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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-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/18/14)

The Barking Lot

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!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Morning clouds. Afternoon sun. High of 50.  "D"

Mostly cloudy. High of 56. "D"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

I’m not going crazy over the Ebola scare.  I’m not canceling our travel plans for Disney in about a month, which obviously requires air travel.  I’m not going to try to buy my own personal HazMat suit.  I do believe, however, that we should be extremely cautious and do everything that is reasonable and possible to contain this frightening virus. 

The least of my worries is whether dogs will be the most destructive force in this ordeal.  I’m not sure euthanizing a pet of a victim is the guaranteed way to solve the problems. 

Like any major issue going on in the world, there are differing opinions about what should be done.  Spain reacted differently than the U.S. with regards to the dogs.  I’m going to favor NOT panicking needlessly and worrying about dogs at this point.

Personally I don’t have a lot of faith in the CDC at this time.  With our current administration in D.C. I don’t think they’d be able to pat their heads with both hands, let alone have the best and brightest working on what could be a major calamity in the U.S.  But again, freaking out about dogs transmitting the disease might not be the best focus.   

Closer to home, I will admit that I don’t blame parents at a local high school for keeping their kids out of school recently.  If we can condone euthanizing a pet without much thought, I think we can understand parents’ reaction to out-of-country visitors.

Once again, while I feel it’s incredibly important to prevent the spread of this frightening virus I’m not in the camp of “get rid of the dogs.” 
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Here's a good question.

The ruff life of the Ebola nurse's dog.

Owner speaks out after dog with microchip is euthanized.

Heroism of U.S. military war dogs who brave bombs and bullets revealed in new book.

From brain diseases to pets, start-ups develop new cannabis cures.

Dog gets paid to...model?

Family seaches for dog that Dad gave away on Craig's LIst.

After feuding families agree to joint custody, dog dies in bosom of both.

Deaf dog leans sign language.

Rescued for Life: Dog Adoptions That Last.

Special dog unites 9/11 victim's family, TSA agent.

One of the great moments of fall.



Saying goodbye.

And we close as we always do with our closing video.

Duffy, the Irish Terrier from Pennsylvania had gone blind due to complications from diabetes. His family was finally able to get him corrective surgery for his eyes after getting his diabetes stabilized. This is the first time Duffy had seen his family in months. His reaction to seeing them again will melt your heart.

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The best cartoons of the week (10/18/14)

Best Cartoons of the Week

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UPDATE: Hey, if you'd ever like to trade places...

Previously on This Just In...

The update.

Michelle Obama and food stamps

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No InterCHANGE tonight

Milwaukee Public Television is hosting the gubernatorial debate tonight and the crew will be working to accommodate, thus bumping InterCHANGE. The program returns next week.

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