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, hot and humid. High of 89. "B"
SUNDAY: Variable clouds with a chance of thunderstorms. Some could be severe. High of 88. "B"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:
On the July 16, 2010 edition of InterCHANGE, Kevin stated that co-sleeping parents (whose children died from the practice) are “stupid and irresponsible.” I agree with him completely and feel that the same words can describe any owner who leaves their dog in the car during the summer.
Seriously, how dumb can a person possibly be? I’m willing to bet that when that individual drives around, he or she blasts the air conditioning for their own personal comfort. Yet somehow Fido will be just fine for “a few minutes” when they run in to the store? Are you kidding me?
A humane society in
Temperatures in Milwaukee are expected to climb this weekend, so please don’t forget that extreme heat affects dogs and cats, too! Just like people, companion animals can get heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Unlike people, however, they cannot regulate body temperature in the same way and different dog breeds respond to hot weather differently. The Wisconsin Humane Society reminds the community to keep their furry friends safe.
· NEVER leave your companion animal in a parked car, even with the windows down. The inside of a parked car can reach 160 degrees in just a few minutes.
· Exercise your canine only during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning and evening hours are best. Leave your animal outside for only short periods of time. Also, keep your cat indoors where they are safer.
· Never tie an animal outside in the sun! Always make sure they have a shady spot when outside in extreme temperatures, as well as plenty of fresh, cool water.
· Allow access to the coolest part of your home. If you don’t have air conditioning, or you turn it off while at work, make sure your companion animal can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
· Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Dogs with heart or lung diseases should be kept indoors with air conditioning.
· Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke, which include extreme panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red gums and blue tongue or lips. Animals exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be moved to a cool place and have their body temperature lowered with cool water (do NOT apply ice), then taken to a veterinarian for further treatment.
· If you see a distressed animal in an overheated car, first try to locate the owner, perhaps by having the person paged inside the store; if the guardian cannot be located, call the police or sheriff. The
For some actions there are just NO excuses: forgetting your baby is in the car, falling asleep on your baby, leaving your pet in the car while you run errands (or attend your court case like the winner mentioned above.) It truly boggles the mind that people that stupid exist. Yet sadly we will continue to hear stories like this every summer.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week, and dogs in hot cars was a hot topic.
Max was trapped in a hot car, so Max took action.
Dog owners suing sitters for $1M.
K-9 officer suspended after dog dies in hot squad car.
"The Corridor of Cruelty."
Man charged with trying to set pit pull on fire.
Dogs mistakenly euthanized in
Gage is a hero.
Caged dog shot 6 times is recovering.........so is Tyson.
Strays being killed by the thousands in
Dogs in Afghanistan search for mines and bombs.
The feds want more bomb-sniffers to protect travelers.
Which dogs are most likely to die while flying? (And, no, I am not suggesting canines can fly)......MORE.
How pit bulls are getting around a ban in
From the “Government will find just about anything to tax Department”
118 test-lab beagles are rescued.
Foster caretakers and former owners tussle over Emmi.
The bride wore silk and the dog wore....
Bullet raises a bundle.
Grab your pawtners...
Yes, this is one of those AWWWWWW moments.
And finally, we close with our closing video. Thanks for stopping by The Barking Lot!