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: Scattered T-storms. High of 82. "D" in the morning, gradually becoming "B" by the afternoon..
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 80. "A"
Jennifer has the week off, but she inspired this week's entry.
Two weeks ago on The Barking Lot, Jennifer wrote about dogs in restaurants:
“What if fellow diners are afraid of dogs or simply don’t like them? Why are we exposing the wait staff and others to such health hazards as fleas, dog bites (no guarantees that Fido is up-to-date on his shots) or asthmatic attacks. Patrons and workers alike shouldn’t have to deal with things that could cause them harm!
My point, is that in the midst of this recently-enacted crazy smoking ban, restaurants are opening their arms to pooches on their porches. Do you mean to tell me that Fido can hang out on a patio and even get a complimentary treat while the next paying customer has to put on his or her “ashamed/I’m sorry” face for lighting up in a designated OUTDOOR puff place?”
Can I hear an Amen for Sister Jennifer?
This issue is still hot. USA TODAY weighed in.
San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Buaer has also offered an opinion:
"Personally, I think it’s great. Dogs are the best dining companions. They never complain and love just about everything put before them. However, I think the health department may disagree. And when I think about it, so would I."
Read the rest here.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that headlines the past week.
Pet owners affected by Gulf oil spill turn to shelters..........MORE.
Daughter fights off pit bull with bottle.
Pit bull that attacked boy had cocaine in his system.
Animal control officers are very busy these days.
Dog mistaken for a coyote.
Dog saves life of man that fainted.
OK. When the Obama's vacationed in
Pet owners paying a high price for high-tech vet care.
The most unusual pet insurance claim is here.
Pampered pets and their owners going green?
Pet sitters face odd requests.
Chichi has lived a long life,
WWII museum features animals of war.
Tonight on Animal Planet: Dogs vs. Cats.
Why pets are good for us.
Check out this letter to the editor in Seattle.
This isn't your typical ice cream truck.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot. We close with our closing video.
We have two this week. We begin with Teddy....
The story with more great pictures!
I just love a happy ending!