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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 (01/30/10)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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:  Light snow in the morning will give way to partly cloudy skies during the day. High of 24. "F"

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy. High of 22.  "D"

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

Last month, I blogged about a friend of mine and her boyfriend who were at odds with their pets and how they affected their relationship.  It seems this is a fairly common situation and I must admit it amazes me.  I truly don’t understand how loving your pet can come between loving your human soul mate.

I remember an acquaintance in high school who was having trouble with her boyfriend.  Who doesn’t at that age?  Believe it or not, they actually went to COUNSELING!!!!  I vividly recall thinking to myself (wisely, in retrospect) that dating in high school should be fun and casual and nice.  I vowed to myself right then and there, that if I ever found myself in a relationship that “needed counseling” I would be O-U-T.  (It had nothing to do with a pet, but my GOD, what 16-year-old kids need dating counseling???!!!!)

My beliefs haven’t changed that much as an adult.  I’m not saying I’d give up on a relationship.  I’m not saying relationships don’t take work, to some extent.  But why must things be so complicated?  Why must every other person I know need this guy? 

And why must PETS enter in to the “it’s all about me” equation?  Yeah, I want a dog.  Yeah, I want more than one.  But it is a DOG, for crying out loud!  I have made sacrifices for the pets in my youth, and I know I will do the same when we become dog owners in this family.  But the day I would put Fido before Kevin and Kyla, well, just have my head examined.

Perhaps I should have chosen a different major in college.  Seems I could have made a pretty penny delving into the minds of people like Joe and Ellen Lollman. 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

It is time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

The U.S. troop surge has led to a dog surge in Afghanistan.

Trained dogs sniff out bombs in Afghanistan.

Dog that floated on ice floe for 75 miles joins the crew that saved him.

Dogs are ready to lend eyes to new partners.

Meet Echo, doing great work in Haiti.

Group tackles animal welfare in Haiti.

Buddy's painful death brings a demand for justice.

Do animals need laws protecting them from shelters? How to pick a shelter dog.

Brooklyn dogs and their owners are 'running' from egg attacks.

Dog genome researchers track paw prints of selective breeding.

Where is the greatest risk of dog flu?

This man will take your dog.

Wolf-dog freed from pipe after 7 hours.

Here's a Barking Lot UPDATE: Remember Jiffy?  

And another Barking Lot UPDATE on a story from last week.  Here's more.  And more.....saving the dog was the right thing to do.

Pets brighten up the biz for owners.

Make way for "Puppy Tweets."

Gunny has made quite a transformation to "The World's Most Amazing Dog."

Opee is a "Ruff Rider."

Marmaduke catches a wave.

Jay Leno had a dog named after who???

The AKC announces the most popular dogs in America.

That's it for this week's Barking Lot. We close with our closing video and we have two this time around:

1) Mouth to snout CPR

2) 101 minus 84 equals......

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