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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 (04/16/11)

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:  Light rain. Windy. High of 45.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 48. The normal high is around 55.  "D"

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

Last week in Dogs in the News, Kevin had two links that were upsetting & disturbing to say the very least.  An OpEd piece questions why people get up in arms over dog abuse but little is often said about children suffering worse fates And a story about Tyler Jacobson made me shake my head in disbelief and disgust.  Apparently the family dog had more sense and capability to watch the toddler than his own mother did.  This was not just a precocious child exploring his world, it was clearly neglect.  Geniuses at the State Dept. of Social Services deemed the home’s conditions “deplorable.”  Apparently though, they were good enough to let Tyler stay.

Mother of the Year couldn’t seem to keep an eye on her son and he wandered off again, the second time in eight days.  This time, he was found by a neighbor; Tyler and a six-month-old were taken in to protective custody and the “mother” and her boyfriend were arrested.

I don’t even know where to begin in my rant about this ridiculous situation.  How do things like this happen?  Tyler was lucky as far as I’m concerned.  Goodness knows there are far more horrifying situations and outcomes than Tyler.  It never ceases to amaze me that animal mothers have incredible nurturing and protective instincts that somehow women supposedly at the top of the food chain fail to grasp.

Kevin and I have the pleasure of knowing a wonderful couple who adopted a son from a terrible family situation.  He is now loved, cared for, is thriving and a fabulous little guy.  I often say how for every story like that, there are a hundred out there without a happy ending.  I could make myself absolutely crazy thinking about it.  Our friends were so happy to adopt their son… there are always people with big hearts open to another family member.  If you don’t love your child enough to even keep them from wandering away from your home, there is someone who will gladly love him/her in your place.

Occasionally you hear stories where a dog saves a child who has wandered off by staying with them until help arrives, and it truly is a heart-warming happy ending.  This time it took a dog to save a child from a scary situation wrapped in a horrible situation.  I certainly wouldn’t call this ending heart-warming or happy.  And I won’t even “go there” about DSS.  Hopefully Tyler and the other baby will have a new start and thrive.  Knowing how state agencies work, though, Jacklyn Jacobson will cry the blues, find Jesus, and “just want her baby back.”  And they will return him.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer for focusing attention on the story behind the story. And by the way, Mike Nichols got a lot of reaction to that column about people caring more about animals than children.

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

Reward offered in Milwaukee burning dog case.

Here's the latest on the Oshkosh man accused of starving a dog.

Braveheart inspires.

Boy lights candle in attempt to find missing dog.

The 6-year old wanted to save his younger brother. Did he ever!

Lilli helps Zack in a very special way.

Fond du Lac police have special bond with dogs.

They call it a "new leash on life."

How can you tell a real service dog?

approves dining with dogs legislation.

Dog urine...BAD.

Walking dogs is big business in the UK.

Wisconsin is pet-friendly.

And finally, we close with our closing video. We have two this week.

Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot. Please tell a fellow animal lover about us.

1) Great video and audio. WATCH and LISTEN.

2) Paco should be dead. But he's alive.

Paco, from Pulaski, Virginia, is a miracle dog.

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