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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 (06/11/11)

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:  Morning showers should end by 9:00. We'll see sunshine around noon. High of 60, in June.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny.  High of 69.  "C"

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

Kevin once had a colleague tell him, “Kevin, you can get to a gut-level reaction about a person or issue in one second.”  He was right.  And, luckily for me, Kevin liked me the first time he met me.  Otherwise, I would have been off the team even before I had a chance to hit!

Over the twelve years that I have known my wonderful husband, he hasn’t been wrong about his assessment of people that we have both met/known.  Right or wrong, like or dislike, he’s been right on the mark.  I will admit that there have been times I didn’t want to agree with him…  either I thought someone was charming & funny and he didn’t, OR he thought someone was sweet & adorable and he said, “Uh-UH.”  Ultimately, though, he’s been right.

There is one time, and ONLY one time that I think we were both taken in by someone who was, literally, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  But we learned our lesson and it has not been a “once shame on you, twice shame on me” situation… we will never, EVER trust this person again.  Said person will always have our professional and social courtesy but that is about it.  Said person will NEVER, EVER in a MILLION YEARS be considered a friend.  

I am not sure what this says about each of us, but Kevin is much faster to “forgive and forget” and I am someone who can carry a grudge 100 times her weight for the rest of her life.  Really.  I am incredibly good at holding grudges.  Sometimes I consider it a talent, sometimes a curse.  But “I yam what I yam,” as Popeye says, and I’m not going to change after almost 40 years on this planet.

Now, make any connection, inference, or deduction you want between Kevin and the canine persuasion.  Dogs know people.  And they know them immediately, instinctively.  They know who will give them a treat.  (I’m sure the research also could prove dogs know which people will bite them.)  They, like their non-domesticated counterpart the wolf, can judge who will toss them some kibble and who will not.

I could make a judgment call about cats here, but I won’t.  The point is, dogs know.  I believe children also fall in to this category.  No, I am NOT comparing children (or previously mentioned, my husband) to dogs.  My point is, some people or groups of people are more perceptive than others.  

I look to Kyla as a perfect example.  While I will admit she is shy (for the first 15 minutes of seeing you) with even people she knows well, there is a woman in our lives whom she does not know well and does not care to.  The woman annoys all three of us.  And actually frightens at least 2/3 of our family.  Obviously we can’t TALK to Kyla to get her feelings but we certainly get a sense that this woman would never be welcome at a Fischer BBQ.  I had commented to Kevin awhile back that “children know.”  I’m sorry, they just do.  And Kyla knows that this one, although well-intentioned, is one cheeseburger short of a Happy Meal.  One of those people where you say, “I would never let my child alone in her presence.”

So, dog owners, trust your pups…  Parents, trust your children…  They know who will feed them, and whose hands not to bite.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Dog pack kills animals, terrorizes Wash. town.

Disabled dog's wheelchair stolen.

Canine profiling?

Unleashed: Why Michigan lawmakers shouldn't ban pit bulls.

Blackmailer demanded £500 ransom to return woman's dog.

Is barking at a police dog 'fighting words?'

Was dog rescue a waste of taxpyer money?

In pictures: One abandoned dog per day has to be put down in Wales.

Service dog forced to ride in taxi trunk. MORE.

Police dogs on the chopping block.

Group's 1st Florida canine-therapy dog finds a friend in Orlando Army veteran.

Special dogs track allergens to keep kids safe.

Long term costs add up for dog ownership.

Leona Helmsley's rich dog's death kept secret.

‘For the Dogs’ has a whole new meaning. 

Club bosses blow whistle on saucy soccer mascot.



A child reacts as a dog reaches for a plastic bottle in Beijing, China, Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

A child reacts as a dog reaches for a plastic bottle in Beijing, China, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Photo: AP

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