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: Mostly sunny. High of 71. "A"
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High of 77. "A"
MONDAY: Isolated thunderstorms. Chance of rain-30%. Oh, what the heck. "A"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
You may find this hard to believe but there ARE times when I’m at a loss for words. While it doesn’t happen often, it always happens when I’m trying to describe my deep & unending gratitude for our military personnel.
On Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and the anniversary of 9/11 I’m filled with patriotic pride, and want to do everything I can to thank the men and women who serve our country to ensure my freedoms. Sure, I love a fun BBQ event and the unofficial start to the summer season. But if the only reason you’re gathering on Memorial Day is to grab a beer & burger with your friends and family then you are sorely and sadly missing the point.
I’ve blogged many times about my support for our armed forces. Their dedication and bravery never fail to amaze me, and when they pay the ultimate sacrifice so many other lives are left with unbearable loss.
Parents who send their sons or daughters off to the military realize they could be killed in combat at any time. I can’t begin to imagine living with that thought every day. But the thought clearly is nowhere near as devastating as having it actually happen. What do you do? How do you go on? Surely you find a way but the despair must be overwhelming.
There are times, though, when something unexpected happens. Perhaps that terrible grief can be lifted just a bit in a surprising way. Readers of The Barking Lot know that we’ve mentioned military dogs many, many times over the years. (Over six years ago my debut blog on This Just In talks about a war dog.) I am always moved by and amazed at the incredible bond between soldiers and their dogs. There is truly nothing else like it.
So when parents of a young soldier receive the worst news they can, it doesn’t surprise me at all that a dog is helping to heal their hearts. Please take the time to read the entire article about Mr. and Mrs. Rusk, their brave son Colton, and his dog Eli. It will certainly remind you of the real reason we recognize Memorial Day.
One more important note regarding this holiday. You will notice I say “recognize” Memorial Day and not “celebrate” Memorial Day. We can certainly celebrate the memory of those who served our country. But please don’t wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day.”
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Service dog stolen from Milwaukee boy with paralysis.
Dojie's river rescue days are over.
Roxie hasn't been up to the job.
German shepherd involved in custody battle returned to family.
A new book studies dog play and what it can reveal about dogs’ emotional lives and the evolution of human emotions.
Yet another example: Dogs are amazing.
This aims to help the disabled.
Dogs can spot prostate cancer.
We love stories like this.
Senior dogs still have plenty of love to give.
Dog eating the grass? 6 ways to pet proof your lawn and garden.
From dog house to nut house.
The Wisconsin Humane Society's three Animal Antics stores sell pet supplies, with all profits supporting its work with animals.
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Athol resident Lynn Taylor invited Makloud his yak in for a snack along with his dog Bud on Tuesday, May 14, 2014, in Athol, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)
We close as we always do with our closing video.
That's it for this week.
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See ya, BARK, next week!