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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 (05/07/11)


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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:  A few showers. A high of just 54. The normal is over 60. Sorry, dog walkers.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 59    "C"

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


Before we get to my wife, it is the worst kept secret that my wife wants a dog. Some think she wants a dog more than she wants me.

I kid you not. Wherever I go, people ask me about Joel McNally on our TV program, InterCHANGE. They also ask me, when are you getting your wife a dog..

Here’s the answer, everybody!

The answer is...


Ladies and gentlemen....

Boys and girls...

The truth is….I want a dog.


But I just can’t do it.

Why not?

Because I am so much in love with my wife, Jennifer.

I am serious!

My wife suffers from allergies. I wouldn’t, couldn’t dare buy my wife a canine for a pet.

So you see. As much as I, yes me, would love a dog,  it’s just not possible because I can’t subject my wife to such discomfort.

Now that we've finally settled that, here’s Jennifer with this week's blog:

I have suffered with seasonal (and some animal-related) allergies for most of my life.  I have taken prescription medications but have not needed to resort to regular shots to control the sneezing, itchy watery eyes, etc.  While it is something I have learned to live with from May until the first frost, it’s not always pleasant.  Kevin has never known what it is like to deal with this, and I sincerely hope little Kyla never learns either.


There isn’t much I can do to control trees and pollen.  Fortunately, most of my animal-related allergic reactions are to horses believe it or not.  Since we don’t have anyone in the family who is a farmer, I’m usually off the hook with that.  Visit the State Fair?  No way!  But really I don’t feel left out.  I figure I can always deep fry a Twinkie and put it on a skewer in my own home if the mood strikes me.


I do take an OTC allergy pill before visiting our dog-in-law Leia.  There are times I will admit to a sneeze & sniffle, or hive or two.  These are mild discomforts I gladly put up with for family gathering occasions.  I pet her and hug her and kiss the top of her head and don’t think twice about it.  She is worth it.  Besides, my SIL Bernie suffers from allergies all year ‘round and is still happy to have Leia as a companion.  If she can put up with it daily, I can survive a few hours.


I have always said that I want a rescue/shelter dog and that while I do have certain breed preferences (and NON-preferences!) I will adopt just about any kind of dog who needs a loving home.  A nose-friendly dog never really enters my equation for what will make me a happy pet owner.  “Hypoallergenic” is not a trait on my list of dog qualities that I am looking for.  That being said, if our future dog would promise not to make me sneeze and itch, I’m all for it!


According to a segment on, “May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and in recognition of the month, the American Kennel Club wants you to know that there are breeds which have consistent, predictable coats that do not shed and produce less dander.”


While the breeds I owned as a child (Basenji & English Springer Spaniel) are not on that list, the good news is a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier (like our neighbor dog Mickey) IS.  Four paws up! 

Not only are there breeds that are gentle to your respiratory system, there are plenty of easy-to-follow tips that can help you enjoy a peaceful existence with your nose AND your dog.

Sorry, Kevin, you’re not going to win the argument that a dog is too much for my sniffer to handle!
---Jennifer Fischer.

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

A bin Laden hunter on four legs.

Osama raid: Navy SEALs brought highly trained dog with them into compound. MORE in this great photo essay.

War dogs wear doggles, sometimes have titanium teeth.

Blaze, a hero K-9 German shepherd, hangs up badge after three operations.

Deputies, community honor fallen K-9 Deputy Kane.

Dog owners face life in jail if pet kills child or elderly.

Dog rescued from sewage plant.

Miracle Chihuahua, owner reunited after S.F. fire

Searchers find dog that survived plane crash that killed owner.

Dog submerges herself in bathtub to survive fire.

Walkers intervene, pay for dog's cesarean section.

Determined Colton makes do with two legs and big heart.

NY Met Josh Thole taught his dog sign language

MRI anxiety eased by therapy dog.

Pets in southeast are most at risk for heartworm.

Moose is quite the flyer.

The American family has gone to the dogs.

And here's our dog photo of the week.

Yorkshire terrier Ryota, left, greets miniature pinscher Pin-chan during their encounter in Tokyo, Japan on May 4. Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

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