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: Partly cloudy. High of 43. Second consecutive great dog-walking Saturday. “B”
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 31. That’s below freezing. But dry. “D”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
I’ve never been much of a TV watcher. When I was single, I had control of the remote and it was never the other way around. There were a few shows I enjoyed but they were mostly food-related or travel-related. I think I may be the only person in existence who has never – and yes, I mean NEVER – seen an entire, start-to-finish episode of either Seinfeld or Friends. And somehow I’ve managed to live to tell about it.
Kyla is only allowed to watch PBS, Food Network, MeTV, Disney Jr. or Nick Jr. She has never watched a single prime time program and we intend to keep it that way until she is in middle school at the very least. There is NOTHING that her sweet and innocent mind needs to be exposed to with “regular programming.”
Kevin of course watches more TV than I do. That is because he loves sports (clearly I don’t) and during March Madness I don’t go near the screen for fear of blocking his view of “the play.” He needs throat lozenges; I need ear plugs. But other than college sports and reruns of classic 1960’s sitcoms he would much rather read or be online exploring political sites.
This is all to say that when (yes I will always use the word “when” referring to the hope I have of owning a dog) we get a pup it will probably watch more TV than the three of its human housemates combined.
No, I’m serious. Dogs can and do watch TV. But… just what are they really watching? Do they want to pop a bowl of popcorn, grab a blanket and Netflix binge? Good question. A recent article from People’s blog in their pets section discussed two main differences in the way our canine companions “watch” TV…
Dogs’ vision rate is faster than humans so their screen watching may have a flickering, strobe light effect. They also have a different capacity for color, so they may only see shades of yellow and blue. These two differences were also documented in an article published three years earlier on National Geographic’s site. Clearly, pet owners still remain fascinated by their dog’s reactions to TV. (Quite frankly given the quality of most programming these days I would actually rather watch my dog watch TV!)
If you have any remaining doubts about dogs’ viewing habits, look no further than a subscription to DOGTV. Again, with distaste and disdain for 98% of what passes for entertainment these days, I would probably prefer whatever is showing right now on DOGTV than anything offered during prime time.
Who says dogs aren’t smart?
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dogs are having a bad flu season, too.
Dog parks in Racine targeted by smash-and-grab thieves.
Dog bites man, man bites dog, man gets arrested.
Rescue dog will spend his senior years in nursing home.
15-year-old who rescued dog hanging from tree may get to adopt him.
Even Your Dog Needs a Vacation From Its Everyday Life.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.