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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 (06/25/11)

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:  Mostly sunny (Can you believe it?)  High of 76.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 73.  "B"

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

Who doesn’t like a good game of “When I win the lottery, I will…”  I play it often.  There is never an end to the ideas I can generate with several million pretend dollars in my pocket.  As I have mentioned before on this blog, if I ever win a substantial lottery, I am not, repeat NOT, one of those crazy people who would say, “Oh, I’ll keep working” and “my lifestyle won’t change.”  Heck yes, my lifestyle would change!  Do you think I would stay in this ridiculous Wisconsin weather in January?  No, my winter mailing address would definitely include something with the word “Tahiti” in it.

And, for all my fellow dog-loving friends, I would start a cable TV channel.  I haven’t thought of the catchy name of the channel yet, but I certainly have a laundry list of ideas for the programming!  While I realize there is already an “Animal Planet” there is currently no channel devoted entirely to dogs.  In my opinion, that needs to change.  “Is there really enough to start a cable Doggie Digest?” you ask.  Well, rollover Rover, of course there is!

Here is my list of ideas that could change cable TV viewing for dog lovers everywhere.  24-hour programming for this channel would include, but not be limited to:

Infomercials:  For that awful, insomniacs-only, dead-of-night time slot.  Imagine Anthony Sullivan pitching pooper scoopers, dog snuggies, electric water bowls and indestructible chew toys.  C’mon, you KNOW you’ll order something!

A morning show:  Similar to any other cute-and-perky, coffee-mug-holding hosted chatter but with SUBSTANCE.  Several segments of this “canine way to start your day” would include health & training advice, a Q & A portion from owners and experts, and Good Dog and Naughty Dog awards which would feature viewer-submitted photos, David Letterman-like Stupid Pet Trick videos & stories of their prize pooches.  Occasionally an entertainment portion would feature current movies & books showcasing dogs.

Mid-day viewing:  It’s time for talk (or is that bark?) shows and doggie demos!  Portions of this time of day would be devoted to interviews with dog experts, including celebrity trainers like Colleen Paige, Victoria Stilwell, Joel Silverman and the controversial Cesar Millan.  Want the latest in tasty nutrition for your dog?  Look no further than our doggy deli spot!  A dish of R.R.,  anyone?  

The Dogue de Bordeaux is not the latest vintage of pooch hooch… it is one of the 170 American Kennel Club’s recognized breeds. You would learn about that in our breed education segment.  170 not enough for you?  Currently there are also 15 miscellaneous class breeds not yet recognized by the AKC, and an additional 47 rare breeds not able to be registered with the AKC.  You’d learn about them all!

Early evening slot:  Hollywood history just wouldn’t be the same without four-legged stars!  Similar to Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics, every evening would treat you to a classic flick whose star eats kibble from a bowl.  Human hosts would give insight and information about the movie and the starring woof.  We’d round out your viewing with light-hearted cartoon a la Scooby Doo.

Evening News:  Kevin’s feature on The Barking Lot, Dogs In The News, is incredibly popular.  We’d expand that, of course, and devote a 30-minute “news/weather/sports” format like any local channel.  The dog walking forecast in our current blog would now follow the national Weather Channel updates.  Perhaps there’d be a Military Mutts portion, as goodness knows there are always plenty of great stories about dogs serving along side our military men & women.  And don’t think that there wouldn’t be enough for a sports segment!  

Finally, throughout the day & evening, there would be a regular segment, Adoption Alley.  I would naturally seek a partnership with Pedigree and feature dogs from around the country that are looking for a loving home.  Sadly there is no shortage of dogs who need families and I would do my very best to help bring paws and hearts together.

Tell me you wouldn’t tune in regularly to this kind of quality programming.  You know you’d love it!  I know I would too.  There are channels devoted to everything:  sports, music, “reality,” cooking, gardening, home care & decorating, movies, news, even religion.  Why not devote a channel to man’s (and woman’s) best friend?

Hello?  Time Warner?  Is anybody listening???
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. Gee. I wonder if she'd hire her husband to work there? And how long would it last?

Whad'ya mean you want me to work the overnight shift!!!!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made lots of headline the past week.

The most talked-about dog this week. Can that dog survive?

Guidelines issued for treating combat dogs.

Shaken soldier thinks dog could be a tonic.

Demand to adopt military dogs is on the rise.

Video shows bicyclist abandoning dog after it collapses due to heat.

DNA being used to determine if you're picking up your pet's doo.

Dog guards forgotten baby overnight.

Dog helps girl testify against rapist.

Tony is rare.

Teen dies in crash fleeing with cancer-stricken dog.

She stole his dog, now he wants millions.

What's the dog doing in the  jury box?

Prisoner trains dog to help boy with autism.

This time dog bites man is a story.

Dog stoning sentence exposed as hoax.

How many workplaces allow dogs? Where are dogs allowed at work everyday? And don't forget, service dogs show up for work everyday.

Your dog knows a smile. True, but can it read your mind?

Taking canine comforts to new levels.

What happens when there's barely room for your new dog.

Vote for your hero dog of the year. And while we're at it, Packer star urges you vote here.



PETALUMA, CA - JUNE 24:  Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California holds her dog Yoda after Yoda won the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair on June 24, 2011 in Petaluma, California. Yoda won the $1,000 top prize as the world's ugliest dog.

Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California holds her dog Yoda after Yoda won the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair on June 24, 2011 in Petaluma, California. Yoda won the $1,000 top prize as the world's ugliest dog. Photo: Getty Images

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