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 below freezing temps. Cloudy. High of 36. “D”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 53. “B”
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
February 2017 was either extraordinarily kind, or incredibly cruel depending on your perspective. It seemed heavenly to enjoy days in the 60’s and up to 70 degrees. But the descent into “normal” temperatures sent our bodies and minds into a depressing tailspin. We probably told ourselves it wouldn’t last even though secretly we wished that maybe, just MAYBE, spring had already arrived. If you’ve lived in Wisconsin for most or all of your life you really, REALLY should have known better.
Still, there is hope. You know that eventually it won’t hurt to be outside, day light hours will increase, and heating bills will subside.
If you’re a dog owner, you know that your pup is just as anxious to start spending more time outdoors as you are. Cabin fever isn’t only for humans! As you’re contemplating how to welcome the upcoming season, please remember that there are pet health hazards to prepare for.
Intelligent and astute regular followers of The Barking Lot will of course recognize the following items as COMMON SENSE. But as a public service message to random readers, I leave you with this list to consider courtesy of the ASPCA.
Here’s to hoping that the next three weeks go by quickly and that Spring arrives in all her glory.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Who gets the dog in the divorce?
I’m renting a dog?
California Couple Postpones Wedding to Find Missing Dog.
Veterinarians check Iditarod dogs’ health ahead of the race.
Military Working Dog, Human Handler Bond in Baghdad.
More people are adopting old dogs — really old dogs.
When You Love An Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be A Challenge.
Dog walkers want their dogs to enjoy the chance to be ‘dog-like’ and free on walks.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:
An eight-year-old refugee from war torn Syria showed a dying dog kindness in its final moments, as it lay on the roadside having been hit by a car. Huseyin El-Hasan wrapped the dog in a blanket and stroked its head while waiting for vets to arrive to try and save it.
The young boy comforted the wounded dog in its final moments and despite vets arriving to treat the animal, it couldn’t be saved. Nonetheless the kindness of the young boy has melted hearts around the world. Huseyin’s kindness was noticed by the deputy mayor of Kilis, Cuma Özdemir who visited the young boy’s home with gifts to thank him for his gesture.
Photos: The Daily Mail
And Rumor, a five-year-old German shepherd named Best in Show at the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, returned home to Edgerton, Wisconsin, following a week of national acclaim and high profile media appearances.
Rumor runs free on the property of Kent Boyles, his part-owner and handler.
Boyles, Liz Oster, and Rumor show off hardware from the dog show in a barn built in the 1950’s for farming that is now used as by Boyles as a training center. Rumor photos: WI State Journal, John Hart
We close as we always do with our closing video. We have a few.
First, Bush, Putin, and Barney.
We finish with footage that has been shared of a dancing dog performing an incredible Irish jig with its proud owner. Here are two-year-old Australian Shepherd, Secret, and owner Mary, 16.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
See ya, BARK, next week!