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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 (11/21/09)

The Barking Lot

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 53. The normal high is 44.  "B"

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 52.   "B"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

As I have mentioned many times in The Barking Lot, my childhood dogs Sugar and Skippy were spoiled rotten.  They never wanted for anything.  We considered the holidays special for them just like we did for ourselves.  Like most Americans who put on an average of seven to twelve pounds during this festive time, I’m sure they packed on a pound or two as well.  Of course your pet can only overeat if YOU over-feed it so naturally we were to blame.  Still, I don’t recall any signals of disappointment from either dog when they were given nibbles of turkey on Thanksgiving, roast beef on Christmas or ham on Easter.

I have also mentioned many times that Kevin has always had a soft spot for our dog-in-law Leia and that he sneaks her bits and pieces every time there is a gathering of Fischers.  I have gently reprimanded him a couple of times when I think he’s starting to over-do it, but I will admit to “accidently” dropping a chip or scrap of meat in her direction at times.

Next week is the kick off for Stuff Your Face and Over-Indulge Season.  Chances are most of us with pets will likely relax the “no table scraps” rule for Fido.  I personally believe in the mantra “All things in moderation” and that goes for our four-legged companions as well.  Truthfully I don’t see the harm in my (future) dog getting a taste of turkey or mashed potatoes.  However I am aware that it is easy to overindulge your pooch, so following some simple advice here and here might be a good idea.

I chuckle at the Food Network and other culinary resources who try to top themselves every year with a list of what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Who are they kidding???!!!  With the possible exception of turkey soup, the only thing I want done to my leftovers is one minute in the microwave.  But if you are so inclined, and actually don’t know what to do with that last bit of turkey, etc. you can easily make treats for your tail-waggin’ friend.

Of course if you are feeling particularly generous, you could always special-order a custom doggy dinner that coordinates perfectly with what is being served on the people-only table.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, including the canine members!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer.

It’s time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.

Police shoot dog, owner wants apology.

Are dogs not man's best friends in Port Washington?

sets up 24 hour dog fighting tip hotline.

Dog attack survivor searches for rescuer.

Public outcry follows decision to euthanize Oreo, the miracle dog.

Dog survives 65 foot plunge into sea.

Police raid frees boy's long lost dog.

Sculptor salutes war dogs.

Dog fight ensures over world's tallest dog.

wants you to take your dog home for Thanksgiving.

Fences for Fido frees dog from chains.

Homeless man finds comfort in canine pal.

A kid's idea, for dogs to savor.

Here's a preview of the National Dog Show.......MORE.

Rin Tin Tin
the subject of a lawsuit.

Warner Brothers to do movie about Nubs.

Too many songs, not enough dogs.

And finally, "Would you sign my dog?"

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by.

We close with our closing video. John O' Hurley shares some secrets from last year's National Dog Show.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a quintessential weekend - Part Two

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, a special two-part series with the best in smooth and mellow on a Friday night. In Part One earlier tonight, I listed the #6-#10 selections on my top ten list of tunes that seem to fit our regular Friday night feature.

Now it’s time for the top five.

We start at #5 with a true classic from a classic group.

In 1961, four musicians from Houston relocated in LA and added blues to their soul sound. They were trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Nesbert “Stix” Hooper. They called themselves, The Jazz Crusaders. Somehow, during the decline of jazz in the 60’s, the group survived, and then some. Even so, by 1971, the group dropped “jazz” from their name.

The name change brought in a huge influx of new crossover fans. A big hit came in 1979, “Street Life.” But this composition with its familiar theme made my Top Ten....

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Senate Vote on Health Care Tomorrow

Senate Health Care Vote This Saturday

This week, Sen. Harry Reid introduced the Senate's 'health care reform' bill and scheduled voting for this weekend.

While their bill includes several improvements over the fatally flawed House version, the Senate's efforts to protect American jobs and revive the economy fall flat.

With the first major vote beginning tomorrow, now is the time to tell the Senate that there's a better way to fix America's health care.

Despite opposition from constituents and legislators on both sides of the aisle, the Senate forged ahead with a public-option that will cost American families higher premiums, taxes, and jobs -- not to mention their coverage.

Even with the "state opt-out" provision, this bill will create government-run health care and forces state tax payers to fund it.

In addition, the bill contains:
  • not one, but two, new taxes guaranteed to eventually explode and cost the middle class $500 billion,
  • an employer mandate -- kicking America's job makers while they're down, and
  • still no medical liability reform.

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We love weekends!

We’re not hunting so all the regular weekend material begins tonight on This Just In with our regular Friday night Goodnight music post, and this week, it’s a special two part series wit some real heavy hitters.

Saturday morning, wake up to The Barking Lot, our weekly dog blog with the dog walking forecast, my wife, Jennifer's main blog, and DOGS IN THE NEWS including a story involving….

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The world would be a much better place if....

We just didn't complain so darn much!

Utterly ridiculous.

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