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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 (08/22/09)

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:   Chance of rain in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. High of 68. Not even close to what an August day should be like.  "C"

SUNDAY:  Sunny. High of 72. "B"

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

Kevin and I love our dog-in-law, Leia, with all our hearts.  She is the sweetest, gentlest yellow lab you will ever have the privilege of knowing.  I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her when she was a puppy but I’ve known her for the last nine years which has been nothing but a blessing.  “Uncle Kevin” loves to spoil Leia.  (So do I.  But I do so by buying her gourmet dog cookies or better yet, making my own.)  Uncle Kevin slips her a Dorito or a corner of pizza to show he cares.

I will never forget one of the funniest moments between Uncle Kevin and Leia.  He thought he was slipping her something FUN.  He tossed a black olive her way.  She almost ate it out of routine.  But then she realized what it was, or for that matter, what it was NOT.  It wasn’t meat, cheese, or sour-cream-dip-covered.  If a dog could give a dirty look to a human, it occurred between Leia and Uncle Kevin at that very moment.  Of course all was forgiven between man and beast when, at the next flip of the wrist, a cheese cube came flying her way.

Imagine if Uncle Kevin tried to make amends by slipping her salmon or rutabaga.  Oh, yes, I’m serious.  RUTABAGA.  According to Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, The Bark, these two items are in the top ten “people foods” to spice up Fido’s foods.  I’m not kidding.

While I don’t condone constantly feeding “junk” to our four-legged friends I see nothing wrong with feeding dogs people food if it is in their best interests.  I distinctly remember feeding our dog Skippy hamburger & rice, chicken & rice, cheese, and occasional hot dogs when she had her own personal “food issues.”  She survived for a long time on a people diet and was none the worse for wear.  In fact she seemed pretty happy (and healthy!) to us.

Kevin’s attitude is, “If it brings the dog supreme pleasure to have a piece of bacon occasionally and it shortens the life span by 15 minutes, who’s better or worse off?”  I have to agree.  But even if the intentions are noble, I don’t see our future Fido running to greet seaweed  tail a-waggin’.
----Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

My turn.

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

We have a dog bowl full of interesting items so let's get to them.

Dogs that attacked and killed a Georgia couple have been
rounded up and euthanized.

Sorry, but you'd have to be nuts to buy one of these.

How much is your dog worth?

Court: Service dog will be allowed to go to school with autistic child. More on the issue of dogs in schools.

Assistance dogs can be a financial burden.

Barking Lot update: Remember that dog that dragged a baby from its crib?

Denmark considers a ban on vicious dog breeds.

A dog falls off a cliff.....and survives.

A "one dog" policy isn't going over too well in China.

A Dallas woman finally finds her Miami.

A "dog whisperer" turns problem pooches into model canines.

These dogs know when the blood-sugar levels of their owners are falling.

So dogs can assist diabetics in need. Here's yet another canine talent. They can sniff
water pollution.

Another amazing dog story: Courthouse Dogs assist traumatized victims of child abuse.

A new study says those crafty dogs are quite senstitive to human cues.

Protect your dogs from deadly canine flu.

Even dogs get heat stroke.

Why you can't afford a dog.

This is just a really nice dog story.

Do you have any idea what the Wisconsin state dog is? In North Carolina, a woman is on a mission to terach kids about the Tar Heel state's official dog.

Cue the organist. Here comes

Here's a nice piece written from a dog's perspective......Taylor's.

What makes the perfect dog? Depends who you ask, men or women.

Going to work out? Don't forget the pooch.

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.

By the way, the official Wisconsin dog is the American Water Spaniel.

Wisconsin state flag

For our closing video this week, the recipient of the Hero Pet of the Year Award....

If Uncle Sam is rationing stamps...

Then this blogger is correct to question if we should feel comfortable about government health care.

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Gov't health care puts abortion clinics in public schools

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Would you pay to read my blog?

I’m serious.

Would you pay a certain fee, for example, every month in order to keep reading This Just In or any other blog on the various CommunityNOW sites?

What about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website, jsonline?

That day might be coming.

Dad29 laments that very possibility.

Could it happen?

You bet.

UPDATE: Is free news on the Internet over?

Friday night on InterCHANGE...

Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00:

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