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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 (09/22/12)

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:  Showers through noon, then windy conditions and a high of 58 around 3:00.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 58. "D"

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

If you were a contestant on Family Feud and the question was “Name a famous cartoon dog” I’m sure Snoopy would pop into the #1 spot.  But if you’re the parent of a preschooler who loves watching PBS, your immediate answer would more likely be that Big Red Dog.  You know, Clifford?


It seems difficult to believe that Clifford is 50 years old.  (Then again I’m having a tough time processing the fact that in a few months, I too will be celebrating a decade marker.  And no, we’re not talking the same decade.)  As a child, I truly loved Clifford and his best friend Emily Elizabeth.  I watched the program faithfully and read the books. 


It’s funny how as a kid, you just enjoy things that make you laugh.  You don’t think about messages that are being sent (learning to share, making new friends, adjusting to a new environment.)  Now as a parent I look at kid’s shows in a whole new light.  While there are times I don’t like what I see, for the most part I find it comforting that the themes presented to me are the same ones in the episodes Kyla watches.  It’s also fun for me to relive my favorites through my daughter’s eyes. 


Those sentiments are echoed by the author of this short article. Of course Scholastic, has a tail-waggin’ celebration going on for several months including a live webcast event this Monday, September 24.  Kids can also enter a sweepstakes to have a Clifford birthday party for their classroom.  All those great details can be found on their website. 

We usually don’t have an OPENING video in The Barking Lot, but I just couldn’t resist.  Watch Norman Bridwell himself share the thoughts behind the most beloved Big Red Dog.


Happy Birthday, Clifford!

Here’s to 50 more years!


Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Colorado hiker who abandoned injured dog relinquishes custody.  The hiker speaks out.

'Distraught' model blames airline for dog's death. 

Bad neighbors!

How determined was Bones? Read...

UPDATE: Service dogs for vets.

Grandfather saves dog from jaws of gator.

Batman needs a superhero.

What happens to your pet if something happens to you?

Lower your dog's salt intake to avoid kidney troubles.

Sam is a miracle worker.

Arnie has a dirty secret.

Oh my. Oh dear. This columnist hates dogs, but not as much as dog owners.

Obie caught the attention of this columnist.

And finally, our condolences to a colleague of mine, Steve Jagler at the Small Business Times.



A woman plays with her dog on September 16, at Kungstradgarden in Stockholm during an event called "Stockholm's Dog Day," where people bring their dogs to take part in different activities. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP - Getty Images

That's it for the dog blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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We close as we always do with our closing video. Sometimes we have more than one.

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Lost dog reunited with owners after 3 years.


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Read more about Brandi.

September 24-30 is National Dog Week!


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