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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 (04/12/14)

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: UPDATED- Did you enjoy Friday? That's gone. Wake up to mostly cloudy skies and temps in the low to mid 40's. Occasional thunderstorms beginning around 11:00.  High of 63. "D"

SUNDAY:  Rain and showers all day. The high of 56 comes at midnight and then slowly falling temps throughout Sunday. "F"

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

They’re ugly little blood suckers, and can easily make your life miserable.  No I’m not talking about Wisconsin’s other state bird, the mosquito.  They’re absolutely terrible as well.  But this time I am referring to ticks.

When I was young, we never worried about ticks with our two dogs.  While they enjoyed being outside, we had a typical suburban back yard with a few trees.  We never camped or hiked through forest grounds.  In all the years we had them, we never encountered a single tick; never had an issue with fleas.  We were fortunate to never have to deal with those sorts of things.

Believe it or not, it IS Spring and it IS tick season once again.  And here in Wisconsin, there are plenty of those little buggers to avoid.  Naturally if you are a dog owner who loves spending time outdoors with your BFF (best furry friend) you want to be aware of the season and the dangers it can bring.

If you know me at all, you know that camping & hiking are NOT part of my lifestyle.  I can guarantee you, the closest I will ever come to that is staying at the Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World.  But, we do live a few houses down from a large tree preserve and I’m sure it’s home to all sorts of creepies & crawlies that I would never want to encounter.  When we get our dog, I will definitely take more precautions for her than I would have considered with my past pets.

Dog owners, be aware of simple ways to prevent problems with your canine buddies.  Follow these tips from our friends at PetMD and have a safe, healthy and happy spring and summer season.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Recall filed after officer who shot dog returns.

Did your dog gain weight over the winter? This could be why.

Fond du Lac dog that survived fatal police shooting gets retirement send-off.

MacDill retires a hero with full military honors.

Ellen and a soldier are reunited.

More young women choosing dogs over motherhood.

Dear Abby: About service dogs...

Happy ending: Boomer is back.  MORE.

We missed this nice story a few weeks ago, so here goes.

Life with a dog: You meet people.

The answer to an often-asked question: It's easy.

Is it possible? Why not!

They gave their wedding guests "dog biscuits."



Forest, a Labrador Retriever from Commerce Township, Mich., competes in the Diving Dog competition of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Forest is fueled by Purina Pro Plan. (John Amis/AP Images for Purina Pro Plan)

We close as we always do with our closing video:

OK, one more. Cue the banjos!

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please tell a fellow dog lover about us. Better yet, e-mail them this blog!

See ya, BARK, next week!

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