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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 (12/11/10)

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:  A wintry mix of rain and snow. A mix of rain and freezing rain this morning will change to all rain by this afternoon and all snow by tonight. High of 38.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers, windy and cold. High of 19. "F"

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

“Santa Baby, forgot to mention one little thing… a ring… I don’t mean on the phone…”


That is my FAVORITE line in the Eartha Kitt classic “Santa Baby.”  You can NEVER go wrong giving bling as a gift.  Repeat to all my male readers:  You can NEVER go wrong giving bling as a gift.


I know what everyone is thinking:  Even with our precious toddler and a whole new busy lifestyle, surely the thing I want most for Christmas is fur.  (I don’t mean in a coat, Santa Baby.)  But you’re WRONG.


Of course I want a dog.  Make that dogs… plural.  And all in good time we will have them.  But I would never ask for, and most certainly never receive, a dog for Christmas.  And quite frankly the last thing that appeals to me is potty training a toddler and house breaking a puppy in the same year.


In the coming weeks you will hear on local news stations and read newspaper articles about the dangers of giving pets as presents.  The ridiculous flip side of this is you will probably also hear commercials from pet stores telling you how wonderful it would be if Suzie or Johnny found a puppy under the tree this Christmas.


This SHOULD be a practical, no-brainer kind of decision.  But for some people they really think they’re giving the best gift ever by putting a red ribbon around the neck of an adorable puppy and handing it off.  





For some practical advice if you’re even THINKING this is a good idea for a friend or family member, read this.  

Well, I guess Kevin is REALLY off the hook this year.  I’ve just told everyone that giving a puppy as a Christmas gift is even a worse idea than giving a replica of The Christmas Story “Leg Lamp.”  So, no dog for me under the tree.  And since I already have more bling than I can handle with my beautiful wedding ring, well…  But come to think of it I never mentioned that THESE were silly or frivolous. 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Woman claims the police beat her....over dog poop.

She risked her life for her dog.

Save Rudy.

A shelter dog rescues a blind dog.

Is there a vet on board?

Dog bites
are on the rise.

Brandie is on death row.

PETA exploits the Pope.

"Does my dog know I'm blind?"

Rat-catching dog is on patrol.

How your dog can help your career.

Surprise winner at big dog show.

Find a great dog book.

What do you get the pet that has everything?

Here are some great  dog-friendly destinations.

And finally, I'm sorry, but I don't get it. How in the world does this happen?

We close with our closing video. It's related to our blog last Saturday. King County in Washington State is considering a plan to charge professional dog walkers $800 a  year (OUCH!) to use the off-leash dog area at Marymoor Park.


Why, why, why is the answer always a tax?

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