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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 (02/22/14)

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 it’s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY: Sunny. High of 26. "F"

: Partly cloudy. High of 22. "F"

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

I’ve blogged in the past about dogs feeling emotions similar to humans and about decoding doggie behavior.

Clearly there is no shortage of research and discovery regarding how the canine brain works.  For so many, it’s a fascinating topic.  Animal behaviorists, researchers, anthropologists… everyone seems to have theories about why Fido acts like he does.  It always amazes me how much science can be utilized to study dogs.  (What doesn’t amaze me is why cats aren’t involved in research studies.)

One of the latest findings is that dogs and humans process voice & emotion similarly.  I’m not talking about “well of course my dog leaps off the furniture when I holler at him” kinds of reactions.  Dogs react to dog vocalizations in a very similar way that humans respond to human vocalizations.  Meaning, we both react to the emotional content of what is heard, whether that is a whining dog or a crying baby.

I’m not going to attempt to summarize all the fascinating details of the study done at Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University.  I’ll let you read this article for yourself.   Now you can go have a nice conversation with your own dog and have even more proof that he understands you!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Trigger happy officer kills disabled man's service dog.

How low can you go?

Pregnant dog euthanized at shelter hours before pickup.

Family chooses homelessness over abandoning pit bull.

Appleton man writes dog problem at Olympics merited more coverage.

Forget Medals, Sochi's Olympians Vie for Puppy Love.

There's no such thing as a free puppy.

From across the pond: Dog owners 'should be ordered to train pets.'

Lost 7-year old boy cuddled with dog for several hours to remain warm.

Pup being trained to comfort kids who have the same condition he has.

What doggy tail-chasing may reveal about our own OCD.

Good boy, Jasper!

Group helps working dogs retire with dignity.

Animal rescue views blind, deaf dogs as a gift.

Need to raise funds for an organization that helps elderly dogs? Have a wedding!

Dog tries to run for mayor.

Blog: The Dog’s One Big Headache, but My Kids Adore Her



Researchers taught dogs to lie still so they could scan their brains while the dogs listened to sounds. Photo: Eniko Kubinyi

The photo is related to Jennifer's blog. Pooches in Budapest, Hungary, managed to be still for eight-minute stretches in a brain scanner without twitching their tails or moving their bodies more than three millimeters. Read more.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

A new app shown at the Westminster Dog Show helps find lost pooches, as Samuel Burke explains.

That’s it for this week. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us or send them this blog.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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