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.
Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In...
HEROES OF THE WEEK
Dr. John Burson
This 7th grader, who prepared the following speech for her class...
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: Morning snow showers, then partly cloudy skies. Low 30's. "F" .
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, cold. Might not hit the freezing mark. "D"
My parents smoked since they were teenagers. Back then, everyone thought it was cool. There wasn’t a lot of information about how addicting nicotine is, how tough it is to quit, and how dangerous it is for your health. Despite the fact that I was raised by two smokers (or in my opinion BECAUSE of it) I have never wanted to smoke, never tried. Although I support smokers’ rights, I personally find it a money-wasting, stupid, and disgusting habit.
For many years I begged my parents to quit. I tried everything from the “If you really love me” line to cold hard facts about how much their health would improve if they would quit. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING worked. So eventually I just gave up. But I never thought about asking them to quit for our dogs and cats. If it had occurred to me, I honestly think that would have been an incentive to them. I can’t begin to tell you how spoiled the pets were in our house.
It amazes me how teenagers today actually start smoking, no matter how many PSA’s they have seen, no matter how many health classes they have taken, or despite losing a friend or relative to smoking-related health problems. To me, there is no excuse to start such a ridiculous habit. But for the people who have smoked for many years (I have plenty of friends and relatives to fall in this category) the question is what kind of incentive can you provide to help them kick the habit? Well, do they have pets?
A new study documents researchers looking at the smoking behaviors of people who live with a dog or cat. Results of this study show that pet owners may be more motivated to quit if they knew their habit was harmful to their dog or cat. Veterinarian Marty Becker sites examples of how secondhand smoke can be toxic for house pets.
I’m not an expert on this topic but it seems to follow a logical pattern… If secondhand smoke is hazardous to humans, why wouldn’t our pets fall under the same perils sharing a house with smokers?
Personally, I feel that ANY reason or incentive to get a smoker to quit is a good one. I know different people respond to different reasoning tactics. Some do it for the love of another person. Some do it because of a personal health scare, such as a heart attack. I’m sure that with the rising cost of a pack or carton of cigarettes, some are financially motivated. So if Fido wags his tail at you, and you think he’s saying “Please Mom, put out that stinky thing so I don’t get sick” why shouldn’t you listen?
Thanks, Jennifer. When my wife finishes her contribution, that means it's my turn. Time once again for DOGS IN THE NEWS. Say it along with me, folks....canines that made headlines the previous week.
Of course, the big doggie news of the week was all about Stump who proved to be inspirational. Dog show-related work isn't over yet.
Some good news out of the Michael Vick controversy.
It sounded like an attempt at a world's record. It wasn't, and it's not funny. Take a look.
This dog exhibit needs help.
So Chloe, what are you doing this weekend?
Brian Justice will paint your dog.
Door County has goats on a roof. Minot, North Dakota has, well, you guessed it...
That's it for this week. No more dog shows. No new dog movies to promote. So we leave you with this very sensitive public service announcement:
I hope that between the heart cards and chocolates and flowers and champagne you’ll make time for This Just In this weekend.
Check back later tonight for a special V-Day musical blog.
Saturday, Jennifer takes us into The Barking Lot and I’ll toss in DOGS IN THE NEWS. If my recollection is right, there was some big dog event or other earlier this week.
Who were the heroes and villains of the week? What story got too much coverage? What story didn’t get enough? Find out in Week-ends.|
I’ll share some of my favorite columns of the week in Recommended Reading.
Sunday, look for My Most Popular Blogs, Photos of the Week, MJS Scorecard, and Culinary no-no #99.
And thanks for stopping by.