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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 (05/04/13)

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:  A few showers in the morning, then cloudy skies. High of 61.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy. High of 62. "B"

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

I admit often that I’m not a big fan of “technology.”  I can promise you that by the time Kyla is in second grade she will either want (or own) more gizmo’s than I can count or operate.  I’ve resigned myself to the fact that very soon, long before I qualify for AARP, I will lost in the Dark Ages when it comes to anything electronic.

I know I’m in the minority.  It’s not that I’m sticking my heels in and refusing to update from 8-tracks and Beta movies.  It’s just that the latest and greatest tech toys don’t float my boat.  Give me a glossy-paged, hard cover book chronicling the history of the layer cake and I’ll own it faster than you can say “Butter cream icing.”  We all have our weaknesses.

I’m telling you this because while I’m not personally into gadgets, I can see their appeal for others more tech-savvy than I.  And if you’re a dog lover AND a device lover, I just might have the coolest thing ever for you.  Enter FitBark.

FitBark may be the latest and greatest for dog owners who want to keep tabs on their pup’s activities 24/7.  If you wonder regularly if your terrier is toned, this could be one step (pun intended) towards figuring it out.  A cute little bone-shaped apparatus goes on your dog’s collar to track his every move.  (It’s not like those silly doggie cams where owners post a pup’s eye view of taking a walk.)  Then data is sent to your iPhone and you can see just how much Rex is romping when you’re at work.

Blogger Jay Donovan offers his observations & opinions after seeing the device at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013.

You can watch a little demo here.

If you decide you & your four-legged friend MUST have this, you can pre-order it here.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

It’s time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

One of the country’s largest organizations dedicated to dogs, the American Kennel Club, is facing new accusations from the Humane Society and the ASPCA saying that some AKC-registered breeders are raising dogs in filthy, inhumane conditions.

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A shooting over dog poop. Here's the sentence.

Very sad.

In NYC, the hunt is on.

Student claims college's dog logo promotes rape.

House fire caused by what?

No way!

Man bites dog, and it's not funny.

Surrendered dog gives veteran a new outlook on life.

Monty comforts.

She carries poop in her purse as part of a world-wide effort.

How dogs help kids use their words.

Could your dog find its way home?

Meet the bionic dog.

These trends tend to begin on either coast.

Dog caskets?

Dog toys: Playtime with a purpose.

Yes, Wisconsin is on the list.

Worst dog smell...can you guess?



Mike Gregg trudges through the snow to walk his dog, Jake, in Austin, Minn., Thursday morning, May 2, 2013. Winter made a return appearance in southeastern Minnesota, where residents are digging out of more than a foot of heavy, wet snow. (AP Photo/Austin Daily Herald, Eric Johnson)

We close as we always do with our closing video. This week we have a couple.

Let’s start with what was probably the biggest dog story of the week.

Here's a Barking Lot update:


Read more here:

And finally, Emma, a disabled dog, greets a returning soldier

See ya, BARK, next week!


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