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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 (06/14/14)

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.  High of  71.  A

SUNDAYAfternoon thunderstorms beginning around 3:00. High of 81. "B"


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

“Wow,” you’re asking yourself, “is it really that time of year again?  Already?”  That’s right, can you believe next Friday, June 20, is Take Your Dog To Work Day?  Dog owners everywhere can rejoice in the opportunity to bring their fur baby to work and show him/her just what mom or dad does all day when they run out the door in the morning until they drag their tired body back home in the evening.  Dog lovers-but-not-owners can thrill at the chance to pat, scratch, and spoil a four-legged friend even if they don’t have a pup themselves.  And cat lovers?  Well, we won’t go there.

Since 1999, TYDTWDay has been promoting “the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.”  Really how can you argue with that mission?  Hopefully your boss can’t.  Hopefully he/she is also a dog owner or lover.  If not perhaps this is your chance to show just how great it is to have a dog in your life.  After all, it is just one day.

Now just because your boss is kind enough to let your workplace participate in the festivities doesn’t mean you can take advantage of the situation.  After all if this is your first year of taking part, you certainly don’t want it to be your last, too.  So you and your pooch need to be on their very, VERY bestest behavior.

This might be repetitive, but I’m learning since Kyla’s first year of school that repetition truly IS the Mother of Learning.  So I’m going to share some tips for TYDTWDay from multiple sources.  Some concepts and suggestions might overlap but there’s certainly no harm in that.  Even if the advice is one, two or three years old, it’s the kind of thing that could make or break your event.

Everyday Health’s site offers Workplace Petiquette: Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Work.

Next up, we have ABC News with 9 Take Your Dog to Work Day Tips.

Finally, Yahoo Shine shares the editors of Prevention’s ideas of what will work:  11 Tips for Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Now really, with all this great wisdom, there is NO REASON why this event won’t work and won’t continue at your place of employment.  Please leave a comment and tell me if you initiated (or continued!) an event at your job.  Good luck!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Coyote attacks on dogs becoming more frequent.

Many pet owners are struggling to afford vet care.

When animals, like dogs, lose their minds.

Is pet insurance worth the cost?

Family adopts Marine dog that was with their son when he was killed .

Surfing Dog Paddle-Out Memorializes Teen Cancer Victim.

Dogs prefer to earn treats by solving problems and not receiving handouts.

Taxi made the yearbook.

14 signs you are a helicopter dog parent.

Dogs earn followers with wacky photos.

This cow thinks she's a dog.



You have to really love your best friend to drop as much as $25,000 on a home they won't even be living in.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

First: Mayor, you shouldn't have done that....

UPDATE: The mayor has been cited.


Layka is an amazing US combat dog who saved the lives of her handler and other members of the team from an armed assailant in Afghanistan. Sadly, Layka was shot four times by the attacker. She managed to subdue him, but lost a leg in the surgery that saved her life.

Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, went on to adopt Layka, who is now a beloved member of the McDonald family. McDonald volunteered Layka to help the military test a new type of parachute harness that will allow other military working dogs to more easily and safely reach remote locations along with their squads.

To test the harness, Layka and McDonald skydived out of a plane with tandem sky jumper Mike Elliott.


That's it for this week.

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See ya, BARK, next week!


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