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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 (11/10/12)

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:  Cloudy skies this morning. Partly to mostly sunny skies this afternoon.  High of 60. "B"

SUNDAY:  Wake up to mostly cloudy, windy conditions, then a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 60. "D"

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

Can you believe that in two weeks, we start the kick off for Stuff Your Face and Over-Indulge Season?  Oh, I mean The Holidays.  We’ll be deluged with tips from “the experts” on “How To Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season.”  I always love those articles.  You know, the ones that tell us to “have a nutritious snack before you go to a party so that you’re not tempted to over-eat,” “stay away from the buffet table and mingle instead,” and my favorite “have a glass of water for every other beverage you drink.”  It’s the same old tired advice that clearly no one listens to anyway.

Well if YOU are eating your weight in turkey, ham, potatoes and cookies for two months, chances are you will likely relax the “no table scraps” rule for Fido.  I personally believe in the mantra “all things in moderation” and that goes for our four-legged companions as well.  Truthfully I don’t see the harm in my (future) dog getting a taste of turkey or mashed potatoes.  But even though you are well-meaning there are some things that your pup SHOULDN’T SAMPLE.

I chuckle at the Food Network and other culinary resources who try to top themselves every year with a list of what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Who are they kidding???!!!  With the possible exception of turkey soup, the only thing I want done to my leftovers is one minute in the microwave.  But if you are so inclined, and actually don’t know what to do with that last bit of turkey, etc. you can easily make treats for your tail-waggin’ friend.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, including the canine members!

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Wild dogs kill boy at zoo exhibit.

Woman with service dog could be barred from apartment.

Loyal dog found alive under fallen tree that killed owner during Sandy.

Saviors to the rescue.

A dog is lost, hope is found.

Dog is fine after his trap tussle.

Want to stalk your dog?

Dallas dog poo may fetch big profits.

Dudley gets ready for a day like a human.

Dog owners re-create photos with their pets years later.

Want your dog to eat less?

What about dogs that chase their tails?

Why dogs find some toys boring.

Good dog, Holly!

Story of stray dog and Marine inspires.

What are dogs for?




Bear greets an HSUS Animal Rescue Team responder, one of the people who rescued him in N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Lisa Godfrey for The HSUS

We close with our closing video and we have two this week.

1) Meet a dog that comforts sexual assault victims.

2) Dog with no eyes has uncanny fetching skills.

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