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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 (02/15/14)

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: Afternoon snow showers. High of 22. "F"

: Mostly cloudy. High of 21. "F"

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

Kevin and I have had somewhat friendly arguments over the years about figure skating.  We actually haven’t watched any of the Olympics together this winter, but if we had shared even five minutes of the event our conversation would have gone like this:

Kevin:  Figure skating should NOT be an Olympic sport.  It’s not a sport at all.  It’s WAY too subjective.

Me:  How can you say that?  A figure skater works just as hard, trains just as passionately as any other athlete.  And that’s what they are:  Athletes.

Kevin:  A “SPORT” is where there is a clear winner and clear loser; whether a team or individual there is a timed event with a particular point system.  Even with stupid soccer there is a team that wins and a team that loses.

Me:  But they are competing against themselves, against others, and working towards perfection on particular standards that have been established.

Kevin:  Ice skating to music is not a sport.

Me:  I give up…

We have very similar conversations regarding dog shows.  He feels that judges, no matter how impartial they should be, favor breeds for one reason or another.  I try to defend them, though not that vehemently.  I say that they are comparing the dogs in each breed to the standards set for that particular breed.  It’s not a contest of “who’s cuter, the poodle or the Dachshund?”  But I must admit there does seem to be a recurring theme (or perhaps bias?) when it comes to Best In Show winners.

We’re all fond of breeds we own.  We can’t help ourselves to root for a Springer Spaniel if one is on the couch next to us getting its belly rubbed.  If a Bichon Frise took a nip at our finger in our youth, clearly we don’t want it winning BIS.  That’s just the way it goes.  Again though, judges should be WELL above that line of thinking.  And perhaps they are.  But having owned and loved a Basenji when I was young, I am dismayed at these results. (Correct – not a single BIS for my beloved breed.)

While I’ve never owned one personally, I have a very soft spot in my heart for Labrador Retrievers.  Our incredible dog-in-law Leia was a beautiful Yellow Lab.  She was a fabulous dog and we loved her like our own.  So I’m just left shaking my head with the realization that a Lab has never, EVER won BIS at the Westminster Kennel Club show.  How can that BE?  It makes no sense to me.

And it CERTAINLY makes no sense to Lab lovers, Lab owners, and breeders who show their dogs.  But they do have some theories.  Fine…  I don’t need flashy, snooty, nose-in-the-air doggy arrogance.  I want love, loyalty, and someone who brings the ball back to me when I toss it.  I agree with the Lab owners.  They are awesome dogs and if that’s not good enough for the Westminster judges, so be it.

PS. And what about these?

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

And might I add...

Figure skating is NOT a sport. It's an exhibition. .

OK, to recap...

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

Dog meat issue will hound the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Gus Kenworthy
is a hero.

Graphic: Dog-killer cop caught on tape. Did he go too far? My vote is yes.

Disabled patron harassed at Starbucks.

Breast cancer patient: My dog saved my life.

Heartbroken dog tries to revive its companion after being hit by a car.

Dressing for the hardest Westminster Dog Show harder than it looks.

Champion dog handler's show-and-tell.

Six years later, Uno is still Number 1.

Owning a pet (dog) is still pretty expensive.

Blind dog gets guide dog.

What dog sled teams can teach us about leadership.

The problem with dogs and chocolate.

Whew, Logan is lucky.

Another great dog characteristic: They want to help your love life.

She takes her dog on all her dates.

Man bites dog? How about woman breastfeeds puppy.



It's a whole bunch from the Westminster Dog Show. Enjoy!

And how about a dog guarding a soldier as he sleeps in the airport...



We close as we always do with our closing video.

Dogs and vets...good stuff.


That’s it for this week. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us or send them this blog.  They and you will be glad you did.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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