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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 (09/10/11)

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. High of 76.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. "A"

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

Kevin has commented many times that if he ran a TV news network, he would open each and every segment with scenes from 9/11.  He feels, and I agree, that we became complacent far too soon after the tragedy and that we continue to take our freedoms for granted.


But because of the 10th anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attack on our country, the media is swirling with photo essays, interviews, stories, etc.  There are so many angles that can be focused on:  first responders, victims, survivors, children born that day; the list, unfortunately, is endless. 


If you read The Barking Lot regularly you mostly likely love dogs, appreciate them, and respect them.  You realize that they are an incredible species, capable of things even humans are not.  There is no shortage of dog-related stories from the tragedies on 9/11.  There were more than 300 dogs that were part of the healing after the attacks, from search and rescue efforts to providing much-needed emotional support to survivors and victims’ families.


One of the most inspiring and heart-warming stories out there is about Michael Hingson and his dog Roselle.  Michael is a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and had worked on the 78th floor of the North Tower.  He has been sharing his story “as a way to make sense of the attacks and devastation our country endured and to challenge people to move forward.”  Like many others Hingson assisted someone else, in those first critical moments, who was disoriented and asking for help.  But Hingson did that together with his guide dog, as he has been blind since birth.


His book, “Thunder Dog” tells about his escape from the tower but it does much more than that.  It shares his personal history and achievements that include starting Roselle's Dream Foundation, which raises money for equipment for blind people to help them read and do other tasks.


Roselle died at age 13, shortly before his book came out in August of this year.  Her death was most likely caused from an autoimmune disorder brought on by inhaling toxins that day.  She will certainly live on in Michael’s heart and memory, as well as in his touching book.


You can read more about Michael Hingson and watch a special interview here.

This Sunday, as you are remembering and honoring everyone affected by the terrorist attacks, please include a brief thought for the four-legged heroes as well.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thank you, Jennifer. Here's more on the topic.

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

Once again. let's remember the four-footed heroes of 9/11.  Like Nikie.

When is a house pet worth more than a Honda Civic?

Dog fighting for its why.

Police officer fends off aggressive dog.

In Australia, owners offer dogs for death.

Dog survives landslide.

Revolutionary treatment
helps burned dog.

Dogs rescued from being burned alive.

Pooping's true.

Nice column:Waiter, there's a dog in my kitchen.

Another worthwhile column: He loves the dog, just not in bed.

Yes, your dog could host a tailgate party.





Firefighter Frank Buentello holds onto a pet dog he found while working a hot spot with a rake on the smoldering wildfire near Bastrop, Texas, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.

Firefighter Frank Buentello holds onto a pet dog he found while working a hot spot with a rake on the smoldering wildfire near Bastrop, Texas, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. AP photo.

We close with our closing video.

Those ears...

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