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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 (02/06/10)

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 it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Variable clouds with snow showers. Very windy. High of 26.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 25. "D"

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

We were spoiled for many years with Sugar’s lack of barking.  Although she was a Basenji-Cocker Spaniel mix, she really exhibited no traits of her mother, the Cocker.  True to Basenji form, she did not bark.  She would let out an occasional chortle and that was it.  Then when Skippy, the English Springer Spaniel, came in to our lives, we learned how a barking dog could really disrupt the family peace.  She would bark to be let out and let in.  Fine.  She would bark at dogs across the street.  Fine.  But she would also bark at the mail man, motorcycles, meter readers and even leaves blowing down the street in the fall.  NOT fine.  We did our best to curtail her canine crooning but she didn’t improve much over the years.  Sadly her barking stopped when she lost her hearing and at that point we actually wished she would bark again.


We weren’t the only ones in our neighborhood who owned a barking dog.  We just accepted it as a part of suburban living and dealt with it.  Really, no one let their dogs out all night or too early in the morning.  Things never escalated to complaints, police visits, or threats.  Although we had never heard of debarking, we never would have considered the procedure.


There are many proponents of the medical procedure to alter a dog’s vocal cords so that their bark is merely a whisper.  Dr. Mike Marder is a veterinarian who owns a debarked dog. 

pparently this surgery is “necessary” in co-op apartment buildings when neighbors threaten to complain to the board.

Similar to the issues surrounding spaying and neutering as well as declawing, there are two sides to the “debark debate.”  Personally I find many medically compelling reasons to spay and neuter, but I find little reason to consider debarking.  So do these readers of the New York Times.

I understand the frustration of owning a dog who barks too much.  And I sympathize with any owner who faces the possibility of having to get rid of their pet because of the habit.  There are many other options I would pursue before ever thinking of resorting to surgically altering my pooch. 
-----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.


If you don’t like the fact that a dog will bark and bark loudly, THEN DON’T HAVE ONE!

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

Jennifer, your blog focused on what was probably the biggest dog story of the week.  The second was this: Duck hunter gets shot in the his own hunting dog. Did the hunter break a basic rule?

Should operating on your dog be a crime?

Wisconsin dog sniffs out arsonists.

Cops bill owner after running over dog.

Pet shops face bans on sale of puppy mill dogs.

Missing dog shows power of the Internet.

Dog to see owner for the first time in years.

Human pacemakers offer hope to ailing dogs.

What's happening with Spikey? And what about his rescuer? Oh, there's more.

Amos calms dogs in court.

Baking doggie delectables beats the recession.

Is "Up" worthy of  a Best Picture nomination? The great talking dog controversy.

And don't forget, that big show is just around the corner. I know because Jennifer keeps reminding me.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video....more on Spikey.



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