The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/09/17)

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:  Sunny. High of 65. “A”

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 68. “A”

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

Well, here we are.  For all intents and purposes, Summer 2017 is over.  Technically, we still have until September 22nd to start thinking pumpkin flavors, stadium blankets, and Halloween costumes.  But by now your kids have completed one to two weeks of instruction.  You’ve gone from the lazy days of summer to the full swing of a structured routine with bed times, after-school schedules and realizing just how precious the weekends are.  You’re wondering two things:  1. How did you survive three months of “Mom, she’s looking at me funny,” “I’m BORED” and “What’s for lunch?” for over 80 days? And 2. How are you ever going to get your kids to get their homework done PLUS have time for practices, lessons, and other extracurriculars?

Have you considered how the changing summer-into-fall routine affects not only your kids & spouse, but your DOG as well?  If you have a new schedule to adjust to, don’t forget your pup will be affected with the rest of the family.  Roscoe can’t complain about having to get up early, and won’t grumble about picking out an outfit for picture day.  But he sure will notice when your kids aren’t around 24/7 for extra walks, belly rubs, and treats.

“Oh, he’ll be fine,” you’ve assured everyone, mostly yourself.  Until you came home from that first day of school & soccer practice only to find your fave flats chewed beyond recognition, or a very uncharacteristic pile of ickiness by the back door.  Wanna rethink that opinion?

Eventually everything will return to normal.  You’ll get into a pattern that will make you wonder why everyone was so stressed out at the beginning of September.  By Christmas you’ll be on complete autopilot, and even catch a break for about a week.  In the meantime, please understand that the stress you feel packing lunches, finding permission slips, and making sure gym clothes aren’t forgotten isn’t the only thing that can interfere with family peace.

It’s not too late to follow the advice I linked to in order for your family to get through the next few weeks.  With a bit of extra patience for ALL the family members, you’ll be doggone ready to tackle anything! Good luck to everyone this fall!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Dozens of Hurricane Harvey dogs arrive in Waukesha looking for a new home.

‘Zombie dogs’ roaming near Chicago are infected coyotes, police warn.

College student in photo holding dog by its tail responds, apologizes.

$20,000…it didn’t work.

How Dog Lovers Sparked Laws That Could Save Kids in Hot Cars.

Opposition Grows to Bill Banning Dog Testing at VA.

OPINION: If You Love the Wilderness, Keep Your Dog Out of It.

Death of couple’s beloved beagle pushes them to open high-end pet supply store.

These dogs vote… by sneezing.

How to decode your dog’s tail wag.

Leader of team that created McGruff the Crime Dog dies.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Beloved Canine Concierge, Millie, Turns 1!



Tracy Custer of Missouri and her dog, Wing nut, compete Sunday during the 2017 Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships in Naperville.
Tracy Custer of Missouri and her dog, Wing nut, compete last Sunday during the 2017 Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships in Naperville, Illinois.  Photo: Mark Black, Daily Herald

Stay with us. More on this coming up shortly!

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Meet Darwin, an avalanche search-and-rescue dog who has trained his entire life to save lives. With his keen sense of smell, Darwin can find people trapped deep under snow.

As promised, over 100 dogs compete to be ‘Ashley Whippet’ Frisbee champion. Look for the video in this article.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

One thought on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (09/09/17)

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