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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 (12/15/12)

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:  A steady rain early with a chance of rain throughout the day. High of 46.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Considerable cloudiness.cloudy. High of 44. "D"

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

It just boggles my mind that every year the same sorts of “warnings” and “advice” must be shared with the public.  You know what I mean:  on days when it is 108 degrees in the shade you have some Barbie Doll bubble head news reporter telling you to make sure you drink enough water and try to stay out of the sun.  At Thanksgiving time there are always articles telling you to be incredibly cautious if you are going to attempt to deep-fry your turkey.  Then inevitably you hear about some yahoo who torched his house because he thought it would be a good idea to cook the bird that way in his garage and used way too much oil.

Here’s another bit of advice that comes out this time of year:  Don’t buy a dog for your kids for Christmas.  Seems logical, right?  But trust me, by the middle of January shelters all over the country will see a spike in surrenders because said puppy didn’t fit with the family’s lifestyle.

Think about how hectic your Christmas week is… families to visit with, gifts to exchange, meals to make, baking to do, last-minute shopping, etc.  Do you really think that adding a rambunctious fur ball to the mix is a GOOD idea?  Everyone knows how puppies love to, and need to, chew.  So in addition to all the regular goodies that your new addition can ruin, there are all sorts of holiday-related items that can cause damage to your house and even worse, your pup.  Think ornaments and ornament hooks; toxic plants; wires from lights; and of course plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe.

If your kids’ attention span is limited to the amount of time it takes to open the next present, how will they handle a 24/7 commitment like a dog?  Are you perhaps just trying to recreate some Rockwell-inspired “moment” when Billy and Susie discover a beribboned bundle of fur under their tree?  If your family is truly ready to make a commitment to a puppy there might be a better time of the year to do so.  Think about these points before you decide.

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer. Well, I was going to surprise you and Kyla with a puppy as a Christmas gift, but you've convinced me. Not a good idea.

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

family searches for stolen dog.

Dog's vomit
hospitalizes four.

Airport scam dupes unsuspecting pet buyers.

Dog trained to sniff out "super bug."

Dogs pick up scent of diabetics in danger.

Smart dog.

This dog
was lost in the snow for two weeks.

Three-legged service dog gets help.

Stray dog + motherless deer = friends.

Brazil opens a love motel for pets.

Here's Glenn Beck's best friend.

"Why we love dogs, even though 'dog culture' is annoying and it sucks when they die."

is a hero.

Who's the better driver?

Dog works magic In Texas.

Will you join this study?

How pampered are pets in Singapore?



Adam Womersley and his English Springer Spaniel, Stella walk in the snow on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Minneapolis.  (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)

And we close as we always do with our closing video.

Thanks for stopping by!


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