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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 (10/15/11)

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 and windy. High of 59.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Showers. High of 56. "D"

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

October flew in quickly this year, not unlike this classic figure: 




So start thinking tricks and treats, my Pretty!  Make sure Halloween is a HOWLING success for all the members of your family!  Remember, Fido would like a little Trick-Or-Treating too!  Your four-legged friend probably won’t be wagging his tail at the thought of dressing up in a costume but face it, you can’t resist.  When you find what you think is the pawfect costume to suit your Poodle’s personality, remember these tips.  

If you’re going to go through all the trouble of dressing up your Dachshund, why not go all the way and throw a party for the neighborhood dogs?  It’s not as complicated as you might think if you follow the advice from our friends at Animal Planet.  

You still have time to enter your dog in PetSmart’s annual Halloween costume contest.  Go to their facebook page and click “like” to submit a photo of your lil’ devil.  You never know what great prize your Great Dane could win!  (They also have a fantastic assortment of Halloween treats on their website.

All responsible dog owners know that chocolate is one of the biggest no-no’s for canines.  That doesn’t mean you can’t offer special, seasonal treats to your dog and your guest dogs at the party.  If you’d like to bake treats yourself, check out these simple recipes. 

If you’re running short on time, let K9 Confections  do the work for you!


Of course, Halloween isn’t complete without a scare.  Tell Fido you’ve decided to adopt a pair of kittens.

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

25 dogs die from virus at Milwaukee shelter.

Owner of shot dog wants change in procedure.

NY judge: Don't let child view dog euthanasia.

Campaign spotlights breast cancer in dogs.

Puppy mills leave lasting emotional scars.

He named his dog Muhammad and lost his teaching job.

New dog-friendly cafe  bans pit bulls.

Foreclosures fill animal shelters.

Specially trained dogs greet returning soldiers.

A night spent in limbo for dog returned to soldier.

Dog kept watch over missing boater's body.

Why German Shepherds have had their day.

Leave the dog home while on deployment.

Students' best friend.

Churches show a love of animals.

Jennifer Schneider, you done good, again.

Why dogs are like members of Congress.

Michelle Obama goes undercover at Petco.

Dogs make for great nonfiction.



But, it's a cat?

Patrick Pendville, founder of Animatrans, adjusts a cat statue in his shop in Brussels September 30, 2011. A Belgian company called Animatrans has been organizing funerals for pets and other animals since 1995, and recently the company has been providing more personalised services. Owners, who want to keep lasting mementos of their pets, could choose to keep their ashes or erect tombs in a dedicated cemetery for animals. Clients could also have their dead pets stuffed by a taxidermist and even request to create resin masks depicting the faces of their pets.

One more, this time with a dog.

A resin mask depicts the face of a dead pet dog in a shop in Brussels, Belgium Sept. 30. Photos: Yves Herman / Reuters

We close, as we always do, with our closing video. Please, tell a fellow dog lover about us. And thanks.

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