By Holly Leitner
We salute all you lake dogs who remind us of what life is all about. You co-captain our boats, chillax on the pier and sometimes even walk on water, or paddle board. You teach us that it’s truly the journey — walk, boat ride — not the destination. You remind us to jump right in, no matter the water temperature. You teach us to let our hair down, and forget about what we look like when we’re at the lake. You remind us that there is always time to play. And, you show us how to just shake off our cares. Most importantly, you remind us to smile, because we’re at the lake.
BREED: Golden Retrievers (Riley – Rescue)
HUMAN: Candy Kirchberg
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Cesar – Loves to sink a ball in the water and then fish it out. Finley – Flies off the pier and can fetch two balls at once. Riley – Happiest in the arms of a child throwing her head backwards, tongue hanging out laughing.
FAVORITE PLACES: Cesar – The lake, kayaking with Mom, convertible car rides. Finley – Diving into the lake and convertible car rides. Riley – The lake, dog park and convertible car rides (head up over the windshield).
PET PEEVES: Cesar – Smoke detectors. Finley – Any kind of grooming. Riley – Toys all in a bucket – she wants to take them out again.
HUMANS: Scot, Brooke, Logan, Grayson & Ryann Grunow
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Loves hanging out with his humans at the lake, whether it’s swimming, paddle boarding with one of his boys, taking a quick ride on the waverunner or joining in a game of King of the Raft. He just likes to do whatever his family is doing!
FAVORITE PLACE: The family pier on the south shore of Geneva Lake
PET PEEVE: Unannounced guests, bunnies in his yard. His family riding on the golf cart without him.
BREED: Wire Fox Terriers
HUMANS: Janice and Mike Gannon
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Boat rides and swimming
FAVORITE PLACE: Williams Bay Shore Path
PET PEEVE: Too much snow makes the Shore Path tough to walk
BREED: Golden Retriever
HUMAN: Andy and Robin Kubicsko
FAVORITE HOBBY: Jumping in the lake
FAVORITE PLACE: In the lake
PET PEEVE: Not being allowed to roll in the dirt when soaking wet
BREED: Siberian Husky (Rescue)
FAVORITE HOBBY: After spending so much time with her Retriever friends, she is starting to like the water and fetch tennis balls.
FAVORITE PLACES: Long walks on the Shore Path and gardening with Mom.
PET PEEVE: Woofs continuously while her food is being prepared
BREED: Wiley is a Chinese Crested and Maybelline is a Chihuahua mix (Rescues from Lakeland Animal Shelter)
HUMAN: Lynda Nelson
FAVORITE PLACE: The Shore Path
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Good sniffs and canine excitement at the docks
PET PEEVES: Wiley – When Maybelline does not appreciate his need to sniff every piece of foliage along the lake path. Maybelline – When Wiley is always trying to walk in front of her.
HUMAN: Amy Klug
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Swimming or paddle boarding
FAVORITE PLACE: Anywhere in the water especially on hot days!
PET PEEVE: Squirrel
BREED: English Setter (Rescue)
HUMANS: Jack & Maria Sunta
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Bird watching on the lake
FAVORITE PLACE: Country Club Estates pier
PET PEEVE: The deer browsing in his garden
BREED: Golden doodle
HUMAN: Leo Somerville
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Posing for photography at the lake and kayaking
FAVORITE PLACE: Music by the Lake at George Williams College
PET PEEVE: People who drop garbage on the lake path
BREED: Newfoundland (female)
HUMANS: Dona & Mike Austin and Denise Castonguay
FAVORITE HOBBIES: Walking the Shore Path and taking a swim in the lake
FAVORITE PLACE: Uihlein Point between Fontana and Williams Bay
PET PEEVE: When people walk by and don’t offer a good ear rub or kiss.