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 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 showers. High of 69. "D"
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 76. "A"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
My favorite neighbor dog Mickey is a beautiful, sweet-tempered Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. If I see her out for a walk with her dad George, I run out to pet her and get my fix of licks and tail wags. I think Mickey is one of the happiest, healthiest dogs I have ever known. I swear that dog actually SMILES.
Mickey is about five years old and has all the spark of a puppy. She has a soft, shiny coat; bright eyes; perky disposition and I’ve never noticed any odor about her, be it “dog coat smell or doggy breath.” George and his wife treat this dog like gold… the same way we will treat our dog when we get one. (While Dad takes her for a walk in the winter, Mom is home warming towels in the dryer to wipe her chilled, damp paws. Every day.)
Kevin and I have discussed feeding practices many times. He’s all for the occasional scrap of human goodies: a toss of a pizza part, a morsel of meat, etc. I’ve seen what too many table scraps and treats can do to dogs: my Sugar was terribly overweight because our family literally killed her with kindness. Unfortunately pet health wasn’t as big an issue 25 years ago and we didn’t really know any better. Kevin’s theory is she must have lived a happy and content life… if she really enjoyed that piece of occasional pizza was that really so wrong? Did it knock of a day in her short life? Maybe. But if she was one day less on this earth, she was one day happier.
Back to Mickey, our neighbor dog. Mickey is fed nothing but 100% human food. Her mom cooks for her daily. Poached chicken, ground beef, rice, and an occasional piece of steak. She loves her vegetables too, especially green beans. Her diet has been fully sanctioned by her vet, someone George has used for many years for many dogs. She gets commercial “treats” with vitamin supplements but other than that she and her mom and dad could share the same plate.
George has made the decision to feed Mickey a human food diet because of all the frightening recalls of dog food. He is not about to see anything bad happen to their beloved dog. Kevin and I both agree with this theory and plan on feeding our future dog this way. We can’t imagine the heartbreak of having a pet poisoned by the very food we thought would be appropriate.
We know that MANY dog owners and dog health professionals disagree with us. Obviously we will do our research and consult our vet before we make our dog bacon and eggs for breakfast. However there are many resources available for those who want to whip up a canine quiche.
There is as much debate over feeding your dog a human food diet as there is over its owners being vegetarians vs. omnivores. For the Future Fischer dog, a human diet is as guaranteed as Mr. and Mrs. Fischer never touching tofu.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Obama says we Republicans talk about him like a dog. OK. What kind of dog would he be? MORE ON THIS TOPIC........ critics warn such a whiny comment like the one he made in
Of course, mom defends son for not returning lost dog.
Family reunited with dog after seven years.
Speaking of being reunited....
A dog custody issue becomes a political controversy.
Derek Jeter's gal pal has a ruff flight.
Some good use for dog poo?
The do's and don'ts of adding another dog to your household.
A dog improves your health.
So how did a Jack Russell terrier get its name?
That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.
We close with our closing video, and we have a couple this week.