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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 (03/26/11)

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 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:  Morning clouds, light snow. Partly cloudy this afternoon. High of 28. Are you kidding me? This is spring! The normal high is 46. "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 28. WHAT????   "F"

My wife has been planning Kyla’s big birthday bash this weekend, so she has the week off. That leaves yours truly to step in and take her place.

My family does not have a dog.

It’s the worst kept secret in Franklin.

As I roam about the city, I often get questioned about the inhabitants of my household. The late former Franklin alderman Lyle Sohns would bump into me and the first thing he’d say to me was, “So, have you got a dog yet?”

Others good naturally tease me.

“What have you got against dogs?”

“You hate dogs, don’t you?’

Others go right past me to directly egg on the Mrs.

“You really need to get a dog?”

“Wouldn’t Kyla (our two-year old) just love a dog?”

“Let me tell show you some pictures of our dog!”

I certainly know what these folks are doing. The word wedge comes to mind.

No, I don’t hate dogs.

No, I’m not being mean to my dog adoring wife.

And no, I’m not depriving my little girl.

We will probably get a dog someday. The time has to be right. When my wife and I were both gone all day, I couldn’t see having any dog.

Now there’s a sweet, charming baby in the house. We’re enjoying her immensely, thank you very much.

What could be the main drawback holding me back from running out on a whim and buying a pooch to surprise Jennifer and Kyla is this, and I welcome your input.

I have heard far too many incredibly sad accounts of the much-too-soon day a pet owner has to heartbreakingly bid farewell. Many, and I don’t how they find the strength, hold their pets while the final injection is given. Many actually watch their dogs die before their very eyes.

But Kevin, I’m told, don’t forget all the sheer joy a dog brings you for years.

Not enough, I contend. Having a two-year old girl, I have been jolted, like a brick in the face, of how time doesn’t stand still, it races on.

There’s something almost cruel about owning a great dog. The dog is stripped away far too quickly.

Like humans, dogs can and do suffer long and hard. Worse yet, the dog in pain can’t communicate its feelings leaving the frustrated owner helpless.

But we all must die, Kevin. Why deprive yourself of years of dog happiness?

Because the end is just too hard.

It’s that day, and you what I’m talking about.

The day your dog can’t get up.

The day you have no idea what to do.

The day you call a friend for help.

The day you’re crying and you don’t realize you’re crying.

The day that despite how much your dog is suffering you still think the dog is OK.

The day your dog has to be tested and spend time in a hospital.

The days, plural, days you realize your dog is aging fast.

The day you have to come to grips that the next day is the day.

The day where you know what’s going to happen but you still ask, “What happens now?”

The day you think your dog and still make it.

Writer Doree Shafrir knows those days all too well. Shafrir is a far better man than I am.


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

Here's a
BARKING LOT update from last week: What's the real truth behind viral video of dogs in Japan?

Man acquitted of dragging dog.

Dog found alive in burnt out home.

Osh Kosh dies a hero.

Injured Wisconsin police K-9 doing remarkably well.

Woman dives into river to save her dog.

Gypsy Girl lived on the streets for a year,
and then...

is ready to rumble at O'Hare.

So, PETA, how many dog deaths at the

hat's what you get for breaking into the DMV.

Couples find having dogs is easier than children.

Izzie recycles.

Dog poop is big business.

Canceled TV  show founders still fighting fior homeless animals.

Abandoned dog featured in new music video.

Who knew
Yale students were such wimps.

Bone up before using doggy day care.

Tales for Dogs helps young readers.

AHA wants to find America's top dogs.

That's it for this week. Thanks so much for stopping by.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

A disabled woman faces discrimination over her dog. What would you do?

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