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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 (10/09/10)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

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

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 75.  A resounding….. "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 79.   A glorious high  we’ll give an "A"

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

In our family, we always took our pets to the vet for their regular vaccinations and check-ups, in addition to the many times we took them for an illness or injury.  It was just part of being a responsible pet owner.  We also felt that spaying our two dogs and neutering our cat was part of responsible ownership.  Quite honestly if either of our dogs had puppies there is no way we could have parted with those chubby, warm balls of fuzz.  As for our male cat, well…  we all know one significant reason for neutering.  Who wants to replace drapes and furniture on a regular basis?

Every pet owner I know has had their dog “fixed.”  It seems to just come with the territory when you get a new puppy or kitten:  first shots, possible de-clawing for the cat, and “the big snip.”  However, it is obviously a CHOICE to have this done.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers the following stance.  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is in agreement, and offers reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet.  For pet owners who are wondering what they should do, the HSUS gives facts and myths  about this process. 

California has been known to draft some pretty nutty legislation.  So it came as no surprise a few years ago when a bill was proposed to mandate the spaying and neutering of pets, with a few exceptions.  The bill was NOT passed, but instead the current law was changed to impose stiffer penalties on existing fines.   The American Kennel Club obviously does not agree with this move. 

Personally, I have a real problem with any legislation that takes away such a simple freedom as the choice to spay or neuter your family pet.  I completely support spaying and neutering for the very reasons HSUS and ASPCA do.  However, if a pet owner is truly opposed to the procedure (and is not just saying “I can’t afford it” because there are always programs to help people overcome this obstacle) I feel the owner should be able to make that choice.  Well, what can you expect from a state who also regulates how much their dogs can bark 
----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. I enjoyed your blog, as I always do, despite the usage of words like "fixed."

At any rate, we move on.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and they always seem to do it, by golly.

Sheboygan aldermen give in to pit bulls.

A Canadian city wants to ban the sale of dogs in pet stores.

Guide dog 
touches hearts around the world.

A New York town struggles over a third dog dilemma.

HOORAY! Gunner finds a home!

A 77-year old man is reunited with dog.

Pacemaker implants 
add years to dogs' lives.

Dog bites man? ZZZZZZ. Man bites dog? Now you've got something!

Linda Blair
saves dogs.

If your dog is suffering from seizures, a blessing wouldn't hurt.

It just had to happen.

dog food nutritional bar?

Dog runs wild at airport's runway.

And finally, we close with our closing video. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

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