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 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: Early risers wake up to temperatures in the mid 40's. Sunny early, quickly becoming partly cloudy. High of 67. "B"
SUNDAY: Showers begin around 3 a.m. and are in the forecast all day. High of 58. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
In all the times I’ve traveled by plane, I’ve never encountered a dog on board. Personally I wouldn’t mind sitting next to a pooch. Guaranteed I’d strike up a conversation with the owner, leaving poor Kevin to his own devices for the duration of the trip. Kyla would be delighted too, and if the owner would agree to it, she’d pet the pup as non-stop as our flight. (Clearly if the dog was a service animal we wouldn’t dream of petting it while on duty.) And quite frankly the animal would probably be a better seat mate than some of the people I’ve had to sit next to!
I’m sure dogs on air planes get the same mixed reaction from passengers as dogs in stores, restaurants, etc. I’d probably be more understanding of a dog on a plane than a dog in other situations, actually. My thought is surely a person & their pet can go for a few hours being apart. Dining and shopping aren’t extended-time activities. But if someone needs to FLY to their destination then chances are, they will be there for a while and would likely miss their companion (and vise-versa.)
But flying is tough enough for humans… we’ve gone from the Golden Age to something that can be GENEROUSLY described, at best, as the “Rusty, Tarnished, TSA-destroyed Age.” Try, if you can, to put yourself into not two shoes but four paws. The congestion, confusion, odd smells, unfamiliar noises and cramped quarters can get to US, so think about how a dog might react to the same sensory assaults. Really can you blame them for being nervous and on less-than-best behavior? They can’t even wear ear buds and enjoy iTunes for crying out loud!
Thankfully at least one company who’s working to make the flying experience more enjoyable for dogs and their owners. And of course, it has to be in Hollywood.
I can’t imagine these types of schools will pop up nationwide. After all, who has the resources to build an airplane movie set? Still, even if half the situations were duplicated in a “classroom setting” in other training facilities I bet the classes would be extremely popular. It will be interesting to see if perhaps a Floridian studio copies the idea…
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Check its ID.
The USDA cracks down.
The news media's mixed up priorities...yes, there's a dog angle.
How many dogs is a human life worth?
Dog's best friend? Could it be robots?
She was the last survivor of 9-11.
There have been other stories like this, but they're still touching.
Another example: Dogs are amazing.
Benji wants to send get well cards to his dad.
Cancer in dogs? Beatable.
My dog ...ate my smartphone?
Where's that vacuum cleaner?
8 things to never say to a dog owner.
Feeding dogs better than your kids.
For the pooch who has everything.
Here's an interesting website.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Dogs that are leashed to a fence outside of PS234, watch as school children line up to enter, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in New York. The dogs were left outside by owners who brought their children to school. It's the first day back for New York City's 1 million public school students. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
And we close as we always do with our closing video.
See ya, BARK, next week!