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 only 37. “F”
SUNDAY: Cloudy. High of 39. Yahoo, right? “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.
Let’s start this week with a question.
The last two or three days, now I’m talking days, not nights…the last two or three days did you at any time feel the yearning to step outside and if by chance you were at home, plop yourself down on the front lawn on your belly and just soak up the outdoor fresh air?
I’m totally serious. Not a silly question.
Are you nuts, Jennifer? It’s been barely at the freezing mark lately. Go outside and lay on my belly, like a dog?
Actually, would a dog even do that?
Yeh he would.
Ike, a golden doodle is most likely the most visible dog in our neighborhood.
That’s because his house is right on the corner at the entrance/exit of one of the ends of our subdivision.
So you can see Ike out on the lawn, all the time, just about everyday. Because Ike wants to be outside, everyday, no matter the weather.
His female owner tells me he simply loves it, and getting Ike to come back inside is murder.
Rain? Ike’s outside.
Snow and cold? If the snow isn’t too heavy, Ike’s outside.
Summer heat? I’m surprised Ike isn’t wearing sunglasses.
The last month or two Ike isn’t outside unless a green ball is with him, perched under a paw or right in front of his face.
He observes everyone that walks or drives by.
Crazy dog? Not really.
Now that we’re into really cold weather, maybe he can handle it. From what I’ve seen over many years, he can.
As I’ve scoured the Internet for expert advice it seems how much you should tolerate your pet in the chilly temps depends on many factors.
Ike doesn’t have a thick coat, but’s not exactly thin, either. That means he can handle the cold better than most.
He has a light color coat. Can’t absorb much sunlight like dark-colored dogs, but we’re talking late fall and winter now.
Ike is a mid-sized dog. Smaller dogs get colder easily. That’s not Ike.
He’s not fat, and not all that thin. Thinner dogs tend to get colder quicker than do their heavier counterparts.
And Ike is not too young and not too old. The very young and the very old are not as able to regulate their body temperatures in comparison to healthy dogs in the prime of their lives, and they therefore need greater protection from the cold.
Ike moves around, not constantly, but he does enough. If dogs are active while outside, they may generate enough extra body heat to keep them comfortable even if the temperature is chilly.
Over the next few months the Internet is going to be saturated with all kinds of articles about protecting your dog from the cold.
In general, the experts claim cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45°F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32°F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being. Once temperatures drop under 20°F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
But no need to panic if your dog is like Ike.
No need for concern if you see him this weekend out on the grass or driveway.
He’s in no pain.
He’s lovin’ it.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Bradley Center site should become dog park, not commercial space, downtown Milwaukee group says.
A Marine and his dog’s unconventional journey from Afghanistan to ‘stubborn positivity.’
Dog with rare condition eats every meal in special highchair.
A dog saved this ex-con & veteran. Now he saves dogs.
In Madison therapy dogs motivate local students to read more, better.
Dog floats midair to help couple reveal sex of baby.
If we do get a dog, I’m afraid this would be next.
Strangest dog story of the year.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.