We had a great time at the Fall Siren Nationals! Our 50/50 raffle raised over $550 for HSBC and the winner. Thank you to the organizers who were very patient and helpful, all who attended and all that stopped by to talk dogs, cats and meet Mishka. Mishka sure likes the little ones who came b…

Earlier this month, we marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. September 11, 2001 was a traumatic day for many. I saw a couple of films that made me realize how truly wonderful people can be when tragedy strikes.

My mother, Nancy, worked for the federal government when I was a kid, and often had to travel to natural disasters for emergency housing relief. She became accustomed to sudden air travel, packing lightly and bringing her own lunch on flights. She once told of an airport security agent going…

When I first started cooking for myself, I tried to make my favorites. Not so simple things like Falafel, potica, red velvet cake, and my pops’ favorite cheese dip. Everything was a disaster. 

Sierra is a beautiful little Tabby. This little girl is a true lovebug. When you sit down, she leaps onto your lap and her motor gets going and I do mean motor! She is a purring machine and you have no problem hearing and feeling it. Sierra has been with us for over 130 days, and we can’t un…

The old ‘Scooby-Doo’ cartoon had it all: Sweet conversion van, talking dog, cute hippies, exotic locales and of course, all flavors of monster. If we were lucky, The Gang would be joined by animated celebrities like the Harlem Globetrotters, using their real voices! I knew Jimmy Dean more fr…

My name is Petey. I’m the first pup my human adopted from HSBC, almost two years ago and his favorite pup. My sister and I were rescued from a house where we were abandoned for over three months. The staff from HSBC and the Burnett County Sheriff’s office saved us. I was skinny and scared, b…

This weekend is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. and the crash of United flight 93 in Pennsylvania, which many suspect was supposed to crash into a target in Washington, but actions by the passengers foiled that plan.

“That morning I was …” the tales almost always started. I interviewed several dozen people at various levels of government, law enforcement, media and even a few military connections in the hours that followed the Attacks of 9/11. 

 It was a busy week at the shelter. Three cats and one dog found their forever homes. Three stray dogs were reunited with their owners. Two other strays were brought in and on Saturday we took in seven pups from Texas. Caroline, who was profiled last week received two applications and one of…

I’m a certified fanboy of Fairs of all flavors and sizes; Be they Agricultural Fair, Renaissance, County, World or State-sized, I’m all in. From the excitement of people watching to food so good I literally keep a pair of pants with an extra-large waist band, just for ‘Fair Day.’

Caroline has been at the Humane Society longer than any other animal. She has been fostered three times and returned each time due to no fault of her own. We were sure the last time would be it, everything was going so well, but sadly her foster started to have an allergic reaction and had t…

Camping has changed in recent years, and Wally Byam is probably rolling in his grave. Wally was a unique feller and the man behind the first Airstream trailers, which started as a rooftop tent he built for his Model T Ford as a way to appease his first wife, who wanted nothing to do with sle…

On Saturday, Aug. 14th we were at Gandy Dancer Days and had a great time. We met lots of fine folks, showed off some kittens and the star of the event, Blaze. Blaze is a 2-year-old lab mix who stole everybody’s heart. He greeted everyone with a wagging tail and willing spirit. Not surprising…

I’m a dog guy. Normally when you see this you may think ‘how nice, he likes dog’. For me it goes a bit deeper. I talk to dogs. I understand dogs. I play with dogs. I have three dogs, all rescues. On my days off from my real job, I work with dogs. I never met a dog I didn’t like. If the dog d…

The first time I saw a tomato stack was in Switzerland at a restaurant hidden behind a residential neighborhood on Lake Geneva. 

Hello everyone, My name is Todd Farmer and today I begin my new job as the author of the Weekly Wag. I’m excited and a little nervous, I hope you’ll bear with me as I get used to this new endeavor. We would all like to thank Linda Luhman for her 3+ years of dedication to the Weekly Wag and I…

Just inside the Webster High School library is a dedicated display case to past flavors of media: From film strips to Zip-drives, cassette tapes and CDs to vinyl albums of all speeds and sizes, the world has changed over the last few generations. 

July may have been Pet Hydration Awareness Month, but ensuring our pets are properly hydrated is just as crucial going into August. Our furry friends need at least one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight a day. Dehydrated pets can’t cool themselves as efficiently, and that can lead to lif…

On June 29th, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the GOP-written budget. The next day, the Wisconsin Senate did the same. We both voted to support the budget, not because it was a great budget, but in the end because it makes some needed investment in education, broadband expansion, and healthcar…

Let me start by saying I’m not a basketball fan. I enjoy watching a good high school basketball game in person, hearing the squeaking shoes, holding your breath as the ball arcs towards the basket. 

As new pandemic variants test our vaccine, mask and distancing resolve – as well as our knowledge of the Greek alphabet – many have looked for ways to dissuade the evil pandemic germs away. 

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, traveling in the car with your pet can be great fun. However, some pets suffer from motion sickness just like people, making car rides no fun for anyone. While young puppies and kittens typically grow out of this, sometimes adult pets still have problems r…

I’ve known or met several Olympians in my years, and even hired a former ski jumper years ago as a sports contributor. He often talked about the camaraderie and unique friendships made in Olympic villages, also confirming that the athletes are actual human beings, smell funny and have spinac…

Have you ever tasted something wonderful at someone’s house and asked then asked them for the recipe? Did your jaw drop to the floor when they said no? Then, did they give you some excuse they can’t give the recipe out because it’s a family secret? 

 July 15 is Pet Fire Safety Day, founded by the American Kennel Club (AKC), ADT Security Services, and the National Volunteer Fire Council to help keeps your furry friends safe from the dangers of home fires. Here are a few fire prevention tips: