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 14. “F”
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 22. “F”
MONDAY, MLK DAY: UPDATED:WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST TUESDAY. SNOW EXPECTED. LAKE ENHANCED SNOW WILL OCCUR AT TIMES FROM MONDAY INTO MONDAY NIGHT. PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON COMMUTES ON MONDAY, POSSIBLY CONTINUING INTO THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. * WHERE… PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. * WHEN… 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM TUESDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS… BE PREPARED FOR REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SNOW COVERED ROADS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. High of 27. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
“Jennifer, are you and Kevin coming to the Christmas party tomorrow?”
“We were planning to, but our sitter canceled at the last minute with Strep.”
“Hey Kev, wanna catch a beer and watch the game by me this Saturday?”
“Oh man, I’d LOVE to, but I promised my wife I’d help her install our new closet organization system.”
NOTE: The above scenarios are not only fictional but would only apply IF we had a dog that we would rather socialize with than our friends and coworkers. Yes, I realize that’s one big “IF.” Still, if/when we DO get a dog and we decline your social invitation please understand our reason might not be truthful.
It’s not that we don’t think you’re a great host/hostess. It’s not because your appetizers are organic vegan. It’s not that you’re on the opposite aisle politically. It’s not even because you only have pet cats. It’s just that we’d prefer a quiet night at home – with Remy.
(Yes, I still hold on to the dream of owning an amber-coated dog appropriately named after a beverage I’m fond of…)
But I digress.
Apparently, it’s not uncommon to ditch your human friends for their canine counterparts. This means we don’t necessarily dislike you; we just might like our dog more.
(If you’re a cat owner you probably won’t understand any of this, which brings me to wonder why we’re friends to begin with. We’ll save that for another blog though.)
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Rise in dog flu cases has pet owners worried.
Brooklyn woman sues boss for filming her picking up dog poop as payback for rejecting sexual advances.
Beloved Trenton Thunder bat dog Derby dies at age 9 of cancer.
Two Dog Owners Claim Their Pets Died Following Grooming Appointments at New Jersey PetSmart.
Shelter Worker Notices Stray Dog Likes To Work So She Helps Him Get A Job At An Airport.
Boston Museum Tries New System for Protecting Artwork: A Dog’s Nose.
Meet them: Nederlandse Kooikerhondje & Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen.
These dog leotards have a useful purpose for shedding pups.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
A search dog looks for victims in damaged homes after a mudslide in Montecito, California, U.S. in this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, January 9, 2018. Photo:Mike Eliason | Santa Barbara County Fire Department | Reuters
Is it a Norman Rockwell moment?
We close as we always do with our closing video.
For competitive groomers, dogs are more than pets—they’re living canvases. These dedicated hobbyists spend months sculpting, coiffing, and dyeing their canines into vibrant works of art, ranging from recreations of Michael Jackson to Disney characters to lions. Rebecca Stern’s whimsical short documentary Well Groomed follows creative groomers as they intricately style their dogs to compete for Best in Show.
“It was surprising to find out how vast the world of competitive dog grooming is,” said Stern. “Like a lot of people, I’d only really seen the Westminster Dog Show and had assumed the breeding was what made the coats that shiny. I was so wrong. A lot goes into dog grooming, and there’s an entire world of people passionate about making our furry friends look their best. In fact, they’ve staked their livelihoods on it.”
That’s it for this week.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!