We arrived in western Wisconsin (we’re about 40 miles south of La Crosse) in time to enjoy the coolest weather of the summer. Six days of highs in the 60-70s … lows in the 40s … no humidity.
Why western Wisconsin … America’s Dairyland? Because, this is where Amy grew up and we haven’t been here for a year. People here are the salt of the earth. They don’t work – they toil. On farms. From sunrise to sunset. Combining agricultural and animal knowledge with machinery and equipment skills. Thank God there are people who still work like this so we all can enjoy the food that comes from this part of the country.
So other than visiting family, what did we do with the dogs? How about the Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle at the Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien! Our $15 fee for Ty and Buster benefited the Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. About 40 dogs braved chilly weather to participate in this second annual doggie swim. Sorry, no pics – someone forgot the camera.
Later in the week we were interviewed by a reporter for the La Crosse Tribune. We met for lunch at Bean Juice in Jackson Plaza (1014 South 19th St in La Crosse). Covered outdoor seating, great coffee and breakfast/lunch food, and free Wi-Fi. Note Ty begging while Buster snoozes.
Finally, we visited a newly built off-leash dog park in Onalaska (head north on 2nd Ave, right on Kramer Rd, follow signs) . The park was fenced and huge – with sand bars, grassy areas, and woods for the boys to romp in. No separate area for small fry. The facility was all the nicer for its clean, modern restrooms for humans.
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