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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

Paying Premiums for your Pooch?
By Jennifer Fischer

I have written several times about my two childhood dogs, Sugar and Skippy.  (I was also blessed with a wonderful cat, Tommy.  He was the most “non-cat” cat I’ve ever known.  All he wanted to do was eat, sleep, and be petted while sitting on your lap.  While I loved Tommy sitting on my lap, eventually my legs would fall asleep.  You see, Tommy was pushing the scales at over 30 pounds).

Each of these three incredible pets in my life had many health challenges throughout their short time with us.  Sugar underwent cancer surgery twice.  Skippy was poisoned by a neighbor and while she survived, she was never the same.  She had liver trouble and stomach issues.  Tommy (being the 30+ pound lover-of-Twinkie Cakes that he was) had diabetes the last two years of his life.

In addition to the annual check ups and regularly scheduled shots, our pets cost our family a considerable amount of money.  Surgeries and medications for animals are just as costly as they are for humans.  Of course they got the best treatment and care we could provide them, even when it meant a financial sacrifice.  I was raised with, and still have, the belief that if you adopt a pet you need to provide for its well-being.  If you brought them into your family, you need to take care of them from beginning to end.

If pet health insurance 
had existed when we got Sugar, Skippy and Tommy, we would have been able to save quite a bit of money on their care and surgeries.

Dr. Jack Stephens is a former veterinarian who recognized the enormous need for pet health insurance in the United States.  His company, Pets Best Insurance, has a heart-warming history of how it was founded.  When we finally get a puppy I will definitely get an insurance policy.

Perhaps you currently have a dog with health issues.  Or perhaps you are considering a certain breed that has a propensity towards a particular health problem.  Pets Best Insurance, or a similar insurance company, could be a valuable resource for you.  I know that I will consider Pets Best Insurance in the future for our dog.

Thanks, Jennifer.

My turn. It's time for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.

Unfortunately, the news isn't always good. This brave dog died in the line of duty. Closer to home, Rocco has cancer.

Pet owners are forced to make adjustments with the closing of a Greendale pet cemetery.

At Milwaukee's lakefront, border collies have been called in to combat disease-spreading birds.

Here's a touching story. Hundreds line up, not for free food, free gas, free anything. They wanted to adopt rescued dogs.

And it turns out Leona Helmsley's generosity wasn't reserved for just one dog.

We close the Barking Lot this week with an e-mail from one of our readers:

Dear Jennifer (and you, too, Kevin):

Thank you for your weekly dog blog. It is quite clear, Jennifer that you are passionate about dogs and I sure hope Kevin finally breaks down and gets you one someday.

And by the way, Kevin. I have a bone to pick with you. A few weeks ago, you closed out one of the dog blogs with a video of Rowlf from the Muppet Show, accompanying Johnny Cash in a barn singing, “Egg sucking dog.” I watched all the Muppet Shows, and being a dog-lover myself, Rowlf was one of my favorite characters. Rowlf is a talented piano virtuoso, and I’m afraid your blog singling out that video with Johnny Cash may have damaged poor Rowlf’s reputation. I certainly hope not.

A super huge Rowlf fan

Thanks for your e-mail and thanks for reading.

Please enjoy the following classical performance. (Note the candelabra).

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Look for our regular features all weekend

It begins with a special 4th of July edition of Friday Night Live tonight at 11:30. After you get home from the fireworks, fire up the computer for a trip down memory lane.

Despite this being a holiday week, Week-ends is loaded with heroes, villains, strange stories, plus our outrage of the week. That's Saturday, along with wife Jennifer's dog blog, The Barking Lot.

Sunday, it's the ever-popular Culinary no-no.

I hope you're having a safe and pleasant holiday weekend, and thank you for spending some of it here.

A PBS 4th of July-The good and the bad

I’ve had the pleasure of working for over 20 years in local broadcasting: 11 years at WUWM, and for the past 11 years, I’ve been a regular panelist On Channel 10’s InterCHANGE. I also hosted the Channel 10 Auction for many years.

When public broadcasting is good, it’s very, very good. Tonight, Independence Day evening is a perfect example.

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My wife, a dog, and Kopp's

Many places I go, I now get hit with, “Have you got a dog yet?”

It’s the worst kept secret on the planet, but the true story has been distorted. The general consensus, I have found, is that my dear, sweet, adorable wife, desperately wants and deserves a pet, but her dog-hating, stubborn, no-good husband simply won’t oblige.

Until today, I had forgotten how far down the hieracrchy I would slip if the Fischer household did, indeed, have a dog. Then I went to Kopp’s to pick up a half gallon of one of the flavors the day. It happens to be another of the wonders of life that rates higher than yours truly.

So, for all of you who stop and interrogate me about dog updates, keep this in mind. If and when I cave and we get a dog, the totem pole will look something like this:



3) OUR DOG (s)








There’s probably some others I’m forgetting but the point is, I’m no longer in the top ten in the hit parade.

And many of you (you know who you are) are still encouraging my dear wife to get a dog, or more than one.

Some friends.


"Sure, dear, I'll run to Pick 'n' Save for us."


With Sendik's closed today, the 76th and Rawson Pick is a zoo.

Carts are hard to come by.

Lines are terribly long.

Husbands, you've been warned.

I would suspect this alert will remain in effect until dinnertime today.

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