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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 (06/28/14)

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:  Isolated thunderstorms. High of 80. "B"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 86. "B"

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

Next Friday, July 4, 2014 will again be time to celebrate the independence of our wonderful country.  One of the best Wisconsin traditions is watching Bartolotta’s set off their finest down at the lakefront.  This spectacular display is enjoyed on the THIRD of July; then in many cases amateurs try to duplicate those colorful, gun-powder-and-mineral explosions in their own driveways to impress friends & family the next day.

How many people will include their canine companions in the festivities?  After all, dogs like hamburgers and the lazy days of summer too!  But have you stopped to consider that while you and your picnicking pals are “oohing” and “ahhing” at the Big Bang, Fido is less than happy about the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air?

Whether you are showing civic pride at Lake Michigan, in one of our beautiful county parks, or in your own back yard, there are ways to help your pooch cope with the patriotic partying.

The loud sounds of fireworks are probably the most distressing to your pooch.  But there are other hazards to be aware of as well.  Please utilize common sense, and plan ahead to make your pet as comfortable as possible.  Some simple, humane preparation can spare everyone in your family unnecessary stress.

Please remember the sensitivity of your dog’s ears as you are celebrating our great country this Independence Day.  That way, EVERY member of your family can enjoy this spectacular holiday.  Let’s reiterate the above tips, in an eye-catching poster:


---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

If not for those headphones...

"It's our culture and we won't change."

Hawaii Woman Adopts Shelter Dog for $85, Posts it on Craigslist for $200 an Hour Later.

A German Shepherd  joins his master to fight the Nazis.

Dog is missing 7 inches of his spine.

Can feeding your dog ice be harmful?

Dog uses surfing skills as therapy.

Bailey was all shook up.

The dog was curious and ended up in a predicament.

Andy Murray to the rescue!

Lady Bunny...good dog!

Ike Bites growing quickly.

Blog: She has conversations with her dog.



Taitan, a  male Shih Tzu from Thailand, yawns while being groomed during Thailand International Dog Show in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

We close as we always do with our closing video.

A dog that went blind was overjoyed to see his West Chester, PA family again after re-gaining his sight. Duffy, a 10-year-old Irish Terrier was rescued more than nine years ago.   He lost his eyesight last year due to Diabetes and in January. Doctors told Duffy’s owners they were running out of time. The video, was in fact, shot in January immediately following Duffy’s eye surgery. Just last Saturday, a family member decided to post the video on YouTube.

And a Jack Russell Terrier named Buddy tries to show baby Allie how to crawl in this must-see video.

OK. One more.

That's it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please tell a fellow dog lover about us.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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