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 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: You'll wake up to snow covered streets and sidewalks. Some sun in the morning with increasing afternoon clouds. High of 25. After a snowfall, I'll take it. But we're talking dog walking. "F"
SUNDAY: A light wintry mix in the morning. High of 36. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog: Not only have I been blessed with owning pets in my youth, I’ve been blessed my entire life by knowing other pet owners. Many of my family members had or have pets and they become like extended family to me.
The most recent pet loss for me was that of my dog-in-law Leia. I could see Leia’s health was deteriorating. So every time I was with her, I made sure I gave her all the pats on the head that I could, and always told her I loved her. My thought was I never knew when the last time would be that I would see her. I knew that if things got bad for her quickly I would not have time to say my own personal last farewell. I’m very glad I had that forethought because when the end came I found out about it afterwards.
I recently found out after the fact that another favorite dog of mine had to be euthanized. Mickey, our Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier neighbor dog, had leukemia. I had no idea she was ill. Her owner George told me that she was put to sleep just days before Christmas. I extended my sincere sympathies and we both had tears in our eyes as we talked about her. His face brightened though, as he said, “But now I have Mickey AND Minnie!” I looked at him in disbelief as he told me he has two 12-week-old sisters, once again Soft Coated Wheatons. I told him it’s important to have furry friends around and he agreed. As soon as they are old enough to brave the elements, I can not wait to meet them and play with them in the snow.
Less than a month after Mickey’s death, George & his wife have two new puppies to help them deal with the loss of their wonderful companion. I must admit I was very surprised to hear that they got dogs so soon. It seems like every pet owner I know who experiences loss will say one of two things: “Never again” or at the very least, “It’s going to be a long time before I get another one.”
Certainly the choice is up to each individual pet owner and I feel that whatever works for you is the right choice. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. (My personal losses were in my childhood and young adult years so the choice was never mine to make.) There are many factors to consider when deciding how soon you should replace your pet.
And indeed, no one should expect a new pet to REPLACE the old one… it is a new pet, a new life, and new experiences. You will always have a place in your heart for past pets as well as room for current (and future) companions.
Thank you, Jennifer.
What a great dog Mickey was. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a friendlier pooch. I’d be out grilling and Mickey would be out for a walk, see me, go on all fours on our lawn, and stare with tail wagging 100 mph. I would approach and she’d excitedly pounce. And lick.
Jennifer didn’t mention how she baked special treats for Mickey. I would slip her a morsel right off the charcoal grill. Maybe that’s why the pounce, drool, and lick.
I am stunned Mickey is gone. Mickey’s far too early demise is why I all too often have reservations about getting a dog.
Next, DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dog finds body parts in Hollywood park...the latest.
Stolen dog returned to owner months later....ailing.
The good that has come out of the Michael Vick case.
Helping injured dogs walk again.
Domestic violence shelters can thank this dog.
License owners, not dogs?
Snake robot + dog = rescue.
Dog's condition puts her in "highchair."
Arco is back.
What is skijoring? Whatever...there's a dog angle.
Uggie stops the show.
Dogs to hit fashion runway.
THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
NEXT UP…OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.
Father Juan Manuel Villar (L) blesses a dog during the feast of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, at the San Anton church on January 17, 2012 in the center of
And we close as we always do with our closing video. This week, it's a no-brainer as this video has gone viral. Volkswagen released a teaser of its newest Super Bowl advertisement, "The Bark Side.” Can you name that tune?
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