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: Showers. High of 54. The normal high is 48. Still, with that rain.... "D"
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of 43. "D"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Two years ago, Lifetime Network conducted a telephone survey of women to see how they feel about their relationships with their pets. One question found that more than half of women aged 18-49 (59 percent) would risk their lives for their pet. A blog that helps pet owners plan estates for their pets invites owners to ponder the same question: “Would you risk your life for your pet?”
Just this week, the Paw Print Post asked their readers if they'd follow a Gig Harbor, Washington, woman's lead to get between her dog and a brown bear that startled them on a walk. I’m not surprised by the results. The brave owner and her pooch are both doing fine.
My own personal answer to that question (if asked right now) would be that I have a wonderful husband and daughter to live for. While I would put myself in harm’s way to an extent and probably wouldn’t think about it, I would NOT say “Yes, I would sacrifice my life for my pet.” On the contrary I have a dear friend who is the most dedicated dog lover I know. (Yes, even more than me.) It would come as no surprise if she answered without hesitation, “Of COURSE I would give up my life for my dog!!!” And yes, she is a wife and step-mother. And no, I wouldn’t ask her the same question about her other family members.
I wouldn’t classify someone as heartless if they would be unwilling to give up their life for their pet’s. And I wouldn’t call someone a nut-job if they were ready to die for their beloved animal. I think that is one of those “You Can’t Win” kinds of questions. So wherever your answer lies, it is fine with me.
Thanks, Jennifer. Time once again for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
We start off with what I believe is one of the most amazing dog stories ever.
Here's what happens when you put police in charge of dog control.
A family dog isn't always safe.
Dogs are nosy, very nosy. And it's a good thing they are.
Big cat no match for small dog.
It's not too early to start planning for New Year's Day.
BARKING LOT UPDATE: Mia gets new home
Stolen dog returned to 80-year old woman.
That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. We close with our closing video. My thanks to Franklin alderman Steve Olson for passing it along. HT: Real debate Wisconsin. Enjoy.