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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 (07/26/14)

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 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. High of 83. "A"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 80. "B"

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

I think it’s a safe assumption that the majority of people who read The Barking Lot are true dog lovers like I am.  But how do you feel about sharing your shopping space with four-legged friends who are NOT service dogs, just ordinary house pets whose owners can’t bear to leave them behind while they spend a day shopping?

Maybe you’ve made a quick run to Bed, Bath and Beyond for a new coffee maker.  As you are deciding between the Cuisinart and the Krups, you are wondering why your asthma is quickly acting up.  You fidget for your inhaler in your purse, and look down to see a fuzzy face staring up at you, tail wagging a happy hello.  How about if you’re trying to place an order for filet mignon at the Sendik’s meat counter and Fido next to you “can’t hold it” any more?  Suddenly your appetite is gone and it brings new meaning to an overhead speaker announcement of “Clean up in Aisle Four!”

Of course I don’t have to tell you that I am a supporter of all things canine.  But I’m not sure I’m too keen on carte blanche entrance to dogs in all shopping venues.  (Then again in a few months when the stress of Christmas shopping gets to me, I would rather be shoulder-to-shoulder with mutts than with crabby shoppers or “sales associates” who would literally have to look up the definition of customer service in a dictionary before they could actually offer it.)

After asking permission of the owner, I will pet any dog I meet.  However, I understand there are many people out there who don’t feel the same urge to do so.  Some people are downright afraid of dogs, from a Teacup Yorkie to a St. Bernard.  Some people have terrible allergic reactions, including asthma attacks, when they come in contact with dogs.  And there is the obvious fact that dogs can’t make a bee-line for the nearest rest room when nature calls.  As well-trained as they may be, even the best dog can’t help an occasional accident.

So, while I continue to enjoy going to pet-friendly PET stores, I’m going to say “paws down” to the idea of all stores accommodating our four-legged friends.  I think stores should have strict, and CORPORATE ENFORCED policies in place.  It doesn’t make companies anti-dog, it makes them pro-“everyone.”  Apparently Nordstrom can’t take a stand and figure out what it should do as a company.  I don’t think that’s wise.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Dog dies in hot car on ferry because pets are banned from the passenger deck – as temperatures hit 30C.

Dog trainer takes service dog from 11-year-old diabetes patient.

Veterans urge military to bring dogs home to retire.

Man found guilty of stealing puppy at gunpoint; judge sums up case with a little poetry.

A joyous reunion for one family is a devastating loss for another. The details...

Former homeless man's sketches of his dog help turn his life around

Dog's scent can help detect prostrate cancer.

Daisy is amazing.

The strange rituals—and stranger people—you find at the dog park.

Can dogs feel jealousy?

Can dogs really have best friends?

Dog trapped in hole...with cat.

These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs.



Must-see: Viral photo shows dog guarding its dying companion.

Chihuahuas sit at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition hall, in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2014. Interpets, the 'International Fair for a Better Life with Pets', is the largest international fair for the pet industry in Japan. Some 300 exhibitors will present their products until July 27. (EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON)

We close as we always do with our closing video, and we have a few to share.

Ikea advertises adoptable dogs in stores...


Charlie the beagle appears to feel instantly guilty when he makes baby Laura cry by stealing one of her toys before proceeding to bring her as many gifts as he can find as a way of saying sorry.


And finally…


That's it for this week.

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See ya, BARK, next week! Don't forget the weiner dogs at German Fest this weekend!*438/17314759-sumguide19p.jpg


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