Dogs get another chance to make a first impression at Second Hand Hounds.
Jennifer Kaeding admits her dog, Rooney, is spoiled. The easygoing Bernese mountain dog spends lots of time tagging along with Kaeding and her family. “We take him to as many places as we can,” says Kaeding.
Rooney is a frequent visitor to her office—Kaeding Architecture—located above the Waconia Brewing Company. Sometimes, after a long Friday, the duo goes downstairs to unwind. The brewery allows dogs outside on its patio during warmer months and inside the seating area—which is walled off from the brew house—year-round.
Helping animals has long been the mission of the Carver-Scott Humane Society (CSHS), but it took a more proactive approach when it launched the Fur Keeps program in December 2016. It’s now the first step in the pet surrender process, offering resources and other options, including a donor-funded emergency fund for income-qualified clients.
The Carver-Scott Humane Society celebrates its new offices in downtown Chaska with an open house on February 14 from noon to 4 p.m. In its new offices, executive director Mandi Wyman says, the group hopes to offer training and classes, as well as cats for adoption. For the past 26 years, the non-profit organization has served the region by facilitating the foster and adoption of homeless pets and providing education, but it’s never had a permanent space that’s open to the public.
While many of us stroll the neighborhood with our dogs regularly to keep fit and healthy, others—like triathlete, Ironman finisher, and self-proclaimed “endurance junkie” W. Harvey Skees of Eden Prairie—take exercising with dogs to a new level.
I will spare you the unthinkable details of my rescued American Pit Bull Terrier’s first three years of life because I’ve learned that what Prim’s previous human asked her to do doesn’t define her present or her future. She has been with us almost three years, and she isn’t required to trust me, let alone to love me. But she does, and she is now the loving, loyal dog she was born to be.
There is nothing worse than receiving news that your pet is ill and won’t recover. The hard reality smacked me in the face on August 20, 2012. We took our pit bull, Halie, to the vet because she wasn’t acting like herself, and the doctor had grim news: At the age of 10½, Halie had full-blown cancer.
I never expected her life to be cut short. Working at a pet hospital, I saw how hard it was for people to let go of their pets—some people holding on too long.
Every day, animals are abandoned or placed into kennels, dependent on charities and volunteers. These organizations are strained beyond coping and are desperate to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals. Homeless Animals Day in August aims to educate people about pet abandonment, feral animals and the benefits of neutering and spaying domestic animals.