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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-America's Finest Dog Blog (10/19/13)

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 51. That's below average. But it will be sunny and dry, maling it feel nice. "D"

SUNDAY: Early walkers wake up to frost. Cloudy. High of 53. "D"

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

Now really, how many times have I said “dogs are amazing” in my blog?  But they are!  You know that, or you wouldn’t come back to The Barking Lot week after week, wondering what incredible feature each Saturday will bring.  Dogs just never cease to amaze me.  Their intelligence and loyalty can’t be found in any other “common house pet.”  Try to get a ferret to sense a drop in your blood sugar; try to get a cat to stay with you if you’re trapped under rubble when a tornado rips through your home.

There are a million amazing qualities about dogs.  You know how vital therapy dogs are to mental and physical well-being.  But how often do you think about literacy dogs?  They can be a fabulous help to children as they learn to read.  If kids feel shy or self-conscious about reading out loud in a regular classroom setting they just might shed that fear if they can read to a furry friend.

Kyla loves to read and be read to.  I’m so grateful that she enjoys our Franklin public library as much as she does.  We are there at least twice a week, and it used to be almost daily this past summer.  We have been fortunate to meet Puzzle, the Franklin library’s resident “Tail Waggin’ Tutor.”  While we didn’t participate in any specific reading program with him, we were happy to pet him and chat with his owner/handler.  I’m sure that when Kyla is a bit older she will LOVE the chance to read to Puzzle.

Today the FPL Children’s Department posted this on their Facebook page: 

The “Tail Waggin’ Tutor” program, where children read to dogs, is back! Make an appointment for your child to read aloud to Puzzle, our patient, gentle, non-judgmental “Tail Waggin’ Tutor”. Puzzle will be at the Franklin Public Library on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-2 p.m. starting October 21st. Call the library at 414-425-8214 or stop by the Children’s Desk to schedule an appointment. For more information about “Tail Waggin’ Tutors”, check out Therapy Dogs International’s website!

Just look at this face.  Tell me you wouldn’t want to read to him, or at least give that head a good rub:

As mentioned in the Facebook post, you can learn more about the Tutor program via Therapy Dogs International’s website.

If your child is struggling with reading, or if you just want a chance to do something fun & different with your kids, please consider utilizing this great program opportunity.  Miss Debbie is an incredible asset to the Children’s Department and would be most happy to answer any questions you might have. 

If you participate, please leave a comment on their Facebook page with words of praise.  And leave a comment here too, so that readers can learn about your great experience!
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

Could a dog be a deadly weapon?

Air Canada is in the doghouse.

Dog runs marathon, then dies.

Maltreated dog gets new lease on life.

Indestructible dogs suffer so your dog doesn't have to.

"She is my ears."

Dogs and pumpkins: What to know.

How many golf balls?

So your dog died? Write a book about it.



Actually, we have several, and they're all award winners!

And we close as we always do with our closing video: A tale of two pit bulls.

See ya, BARK, next week!

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