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Former TV reporter makes debut as hostess for animal show (video)

By Camille Doty
Sept. 12, 2012 at 4:12 a.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.

Jenny Fisher poses with a peacock at the Texas Zoo in between takes for her program "Fur Real TV." The feathered friend became a source of her inspiration in his pursuit of love, but he gets dissed. Fisher said humans can learn a lot from animals. "Guys will learn persistence may or may not pay off, but it's worth a shot," she said.

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Jenny Fisher's love for animals began before she could walk.

Years later, the former broadcast journalist will make her television debut as the host of her own program, "Fur Real TV."

The Crossroads native returned to her roots to pursue her dream. But great rewards are teamed with tremendous sacrifice.

Fisher managed to find sponsors, purchase equipment, and create the program with a small budget and large desires.

"It has been a very long road and daunting at times, but the show looks great," Fisher said, although she admitted to being biased. "I hope people love it as much as I do."

The 30-minute family-friendly show will premiere on KAVU-TV 25 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and will air in Victoria and the surrounding 12 counties. In the near future, the show will also run on the Victoria Advocate's website.

Fisher is scheduled so far to have one year of programs. Her career at the ABC-affiliate has come full circle.

"It's a very special feeling to be able to create and air my show in my hometown at the same place where my TV career started," she said.

The first episode showcases a pesky peacock in pursuit of love. Fisher discovered this story between video takes at the Texas Zoo. She saw the beloved bird putting his best feather forward to appeal to the opposite sex.

The Texas A&M University graduate said human beings stand to learn a lot from the animal kingdom.

"Guys will learn, persistence may or may not pay off, but it's worth a shot," she said.

Fisher's glowing and humorous personality jumps through the screen. She strikes a balance between informative and entertaining.

The animal lover will include a clip about an abused dog being transformed with the help of surgery and the best medicine - love.

Olivia, a runaway pig, turned her show-ring debut into a marathon-of-sorts. It's a sight to behold, all in the first episode.

In future showings, there will be features about shelter pets, cowboys and ranching, and exotic animals.

And then there will be bizarre stories you have to see to believe.

"People will call their friends to ask is this for real," Fisher said. "I'd have to respond, "Yes, it's Fur Real."

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