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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 (05/11/13)

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:  Cloudy and chilly this morning, windy. Becoming less cloudy this afternoon.  High of 54. That's below normal. "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 52. "D"

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

In case you’ve been living under a rock, not paying attention to automated reminders sent to your phone from Hallmark and FTD, not reading This Just In and don’t care if you’re disowned let me take this moment to tell you:  Mother’s Day is tomorrow, Sunday, May 12th.  This is the time we stop to think about all that “Mom” means and all that Mom does.  You’re sure to read lists containing common terms such as chauffeur, nurse, confidant, maid, chef and mediator.  How ‘bout one more:  chief pet caretaker.

Yep, on top of everything else, moms are generally the ones who end up caring for Fido.    Everything from shopping for food to the end result of yard duty seems to fall squarely on her shoulders, despite the repeated promises from her children that THEY would take care of it.

Getting a dog during the summer is a great time for the kids to walk it and bathe it.  But when it’s January and warmer in Alaska than it is in Wisconsin who’s the one donning the ski boots so Rover can romp?

Do you know any family where Mom yells out, “Roxie threw up again!  Eeew, gross!  I’m not cleaning that up…”  No, she just grabs the roll of Viva and dives in no questions asked.

Since minor children have no source of regular income, who pays for everything?  Milk Bones, loofah doggies, plush bedding and flea collars don’t fall from the sky.  The kids don’t work, and they certainly don’t drive.  Who takes Ralphie to the vet at least annually?

And let’s not forget who the best and biggest worrier in the family is.  When there is a medical concern or run-away issue, who’s the one staying up at least half the night until the problem is resolved?

If you’re still stumped as to what to get Mom this year, consider this…  Make good on your promise that you will, indeed, care for your dog.  After you hand Number One Mom the box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, and mushy card, why not take Rex for a walk, give him a bath, pour his food and water and play with him.  (I’d suggest also vacuuming up his hair and cleaning the yard but we want to see mom smile, not faint from shock.)
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Bomb-sniffing dog bites woman at airport.

Nationwide events target dog owners to prevent deaths in hot cars.

Woman made sure dog was OK, but abandoned her children.

Inmates are paired with tough-to-train dogs.

In Great Britain, dogs might be forced to be tied up. Read why.

$118K donation goes to wrong dog shelter.

Barking Lot update: Man bites dog to save wife.

Unleash the hounds.

Guide dog is a hero twice.

Kia survives.

This really is puppy love.

Opinion: Positive vs. negative dog training.

Opinion: Oh, my. The author doesn't believe everyone loves dogs. He sure doesn't.

Does where you live determine how long your dog lives?

Maybe I should get a dog.



Read more here:

Betty, a Teacup Chihuahua is dressed up as the character Princess Leia from the film Star Wars on May 5, 2013 in London, England. Enthusiasts gathered at the Picture House in Stratford to parade their dogs dressed up as famous Sci-Fi characters as part a London-wide event called Sci-Fi London. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Alright. Here are 23 more!

And we close as we always do with our closing video. Remember to please tell a fellow dog lover about us.   

OK. One more.



See ya, BARK, next week!

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