The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/09/17)

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:   Lingering light snow this morning, Becoming partly cloudy. High of 30. “F”

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 35. “D”

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

We don’t struggle a lot in our family to find ideal gifts for one another.  Maybe it’s because as a whole, we’re easy to please.  Maybe it’s because we know each other so well that Kevin would never in a million years buy me anything with a cord and I’d never buy him a subscription to the New York Times.  Kyla, well, there’s never a “short list” when it comes to HER wishes.

Suppose for a moment that you’re wondering what to get a certain category of person in your life.  By that I mean a dog owner.  (Gifts for dog lovers are different you see.  You could easily buy me a “12 Months of Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers” calendar and I’d be thrilled.  But it might not be as thoughtful for someone who actually owns one!)  Are there any fun new ideas for 2017?

Since there is no shortage of spending to spoil our beloved pets there is always room for innovative, useful, and fun products to enhance their lives and ours.  Sure, you could wander up and down the aisles of your local Pet Smart store.  Or, you could let your fingers do the walking and benefit from others’ research.

If you like to pick up, touch, compare and ponder before you purchase, you might be able to find some or all of the following items at a nearby retailer.  If the idea of battling traffic, inclement weather, and less-than-helpful “sales associates” then you could easily take the cybershopping route instead.  And if you’re doing that, the folks at took care of a great 2017 roundup of gift-giving suggestions.

Merry Christmas to you and the pups you love!
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS (no trouble finding material every week), canines that made headlines the past week.

Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?

Colorado’s ski rescue dogs are the real-life Paw Patrol.

Barking Lot update: Living With a Dog Is Good, If It’s Good for You and the Dog.

Why do dogs chew everything?

High schoolers surprise teacher with puppy after the loss of his dog.

People Are Naming Their Dogs After Ivanka Trump and Barb from ‘Stranger Things.’

Photographer creates elaborate Christmas cards with family dog.

It’s Disneyland for dogs.

Service dog causes chaos at ‘Cats’ performance.

Doctors race to ‘save’ Elf on the Shelf after accident with family dog.

Column: My dog Mocha was an expression of God on earth, as all dogs are.

Column: A dog’s last day on earth from his perspective.



‘Under-Dogs’ photo series captures canines in a unique way. Take a look.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

CBS News reports on a growing effort to train dogs not just to be guides, but also to be athletes.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

One thought on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (12/09/17)

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