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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 (05/12/12)

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:  Morning showers. Clearing after 9:00. High of 60. "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 65. "B"

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

After a long, hard day you are driving home.  All you can think about is getting in to some comfy clothes, having a nice dinner, and perhaps an adult beverage.  You would like to talk to your spouse about something fun (weekend plans, future vacation, great weather forecast, whatever) play with your kids, and take the dog for a walk.


You walk in to your house and the first sight you are greeted with is a knocked over garbage can, last night’s leftovers strewn about, and aforementioned dog looking at you wagging his tail and clearly not finding anything wrong with his chosen activity.


“Remy!” you scold.  “What were you thinking????!!!”


Very soon, you could have an answer.


For years, scientists and pet behaviorists looked for insight into our dogs’ minds by observing their actions, reactions, and body language.  Theory upon theory has been formed but there wasn’t a lot of hard evidence.


That is beginning to change.  Scientists at Emory University in Atlanta are exploring opportunities to scan dogs’ brains while they are awake and alert.  Until now, the best anyone had done was work on sedated dogs.  They have successfully trained a dog to climb into an MRI machine and sit still long enough for a brain scan!  (And you thought your dog was smart when you taught him to fetch the remote.)


I look forward to reading more in the coming years about this incredible field of research.  I think the insight it offers will be amazing.


You can read about their studies here. Enjoy the video, too!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

A horrific story out of Santa Fe.

Some dogs can now fly the friendly skies.

Firefighters save dog with oxygen mask.

Dog stays for hours with owner killed by hit and run.

Lilly is amazing.

Bear is amazing, too.

Despite what Lilly did (see above), pit bulls have a perception problem.

When it comes to dogs, human yawns are contagious.

The question comes up every now and then. This columnist says no.

Tim Tebow has a dog (You've heard of him). Tim Tebow's dog has a new name. It had to be done.

This one's for my daughter, Kyla.



Cris Cristofaro looks over a puppy photo of his dog Dino as veterinarian Wendy McCulloch prepares to perform an in-home pet euthanasia. Cristofaro, a New York City artist, made the difficult decision to end Dino's life when oral cancer became unbearable for his 12-year-old Italian Spinone. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

Cris Cristofaro weeps over his dog Dino after veterinarian Wendy McCulloch euthanized the 12-year-old Italian Spinone. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images

We close, as we always do, with our closing video. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us. Now we travel to Bakersfield, California.

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