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!
THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors.
TODAY: A chilly morning gives way to a sunny day. High of 52. "C"
SUNDAY: Showers. High of 51. "D"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Last week on The Barking Lot, Kevin featured two heart-warming videos about Coda and the brave men (Jared Thompson and Jamie Giese) who helped rescue him.
The firefighter who performed mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation said he had never done that before, and was not specifically trained in animal resuscitation. But his training and instincts took over and he did what he felt was necessary to save a beloved family pet.
Would you perform mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation to save your pet’s life? An Associated Press poll found that Fifty-eight percent of pet owners - 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners – would likely perform this task.
Again, that poll cites PET OWNERS. The firefighter who saved Coda clearly did not know the animal before that critical moment. To me that makes his actions even more commendable.
I know people have different levels of tolerance for doggie kisses. One end of the spectrum is for people like me, who don’t mind going through the “dog wash” from pets they own (or know well) and love. Others handle the occasional slurp much like Lucy van Pelt:
We’re not talking pooches’ smooches here, folks. We’re talking about a life-or-death situation for your pet. Granted there may be the same fear that people have for administering CPR to another human being… What if I don’t do it right? What if I break their ribs? What if I catch a disease from them? What if they want to sue me...? What’s that Good Samaritan law again?
I have been trained in basic CPR more than once. Would I actually feel competent if I had to perform it right now? Absolutely not. I think that even if I received annual training I would still worry about doing it correctly, especially if the person was someone I care about. That wouldn’t stop me from performing it, though. The last thing on my mind would be potential litigation.
I think that even if I never receive human-to-animal CPR training I would still give it a try if I thought it would help an injured animal. My feeling at that point would be, “It certainly can’t hurt.” (Not to mention the fact I don’t know one single dog that has a lawyer!)
If you are that afraid of your dog’s mouth and germs, why are you a pet parent in the first place? I’m willing to bet if the roles were reversed your dog would be MORE than willing to help you in a similar situation.
Thanks, Jennifer. It's time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. "How could a police officer do that to a tiny dog?" Jill Pavlik plays with Daniel, who is better known as the "Miracle Dog", moments after arriving home from work, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Rochelle Park, N.J. The stray beagle mix, who cheated death in an Alabama dog pound's gas chamber, is being fostered by the Pavlik's while a permanent home is found for him. The animal walked out unscathed from the carbon monoxide administered by the Animal Control Department in THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
No dog license in Chicago? Apparently all the serious stuff in the
Sad ending to relationship between dog and elephant.
Daniel is a miracle.
Blind dog and her seeing-eye dog want a home.
Janesville native gets worldwide attention after dog rescue.
A dog can be dangerous on Halloween.
The 'Dog Doo Wall of Shame.'
Hey, Franklin Alderman Steve (I want all dogs on leashes all the time so we can't have a dog park) Taylor, this one's just for you!
Speaking of dog parks...
Yep, Monty is a hero.
So is Chloe.
Buster, good dog!
Ruby plays doctor.
How about that A.J. Hawk!
Kids want dog poop for Christmas.
NEXT, OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK!
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We close as we always do with our closing video, this week from the 21st annual Halloween Dog Parade in NYC.
"How could a police officer do that to a tiny dog?"
Jill Pavlik plays with Daniel, who is better known as the "Miracle Dog", moments after arriving home from work, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Rochelle Park, N.J. The stray beagle mix, who cheated death in an Alabama dog pound's gas chamber, is being fostered by the Pavlik's while a permanent home is found for him. The animal walked out unscathed from the carbon monoxide administered by the Animal Control Department in THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.