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Stephanie Williams

Remembering Alyssa – The Last Walk

By | General | 14 Comments

There were tons of things I had to get done around the house. I was hosting Christmas for my family in less than twenty-four hours, but I needed to take a little break from the unfolding chaos, and my never-ending procrastination. Some rooms in my house were halfway cleaned, some had gifts scattered about. I stressed myself out over hosting Christmas even though my only guests would be my dad, my brothers and my nieces. Despite that, planning to have a perfectly clean house and a fully-prepared meal was usually something that happened only on special occasions. Like Christmas.

I sent Alyssa a text message around noon to see if she wanted to take the dogs on a walk. It was exactly what I needed to clear my head from the Christmas stress I had enveloped myself in. She immediately responded and said she’d love to go on a walk. Alyssa had to work until 1:00, so we agreed to meet at 2:00 at a nearby park. I received another text message from Alyssa asking, “Who are you bringing?” Read More

No Experience Necessary

By | Every Day Dog | One Comment

If you look closely at the collars of Kim and Kris Gerlach’s dogs, you’ll see a round yellow tag on two of them. On that tag are four words: “I’m a Therapy Dog”. The Gerlachs take a lot of pride in the work they do with their dogs, Victor and Nikki. Lady, their newest addition, will likely follow in the paw prints of her adopted big brother and sister. Read More

Holly the Pibble – a true lifesaver

By | Every Day Dog | 6 Comments


Ruth and Rick Johnson have lots of experience with dogs. They owned German Shorthaired Pointers for several years, but after their last German Shorthair passed away, they decided to look at other breeds of dogs. Weimaraners were a breed they were interested in, but Ruth had another type of dog in mind too. “I wanted a pit bull for years,” said Ruth, “But there just weren’t that many available here years ago.”

In October 2011, Ruth met Holly. The white dog with brindle patches on her back was a recent local surrender to Paws and Claws, an animal shelter in Rochester, MN. “She was so nice, and she was so pretty,” said Ruth. “I told Rick, ‘you have to meet this dog!’” Read More