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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 (04/21/12)

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:  You will wake up to chilly temperatures. Don't let the abundant sunshine fool you. High of 49.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Afternoon showers. High of 49.  "D"

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

In my youth, I owned a Basenji mixed breed & Springer Spaniel mixed breed.  Neither were my personal choices.  I couldn’t pick out a particular breed when I was two years old (Basenji, Sugar, from parents) or when I was in fourth grade (“inheriting” my late grandfather’s dog, Springer Spaniel, Skippy.)  Both dogs were wonderful in their own special ways and I have said many times I would gladly own a Basenji again.  Sugar had the most amazingly agreeable personality and sweet demeanor PLUS she didn’t bark or shed; and Skippy was clearly smarter than a fifth grader despite grand amounts of drooling, shedding, and ear infections.

I don’t know how much of my pets’ appeal was due to breed, personality, or the fact that they were mine and I simply loved them.  My taste in breeds has changed somewhat through the years mostly because of dogs I have known and some education & insight along the way.  I have come to realize a few things about my future pet:  she will NOT be the kind to demand two walks per day; she will NOT visit the salon more often than I do; she will NOT fit in to my handbag; she will NOT be a breed that will increase our homeowner’s policy premium.  She WILL be noted for being great with kids; she WILL be large enough for me to see her before I step on her; she WILL have traits that allow her to be trained easily; she WILL be a dog everyone loves to be around.

With those broad generalities as guidelines, I’m pretty open to any sort of breed and regular readers of The Barking Lot know I clearly favor a rescue/mixed breed as my future adoptee.  So I’m not sure what that actually says about my personality and tendencies.

I like to think of myself as low-maintenance, no-drama, easy-going, easy to please, fun, and somewhat intelligent.  So, what kind of dog matches those descriptors?  I’m not really sure.  But I do know that I’ll want to see more of what Dr. Lance Workman has to say before I head to the shelter!  You can also read more here.
---Jennifer Fischer 

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Barking Lot update: The dog we wrote about last week has died. Here's hoping the attackers are found, prosecuted, and punished severely. 

Barking Lot update: Lex

9-1-1 caller gives wrong address,
police shoot man's dog.

Dangerous dogs are big problems for police.

Does Cisco deserve justice? Austin cops apologize.

Judge gives dog on death row a reprieve.

OK, what are you suing about?

Judge makes award in dog's death.

Senator pushes to speed up military adoptions.

The Department of Defense is testing canine therapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fallen officer's son gets service dog.

Dog lovers blast Ann Romney.

Paying the price of a fat pet.

Street dogs find homes.

Dog taking over your bed?


Malcom has a night job.

George has a dog's life.

Another update on a concept Jennifer blogged about a long time ago: Dog TV. 

The ten best Obama ate a dog images.



Captain Owen Beynon Brown of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery introduces his dog 'Lord Percy' to 'Tango' the horse prior to an inspection in Hyde Park in preparation for 2012 State Ceremonial on April 19, in London, England. Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Please tell a fellow dog lover or two or three about us, ok?

We close with our closing video.


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