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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 (08/30/14)

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. 

TODAY: A very good threat of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Otherwise partly cloudy and very humid. High of 77 from noon through 4:00.  "C"

Mostly sunny. High of 78. "A"

  An 80% chance of thunderstorms. High of 79.  "C"

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

Every dog has at least one job in its life… their main responsibility is to keep their human happy.  But that’s a pretty simple task even for the least-energetic, most laid-back pup.  Most if not all dog owners will tell you that a look from those adoring eyes, a happy tail wag, an excited “yip” to greet you or even a lick is more than enough for daily doggy duty.

But there are the over-achievers out there.  The ones at the top of their obedience class.  The ones who don’t know the meaning of “let’s call it a day.”  The ones who truly go above-and-beyond the standard expectations of animal accountability.  Those would be your working dogs whether by AKC breed/group definition or just a pooch so reliable you truly don’t know what you’d do without its assistance.

This Labor Day weekend, we celebrate them as we celebrate all American workers’ contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Truly, Labor Day isn’t just for two-legged laborers.  While there are certainly many forms of service, I think that military dogs and service dogs truly top the list of hard workers.  Can you think of anything more important than keeping our troops safe, and helping with mental & physical well-being for those in need?

Take a few moments to read about remarkable canines who exemplify the meaning of working dogs.

If you know any working dogs personally (your own or someone else’s) take an extra moment this weekend to recognize them as part of the labor force.  And remember what I said at the beginning of this blog:  every dog has at least one job in its life.  So go ahead and reward your pooch no matter what their occupation is.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Scumbag con artist.

Feds say drug-sniffing dog with faked credentials may have been trained.

A 'crazy gringo's' heroic crusade to save dozens of stray canines is revealed in heartbreaking new book.

Dogs get the blues when youngsters go back to school.

Abusing the service dog privilege?

Dog spends 15 days without food while guarding burial site of Indian owner.

Pet-mad young Koreans say no to elders' taste for dog, prefer to raise pups.

In Stevens Point, WI, dogs are on goose patrol.

Now that dogs can dine at restaurants, here are a few rules of decorum.

Want to be a better manager? Get a dog.

If Dogs Were Contractors: 7 Ingenious Ideas For a Pup-Friendly Home

Disney's latest dog...Winston.



Slideshow: Police dog Kye receives funeral with full honors after being killed in line of duty

Pics submitted to NBC Today for National Dog Day, celebrated earlier this week.

And we close as we always do, with our closing video. And we have a few to enjoy this week.

USA TODAY shares some of its favorite videos for National Dog Day.

And finally, this is really good. Some lucky dogs got to beat the summer heat with Petco's Summer Snow Day. They rolled around in 20 tons of snow at Reston Town Center, outside Washington and at similar events in Boston and New York.

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!

Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

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