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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 (09/21/13)

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 63.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 62. "C"

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

There are so many breeds of dogs that I love.  One of the top two, however, is a Golden Retriever.  We’re blessed with a few of them in our neighborhood and trust me, we pet ‘em every chance we get!  I don’t know of a soul who could dislike that friendly face, constantly wagging tail and incredibly beautiful coat.

Obviously any dog owner wants their friend to remain healthy and disease-free as long as possible.  Stories abound about owners spending life savings to offer their companion more time on this earth with expensive surgeries, treatments, medications, etc.  You do what you can for those four paws, right?

While I don’t know detailed health history of breeds, I do know that certain dogs are predisposed to certain conditions.  For larger dogs it can be hip dysplasia.  For smaller ones it can be respiratory issues.  I must admit that I didn’t know Golden Retrievers are particularly vulnerable to cancer, but apparently that is a sad fact.

Last year, the Morris Animal Foundation launched their Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and is still seeking purebred Goldens to participate. 

Trust me, if I had a dog that qualified I’d be first in line to offer our services.  Clearly a lot of other owners feel the same way and are doing what they can to help the cause.  

At the beginning of this year, another special “Golden” requested support of the Morris Animal Foundation.  At 91 years young and one of the most famous animal lovers, who can resist a plea from this amazing gal:



Kevin and I have been collaborating on this blog for over five years yet it never ceases to amaze me the depth of love and devotion people have for dogs.  What scientists, philanthropists and “every day” volunteers have done in the name of canine health and well-being is just astounding.  So if, in my own small way, I can spread the word about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study I’m certainly going to do it. 

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

When the lights go out...

OPINION: Dog fighting shows a dark day for humanity

Fighting dogs now trained to love.

Column: Having a puppy is difficult, but...

The program is called WOOF.

Use this survey to determine when to let your pet die.

In Massachusetts, bill would prevent dog- breed bias by insurers.

Jennifer wrote about this a few weeks ago. How would you save a dog in a hot car?

Taste testing dog treats.

What did they think was going to happen?

B.Y.O. Dog?



A dog wears a cheesehead outside Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on Sept. 15 in Green Bay, Wis. AP photo, Mike Roemer.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

It’s a miracle.

And finally, "Thunder Dog" author shares his story that includes video.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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