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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 (05/25/13)

The Barking Lot

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 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 and this week, there's an extra day!

TODAY:  Cloudy. High of 57.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy. High of 61.  "D"

MONDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 62.  "D"

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

I’ve mentioned many times that I am a strong, proud supporter of our military men & women.  My Memorial Day blog reiterates just that.  So it should come as no surprise that I am a strong, proud supporter of our military canines as well.  These amazing dogs put their lives on the line every day to help & protect the fearless soldiers that put their lives in peril for us.

Nearly every week in our portion of The Barking Lot, “Dogs In The News” highlights stories about the incredible bond between a soldier and his/her dog.  Story after story, you read astounding details of dogs who save service men & women.  In turn they do everything they possibly can to bring their dog back to the States when their tour of duty is over.

I am repeatedly astonished at the depth of the relationship between the soldiers and their dogs.  The level of trust between dog & handler is truly nothing less than any two human partners in war.  On top of the loyalty & bravery these dogs display, they possess incredible skills & abilities that humans can’t come close to matching.  If it weren’t for the dogs’ keen sense of smell, for example, IED’s couldn’t be detected as accurately as they are.

There are numerous non-profit organizations that help the soldiers and dogs who currently serve or have served our country.  There are groups that breed & train active military dogs, groups that train service dogs for veterans with war-related disabilities, groups that reunite veterans & dogs that served them overseas.  It’s impossible to name them all; personal endorsement of one group over another seems unfair.  Of course you need to be careful any time you contribute money to what seems like a worthy cause so please be an informed donor… but please consider a worthy charity that helps them.

If you’re interested in “one stop shopping” to read stories, find information, or view photos & videos, check out The United States War Dog Association.  There are many resources on their website; you’re sure to find what interests you.

This Memorial Day, as always, I urge you to pause and reflect on why you are able to celebrate your day off with a burger or brat and a cold beverage, surrounded by family and friends whom you love.  It’s because of the daily sacrifices made by our military men and women – and their dogs.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Look out. It's dog attack dog time.

Dogs at Canada's borders are real good at sniffing out this.

Dog sniffs out grammar.

Mama Dog returns to owners.

Left for dead, Banjo gets a new life.

He and his dog Zeus are on one final journey together.

Good for you, Nan Nellenbach!

Yes, I'd consider that an odd job.

Even dogs love social media.

A dog in your house makes it filled with bacteria.

Dog walking vs. Pet sitting: What's the difference?

Forget the X7 stuff. How long will your dog live?

Where you live your pets.

Liberace's dog (This oughta be good).



Dog and duck go for a swim. The source of the photo is the liberal Huffington Post that gave no other details this week about the photo. Like where and when. Figures.

We close as we always do with our closing video. There are two this week, and we begin with one you've probably seen or heard of that has gone viral.

Watch as Barbara Garcia, a survivor of the massive tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb, does an interview with CBS News' Anna Werner.

Thank you for stopping by. This is good stuff. So why not e-mail it to a fellow dog lover, and thanks.

Our final dog video:

Some SEALs carry ladders, communication devices, breaching tools, explosives and other items specific to their specialty. Trevor Marshek brought a 110-lb. dog with 2" canines. Meet Trevor and his companion Chopper in this Patriot Profile presented by NRA Life of Duty, a channel dedicated to those who serve and protect.

Watch this incredible true story here.


See ya, BARK, next week.


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