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: Sunny and warm. High of 85. "A"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 81. "A"
*JENNIFER IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND WILL RETURN TO THE Barking
The following is a re-print of a blog written by Jennifer that appeared June 14, 2008. It has been edited in order to update.
WOOFS AT WORK
By Jennifer Fischer
Your morning rush-out-the-door ritual probably sounds something like this:
“Cell phone? Check.”
“Brief Case and Laptop? Check.”
How about adding:
“Milk Bones and Rawhides? Check.”
“Water Dish? Check.”
“Squeaky Toy? Check.”
That’s right, it’s the 10th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day Friday, June 26th.
A friend and coworker enjoys the company of two Pomeranian pooches. Fortunately for her, she lives so close to work that she can go home on her 30-minute lunch break to let them outside. I don’t know many people who have that luxury.
One of only two arguments that Kevin can offer against us getting a dog is the fact that we are not home enough (in his opinion) to be fair to our Future Fido (The other argument is that for all the love and enjoyment we get from them, dogs have a disappointingly short life span. He dreads the day we would eventually need to have a pet euthanized).
Just think how much more enjoyable your workplace could be if you were allowed to bring your dog with you. There are many facts you can present to your employer in favor of a canine-friendly cubicle.
If you need further ammunition to sway your boss, you could mention that this system works well for Las Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn.
If all else fails, you could consider relocating with your four-legged friend to Greensboro, North Carolina. Get a job with Replacements, Ltd. and you’re all set!
So next Friday, pack your sandwich and chips but save room in your lunch bag for some kibble.
It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and we've got a lot, so let's get to it.
Again, as we frequently point out, not all the news is good, and there are reasons we post even the horrible stories. Here's an update on a recent item in the news that I advise is disgusting and difficult to read.
This one will also make you very upset.
The life expectancy of dogs in China isn't very good.
The biggest dog item of the week: 9/11 hero dog is cloned ito 5 puppies.
Over 50 dogs were set to be euthanized. And then....
It's Yorkie-mania in Tampa.
Americans have changed the way they care for pets.
Is there no justice for Justice?
NO HUMANS ALLOWED.
Bo, say "cheese."
Dog owners can create dog guilt.
Those dogs in those dog shows? Their job isn't done when the show's over.
Here's proof that dogs are musically inclined.
Walking the dog can be anything but dull.
This columnist says enjoy your puppy a lot because they change so quickly.
Here are some summer activities for kids and pets.
That wasn't a dog that crawled through the dog door.
Alright, kids. Never, ever, ever do this. Let's go to the video.
That's it for this week. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Our closing video this week deals with a new world record.