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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
When other bloggers have asked me how I choose topics, I’ve told them I go with what is interesting to me, much like how I select show topics on WISN. If Jennifer had her very own blog, she’d write about dogs 98.6 % of the time, which would be normal for her.
Everyone knows she wants a dog more than a trip to Hawaii or a Rolls Royce (that’s not so normal). If and when we get one, I fear that my place in the hierarchy around here will slip behind Jennifer, the dog, the TV, microwave, cars, refrigerator, stereo equipment, etc.
I’m not joking. That dog will be treated like royalty. Take a look at what Jennifer writes about today:
MAY I OFFER YOU A BOWL OF PERRIER WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR MASSAGE?
OK, I admit it. I am a “girly girl.” I LOVE being pampered. I truly enjoy going for massages, facials, pedicures, you name it. I have commandeered four of our five large shelves in our linen closet for all my jams, jellies, and miscellaneous goos. Kevin has taken me to many amazing spas. From the award-winning Sundara Spa in Wisconsin Dells to SpaHalekulani in Hawaii (honored with the coveted Mobil Four-Star rating, the highest bestowed in the Mobil Travel Guide, "America's Best Hotel & Resort Spas") I have been to some prime pampering places. In a hectic and stress-filled world, I find it is important to relax and recharge on occasion.
Admittedly, a Golden Retriever doesn’t need to worry about his big presentation to a new client, and I’ve yet to hear about a Dachshund who is concerned about paying her mortgage. Most Shih-Tzu’s are more focused on what is in the treat jar than what is in the checking account. Still, don’t our four-legged family members deserve some pooch pampering?
Have you thought about taking Fido for a facial, or Max for a massage? Sound more far-fetched than a Frisbee throwing contest? You’d be surprised. Dog spas are more than just a fancy term for a traditional grooming service. They cater to your canine in the same way their owners are at similar humans-only locations.
Despite news reports and analysis of an economy in the tank, consumers continue to put their pets at the top of their budgets.
Before you toss this idea out with your latest chewed-up slipper, read about the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork.
Want to learn how to spoil your spaniel at home? Plenty of opportunities for that, too.
So the next time you’re pawing through the phone book looking for a day spa and deciding whether to choose deep tissue, Swedish, or hot stone massage for yourself, why not turn to Lassie and ask her what SHE would like?
Now why'd she have to go and mention I've been in a spa???? More on that some other time...we're talking dogs here and that means we have come to that portion of The Barking Lot where we examine:
DOGS IN THE NEWS!
1) Remember the dog food scare of 2007? Many dog owners gave up on dog food and started feeding their pets right off the dinner table. MSNBC.com offers suggestions on people food you shouldn't feed to Fido.
2) You've heard of banning cell phones and text messaging while driving. Get a load of this...
That's it. Tune in again next week. Same dog day. Same dog blog.