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. And this could be the worst weekend of the year thus far.
TODAY: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM today until NOON.
Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch expected in portions of east central and southeast Wisconsin from 6 AM to noon Saturday. Plan on slippery road conditions. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
More Information: A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will move east across southern Wisconsin from early morning Saturday to the late morning. Expect ice accumulations of one tenth to one quarter of an inch, with lesser ice accumulations toward central Wisconsin. Temperatures will warm above freezing by afternoon with rain then likely.
High of 36. “F”
SUNDAY: Windy with snow showers before noon. Partly cloudy later. Morning high of 33 with temps falling to near 20. “F”
Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer, with this week’s main blog.
Growing up, I had two dogs and a cat. Sugar (Basenji-Cocker Spaniel) and Tommy (mixed breed/Persian rescue) got along quite well. When we added Skippy (English Springer Spaniel/mixed breed rescue) to the mix the pet dynamics got a little more complicated.
Tommy hated Skippy and make it pretty well known in the family. The puppy would NOT be tolerated under any circumstances. Tommy had to be confined to our lower level and introduced to Skippy in small doses. Clearly in her little doggy mind this was never forgotten… Skippy quickly grew to be much larger than Tommy and on more than one occasion reminded him of that.
There were a few times we wondered if it was worth it. Should we return Skippy to my Grandma? (She had been a gift for my Grandpa who passed away just a few months after we got her.) We tried… but she missed my dad so terribly that she wouldn’t eat or drink without the sight of him.
That probably should have been our first clue that we weren’t dealing with a psychologically stable dog. But we managed. Skippy came to live with us permanently and we managed as best we could. Believe it or not Tommy & Skippy eventually came to a mutual understanding and a semi-cordial relationship.
Fast-forward a couple of years. All pets age, and Sugar was our first to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Skippy & Tommy left behind, they turned their semi-cordial relationship to one of actual friendship. Tommy was next to cross the Bridge and none of us were prepared for what would happen next.
Skippy immediately stopped eating (like when she had been separated from my dad.) We ruled out any sort of physical maladies and came to soon realize that she actually missed Tommy. We could cajole her into eating if she was literally hand fed. Cat food. Yes that’s right. She would eat nothing but the food we had previously feed Tommy. Oi vay.
Although it wouldn’t have been in our family budget, we probably would have benefited from a little canine psychotherapy. Clearly that wasn’t a thing over 20 years ago. But it certainly is now. Not sure how I feel about the whole concept but it certainly does provide food for thought.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Advocates Stand Up in Court for Abused Animals.
Residents in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood say a homeowner’s sign about cleaning up dog waste has gone too far.
Dog owner trapped in manure nearly died.
Sully meets Sully! George H.W. Bush’s service dog meets hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger.
In nearby Burlington, suspect allegedly fled police, hid in dumpster; K-9 assists.
Church goes to the dogs: Florida congregation holds pooch-friendly service.
Terminally Ill Woman Plans to Marry Her Rescue Dog in ‘Big Italian Wedding’ For Charity.
The story behind the guy who went to a Dallas dog park covered in peanut butter.
Dog owners take more pictures of their pet than their spouses.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
Geneva and Belka, a pair of border collies, play during a training session on the frozen Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on February 17, 2019. Photo:Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
We close as we always do with our closing video, and there are a few.
First, these dogs keep doing it repeatedly. The video is in this article.
Next, more than 100 days after California’s deadliest wildfire broke out, a Paradise family has been reunited with their dog, Kingston.
This one’s lengthy, but worth it.
A Los Angeles TV show host took a three-legged rescue dog to the pet store and bought him everything he touched. Rocky Kanaka took King, a homeless senior dog to the pet store earlier this month. King was abandoned after being hit by a car. His leg was broken and ultimately had to be amputated, Kanaka shared. However, King had reportedly been rehabilitated and was “doing great,” but he still hadn’t been adopted. So, Kanaka took King into PetCo and allowed him to wander about. Any item that King touched was put in the shopping cart.
And my wife just might be right. Maybe we do need a dog.
That’s it for this week.
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See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!