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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 (01/05/13)

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:  Early risers wake up to 19 degrees under clear skies. Mostly sunny, becoming cloudy by 2:00. High of 31.  "D" Tonight, light snow with no accumulation. Damp, wet conditions. "F"

SUNDAY:  Flurries throughout the morning. Then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 30. "D"

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

A new year brings a feeling of fresh starts and the possibility of change & improvement in our lives. I have my own resolutions to work on for 2013.

I don’t feel that it is my place to suggest resolutions for others.  (Unless *a-hem* dear hubby of mine, you want to work on hanging up your jacket when you walk in the door!)  But if you are a dog owner and want to improve the health and happiness of your four-legged friend(s) there are plenty of ideas out there.

Just like for their human counterparts, topping the list of suggestions for pooch perfection are nutrition, weight loss, and preventative medical care.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?  But consider some of the other ideas such as “Make it easy for your dog to succeed,” “Vow not to get mad at your dog for your management failures,” and my favorite:  “Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year.”  You’ll find these and other ideas here.   

Fine, fine, you say.  I will work on being a better pet parent and make 2013 the best year ever for my already-spoiled canine companion.  But hey, my dog isn’t perfect either!  So how can HE make MY life a little easier?

Oh, we at The Barking Lot have that covered too.  The next time Rover wants to help himself to “kitty truffles” just show him #4 on this list.  

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a healthy and dog-loving 2013!
---Thanks Jennifer!

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

This news is sad.

Dognapping cases up 70%.

"Dusty's Law" would make this a crime.

WI judge allows wolf hunting with dogs.

Navy family's dog stranded.

Strangers pitch in to find missing dog in Milwaukee.

Zeus survives.

Alaskan dog recovering after lockjaw surgery.

Future service dogs head to prison.

Here at The Barking Lot, we love happy endings!

A blind dog story.

A plumber and his dog win social media attention.

If you missed it January 1...

Let's go to Argentina for some pet therapy.

"What's a dog for?"

The guy was naked, and he started choking a dog, and, well, here...



Therapy dog Chilly Pasternak from Richmond, Virginia gets a pat from his owner Jake Pasternak in Newtown, Connecticut. Therapy dogs have been brought in from around the country to provide comfort to Newtown residents following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo: John Moore / Getty Images. Read more.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by. Please tell a fellow dog lover or two about us.


We close with our closing video, and sometimes, we have a few. This week, it's a dozen.

Monument makes debut at Rose Parade.

Next, therapy dog shoots his own video.


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