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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 (05/19/12)

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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Sunny skies. Zero chance of rain. Enjoy! High of 82. Wow!   "A"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy skies in the morning giving way to a chance of scattered storms from noon through 5:00 pm.  High of 87.  "B"

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

“I thought I was a dog person. I've lived with dogs all my life and that dog, I thought, seemed to really love my nails and my rubbing, but, you know, you just don't know. It was a freak accident -- I was too close, he was unsettled, we think we know what dogs are saying, but we don't really know.”
-Kyle Dyer to Ann Curry in an interview regarding her February 2012 accident

Everyone, dog lovers and not, had an opinion about the tragic incident between the Denver TV news anchor Kyle Dyer and Max the Argentine mastiff.  My immediate reaction was how terrible for her, but how dumb of her as well.  Here the dog had just gone through his own harrowing experience of being rescued from freezing water.  Now he’s on the set of a news program with hot lights, people he doesn’t know in his face, and more unfamiliar surroundings.

Any, and I mean ANY, dog can certainly be provoked to attack (or at least defend its personal space.)  Generally speaking though, I’d be just a bit more wary of an 85-pound mastiff than a tea cup Yorkie.  I don’t think I’d be sticking my face into his the way Dyer did.  Still, she certainly did not deserve to have her lip nearly severed by a dog.

Could certain measures have prevented this awful occurrence?  Hindsight is 20/20 of course but yes, I think it could have been avoided.  May 20 – 26, 2012 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  The American Veterinary Medical Association offers a lot of information including resources to keep you and your family safe.

I wish continued healing (physical and mental) to Kyle.  She seems to be a true animal lover.  Every story and update I’ve read shows her handling the incident with style, compassion, and a healthy dose of “I should have known better.”  Let’s all learn something from this.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Nevada judge rules killer dog can be put down.

Pennsylvania struggles with guide dog protection bill.

In city where dogs outnumber children, what about all the coyotes?

He's refusing to Knuckle under.

Yankees honor Rex.

Boone vs. rattlesnake.

These donations
are life-savers.

After two years, a  happy ending.

More senior centers accepting pets.

Pooches on campus ease stress.

Sewer dogs keep things tidy.

What your dog says about you.



Check it out. Giant dogs tower over their owners.

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

Service dogs are amazing.


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