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: Sunny and cold. High of 32. "D"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 45. "C"
After all that cooking the other day, Jennifer has the week off, so I get to do the honors.
Brrr, it’s cold out there. And remember, it’s still fall. Winter isn’t officially that far away and Fido needs special treatment when the temps drop.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has compiled a helpful list of winter care tips for dogs that include some you would expect like don’t leave your dog outside too long, dry off your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow, and don’t leave the dog alone in a car.
One of the AKC’s health tips reads, “Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.”
During the 2009-10
According to the Humane Society of the
Under Wisconsin’s new law, any engine coolant or antifreeze sold in the state that has more than 10% ethylene glycol must contain, as a bittering agent, denatonium benzoate in a concentration of not less than 30 parts per million nor more than 50 parts per million.
Manufacturers of engine coolant or antifreeze will be required to keep a record of the trade name, scientific name, and active ingredients of any bittering agent used in the product and make the record available to the public upon request. Manufacturers, processors, distributors, recyclers, or sellers of coolant or antifreeze covered under this law will not be liable to any person for any personal injury, death, property damage, environmental damage, including damage to natural resources, or economic loss that might be caused by the inclusion of denatonium benzoate.
Coolant or antifreeze containers with a capacity of 55 gallons or more are exempt.
Violators may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 90 days or fined not more than $1,500 or both.
The new law is expected to save many, many animal lives. It doesn’t go into effect, however, until January 1, 2012.
Here is more information on how you can detect antifreeze ingestion in your pet.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
The story of the week: Which is smarter? MORE.
Zelda wanders, mourning her owner's death.
Poll: Pet owners on trips like to take pets along.
Dog falls off a cliff and survives. Now comes the bad news.
Colorado city might loosen its ban on pit bulls.
Murphy is very lucky.
Prison program helps inmates and dogs.
Lots of Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Healthy, Happy and Comfortable.
Is The National Dog Show like DWTS?
The book doesn't have the sexiest title, but great pictures and information.
Where is the first restaurant for dogs?
This dog dish costs a lot of $$$.
And yes, there is a naughty Thanksgiving dog story.
That’s it for this trip to The Barking Lot. We close with our closing video. And this week we have, WOOF WOOF, two for you.
First, a Barking Lot update. You may recall Lex. We have good news.
And finally, a German TV ad for the game Kackel Dackel.
Players roll the dice to see how far the 'food' advances down the dog's digestive track, complete with sounds. The idea is to collect neon-yellow 'poop.'
Kackel Dackel. An absolute must for under the Christmas tree this year.