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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 (02/16/13)

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:  Partly cloudy. High of 16.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 28. "F"

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

Since she’s celebrating and planning her birthday weekend, Jennifer has the week off for Barking Lot. In place of her weekly blog, I offer a recent piece written in the New York Times by a geriatrician on the West Coast. He presents a serious discussion about the difficulty of determining when an old pet or human has suffered enough.

weekend last year, we asked our vet how we would know when it was time to put down Byron, our elderly dog. Byron was 14, half blind, partly deaf, with dementia, arthritis and an enlarged prostate. He often walked into walls, stood staring vacantly with his tail down, and had begun wandering and whining for reasons we could not always decipher.

‘Attentive to Byron’s needs, we softened his food with water and sprinkled it with meat; we cuddled him when he whimpered and took him outside to relieve himself seven, even eight times a night. We couldn’t take a vacation because we couldn’t imagine asking anyone, friend or dog sitter, to do what we were doing. Nor could we fully trust anyone to provide the care we thought Byron required.

“But it was also true that Byron often toddled along happily on his daily walks. He sniffed bushes and stained storefronts with the measured attentiveness of a research scientist, flirted with passers-by, and on occasion raised his ears and tail, marked a spot, then kicked his hind legs while growling, barking and asserting his dominance over some generally long-gone canine competition. Since Byron was an evidently elderly eight-pound Yorkshire terrier, this invariably provoked fond smiles from passing strangers.

“When asked whether it was time to put Byron ‘to sleep,’ our vet said…”

You can read “Weighing the End of Life”

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

Channel 12 in Milwaukee investigates why dogs rescued from fighting rings are kept in solitary confinement.

Vets howl about WI drug tracking bill.

Dog drama in Oregon ends.

Police officer shuts down freeway to save dog.

Dog  rescued from chilly Milwaukee River.

Biggie gets second chance at life.

UPDATE: Homeless man says thank you.

Major League pitcher separated from his dog.

Dog treats come under FDA scrutiny.

Dogs know a dog when they see one.

Not only that, your dog knows when to misbehave.

Opinion: Dogs and bones.

The world of dog plastic surgery.

Americans still spending big on their pets.

Banana Joe wins.

It's not just about competitions.

Stryker has new career.

A little boy and his bulldog: a love story.

Do you like the idea of a Valentine's Day for Animals?

The understanding dog.

It's a dog's life.



Banana Joe the affenpinscher wins Westminster

Ernesto Lara celebrates with Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, who won Best in Show, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.Photo: Associated Press.

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We close as we always do with our closing video.

See ya next week!


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