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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 (08/21/10)

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. 

TODAY:  Morning thunderstorms. Clearing and becoming msotly sunny. High of 81. "B" during the early morning, "A" the rest of the day.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 81. "A"

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

It’s the time of year when, generally, parents are excited (maybe even HAPPY?) and kids are “bummed.”  The only good part for the youngsters is a closet full of new clothes, and perhaps the anticipation of seeing friends they said good-bye to three months ago.

In all the ads for back-to-school preparation, from supplies to clothes to dorm room necessities, do you ever see anything about how to prepare your four-legged friend for your academic departure?  No, you really don’t.  Kids aren’t the only ones who are sad when days of bike riding and Popsicle eating turn to nights of homework and book reports.  Canines can be extremely sensitive to routines and the shift from carefree dog days of summer to readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic can be traumatic to them, too!

In her golden years, our dog-in-law Leia has become hyper-sensitive to our niece Kari’s school schedule.  During her undergraduate studies at Whitewater, Leia would become very upset when Kari wouldn’t pay enough attention to her during the school year.  I don’t know how many remote controls they went through during those four years… that was her revenge, or at least her doggy pacifier:  to chew on the remote when Kari wasn’t around.

If you were lucky enough to get a puppy over the summer, this first year of your kids going back to school could be particularly upsetting  for your newest family member.  Grade school, high school, college…  It doesn’t matter to your pup, any change to his/her routine and your backpack could be the latest and greatest chew toy.  Some ways to cope are offered here. Finally, “Janet Wall’s How To Love Your Dog, A Kid’s Guide to Dog Care” blog offers tips geared towards the younger members of your family.

Please enjoy a safe and happy school year.  And please remember to help your furry friend in the transition.
---Jennifer Fischer

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

"Talk to any veteran, he will tell you it is a terrible thing. It's disrespectful."

Faith brings, what else, faith to injured troops.

BOO on Special Olympics?

Dogs stolen from Humane Society may be used for fighting.

Toddler falls in dog mess and suffers damage to eye.

The well-named Rosie survives a mauling.

American Airlines offers explanation for dogs that died on of their flights. Are certain breeds more vulnerable?

Another airline refuses to believe service dog is real.

Wisconsin lawmaker is drafting "Casey's Law."

And since we're drafting laws, it's obvious we need to ban dogs in cars.

Sniffing out  mobile phones.

A pit bull hero.

A man and his dog kayak for charity.

Here are 5 health mistakes dog owners often make.

PHOTO: Woman gives dog owners a bad name.

City dwellers more apt to regard their pets as babies.

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

And finally we close with our closing video. A teen helps raise $$$ to get a police dog protection.

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