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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 (02/09/13)

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 32. It will feel nicer, but we have all that snow and ice to contend with. "F"

SUNDAY:  Wake up to freezing drizzle followed by rain showers by noon. Showers will end before 6 pm. High of 39. "F"

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

Sometimes I think Valentine’s Day is almost more pathetic for guys than Christmas.  For
Christmas gifts you should be thoughtful and observant as to what your special gal would like.  For Valentine’s gifts the pressure to be romantic but not sleazy, sweet but not cloying, and caring-yet-daring can be too much for a man to bear.  Of course the single guys have it even worse because there is the added pressure of popping the question. 

I think we women have it easier.  Not only are we generally intuitive and observant as to what our significant others would appreciate, we don’t have to fork over a couple carats in a blue box with a white ribbon.  But I digress.

Male or female, if you’re a dog owner chances are you’ll be pampering your pooch come February 14.  I don’t see anything wrong with showering your four-legged friend with a bit of extra affection on V-day.  They give us so much and ask for so little in return.  And honestly they don’t care about cut, color and clarity in a squeaky toy.

The majority of information out there is how pet owners are going over-the-top for another holiday season.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Not only is your dog happy just to be with you and get an extra belly rub, there are several gift options that will set you back less than 30 smackers. 

Owners tend to be aware and careful during the Christmas season that their dogs don’t get into things they shouldn’t such as people foods & treats, the water in the tree holder, and ornament hooks.  But you might not give as much thought to Valentine’s Day.  So here are some simple reminders to keep Fido as happy as Cupid.  

Have a happy and love-filled Valentine’s Day!

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Murdered over dog crap?

Can this dog solve one of the nation's greatest mysteries?

Social media saves a stray dog.

Don't follow your dog into the surf

Mark Buehrle really loves his dog.

is born from a frozen embryo.

Oscar did WHAT?

Dog with human face
wants a new home.

Lando retires.

Dog skull shapes are revealing.

Let's say I was considering getting a dog. I probably should think about...

Homeless man rescued after sending dog for help.

Stella helps win the lottery.

Westminster: Always good stuff.

How Barney became a star.





Zen, a Shar Pei puppy, is carried by her owner on a chilly day in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


Dog in snow.

A man rides down a hill on a toboggan, chased by his dog, in Central Park in New York, Feb. 9. Photo: Carlo Allegri / Reuters

That’s it for this week. Remember, if you like our blog, please send it along to others.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Meals on Wheels expands in Peoria, Illinois.

One more.

How smart are dogs?


See ya next week!


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