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.
A SPECIAL DOG, A SPECIAL TOUR
By Jennifer Fischer
I have often said that when I get my next dog, she will be adopted or rescued, not purchased. Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting a pedigree dog, especially if you are looking for a very specific trait of a certain breed. And certainly there are local breeders that hold themselves to exceptionally high standards and are extremely proud of their pups.
I knew two wonderful Shih-Tzu “sisters” Mopsy and Dusty. Years after their adoption, their owners learned that the store they were purchased from did business with puppy mills. Fortunately “The Girls,” as they were affectionately called, didn’t seem to carry any extraordinary health problems that usually accompany dogs bred in those horrible conditions. (MORE fortunately, the store is still in business but NOT dealing with puppy mills any more.)
I could easily find graphic videos showing the horrors of puppy mills, and supplement with stories and photos. However, I would much rather share the heartwarming, positive story about Baby.
Baby and her owner, Jana Kohl, have started a cross-country tour to bring attention to the evils of puppy mills. Their final destination is Washington, D.C. But before they reach the Capitol, there will be two appearances in Wisconsin.
Thank you, Jana, for your hard work. And thank you, Baby, for being a strong survivor. There will be a special place in Doggy Heaven for you some day.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS.
1) The economy is taking its toll on pet owners. USA TODAY examines the issue.
2) Here's an idea to find homes for older dogs.
3) Roger Ebert writes about the dog in "Sex and the City."
That's it for the Barking Lot this week.
Keep their bowls full of fresh water.
Keep an umbrella handy for that weekend walk because a wet dog.....
We have a closing number this week, a super boffo high quality production.