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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 (01/25/14)

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 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 and windy. An early morning high of 19, then falling temperatures throughout the day. "F"

SUNDAY: Snow showers. High of 22. "F"

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

Readers of The Barking Lot know that I am a long-time proponent of all things mutt.  No, I didn’t mean mixed breed.  Nowadays that seems to imply specific cross-breeding between two pedigrees to result in a “new and improved” version of favorites (think Labradoodles and YorkiPoos.)  I had two mutts growing up and they were awesome.  We knew who Sugar’s parents were but there was no intentional cross-breeding; Skippy’s origins were a best-guess.

I understand the love of pedigrees and the reasons for keeping strict blood lines.  I admire the standards, and the amount of work it takes to maintain them.  I truly enjoy watching dog shows and learning more each year about the many breeds.  And certainly if you have a penchant for a particular pooch I’d never discourage owning one.  (I might, however, strongly suggest a breed rescue as your starting point for adoption!)

This year for the first time EVER, Westminster is opening its heart & doors to my beloved mutt.  Since mixed breeds can’t be held to one set of standards, they won’t be participating in judging for Best In Show.  But if they can run, jump, and clear hurdles they can join in the games!  Leaders say they’re happy to welcome all breeds:

“We’re very excited about the fact that Westminster can play a leadership role in embracing, really, the sport of dogs,” purebred or not, said Westminster President Sean McCarthy.

You can watch the 138th event on February 10th and 11th.  All the info you need is right here.

I always enjoy agility competitions so this year will be particularly exciting for me to watch.  I can’t wait to see a poodle-terrier-whatever show off his skills.  Maybe he can even teach that Border Collie a thing or two!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

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

This is your dog on drugs.

Scammers are using photos of cute puppies to dupe dog lovers.

Pet foods
are leading to canine obesity.

This story takes us to Kenya.

Opinion: Dogs can be bad but owners can be worse.

Barking Lot update: Remember a previous tally of stray dogs in Detroit?

Now what did Chris Christie do?

Dog saves itself after falling through ice.

Lady, a homeless Milwaukee dog needs your help.

The world's most interesting man wants to help dogs.

Mysterious photo found in dog's collar.

God bless Stacey Norris.

Dog treats maker has fingers crossed for Super Bowl.

A new, young star will be featured in a Super Bowl ad.

When it snows, let the dog walk you.

Cease and desist!

Yet another take on that age old question.

Adding a dog to the household benefits the entire family.

OK, this is funny, but it's not good.

How to tell if your dog is involved in a sex scandal.



Alaskan Husky Dog Mushing

Beautiful dogs.


"What do you do when you are in Alaska in winter? Dog mushing of course! While ‘dog sledding’ is a more common name for this activity, mushing is the general term for a transport method powered by dogs. In Alaska, dog sledding or dog mushing is deeply related to the culture and the people."

We close as we always do with our closing video.

Routine: Tommy and Maria would walk to church together every day - where the priest would allow him to sit patiently by her feet


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Thanks for stopping by!

See ya, BARK, next week!


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