The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/15/17)

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: Partly cloudy and windy. High of 78.  “A”

SUNDAY Partly cloudy.  High of  68. “A”

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

First, some reaction to my post last week about going broke owning a dog.

Dear Jennifer,

You’re absolutely right about expense.  Dogs are nearly as expensive as

Kyla, but more than that, when you’re away so much, it’s really unfair

to any animal, especially something as dependent as a dog, to have one. 

In fact our CATS have fits when we go away.  If people only understood

that you don’t just “get a dog.”  It’s kind of like investing in a short

term child, and after age two or less, you don’t have to do diapers for

a kid! Cleaning up after a dog on a frozen January morning is something

I don’t miss at all!

Thanks for reading and the feedback. Now onto this week’s blog.

It seems that in the weeks before Christmas, pet owners everywhere are reminded and warned about safety hazards surrounding the holiday season.  It’s always good advice, but then those tidbits are tucked away with our ornaments, wreaths, and lights; we seem to remember them again just after Thanksgiving.

But what about Easter?  Yes, there are just as many dangers to your dog in the Spring season.  You need to consider the same warnings about chocolate & sugary treats that The Bunny brings, not just the ones St. Nick delivers.

You need to remember that Easter lilies are just as toxic as drinking the water in the tree stand.  (While these rules generally apply to cats, it’s a good idea to be aware of them even if you only have dogs.)

Every major holiday revolves around The Dinner, right?  And how tempting is it to give in to those soulful eyes of Fido as you’re stuffing your face with ham, potatoes, Polish sausage and the like?  That Easter spread is so yummy what’s the harm?  Perhaps more than you might realize.

Please enjoy this blessed holiday with your family.  If you want to get your pooch his or her own basket filled to the brim with SAFE treats, by all means do it.  Don’t forget the extra loves, belly rubs and ear scratches.  Maybe an extra, unexpected & unscheduled walk too?

There are all sorts of ways to over-indulge your four-legged friends for the holidays.  But please make sure they don’t do more harm than good.  Common sense and simple rules  can prevent lots of trouble.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Green Bay cop chases dogs, cats, bad guys.

Dog parks are booming nationwide.

Columnist: Some prospective dog  owners dismiss a great and lovable pet. Here’s why.

Here’s an Evolutionary Explanation for Your Dog’s Guilty Face.|

Heartbroken Dog Thinks Stuffed Animals Are Her Puppies After Hers Died During Birth.

For General, it was a jailbreak!

Worst kept secret on this blog: My wife wants a dog, badly. Rumor is I don’t. Now what?

Unsuspecting Woman Brings Therapy Dog to Local Furry Convention.

This SUV has everything —for dogs.



Leighann Bort and Brand Andreas sit with the Easter

Leighann Bort and Brand Andreas sit with the Easter Bunny and their three Pit Bulls Gemma, Eleanor and Tiger during photo with the Easter Bunny at Southridge Mall in Greendale on Sunday, April 9, 2016. Eleanor is a three-legged dog who lost her leg in an abusive home and was adopted from MADACC. Dog and cat owners took advantage of an opportunity to have their pets take pictures with the Easter Bunny the week before the holiday. The mall has yearly opportunities to take pictures with Santa and the Easter Bunny during the holiday season, each year. Photo: Charles Auer for Now Media Group

We close as we always do with our closing video. First, CBS News with an update on a  story we’ve been following.

, Jennifer Bowman of California has a dog. Her next door neighbor also has a dog named Penny.  There’s a tall wooden fence between the neighbors’ properties. So Penny repeatedly jumps in an effort to see Bowman’s dog.

In Bowman’s words she “got tired” of Penny jumping. She actually felt sorry.

Here’s what Bowman did.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please forward this blog to a fellow dog lover or two or three. We’d appreciate it!

See ya, BARK, next week!

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