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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

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.

TODAY:  Rain, snow showers, windy, and cold.  "F"

SUNDAY:  Flurries, cloudy, cold.  "F"

It is amazing how many human-like qualities dogs can have.  Dog owners often talk about their dog’s personality.  Have you ever heard a dog snore?  My Basenji was as loud as a person, no question!  I don’t think I have to explain “dog breath.”  Puppy breath is another subject entirely…  I love the sweet smell of a new puppy’s breath.  But once it changes to ADULT dog breath, there is obviously no going back!  Of course there are occasional bouts of gassiness that dogs can suffer from, just like their owners.  Never a pleasant scent.

BUT… have you ever taken a bubble bath or a long steamy shower and come out smelling worse than when you went in?  Impossible!  So how is it that Fido can be out in the rain for five minutes and come in smelling like he just visited the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District???!!!  Well, a scientific answer is offered by  

Why do wet dogs smell so much worse than dry ones?

The essence is that the wet dog hair emits the following volatile compounds: dimethyl trisulfide, phenol, p-cresol, mushroom (1-octen-3-ol), fruity (2-nonanone), floral (â-damascenone), and earthy smelling (2,3-diethyl-5-methylpyrazine) odors, and branched or complex aldehydes (2, and 3-methyl butanal, isobutanal, 2E-octenal, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, phenylacetaldehyde, 2E-nonanal).

There are many odoriferous compounds which individually do not have odors associated with "dog smell." However, in combination, these compounds produce the typical "dog smell" that many people describe as unpleasant. There is a complex pattern of changes in the volatile compounds associated with wetting of brushed dog hair.

This pattern appears to manifest as "wet dog" odor. While some amount of change in odor would be expected due to the different partition coefficients when water is added to the hair, the variety of differences indicates a probable chemical or biochemical reaction on the hair. Simply put, wet dog hair stinks because of the chemical reaction of the dog hair to water.

OK, so now we know WHY Rex reeks.  How can we change what Mother Nature blessed us with?  There are a few options.  The Dog Channel maintains that doggies dryers  are the answer.  Is your Daschund all dried out but your room has that lingering eau de soggy doggy?  The Farmer’s Almanac suggests a simple home remedy. 

o, what if you live in a climate as dry as Arizona and still have a stinky Schnauzer?  The problem could certainly be more than a damp coat.  You may have to investigate and try a few options before you find the perfect solution.

Mickey, the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier that lives up the street from me, gets her paws dried off with warm towels when the weather turns foul this time of year.  Perhaps that is an option you can explore as well.  After all, Kevin gave the dog-walking forecast for this weekend a big, fat “F” for both days.  Try to have a nice stroll with your Shih Tzu, a pleasant walk with your Weimaraner, a lovely trot with your Terrier.  Just take your umbrella!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer! 
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. As I've mentioned in the past, unfortunately, the news isn't always good. There are mean, cruel people in the world who abuse and even kill innocent pets. Thank goodness they're caught, and punished.

Yes, there are real attack dogs in politics.

Now for some really good news. What a feeling, the joy of freedom!

Dogs and turkeys, oh my!

If you have a sick child or know someone who does, please read this.

Here's one campaign promise Barack Obama better keep.

Another week, another naughty dog.

And you thought the election was over!

And we close this week with video of Barney, President Bush's dog, and what happens when a reporter (liberal perhaps?) gets too close...

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Coming up on This Just In...

Saturday morning, I will post my regular weekend features. Look for:

The Barking Lot


My Most Popular Blogs

Photos of the Week

Culinary no-no

They’ll all be available Saturday because I’m taking a blogging hiatus. I will return Sunday, November 16th.

Please check back all week because while I’m gone, some great blog entries will still be featured here since I will have a special guest blogger making contributions.

Now, I suppose that during my absence, I could, oh…..I don’t know…..turn control of this popular conservative blog over to, let’s see…….

An uninformed moonbat who can’t spell.

Yeh, I could do that, I guess.

But, I know what you’re thinking.

That would be…..


take your pick…..






maybe even…..


NO, I’m not going to do a weird, dumb, stupid, unconscionable, crazy thing like that. No sir!

Because I truly care about the high quality of my blog, while I’m gone, This Just In will have one of the most influential bloggers in the entire state of Wisconsin filling in.

I know you will enjoy J. Gravelle of The Daily Scoff all next week. In fact, I guarantee it. And you really, really, really don’t want to miss what he has in store.

Thanks again J. for lending your talents (and that includes spelling).

If you missed InterCHANGE tonight...

A reminder, it’s on again Sunday morning at 11:00.

Ultra liberals Joel McNally and Kathleen Dunn were, respectively, not very gracious and borderline emotional.

Kathleen referred to Obama as “this president,” and all the great accomplishments he’s going to enjoy, saying Obama will be the greatest president of all-time. Oh really? Greater than Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, either of the Roosevelt’s? I thought Kathleen was going to cry any minute. Earth to Kathleen: He’s not the President yet and he hasn’t done anything yet.

Joel, in a clearly bipartisan fashion, used his time to barely say anything specific about Obama and instead trash Republicans, but accused the GOP of name-calling. Huh? Joel talked about how great the “next eight years” would be. That’s getting a bit presumptuous, wouldn’t you say? And there was this McNally gem: there are no politicians to the far left. Of course not, Joel. They're all writing for newspapers.

My friend Gerard Randall, after talking up John McCain all year, admitted that at the last minute, he voted for Obama.

It was the usual fair and balanced public television program.

This Friday on InterCHANGE

This week, a special edition devoted to Tuesday's elections.

On the panel this week, special guest Kathleen Dunn.

Friday night at 6:30, Sunday morning at 11:00 on MIlwaukee Public Television Channel 10.

Tuesday: Sad day for the culture of life

Wisconsin Right to Life has the details on their blog.

They're right.

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