someone with some intelligence at the podium,” one reporter joked.
Take a look.
And one more. No animal was harmed during the production of this video last week in Portland, Oregon.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
See ya, BARK, next week!