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 baby 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!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: A frosty morning, then mostly sunny. A high of 48. Normal high is 51. "C"
SUNDAY: Sunny. High of 58. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
OK, I admit it. I am a “girly girl.” I LOVE being pampered. I truly enjoy going for massages, facials, pedicures, you name it. Kevin has taken me to many amazing spas. From the award-winning Sundara Spa in Wisconsin Dells to SpaHalekulani in
Admittedly, a Golden Retriever doesn’t need to worry about his big presentation to a new client, and I’ve yet to hear about a Dachshund who is concerned about paying her mortgage. Most Shih-Tzu’s are more focused on what is in the treat jar than what is in the checking account. Still, don’t our four-legged family members deserve some pooch pampering?
I have read about many “doggy day spas” that cater to the S-P-O-I-L-E-D canine set. Not just a place for Max to have a bath, these establishments offer amenities such as expert grooming, nail trimming (and yes, polish!) and tooth brushing. Some offer heated floors, many offer gourmet treats.
As a fan of pets AND capitalism I don’t have a problem at all with these places. More power to the owners that can afford this lifestyle for their pets. The latest in this realm of excess just might top everything: a nightclub for dogs. Yes, you read correctly, a nightclub.
In my opinion, the brief article in the NY Post does not begin to capture the essence of the Fetch Club. Take a moment to peruse their website. It is written literally as if your dog is reading it. It refers to “you” as though “you” is the Yorkie, not the Yorkie’s owner: “At Fetch Club, we have urban canines like you in mind, and have created an oasis just for you and other like-minded canines to come together and take advantage of the various services and amenities we have to offer.”
Perhaps some over-paid marketing guru suggested to the owners that writing directly to the dog was unique and set Fetch Club far apart from its competitors. And I’m sure plenty of nutty New Yorkers feel uber-superior just reading about the services and amenities.
Pampering your dog? Cool. Springing for a spa? Extremely cool. Expecting Rocky to read the website? Lame.
Thanks, Jennifer. Along those lines, Las Vegas is going to the dogs.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Lizabeth recovers from attack from alligator.
Dog missing for a year... you know the rest.
Candidate skips campaign to care for sick dog.
Dog's condition so bad, dog named Ripley.
Vision impaired gain mobility with guide dogs.
Bomb-sniffing dogs show off.
Class teaches dogs to show off.
Dog food, or dogs as food?
Life lessons learned from a dog.
That's it. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot.
We close with our closing video. Would you stop a dog thief?