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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-America's Finest Dog Blog (09/08/12)

The Barking Lot


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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:  Early risers will wake up to temperatures around 52 degrees. Today will be sunny, but we'll only hit 69 for a high. The normal high is 73.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 69.  "C"

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

Clearly taking after her mommy, Kyla loves dogs.  She loves animated dogs on TV, she loves her stuffed dogs, and she loves every single dog taking its morning or evening constitutional in our subdivision.  Last summer she wanted to pet the pups as they walked past our house, but she just wasn’t brave enough once she got within arm’s length of them.  I didn’t push the issue; I knew eventually her desire would overcome her fear. 


Sure enough, this year is a different story.  She will pet any dog that I take her to and giggles with delight at wagging tails.  Fortunately she asks me if she can pet the dog that’s walking past, and we approach the owner together.  I hold her hand so that she doesn’t bolt off and startle the dog, and then I ask if it’s OK if she meets Fido.  She’s never been denied a request… the pooches in our neighborhood are pretty mellow and child-friendly. 


Still, I take no chances.  Every time she wants to meet a new furry friend I remind her that we ASK to pet a dog.  I have her pet the tail area and make sure she keeps her little hands away from the dog’s face.  The entire time, I’m just a bit wary since I don’t know the dog personally.  I don’t care WHAT the breed is; I’m cautious and constantly looking for any sign or movement that signals the dog’s discomfort, irritation, etc.


Seems pretty common sense, right?  Just in case, here are some helpful reminders for your family since children most likely to get a bite are between 5 and 9 years old
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

In Osceola, Wisconsin,  two men arrested for brutal dog attack.  The suspects appeared in court.

Alleged dog-killing doctor dies of apparent suicide.

Wrong police criticized about dog's death.

WI dog breeder violated quarantine.

Dog brings home human foot.

The VA is skeptical about the benefit of service dogs.

More dogs lost, but...

How a dog may help save the whales. Watch related video.

Adopting a dog can cost a lot more than you think.

Which are cheaper: Dogs or cats?

Money lessons we can learn from pets.

When your pet is in pain...

Letter to the Editor warns that doomsday awaits innocent dogs.

Dogs in Toronto
are stuck on the outside, looking in.

If dogs were people, some would leave in the 7th inning. It was Bark in the Park in LA.

Dog owner refuses to let Irish setter's blindness slow it down.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Remember John Unger? You will, and he's at ease with his sudden fame.


Nash's bark
is a life-saver.

They are Dog Scouts of America.

Who will be the Hero Dog of the Year?




Pugs run down the race track at the pug race in Esslingen, Germany on September 2. Seventy dogs took part in the first pug and bulldog race. Photo: Franziska Kraufmann / EPA

And check out these summer pet photos from the Weather Channel.

We close as we always do with our closing dog video of the week.

A dog becomes a budding artist. But this dog isn't just any dog.

Hallie has a website!

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