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.
A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
American Civic Association receptionist.......UPDATE
Carnegie Hero Medal Award Winners
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: Mostly sunny. High of 45. That's about average for this time of year. "C"
SUNDAY: Windy with a mix of rain and snow. High of 35. No good. "F"
*JENNIFER IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND WILL RETURN TO THE Barking Lot AT A LATER DATE*
Earlier this year, I blogged that Franklin alderman Steve Taylor has proposed an ordinance to require that all dogs off their owner’s premises be on a leash. The proposal comes as the idea of a Franklin dog park is being floated around. Taylor’s plan would put the kibosh on any dog park discussions.
I’m on record that the alderman’s proposal is silly and unnecessary and somewhere in the gopher’s basement when it comes to our city’s priorities.
I raise Alderman Taylor’s proposal again, not to make fun (seriously) but because I was reminded of the idea once more while perusing newspapers from around the country.
Here in southeastern Wisconsin, where winters are 16 months long, we have no spring, and summer is gone in the blink of an eye, the prospect of a dog park where canines can romp freely with reckless, joyful abandon has tremendous appeal. A dog park creates and instills great warmth and a strong sense of community. I, for one, fail to see anything to fear or the need to call out the National Guard.
A dog at a dog park. Free to run. Unleashed. My goodness, gracious.
DEAR, GET ME THE NUMBER FOR CITY HALL!!!
Because the good Lord didn’t put us far enough south and didn’t place us near some of the world’s largest bodies of water, we are relegated to dream about dog parks.
To us beer guzzling, brat stuffing fools, the notion of a dog beach is rather foreign or at least California-like (and that could be the very same thing). But that’s exactly where the idea of a dog beach is as common as eating four scoops of custard on a summer night is to us.
With all due respect to West Allis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Potosi, and Platteville, the most beautiful city in the entire continental United States could very well be San Diego.
San Diego was carved out of an artistic masterpiece. The sun shines 400 days out of the year, the average high everyday is 73 degrees, and the average low every night is 72.8. Humidity is non-existent.
When you’re not looking, birds land on your fingertips and chirp Broadway show tunes. Restaurants don’t make entrees, they produce nirvana. There are no ugly buildings. They’re against the law. Gorgeous blondes are tall, tan, and good looking……and that’s just the guys.
In San Diego, California, good ol’ US of A, they leave talk of dog parks for places like, well, you know. Dog parks are so pedestrian. A dog beach? That’s the ticket.
A column this week by Logan Jenkins in the San Diego Union-Tribune caught my attention, not just because of the dustup I caused on my blog recently about Steve Taylor’s fido folly, but by the column’s rather fascinating, and I believe, truthful account of how humans view dogs.
It’s Jenkins’ contention that, “Dogs divide humankind into warring halves. Never the twain shall meet.”
I can never let Jenkins meet my wife, Jennifer. The two, based on their adulation for dogs, would probably run off together to Pago Pago.
Jenkins has a theory that ties in with this whole discussion I raised about the proposed Franklin ordinance. To simplify: you either adore dogs and place them on the food chain above humans, or the very sight of them sends you into a hypochondriac panic.
(God, is this good stuff, or what? I might never give this blog back to Jennifer!)
In his column that I will link to shortly, Jenkins writes magnificently about the Felix Unger attitude about dogs. It is priceless stuff.
Words of caution to these folks: Dog park? Real easy.
you will not …….
Feed your goldfish.
Take your Diovan.
If that doesn’t work, call City Hall.
there will be at least one elected official or bureaucrat ready and willing to say….
THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW.
Read dog lover Logan Jenkins’ column.
The previous Barking Lot blog has been brought to you by Kevin Fischer while his lovely wife, Jennifer enjoys some time off to take care of beautiful Kyla Fischer, born on March 25, 2009. Jennifer will return at a later date.
Now it's time for......
DOGS IN THE NEWS.....Canines that made headlines the past week.
You've seen and read all the stories about the devastating floods in nearby North Dakota, the rescuers handling people in desperate need of help. What about the dogs?
Read the amazing story of Tracy Lindsey.
This was quite the bombshell. PETA, according to a consumer group, killed 95% of its adoptable pets in its care last year.
A World War II dog hero's medal is going up for auction.
Thou shalt not kill because your neighbor doesn't like your dog barking.
Over the past few months on The Barking Lot, we've blogged about the impact of the economy on pets. Don't kid yourself. They feel it, too.
When do pets act their cuddliest? Take a guess. It's no surprise.
Here's an issue that has popped up over and over again, this time in the Aloha State: Should dogs (the answer is yes) be allowed to go into schools (yes, yes, yes) to sniff out drugs?
Time magazine asks the following question...
OK, can you really blame this naughty dog for taking the wheel into its own hands?
Thank you, Colorado State University!!
Well isn't this a bite in the ass??!!
Finally we express our sadness at the passing of Victoria Wellens, the executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society.
I was stunned and saddened to hear the news that former WTMJ-TV anchor Melodie Wilson's health is deteriorating. I had the pleasure of working with Melodie at WTMJ. She and her husband were always very kind to me and I'll never forget that.
Please join me in praying for Melodie and wishing her and her family the very best.
A very touching story and video from Channel 12.