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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 (10/08/11)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of 78. Are you kidding me? Our first ever  "A+"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 76. I repeat. Are you kidding me? One more time! "A+"

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

In my Barking Lot for the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, I wrote about a remarkable man, Michael Hingson and his amazing guide dog, Roselle Mr. Hingson has a website and of course, Roselle has her own Facebook page. 


You know how Facebook works:  you “like” one page, and the posts and updates lead you to other interesting pages and sites, and then you “like” them, and pretty soon you have a host of likes and pages you never knew existed.  (Well, at least that’s how it works for me.)


On Roselle’s page, they shared a story re-posted by Rasta’s Rescue Ranch and that’s how I was able to read this heartwarming story.  (For any hard-hearted skeptics out there, it has been verified by Snopes).  

I dare you to read this and not have a lump in your throat.  If you tear up easily I urge you to get some tissues before continuing:


Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Theft of dog in Sheboygan leaves family devastated.

Left to starve, dog escapes. MORE.

Here we go again. Another dog barred from a classroom. 

San Francisco dog owners hope to influence mayoral race.  MORE.

Meet Sausage the Athens riot dog.

No cheese laced with nails.

Shelters try to overcome "Black dog syndrome."

Inmate saves shelter worker
from pit bull attack.

It's a miracle.


is top dog and was recognized by Scott Walker.

is retiring, and deserves it.

A national holiday for dog owners?

Scooter inspires.

Dogs trained to rescue endangered species.

Did stem cells help heal a dog?

Will TV ad aimed at dogs work? MORE.

What your dog is, and isn't trying to tell you.

Shopping for dogs...what recession?



King, a 16-year-old shepherd-husky mix owned by Debbie Baker of Milwaukee, comes face-to-face with Hector, a poodle mix owned by St. Francis resident Kimmy Wasielewski before the start of a pet blessing in Franklin last Sunday. Photo: Dave Haberkorn

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We close with our closing video.

Here's more on that dog that jumped from a third story and survived.

OK. We have to finish with something light.


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