The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (04/14/18)

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 ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM NOW UNTIL TO 7 PM TONIGHT. WINDS…East to northeast winds increasing to 20 to 30 mph tonight, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph late tonight, and 40 to 50 MPH on Saturday.  IMPACTS…Loose objects will be blown around. High profile vehicles may be buffeted, and difficult to drive. ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult… especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Today: Cloudy and windy with rain. Rain will freeze on some surfaces late. High 37. Winds ENE at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation:  80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. “F”

SUNDAY
:
  A mix of wintry precipitation in the morning. Then mainly snow showers in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation: 100%. Snow and ice accumulations around one inch.  “F”

This marks the 3rd week in a row of double “F” designations in the weekend forecast.

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

This past Thursday was a “true” spring day in my opinion.  It was pleasant, sunny, a bit windy, there were no “off” smells in the air, and it finally felt good to be outside.  While spring brings its own brand of unpleasantness (“fooler” days where you think it’s going to warm up and does NOT, spongy grass and too much mud, tons of sodden trash under melted snow) it is a welcome season.  Especially after 15 months of Wisconsin winter.

For dog owners, there are extra things to think about as we transition from winter… muddy paws are at the top of the list of course.  But there’s the whole flea & tick thing as well as seasonal allergies to contend with.  Of course if you don’t take Fifi to the spa regularly, there can also be “aromas” to deal with.

Doggy parents who love to garden, take note.  You might not realize that what you love to plant may be dangerous for your pet.  Do some thorough research to find out what is safe.  Obviously your buddy might want to “help” by pretending to be a rototiller.  But that’s only effective BEFORE the planting has occurred.  For general tips on making gardening pleasant for everyone, consider these ideas.

Don’t let common sense go out the window you open for fresh air.  Three seemingly “no-brainers” might not occur to some, so please be aware of them.

And speaking of Spring Cleaning…  If you’re a dog owner then you are already aware of the extra chores they can create.  The folks at Cesar’s Way try to pare things down for you with some basics.

Here’s to hoping that very soon our Barking Lot dog-walking forecasts are consistently A’s and B’s.  Right now we’ll take what we can get but I’m honestly very ready for “sunny-and-sixty” every day.
—-Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

In nearby Greenfield, divided parks board votes to keep status quo: No dogs in parks.

U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings.

Dog therapy used to help children dealing with the fallout of the opioid crisis.

Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn.

Floridians fall in love with Sammi the pet chicken. And yes, there’s a dog angle.

Kim Brophey, author of ‘Meet Your Dog,’ wants to reinvent how you see your pup.

Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers.

Rover Releases New Research on American Dog Walking Habits.

A new study shows what many of us already believe: Dogs are good for kids.

15 Signs Your Dog Is Secretly Mad at You.

Finally! There’s a TV Channel for Dog Lovers That is Just 24/7 Canine Content.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

A race during the Grand National Festival at Aintree in Liverpool.  Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
A race during the Grand National Festival at Aintree in Liverpool. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First we head to neighboring Oak Creek.

And finally, they said his support dog was too big.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

Related image

A little cute dog named Goma has recently found internet fame because of her one big feature—her ears! The 4-year-old Maltese and Papillon mix has fluffy gray ears that are nearly as tall as her head. Their scale, in addition to their rounded shape, has affectionately earned her the nickname of Mickey Mouse dog.

Goma is seemingly unaware of her unusually large ears. She’s like any other happy young pup. She enjoys taking walks, playing with toys, and snuggling in her cozy bed. Goma is patient, regularly donning bow-ties and bandanas, but she’s also curious. When her human breaks out the camera; her adorable mouse-like ears perk right up.

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