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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 (10/23/10)

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:  Rain, possibly some thunder. High of 62.   "D"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 68.  "B"

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

So, all week long you’ve been wondering:  “Did Jennifer really get her dog from Kevin for Sweetest Day?  Did he finally cave?  Was the dog an ‘anniversary of our engagement’ present?  How will this affect The Barking Lot?”

Well, my friends and loyal readers.  Wonder no more!  I will tell you exactly what that darling husband of mine did…  In great de-tail!

Are you sitting down?

Are you now?

OK.  He’s pretty good at surprising me, even after all these years.  I thought I might have had him figured out this time.  Remember how I said he wouldn’t propose on a specific holiday?  Remember how I thought he wouldn’t give me a dog ON Sweetest Day?

I was right.

And he didn’t bring home a puppy any other day this past week, either.

I’m guessing he was afraid I’d do something new-dog-owner-crazy relative to Halloween.  But just because I blogged about Halloween ideas for your pup  doesn’t mean I would costume our canine.

I will admit I can’t help but laugh at the site of a dog dressed as a lobster in a pot of water or as the classic “hot dog.”  I know I’m not the only one who finds these costumes amusing.  Even during these tough times, pet parents are shelling out plenty to dress their pampered pooch. 

So while I chuckle at a Chihuahua as a Chiquita, would I dress my dog for the season?  Probably not.  I would most likely choose a bandana or ribbons in orange & black.  I recall the dogs from my youth not being too thrilled with any sort of embellishments when I would try to “decorate” them for a particular season.  While I don’t think it would cause permanent psychological damage to my doggie, I guess I just don’t see the point. 

I would never criticize anyone who chooses to dress their dog.  But the future Fischer pup will most likely remain pleasantly plain.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. What? You didn't like the electric can opener I bought you? Don't forget. Christmas is coming.

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

Gas chamber for dogs
torn down.

Should "Beware of Dog" signs be multilingual?

A dog poop political attack ad?

Speaking of dog poop and politics... (see paragraph 15)

Blind woman and her dog have become Starbucks fans.

Barking Lot UPDATE: Winston.

These prison inmates done good.

The best bomb detector.

Stolen dog

You think campaigning is easy?

Society has accepted disabled pets.

This dog hotel takes in the toughest customers.

When dogs attack kids, here's their target.

Do you have an autistic child? Get a dog.

A new set of wheels can improve a dog's life.

"Why are we now looking to dogs - the very creatures we send to trainers - to help us become better people?"

Do dogs dream?

Fast dogs must  shake to dry off.

And finally, we close with our closing video. Would you rent a drug-sniffing dog? Many would.


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