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.
*THIS IS A SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION OF 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: Patchy dense fog through mid-morning. Mostly sunny. High of 39. "D"
SUNDAY: A few snow showers. Windy. High of 26. "F"
Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog. It’s her Dog Blog of the Year for 2013:
As we approach Veteran’s Day, I find it more imperative than ever to explain to Kyla why they are so important to us, and to our American History. Just a couple days ago, we were at McDonald’s (a promised sundae after her flu shot) and I noticed a WWII veteran proudly wearing his cap. After we finished our treat, I took her over to say hello. I apologized for our interruption but said that my daughter and I just wanted to thank him for his service to our country.
I’m sure that the look of surprise on his face was for two reasons. One is simply because he was thanked by a stranger. But also because I was teaching someone so young why we were expressing gratitude. I told Kyla in his presence that we are safe today because of his service many years ago. While she clearly does not grasp the magnitude of serving our country, she already understands that our military is important and veterans should be thanked & respected.
There are so many incredible memorials and monuments to recognize our soldiers’ heroism and for too many, their ultimate sacrifice.
When I had the honor of visiting Pearl Harbor, I cried for the losses and thanked God for their courageousness. It is an experience like none other.
I haven’t had the privilege of seeing the Alamo but hope to one day. Now San Antonio is going to get another monument dedicated to military bravery and sacrifice. This time, however, the honorees are the four-legged kind.
The founder and inspiration for the national monument is John C. Burnam, a highly decorated Vietnam Infantry Veteran Scout Dog Handler and author of “Dog Tags of Courage” and “A Soldier's Best Friend.” You can read more about his creation here.
Obviously the men & women who defend our country take top place in receiving honor & gratitude. But recognizing the many contributions of war dogs is also important. Ask any past or current soldier who has served with canines; stories are everywhere about the bond between military men & women and their dogs.
So once again thank you to the men, women, and dogs who have worked so hard to keep the rest of us happy, safe, and free.
Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week.
Two days, two dog owners, two deaths.
Injured dog heads to Nativity scene for help.
Soldier faces court martial for bringing service dog to work.
This sounds like something that would happen here in Franklin.
The shorter the dog, the worse the behavior.
Letting someone else pick your dog. Good idea or not?
A Christmas miracle?
It was like something out of an old Lassie episode.
Blind pup and guide dog brother are right at home.
Cleo is a very good dog.
Shelter dogs given celebrity names.
Life interrupted by a dog.
Look for Daniel on New Year's Day.
700 pounds of kidney beans, and that's not all.
Slideshow: How to involve your dog in milestone events.
What if a dog could make New Year's resolutions?
THAT'S IT FOR DOGS IN THE NEWS.
NOW OUR DOG STORIES OF THE YEAR FOR 2013:
A major league picther and his family make a decision about their dog.
Charlie Sheen to the rescue.
Jack is saved.
Nakio becomes the first.
Bridget Evans' graduation.
Catherine Violet Hubbard.
NEXT, HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Touching moment: Farewell old friend.
Check out this gallery from jsonline about rescued dogs pulling sleds at Milwaukee's lakefront.
Oh my goodness! Mariah Carey took one of her dogs for a walk in snow-covered Aspen, Colorado the night of Saturday, December 21. Why? Carey said, “It's just a tradition.”
Temperatures that night in Aspen were in the single digits.
That kind of scene could never happen around here, right? Wrong.
On Christmas Eve Day, I stopped to pick up lunch at Cousins Subs at 76th and Rawson in Franklin. It wasn't exactly Miami that day.
Appearing out of a nearby business was a young woman wearing a navy blue sports bra and matching short gym shorts and some sneakers. No dog.
She didn’t run to her car in the parking lot. No, she walked slowly. She had the kind of physique that made you wonder why she even needed to work out. Hope she didn’t catch anything other than my glances.
HOW DO WE TOP THAT? HERE'S OUR DOG PHOTO(S) OF THE YEAR FOR 2013:
Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 22. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow's presence and companionship help him to manage the symptoms. The two have been flying together for about nine years with a specially-made harness for Shadow. Photos: Jim Urquhart / Reuters
We go aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship as dog meets dog.
And it's time for our DOG VIDEO OF THE YEAR!
In May, Barbara Garcia of Moore, Oklahoma was being interviewed by Anna Werner of CBS.
Do you remember?
Garcia and her dog Bowser moved into a new home in October. After viewers saw their story on "CBS This Morning," $73,000 in donations poured in to help Garcia build a new home.
That’s it for this week. Please tell a fellow dog lover about us. Why not e-mail them this blog.
Thanks for reading during 2013.
See ya, BARK, next week!