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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 (03/19/11)

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:  Sunny. High of 45.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Thundershowers. High of 44. "D"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog. What's on your mind this week, darlin'?

I have often said in my blogs that I favor adopting a dog from a shelter over purchasing a dog.  I can certainly understand the desire to purchase a pedigree if you want a particular “look” or a particular personality trait.  Personally I just want to rescue a deserving pup and give it a second shot at a great and spoiled life.

I have known dog owners that have spent over $1,000 on a dog and didn’t bat an eyelash at the price tag.  Everyone has the right to spend their disposable (and hard-earned!) income on whatever they want to.  I don’t begrudge anyone’s ability to spend large sums of money on anything they choose.  I’m not a bleeding-heart liberal who hates a person just because they live the American dream and then some, making money and having fun spending it.

However, there are times that I feel people live in excess… sports stars, the “Hollywood elite,” and whatever passes for a singer these days.  Stories of demands for dressing rooms such as particular flowers, specific colored candy, and bottled water from a source that only a penguin can find blindfolded make me just crazy.  When the rich don’t quite know what to spend their money on next, I go a little insane.

Needless to say when I read that “Big Splash” was purchased for $1.5 million, I just shook my head in semi-disbelief.  It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise to me, really.  It’s just the next play thing for the uber rich.  Of course a diet of Alpo is out of the question for this exquisite pup.  Check out the facts in the text box.  

ince this breed can weigh up to 286 pounds, I guess this particular way to pamper aforementioned pooch is out of the question.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

In Japan, dogs lend a hand.

Two dogs defy the wave.

TO THE RESCUE! the rescue!


is lucky to be alive.

is matched with Sam.

Could some good come out of the Michael Vick travesty?


Family sues to send dog to class.

Adams helps out in the classroom.

Guard dogs protecting a zoo.

Meet Doug Mullin...hero.

Could dog
wrinkles = fever?

Animal lovers set up pet trusts.

I'm a bit late with this one: New Berlin exercises common sense on leash rules.

Dogs vs. birds? Who wins?

Forget the treadmill...
get a dog.

That's it for this week. We close with our closing video and it's a beauty.

We return to the damage in Japan where a dog refuses to leave an injured friend.


"That dog is a better person than most humans. Loyalty is the best word to use when you describe a dog. Truly, man's best friend is a well-deserved title," one said.

Another added, "This hit me hard. The injured dog looked like my dog...who I recently had to put down. Dogs are a true example of God's love."

One of them quipped, "Why can't we humans show the same kind of loyalty and compassion?"

The 2 dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are receiving veterinary care in the city of Mito, Yahoo! News said, citing reports from CNN and the UK Telegraph.

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