The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/06/18)

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:  WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM. VERY COLD WIND CHILLS DEVELOPED OVERNIGHT. THE COLD WIND CHILLS CAN CAUSE FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES TO EXPOSED SKIN. EXPECT WIND CHILLS TO FALL TO BETWEEN 15 AND 25 BELOW ZERO. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN, SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. * WHEN… THROUGH 11 AM SATURDAY. * THE COLDEST WIND CHILLS WILL BE UNTIL 8 AM CST SATURDAY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL COMBINE TO CREATE LOW WIND CHILLS. FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

Sunny. High of 13.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy. High of 28. “F”

How to Safely Walk Your Dog in Winter Weather

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

I am SO excited for one of the biggest sporting events of the year next month!  I just can’t get enough of the players and the pre-game festivities.  The cheerleaders are fun to watch, and the play-by-play announcers do a great job.  The half-time show is amazing, and I don’t even get mad at the refs.

Sure, the players might piddle on the field and bite one another.  Sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of an exciting play but that’s OK.  Yes that is how devoted of a fan I am.  You see, my friends it’s coming close to the annual Puppy Bowl!  And new this year is an ADDITIONAL bowl devoted to all things canine.  More on that in a moment.

Last year, special needs pups starred as part of the lineup.  I thought it was a heart-warming addition to the usual cast of canines.  I remember my English springer spaniel grew deaf in her later years.  Not only did it break our hearts to see her like that, it wasn’t easy communicating with her.  She was an exceptionally smart dog, but it wasn’t a situation where we could teach her sign language like some deaf dogs have learned.  We just did our best and muddled through.  So when I hear of people intentionally adopting special needs dogs, I truly admire them.

This year, you can catch an additional Bowl game on Animal Planet.  Before the traditional Puppy Bowl which airs on February 4th (the same day as some other widely publicized bowl game) the DOG Bowl will air February 3rd and feature older dogs in need of forever homes.

This past summer, I blogged about the concept of adopting a senior dog.  Lots to consider but don’t pass up the opportunity to read the link to Laura Coffey’s perspective.  After reading her essay I think you will enjoy watching the DOG Bowl even more.

The beauty of the Puppy Bowl and Dog Bowl is that every single player ends up being a winner.
Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

RIP Piper.

Dog survives 3 days in frigid MN cold.

Dog has front legs amputated, and still loves life: ‘She is thriving’

Snatched by hungry eagle, little dog lives to bark the tale.

Federal government to probe whether Orlando condos can force veteran to give up support dog.

How a celebrity cleft palate dog made a boy’s dream of meeting the Eagles come true.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, your dog may be your perfect training partner.

Dog owners are apparently LEAST likely to cheat on their partners.

UK’s first street lamp to be powered by DOG WASTE deposited by walkers proves a success.

Family surprises boy with dog he owned before moving.

Found: The World’s Rarest Vintage Mickey Mantle Card, Sold With Dog Food.

Hilarious:  The dog that tried to eat Christmas.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

Wentz's tweet showed his dog alongside several dead geese

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has defended a picture he posted on Twitter in which he wished his dog a happy birthday alongside a photo of it with dead geese. The tweet was accompanied by two photos: one of the dog standing over the dead geese after a hunt and another of it as a puppy.

But it sparked Twitter criticism that a man of his stature should post a picture of dead game. One person called it “offensive and controversial.”

Wentz responded.

“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial?” he tweeted. ‘Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”

Wentz is out for the season after he suffered a knee injury during the Eagles win against the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles are the top seed in the NFC and have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.


Finley Bork, 7, sleds down a hill, while being chased by a playful dog, on a golf course at the Isle of Palms, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Seeing her first winter weather, 9-month-old Roxie, eats snow off the ground of the public basketball courts at Forsyth Park, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Savannah, Ga. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Seeing her first winter weather, 9-month-old Roxie, eats snow off the ground of the public basketball courts at Forsyth Park, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Savannah, Ga. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy Florida up the Southeast seaboard Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Good news from a new study out of Sweden.

And check out the video in this story about Blake.

Blake bowls.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

See ya, BARK, next week!

A bulldog walks through the snow during a snowstorm in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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