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: Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast throughout the day. High of 89. "B"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 91. Too hot to get the highest mark. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
There’s the old saying, “You have to spend money to make money.” In most cases I would agree with that.
In a past life, I used to coordinate fundraising events for non-profit health organizations. Since we were all about making money to support research & awareness efforts, the events themselves had to be ultra-low-cost. Everything or nearly everything had to be donated: printing of programs, venue, entertainment, raffle and auction items… As event planners we had to find creative ways to host our event, get the word out about our cause, AND make a substantial profit to help find a cure/prevent a disease/help people in need.
The attitude, no matter what organization I worked for, was not “spend a million dollars so that we can make TWO million dollars.” It was an attitude of “What we do spend has to be minimal so that all the revenue can support the cause.” And yes, we had many successful events thanks to fabulous volunteers, generous donors, and hard work.
So, when I read about ridiculous, over-the-top, nearly-nauseating spending on a doggie wedding to support the Humane Society it raises MY hackles. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about a great party and about raising awareness for animal needs. Call me crazy but I’m pretty sure this could be accomplished without $30,000 worth of (admittedly, donated) flowers for canine nuptials.
The record-setting tab for this tail-wagger was $250,000. I’m not sure how much money was actually raised, nor how much additional awareness for the cause. Apparently I’m just not rich-and-famous enough to understand the whole affair.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Lennox was destroyed. Read why.
Dog saves woman from racoon attack.
Internet brings dog to owner, 650 miles away.
A dog's last moments, photographed.
A wheelchair brightens Lexus' spirits.
New parents? Get a dog.
PETA official: Dog crates are cruel.
What a nice reunion.
An AWWWWWW story, or...Kevin Fischer really does read the Huffington Post.
Hero pets 4 Hero Vets
Raw meat for dogs?
Cat person's family wants...a dog.
The "Love Hotel" for pets opens in
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
NEXT...OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK.
Customers and their dogs hang out at The Dog Bar on July 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dog Bar, located in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, is Charlotte's only dog friendly bar. To bring your dog the bar requires proof of rabies vaccination and requires all dogs over one year of age to be spayed or neutered. NoDa is Charlotte’s historic arts district, known for its galleries, performance venues and funky restaurants. Businesses in Charlotte are anticipating a boost in sales when the city hosts the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) September 3-6. Photo: Getty Images
That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by and please tell a fellow dog lover about us.
We close with our closing video and we have two. Is "Baghdad Pups" a charity scam?
For the record, The Barking Lot ran a piece about Baghdad Pups on 9/19/09.
Finally, we must end on a high note. This very short video is sweeping the nation.
Abbey tries to "eat" every single car that passes by.