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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 (03/22/14)

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 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:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High of 37. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 30. "F"

Week-ends have not been good for dog-walking this year. So far in 2014, including today's grades, we've given out 17 "F"s and 5 "D"s.

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

To say Mother Nature has been unfriendly this season would be an understatement.  Possibly if you like winter sports, you found SOME redeeming qualities about this, our never-ending winter.  But if you’re like the majority of people you want a White Christmas and then you want it off your driveway, your sidewalks, and your car.

While Spring brings its own brand of unpleasantness (“fooler” days where you think it’s going to warm up and does NOT, spongy grass and too much mud, tons of sodden trash under melted snow) it is a welcome season.  Especially after 15 months of Wisconsin winter.

For dog owners, there are extra things to think about as we transition from winter… muddy paws are at the top of the list of course.  But there’s the whole flea & tick thing as well as seasonal allergies to contend with.  Of course if you don’t take Fifi to the spa regularly, there can also be “aromas” to deal with.

Doggy parents who love to garden, take note.  You might not realize that what you love to plant may be dangerous for your pet.  Do some thorough research to find out what is safe.  Obviously your buddy might want to “help” by pretending to be a rototiller.  But that’s only effective BEFORE the planting has occurred.  For general tips on making gardening pleasant for everyone, consider these ideas.

Don’t let common sense go out the window you open for fresh air.  Three seemingly “no-brainers” might not occur to some, so please be aware of them.    And speaking of Spring Cleaning…  If you’re a dog owner then you are already aware of the extra chores they can create.  The American Kennel Club tries to pare things down for you with some basics.

This Wednesday, one full day before the first official day of Spring, I saw my first robin.  I am filled with joy every year when this happens.  I am SO looking forward to warmer weather as everyone else is.  Honestly if we owned a dog, I would truly welcome muddy paws.

HAPPY SPRING to all the Barking Lot readers!

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. And as we've said in the past, the news isn't always good.

The Barking Lot is a blog all about the celebration and love of dogs. But this makes no sense.

WI woman sentenced in dog-torture case.

How does this happen?

WI puppies doused in bleach are now ready for adoption.

Therapy dogs are in demand at hospisces, but are hard to find.

Somebody doo-doo something.

Adults couldn't pull off the rescue, so they got help.

Vancouver man's  dog-sharing business lets people have a part-time pooch.

Scent of success: Bailey a 'hero dog' hopeful.

How much is that doggie??!!

13 football fields worth of pet products.

There's a reason your dog is a fussy eater.

Bones and chews your dog should avoid.



A photographer asked people from all 50 states why they rescued a dog.

We close as we always do with our closing video and we have a few:

Dramatic rescue!

Here's more on one of our DOGS IN THE NEWS items: Veterinarian Heather Loenser shows  a few of the popular items featured at last week’s Pet Expo, including a car seat for your pooch, catnip toys for kitties and a maze bowl that will slow down dogs who eat too fast.

And finally, it's called 'muttbombing.'

OK, OK, we haven't forgotten. ONE MORE!

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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