The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (02/02/19)

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: Cloudy with periods of drizzle later in the day. High of 40.  “D”

   Cloudy with drizzle. High of 43.  “D”

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

If teasing is loving, then I must be one of the most adored women on the planet.  My husband never misses a chance to take some good-natured jabs regarding my penchant for spending money at Target, my fondness of 80’s pop rock, and my sleep habits.  Of those three he particularly finds it humorous to share an anecdote that goes pretty much like this…

“So, we’re both sleeping peacefully and then of course I need to get up and go to the bathroom.  So here’s me, and here’s Jennifer.  Pretend this is the headboard, and this is the foot of the bed.”  (He uses his hands to show the position of the bed and what sides we sleep on.)  “Jennifer is laying like this, and I was just seconds ago laying like this…”  (He uses his hands to continue to show how we are parallel to each other, and our heads & feet match the direction of the bed.)  “When I get back just one minute later here’s Jennifer…”  (One final display of hands shows how my body is now diagonal leaving absolutely no room for him to crawl back in.)  “Now how the heck am I supposed to get back into bed?”

I can’t help but laugh, and I certainly don’t disagree.  It’s part of my charm.  And I am quick to point out that while my nocturnal relocation might be bothersome, it certainly isn’t ear-splittingly loud.  As in SNORING.  As in a terribly over-used but totally appropriate expression “enough to wake the dead.”  As in, I don’t think any jury would find me guilty of spousal murder by pillow suffocation.

Clearly we’re not the only couple who jokes about their partner’s sleep habits.  That’s one of those conversations that spans generations and will never die.  But I will admit there have been nights when moving to the couch resulted in a much quieter environment for slumber.  “Hmmmph.  If I was sleeping with a dog I wouldn’t have this problem!” could easily be my response to his thunderous symphony.

Could that really be the case?  Could I really be better off sleeping with a dog for the ultimate in slumber satisfaction?  Many women certainly think so! 

Watch out, Kev.  When I tell you I’m going out to buy a new pillow it just might have four paws and a tail.
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. And I was actually seriously thinking about a dog purchase, but after this latest blog of yours, I don’t think so. Congrats. 🙂

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

Man wouldn’t leave his dog and now may lose his feet.

Expensive dog food may be hurting your pet.

Iran bans dogs from riding in cars and public walks in Tehran.

Point of View: Dogs aren’t cute, they’re scary.

Why cancer doctors are closely watching a three-legged dog named Max.

Puppy With Upward-Facing Paws Recovering After ‘Complicated’ Surgery.

Prison animal programs are benefiting both inmates and hard-to-adopt dogs in Florida.

Meet Ryan Arens. He’s a hero.

A Brooklyn cop found a shivering dog tied to a fence and became his new best friend.

Who Rescued Whom? Dog Adopts Elite Athlete.

NY Times column: The blessing of a rescue dog.

Military working dog stamps are coming to a post office near you.

Bark park with a bar; new Florida dog park to serve alcohol.

Fur real: This Greensboro dog park has a pub. Welcome to The Barking Deck.

A Service Dog in Training Went on the Most Adorable Field Trip to Disneyland.

She Posted the Photo of Angelina Jolie Selling Dog Treats With Her Kids.

The Truth Behind That Viral Photo of a Dog with Glitter-Coated Testicles.



They’re in this story.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First, let’s head to the Boston area.

And as Jennifer blogged last week, it’s Puppy Bowl time!

For the record, I will NOT be watching.

Jennifer and Kyla?

Probably in another room.

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!

PHOTO: One of the commands the dogs in the TAILS program learn is to pray, which involves placing both hands on the inmates arm.


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