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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 (09/07/13)

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 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 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. High of 84.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 73. "A"

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

I think I might have mentioned once or twice that I’m not a sports fan.  I don’t play, I don’t watch, I don’t understand 99% of the rules of any game.   I don’t appreciate sports.  But I do appreciate tradition… and colleges & universities are loaded with that.  So while you won’t ever hear me quote season stats for any team you might hear me talk about their mascots.  But not just any mascots.  You see I don’t really care about elephants, horses, alligators, ducks, tigers or any other animal save for one cool badger.

Give me a canine mascot though and I’m all over it like Lee Corso.  There are plenty of pups to choose from… even this thorough list missed a few if you read the comments.

The majority of college canine mascots are bulldogs.  (Even I know who Uga is.)  Apparently there are other cities in Indiana besides South Bend that have universities with football teams… who knew?  ;-)  Butler University truly loves their mascots – past, present and future, and Blue is a fixture.  

News video from January of this year explains how Blue II was retiring and handing his collar over to Blue III after an impressive run:


Just days ago players, students, alums, and fans said goodbye to Blue II.  After giving his all to his team and his fans, Blue II suffered ailments that he just couldn’t overcome.  He had an impressive career and was loved by many. 

Admittedly I wasn’t terribly aware of Blue’s contribution to the college football scene.  Learning more about him and the legacy he’s a part of makes my heart go out to his handler, his fans, and the people that loved him.  RIP, Blue II and may your doggie spirit live on in Blue III.

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Dead dog sneaker ad sparks outrage.

Let's go to the videotape.

Baseball player gets in trouble.

Walking the dog daily....good idea, or not?

How far would you go to find your missing dog?

They are the Hero Dogs of 9/11.

War vet adopts dog...both are amputees.

Juliana to the rescue.

Dog took WHAT to stay alive?

Meet the iCPooch.

This is a tough way to make a living.

Canine cruising.



Two street dogs sit next to police standing guard in front of the hotel where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meetings and the 125th IOC session are being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 meetings, members will elect the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics Games, with candidates being Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, as well as choose a new IOC president and add a sport to the 2020 program. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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And we close as we always do with our closing video. This week, a couple for you to enjoy. First, we go to Richmond, Virginia.


And one more...

Thanks for stopping by. See ya, BARK, next week!

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