A Dog’s Eye View of Wisconsin

Holy biscuits of bacon! I love Wisconsin!

I’ve been swimming. Every. Single. Day. Kayla’s dad lives on 40 acres of property and I can run around with sticks and basketballs all day. He’s got little baby chickens that I can herd (oh-so-gently) and a cat that really seems to want to sleep instead of play.

Memphis was so gosh-darn hot, I was really excited when we turned north. We stopped for the night in Chicago, which was really busy. There are so many people there, I don’t think I touched any grass while we were there. We drove through rain the next day to reach Kayla’s family in Madison.

Madison was amazing. We ate tacos outside (Andrew likes to share with me) and listened to the frogs sing. It was sunny, clear, and warm. I played fetch with Kayla’s cousins until their arms almost fell off. The next day, Kayla’s aunt Marilyn played more fetch with me. I was in heaven!

After Madison, we drove a bit further north to this little town called Waupaca. Kayla’s grandparents have lived here since she was small. Now, her aunt Pat lives in their old home on the lake.

Oh man, the lake.

Everyone kept throwing my toys waaay out into the lake, so far that I could hardly see them! I ran as fast as I could to the edge of the dock, but then I was worried about getting my ears wet. I almost fell over when I tried to stop. Everyone laughed when I eventually belly-flopped into the lake, but I got the toys!

After a few hours, I started feeling a bit more confident jumping off the dock. I still don’t like it much, but I learned that hesitation means other dogs can get my toy first. It’s not fair, though. These labs are just built for swimming! At least I can still outrun them.

We didn’t stay there long enough.

We drove another four hours further north to Kayla’s old home. I haven’t been there since the Barkie Birkie. It’s even better in the summer! I helped Maya, Kayla’s old lab, chase squirrels away. We played the digging game in the yard and I caught some flies. The smells there were amazing. Deer, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, bunnies… so many things! I even saw a pair of cranes, but Kayla asked me not to chase them.

We went fishing in the big boat once – that was pretty cool! I got really, really cold because I went swimming (I can’t help myself) and then we went zooming-fast across the huge lake. Kayla’s dad, Tom, says that Lake Superior is the biggest freshwater lake in the world. I don’t know much, but I know that’s big.

We didn’t catch any fish.

I went running with Kayla a bunch, and I don’t think I wore a leash for two weeks straight. I love living on a farm! If only Tom had some sheep.

I was really sad when we packed up and headed to Minneapolis to see some of Kayla’s best friends, but Kayla said we’ll be back. I can’t wait for more fetch and swimming!

Author: Barley The Dog

Barley is a four year old border collie who absolutely loves fetch. His zest for life keeps Kayla and Andrew on their toes. He’s also really, really, ridiculously good looking.

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