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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 (06/08/13)

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 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:  Skies will vary from partly to mostly cloudy. High of 66.  "C"

SUNDAY:  UPDATED: Partly to mostly cloudy. High of 70. "B"

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

People all over Wisconsin are asking, “What happened to Spring?”  So far, we haven’t had one.  Generally most “Spring” seasons yield at least a few truly hot days.  That doesn’t seem to be the case this year.  While I certainly would have liked less rain and more sun, part of me is grateful that I didn’t have to turn on our air conditioning early.  Despite my allergies, I love open windows!

If you think you’re happy that it’s not meltingly, sweating-ly scorching yet, just think of how happy dogs are!  That’s right…  one more pleasantly cool day means one less day for meathead owners to trap their (supposedly) beloved pet in an oven of death.

Stupidity should no longer surprise me, but it does.  I am still amazed that every year dogs die in hot cars.  I truly, TRULY don’t get it.  It blows my mind that someone that dumb even passed their driver’s test, let alone owns a vehicle to stifle their dog in.

Do you get the impression that I think dog owners who leave their pets in the car on a hot day aren’t qualified Mensa members?  Yep, you’d be right.  At the risk of sounding insensitive (ha! Like I care!) if you are so brainless as to leave your dog in a sweltering car then you should no longer own that dog.  And if your dog happens to perish thanks to your lack of grey matter then I think you should be criminally charged.  According to this chart, Wisconsin doesn’t have any specific laws making it illegal to leave your dog in a parked car.  But as my hubby often says, if stupidity were illegal the jails would be FULL.

I know the problem of dogs in hot cars will never go away.  Too many owners are thoughtless, selfish, and downright cruel.  Still, many people want to try to combat this in every way possible.  If you are among them, consider the multiple options brought to you by the My Dog Is Cool campaign. 

Trust me, by September 1st, there will be dozens of stories about dogs left in cars.  Some might be saved in time, others won’t be so lucky.  Do what you can this summer to help our canine friends who can’t help themselves.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Woman accused of using pit bulls to assault TV news crew.

Figo pays his last respects.

Will your dog mourn your death?

"The dog bit me."

The mailman/woman/person fears a left-pawed dog.

Return to sender.

Poop detecting pooch helps flush out contamination issues.

Prospethic paw helps abused dog relearn to walk.

Another Kabang update.

Whistle wants to track man's best friend's activity.

It's the question this time of year.

Does your dog need glasses?




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, chews on a toy after being released from the from the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis, in Davis, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2013. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives and is heading back to the Philippines after treatment at a California hospital. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

That's it for this week. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

We close, as we always do, with our closing video.

From Los Angeles:

See ya, BARK, next week!


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