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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 (08/23/14)

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!


We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAYDENSE FOG ADVISORY UNTIL 10 A.M. WITH VISIBILITIES OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS.  Cloudy. Winds off the lake. Very humid. High of 78. "C"

Partly cloudy. High of 82. "A"

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

Earlier this week, Kyla and I were walking in to Sendik’s when we saw two small dogs with long hair in a Toyota SUV-type vehicle.  They were barking up a storm, so they were tough to miss.  With temperatures around 80 degrees and high humidity, it was no surprise that they wanted attention.  All four windows were open a bit but quite honestly, I can’t imagine that was enough to provide any sort of comfort.  My blood began to boil, and I imagine those little pups felt pretty much the same way, literally.

We grabbed the couple items we needed and were on our way.  I had hoped NOT to see the vehicle still there but they were still there and still barking like crazy.  I cooed to them, “You’re hot aren’t you?” and was just about to grab my cell phone to call the Franklin police non-emergency number.  Right behind me was Owner of the Year who promptly told me, “They weren’t in there that long.”

I’m usually the last person to want any sort of confrontation or to make a scene.  Still, I was more than happy to give her an extremely nasty look and reply, “It was long enough…  I sure wouldn’t want to be sitting in a hot car like that!”  Honestly, she was lucky that Kyla was with me.  While I clearly wouldn’t have done anything physical to her, I would have had some sterner words for her.  The best I could do was talk loudly to Kyla about how it’s not nice to leave dogs in a car when it is so blasted hot outside.

It continues to boggle my mind at dog owners’ stupidity and carelessness.  This is Franklin… you’d certainly like to think that our city’s residents are reasonably intelligent.  It wasn’t as if this was another “torture technique” used on dogs for fighting in the inner city.  The owner was around my age, well-dressed and by all accounts normal-looking.  Her SUV was quite new and in good shape.  It just goes to show that idiocy knows no limits and has no qualifications.  Any dog owner can be as dumb as a stump, and still allowed to BE a dog owner.

Obviously the ones that really should read The Barking Lotdon’t.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

This Wyoming officer should definitely be reading Barking Lot.

Buddygate: Woman refuses to return dog to owner.

Bamboozled: Dead dog's body held hostage by vet until owner paid final bill, customer says.

Guess how many of Britain's dogs are overweight?

Anti-dog fouling poster goes viral online.

A life lesson from the Dog Whisperer.

Hogan is a survivor.

Rip is a hero. Here's another.

Firefighter credits Sabrina for helping him beat cancer.

Stranger picks right place to put stray dog.

A comfort dog in church.

Bitten three times, this worker isn't afraid of dogs.

And then the dog died.

6 things I wish I knew before getting a dog.

Read what dogs can now do in California.

Dog owners matched on dating site.

Book Review: Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park

'Kissed by a pit' challenges dog lovers.



18 photos of Hank and Hank.

We've got 25 more.


And we close as we always do, with our closing video. How about 10 of ‘em?

That's it for this week.

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See ya, BARK, next week!

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