The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/19/17)

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 81. “B”

SUNDAY:  Mostly sunny. High of 85. “B”

Now, here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog.

I can’t think of a combination that I love more:  the celebration of Irish culture, and dogs.  Really, it doesn’t get any better.  So this weekend, I’ll be in my glory at Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Of course I can eat delicious food (McBob’s corned beef sandwich is a must, as are their Bailey’s chocolate balls.  I can drink Bunratty Meade to wash down a slice of Irish Cream cheesecake from the Tipperary Tea Room.  You get the idea.)  I can listen to rockin’ steampunk bagpipers Celtica – Pipes Rock.  I can always find a new piece of Claddagh jewelry for myself and Kyla.  Did I mention yet that I can watch my talented husband emcee the Children’s Freckle Contest and the Children’s Red Hair Contest?    SO fun.

The absolute highlight for our family is is watching our daughter Kyla perform on stage with Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance.  This year will be particularly exciting for us as she has transitioned froma Six Week Summer Sampler to a full-time student Beginner Level.  (She proudly tells everyone she is now a “Real Irish Girl.”  Or is that “REEL Irish Girl???!!!)

Beginner Debut

Kyla at the Cashel Dennehy Beginner Debut February 2016

In addition to all of those fantastic activities, there is one area of the grounds that I simply can NOT pass up:  the gorgeous Celtic Canines.

There is no other ethnic festival that can showcase so many breeds from one country.  You can swoon over Setters, tickle a Terrier, or wish for a Wolfhound.  Having an opportunity to pet so many sweet pups and talk to their owners is such a fun time for you AND for the dogs!

Every dog at the Celtic Canine Area is adorable.  Every.  Single.  Dog.  However, we’ve come to have our favorites.  When Kyla was little, we’d joke about how she could actually ride a certain breed like a pony.  You guessed it… we love the Irish Wolfhound.   Last year it seemed to be a personal goal of Kyla’s to pet ALL the showcased ‘Hounds.  She made great friends with several of them:

Irish Fest Celtic Canines 2016

If you attend this year’s celebration (I should say WHEN you attend… how can you miss this???!!!) don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Canine area.  If you see our family, please stop by to say hello and tell us how much you enjoy reading The Barking Lot.  (Of course also ask Kevin when he’s going to get his lovely ladies their OWN dog so they don’t have to keep bothering the wonderful dog owners at Irish Fest and in their own neighborhood!)

We hope to see you this weekend at Milwaukee Irish Fest!  Slainte!
—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

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

It’s not vaccinations that are the problem. It is over-vaccination.

We’re not making this up. Professor says dogs and cats harm climate, advises hamsters instead.

Army veteran’s paralyzed dog gets new wheelchair.

Columnist in Virginia doesn’t like dog parks.

In Florida, group tries to show pit bulls are adorable.

This Brooklyn startup raised $8 million to make dog chow that’s good enough for humans to eat.



Penny, a Boston terrier, puts a pile of toy coins in

Penny, a Boston Terrier, puts a pile of toy coins into a piggy bank at the Wisconsin  State Fair’s first ever Dog Trick Competition. Heather Neldner of Milwaukee assists her dog. Penny tied for first place with…

Sherlock, a Keeshond, jumps on a skateboard to deliver

Sherlock, a Keeshond that jumped on a skateboard to deliver a piece of mail to its owner, Donna Schmitt of Watertown.

There was a tie-breaker that declared Penny the winner.

Photos: jsonline

We close as we always do with our closing video.

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We’d really appreciate it if you forward this on to other dog lovers you know. Let them have some fun!

See ya, BARK, next Saturday!

2 thoughts on “The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/19/17)

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