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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 (03/12/11)

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:  Flurries. Very windy. High of just 35.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of just 35.  "D"

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

In my September 11, 2010 edition, my blog discussed feeding human food to your canine companion.  The last paragraph stated, 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.”  Well, the plant vs. meat debate has now moved to our four-legged friends’ diets.  No, I’m not kidding.

Shelley Boyle stopped feeding her Cleo meat, dairy, and eggs in the hopes of clearing chronic ear infections.  Why does it not register on my surprise meter that this woman lives in California, is an “environmental consultant” and part-time vegan baker?

Yes, Shelley’s vet gave it a green thumbs-up to switch her dog’s diet.  In fact, “‘Her health and well-being is the main thing for us, but that fact we have a vegan option is a double-benefit because it means our dog can live with the same ideology,’ she says.”

“Our dog can live with the same ideology.”  HUH????  Wow.  I give lots of credit to our friends of the barking persuasion.  But never in my life did I think a dog could embrace an ideology.  I guess the next thing is they will spray paint themselves in red to protest wearing fur.  

From the always-fabulous CNN, this article also cites “professional trendsetter” Oprah Winfrey challenging her staff to go vegan for one week.  But the HARPOcrite herself only said she would go vegan-ish.  Isn’t that like being a little bit pregnant?

But fear not, there is a collective voice of reason out there.  Many vets agree that there are not substantial health benefits for dogs of vegan diets.  In fact, dogs need levels of certain proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are best delivered from MEAT.  Read more details here.   

Also, pet expert and author Tracie Hotchner, host of the radio show "Dog Talk" says, "If a dog has a choice he's not picking a pile of beans over chicken or meat, and he's not going to be lapping up soy.  If you're going to be harmonious in your choices, be harmonious. I say respect each species for what it was meant to be, and if you feel that strongly about being vegan, get a vegetarian animal. Bunnies make wonderful pets."  Bow wow, Tracie!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

It’s time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Facebook click helps dogs rescue Earthquake victims.

A Barking Lot UPDATE: UK soldier and his dog reunited... MORE.

Blind man keeps his old guide when it loses its sight....but there's more.

More about the mascot dogs of our soldiers in Afghanistan.

More than 20 dogs killed at shelter; investigation started.

Governor Scott Walker want to kill puppies?

Toddler's death spurs call for a
ban on Rottweilers.

"The worst case scenario of what can happen when a dog is at large."

Is your poodle a wolf in dog's clothing?

Is it safe to kiss your dog?

Is it safe to sleep with your dog? Nope. Here is the complete study.

Like John Wayne, this "Duke" is pretty tough.

Buddy lives up to his name, and then some.

Ceili to receive national award.

Maryland considers a law allowing dogs to dine outside.  Sometimes, that's not a real good idea.

There's a new app for canines.

Mark Zuckerberg gives his adopted dog a Facebook page.

Dear Bob, I'm sorry to hear about
the loss of your dog. 

And finally, for Franklin Alderman Steve Olson...

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We close as we always do, with our closing video. Always, always good stuff.

Overcome by smoke inside a burning home, EMTs bring dog back to life.


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