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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 (07/19/14)

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:  Sunny. High of 79. "A"

SUNDAY:  Mostly Sunny. High of 82. "A"

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

My degree is in Business Management.  I’m all for capitalism.  I love an innovative idea that elicits the phrase, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”  There are some pretty off-the-wall things for sale; just watch a late-night infomercial and you’ll know what I’m talking about.  If there are people who are willing to pay for an item, service, or concept and it’s not illegal or life-threatening I’m pretty much all for it.

New fads, trendy toys, top-shelf foods (natural, organic, local, raw… you name it they’ll buy it) cute-to-couture clothing, spa services, signature jewelry, therapeutic massage, boutique hotels and specialty vacations…  if you think I’m talking about people buying these items for themselves guess again.  These are things they’re getting for their pets!

You can guess where I’m going, can’t you?  Yep… another business for already-spoiled pups has surfaced in Alexandria.  This is a first of its kind that I’m aware of but I’m sure others will soon follow (warm-up) suit.  Because just when you thought your dog had it all, he doesn’t.  He needs his own gym membership as well!  No, I’m not kidding.  If you’re looking to agility train or just relieve daily boredom, it's Frolick Dogs to the rescue!

I think some dog owners go WAY over the top.  They spend more on grooming their dog than they do their kids, and the family pooch eats higher-quality meat then the human members.  It’s not difficult to find stories of Extreme Dog Spoiling everywhere.  BUT…  Frolick Dogs seems very reasonably priced for what it offers, and it actually gets dogs and their owners to be active and healthy.  I really don’t see a downside to this concept.  I wish owners Kevin & Kim Gilliam the very best of luck in their endeavor!  

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

We as a culture kill as many as three thousand of them per day.

on the rise.

Dogs are carrying kissing bug disease.

Service dog could help woman who was struck by lightning.

New carrier allows older, injured dogs more freedom.

They are miracle dogs.

84-year old woman stands up to coyotes.

Lilica is an extraordinary junkyard dog.

What having a dog means to home insurers.

Great news for dog owners over the age of 65.

Why do dogs eat poop?

Could there be a benefit to dog vomit?

Taking the doghouse to a whole new level.



Duke Roberts was a dog with terminal cancer, and the sequence of pictures shows his last day on earth.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

OK. One more.

OK. Just one more. Anything can happen, and does, on live TV.

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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