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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 - America's Finest Dog Blog (12/07/13)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just InWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Mostly sunny. Today's high: Only 18. "F"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers. A 70% chance of snow. High of 27 "F"

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

It just boggles my mind that every year the same sorts of “warnings” and “advice” must be shared with the public.  You know what I mean:  on days when it is 108 degrees in the shade you have some Barbie Doll bubble head news reporter telling you to make sure you drink enough water and try to stay out of the sun.  At Thanksgiving time there are always articles telling you to be incredibly cautious if you are going to attempt to deep-fry your turkey.  Then inevitably you hear about some yahoo who torched his house because he thought it would be a good idea to cook the bird that way in his garage and used way too much oil.

Here’s another bit of advice that comes out this time of year:  Don’t buy a dog for your kids for Christmas.  Seems logical, right?  But trust me, by the middle of January shelters all over the country will see a spike in surrenders because said puppy didn’t fit with the family’s lifestyle.  

Think about how hectic your Christmas week is… families to visit with, gifts to exchange, meals to make, baking to do, last-minute shopping, etc.  Do you really think that adding a rambunctious fur ball to the mix is a GOOD idea?  Everyone knows how puppies love to, and need to, chew.  So in addition to all the regular goodies that your new addition can ruin, there are all sorts of holiday-related items that can cause damage to your house and even worse, your pup.  Think ornaments and ornament hooks; toxic plants; wires from lights; and of course plants like poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe.

If your kids’ attention span is limited to the amount of time it takes to open the next present, how will they handle a 24/7 commitment like a dog?  Are you perhaps just trying to recreate some Rockwell-inspired “moment” when Billy and Susie discover a beribboned bundle of fur under their tree?  If your family is truly ready to make a commitment to a puppy there might be a better time of the year to do so. Think about these points before you decide.



---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer! Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

In the wake of recent violence, advocates believe trained canines can help keep school children safe.

Dog wash operator wants to keep business name.

Elwood dies.

The latest pet phenomenon: pet hospice.

Meet the search and rescue dogs of the future.

Canada has a message for Las Vegas.

Next time, put the pup in the pre-nup.

Can't believe Scientific American sniffed into this.

Believe me, I feel this pain.

Naughty dog at the White House. (The pictures are priceless.)

"How to Speak Dog"

What's that old saying? Love is blind.

She wants to save dogs' lives with a camera.

Here at The Barking Lot, we love a happy ending.

Dog interrupts field hockey game.

Five signs your dog loves you.

The next big dog show will use interactive livestreaming.

Smoochy Dog earns a badge.

Here at The Barking Lot we've been proud to bring you amazing stories about amazing dogs. This one ranks right up there.



A bunch to start: Therapy dogs to the rescue.

And we've gotta include this one...



First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., loses her balance when she was greeting Sunny, one of the presidential dogs, as children of military families participate in a holiday arts and crafts event in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Check out the faces of the chefs.

That photo leads us to our closing video.

Please e-mail this to a fellow dog lover. Tell them about The Barking Lot. We'd appreciate it!

Take care and BARK, we'll see you next week!

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