The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (01/19/19)

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:  A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT  SATURDAY NIGHT. Snow, occasionally heavy. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches anticipated. Highest amounts will be toward the lakeshore. Patchy blowing snow. WHERE…Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties. WHEN…Until midnight Saturday night. ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel will be difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Due to lake effect snowfall kicking in, periods of snow showers will continue across far southeast Wisconsin Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Snow amounts of 3 to 8 inches are expected across much of south central, east central and southeast Wisconsin, with highest amounts farther south. Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties could see 6 to 9 inches right near the lakeshore due to the lake effect snow. Brisk northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Hazardous travel conditions will continue  Saturday.

Morning snow showers. High of 25.  “F”

SUNDAY:
  Mostly sunny. High of only 15. “F”

6 Winter Safety Tips for Dogs in Snow

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

And this is Stanley Coren.Image may contain: dog
Coren is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

You certainly could call him a dog lover and dog expert.

He has received awards from several major police dog organizations including the California Canine Narcotic Association who cited him for his “continuing contributions toward the understanding of canine behavior.”

Books Coren has written include “How to Speak Dog,” “Why We Love the Dogs We Dog,” “The Pawprints of History,” “Why Does My Dog Act That Way,” “How Dogs Think,” “The Modern Dog,.”Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?” and “Born to Bark.”

And let’s not forget…

Image result for image, photo, book, The Intelligence of Dogs,

In the above Coren offers a 12-part canine IQ test and an obedience personality test that measures the future obedience quotient of a puppy.  There are also tips for teaching and training less intelligent dogs.

Like Coren I’m fascinated with what makes dogs tick and why they act the way they do.He’s just written a column that explores an intriguing topic. Consider these two dogs:

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You’ve got your small dog, and your much larger dog.

We know dogs are smart. Researchers in the UK told us so in a study released last fall. OK, it concluded that some other animals are just as intelligent, maybe more so. But dogs are definitely smart.

Here’s where Coren comes in. Which dogs are smarter? The big ones? Or the little ones.

What do you think? Ha. I suppose it depends on the size of your pet, right?

I love Coren’s work. What’s the answer? It’s right here in his latest column.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

On our blog we don’t post the horrible, abusive stories that far too often break every week. At the same time the news just simply isn’t always good, and we post stories for a reason, even if they’re just newsworthy and need to be shared.

Example: Heartbreaking Footage Shows Missing Dog Chasing After His Owner’s Car After Being Abandoned.

In Colorado, Rescuers Rush To Save Dog After It Fell Into Icy Pond.

UPS driver strips to his boxers, saves dog from drowning in icy pond.

Facebook is still a dog’s best friend.

Column: Dog poop bags are a menace. But what’s the green alternative? (Yes, the column uses the “s” word).

WHAT? This Startup Wants to Feed Maggots to Your Dog.

A dog-food startup that says it makes meals good enough for humans just raised $39 million.

This robot dog teaches itself tricks.

THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK.

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Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt and dog last week, posing for a picture her aunt shared on the “Healing for Jayme Closs” Facebook page.

Officials say Closs is doing well after having been missing from the Barron area since Oct. 15.

The young girl was rescued walking down a road in a rural area in northwestern Wisconsin after she fled a home where law enforcement says she was kept by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

 David Beckham cuddles up with dog Olive

Last weekend, Victoria Beckham shared a sweet snapshot of family dog Olive enjoying an “afternoon nap with her daddy,” former soccer star David, while wrapped in an expensive designer blanket.

The bright red throw appears to be from Louis Vuitton’s sought-after, instantly-sold-out collaboration with cult streetwear brand Supreme. It’s currently going for $6,000.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please consider passing this along to other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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