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: UPDATE: After the dense fog advisory expires at 9:00, cloudy with thunderstroms developing around 3:00. Some could be severe. High of 72. "C" throughout the day, "F" when the rain comes.
SUNDAY: Sunny. Don't let it fool you. Temps below normal. High of 59. "D"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
When I was in fourth grade, we had a special event to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. If our pet was well-behaved we were able to bring it to school for an outdoor prayer service and then our pets would receive a special blessing.
As an aside, can you IMAGINE something like that happening today? The school would have to hire a team of attorneys to draft a release form that every parent would have to sign. It wouldn’t be the standard menagerie of dogs and an occasional cat. These days every “exotic” animal would need to be included – after all, St. Francis wouldn’t have discriminated. Parents of children without pets would be encouraged to take their kids to a school-sponsored therapy session helping them through their pet-less experience that day. And even a Catholic school-sponsored event would have to give equal time to some Wiccan equivalent of an animal holiday. But I digress.
Back to my elementary school experience. I was able to bring my Basenji mix Sugar, the pet I will measure all future pets against. She was in my opinion the perfect dog. A bit of a “prima donna” but none the less an awesome four-legged friend. I’ll never forget holding her little leash and thinking how cool it was that she was actually going to be blessed in the same way I was at mass. And who couldn’t use a little help from above! I don’t recall anything out of the ordinary occurring so I’m assuming all pets behaved and minimal clean-up was necessary. After all that was a “few” years ago. I still remember feeling that it was such a cool celebration of animals and the saint that loved them.
I don’t know if Kyla’s school would ever host such an event. If that occurs at a time we have a dog you can bet we’ll participate. Her class did, however, learn and celebrate in their own special way. Each child made a hanging bird feeder out of Cheerios after they heard a story about St. Francis. Lucky for Kevin, she was more interested in putting the treat out for our feathered friends than she was about suddenly getting a dog.
Pope Francis prays at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, on Friday. Photo: Gian Matteo Crocchioni / AP
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
A $25 fine...for chaining a dog to a tree for 4 years?
Read what some no good, lazy Canadians are doing.
Dog gone from vet. MORE.
Apollo was too afraid to lift his head after years of abuse.
Could a robot become a dog's best friend?
Dog kisses are more than just slobber.
How clever is your dog?
You can teach your dog to behave.
The value of a therapy dog goes up with every snuggle.
New York has some pretty pampered pooches.
Dog nearly fetches prestigious honor.
OH NO! .... UPDATE.
Guide dog leads vision-challenged professor to new insight.
Milly refuses to grow up.
OPINION: Please, don't get a dog.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
A dog urinates on a new work by Banksy on West 24th street in New York City on Thursday. Three new works by the graffiti artist have appeared in the city this week after he announced a month-long residency in New York. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters
OK. A few more photos.
And we close as we always do with our closing video.
From Fox News:
"This video showing a dog and a little boy with Down Syndrome will melt your heart.
"The video is a year old, but it's just now going viral, and it's not really hard to see why.
"In the full YouTube version (below), - which has been viewed over a million times - you can see the boy continually shy away from the dog.
"But eventually the amazingly sweet female lab convinces him that she's a pretty good playmate."
See ya, BARK, next week!