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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 (03/05/11)

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:  Mostly cloudy skies.  High of 32. The WTMJ website is predicting, and I kid you not, 1.88 inches of snow.  Good grief. Can't they just make it simple? "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. Big deal. The sun will be out. We will struggle to get to a high of 27. The normal high is about 10 degrees warmer. "F"

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

I can’t begin to guess how many of millions of times dogs appear in mass media.  From books to the big screen, from public service announcements to product commercials, dogs are everywhere.


In 2009, Richard Gere starred in a movie about an incredible relationship between a man & his dog.  Hachi:  A Dog’s Tale is one of those that requires a box of tissues next to you for the ending.  Even if you have not seen it, you are more than likely familiar with the story.  From a blog on
Chu-ken Hachiko (lit. the faithful dog Hachiko) was born in Akita in 1923 and was first brought to Tokyo in 1924. He and his owner, Mr. Eisaburo Uyeno, were inseparable friends right from the start. Each day "Hachi" would accompany Eisaburo, a professor at the Imperial University, to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, the professor would find the dog patiently waiting, tail wagging. This happy routine continued until one fateful day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill on the job and unfortunately died before he could return home.”

A statue honoring Hachi was erected in front of the station where he lovingly waited for his master.

As with most celebrities, Hachi’s death had rumors that surrounded it.  Many believed that he died from an internal puncture wound caused by a skewer of chicken.  Because Hachiko was considered such a model of devotion, his organs were preserved when he died in 1935.  But recently, University of Tokyo veterinarians who examined his intestines found that Hachi actually died of cancer and that he also had worms.

The story of love and devotion between Mr. Uyeno & Hachi is remarkable and heartwarming to say the least.  And thanks to that same kind of devotion from Hachi’s fans, we are able to know the true story of his final days.
---Jennifer Fischer

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

In a related story to Jennifer's blog, Liam Tasker and Theo are inseparable. Read more here.

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Don't forget, the Wisconsin Kennel Club holds its annual dog show this weekend at State Fair.

And finally, Kate Winslett says it's ok to look like (BLANK).

That's it for this week. Thank you, dog lovers for stopping by.

We close as we always do with our closing video. It's always good stuff.

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