The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/03/18)

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.

TODAYWINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON SUNDAY…Periods of Light Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected. Patchy blowing snow is also expected in portions of east central Wisconsin, south central Wisconsin and southeast Wisconsin from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. The falling and blowing snow will reduce visibilities at times Saturday night into Sunday morning.

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. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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…Accumulating Snow Expected This Weekend… .Periods of light snow are expected over east central and southeast Wisconsin from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. Snowfall of 3 to 5 inches is expected with a few 6 inch amounts towards Sheboygan. The greatest accumulation of snow will occur Saturday night, lingering into Sunday morning. In addition, gusty north winds will cause drifting snow as well as patchy blowing snow. The combination of falling and drifting snow will result in hazardous travel conditions developing, and will have an impact on Saturday night and Sunday morning motorists.

Saturday’s high: 33.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Cloudy with snow showers, accumulating about half an inch.  High of 16. Tack on another “F”

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

Growing up, my dogs & cats got presents exactly twice a year:  their birthday (or whenever we adopted them) and Christmas.  Of course they were spoiled year-round, but actual gift giving was limited to the two aforementioned occasions.

Those gifts were, by today’s extravagant standards, pretty basic.  Sometimes a new collar, sometimes a sweater, or extra treats & nibbles.  Their items were purchased off the shelves of grocery stores, not shipped from a chichi pet pampering business on Etsy.  Still, they loved the extra goodies.  So much so that we couldn’t put them under the tree until the last minute because they always knew which ones were for them.

Honestly we never really considered Valentine’s Day a reason to purchase our pets gifts.  We loved them and they knew that and that was the end of it.  Well, that’s not the case anymore.  Family pets are no longer property (pet OWNER? Gasp!) and are instead members of the family (pet PARENT, fur baby.)  So naturally, if there is a dog in your life you’d better have your Valentine’s Day gifts planned and purchased ASAP.

Clearly, YOUR dog is the best dog.  The perfect gift is a must.  But what do you get the dog who has everything?  If you’re really stumped perhaps this list of ideas will offer inspiration.

Did you possibly overspend on Fido this past Christmas?  Still paying off the newest bowl set?  It’s OK.  Turns out you don’t have to actually spend money to make your dog extra happy on February 14thYou can do low-budget AND show lots of love.

No matter how you choose to celebrate with your four-legged companions, Happy Valentine’s Day, to all the dog lovers out there!
—-Jennifer Fischer

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

Softbank invests $300 million in dog-walking start-up Wag.

Dog-Friendly Designs Attract Home Buyers and Remodelers.

How a dog was ‘approved’ for $360 per week in unemployment benefits.

Madison magazine: Dangerous food for pets.

2018 Super Bowl: Can Eagles fans wear creepy dog masks into the game? You bet.

Super Bowl QB gets bitten by a dog…twice.

Men and anxious people more likely to have been bitten by dogs, survey shows.

Puppy Bowl? Kitten Bowl? HELP!  Here’s your help.



Ready for the season!

6 thoughts on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/03/18)

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  2. I was drawn in by the pic of the Huskie and the Polar bear. I have seen something before like this on the TV. Very very cute – and unnatural I guess. I too am a dog blogger, have been doing so now for seven months, so it’s been good to catch up with someone’ else’s dog site. My dog is a brown Labrador, he looks not unlike a seal too, so I think he’d definitely get eaten by a Polar Bear!


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