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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 (08/02/14)

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 80. "A"

SUNDAY:  Scattered thunderstorms. High of 83. "B"

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

When I owned my dogs & cats, pet food was just that:  pet food.  It didn’t have designer labels, organic ingredients, and celebrity chefs creating the recipes.  It was fuel for our furry friends, but it came in cans, boxes, and bags off the grocery store shelves; there was no such thing as ordering online or going to pet-exclusive boutiques.

I will admit the last couple of years of our Springer Spaniel’s life meant cooking her “people food.”  She had liver problems and that meant digestion issues.  Blanched chicken, browned ground beef, white rice and other simple meals were what kept her going.  We were happy to do it and she was more than happy to eat it.  Again, that was long before the days of pet owners cooking better meals for their dogs than themselves.

Before the necessary meal adjustments, our pets still received morsels of the real stuff… bits of roasts or seafood were common, and mom always ordered more deli meat than our own sandwiches required.  Two dogs and a cat sat patiently behind her every morning as she made the day’s lunches; smacking & drooling were expected from our furry friends.

Like many pets ours could have stood to lose a few pounds.  But our family’s attitude was if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for them.  We were happy to share a bite or two of something both species enjoyed.  All three of our pets enjoyed longer-than-normal life spans so we must have done something right.

Despite our willingness to spoil our four-legged friends, we exercised common sense and followed the basics for what NOT to give them.  Clearly chocolate was off the list.  For years we denied dairy products until we realized that for whatever reason, their tummies suffered no distress if a bit of milk was enjoyed.  Our Basenji wouldn’t even consider looking at a bit of pizza we’d offer unless sausage was visible.  Sometimes for giggles we’d pass off a mushroom as meat but she caught on quickly!  Again, we made sure our nibbles were truly safe for consumption.

Most pet owners aren’t animal experts any more than most parents are childhood experts.  Good intentions and trial-and-error certainly factor in to both relationships.  But you also need a healthy dose of COMMON SENSE.  Sadly, it’s no surprise there’s such a lack of aforementioned common sense for dog AND kid parents.  But I’m still left shaking my head when I read UK experts issuing a warning that “comes months after 40 dogs died in Britain as a result of contracting Alabama Rot from eating raw meat.”

C’mon everyone.  Haven’t we learned by now?  I guess not. 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Owners of dogs in fatal attack in US illegally, feds say.

In NY, fighting a no-pets eviction.

This is a crazy lawsuit.

Ezio the Hero Yorkie heals from dog attack.

Service dog provides therapy to boy hit by stray bullet.

Dog owner makes bucket list for terminally ill bulldog.

Stolen dog reunited with diabetic girl.

Where do unwanted dogs find homes?

You mean dogs can do this?

This disease is no new, vets may not know about it...

Dog oxygen masks help protect furry friends.

This dog website has reporter feeling as though she “just had sex with another woman’s boyfriend.”

Pet parents, aka big spenders.

It's the latest thing for dogs.

How to care for your pets...after you're gone.

From the history pages...

Book excerpt: The joy of watching dogs play.

He knew the dog swallowed a watch when this happened...



Eight-year-old Ivy Chiappetta of Chicago sprints around the ring as she competes in the 'Best Stuffed Animal in Show' event at the Waukesha Kennel Club's Summer Show on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Photo: Scott Ash

And we close as we always do with our closing video.



That's it for this week.

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See ya, BARK, next week! And don't forget the Pier Pups at the WI State Fair!


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