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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 (12/10/11)

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:  Sunny High of 27.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 39. "D"  The consolation for the weekend: It will be dry.


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

It’s a controversial procedure that involves surgically removing a dog’s vocal cords to lower the sound of its bark. Massachusetts and New Jersey have outlawed devocalization, but a growing number of pet lovers are calling for more bans claiming the operation is cruel.

We were spoiled for many years with Sugar’s lack of barking.  Although she was a Basenji-Cocker Spaniel mix, she really exhibited no traits of her mother, the Cocker.  True to Basenji form, she did not bark.  She would let out an occasional chortle and that was it.  Then when Skippy, the English Springer Spaniel, came in to our lives, we learned how a barking dog could really disrupt the family peace.  She would bark to be let out and let in.  Fine.  She would bark at dogs across the street.  Fine.  But she would also bark at the mail man, motorcycles, meter readers and even leaves blowing down the street in the fall.  NOT fine.  We did our best to curtail her canine crooning but she didn’t improve much over the years.  Sadly her barking stopped when she lost her hearing and at that point we actually wished she would bark again.

We weren’t the only ones in our neighborhood who owned a barking dog.  We just accepted it as a part of suburban living and dealt with it.  Really, no one let their dogs out all night or too early in the morning.  Things never escalated to complaints, police visits, or threats.  Although we had never heard of debarking, we never would have considered the procedure.

There are many proponents of the medical procedure to alter a dog’s vocal cords so that their bark is merely a whisper.  Dr. Mike Marder is a veterinarian who owns a debarked dog. 

Apparently this surgery is “necessary” in co-op apartment buildings when neighbors threaten to complain to the board.

Similar to the issues surrounding spaying and neutering as well as declawing, there are two sides to the “debark debate.”  Personally I find many medically compelling reasons to spay and neuter, but I find little reason to consider debarking.  So do these readers of the New York Times.

I understand the frustration of owning a dog who barks too much.  And I sympathize with any owner who faces the possibility of having to get rid of their pet because of the habit.  There are many other options I would pursue before ever thinking of resorting to surgically altering my pooch. 
----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Amen.

If you don’t like the fact that a dog will bark and bark loudly, THEN DON’T HAVE ONE!

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


Airport worker was fired for helping a sick dog, but now...  The story generated this EDITORIAL.  Here's the latest.


How does this happen?


Pregnant dog stirs controversy.


"I asked my husband where my dog was."


Mess up and they've got the poop on you.


TIME magazine's #1 animal story of 2011 is...


After duty, dogs suffer like soldiers.


Volunteers use Facebook to save dogs from death row.


Pusuke is dead. And that's news because...


Therapy dogs
help get boy's words out.


NO WAY! Dog missing for 8 years is found.


You've got to scoop while it's fresh.


Reagan is a hero. So is Kimberly Wilson.


Oshkosh dog owners go the distance to keep pet alive.


Evelyn Black's wishes come true.


OUCH! That really hurts.


Do dogs really need shoes?


Where do dogs eat free?


Dogs join the welcoming hunt for store bargains.


How are pets getting into the holiday spirit? Read...


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE’S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK AND TODAY WE HAVE TWO:




Dylan, a Newfoundland dog, pulls Christmas trees from the forest to a customer's car at Dalby, near Pickering, northern England December 6, 2011. The dog owners charity Aqua Nova Bears are deploying their members' Newfoundland dogs, which can weigh up to 12 stone (76 kg), to raise money for the Yorkshire air ambulance fund.

Dylan, a Newfoundland dog, pulls Christmas trees from the forest to a customer's car at Dalby, near Pickering, northern England December 6, 2011. The dog owners charity Aqua Nova Bears are deploying their members' Newfoundland dogs, which can weigh up to 12 stone (76 kg), to raise money for the Yorkshire air ambulance fund. Photo: Reuters





In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 photo, a not-so-tough looking dog sporting a purple sweater guards a home on Linden Avenue in Sidney, Ohio.

In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 photo, a not-so-tough looking dog sporting a purple sweater guards a home on Linden Avenue in Sidney, Ohio. AP photo



We close, as we always do, with our closing video.

An unidentified double-amputee soldier skydives with his dog.

"I am still rocking! For those who haven't heard, I was blown up, with my MWD, Axe, Feb 17th of this year. I lost both of my feet, and was back to work in July. …"

A true warrior spirit.

 


 

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