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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Barking Lot (08/07/10)

The Barking Lot

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. 

TODAYMostly sunny today. Isolated thunderstorms tonight. High of 82.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 87. "B"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

During these dog days of summer, it is just as refreshing for Fido to swim as it is for you.  Don’t avoid letting him take a dip because you don’t like the way he smells afterwards.  Whether it’s a kid’s-style wading pool just for puppy, a jump off the pier into a small lake, or a run through the family sprinkler with the little ones, let your pooch refresh himself too!

Granted, you don’t step out of a swimming pool smelling worse than when you went in.  So how is it that Fido can be in contact with H2O for five minutes and smell like he just visited the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District???!!!  Well, a scientific answer is offered by 

Why do wet dogs smell so much worse than dry ones?

The essence is that from the wet dog hair emit following volatile compounds: dimethyl trisulfide, phenol, p-cresol, mushroom (1-octen-3-ol), fruity (2-nonanone), floral (â-damascenone), and earthy smelling (2,3-diethyl-5-methylpyrazine) odors, and branched or complex aldehydes (2, and 3-methyl butanal, isobutanal, 2E-octenal, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, phenylacetaldehyde, 2E-nonanal).

There are many odoriferous compounds which individually do not have odors associated with "dog smell." However, in combination, these compounds produce the typical "dog smell" that many people describe as unpleasant. There is a complex pattern of changes in the volatile compounds associated with wetting of brushed dog hair.

This pattern appears to manifest as "wet dog" odor. While some amount of change in odor would be expected due to the different partition coefficients when water is added to the hair, the variety of differences indicates a probable chemical or biochemical reaction on the hair. Simply put, wet dog hair stinks because of the chemical reaction of the dog hair to water. 

OK, so now we know WHY Rex reeks.  How can we change what Mother Nature blessed us with?  There are a few options.  The Dog Channel maintains that doggy dryers  are the answer.  Is your Daschund all dried out but your room has that lingering eau de soggy doggy? suggests home remedy tips. 

So, what if your pup hasn’t taken a dip lately, and you still have a stinky Schnauzer?  The problem could certainly be more than a damp coat.  You may have to investigate and try a few options before you find the perfect solution. 

After taking all the necessary precautions for a safe swim for your four-legged pal, please let him enjoy some “cool pool” time.  His wagging tail will assure you that you’ve made the right choice.  With these tips, you won’t have to be concerned about lingering wetdogitis.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

My turn. Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.

Seven puppies die on American Airlines flight.

Rabies epidemic in Bali........MORE.

Memphis considers a bounty on stray dogs.

Santa Clara wants all pit bulls spayed and neutered.

Gina suffers from PTSD.

Dogs spill up from Gulf for adoption.

Accidental dog mess in supermarket causes controversy.

Some pricey dog foods have been recalled.

Is your dog afraid of thunderstorms?

Yes, that is one lucky dog.

Reiki used to relax dogs.

I've seen some goofy protests at Madison, but not this one,

Cat owners smarter than dog owners?

Another opinion on dogs at restaurants.

The dog ate WHAT?

Disney World
is going to the dogs.

Livin' it up in the dog house.

The Barking Lot asks the musical question.....How much is that doggie in China?


That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. We close with our closing video: Kids save an abandoned puppy. 

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