The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (11/19/22)

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…Originally written by both my lovely wife, Jennifer and me, this blog brings you the latest news about our furry friends including articles, columns, photos and videos. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Mainly cloudy with snow showers around this morning. High of 27. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.  “F”

SUNDAY:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High of 31. “D”

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

Our area had the dog story of the week, and we’ve got the videos to show it.

53 dogs ‘remarkably well’ after plane carrying them crashed on Western Lakes Golf Club course in Waukesha County…

VIDEO: WI inmates participating in a special program help train service dogs for people suffering from PTSD…

Whether a dog bites another dog depends upon…

Famous Mexican search and rescue dog Frida dies.

Winner of Hero Dog 2022: American Humane crowns pup who went from ‘trash to treasure.’

HUMOR COLUMNIST TOM PURCELL: How not to name a puppy.

8 gifts for the person who is totally obsessed with their dog.

PHOTO: Janine Chambers of Milwaukee with her dog Cooper takes a photo with Bucks mascot Bango at the 2022 City of Milwaukee Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Deer District on Friday November 18, 2022 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. Photo: JOVANNY HERNANDEZ / MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

FROM THE BARKING LOT VAULT: Jennifer blogged in November of 2011:

As I have mentioned many times in The Barking Lot, my childhood dogs Sugar and Skippy were spoiled rotten.  They never wanted for anything.  We considered the holidays special for them just like we did for ourselves.  Like most Americans who put on an average of seven to twelve pounds during this festive time, I’m sure they packed on a pound or two as well.  Of course your pet can only overeat if YOU over-feed it so naturally we were to blame.  Still, I don’t recall any signals of disappointment from either dog when they were given nibbles of turkey on Thanksgiving, roast beef on Christmas or ham on Easter.

I have also mentioned many times that Kevin always had a soft spot for our dog-in-law Leia and that he tossed her bits and pieces every time there was a gathering of Fischers.  I had gently reprimanded him a couple of times when I thought he was starting to over-do it, but I will admit to “accidently” dropping a chip or scrap of meat in her direction at times.

Next week is the kick off for Stuff Your Face and Over-Indulge Season.  Chances are most of us with pets will likely relax the “no table scraps” rule for Fido.  I personally believe in the mantra “All things in moderation” and that goes for our four-legged companions as well.  Truthfully I don’t see the harm in my (future) dog getting a taste of turkey or mashed potatoes.  However I am aware that it is easy to overindulge your pooch, so following some simple advice here.

I chuckle at the Food Network and other culinary resources who try to top themselves every year with a list of what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Who are they kidding???!!!  With the possible exception of turkey soup, the only thing I want done to my leftovers is one minute in the microwave.  But if you are so inclined, and actually don’t know what to do with that last bit of turkey, etc. you can easily make treats for your tail-waggin’ friend. More ideas here.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, including the canine members!

—Jennifer Fischer, November 18, 2011

That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

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