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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 (04/26/14)

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:  Mostly sunny. High of 48. "D"

SUNDAY:  Showers. High of 50. "D"

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

I’m looking to meet that special someone.  Someone who loves to go for long walks in all kinds of weather.  Someone who loves delicious food including bacon, steak, and chicken.  I don’t drink alcohol, or smoke.  I have long shiny red hair and hazel eyes, and have a medium build.  I’m happy to be friends at first, but would like to start a family soon.  If you would like to meet me I’m available most evenings after 5:30, and on Saturdays and Sundays…

..That’s when my owner is home.

Gotcha!  There for a minute you thought you were reading a human personal ad (and not one from an Irish Setter) didn’t you?  But what if your four-legged friend would like to have a few new friends as well as meet “the one?”  There aren’t exactly a lot of places that can happen.  Oh sure the dog park is great for a little romp and fun but isn’t that like the equivalent of a tacky “singles bar?”  What if your pup is looking for something deeper and more meaningful?  And don’t you want grandpuppies soon?  What can you do?

There seems to be no end to the popularity and growth of social media.  Kevin has mentioned so many dogs in his Dogs In The News feature where the dog’s story spurred the owner to create a Facebook page exclusively for the pup.  I’m willing to bet that 95% of the time, the dog’s page has more “likes” and friends than the owners!

Kevin already thinks I’m over-the-top dog obsessed.  One of his biggest arguments against us getting a dog (after the heartbreaking short life of an average dog) is that the Fischer pooch would rank higher in the family status than he would.  I’d like disagree with him, but I can’t.  But the minute I would create a Facebook page or Twitter account for our DOG, I think he’d have me committed.

I guess it’s a good thing we don’t live in New York.  A HuffPo blogger Julie Spira weighs in as well.

I guess I’ll have to stick to the old-fashioned approach when we get our pooch and hope that when we’re out for a walk, our dog will glance across the street to a neighbor dog and the rest will be history.  Otherwise we’ll be out of luck in the romance department...
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Service dog guides Boston Marathon bombing victims through a grim year.

Some folks skip storm shelters that won't take pets.

It's been one year.

Meet the dog trained to sniff out killer disease that wipes out bee hives.

Guide dog goes from blind aide to assisting the deaf.

Dog nabs traveler.

Man leaves $1000 tip for dog's surgery.

Daisy overcomes two paralyzed front paws.

Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize.

Ollie thinks he's human.

Dog puzzles that promise to turn Rover into Einstein.



not a bully

Porter the pit bull was found with two broken femurs and other serious injuries, after being abused by his former owner, a D.C. man named Charles Palmer. Palmer was sentenced to 25 months in jail for animal abuse earlier this month. Photo credit: Douglas Sonders/Not A Bully
Sonders, who now lives in New York, says he gets "hundreds of emails every week" from fans of beleaguered dogs, who are eager to share their pups' stories in his photo series.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

OK. One more.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please tell a fellow dog lover about us. Better yet, e-mail them this blog!

See ya, BARK, next week!

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