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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 (01/11/14)

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 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: Rain and a few snow showers throughout the morning and early afternoon, then mostly cloudy. A high of 35 very early in the morning, then falling temperatures to and holding steady at the freezing mark. "F"

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy in the morning, mostly cloudy and windy in the afternoon. High of 36. "D"

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

Here on The Barking Lot, you’re far more likely to read about an Irish Setter than a trend setter.  But as the New Year arrives, people love to look forward to all it has to bring.  That means anticipating new trends, and dog lovers are no exception. 

Whether you’re the one whose own pooch has to have the latest-and-greatest of everything or you simply enjoy learning about new items on the horizon, January is the time to get in gear.  If you celebrate Fido’s birthday as reverently as any other family member, perhaps you can use a new idea for a gift.  Maybe this is “the year” you get that longed-for furry addition to your home.  It’s possible you don’t own a dog but buy for a “niece, nephew, grand-dog, or dog-in-law” and don’t want to resort to the same tired chewy bone when next Christmas rolls around. 

So where can you get some great ideas?  You’re already halfway there by clicking on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog.”  You know we love all things canine so why wouldn’t we want to peek at all that this year promises our pups? 

Pet-inclusive music festivals and family vacations that truly accommodate ALL members are just some of things that top 2014’s list.   

Here’s another ‘fourteen Fido forecast:

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

Unfortunately, this was bound to happen.

Dog was alone in record cold for a week.

Dallas man guilty of murder over dog feces.

Dog tests positive for cocaine and marijuana.

Underfunded homeowner associations get heavy (Yes, there's a dog angle).

Opinion piece: Ken Foster's Dog Vanished on Christmas Eve. He Just Found Her. Perhaps We Should Kill Her?

Wisconsin pays scofflaws over dog deaths.

Marine's selfless core lives on through, mom, dog.

It has happened again.

Service dog changes an autistic child's life.

Gunner helps Purple Heart veteran feel like a human again.

Miller is an amazing guide dog. Read what he does.

Dog found treading water has a new owner.

She has a bad knee, so does he.

Experts want to set the record straight in new book.

Dogs know you are a sucker for these.

Here's the latest installment of  "Naughty Dog."

Column: Almost here- A translator for dogs!



Boston firefighter Sean Coyle uses a basket to slide out to Sylvie, a 13 year old Husky, that fell through the ice of Castle Island's Pleasure Bay in Southie the morning of January 9, 2014. Sylvie, a 13-year-old Husky, was walking with her owner when she ran across the ice near Castle Island and fell through. After receiving the call, firefighter Sean P. Coyle of Ladder 19, a seven-year vet, donned the survival suit and rode out onto the ice using a sled-type piece of equipment called the “stokes basket.”

“As I got closer, I could see the ice was encapsulating him,” Coyle said. “He was frozen and real scared, I’d say he had less than half an hour left.”

The dog already had been in the 20-degree water for a half-hour, and a human would likely not have survived longer than 10 minutes, Coyle said.

After approaching Sylvie with his hand held out, Coyle successfully pulled the shivering animal out of the water — but fell in himself. Coyle was attached to a rope and pulled out by fellow firefighters on the land.

Sylvie was reunited with her happy owner on the shore.

Boston Herald photo: Mark Garfinkel

ALSO, Rooms for rescued dogs in Malaysia.

And we close as we always do with our closing video. We have two this week. Let's begin.

And one more…

Don't forget to tell a fellow dog lover or 10 about us. Thanks for stopping by!

See ya, BARK, next week!



Simon Reynolds

2nd place, the Kennel Club’s annual Dog Photographer of the Year Competition, Simon Reynolds

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