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.
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: Partly cloudy. High of 64 "B"
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 60. "C"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
I have written many times about how I feel that dogs share, or at least mirror, our feelings as our pets. We, as their owners, also “interpret” how they are feeling, what they are thinking, etc. We figure that no one else knows them like we do, and that we can understand what they are going through.
It’s usually the non-pet owners that think we are crazy. Some people just don’t understand the connection we have with our pets. I know a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier that I swear can read my mind when he looks at me. I’ve never in my life felt such a dog-human connection and he’s not even MY dog!
I tend to be a “warm and fuzzy,” believe-on-faith, follow your heart kind of person. So if I think a dog can read my mind so to speak, I just go with it. I don’t need a research project to substantiate my feelings. However, when scientific proof allows me to smirk and nod at the doubters out there, I love it!
Jeffrey Mogil, a psychologist and neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, has recent published a study that shows pets do, indeed, feel emotions in a very similar way to their human owners.
So the next time you think that Roxy looks a bit irritated, or that Max seems sad, you can thank Jeffrey Mogil and his intensive research for a glimpse into our pets’ psyches.
Thanks, Jennifer. It is time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Man kills neighbor over dog urinating on lawn. John Kass has more in his Chicago Tribune column.
Police in London might kill dangerous dogs to save money.
The mysterious riot-dog of Athens. MORE.
Is Sparky to blame?
Pit bull law in Boston not working.
Bags for dog waste too popular.
Local pet groomers donate fur to catch oil slick.
Dogs on the space menu.
What does an airline do when it loses a dog?
Will Gigi get a reprieve?
Another happy ending.
Here's a new use for therapy dogs.
The Mayo Clinic has come up with a children's book based on a therapy dog.
Where to buy from....a shelter or pet store?
Meet the doglers.
This dog owner doesn't take his dog to a dog park.
Postal Service to honor National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Speaking of dog bites...
How smart is your dog?
Vets say secondhand smoke is dangerous for pets.
Pug Fest comes to Franklin.
Yes, it's true. MAN BITES DOG!
And finally, we close with our closing video. Ahh, the wonder of LIVE TV....