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: Partly cloudy. High of 58. The normal high is 65. Even so, we'll give today a "C"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 67. "B"
Here's my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week's main blog:
Kevin’s dad worked for the United States Postal Service. For many years, he had a parcel post route that required him to drive a truck. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing him, but I am still grateful that he only occasionally had a walking route. (It was only during times they were short-staffed.) Those carriers have to deal with every sort of weather situation. But what’s worse than that whole “snow, rain, dark of night” thing? How about being attacked by a dog? Personally I’d rather endure walking in sub-zero temperatures than have a canine mouth tear through my flesh.
If I had someone near and dear to me that wanted to pursue a career with the USPS, I would hope they don’t live in Houston, TX. That city ranked worse for postal carrier-endured dog bites in 2013. SIXTY THREE ATTACKS were reported.
May 18-25, 2014 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, so the Post Office released those rankings as well as several educational resources to help prevent attacks. If you read the fine print at the bottom, one of the information sources is the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AMVA reiterates several important points and offers helpful tips.
One last item… thefamilydog.com is a dog-training program developed for adults AND kids that promotes “peace-love-kids-dogs.” One of their many videos shares a guide that could be helpful to anyone who wants to understand dog body language.
Don’t become a statistic. Whether you are a dog-walker, postal worker, pedestrian or parent: educate yourself with the many resources of Dog Bite Prevention Week 2014.
OK. There are thousands and thousands of dog bites suffered every year. One this week was felt across the entire country.
Luckily the very young recipient survived what could have been a worse fate thanks to an improbable hero.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
From our "How does this happen" file.
Dogged soldiers: WI group honors canines' service to military.
Major is a hero.
App helps dog owners find love on the leash.
Dogs conduct selves well at symphony audition.
Who's dog's best friend? The answer is here.
Adventures of Lupo! Author comes up with series of children's stories after she trademarks Kate's pet dog.
Now's the time for some dog restaurant etiquette.
Remember the cat that saved the little boy?
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO(s) OF THE WEEK:
We close as we always do with our closing video and we've got a few. Let's begin with the dog stuck neck deep in mud.
Next, meet Cletus, a black Pit Bull and faithful service dog who walked at his owner’s Idaho State University graduation last weekend, alone.
Next, a Fargo man who recently died had one final request – that his dog Paco be buried with him. But there was a problem. Paco was still alive.
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And finally, Marcy Stapley and her fiancé Mike Miller of Peterborough, Ontario, adopted Kellar, who was born blind four years ago. Through their own process they developed a way Kellar can play fetch in the park using voice commands and his sense of smell.
That's it for this week.
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See ya, BARK, next week!
Corgis await the start of the Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash event, an attempt to break the world record for most costumed dogs at one event in Portland, Ore. - Image credit: jsonline via Reuters