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: Thunderstorms likely. High of 81. “D”
SUNDAY: A mix of clouds and sun. Scattered thunderstorms. High of 83. “C”
LABOR DAY: Thunderstorms likely. High of 82. “D”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Well, here we are. For all intents and purposes, Summer 2018 is over. Technically, we still have until September 22nd to start thinking pumpkin flavors, stadium blankets, and Halloween costumes. But by now your kids may have already completed one to two weeks of instruction. You’ve gone from the lazy days of summer to the full swing of a structured routine with bed times, after-school schedules and realizing just how precious the weekends are. You’re wondering two things: 1. How did you survive three months of “Mom, she’s looking at me funny,” “I’m BORED” and “What’s for lunch?” for over 80 days? And 2. How are you ever going to get your kids to get their homework done PLUS have time for practices, lessons, and other extracurriculars?
Have you considered how the changing summer-into-fall routine affects not only your kids & spouse, but your DOG as well? If you have a new schedule to adjust to, don’t forget your pup will be affected with the rest of the family. Roscoe can’t complain about having to get up early, and won’t grumble about picking out an outfit for picture day. But he sure will notice when your kids aren’t around 24/7 for extra walks, belly rubs, and treats.
“Oh, he’ll be fine,” you’ve assured everyone, mostly yourself. Until you came home from that first day of school & soccer practice only to find your fave flats chewed beyond recognition, or a very uncharacteristic pile of ickiness by the back door. Wanna rethink that opinion?
Eventually everything will return to normal. You’ll get into a pattern that will make you wonder why everyone was so stressed out at the beginning of September. By Christmas you’ll be on complete autopilot, and even catch a break for about a week. In the meantime, please understand that the stress you feel packing lunches, finding permission slips, and making sure gym clothes aren’t forgotten isn’t the only thing that can interfere with family peace.
It’s not too late to follow the advice I linked to in order for your family to get through the next few weeks. With a bit of extra patience for ALL the family members, you’ll be doggone ready to tackle anything! Good luck to everyone this fall!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Detroit police dog dies after being left in hot vehicle.
Daily St. Paul police K-9 demonstrations called off for rest of Minnesota State Fair.
Your dog costs you more than you think.
Gene editing of dogs offers hope for treating human muscular dystrophy.
Dog Friends Rescued from ‘Bad Situation’ Insist on Cuddling at All Times.
The Government’s Failed Detection Dogs Could be Your Perfect Pets — How to Adopt Them.
Kansas woman reunited with lost dog weeks after he was thrown from vehicle in fatal crash.
Dog That Reportedly Lived Outside for 12 Years Treated to Bucket List in Last Days.
Puppy in the palace: Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan get a new dog.
An MiLB player put his bat down during a plate appearance, so the bat dog tried to take it from him.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.
Dogs and their owner take part in the Underdog 2018 beach race in Banjol, Croatia. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A dog and its owner take part in the “Underdog 2018” beach race in Banjol, Croatia, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A documentary just opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and will expand nationwide September and October. “Pick of the Litter” follows five Labrador puppies on their quest to become guide dogs, get their names, play with chew toys and curl up for a well-deserved nap.
Their names are picked by members of nonprofit organization Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), who collectively choose monikers all beginning with the letter “P” for this particular litter: Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet and Phil.
And one more.
That’s it for this week.
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