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: Partly cloudy. High of 80. "A"
SUNDAY: Scattered thunderstorms. High of 82. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
Every year, I blog about the incredible, incomprehensible stupidity and cruelty of anyone leaving a dog or child in a hot car. Sadly, no matter how much media attention is given to this repulsive problem it will never go away. It’s like any other form of human or animal abuse… People will continue to be morons; heartless and thoughtless actions won’t end because of a poster campaign.
It makes me absolutely crazy when I read about dogs (and babies) left in sweltering cars “for just a few minutes” while whatever idiot driving the car “runs a quick errand.” My annual blog isn’t going to stop it. A Photoshopped picture of a dog in an oven isn’t going to stop it. Humane societies all over the country issuing public service announcements aren’t going to stop it. Increasing the charge to a felony with immediate jail time isn’t going to stop it.
I’m sure that no person who leaves a dog or baby in a hot car would consider themselves an “abuser.” These are owners of the dogs or parents of the children. Would they ever strike their dog or child? Starve them? Lock them in a dark closet for hours or days? Probably (hopefully) not. Yet in my mind, abuse is abuse and leaving a completely dependant living being in a car in the summer is just as abusive, just as repulsive, as anything else.
Seriously… if I had my way, anyone who does this would suffer the same fate and be locked in a car ‘til their insides bake. End of story.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Here's what Jennifer is talking about.
TV writer pummels poodle to death.
Dog video bites Tennessee legislator.
Dead dog gets voter registration.
Woman with service dog asked to leave McDonald's.
Taxpayers on the hook for doggy glitter.
Some hospitals allow patients' own dogs to visit.
Having a dog may protect your children from this.
Dog-friendly beer catches on.
Look what the Italians have come up with
A victim of neglect, then car crash, this dog is now a star of the stage.
What your dog says about you to the opposite sex.
What if your dog was the boss?
You SAY your dog is well-behaved.
It's true. The dog ate the passport.
What's in a luxury dog park?
Mugly is the ...winner?
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Steffanie Roberts gets kisses from her dogs Pink and Bear at her home on June 20, in Philadelphia. Temperatures climbed toward the high 90s along the Eastern Seaboard as an unusually early hot spell heralded the official start of summer. Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP
We close as we always do with our closing video, and this week, a Barking Lot first as we present not one, not two, but three videos.
Video #1: Hero dog prompts women's shelter to accept canines.
Video #2: Dog gives motorists a Kodak moment.
And Video #3: TV and film producer, director and broadcast/backpack journalist tonyperri shares this video report of the seventh annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition in