Author Archives: wpadmin

“Bark” Yard Landscaping


Digging In for Dogs

By Konnie LeMay


Put it under the category of “seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Some landscape altering appeared to be the perfect solution to a dog-training problem. From our fenced-in backyard, our energetic German Shepherd-mix, “Turbo” Rachel, felt compelled to loudly alert the neighborhood whenever she saw a dog stroll by with its owner. The obvious solution—shrubbery.  Continue reading

Marvin the Bedbug Beagle


Sniffing out the tiny terrors is his only job

By Lauren Bedosky


When Adam’s Pest Control gets a call about a possible bedbug infestation, they can usually go out and find the offenders with a visual inspection.

“If they’ve got a medium to heavy infestation, they’re pretty easy to find quickly,” says Todd Leyse, president of Adam’s. But if it’s a small infestation, or a visual inspection brings up nothing, they’ll bring in their secret weapon: Marvin the Bedbug Beagle.  Continue reading

Pet Sitters PLUS


If you can’t bring yourself to bring your pet to a boarding facility, in-home pet sitters can provide top-notch care

By Nicole L. Czarnomski


Leaving a pet at home for a weekend or an extended time can be difficult for owners who consider the pet part of the family. Sometimes a boarding kennel is not an option. And although friends and neighbors mean well, your pets may not get the love and attention they deserve. A trusted sitter may be the solution. Continue reading

Saving Sable


Community networking helps two seniors by rehoming a sweet old cat

By Nicole L. Czarnomski


Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital received a difficult phone call in April.

Mary Ann, a senior citizen, needed help finding a new home for her beloved 17-year-old cat, Sable. Although she cared deeply for Sable, her declining health required her to move to an assisted living community. Bringing Sable was not an option. Continue reading

Dog Days of Stockholm


A family festival finding good homes for great dogs 

By Marlene Petersen


It’s back! After a four-year hiatus, the

Dog Days of Stockholm returns Saturday, August 26 at Village Park in Stockholm, Wisc.

Join other dog lovers at this one-day, free festival where the whole family—especially Fido—can play games, get advice from vets and trainers, grab a bite to eat, shop and learn more about animal adoption. Continue reading

Canine Cheer on the Concourse


Animal Ambassadors at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 

By Marlene Petersen  |  Photography by Kelvin Andow


Long, drawn faces. Passengers  slumped in chairs. Families squabbling. They’re common sights at any airport, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP).

Until Mimi enters the scene.

Then smiles emerge. Whispers circulate. Fussing quiets.

With her chocolate brown eyes, carefree expression and eager energy, Mimi brightens a room just by trotting into it. She’s an airport therapy dog at MSP and, for her, bringing joy is all in a day’s work. Continue reading

Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival & Lamapalooza


Two expos held in combo celebrate sheep, fleece, fiber arts and llamas

By KL Snyder


A sheep or goat or rabbit used to wear your favorite sweater. At the 20th Annual Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival, you can meet fiber-producing animals, see each step in the sheep-to-yarn process, watch a fleece competition, give yarn spinning a whirl, see herding dogs at work and more.

Lamapalooza stars llama athletes vying for ribbons and points. It’s like a dog show—like several kinds of dog shows in one because it incorporates events similar to obedience, rally, conformation and agility. For llama handlers, Lamapalooza is an earnest effort. For spectators, it’s a lark.

This lively, woolly duo of fest and palooza will take place Mother’s Day weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. Continue reading

The People Who Will Stand in the Corral


When sudden loss brings unexpected support

By Mary Kettl


When it became apparent that my Uncle Art was not going to live much longer—a routine case of flu had turned suddenly into irreparable pneumonia—I asked if I could call him. I dialed the phone in Minnesota, and, in Colorado, my cousin Elizabeth turned on the speaker and held it up next to Art’s head.

Naturally, as an English teacher, I had composed a thoughtful and heart-felt send-off speech for my good uncle, and—that’s not what happened. What happened was that I began to yammer, thanking Art on behalf of my family, his family, my grandparents, his students, and several civic organizations.

Five paragraphs in, I was starting to list every dog Art had ever known when Elizabeth, conscious of the time, interrupted me, perhaps hoping I would hang up and call somebody else’s uncle for a while.

In a rush, I spewed out some last theology:  “It’s OK to go, Uncle Art—when you get there, they’re going to have beer!” It was a dumb thing to say, but within the hour, Art had gone. Continue reading

Jog the Dog


Guide to running with ROVER 

By Ann M. Noser


A popular online video showcases a life-changing shelter-animal adoption in which the adopter, Eric, who weighed 340 pounds, had Type 2 Diabetes, and high blood pressure. His nutritionist suggested he adopt a dog to get him walking. Both Eric and Peety the dog lost weight and gained a wonderful friendship. Eric eventually ran a marathon.

As Eric discovered, running with your dog can benefit both parties. Here’s a guide to help keep everyone happy and safe. Continue reading