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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:  Light snow this morning. Otherwise, cloudy skies. Snow covered roads and sidewalks. 

SUNDAY:  Some snow showers. Otherwise, mostly cloudy. "F"

Time is on my side for February 2009.  Usually on Monday evenings in the Fischer household it is guaranteed that ONE member of the family will be yelling and screaming at the TV from September to December.  But I have no worries that NFL broadcasting will interfere with a program I faithfully watch when it airs Monday February 9th and continues Tuesday February 10th  Of course I am talking about the Westminster Kennel Club annual Dog Show.  This is one competition that I cheer and clap and holler for… especially last year when Uno one, the very first beagle to win Best In Show.  That is, ahem, truly an UNDERDOG winning!

We know the state of California can be trailblazing when it comes to drafting and/or enacting new legislation.  Many times the law is loopy, strange, nutty, downright crazy.  That’s the Golden State for you.  So it did not surprise me to read an article about PETA in the LA Times.  Get this:  PETA wants the USA Network to stop airing the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual show.  

know I have written many times that I personally favor adopting a mixed breed (my favorite term is, and always will be, “mutt”) over a pedigree.  That is just my feeling and I would never criticize people for purchasing and owning a pedigree.  Pedigree dogs are bred for qualities and characteristics, and there is fascinating history behind the many reasons why they have evolved into the standards of today.
 The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was established in 1887 with a history as proud as the breeds of dogs it showcases.

The LA Times suspected its readers “would take issue with PETA's premise: that breeding dogs for the show ring locks in genetic defects that, it argues, plague ‘as many as one in four purebred dogs ... with a serious genetic problem.’  Well, apparently they were wrong.  As of today, 96% of voters in a poll do NOT agree that the USA Network should cancel showing the WKC Dog Show.  I am proud to say I am part of that 96%.

I honestly don’t know where PETA gets these ridiculous ideas.  I can just see a bunch of them clad in organic cotton, wearing their vegan shoes…  eating a bowl of sprouts and beans, drinking water they collected in rain barrels in the back of their building…  sitting on recycled cardboard-based furniture…  discussing what they can whine & cry about next in the world of animal abuse…  Suddenly one brain child declares that nationally televised dog shows are the root of all evil and must be stopped.  In the meantime, two blocks away from their headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, an elderly woman is hoarding 125 cats in her studio apartment.  But let’s get that nasty dog show off the USA Network and all will be right in the animal world!

Thanks but I will be sitting on my couch the evening of February 9th cheering for my favorite breed.  This will, of course, be after I finish my dinner of beef, or chicken, or even fish…  Drinking a glass of COW’S MILK to support my growing baby, and maybe having a piece of chocolate for dessert that isn’t wrapped in an organic wrapper with a picture of a panda bear and facts about the dying rainforests.

PETA:  People Eating Tasty Animals…  That’s MY version of the acronym.

---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer! Take the Westminster show off the air? That would be a sacrilege, or at least Communistic.Leave it to the moonbats.  Oh, and I DO NOT  yell and scream at the TV, unless it's MSNBC.

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

As we've written in the past, the news isn't always good.

Tanya Martin deserves to be punished (Read some of the comemnts that follow. Not much sympathy for this woman).

Thank goodness Lou Beddow's neighbor noticed he hadn't been walking his dog.

Here's the story of MissyToo and Mira, cloned dogs. Why don't they look alike?

Back in October, Jennifer blogged about proposed legislation in California that mandated the spaying and neutering of pets. Jennifer ended her blog writing, "I wonder what California will try to legislate next…  how many times a day a dog can bark?"  Well, guess what?

We've also referenced several articles about the impact the tough economy has had on pet owners. Here's a story with a different outlook and perspective: The sacrifices dedicated owners are willing to make to keep their pets. Of course, you can always splurge on your pet in many ways. Just make sure that chew toy is safe.

And finally, an effort is underway to return red dogs to proud hunting status.

That's it for this week. Thank you dog lovers, one and all! In keeping with the theme of this week's entry, let's review last year's Westminster Dog Show where history was made...

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Coyotes on the prowl again

This time, they've been seen on Milwaukee's south side.

The ever so helpful Department of Natural Resources says it will supply concerned citizens with a list of licensed trappers. That'll work, especially when a coyote is gnawing on your child or pet.

You'll recall this was a problem not too long ago in our quiet little Camelot, Franklin. Franklin residents do have options if they spot a coyote:

1) Start clapping your hands loudly

2) Scream, "Hey, get out of here!"

3) Run to the phone and dial 9-1-1

4) Pray

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Even the President can't say no to his mother-in-law

Marian Robinson is moving into the White House.

But no word on whether there’s any space available for the President-elect’s half-brother.

It's ELVIS' Birthday Weekend: OK, admit it guys...


You'd love to be ELVIS, not even for one day, but for just under 3 minutes...

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Coming up on This Just In...or, where've you been, Kev?

I've been a bit busy with my personal and professional life lately, so I haven't power blogged as usual.

Of course, I could write like some who treat their blog as a computer form of home movies. It usually goes something like this:

Guys, I'm sorry but I won't be blogging much today. I'll probably be out in the garden all morning planting petunias. Then I thought I'd run to the mall. I hear they have some great bargains so I might be there for a few hours. Then #1 son is over for dinner so I might make a pot of chili and throw a pie in the oven. So, sorry guys, you're on your own for today.

Oh my God! Blogger X is out in the garden! Blogger X is shopping! Blogger X won't blog today! How in the world are we going to get by today?? How will we survive. Oh, the pain, the pain!

Nothing wrong with that, of course. Everybody blogs about what they want to, but that's not my cup of tea. Personal experiences on the blogs, in my opinion, are fine if they segue to a larger point or theme. Otherwise, who the hell cares if you're tired or not in the mood or out gardening or won't blog for 24 hours because you're planning family dinner and # 8 daughter has volleyball practice or #5 son's acne has him all depressed.

I'll just say that the regular weekend features on This Just In are coming, including Week-ends and The Barking Lot Saturday.

Also, my announcement of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel scorecard got some reaction this week and apparently touched some nerves. I'll have my reaction and then I will continue my scorecard on Sunday along with My Most Popular Blogs, Culinary no-no, and Photos of the Week.

And don't forget Recommended Reading. I can't blog all day every day like some, so I like to pass on some good stuff that I couldn't get to during the week.

That's what's coming up. No long, boring, who the hell cares explanation why I haven't blogged much the past 48 hours.

And thanks for stopping by.

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