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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 (09/29/12)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of 71.  "A"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 63. "B"

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

Around mid-September, you start to see it in stores:  Pink is everywhere.  Retailers across the board get set to sell items for October, the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  From tongue-in-cheek “Save the Tata’s” to “I’m a SURVIVOR,” logos and slogans are abundant.  It’s great that an entire month is dedicated to a critical women’s health issue.

But please, dear readers of The Barking Lot, don’t forget that October is ALSO Adopt-A-Dog month  If you feel your family is ready to bring a four-legged friend into your lives please consider a shelter dog.  (Not sure if you’re up to the commitment?  Take this quiz.)  

I’m all about the mutts of the world.  I always have been.  Probably because the two dogs that meant the most to me (my own) were “mixed breeds.”  However if your dog-loving heart is set on one particular breed, consider this:  You can own a pedigree dog and save a dog from the shelter at the same time.  Just contact the good folks at one of the breed rescue organizations.

If you’re feeling generous and are financially able, you could make a donation to a worthy organization even if you’re not in the market for a pup.  Homeless dogs will certainly benefit from your kindness that would truly give deeper meaning to “a warm, fuzzy feeling.”

On behalf of all ready-to-be-adopted pooches, thank you for opening your heart!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Neglected dog found alive in garbage bag.

Dog thought to be lost in Katrina turns up.

What happens when a dog bites a cop?

Wars end, service dogs return.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: The fight for service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

A calming influence in the courtroom.

Explaining a pet's death to kids.

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Seat belts on dogs?

Dogs In the workplace? Cool. But business owners need to know a few things.

Yellow ribbons on dogs?

BARKING LOT UPDATE: Photo goes viral and money pours in.

How to save $$$ on dog ownership.

Tagg tells you if your dog is doggin' it.

Only cop in New Mexico town with a clean record has four legs.

What does a dog have to do to be considered for a HamBone?

Halloween is going to the dogs.



Geovany Gonzalez with cerebral palsy, interacts with Fiona, a therapeutically trained dog, as it tries to lick his face during a therapy session at the Colitas Foundation in Panama City September 22, 2012. The Colitas Foundation, run by Mario Chang, sponsors a programme using trained dogs for therapeutic practice and to help improve the quality of life of children and teenagers with mental and physical disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and autism. Photo: Carlos Jasso, Reuters

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We close with our closing video.

CBS recently re-posted a "60 Minutes" classic:

And speaking of the nose…

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