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: Depending where you are, you will wake up to no snow, a dusting, or a few inches. Streets and sidewalks are icy and slick this morning. Cloudy today. High of 30. "F"
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. High of just 22. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog and it begins with a video.
I have a dear friend “Katie” who loves her dog “Bennie” more than life itself. If this commercial reversed the genders and a boyfriend asked Katie to choose her dog or him, trust me, said dog would win every time. This dog is her WORLD… her CHILD… her raison d’être.
She has pretty much told me that if it came down to it, she would choose Bennie over any potential mate. Truthfully for as long as I have known Katie and for how deeply I know she wants to find “The One” I think she is a little off in saying she would choose Bennie over a husband. Oh, I don’t DOUBT her. I just think she might want to reconsider.
Another friend, “Sally” is married and I dare say she, too, would choose her dog over her husband. I’m not sure how long & hard she would even have to think about it!
Both of my wonderful friends fall in to the 14% of respondents who would choose their pet over their mate. An AP-Petside poll this week found that 25% of unmarried pet owners would pick Rover before Lover. I find it a bit reassuring that the number drops to 8% of married pet owners answering the same way.
Kevin often teases me that on the list of Top Ten Things Jennifer Loves, he comes in somewhere around Number 12, after our microwave. I would never say he’s Number 12 but I could be forced to admit it’s a tie between him and crème brulée. But choose a pup over a partner? Not me! (Back to my friend Sally, though… I’m not sure I’d disagree with her.)
Thanks, Jennifer. So I'm still in the top ten, hey? But not by much, I'm afraid!
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
*CAUTION: This story contains a graphic image and content. International outrage over frozen dog.
The dog's heartbeat stopped. And then...
Dog takes bullets to save owner.
A dog and his owner in a snowstorm nightmare.
In Madison, pets treated to cutting-edge therapy.
Dogs in court - PART ONE.
Dogs in court - PART TWO.
Some dogs in your car could kill you.
Sleeping with your dog? Dangerous...
Denver wants to ban pit bulls.
Humane Society tries to tame dogfighting.
A dog at a funeral parlor?
Woman returns rescue dog. Read why...
Former NFL star makes donation for a special dog.
Does your dog need a coat?
Get ready for cute!
That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.
We close as we always do with.....
I hate to interrupt, but....
Well, I know this is the part of the blog that....
That we do our closing video, and I'm just about to do that so could you please....
Well, I was just wondering....
Wondering if we could do TWO closing videos?
TWO closing videos? I had only planned one.
Don't tell me!
You've got a closing video.
Why didn't you tell me this sooner so I could plan in advance?
Well, I was kinda busy, you know, with Kyla....
Alright, alright, but can I at least go first?
Ahem, now where the hell was I? Oh, yeh, the closing video. Except that it's now two videos. We don't have a script for that. Relax. Adjust, Kevin, just adjust.
Here we go.
Thanks for stopping by. We close with a special close, two closing videos!
The first is from CNN and is totally amazing!
Jennifer, you're up.
My closing video is all about dogs we love! Yeh!
Yeh, yeh, yeh! Are you happy now?
Completely, my love!