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 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!
*NOTE: MISSING DOG IN FRANKLIN*
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: DENSE FOG ADVISORY UNTIL 10 A.M. WITH VISIBILITIES OF 1/4 MILE OR LESS. Cloudy. Winds off the lake. Very humid. High of 78. "C"
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High of 82. "A"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Earlier this week, Kyla and I were walking in to Sendik’s when we saw two small dogs with long hair in a Toyota SUV-type vehicle. They were barking up a storm, so they were tough to miss. With temperatures around 80 degrees and high humidity, it was no surprise that they wanted attention. All four windows were open a bit but quite honestly, I can’t imagine that was enough to provide any sort of comfort. My blood began to boil, and I imagine those little pups felt pretty much the same way, literally.
We grabbed the couple items we needed and were on our way. I had hoped NOT to see the vehicle still there but they were still there and still barking like crazy. I cooed to them, “You’re hot aren’t you?” and was just about to grab my cell phone to call the Franklin police non-emergency number. Right behind me was Owner of the Year who promptly told me, “They weren’t in there that long.”
I’m usually the last person to want any sort of confrontation or to make a scene. Still, I was more than happy to give her an extremely nasty look and reply, “It was long enough… I sure wouldn’t want to be sitting in a hot car like that!” Honestly, she was lucky that Kyla was with me. While I clearly wouldn’t have done anything physical to her, I would have had some sterner words for her. The best I could do was talk loudly to Kyla about how it’s not nice to leave dogs in a car when it is so blasted hot outside.
It continues to boggle my mind at dog owners’ stupidity and carelessness. This is Franklin… you’d certainly like to think that our city’s residents are reasonably intelligent. It wasn’t as if this was another “torture technique” used on dogs for fighting in the inner city. The owner was around my age, well-dressed and by all accounts normal-looking. Her SUV was quite new and in good shape. It just goes to show that idiocy knows no limits and has no qualifications. Any dog owner can be as dumb as a stump, and still allowed to BE a dog owner.
Obviously the ones that really should read The Barking Lot, don’t.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
This Wyoming officer should definitely be reading Barking Lot.
Buddygate: Woman refuses to return dog to owner.
Bamboozled: Dead dog's body held hostage by vet until owner paid final bill, customer says.
Guess how many of Britain's dogs are overweight?
Anti-dog fouling poster goes viral online.
A life lesson from the Dog Whisperer.
Hogan is a survivor.
Rip is a hero. Here's another.
Firefighter credits Sabrina for helping him beat cancer.
Stranger picks right place to put stray dog.
A comfort dog in church.
Bitten three times, this worker isn't afraid of dogs.
And then the dog died.
6 things I wish I knew before getting a dog.
Read what dogs can now do in California.
Dog owners matched on dating site.
Book Review: Off the Leash: A Year at the Dog Park
'Kissed by a pit' challenges dog lovers.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO (S) OF THE WEEK:
18 photos of Hank and Hank.
We've got 25 more.
Tonight, Goodnight takes the night off. Not completely. We just don’t have a new installment. Instead, we’ve dipped into our vault to pull out a previous feature we hope you’ll really like.
Look, I’m not stupid. I realize a boring, totally meaningless Packer pre-season game is still one million times more popular than my Friday night blog.
So enjoy this Goodnight feature from May of 2013 that somewhat ties in with Fiesta Mexicana at the lakefront this weekend.
Dear 9th District Constituents and Friends:
Please click here to view the August 2014 edition of "Privileged To Serve," the monthly e-newsletter issued by my office.
In this edition, you will find information on:
- Updates Concerning 9th District Road Construction;
- Staff Transition in Supervisor Taylor's Office;
- Traveling Beer Garden At Root River Parkway;
- Holz Motors Celebrates 100 Years in Business;
- Supervisor Taylor Asked to Be On the Panel of Judges For Distinguished Young Women of Wisconsin;
- Boerner Botanical Gardens Celebrate 75th Anniversary;
- Oak Creek Lions Fest;
- Free Days at the Milwaukee County Parks, Museums and the County Zoo.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can be of assistance concerning any matter involving Milwaukee County.
All My Best,
Steve F. Taylor
Milwaukee County Board, 2nd Vice Chairman
Milwaukee County Supervisor, 9th District
(414) 223-1380 fax