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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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: Sunny. High of 66. That's below normal, but it's sunny and dry and not all that terrible. "B"
SUNDAY: Afternoon showers. High of 69. "C"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
As I have stated in the past, I am not a big lover of pit bull breeds. I would never feel comfortable around one and never in a million years would I let Kyla anywhere near one. I know, I know… there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. I know, I know… YOUR pit is just a big lover/teddy bear/baby/sissy/dog-that-is-afraid-of-its-own-shadow. I know, I know… the media is out to get your favorite breed. Save your arguments for someone whose mind you can change.
For every cute and cuddly story about a reformed pit bull that has saved a life literally or figuratively, there are probably a hundred or more about one who has taken a life or dramatically changed it for the worse.
Do I feel terrible that a breed has been used for horrific crimes that have somehow fallen under the label of “sport?” Of course I do. I think it is sick, inhumane, disgusting and appalling that people could do this to animals for so-called “entertainment.” But you won’t find me looking to pit bull rescue groups when it comes time to adopt the first Fischer dog for our family.
Great for all the dog-loving do-gooders out there who rescue these poor things and consider them rehabilitated. Personally I don’t know why anyone would put themselves willingly in a situation like that but as they say, “whatever.” I do think that if you are going to rescue a dog like this, you shoulder more than the usual amount of dog-owning responsibility. It is up to you, angel with kibble, to keep your propensity-to-maul dog away from any other warm-blooded being.
While the following local blog may seem pertinent to residents only of
Apparently a pit owner is disturbed that other dog owners are letting their dogs go off leash in a park that is specifically a LEASHED park. She is afraid of what could happen if that sweet but too-assuming lab came too close to her “VERY aggressive” dog. Technically and legally, she is right. However if her dog is that anti-social why is she taking it to ANY dog park? Yes I know that all dogs should be socialized. But is a dog park the best place to start?
And I love her additional argument: “It’s not just me and my dog issues,” she added, “it could be a kid that the big, goofy, friendly dog knocks over.” Hmmm… I don’t recall ever reading about a medical catastrophe caused by a St. Bernard running over a toddler.
You can read the entire exchange here.
Thanks, Jennifer.I must admit my patience has run out regarding pit bulls. Poodles and terriers aren't terrorizng. We know the breed that is.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and we've got a bunch.
Today happens to be National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. A
Ayen's Law gets tough on owners of killer dogs.
Police chief wants big dogs kept away from children. Find out where.
Woman charged with animal cruelty wants dog back.
Woman fighting for her life wants to find her missing dog.
New study: 9/11 search and rescue dogs suffered minimal setbacks.
Military to train more dogs.
Bill approved to make VA service-dog friendly.
Small dog rescued from crack caused by drought.
A dog rescue that moved into Michael Vick's former house is now facing problems.
Dog survives arrow through head. Another survives a nail gun.
Dog saved, then lost.
Dog's disobedience saved man's life.
Hunter beefs up his resume.
One-eared dog is a hero.
Guide dogs deal with distractions.
Yes, you can get your dog used to a car ride.
Therapy dog comforts airport passengers.
Inmates train dogs to help others.
Noisy dogs can threaten backyard diplomacy.
Are you a responsible dog owner?
Why do we love our pets?
OK, one more time...can you afford a dog?
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
TIME FOR OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Eight-year old combat dog Fitas is seen with a French soldier from chef dog unit of Warhouse Camp in Kabul on September 10, 2011. Fitas the dog, injured in his leg, was captured and kept by the Taliban for five months before being found by Afghan National Army soldiers and returned to French troops. Photo: Getty Images
And we close as we always do, with our closing video.
13 dogs from Japan's "Super Wan Wan Circus" now hold the record for the most dogs skipping rope.