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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 (10/01/11)

The Barking Lot


The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just inWritten 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 its DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!


THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  If you're reading this as it's posted, it's about 40 degrees outside. Mostly sunny and cool. High of 58.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Sunny.High of 63. "C"


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


I realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I wouldn’t have it any other way and I am very happy to support any awareness efforts that I can.  It should take front-and-center stage.  However, there IS another focus of October’s awareness efforts.

O
ctober is Adopt-A-Dog month, too.  From a shelter. S-H-E-L-T-E-R.  That means don’t pay $800 + to own a four-legged friend.  It means when you are driving down Wisconsin Avenue and you think to yourself, “Should I stop?” you probably should.  (If you are READY and ABLE to adopt!)

A
ll my loyal readers of The Barking Lot know that I advocate the adoption of shelter dogs over PURCHASING a dog to be a part of your family.  I have said many times that there are great things about owning a pedigree dog.  There are many reasons to support a pedigree of a particular breed.  That is what the AKC and Westminster are based on… they are steeped in tradition.  But for MY choice I will always, ALWAYS support the adoption of a “mixed breed.”  Read, “mutt.”  

If your heart is truly, 100% set on a pedigree consider this:  For nearly every breed of dog there is a rescue group.  Rescue groups help place pedigree dogs in homes that are looking to adopt.  More information is available from the American Kennel Club here.  

So, dog lovers, please remember that there are also a lot of pups out there that need your love and attention.  October is a wonderful time to recognize that.  Especially in our current dire economy when so many dogs are simply abandoned due to the fact that their owners can no longer care for them.

On behalf of all ready-to-be-adopted pooches, thank you for opening your heart!
---Jennifer Fischer


Thanks, Jennifer.

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


Dog adoptions
to resume after distemper scare.


Courtroom dog calms witness.


Dog sneaks into labor room and takes away newborn.


Vet helps dog walk...
read how.


Runaway dog's traffic-stopping chase caught on tape.


Police dogs out to pasture.


Dogs
eat more than homework.


Dogs
donating blood.


Dogs help schools lick bullies.


Campaign to keep dog droppings out of Puget Sound.


Sleeping out with the dogs.


Bad dog no more:
Black lab finds home in Fond du Lac.


Where's Fido?


Six things
every dog should know.


Which canine will be the most amazing
hero dog?


World
dog-walking record could fall today (Saturday).


"Dog with a Blog."


Dog kennels
ramping up the amenities.


The dog swallowed what?


Sit, stay, surf.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

TIME FOR OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK. THIS WEEK, IT'S A NATURAL.

LET'S GO SURFIN' NOW, 

EVERYBODY'S LEARNIN' HOW,

COME ON A SAFARI WITH ME...






Five dogs ride on the same surfboard during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach in California on Sept. 25. Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images


Love this one.



Photo: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


WOW!

Good stuff!

Don't forget the pet blessing in Franklin Sunday.

We close with our closing video...a face transplant recipient will get a guide dog.



 

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