The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (08/18/18)

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 to mostly sunny.  High of 78.   “A”

   Sunny to partly cloudy. High of  81.  “A”

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.  They are the only FOUR DAY ethnic festival which means more opportunities to enjoy phenomenal food, incredible music, and talented craftspeople.

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 toe-tappin’ hand-clappin’ Celtic tunes.  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.

I went to the “preview” if you will, on Thursday with my friend Sharon and her daughter Eirinn.  O’Neill.  Yeah, I think it’s a darn cool Irish name too.  Eirinn and Kyla attend Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance together.  Needless to say, the highlight of our fest experience is watching our daughter perform on stage.

She just finished her Level 2 dance year and is eagerly anticipating Level 3 staring next month.  I don’t know where the years have gone.  She looks so grown up in her school dress and is working hard to earn her first solo dress!


Kyla at the Milwaukee Feis August 2018, proudly displaying her medals & ribbons

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.    It seems to now be a personal goal of Kyla’s to pet ALL the showcased ‘Hounds.  She has made great friends with several of them:

Irish Fest Celtic Canines 2016

Kyla and a ‘Hound friend, 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!

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—Jennifer Fischer

Thanks Jennifer!

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

Death from a dog lick? Veterinarian explains rare infection triggered by pets’ saliva.

How dangerous is a dog lick or dog bite? Here’s what you need to know.

‘It’s heart-wrenching’: Unwanted dogs left on their own in Iowa forest.

We Tried It: Do Doggie DNA Tests Really Work?

Is it OK to let your dogs eat those wild mushroom snacks? The answer

How helping paws are healing veterans.

COLUMN: My dog was looking into my eyes as she died: the grief of losing a pet is real.

Powerful women told me getting a dog is the key to success. They were right.

Dog stands on two legs to make room for other commuters on busy train.



Kaylee Greer started Dog Breath Photography after photographing dogs for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Now, the Massachusetts native is about to premier her reality show, “Puparazzi,” on Nat Geo Wild. More details here in this report from NBC10 in Boston.

We close as we always do with our closing video.

From CBS News…

That’s it for this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

We kindly ask that you please share with other dog lovers you know.

See ya, BARK, next Saturday morning!

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