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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 (05/05/12)

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:  A few showers. High of 60.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 56.  "F"

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

With Mother’s Day about a week away, this is the time we stop to think about all that “Mom” means and all that Mom does.  You’re sure to read lists containing common terms such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator.  How ‘bout one more:  chief pet caretaker.


Yep, on top of everything else, moms are generally the ones who end up caring for Fido. Everything from shopping for food to the end result of yard duty seems to fall squarely on her shoulders, despite the repeated promises from her children that THEY would take care of it.


Getting a dog during the summer is a great time for the kids to walk it and bathe it.  But when it’s January and warmer in Alaska than it is in Wisconsin who’s the one donning the ski boots so Rover can romp?


Do you know any family where Mom yells out, “Roxie threw up again!  Eeew, gross!  I’m not cleaning that up…”  No, she just grabs the roll of Viva and dives in no questions asked.


Since minor children have no source of regular income, who pays for everything?  Milk Bones, loofah doggies, plush bedding and flea collars don’t fall from the sky.  The kids don’t work, and they certainly don’t drive.  Who takes Ralphie to the vet at least annually?


And let’s not forget who the best and biggest worrier in the family is.  When there is a medical concern or run-away issue, who’s the one staying up at least half the night until the problem is resolved?


If you’re still stumped as to what to get Mom on May 13th this year, consider this…  Make good on your promise that you will, indeed, care for your dog.  After you hand Number One Mom the box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, and mushy card, why not take Rex for a walk, give him a bath, pour his food and water and play with him.  (I’d suggest also vacuuming up his hair and cleaning the yard but we want to see mom smile, not faint from shock.)

---Jennifer Fischer


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

Court rules
pit bulls are "inherently dangerous."

There's a dog fight in Rhode Island.

US soldier dies of rabies after dog bite in Afghanistan.

Something's fishy.

Dear Abby: My son beats the dog.

Bad dog, set for death, gets new life.

Once abused, 'Spirit' now fights back.

Barking Lot update: Dog wedding parents bite back.

This is mighty stiff  competiton.

Commentary: Homeless dogs don't always need a yard.

Miley the rescue.

Turn poo into free wi-fi.

Exercise twice a day is critical to your dog's health.

NO WAY!  Meanwhile...

Keeping the dog busy isn't easy.

How to photograph a dog.



Grieving pet owner Spencer Warren opens the casket of his beloved 12-year-old beagle-hound Justin in the viewing room of the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematory on April 30 in Hartsdale, New York. Warren, an Annandale, Virginia attorney, had traveled with Justin's body to bury him here on a shady hillside. The cemetery, established in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the United States and serves as the final resting place for tens of thousands of pets. Pet owners can spend as much as $20,000 for a large plot to bury multiple pets and as little as $300-400 for small plots to bury ashes if they choose cremation. Pet owners also have the option of eventually having their own ashes buried in the plot, alongside their pets. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

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We close as we do every week with our closing video. We have two this week.

The black labrador-cross is the talk of East Anglia, spending up to five hours a day on rooftops with thatcher Richard Haughton. Please watch. 

And finally...

Want less stress on the job? Bring in the dogs.

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