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FALL 2019

wags, whiskers, hooves, fins

and feathers!


the Cockatoo 29-year-old bird has cockatude to spare

Dogs listen without judgement


Massage, Reiki, pets and people


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Inspired to volunteer with retired rescue horses

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CONTENTS Fall 2019

SE Minnes ota’s Premie r

Animal Ma gazine

wa gs, wh isk ers

FALL 2019

, ho ov es,

fin s

and feathers!

the Cockatoo 29-year-old bird cockatude to has spare

YOUR PHOTOS 6 Pets on Parade

Reader-submitted photos


Pet Q&A on canine health care, insurance, and lifelong training BY DONNA CHICONE

IN THE BUSINESS 10 Reading to Rover

Dogs listen without judgement, silently encouraging children to love reading BY PATTI ANDERSON

19 Healing Energy


ON THE COVER 14 Cowboy the Cockatoo Scamp, charmer, prodigy

The connections between massage, Reiki, people and animals with a yellow crest BY KEVIN KREIN BY KL SNYDER PHOTOGRAPHY RESCUE 8 Taking the Reins BY KELVIN ANDOW Volunteering with retired rescued horses restores hope and renews a childhood love BY ANDREA GATES

TRAINING 22 Ask the Trainer

Solutions for dogs who are aggressive on leashes BY SARA REUSCHE

BOOK REVIEW 24 Pirate chickens, the importance of insects, and a saved dog who belongs somewhere else BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

HAPPY TAILS 30 Home to Dwell

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FALL 2019 Volume 7 Issue 3

PUBLISHERS Kelvin Andow Kate Brue Ellington Starks

EDITOR Ellington Starks

“The Wagazine changed my life.”




WRITERS Patti Anderson Donna Chicone Andrea Gates Kevin Krein Bryan Lund Sara Reuschue Terri Schlichenmeyer KL Snyder the wagazine is published quarterly by the wagazine L.L.C. P.O. Box 9073 Rochester, MN 55903 Yearly subscriptions $20 © the wagazine L.L.C. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Printed in the USA.

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A young Ellie and her Brittany Spaniel puppy, Torie.

These words surprised me when I saw Andrea Gates, a former coworker, unexpectedly one day. She shared how, in a time of depression and grief, she read in the Wagazine about the opportunity to volunteer at This Old Horse in Hastings. “Even though it is only a couple of hours a week, spending time with the horses has changed my outlook on life,” she says in the article on p. 8. I loved her story, not only because the Wagazine connected a worthwhile rescue with a valuable volunteer, but because working with the horses eased Andrea’s sadness and unearthed her childhood love of the animals. “Have you always been a dog lover?” people often ask me when they hear that I have been involved in dog rescue for more than a decade and work for a pet publication. My parents had a dog before they had kids, so I was born in to dog ownership. As with so many families, the dog came first. They tell the story of a young Ellie sneaking out of her bedroom in the middle of the night and feeding Barney, a docile Springer/Sheltie, hot dogs from the fridge. Barney survived two more human kids and a move to a bigger house. He got me through third grade before his old body wore out. We added a puppy: Torie, the Brittany Spaniel who was all spunk and sass. And I loved her from the day she arrived. I don’t remember the daily routine, but I do recall trying to do homework near her. With her. In her kennel. Turns out, I was ahead of my time, as reading to a dog has been shown to improve reading performance. Dogs and other animals are helping our area kids love to read, just by sitting with them. The “Reading to Rover” article on p. 10 introduces Bert and Ernie, dogs who listen to students read at Pine Island Elementary. As I sit typing today, there are two dogs by my side, helping me in the way they know best. They are silent companions who offer support just by being. The scene is a reflection of my own childhood love of dogs. Like Andrea, my work with animals today is an extension of the relationship that started many years ago. For people—like you readers—who love, live with and care for animals, it’s probably a familiar sentiment. Enjoy the menagerie of animals in this issue: dogs, ghost cats, horses, a cockatoo. Maybe one of these stories will change your life too. Find us on Facebook: the wagazine | 5




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9-year-old Lilly welcomes chocolate lab, Arya, to the family. ~ Mary R.

Our 8 week old Corgi, Gibby! He may be little, but his attitude is Big! ~ Jena VanDyke

In Loving Memory Angel watching out the window for chipmunks. ~ Erin Sinnwell

PCHS alumni, Shamrock. I miss her terribly. She loved her greenie ball, her Mama, and all her destroyed babies. ~ Marta Bollesen

Halloween Zest. ~ Wagazine reader

The BEST 3 rescue pups. ~ Todd & Polly Kramer

The fur crew at Ettas: Alvin, the Cat pile, Moose and my ESRA rescue Snoopy and ESRA foster Dolly. ~ Etta Meinecke

My “plants” in the window: Parker, Garfield, Spencer, Lena & Kohl. ~ Etta Meinecke

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Sweet Gypsy. ~ Abby Shelpler

Workout buddys, Cash and Presley. Cash is all smiles. ~ Sue Seykora



B y Donna C hic one


Dogs need to have annual medical check-ups just like humans do. Senior dogs should be seen twice a year and more if necessary. An annual check up will allow you and your veterinarian to identify problems early rather than later. It allows your dog to have an experience with the vet when he is not having discomfort. You and your vet get to know each other during these preventive visits. Socialization and preventive care occur in the same experience for your dog.

Pet Parent Question “I take my dog in to see our veterinarian annually. As my dog is getting older I have more reasons to see our veterinarian during the year. Would health insurance for my dog be a good idea?”

Answer: Canine health care can be costly. If you have more than one dog, the expense multiplies. Health insurance can be effective, and many pet parents say they would not be without it. Insurance can allow you to make decisions for your dog’s health that you may not be able to afford otherwise. Another option is to earmark a set amount for medical expenses for your dog. Either way, it costs money to keep our dogs healthy.


Basic obedience training for dogs is like school for human children. Basic obedience behaviors like sit, stay, come, leave-it and more can be the difference between a dog who remains in a forever home and one who is surrendered to a shelter for “behavior problems.” Training helps dogs know what is expected of them, gives them structure and sets limits. Most of all it makes living with a dog a positive experience.

Pet Parent Question: “I took my dog to puppy kindergarten and he seems to be doing fine. Do I need to do any more training with him?”

Answer: Yes. Training is a lifelong experience. It is never too late to start, and it is something you can do throughout your dog’s lifetime. Training is a dog’s right and a pet parent’s responsibility. Therefore making it a fun experience for both of you will also make it successful. There are so many training options: basic obedience, canine good citizen training, therapy, agility, nose work, barn hunt, and even tricks classes. It is important to transfer the learning from the classroom to daily life by asking your dog for the newly learned behaviors like “sit” until they become part of his daily routine. A trained dog is a joy to live with.

Woofs & Smiles! Woofs & Smiles!

Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She is a former nurse, family and addictions counselor, 23-year corporate America professional, and host of Jazz and Jive’s TV Show. She is a devoted pet parent to her two Portuguese water dogs, Jazz and Jive, and is an advocate for the humane treatment of animals. She lives in Minnesota with her husband. When she is not writing or speaking about dogs, she’s engaged in pet assisted therapy work and K9 Nosework with Jazz and Jive. | 7


TAKING THE REINS Volunteering with retired rescued horses restores hope and renews a childhood love B y A nd rea Gat es


About six years ago we moved from Southern California to Rochester to be closer to my nonagenarian parents. Because of my husband’s career, we have moved around a lot, and we’ve thrived every place we landed. I grew up in Southeastern Minnesota, so imagine my surprise when moving “back home” proved to be my one unhappy transplant. Rochester can be a tough place to put down roots; the soil can be pretty rocky and impenetrable. I started to lose touch with the happy and successful person I had been. Life began to feel grey and without possibilities. A chance encounter with The Wagazine in a doctor’s office helped to change that.

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It is a late Tuesday afternoon as I step into the quiet of the barn. The smell of hay and horses relaxes me, helps me shift gears and feel grounded and optimistic in a way that has mostly eluded me of late. It is my favorite part of the week: volunteering with This Old Horse, a non-profit organization that provides a home for retired horses. I learned about TOH from an article in the fall 2018 Wagazine. I have loved horses since I was a little girl, but over the years had drifted further and further from my deep-rooted connection to them. It was one of those things that happened so gradually that I didn’t even notice. As I read the article I realized how much I missed being around them.

Images courtesy of Andrea Gates.


In addition to my general feeling of hopelessness, my father had recently died. I thought that reconnecting with horses would be a way to start climbing out from under the weight of sadness and grief. So I began the process of becoming a volunteer.

Top photo: Out in the pasture with Tiz and Stormy. Bottom photo: "Picking" the pasture.


A DAY AT THE FARM To start, one fills out an application explaining one’s interest in and experience with horses (no prior experience needed, as there are roles that allow volunteers to learn on the job.) There is an online educational piece. Horses are big beasties, so the organization wants to make sure you know how to read their behavior and how to interact safely with them. I’d had a horse for years, but that was a long time ago, so I was happy to have the refresher. Finally, there was an orientation at the TOH headquarters, Wishbone Ranch, in Hastings. I signed up to work at Eaton Farm near Cannon Falls (TOH has various worksites) as part of an afternoon feed crew. It consists of filling water buckets, bringing the horses in from the pasture, giving them their evening grain,

HAPPY HOUR Though I love them all, I have my favorites. Spot is a big beautiful gelding who can be spunky; he is a little ADD and a bit of a clown. Tiz and Stormy tug at my heartstrings. Their owner died suddenly last winter and their world was turned upside down. They were lucky to land at Eaton Farm. Tiz was pretty comfortable and affectionate from the get-go, but Stormy was more high-strung and stand-offish. Over the months they have settled in and are enjoying life at the farm. Stormy has relaxed and now clearly enjoys attention. In addition to their interactions with humans, it is also fascinating to observe the

Then it is out to the pastures to scoop the poop. Not the most glamorous or pleasant of tasks, but not really so bad either, and it is a good reminder that caring for horses is not all fun and games. After that we top off their water buckets and I say good-night to the horses and my fellow volunteer, Katie. It has been another wonderful evening at the barn. As I drive the 45 minutes home to Rochester I am filled with contentment and am already looking forward to next week when I get to do it all again. Even though it is only a couple of hours a week, spending time with the horses has changed my outlook on life. I think maybe it’s that the horses have helped me get back

“I THINK MAYBE IT’S THAT THE HORSES HAVE HELPED ME GET BACK IN TOUCH WITH THE WILD-AT-HEART GIRL I WAS, TO SEE THAT THERE ARE POSSIBILITIES BEYOND THE GREY AND TO LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A WILD-AT-HEART OLDER WOMAN.” and “picking” (cleaning up the fresh manure in the pastures closest to the barn to reduce flies). Kathy Oney, the farm manager, let me bring in only the quietest horses at first, until she felt confident that I knew what I was doing. After volunteering for a couple of months and getting to know the horses, I started doing some grooming as well. Working at the farm only once a week, I had worried that the horses and I wouldn’t really get to know each other. But I’ve come to know them as individuals with unique personalities, and they know and trust me. I know this because they interact differently with me now than they did in the beginning.

horses relating to each other. They have assigned pastures and pasture-mates with whom they form bonds. Tiz and Stormy share a pasture and have stalls across from each other and derive comfort from this. Spot shares a pasture with three mares, and his stall is next to Button, one of his pasturemates. After coming in from the pasture they continue to hang out together, both snacking from Spot’s hay bag, like they are having pre-dinner cocktails. It is fun giving the horses their grain; they make eating oats sound so yummy that I almost want to join in.

in touch with the wild-at-heart girl I was, to see that there are possibilities beyond the grey and to look forward to being a wild-at-heart older woman. So thank you Wagazine and This Old Horse for bringing sunshine back into my life. And thank you to the Eaton Farm crew, Gretchen, Kathy and Katie, for taking me in and making me feel valued and appreciated. Andrea Gates lives in Rochester. | 9


Reading to Rover

Dogs listen without judgement, silently encouraging children to love reading B y P at t iA nd ers on

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said a very enthusiastic first grade girl to her furry faced friend. She was reading a popular children’s book to Ernie, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon dog that seemed enthralled with the story. The little girl hugged and petted Ernie while she read, only stopping to show him the pictures. Ernie and his lookalike brother Bert both

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visit at Pine Island Elementary School with their owner, John Fraley. Both dogs are registered therapy animals and love their work.

REASONS IN THE RESEARCH U.C. Davis did a study in 2010 that had a group of children reading to a dog for 10 weeks, once a week for 20 minutes. Another group of children read to an adult in the same

controlled environment. At the end of the 10 weeks there was a 12% increase in reading fluency skills for those children that read to a dog, and no improvement in the other group. Findings supported that reading to a dog may have a positive effect on reading performance and attitudes toward reading, though more comprehensive research was needed.

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There are many more benefits that have been reported by teachers, parents and the children in therapy animal reading programs across the country. These anecdotal reports highlight improved self-esteem and self confidence, volunteering to read in class and a new positive interest in reading for many children. According to the 2010 special report that the Annie E. Casey Foundation published called “Kids Count,” children need to learn to read by third grade for their continued academic success. Many therapy animal reading programs target the early childhood grades. Although there’s not much research yet on the topic, it is likely that reading to species other than dogs is also beneficial. Regardless, research shows petting any warm blooded animal can lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety, which supports the reading setting.

READ TO A RABBIT. OR LLAMA. The following species can be registered as therapy animals and volunteer in the community: dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, certain birds, miniature pigs, alpacas, llamas and miniature horses/donkeys. If you have an animal that is well behaved around other animals, loves people (especially children) and has been well handled and trained in obedience, you could make a difference in a child’s life by reading with them.

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1. Live with or own an animal that is one of the nine approved species, and that has an aptitude for therapy work. 2. Train your animal and pass an evaluation with a national organization. 3. Start reading!

INSTILLING A LOVE OF READING The national R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) Program started in 1999 was the first comprehensive literacy program partnering with dogs. Currently they are in 24 countries and endorse any species that can be registered as a therapy animal team. They offer two workshops a year in the Twin Cities. Visit for free training videos and other resources. Many libraries and schools across the country welcome reading with a registered therapy animal. Check with the facility for policies. Most common concerns are addressed with safeguards that have been implemented in thousands of schools. The benefits far outweigh the concerns, especially with improved reading skills—and there is no cost to the facilities. For families with children at home, how about having them read out loud to the family pet? Find a cozy corner, spread out a blanket for your child and animal to sit on and make it a fun experience. If there are no available pets, have your child read to their favorite stuffed animal instead. Any way you can encourage your child to read, especially to an animal, may help instill a love of reading. Patti Anderson, C.P.D.T., is a R.E.A.D. teacher, Pet Partners evaluator and Paws Abilities instructor.

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the Cockatoo

Scamp, charmer, prodigy with a yellow crest B y KL Sny d er

Cowboy has been entertaining family, friends, bands, ministers and firefighters for more than 2 decades.

Photos courtesy of Mark and Phyllis Chambers.


ristling with high IQ and high jinx, Cowboy the Cockatoo turns “birdbrain” into a compliment and antics into an art. When this winged rascal cocks an ear at you, speak discreetly because he doesn’t. And he’s a whiz at linguistics. Some years ago Cowboy and his dad (his featherless father) Mark Chambers went river cruising. Because the boat was new to Mark, he used extra care as he steered it into the dock—an overkill of caution in the opinion of the trailing boater who bellowed, “Drive the effing boat!” Except he didn’t say “effing.” Guess who picked up the phrase, committed it to memory, airs it on special

occasions and has, wouldn’t you know, exceptional enunciation. Mark got Cowboy 22 years ago from a pet groomer whose menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens and ducks had taught the bird to bark, meow, cluck and quack. Cowboy, now 29, is a Medium Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, a parrot family member whose potential life span is 60 years. An Australian native, Cowboy came to the States just before the law curtailing import of wild exotic birds went into effect. When do those long-lived Medium Sulphur-crested Cockatoos reach maturity? “I have no idea,” says Cowboy’s mom Phyllis Chambers. “Personally, I’d say never. Cowboy is like a 3-year-old. Forever a 3-year-old,” with the unceasing Why? to prove it.


In the summer, Phyllis, Mark and their 29-year-old 3-year-old live Mississippi riverside in Hager City, Wis., where they’re renovating a 1983 Bluewater boat that they may live on someday, pending Cowboy’s approval. Cowboy, quite the party bird, loves his Wisconsin lifestyle. His parents take him along everywhere they can. “A lot of restaurants and bars on the Wisconsin side welcome him,” Phyllis says. When she and Mark arrive sans cockatoo, people ask, “Where’s Cowboy?” “He’s a major ham,” she says. He’s been on stage with bands at Hager City’s Harbor Bar, bobbing his head to the rhythm, dancing, singing. His favorite tune is “King of the Road.” | 15

His bird sitter Juli, who has an aviary in her basement and owns a large flock of parrots, says Cowboy has the most human characteristics of any bird she’s ever seen.



Mark and Phyllis met on the Mississippi six years ago and married on a friend’s boat, mid-river, five years ago. Among the guests was Cowboy, sporting a tuxedo instead of his usual Western bandana, and displaying his best manners until the minister asked if anyone wanted to say something. Cowboy did. “Drive the effing boat!” he shouted. Except he didn’t say “effing.”


Most of his vocabulary isn’t so blue, but he does chatter a blue streak. “Hey, baby.” “Toast and coffee?” “Bye-bye.” Phyllis is “Mom.” No is an unequivocal “naaaah.” Cowboy laughs, sasses and sometimes switches to cockatoo jabber. “I’ve had arguments with him,” Phyllis says. “I don’t know how many I’ve won.” Cowboy Chambers makes humbug of the old-hat notion that talking birds can’t understand context. Not only does he follow context, he creates it, specializing in sarcasm. When he’s made a mess, he watches Dad and Mom clean it up. “Happy now?” he jeers. “Having fun?”

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He’s rough on his toys (beads, plastic keys, rattles, a little piano) and on his toy box, a sturdy wood box half gnawed away. Parrot beaks grow like human nails and require conscientious whittling down, a routine that destroys playthings in no time. (Phyllis suggests bird toy manufacturing as a lucrative pursuit because of the frequent need for replacement.) Wooden and plastic toys aren’t the only beak grinders. Before Mark and Phyllis sold their house, they needed to hire finishing carpenters to redo the woodwork. All the damage was beak-level to guess who. When Mark and Phyllis aren’t home, Cowboy stays in his cage, watching cartoons and, he claims, “working.” He’s happy when they return but angry that they left. “He gets even,” says Phyllis. “He ruins something. We both have shoes with great big bite marks and clothes with holes in them.”


Parrots, like people, are omnivores. Cowboy’s diet includes nuts, grains, pellets, vegetables,

fruit, pizza (he can open the box) and the fat from bacon. When Mark brings home a burger with the works, Cowboy chows down his favorite parts and tosses the leftovers for Mark to reassemble and enjoy. To eat like a cockatoo means creating a shambles. “He gets food all over the room,” Mark says, “then wipes his beak on something expensive.”


“There are people who have gotten cockatoos because of Cowboy,” Phyllis says. “I try to tell them”—about the shenanigans, the destruction, the racket. “Making noise is part of what a cockatoo does.” Their speaking voices are pleasant, but that changes when they get outraged and announce it by screeching and screaming. “If you don’t want a noisy bird, don’t get a cockatoo.” “Cockatoos, so needy and fragile, are a lot of work,” Mark says. “When I had three dogs, umpteen cats, and Cowboy, he was more work than the others put together.” Cockatoos’ attitude inspired a new word: cockatude. Medium Sulphurcrested Cockatoos abound in cockatude, sufficient to earn them a place on the list, Birds Behaving Badly.


To date, Cowboy’s costliest escapade was burning down the kitchen. Late one night he slipped out of his cage (“My fault,” Mark says. “I didn’t close it properly.”), shuffled to the kitchen, climbed to the countertop, and turned a knob on the stove.

Photos courtesy of Mark and Phyllis Chambers.

Judging by Cowboy, political correctness is not for the birds. He likes bosomy blondes, isn’t shy about showing it and ogles conspicuously.

Cowboy measures 9 inches high and 12 inches long from beak tip to tail tip and weighs less than 2 pounds. But when he performs his big wings trick—raising his yellow crest, fluffing out the white feathers that cover his body, extending his wings, stretching his neck, thrusting his chest forward—he looks much larger, though surely not as big as he thinks he is. Phyllis has a perch on her beachcomber bike, and when they go riding (“slowly and carefully for short distances,” she emphasizes), Cowboy spreads his wings like he’s flying. He can fly but doesn’t unless he has to. Instead he hops and waddles and, applying beak and claws, climbs with the skill of a Mount Everest Sherpa. He uses his beak to untie knots and likes to hitch rides on the oscillating fan. To see some of Cowboy’s capers, visit his Facebook page, Cowboy the Cockatoo.

The heat from the burner melted a plastic coffee pot, and flames erupted and spread to the curtains and beyond. All this as Mark’s Dalmatians snoozed. (“Firehouse dogs,” he says with an ironic laugh.) At least and thank goodness the Husky puppy whimpered. Mark awoke, located Cowboy hiding under the living room couch, and called 911. Firefighters saved the rest of the house, but the kitchen was a total loss. As the firefighters left, Cowboy told them, “I’m a good bird.”


Why do Phyllis and Mark keep the avian rogue? “No one else will take him,” Mark

quips, then adds, “and we love him.” “He’s hilarious,” Phyllis says, again equating him to a 3-year-old. “You wouldn’t get rid of your kids. He talks back, and because he does talk back, he doesn’t seem like a pet.” Cowboy excels in entertainment value, prevents dull moments and, when he’s not raising Cain, likes to snuggle. “He doesn’t think he’s a bird,” Mark says, “but he’s better than a person. He’s a person with wings.” This was the first time freelancer KL Snyder got to interview a cockatoo, and she hopes it won’t be the last. She sends a “hey, baby!” to Cowboy.

• Cockatoos belong to the parrot family, come in 21 varieties and live in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Solomon Islands and the Philippines. • They have strong, curved beaks that don’t stop growing. • Their feet are zygodactyl—four toes on each foot with two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward. That configuration, along with the powerful beaks, helps the birds climb. • A group of cockatoos is called a family or a crackle. • Depending on their variety, cockatoos in captivity live from 40 to 70 years.

Photo by Kelvin Andow Photography.

• In the wild, their life span falls to 20 to 40 years. • Among their virtues are curiosity, intellect, sensitivity, playfulness and ability to bond with people. • Among their vices are biting, screaming, mess-making, gnawing and neediness. They demand hours a day hobnobbing with their humans. • The most talented conversationalists are the African Gray Parrots.

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The connections between massage, Reiki, people, and animals B y Kevin Krein


rior to the passing of our companion rabbit Annabell in the spring of 2018, as my wife and I were trying to figure out why her health was suddenly deteriorating, we consulted with a veterinarian who performed minor chiropractic adjustments on Annabell during a visit. It was a surprise at the time because it happened rather quickly and rather subtly—much more casually than, say, a person visiting a chiropractor, tensing up with anxiety prior to an adjustment of the neck. However, it really shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise—as with people who seek out more natural, or holistic methods of treatment, there are individuals who explore these alternatives for animals as well.

ANIMAL MASSAGE Jessica Brandvold worked as a veterinary technician for about six months before realizing it wasn’t the experience she had hoped for.

“It wasn’t as hands on as I wanted,” she explained. For the last five years, Brandvold has been getting that desired hands on experience through her work in animal massage. She said she was selective about the classes she took. They included Thersage EMC, an equine massage certification program in Wisconsin. Brandvold began primarily with horses, hence the name of her practice: Y.E.S. Massage, or Yee-haw Equine Sports Massage ( or She eventually worked with other animals as well, like a dog suffering from Cushing’s disease. “(The dog) would be able to take five steps before needing to lie down,” Brandvold recalled, adding that after working with the dog through massage, it would be able to walk for half a mile without issue. Knowing that it can be difficult to get any kind of animal to be still, Brandvold attests that her calm demeanor is what

makes her work possible. Working with a high-energy animal—like a puppy, for example—takes more effort. “Once they figure out what’s going on, they usually collapse and let you do it,” she said. Brandvold recalled one of her most challenging clients was a farm animal—a goat who, as she put it, was “essentially feral,” though she was able to get through to him too. “He didn’t like being touched, but once he figured it out, he relaxed into it, and he’s much friendlier now.” Brandvold said massage work, outside of the overall healing aspect, helps improve blood flow in her clients, releases endorphins and removes toxins from the body. She primarily makes house calls for her work. “If the animal is unable to get into the car, it doesn’t help to shove them in and make them anxious,” Brandvold said. She also has an office in Rochester, and can commonly be seen at dog-friendly events in the area. | 19


“I’ve had animals my entire life, and I have seen how medications work with pain management,” she said. “But I’ve also see the side effects of that—like liver or kidney damage. I want people to know that there are other alternatives.”

SHARING ENERGY Working in different avenues of the Mayo Clinic, Stephanie Sutherland and Beth Ely connected over a number of shared interests, including natural and holistic methods of teaching (they became friends through the yoga class Sutherland teaches) and the giving and receiving of energy between people and animals. Sutherland and Ely both have a strong belief in Reiki, a Japanese form of alternative medicine based around the idea of channeling healing energy through the palms of the practitioner to the patient. It is sometimes regarded as a form of mindfulness meditation. Ely said she began training in Reiki

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“Life unfolds - STEPHANIE SUTHERLAND the way it’s supposed to,” she said. “It’s the natural cycle of life—to bring healing energy without expectation, and I think it can to help her offer us a lot of peace and acceptance.” kids settle Ely reiterated the importance of down before bed. momentary awareness. “From there, “Any animal you see, and for sure it blossomed into any animal with which you come in many other things. I contact is connected with you on an do Reiki for animals or energetic level,” she said. “I do my get Reiki from animals best to learn from them. For that, I when I’m around them— need to be to be present with them, because you get attuned to universal and notice if I can pick up what the life force energy, you’re able to lesson today is.” more easily give and receive it with practice.” REIKI FOR ANIMALS She added she’s had previous In Minnesota, Animal Intuition experiences with animal communica( in Eden tion as well. Prairie offers, among other natural “We think we are the ones taking and holistic animal based services, care of the animals,” Ely continued. Reiki for animals. The Animal “But they are our guardians. They Intuition website says “(Reiki) can remind us that present moment is all never cause harm and works for the that is.” highest good for yourself and others.” Sutherland called the path that led This form of healing “does not conher to an interest in Reiki an “evoluflict with any other form of healing, tion,” beginning with work in martial whether traditional or alternative.” arts, then yoga, then meditation, and The site also makes it clear that now energy work. Reiki is not a replacement for proper “Through that, and working with medical care, but it “supports the people, it made sense that it was a natubody’s ability to heal.” ral fit with animals,” she continued. For additional informa Both women are proponents of tion on Reiki for animals, visit trying natural and holistic approaches. “Our automatic response is to put a pill to it, but there’s so much Kevin Krein is a writer living in that can be done with calm, healing Northfield. He’s operated the award-winenergy,” Sutherland said. However, ning music blog Anhedonic Headphones she noted that energy work—or since 2013, and hosts a corresponding treatment of any kind—with podcast available in iTunes and Google animals, is a big responsibility. Play. His writing has also appeared in “Animals can’t speak for themselves. River Valley Woman and on The Next They can’t tell you what’s going on, Ten Words. He is a “cool rabbit dad” at and you are making a choice for them. heart, but is now a “foster failure;” It is a big vulnerability for them.” he and his wife live with a special needs Sutherland stressed the imporcat named Ted. Follow Kevin (and Ted) tance of what she called the “conon ‘the socials’—@KevEFly (Twitter) and scious intention of healing energy @kev_e_fly (Instagram.) without expectations.”

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MY DOG BARKS AT OTHER DOGS ON WALKS AND I CAN'T GET HER ATTENTION. She's friendly off leash, but when we're walking she looks like Cujo! Help!


“When friendly dogs turn crazy on leash, it is often frustration coming out,” explains Carrie Davis, CPDT-KA of Paws Abilities Dog Training. While your dog would be able to approach and greet the dog were she off-leash, she can’t do so when she’s on the leash. That leads to the equivalent of a doggy tantrum. This is common with excitable adolescent and young adult dogs, and Davis reassures us that it’s very workable. Davis recommends that you consider the first impression your dog gives to strangers. “While your dog may be friendly, [onleash frustration] often leads to growls and [aggressive-appearing] body language.” The other dog doesn’t know that your dog just wants to play, and that can lead to fear, aggression or even fights. Training tools that humanely turn your dog away from the other dog when she lunges can help to neutralize this first impression. Davis recommends a front-attach harness or a Gentle Leader head halter.

“This equipment can decrease the ability to pull and help your dog maintain [friendlier] body language.” Some training can help, too. “Practice leash walking skills in your yard so that you and your dog find a good rhythm together.” TRAINING WITH A PAYCHECK On the subject of training, Davis recommends pulling out the big guns to address this issue. “Find out what your dog’s favorite high-value rewards are.” These should be something special that your dog will only get during training. Some of her suggestions include smoked cheese, chicken, beef hot dogs, tennis balls, frisbee, or other exciting things. Try a few things to find out what’s most valuable for your pup. Most leash-reactive dogs won’t take even their favorite treats when they’re already worked up, so Davis advises starting at a distance. “Start by watching dogs that are quite far away – so far that your dog can see them but isn’t pulling or barking.” You may need to start by standing on the opposite side of the PetSmart parking lot, for example, or a block away from the vet clinic. If your dog is lunging and worked up, you’re too close. Once you find your distance, teach your dog a simple rule: after she sees another dog, she

gets her reward from you. Seeing another dog on leash always predicts this reward. Davis explains that “this does a couple things. It makes your dog start to check in with you each time she sees a dog, so she can earn her reward. It also builds more attention towards you, the paycheck giver!” Over time, she recommends that you get closer to other dogs. If your dog lunges or barks, back up a bit. You should see your dog starting to tune in to you pretty quickly with this program. As Davis says, “dogs can’t greet every dog that they meet on leash. But they can learn to ignore them, and to check in with you for fun things.” Everybody wins. Sara Reusche, CBCC-KA CPDT-KSA CVT, is owner of Paws Abilities Dog Training.

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Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck

By Brian Yanish, pictures by Jess Pauwels, c.2019, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $17.99, 32 pages Lily the Hen was like no other chicken in the coop. While other hens were happy to peck in the dirt and roost, Lily loved science, reading and exploring. She knew there were big things to see, and she aimed to see them. And so, on the day the pirates came to the farm, Lily volunteered to join them. She taught the other hens to navigate and understand maps. She taught them about sailing, and they visited strange new places. It was an adventure, but the other hens were unhappy. Lily made them do all the work, the cleaning and scrubbing! She made them sleep in tiny little nests and do homework! The other hens staged a mutiny and made Lily walk the plank. But just before she was about to make a big splash, Lily began to think. Was she really a pirate, or was she something else—something better? Some of us are born leaders. Some of us happen to be chickens. Won’t it delight your child to find someone who’s both? Indeed, this book is a great preschool romp, but it’s not for featherbrains. Lily is a smart hen who wants more for herself, and she works to get it. And yet, she’s no m-egg-lomaniac, which gives parents a chance to present sharing, quietly assertive behavior, and other traits of a good leader. Certainly, children who love chickens will want this book read again and again. Little pirate wanna-be’s will arrrrrrrdore it, as will adventurous kids who love swashbuckling tales.

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects By Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, c.2019, Simon & Schuster, $26, 235 pages

Researchers say there are “more than 200 million insects for every human being…on the planet today.” So what, exactly, is an insect? The author says that a “good rule of thumb” is to count the legs. If you get to six and they’re attached to the creature’s midsection, it’s an insect. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to insects. Insects’ blood is yellow, for starters, which explains the gunk on your windshield. Bugs may have multiple eyes. Some insects have ears on their bodies or tongues on their feet; some have no mouth because they don’t live long enough to need one. Smash, slap, spray, swear, but we still need bugs. Without them, we’d be buried beneath dead creatures and dung. Many of the world’s industries would die and, with nothing to pollinate our plants, so would we. If, when presented with a book like this, your first inclination is to shiver or flinch, give yourself a minute. Bugs are our buddies, and you need to repeat that. As you’ll read in this fascinating book, it’s actually true. But it’s not just bugs you’ll find here. Because the crawlies don’t live in a vacuum, the author also includes other critters in her run through our ecosystem, showing how bugs benefit other living things and vice versa. This symbiosis is highly interesting, as are the peeks into insect anatomy, bugs’ beds and bed bugs, and the dark side of bugdom—all told in a way that’s butterfly-light but seriously fun to read.

The Wonder of Lost Causes

By Nick Trout, c.2019, Wm. Morrow, $16.99, 464 pages Dr. Kate Blunt gave the dog a 14-day reprieve. Space was tight at the shelter Kate ran, and two weeks was all any dog got. This dog was in pretty bad shape, skinny, with scars on his muzzle. However, the second he saw Kate’s son, Jasper, the dog came alive. Jasper, 11, knew nobody would believe him, but the connection he had with the animal was immediate and weird. It was like the dog was putting words in Jasper’s head, like when the dog said that its name was Whistler. What was bad was that the dog was microchipped. Whistler belonged somewhere else, to a program in Texas that trained service dogs, and there was a little girl that desperately needed him. Kate saw the likely ending. At first sniff, this story seems pretty newagey and maybe, with the mind-reading bit, a hair on the odd side. Yes, it’s fun to Doctor-Doolittle with a dog, but that uncanny communication becomes oversized here, in narrative that’s too long and that contains at least one pointless side plot. And yet, that won’t matter one bit to fans of dog stories. Nope, this book is irresistible because it’s about a dog and about love. If you’re not a dog lover, move along. For puppy parents with patience, though, this book could be the pick of the litter.

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with two pampered pooches and 13,000 books.

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FIRST ALLIANCE COVERS ADOPTION FEES, DONATES FOOD, OFFERS PET SAVINGS ACCOUNTS In 2018, First Alliance Credit Union became the first business to join the Paws and Claws Humane Society’s Guardian Angel Program by sponsoring pets available for adoption. The credit union once again covered adoption fees for pets available at Paws & Claws. They included a bonded pair of sister dogs, a senior Pomeranian named Dolche and and a young cat named Ryan. In addition, the credit union again pledged to donate 10 pounds of pet food to Paws & Claws for every new membership account opened at the credit union in June. They donated 2,000 pounds of food to the shelter through their Pet Month initiative. To extend their giving throughout the year, the credit union has introduced a new savings account to help pet owners save and plan for their pet related expenses, and with each new pet account opened, the credit union will donate $10 to Paws & Claws. “Our staff are all animal lovers, and we are excited to support Paws & Claws Humane Society once again,” said First Alliance Credit Union’s President/CEO Michael Rosek. “Paws & Claws has been a valuable resource in our community and we are proud to help advance their mission.”

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BLESSING OF ANIMALS September 29, 1:30–3pm Come feathered, furred, or finned! Join other animal lovers to celebrate the special grace that pets bring to our community. Whether your paws are padded, hoofed or webbed, all are welcome. All are winners of a genuine blessing at “Assisi’s Best in Show!” Rochester Franciscan ‘Animal Whisperers’ will conduct the blessings in Canticle Park at Assisi Heights. Donations appreciated.

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RESCUE DIRECTORY ACT V RESCUE & REHABILITATION ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY Five locations: Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury 763-522-4325 Adoption, surrender, education programs, pet training, a free behavior helpline, boarding, low-cost spay/neuter, cruelty investigation/ rescue and pet loss services. AUSSIE RESCUE OF MINNESOTA, INC. 763-441-4377 Rescuing Aussies and Aussie mixes. BASSET BUDDIES RESCUE, INC. 262-347-8823 To rescue, foster and place adoptable Basset Hounds in loving, permanent homes. BROWN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY (New Ulm) 507-359-2312 Protection and welfare of animals through education, sanctuary, adoption and promotion of responsible ownership. CAMP COMPANION, INC. (Rochester) 507-951-7801 Trap-Neuter-Return for farm and feral cats.Adoption program for cats and dogs with adoption events every Saturday at different pet stores in Rochester. CARING FOR CATS (St. Paul) 651-407-8485 All-volunteer, no-kill, non-profit shelter for cats and kittens in North St. Paul, funded 100% by donations. CATS MEOW DOGS BARK RESCUE 651-343-1964 Foster-based rescue focused on owner surrenders.

CHICKEN RUN RESCUE Provides abandoned chickens with love, shelter and vet care, and adopts the birds, as companion animals only, within 90 miles of the Twin Cities. COCO’S HEART DOG RESCUE Foster-based rescue that has saved dogs and cats from unfortunate circumstances, rescuing more than 800 dogs and cats in 2.5 years. COTTONWOOD COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE (Windom) 507-831-4110 Dedicated to re-homing and preventing unwanted and abandoned animals. DOBERMAN RESCUE MINNESOTA

651-256-2294 To promote responsible pet ownership and eliminate the abuse, abandonment, neglect and deaths of Doberman Pinschers. ENGLISH SPRINGER RESCUE AMERICA, INC. 507-271-8107 Foster care placement organization for Springer Spaniels. FELINE RESCUE INC. (St. Paul) 651-642-5900 No-kill 501c3 shelter, foster, outreach, and education for stray, abused and abandoned cats until they are adopted.

GREAT DANE RESCUE OF MN & WI / 715-222-4848 All-volunteer rescue for Great Danes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. GREAT PLAINS POINTER RESCUE Rescue and adoption in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota.

MIDWEST PUG RESCUE MN DIVISION We rescue and provide safe and loving homes to abandoned, surrendered, stray and neglected pugs and find them new ‘ fur’ever homes.

GREYHOUND PETS OF AMERICA MN / 763-785-4000 Rescuing /placing retired racing greyhounds.

MINNESOTA BOXER RESCUE 763-647-3437 Rescue, rehabilitate and re-home displaced and unwanted Boxers.

HEADING HOME K9 RESCUE,, Dedicated to rescuing homeless, unwanted and former puppy-mill dogs, senior dogs, big black mixed breeds, special needs and those sick or injured.

MINNESOTA COMPANION RABBIT SOCIETY 651-768-9755 Volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion rabbits.

HIAWATHA ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY (Lake City, Wabasha, Kellogg, surrounding) 651-448-0396 Takes in local stray and unwanted animals, places them in foster homes, and adopts them out into loving, forever homes. 501c3, volunteer organization. ITALIAN GREYHOUND RESCUE OF MN/ND Kristin (MN): Michelle (ND): Foster-based rescue and rehoming service, and an IGCA affiliate. LUCKY’S PLACE / 320-241-1829 No-kill, non-profit cat rescue.

FUR-EVER HOME RESCUE Nonprofit advocates for and rescues local animals with urgent medical needs or behavior issues - animals that needed a little more effort. 507-641-4428 Rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Japanese Chins in need.

GEMINI ROTTWEILER AND PITBULL RESCUE 320-598-3087 We are dedicated to saving the lives of these misunderstood breeds, and offering them a second chance at a forever home.

MARTIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY (Fairmont) 507-238-1885 Cares for the homeless animals of Martin County at the Carl Nettifee Animal Shelter, finding placement for them in new homes.

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507-272-3467 Dedicated to finding responsible homes for Greyhounds who are no longer used by the racing industry. MINNESOTA HOOVED ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION 763-856-3119 Non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and re-homing horses and other hooved animals in need. MINNESOTA POCKET PET RESCUE Non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehoming small animals. MINNESOTA SHELTIE RESCUE 612-616-7477 Finding the best and last home for Shelties in need. MINNESOTA WISCONSIN COLLIE RESCUE 612-869-0480 Dedicated to finding new hope and new homes for Collies in need of homes. | 27

MOWER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY (Austin) 507-437-9262 No-kill shelter staffed entirely by volunteers. MORRISON COUNTY ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY (Little Falls) or 320-632-0703 We take in unloved and unwanted animals to place in forever homes. NATIONAL BRITTANY RESCUE AND ADOPTION NETWORK 605-224-2964 Rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes Brittanys in need. NORTHERN LIGHTS GREYHOUND ADOPTION 763-754-9754 Dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing Greyhounds and educating the public about Greyhounds as pets.

PAWS AND CLAWS HUMANE SOCIETY (Rochester) 507-288-7226 To promote and provide humane protection and shelter for abandoned or lost companion animals, seek adoptive homes, provide public education regarding animal overpopulation, promote responsible animal care, and advocate spaying and neutering. PAWS=PRECIOUS ANIMALS WORTH SAVING 507-841-1834 Working together to save as many animals as possible in the Jackson County area. PET HAVEN INC. OF MN 952-831-3825 Created in 1952 to rescue, rehome and advocate for companion animals. PRAIRIE’S EDGE HUMANE SOCIETY (Northfield) 507-664-1035 Rehoming dogs and cats.

NORTHSTAR GREAT PYRENEES RESCUE OF MN 612-379-0010 Dedicated to providing rescue/rehoming, breed education and fun activities for Great Pyrenees and their owners.

RESCUED PETS ARE WONDERFUL • 763-757-8204 To rescue companion animals and find them loving forever homes.

NORTHSTAR SHIH TZU RESCUE 612-209-4502 We rescue Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blend dogs, evaluate them in foster homes and then match them to their perfect family.

RETRIEVE A GOLDEN OF THE MIDWEST (RAGOM) • 952-946-8070 Rescuing and re-homing Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in MN, IA, ND, SD and western WI.


RIVER BLUFF HUMANE SOCIETY (Red Wing) / 651-388-5286 Nonprofit, limited-admission, low-kill shelter taking in all strays from Goodhue County and other areas as well as owner surrenders when space is available.

NORTHWOODS HUMANE SOCIETY (Wyoming) 651-982-0240 Serving Chisago County and surrounding communities by caring for animals in need and helping them find a home.

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SAFE HAVEN PET RESCUE (Rochester) 507-529-4079 Committed to finding safe, loving and secure homes for lost, abandoned and stray companion animals. SAVE-A-BULL RESCUE Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of American Pit Bull Terriers and other Bull breeds. SAVE OUR STRAYS 641-713-2443 Finding forever homes for the strays of Mitchell County, Iowa. SAVING SHEPHERDS OF MN German Shepherd Dog Rescue committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing dogs into new, loving homes. SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE 651-771-5662 Foster-based dog and cat rescue organization dedicated to rescuing, caring for and adopting out homeless dogs and cats. SECONDHAND HOUNDS (Minnetonka) 952-322-7643 SHIH TZU RESCUE OF MINNESOTA All-volunteer organization with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes. SMALL DOG RESCUE OF MINNESOTA All-volunteer group committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs 20 pounds and under. SOUTHWEST METRO ANIMAL RESCUE 952-368-PAWS (7297) Non-profit organization committed to the rescue of abandoned, abused and stray domestic animals.

STEELE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY (Owatonna) 507-451-4512 Foster home based rescue helping stray and abandoned animals in greater Steele County. THE RESCUE CREW Rescue the Mistreated. Save the Injured. Love the Abandoned. TRI-COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY 320-252-0896 We believe in the human/animal bond and exist to support Central Minn. by practicing and promoting quality adoption services and education programs. UPPER MIDWEST GREAT DANE RESCUE 763-210-1978 All volunteer foster-based rescue. So much to gain when you save a Dane. WAGS & WHISKERS ANIMAL RESCUE OF MN Volunteer 501(c)(3), non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. WASECA COUNTY ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY 507-201-7287 501c3, no-kill organization that helps homeless animals of all types in numerous counties in S. Central Minn. WINONA AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 507-452-3135

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GET THE SCOOP SEPTEMBER Sept 8 Pocket pet nail trim clinic, hosted by MN Pocket Pet Rescue. 10 am– noon, Highland Park Chuck & Don's, 2114 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, Sept 8 23rd annual Walk For The Animals, Mower County Humane Society fundraiser, 1pm registration, 2pm walk, Todd Park, Austin. Special guest Roo Yori, American Ninja Warrior. Sept 8 Goldzilla, Golden Retriever Fun Fair & Walk for Rescue, 8:30am– 2pm, Long Lake Park, New Brighton, Sept 10 “Decoding the Driftless,” a film of science exploration and adventure about the Driftless Region, which includes SE Minnesota. 6:30–8:00pm, Free but preregistration required. Assisi Heights,, 507-280-2195 Sept 10 Cat Film Festival, Pet Haven of MN, Landmark's Lagoon Cinema, Minneapolis. Sept 13 Yappy hour to benefit Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. Imminent brewery, Northfield 5–7 pm. Raffle prizes, adoptable dogs. Imminent will donate a portion of sales to PEHS, Sept 14 Bake sale for Martin County Humane Society, 9am–1pm, Fleet and Farm in Fairmont,

Sept 21 Pet Haven Dog Meet and Greet, Pet Haven of MN, Bentley's Pet Stuff, Excelsior, Sept 21 Walk for Animals with Roo Yori, K9 Ninja Warrior, 2pm, Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont, benefits Martin County Humane Society, Sept 21 Snakes! As you learn more about their benefits, your willingness to co-exist increases. 9:30–10:30am, $12 preregistered/prepaid. Sept 22 Cakes & Cars for Critters, hosted by Mower County Humane Society and Austin Eagles, 9am–2pm. Pancakes served til 1pm. Cars and motorcycle show: Also craft sale, bake sale, vendors. Sept 28 Rally for Rescue, fundraiser for Saving Shepherds of MN, 10am–2pm. Vendors, food truck, K9 demos, silent auction, raffle. Admission is free and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Animal Inn Training School; 8633 34th St N, Lake Elmo, Sept 28 Minnesota Boxer Rescue WiggleFest and walk, 10:30am–2:30pm, Thompson County Park, West St. Paul. Games, raffles, vendors, merchandise, Sept 28 Best Friends Animal Society Strut Your Mutt annual fundraising dog walk, 5K run and festival, 8am–1pm, St. Louis Park. Sept 29 Blessing of the Animals: Bring your finned, furred or feathered friends! Donations appreciated. 1:30–3pm, Assisi Heights,, 507-280-2195

Sept 14 & 15 Rochester MN Kennel Club Annual All-Breed Conformation Shows, Obedience Trials & Rally Trials. Specialty show by the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Basset Hound Club. See a large variety of dog breeds. Vendors. Olmsted County Fairgrounds,

Sept 29 Springer and Springer Wannabe Picnic, 11am–3pm, Token Creek Park, Madison, Wis. Lunch, raffle, rescue store, doggie games. Meet Springers and Springer lovers. Proceeds benefit English Springer Rescue America.

Sept 14 & 15 Pet Fest weekend, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Shakopee,

Oct 4 Paws and Claws Humane Society’s 30th Fall Auction, International Event Center. Beautiful themed baskets, artwork, gift certificates. Silent auction bidding starts at 5:30. Live auction with local auctioneer John Kruesel. Tickets are $20 and include a meal and bid number.

Sept 15 Paws For A Cause, Pet Haven of MN, Lakewood Park, White Bear Lake. Sept 20 Girls Night at Farmaste, 7–10pm. Come out with your girlfriends for a night of vegan cheese, wine and good company. Tour the farm and meet the animals up close. Rather than hitting the town, hit the country!


Oct 5 Barktoberfest, hosted by Leashes & Leads. 1–4pm at LTS Brewery Oct 5 Walk for the Animals, time and location TBD.

Oct 5 A Night to Paws Gala, a benefit for Doberman Rescue Minnesota, Minneapolis, Oct 12 Owl Prowl, 6pm, International Owl Center, Houston, Minn. Oct 13 Pocket pet nail trim clinic, hosted by MN Pocket Pet Rescue. 10 am–noon, Highland Park Chuck & Don's, 2114 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, Oct 19 Paws for Chili benefitting Camp Companion and Evergreen Cat Sanctuary, 3–8 pm, Olmsted County Fairgrounds. Chili feed, bake sale, craft sale, cooking decorating, face painting, cake walk, Rochester Fire Department presentation, live llamas, free gift bag to all kids who come in costume. Oct 19 Alley Cat Bash, fundraiser for Feline Rescue, with special guest Sterling “Trapking” Davis: “You don’t lose cool points for compassion.” Event at Kagin Hill Ballroom on the Macalester St Paul Campus, 6pm, Oct 26 & 27 The Biology and Treatment of Behavior Problems in Dogs seminar with Dr. Jessica Hekman and Dr. Amy Cook.


Nov 3 Pet Haven Cat Meet and Greet, 1pm , Petco, Richfield. Nov 10 Pocket pet nail trim clinic, hosted by MN Pocket Pet Rescue. 10 am–noon, Highland Park Chuck & Don's, 2114 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, Nov 13 Give to the Max Day. Donate to your favorite rescue. Nov 13 Prairie’s Edge Humane Society will be at Imminent Brewery to accept donations, 5–7pm, Nov 16 Owl Prowl, 6pm, International Owl Center, Houston, Minn. Nov 23 Bake sale for Martin County Humane Society, 9am–1pm, Fleet and Farm in Fairmont,

DECEMBER Dec 7 Pet Haven Dog and Cat Meet and Greet, 11am, Petco, Richfield. Dec 8 Pet Haven Cat Meet and Greet, 1pm, Petco, Richfield. Dec 8 Pocket pet nail trim clinic, hosted by MN Pocket Pet Rescue. 10 am–noon, Highland Park Chuck & Don's, 2114 Ford Pkwy, St Paul,

Nov 2 Pet Haven Dog and Cat Meet and Greet, 11am, Petco, Richfield.

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HOME to DWELL Cat spirits have found a home, mischief and all, in a local boutique ike most cats, the ghost-kittens haunting Dwell Local boutique in Rochester move about in stealth. Until it’s time to bat something off a shelf. That’s how Paul Bennett, lover of cats and owner of Dwell, first realized he shares real estate with spirit-pets. Paranormal-ish happenings began shortly after he moved into the building in 2014. “I would come in in the morning and there’d be things knocked down. But like at really low levels usually or off tabletops,” says Bennett. “One night I was there working really late and I hear something in the back. I go back and I just felt a brush against my leg, kind of. And there had been stuff knocked off a tabletop.” To Bennett, who lives with four cats of his own, the mess bore the hallmarks of a meandering trail of disorder that follows a cat on the move. “You could see where it ran through the door, up on a short bookcase, onto a table, and then back down to the floor,” says Bennett.

According to Wenner, euthanizations would have taken place in one of four areas: a small treatment area near the center of the building and three exam rooms on the east side. The room Bennett’s empathic friend refused to enter? The back room in the shop’s east corner. An original Cascade technician named Lyle worked for Wenner until the hospital moved in 2012. “Lyle had lots of good stories, but he never told me any stories like that,” says Dr. Wenner. Paws and Claws Humane Society then occupied the building until Dwell. Bennett says ex-volunteers of the organization have told him that, at times, they could hear running in the ceiling. However, current staff reported a ghost-free environment. “I remember when we were at that building,” says Josie Stoeckel, Paws and Claws cat adoption counselor. “And I checked with a few people that remembered that building, and none of us remembered having any experiences with spirits.”

ANIMAL OCCUPANTS SINCE 1954 The idea that his store might be haunted snapped into focus when a spiritual empath friend visited the store and refused to enter one of the shop’s rooms, saying she felt like she couldn’t. Weeks later she asked Bennett what had occupied the building before Dwell. When he told her, she revealed that she’d felt animals and death, which made sense, she said, if euthanizations had been performed there. They had. “That building, that was built as a veterinary hospital back in 1954,” says Dr. Mark Wenner of VCA Cascade Animal Medical Center and Inn, who bought the building and hospital in 1991.

HAPPY TO HOST After Bennett’s empath friend gave the building a spiritual cleanse, she told him that any spirits remaining there were right where they wanted to be, because it had been a good place for them. The cleanse left the shop feeling happier, according to Bennett, and he reports one or two visitations a month now, typically in a rearcenter room of the shop. “Now for me it’s like, they’re out playing. It’s a good thing,” says Bennett. He says he knows there is more than one cat spirit visiting, but he has trouble sensing anything more specific. The ghost cats have yet to break or spill anything.

Photo above: Bennett gestures toward a favorite shelf-haunt of the shop’s spirit-cats. Visible behind his arm is the room his empath friend wouldn’t enter. 30 | wagazine | FALL 2019

“Not yet, but if they do, they do,” says Bennett. The spirits couldn’t have picked a better new steward of their spirit house. “My whole life is about making places better for cats,” he jokes. At home, he and his partner live with four cats: Ella, Walter, Percy and Cora. They treat their cats like their kids, he says, part of the family. Relationships like that allow humans to glimpse the subtle, mysterious personalities of the felines around them. That embrace could explain why Paul senses cats of yesteryear in Dwell, and why they continue to goof off in his shop at night. As far as what to do if you find yourself hosting ghost cats? “My advice is just to embrace them. It sounds weird, but just to enjoy them,” says Bennett. Bryan Lund is a writer, ghostwriter and skier living in Rochester.

Bennett and his remembrance of Maxwell.

IN MEMORY OF MAXWELL Ghost-cats aren’t the only ones benefiting from Bennett’s caring nature. In the past Dwell has raised funds for both Paws and Claws and Camp Companion, but a more personal collection is being taken up at the counter at present. Weeks ago, a young couple in Bennett’s neighborhood found an injured kitten but couldn’t afford to take him to the emergency vet. So Bennett took him, but there was nothing that could be done. Bennett named him Maxwell. “So, I spent the night with him and then we euthanized him. So I’m just doing a little remembrance for him,” says Bennett, choking up.

Photos by Bryan Lund.


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