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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 (11/03/12)

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:  Mostly cloudy, cold and damp. High of 42.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy, cold and damp. High of 44. "D"

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

As even the most casual reader of The Barking Lot and Ms. Elaine Kneeous knows, I am a strong supporter of our military.  I have the highest regard for our active duty service men and women as well as our veterans.  Truly, words can not express my gratitude for all these brave soldiers do to ensure my freedoms.

I don’t think there are enough stories done to highlight our veterans.  Clearly they faced battles every day they were on duty.  Once home their fight doesn’t end; it just changes.  PTSD destroys soldiers’ lives and drastically affects friends and family members as well.  

We could easily highlight an amazing story every week about the bond of a soldier and his or her dog.  Whether overseas in combat or a conflict at home struggling to readjust to daily life, these canines literally save lives.

Given the incredible relationships between soldiers and their service dogs (like Ray Galmiche and Dazzle) I am saddened at the lack of support from the VA.  

Halting programs that match service members with dogs seems to be a slap in the face to veterans.  Looking for “scientific data”  (that could take years!) to support thousands of current success stories doesn’t make sense.  

The best interests of the soldiers should be at heart.  You don’t want unscrupulous “organizations” to benefit from monetary donations and/or fees for dogs that don’t live up to the needs of the veteran.  It seems to be just one more instance, though, of government sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong.  If there are groups that want to help get soldier’s lives back on track they should be supported, not penalized.  

I wish the very best to all the veterans who are working with, or hoping to soon receive, a therapy dog to ease their symptoms.  God bless you all!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and no, the news isn't always good.

Dog found with coffee can around neckMORE.

12-year old hung dog to see it die.

Appleton man charged in puppy's death.

Hundreds show support
for poisoned dog.

Why a sensitive dog is an evidence-impaired cop's best friend. Here's more on the case. And speaking of sniffer dogs...

Troops' best friends...

survives Sandy's wrath.

Vote fraud hits Canada...what does this have to do with a dog?

It's a dog trainer's life.

It's The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument.

The story of a real dog named Bolt.

BARKING LOT update: Fiona is ASPCA Dog of the Year.

Gabe is also a hero.




These pets are ready for Election Day.

And we close with our closing video, and we have a few this week.

Watch the videos in this two-part report, Dog Mischief.

And finally...

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