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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 (06/07/14)

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. 

TODAYMostly sunny in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Scattered thunderstorms tonight. High of 79.  A

SUNDAYPartly cloudy. High of 67. "A"


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

Growing up, I never hesitated to receive a lick on the hand OR face from either of my dogs.  Come to think of it, I never hesitated to get one from any dog I knew.  I never thought it was gross if a dog licked my face.  Sure, some kisses were sloppier than others…   My Basenji’s lick felt nearly like a cat’s it was so dry and tidy.  My Springer Spaniel’s swipe made you look for the nearest towel – STAT.

I will say that occasionally (as my seasonal allergies have worsened and my skin has become more sensitive) a dog’s lick will trigger a few localized hives.  I know this in advance yet I can’t resist some canine affection.  So I simply wash my hand or cheek with soap, apply a dab of hydrocortisone cream and that’s that.  Despite this reaction I still don’t shy away from a pooch smooch.

But let’s make one thing abundantly clear…  I’m talking about a dog (my dog, a friend’s dog, a dog a met ten seconds ago) licking my hand, arm, or cheek.  That’s as far as it goes.  And I’m sure the same holds true for many if not all dog owners/lovers.  We’re not referring to “intimate kissing” for crying out loud!  Personally I don’t think alarm bells need to sound over the discovery of a particular type of germ in a dog’s mouth.

Quite frankly after Kyla’s first year of school, I’m starting to think that being in a room full of four- and five-year-olds is WAY dirtier and germier than anything a dog can dish out.  We’ve endured sinus infections, ear infections, and several rounds of pink eye in these past nine months.  In all the years we’ve been affectionate with dogs not ONCE have we contracted any sort of malady.

So “urban legend” or not, I’m sticking with the theory that it’s not that terrible to have your dog kiss you.  These kinds of reports and stories just don’t scare me.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Not enough people are reading my wife's's what I mean.

Sheriff offers inmates as dog walkers.

For Postal Service letter carriers, dog bites are a constant threat.

The dog that went on air raids against  Nazis and became a hero.

It came down to an ultimatum from his wife.

Dog turns on owner after alleged kidnap try.

Dog could keep you from a good night's sleep.

The Pope: Don't substitute dogs for children.

Congressman Allen West: Help me recognize military working dogs.

7th-grader's service dog makes it into the school yearbook.

Abandoned child, dog teach each other how to trust.

Dog more than a family pet to kids with autism.

Here at The Barking Lot, we love a happy ending.    And another.

In Baltmore, dogs get a sniff of the stage life.

Chewy gets a makeover.

Fast Company says make every day Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

Dog poops on plane...human does the same.



Karen Reichardt, owner of a pet store, poses with her dog wearing a garment resembling the jersey of the Argentine national soccer squad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Reichardt designed a number of garments for pets ahead of the World Cup that starts next week in Brazil. Photo: Victor R. Caivano, AP

We close as we always do with our closing video.

And one more...


That's it for this week.

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