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 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: Cloudy, possibly some sun this afternoon. High of 75. "A"
SUNDAY: Afternoon thunderstorms. High of 83. "B"
LABOR DAY MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 70. “A”
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
“Trust me, by September 1st, there will be dozens of stories about dogs left in cars. Some might be saved in time, others won’t be so lucky. Do what you can this summer to help our canine friends who can’t help themselves.”
That’s the last paragraph of my blog on the June 8th edition of The Barking Lot. Little did I know how close to home that would hit.
I’m generally not one who likes confrontation of any sort; I do what I can to avoid it whenever possible. However when it comes to canine well-being and safety all bets are off. Despite being petite in stature I have found that I can be large in spirit when fueled by indignation.
A few weeks ago I had just finished a brief shopping trip with Kyla at the Rawson Ave. Pick ‘n Save. Before even putting her in the car I turned on the ignition to fire the air conditioning full blast. The car was crispy despite our short time in the store. Just as I was going to get in, I saw a man get out of his car. But he left a couple things behind – his dogs. I started to fume. Then I saw him turn around and go back to his vehicle. I thought he had a change of mind and had decided not to go to the store. Apparently he had just forgotten his list. I called out sternly to him: “I hope you’re only going to be a minute!” He looked shocked that anyone would approach him and stammered “Yep, I just have a couple things to get.” I told him I hoped so.
Not trusting him to only get two items, I decided to circle the parking lot and time his excursion. He in fact told the truth. In less than five minutes he got his purchase and was back in the car with his pooches. No harm done. THIS time. When I got back to his parking spot, he was gone. I missed seeing him get back in the car so he was spared a lecture from me. I don’t know what his shopping habits are; perhaps he thinks that if five minutes don’t matter, 10 won’t, and surely even 30 minutes would be fine. Makes me crazy to think about.
Then just this past Tuesday I went to Office Max, coincidently in the same parking lot as aforementioned Pick. I was getting Kyla out of the car and we heard the unmistakable “yip yip yelp” coming from another car parked in front of the store. The sun had started to set and the car was in “shade.” But on that scorching late afternoon it was still 90 degrees outside. Needless to say I was NOT pleased.
I marched in the store and promptly asked the sales associates if they had a PA system. They did not. I brazenly asked the two customers in the process of checking out if they were the owner of the small white dog trapped in the car outside. Fortunately for the humans they were not; unfortunately for the dog I still didn’t know who the owner was. The employees were aghast too. I told them that I was going to call the police.
While I didn’t see the owner, a sales associate did. When I checked out with her just moments later she told me what occurred from her perspective. Apparently the woman was behind me. She met the eyes of the associate briefly with a very sheepish look on her face. Rather than make whatever purchase she had intended on she slunk out the door and drove off with her hot and not-at-all happy dog.
Again, I’m not one to get in anyone else’s face/business/etc. But when it comes to a defenseless dog I’m willing to. I was actually sorry I didn’t get to confront the woman. I was in the perfect frame of mind to make her feel completely undeserving to own an animal.
One last thing: Per the Franklin Police Department please adhere to the following guidelines if you think there is an animal in distress:
· Call the NON-emergency number, NOT 9-1-1. The non-emergency number is 414-425-2522.
· Provide the vehicle make and model and license plate number.
· Give as many location details as possible. If the vehicle is in a parking lot, note the closest entrance or aisle number.
· Note the duration that the car has been left unattended, or as long as you’ve observed it.
· While you may prefer anonymity, it makes the officer’s job easier if you give your personal information. Having a named, reliable witness is extremely helpful.
· If the animal is truly in distress and officers have to intervene, the owner will most likely be cited with a ticket for cruelty to animals.
Hopefully you’ll never encounter a situation like this. But you’ll be prepared to help a furry friend if necessary.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Fireworks responsible for a dog's death?
Family dog named "Honey" killed by bees.
Wisconsin's K-9 Charlie retires.
Dog being shown to couple was stolen from them.
EDITORIAL: Dog fighting should not be tolerated.
Here is a great question.
Dog's job opens world for blind.
Los Angeles airport adds therapy dog program,
Forget a dog-friendly restaurant. How about a dog-friendly tasting room? It could only be here.
Weird, very weird.
Nice, very nice.
Way to go, Mia!
Man and dog search for great dog stories.
A story you won't believe.
This one's emotional...don't forget to watch the video.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Sri Lankan policemen hold a pair of sniffer dogs as they hold a wedding ceremony for nine pairs of police dogs in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 26. Sri Lanka police have apologized for holding the wedding ceremony after the country's culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation. AP photo.
And we close as we always do with our closing video.
The Department of Defense this month awarded a $750,000 grant to military medicine researchers and Maryland-based nonprofit Warrior Canine Connection for a three-year study to understand the science behind why the dogs help troops deal with PTSD.
And one more…
See ya, BARK, next week!