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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 (02/25/12)

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:  The once clean streets and sidewalks are no more. Flurries. High of 30.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Cloudy in the morning. Sunny and windy in the afternoon. High of 43. "C"


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


When deciding what infant formula brand to feed Kyla, I stayed with what we were given in the hospital:  Enfamil with iron.  I was familiar with the brand and Kyla tolerated it well.  So well, in fact, that there was never a question about changing brands or formulations for any reason.  I was more than willing to pay a higher price for the brand name than replace it with a store brand.  After being given the green light by her pediatrician, however, I was quite happy to switch to whole milk the very day she turned one.  (The cost savings was dramatic.)

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

Recently on the Barking Lot we told you about the new cable channel geared towards dogs.

Here’s a sample of the relaxing programming.


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in

 

So, the bottom line was I felt satisfied with her pediatrician’s recommendations and approval in using a “mainstream” brand of infant formula.  I didn’t spend hours online researching the pros and cons of each brand; didn’t ask every mother I knew what they used.  I didn’t worry that I wasn’t using an organic brand packaged in recycled paperboard whose every purchase donated a portion of profits to undeveloped countries.  Really, I had enough to deal with than to look for a reason to change.

 

If I was that easy-going with my daughter’s nutritional health, how am I going to be with our future dog?  Good question.  I’ll probably follow the same rule of thumb:  What does our vet say?  How is Fido Fischer tolerating her current kibble?  Do I recognize the brand?  Has it been involved in any of those nasty recalls involving dog deaths?

 

I will admit that at one time I was a brand snob.  I was lured in by pretty packages, and if a print ad touting the benefits of Product XYZ looked appealing to me I gave it a try.  Then, I grew up and got smart.  I learned that many times, house brands are made by the same companies that make the goods in the lovely labels.  Through trial and error I have found my personal preferences for house brands vs. “the real thing.” 

Having said all of that, I will love our dog and take care of her to the very best of my ability.  She will see the vet annually and be microchipped.  She will be spoiled with toys and never left out in the elements.  She will get an occasional treat from my plate.  And she will not eat anything that costs more than my family’s weekly grocery bill.  I’ll follow the practical advice of Dr. Linda Lindesmith and Dr. Julie Churchill, here.
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

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


Barking Lot update: Dog that bit anchorman released.  And goes home.  Woman bit by dog: "Having a baby hurt more."


Where NOT to buy a dog.


How Iditarod dogs outrun the Grim Reaper.


Rick Santorum and the dog that had an accident.


The plight of Andre opens hearts.


Euthanized dog turns up alive.


Atta boy, Chance!


Naughty Bean.


Dog takes  300 mile journey.


A mild winter can have an effect on dogs.


Ellen didn't bite.


THAT’S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

NEXT UP…OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK!



Brody, a Westie belonging to Vicki Rice, sits in a remote controlled car at the beginning of the Mardi Gras Dog Parade held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Baytowne Village in Sandestin, Fla. The annual event in this Florida panhandle resort community attracted a wide variety of sharply dressed canines and their owners and was a fundraiser for a local animal refuge.

Brody, a Westie belonging to Vicki Rice, sits in a remote controlled car at the beginning of the Mardi Gras Dog Parade held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Baytowne Village in Sandestin, Fla. The annual event in this Florida panhandle resort community attracted a wide variety of sharply dressed canines and their owners and was a fundraiser for a local animal refuge. AP photo


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

Recently on the Barking Lot we told you about the new cable channel geared towards dogs.

Here’s a sample of the relaxing programming.

 

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