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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 (01/14/12)

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:  Flurries. Mostly cloudy. High of 23. Plus all that snow over the sidewalks and streets.   "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 33. Not much better, but better.. "D"

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

Last week I blogged about New Year’s Resolutions for dog owners  as well as for dogs themselves.

For those making resolutions, I think most of us are still in full-on “I can do this!” mode.  After all, it’s only two weeks into 2012.  Without doing any scientific research I’d bet that every year the promise made by most is to lose weight and/or exercise more.  Paying attention to your pet’s weight was indeed mentioned in the resolutions suggested by

Resolutions or not, this time of year is probably the most important to consider Fido’s fitness.  Admit it:  our dogs get nice, long, leisurely walks during the pleasant seasons.  But when the wind chill is sub-Arctic those walks turn in to quick runs to “do the duty” and head back home to a nice warm sanctuary.  

ave you thought about why Poochy is getting paunchy?  Ernest Ward, D.V.M., is a practicing veterinarian, author, speaker and athlete who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives.  His past web chat may help you understand why.

Are you looking to increase your fitness level along with Rocky?  Anyone who has time to walk the dog has time to work on fitness, according to Tricia Murphy Madden.  

As I’ve mentioned more than once in The Barking Lot, our wonderful neighbor feeds his dog Mickey only high-quality, vet-approved “people food” and nothing that is manufactured for dogs.  This blog shares some food for thought as well as canine-friendly recipes that you might find useful in helping your dog slim down.

Finally, if you’re confused about all the information that’s out there, some dog nutrition myths are debunked here. 

Good luck and here’s to the healthiest year yet for you & your furry friend!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Could a dog cost votes for Mitt Romney?

San Francisco cracks down on dog walkers.

Skiier documents proof of dog's burial, escape from avalanche.

Florida Marlins pitcher welcome in Dade County, but his dog isn't.

Man arrested for walking dog with his car.

Service dog within reach for boy with epilepsy.

Mr. Newton helps special ed students.

Carrie Underwood to the rescue!

Lost three-legged dog...FOUND!

Here's a Barking Lot UPDATE!

Another good reason to microchip.

Why don't their paws freeze?

Think your dog is smart?

Reckless behavior? Owners should be punished.

Lucy isn't a handful, but she's definitely half a handful.

5 things your dog wants from you.

Why dog shows are like presidential primaries.

Is Uggie Oscar material?

Kim Kardashian replaced by a dog in Super Bowl ad.



Clad in tiny replica of Japanese police outfits, female toy poodles, one-year-old Karin, left, and two-year-old Fuga, are presented to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at the Tottori Prefectural Police headquarters in Tottori, Japan. In an effort to strengthen public relations, the Tottori prefectural police appointed two female toy poodles as honorary dispatch section chiefs on Jan. 10, Dial 110 Day. The number 110 is a hotline to contact the police in case of emergency in JapanPhoto: AP

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

Would you spend $50,000 to clone your dog? 


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