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: Sunny. High of 83. "A"
SUNDAY: Isolated thunderstorms. High of 85. "B"
Jennifer has the week off.
Here's a timely offering from the American Kennel Club: a tribute to the dogs of our Founding Fathers.
And one of our most popular installments of The Barking Lot is our entry from July 4, 2009 that still gets lots of interest each and every week Enjoy this oldie but goodie:
This week, we salute the All-American dog.
Earlier this year, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the American Kennel Club announced the ten most popular dogs in the
10. Shih Tzu
This little dog's sole purpose is to be a companion and house pet. The breed, especially prized during the Chinese Ming dynasty, is friendly and requires minimal exercise, but needs regular grooming. (American Kennel Club)
Though the breed has gotten a reputation for being unintelligent, they are smart and excel in obedience training. The traditional "Poodle clip" style of grooming was used by to help the dogs move through the water while protecting their joints and vital organs.
(American Kennel Club)
Known for its shuffling gait and large head, the bulldog weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. First recognized by the AKC in 1886, bulldogs tend to be gentle and protective and often form strong bonds with children. (American Kennel Club)
First bred in the 1600s, this breed comes in three coat varieties -- smooth, wirehaired and longhaired. They were created to fight to the death with badgers, but now are known as playful companions that may require supervision with children. (American Kennel Club)
Instinctive guardians, this breed was originally developed in
In the AKC's Top 10 list every year, this breed comes in two sizes, 13-inch and 15-inch, and is known for its bray rather than its bark. Beagles can be mischievous, but make great family pets. They have been beloved for years, as demonstrated by the enduring popularity of Snoopy, Charlie Brown's best friend in the Peanuts comic strip. (American Kennel Club)
4. Golden Retriever
Known for its intelligence and friendly temperament, this breed originated in the Scottish Highlands and were used primarily for hunting. Their water-repellant coat sheds seasonally and requires regular brushing. (American Kennel Club)
3. German Shepherd
This breed was created by mixing herding and farm dogs. Popularized in part by a string of movies such as "Rin Tin Tin," German shepherds are loyal and outgoing. They make good guard dogs and family pets.(American Kennel Club)
2. Yorkshire Terrier
Affectionately known as "Yorkies," these dogs are true terriers, brave and determined. Their small size makes them ideal city dwellers, though their long coats require regular brushing. (American Kennel Club)
The Labrador Retriever
Originally from Newfoundland, this outgoing and energetic breed is known for its pleasant temperament. They come in three colors: chocolate, black and yellow. (American Kennel Club)
Here are more details from the AKC.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Dogs are fighting bombs in
Chihuahua dies in the line of duty.
Life-saving dog alerts girl to diabetes crash.
Another locale requires a license to show you can keep your dog in check.
Do cameras stop dog dumpers?
Can you help a Gulf region dog?
Three-legged dogs aid in the design of robots.
Dog's DNA can track dog's abuser.
Speaking of the AKC, it has recognized three new breeds........ MORE.
At UW-Whitewater: Dog-sniffing skills 101.
Your dog can do what that dog in the commercial does.
Does your dog dream?
Is your dog a 4th of July Nervous Nellie?
Does your dog need sunscreen?
And we close with our closing video. A hiker risks life and limb to haul out a starving stray trapped 350 feet down.
And a closing video bonus.
Are you still watching the World Cup?
Did you say yes?
Shame on you!
In this video, a very smart dog named Glacier reacts to one of those annoying horns blaring at the World Cup snooze-a-thon.