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: Cloudy. High of 74. Only a slight chance of a shower. “A”
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 64. “A”
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
I’m a fabulous “window shopper.” I can browse for hours, content to peruse but not purchase. Yes, I’m one of those people who annoy commission-based retail employees by saying, “just looking” and really mean it. I can walk out of nearly any store empty-handed, particularly when Kyla is NOT with me.
While Kevin is generally not an impulse buyer, he is the world’s biggest marshmallow when it comes to his daughter’s requests. Whether it’s the biggest, frosting-est cookie in the bakery case; the largest stuffed Disney character; the most lavish pretend-play dress… if she bats her eyes and says, “Daddy, can I P-L-E-A-S-E get this?” we are guaranteed to come home with it. So there is one location that “just browsing” would never EVER work for our family:
Unless this is your very first time ever reading our combined effort here on The Barking Lot, you certainly know that Kyla is dog crazy, I am dog crazy, and Kevin thinks his two girls are just plain crazy.
His “strongest” arguments (that I can shoot down in two wags of a tail) against getting a family dog are that A) we’re not home all the time so how would it be fair to leave the pooch alone and B) a dog’s life is so comparatively short to a human that it’s almost cruel to love a creature and then lose it just a few years later.
Since we’re approaching Mother’s Day rather quickly, however, let’s look at some moms’ perspectives about family pets. A motherly resume is impressive and includes roles such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator. How ‘bout one more: chief pet caretaker.
Yep, on top of everything else, moms are generally the ones who end up caring for Fido. From shopping for food to the end result of yard duty, responsibility seems to fall squarely on her shoulders despite the repeated promises from her children that THEY would take care of it. And if you’re a WORKING mom your load is at least doubled, right? So how on EARTH could you fit another “job” on your list, right? WRONG, according to Rachel Rabkin Pechman.
Let’s say whether you have an outside the home job or not, you simply don’t want a dog. For one or multiple reasons. You’re the MOM, right? You make the final call on these things, right? WRONG (again!) according to Chris Jordan.
All right already. You’ve finally “caved.” You realize that you really DO want to expand your family and open your doors to (another) furry, messy, loud kid. There are tips and advice everywhere about how to know if you’re ready to adopt a dog. But this time, Apryl Duncan offers tips from a mom’s perspective. Because after all, we moms aren’t immune to our children’s batting eyes and sweet please, either.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Barking Lot readers!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
LAPD urge safety when recording videos in tense situations such as dog attacks, fights.
Meet the “Saddest Dog in the World.”
The family dog could help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities.
As columnist Tim Grobaty found out with Jasper the dog, veterinary care costs can skyrocket quickly.
NBA coach lovingly goes to the dogs with special adoption.
Series ‘Downward Dog’ debuts Wednesday on ABC
Huckleberry likes to hang out in an unusual place.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
We close as we always do with our closing video.
That’s it for this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!