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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.

My most popular blogs

Most popular

As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:

1) The Barking Lot (10/04/08)

2) Culinary no-no #79

3) The latest weapon against sex offenders...and other sex offender news

4) Photos of the Week (10/05/08)

5) Sweetheart, are you "Party A" or am I?

Ed Hochuli is not having a good season

If you watched Monday Night Football earlier this week, you saw another blown call by referee Ed Hochuli.

Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway grabbed the facemask of New Orleans’ Reggie Bush. The play forced a fumble that was recovered by the Vikings.

Everyone in the stadium and watching on television saw the blatant facemask penalty……everyone except Hochuli and the other blind mice on his crew. No flag was thrown was on the play. As you might expect, the Saints weren’t happy.

The National Football League has fined Greenway $7,500. No word on what, if anything will happen to Hochuli who has turned in an absolutely brutal performance so far this season.

33 years ago today, a Notre Dame legend was born

Being a Notre Dame fan, I’m watching their game at North Carolina this afternoon.

Thirty-three years ago this afternoon at North Carolina, Notre Dame struggled, until one of the future greats came off the bench in the 4th quarter for the Irish.

From today’s South Bend Tribune:

“In the third period, however, the Tar Heels scored twice and took a 14-0 lead into the final period. Early in the fourth period, Rick Slager engineered a drive and with plenty of running help from Jerome Heavens and Al Hunter, the Irish scored. But Slager misfired on a 2-point conversion pass and it was 14-6 with 11:27 to play. When the clock got down to 6:00, it was ‘Montana time.'”

Here’s what happened next….

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The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot

: The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of This Just by my wife and yours truly. Jennifer provides the opening blog and then I bring you DOGS IN THE NEWS.

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

TODAY:  “A” all day and this evening.

SUNDAY:  Ditto. A picture perfect dog-walking weekend is in store.

My favorite neighbor dog Mickey is a beautiful, sweet-tempered Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier.  If I see her out for a walk with her dad George, I run out to pet her and get my fix of licks and tail wags.  I think Mickey is one of the happiest, healthiest dogs I have ever known.  I swear that dog actually SMILES.

Mickey is about four years old and has all the spark of a puppy.  She has a soft, shiny coat; bright eyes; perky disposition and I’ve never noticed any odor about her, be it “dog coat smell or doggy breath.”  George and his wife treat this dog like gold… the same way we will treat our dog when we get one.  (While Dad takes her for a walk in the winter, Mom is home warming towels in the dryer to wipe her chilled, damp paws.  Every day.)

Kevin and I have discussed feeding practices many times.  He’s all for the occasional scrap of human goodies:  a toss of a pizza scrap, a morsel of meat, etc.  I’ve seen what too many table scraps and treats can do to dogs:  my Sugar was terribly overweight because our family literally killed her with kindness.  Unfortunately pet health wasn’t as big an issue 25 years ago and we didn’t really know any better.  Kevin’s theory is she must have lived a happy and content life… if she really enjoyed that piece of occasional pizza was that really so wrong?  Did it knock of a day in her short life?  Maybe.  But if she was one day less on this earth, she was one day happier.

I have seen Kevin give Leia, our Yellow Lab dog-in-law, several bits of treats from the snack table on holidays.  (Of course her family does it too so we are not going against their wishes.)  Kevin helped let her out this past week while his brother and sister-in-law were on vacation.  I bought her a new squeak toy.  I can only imagine what he slipped her in everyone’s absence!

Back to Mickey, our neighbor dog.  Mickey is fed nothing but 100% human food.  Her mom cooks for her daily.  Poached chicken, ground beef, rice, and an occasional piece of steak.  She loves her vegetables too, especially green beans.  Her diet has been fully sanctioned by her vet, a vet George has used for many years for many dogs.  She gets commercial “treats” with vitamin supplements but other than that she and her mom and dad could share the same plate.

George has made the decision to feed Mickey a human food diet because of all the frightening recalls of dog food. 
He is not about to see anything bad happen to their beloved dog.  Kevin and I both agree with this theory and plan on feeding our future dog this way.  We can’t imagine the heartbreak of having a pet poisoned by the very food we thought would be appropriate.

We know that MANY dog owners and dog health professionals disagree with us.  Obviously we would do our research and consult our vet before we’d make our dog bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The Whole Dog Journal offers subscription options but some articles are available in their entirety on-line.  This article reviews many alternatives to feeding Fido his usual canned Alpo.

There is as much debate over feeding your dog a human food diet as there is over its owners being vegetarians vs. omnivores.  For the Future Fischer dog, a human diet is as guaranteed as Mr. and Mrs. Fischer never touching tofu.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer! Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made all kinds of headlines this past week, and did they ever. We always begin with the more serious stories.

Did this woman go too far? I certainly think so.

A U.S. soldier's dog could be executed.

A warning has been issued about a rabid Iraqi dog here in the U.S.

A Texas woman uses the Internet to track down the adult child of a man killed while saving dogs from a freeway.

We love stories like this one, about another very special dog.

This church welcomes dogs.

Politics and pooches in a sibling rivalry.

There's a Rin TinTin-Hollywood controversy brewing.

The most popular names for dogs?

And it's an age old question. Do dogs look like.......their owners?

That's it for this week. Thanks for visiting. We close with music and lyrics from Eric Stoltz.

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Coming up on This Just In....

I promise there will plenty to talk about, in addition to our regular weekend features.

Saturday morning, another interesting installment of Week-ends. Jennifer will present The Barking Lot complete with the latest DOGS IN THE NEWS and what promises to be a rather pleasant dog-walking forecast.

Sunday, no Shari Hanneman this week, but we will have our Photos of the Week, the most popular blogs of the past week, and a very sweet Culinary no-no.

Thank you for stopping by.

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