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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

The Barking Lot

Everyone knows I’m one of the biggest dog lovers in Franklin… in Wisconsin… in the Midwest… in the United States… OK, you get the picture.  Everyone also knows that currently I do not own a dog.  That, of course, is more due to my better half’s choice than mine.  Until circumstances are perfectly conducive to us becoming pet parents, I will have to make do with enjoying the dogs of family, friends and neighbors.  (Especially Mickey, a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier that lives a few doors down from us.  I love her to pieces.)

I regularly buy treats at Greendale’s Pawprints Across Your Heart for my dog-in-law Leia.  I make dog biscuits at Christmas to give to the special dogs in my life.  I will go up to a total stranger and ask them if I can pet their dog.  I never remember the owner’s name but never forget the pooch’s.  Our calendar (this year it’s all dog cartoons from the New Yorker) proudly displays the dates of the dog shows.  I’m eagerly awaiting Irish Fest this year (as always) for many reasons but the biggest is their Dogs of Ireland area… filled with beautiful Irish dogs…  Irish Setters, Irish Wolfhounds, Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers, Skye and Cairn Terriers, etc.  I can not rest until I’ve met and petted at least one of every breed.  And speaking of ethnic festivals, yes I did make Kevin watch the Dachshund races (in the blazing hot sun) at German Fest last week.

So you see, there are ways to get a “dog fix” without having a dog.  But I would never go so far as to rent a dog.  “What???” you say.  “RENT a dog???”  Yes, there are some crazy fools out there who want companionship without commitment of any sort.  And they pay high prices for it.  Hmmm… let’s think about this.  High-priced companionship without commitment.  In human situations that could land you in jail!

Get this:  FlexPetz
is a doggie rental service.  Yes, RENTAL.   Not a foster pet-parent program like the Wisconsin Humane Society offers.  For $99 a month and then $45 per day you can actually rent a dog.  You can read more about FlexPetz here. 

I’m not saying the pets owned by this company are abused.  I’m sure some of them have been rescued from less-than-desirable situations.  I would also like to think that anyone willing to spend $99 a month and $45 a day to have canine companionship for even a little while would, truly, love dogs.  I just think it’s wrong.  I echo the concern in the Newsweek article about the psychological effects on the dog being bounced from one renter to the other, and certainly the “shelf life” of a dog.  Who is going to rent a 14-year-old Lab with hip dysplasia and a bladder-control issue?  What happens to those dogs?  I wonder.

For me, I will stick with enjoying the dogs in my life just the way they are until I can have one (or more!) of my own.
---Jennifer Fischer

Could rent-a-spouse be next?

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Sushi went to a pet groomer.....and died.

Here's a sad situation, and a warning: Keep an eye on your pets.

We hate when bad people do bad things to dogs. We love when the bad people get caught.
Of course, the accused is denying any wrongdoing.

Last week, we told you about a beaten puppy named Phoenix. Here's a video update on his progress.

Your dog acting up? Try for dogs.

Saudi Arabia knows.......dogs are chick magnets.

That's it for this week.

Remember everyone, these are.......

dogs of summer

The dog days of summer.

The Boston Globe has dozens of pictures of dogs having fun in the warm weather.

Enjoy! (requires registration)

Lessons to be learned from Wal-Mart

One of the major differences between conservatives and liberals is that while conservatives like to deal in factual material, liberals get wrapped up in emotional, feel good arguments when debating their case. It doesn’t take long before liberals run out of ammunition and steam. That’s one of the reasons why liberal talk radio has bombed. When there’s little substance and the hosts are a bore, audiences tend to drift away.

Barbara Fischer (no relation) is going to make liberals very unhappy today. She has written a great guest column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that is sure to upset the left for several reasons:

1) Her piece is about (cue the theme music from “Jaws”) ……….WAL-MART!

2) It’s a positive piece about (keep the “Jaws” music playing)……..WAL-MART!

3) The column contains numerous facts to back up her case about …….WAL-MART!

4) She’s right.

Here you go.

And from another Fischer...

The DOT spin on roundabouts

Citizen complaints about roundabouts in Wisconsin seem to have touched a nerve in the Doyle administration.

DOT Secretary Busalacchi has written a letter to the editor to Wisconsin newspapers promoting the benefits of these accidents waiting to happen.

Typical liberal junk.

You don’t like roundabouts?

Don’t you understand?

We, the government, know what’s best for you.

Sure you don’t like them now….but in time you will.


Because we say so.

Backwards thinking in Tax Hell USA

The drive is on to ask voters to approve increasing the sales tax in Milwaukee County, even though all of our taxes are incredibly high.

Compare that with many other parts of the country that are offering taxpayers a break on their sales taxes.

They at least get it. We don’t, which is why we are and are doomed to be, a Tax Hell.

Coming up on This Just In...

Tonight at 11:30, we look back at late night TV concert programs. This week on Friday Night Live, an unusual segment featuring no music.


That’s right. No music.

Saturday morning it’s Week-ends.  Find out which Democrat makes my HEROES OF THE WEEK list.

My wife, Jennifer will have The Barking Lot.

Then on Sunday, we list the 5 most popular of my blogs for the previous week, and the Culinary no-no will be of Olympian proportions.

I know it’s another busy summer weekend so I appreciate you spending some time at This Just In…

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