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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.

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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 59.  "D"

SUNDAY
Mostly sunny. High of 65. "C"

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

Yale University has gone to the dogs.  Literally.

December 2014 will mark the one year anniversary of the Canine Cognition Center at Yale University.  Laurie Santos, associate professor of psychology, heads up the center.  (If I were an associate professor of psychology you can BET I’d want her job!)

So many people, from scientific researchers to everyday pet parents, want to know what dogs are thinking.  I don’t mean in the anthropomorphic sense when you tell yourself that Roxy thinks you look pretty in your new dress.  There are numerous studies that focus on dogs’ intellect:  cognition, memory, vocabulary… it’s fascinating stuff.   Personally I’ve often said my Springer Spaniel was brainier than some humans I know.  I have no hard data to substantiate that, but I believe it none the less.

While I’m aware of many studies done relative to dogs and how their brains work, the Canine Cognition Center is the first of its kind that I know of.  I think there are so many positive effects of studying our four-footed friends.  Not only can we improve the way we train them (think of the benefits to military, service, and therapy dogs) but we can possibly transfer this knowledge to human applications as well.

These are two big “if’s” but IF I lived near the university and IF we had a dog you can bet I’d volunteer our pooch for a study.  Why not?  If accepted into the program, our pup would receive a letter of admission with the same wording in letters sent to Yale undergrad applicants and eventually earn a doggie PhD.  Since Kyla is only in Kindergarten, that would be the fastest and closest I’d come to a family member graduating from an Ivy League school!

The Canine Cognition Center was recently featured on the Today Show.  Make sure to check out the video too!  I look forward to staying up-to-date on the Center and the grrreat work they’re doing.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.


Why does this keep happening?


Heartbreaking stats in the UK.


Doctor loses custody of 139 collies.


Neighbors try to break into home after video shows dog alone on porch.


Nice hand bag. What's it made of?


Therapy dogs make school easier for disabled kids.


Shut up and pet me!


Dogs are expensive.


THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.

HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO (S) OF THE WEEK:

Ridiculously cute underwater puppies.


And 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!

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