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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 (02/20/10)

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:  Snow showers. High of 33.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Flurries. High of 34. "D"

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

It seems like such an unlikely scenario:  a dog is floating on a chunk of ice in the sea…  rescue attempts fail…  scientists on a research ship are able to pull the mutt to safety…  the world falls in love with the dog and everyone wants to adopt him.

But luckily for Baltic, that is exactly what happened.

Can you imagine (in doggy thoughts) what that poor devil went through?  “I’m so cold.  I’m so hungry.  I miss my people.”  This pooch has taken the world by storm with his incredible journey and unbelievable story.  Nearly a month ago, he was floating on a huge chunk of ice in the middle of the Baltic sea.  He kept falling in the water, which made his recovery even more challenging.  Eventually the crew on a research ship saved him.


I am amazed at the number of people who tried to claim him as their pet.  While some of the wanna-be owners probably meant well, I am sure that most of these people wanted to grab their 15 minutes by saying they were the owners of the remarkable dog.  Makes you wonder what would have happened to the dog if he had been given to these yahoos.  Would they use him for attention and when the press was no longer interested, toss him aside?  I hate to think like that and assume the worst but people can do really stupid things.


It sounds like Baltic is going to have a long, healthy and well-cared-for life.  Apparently it is a relationship that is meant to be:  he needed a loving home and the marine scientists needed a touch of furry fun.  He is being spoiled by all the crew, and they are enjoying an unexpected four-legged shipmate.


Now can you imagine what is going through Baltic’s doggy mind?  “This is great!  I love this ship!  These humans are awesome!  I’m so glad they helped me!”


It’s a very unusual but extremely heart-warming story.  I’m looking forward to following his updates when his official Facebook page is established.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Dog saves toddler's life.

Dog takes bullet to save family.

"Gangsta" saves woman.

Dog left in car for 31 hours had partially amputated leg.

Missing dog held for ransom.

Boy is invited to pet dog, dog bites boy, what do you think happens next?

Buck was missing 40 days and 40 nights, and then...

Yep. Just gotta love our airport security.

He abandoned his dog because the dog was too sick.

Another California first: West Hollywood wants to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats.

Madison Police K-9 lifts partner's spirits.

War Dog Memorial celebrates 10th anniversary.

Sadie wins at Westminster. How the U.S. Senate resembles the Westminster show. A dog by any other name...   Photos from Westminster. And more photos.

Three-legged dog
wins contest.

on't neglect your dog. Use the Dog-e-minder. 

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video.


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