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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 (01/07/12)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its 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 38.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 38. "C"  Are you kidding me? Sunny and dry? This is January!

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

A new year brings a feeling of fresh starts and the possibility of change & improvement in our lives. I have my own resolutions to work on for 2012.

I don’t feel that it is my place to suggest resolutions for others. (Unless *a-hem* dear hubby of mine, you want to work on hanging up your jacket when you walk in the door!) But if you are a dog owner and want to improve the health and happiness of your four-legged friend(s) there are plenty of ideas out there.

Just like for their human counterparts, topping the list of suggestions for pooch perfection are nutrition, weight loss, and preventative medical care. Makes sense, doesn’t it? But consider some of the other ideas such as "Make it easy for your dog to succeed," "Vow not to get mad at your dog for your management failures," and my favorite: "Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year." You’ll find these and other ideas here.

Fine, fine, you say. I will work on being a better pet parent and make 2012 the best year ever for my already-spoiled canine companion. But hey, my dog isn’t perfect either! So how can HE make MY life a little easier?

Oh, we at The Barking Lot have that covered too. The next time Rover wants to help himself to "kitty truffles" just show him #4 on this list.

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a healthy and dog-loving 2012!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

A dog case before the US Supreme Court? MORE.

Woman sues
to prove dogs are "living souls," not property.

Police officer shoots dog, gets docked vacation.

A dog's right to life.

So many strays, not enough homes.

Audrey shows noble will to live.

Dog abandoned with note on collar.

takes one last ride.

Traps can pose threats to hunting dogs.

They call themselves Fences for Fido.

No more dogs for man whose puppy got drunk.

Program rescues dogs from Afghanistan.

Chicago offering prizes to get dogs licensed.

Former football player starts high-end doggy care.

Like babies, dogs pick up on human intent. But, can they read minds?

Woman gets mail addressed to dog for almost 30 years.


Gosh, I love happy endings.

The dog ate my wedding ring.



In this photo released by Natasha Baydakova on Wednesday Jan. 4,2011 showing a Welsh corgi dog named Ole that showed up at a Cooke City motel four days after the dog and its owner were swept up in an avalanche. The dog’s owner died. The dog returned to this motel where they had been staying before going backcountry skiing. (AP Photo/Natasha Baydakova). The amazing story has been documented to be true.

We close with our closing video. Treat. More than one.


Back on his feet....

And finally, from the Tournament of Roses Parade. Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food Inc. float. Tillman, the skateboarding dog, and friends surf on 65-foot long waves in a 80-foot-long ocean of water on a 116 foot float. That 's a record for the heaviest and longest float in any Rose Parade.


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