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Come On Spring!
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 8:16 PM
Okay Mother Nature, we are ready for dog walking season to begin! You've teased us with a few opportunities here and there, but I think it's time to turn up the thermostat and turn off the wind. I've got pups that need to get out and stretch their legs...

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Thinking Outside of the Box
Posted Monday, April 7, at 8:30 PM

I'll admit it. I have a challenging personality. While it's not always a bad thing, there are times when it is read completely wrong. I think it is a gift, and can be quite helpful if you are open enough to hearing my rendition. I constantly challenge myself to think of solutions to current problems, ways to avoid problems, and how something can be changed to work more efficiently without losing it's integrity. ...

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If You Like It, Then You Should Put A Leash On It!
Posted Friday, March 21, at 9:14 PM

It's been a long, cold winter and no one is more excited about the weather warming up than dogs and their owners! I love getting my dogs out for walks around town. It's a great way for us to get some exercise and shed some of those winter pounds. I took Sophie out on Thursday for a loop around Grand Ave. ...

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In The Dog House
Posted Tuesday, March 4, at 3:36 PM

I'm continually amazed at the power of the internet and technology. I am not savvy with either one, but can tackle my blog and email fairly easy. When most people are considering moving to a new town, they usually begin researching the community via the local newspaper. They scour the real estate ads, check out the job opportunities, and possibly the school system or retail opportunities...

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Posted Thursday, February 20, at 7:07 PM

I received the most most beautiful gift! It is a watercolor portrait of Boomer as seen in in the above picture. It is beautifully done and is the exact likeness of his features. But the very best part is that it was created by someone that never even met Boomer...

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Why We Ride
Posted Sunday, February 2, at 12:18 PM

I embraced the opportunity this week to watch the documentary Why We Ride on the big screen in Mitchell, SD. My gal pal, Laura Klock, hosted the South Dakota premier in conjunction with the kick off of another bike rebuild program. Laura, her husband Brian, and daughters Erika and Karlee were all featured in the film...

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Dogs Behind Bars
Posted Saturday, January 18, at 7:15 PM

Recently, I've been doing some research on inmates of correctional facilities training dogs. Some are taught basic skills such as come, sit, stay, and walking loosely on a leash. Some go a step further and pass a Canine Good Citizen test. This is a test of a dogs ability to be placed in different situations and to remain under control of the handler. ...

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Sophie Rose
Posted Sunday, January 12, at 7:50 PM

Guess what? I have a new foster dog in the house. She is quite the spirited little pit bull girl with big, brown eyes. The kind of eyes that you can see the spark in everytime you look at them. There is no sadness, only joy emitting from every tail wag she has...

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Dear Neighbor
Posted Sunday, December 29, at 3:19 PM

Dear Neighbor - Happy New Year! As I was walking past your house the other day, as I have done numerous times before, I noticed your four legged, furry friend outside. It was great to finally be able to get out of the house after our terribly frigid weather we've had...

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Merry Pitmas!
Posted Sunday, December 22, at 4:56 PM

It has been three months since Boomer has been gone, and not many of those days do I not think of him. I truly believe that we were brought together to learn from one another. Even though he is now gone, I'm still learning and I will continue to bring awareness and hopefully educate people on animal issues...

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Cruelty or Lack of Education?
Posted Sunday, December 15, at 6:34 PM

It's been awhile since I've posted. Sometimes I have to wait for something to inspire me. This week, I had the opportunity to be on the Mediacom Newsleaders segment with Jeff Thee in Spirit Lake. We discussed winter pet care tips. I think we could safely say that most pet owners know the importance of keeping your pet indoors and out of the bitter cold that we have been experiencing, but I also know that others don't or choose to have an outdoor only pet. ...

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Are You Up For The Challenge?
Posted Monday, November 25, at 8:18 PM

I've been told I have a challenging personality. I take that as a compliment even though I don't think it's always meant to be one. I try to look outside of the box on many things. I'm always trying to find ways to make things better, work more efficiently, and what will have the best impact. ...

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No Breed Ban in Ringsted!
Posted Thursday, November 14, at 7:35 PM

The vote was close (3-2), but the nays took it. No breed ban in Ringsted, IA. This little bedroom community of 422 has decided that they have all of the animal ordinances they need already. They require people to license their pets, show proof of rabies vaccination, and have a leash law that states all animals, when not on the owners property, must be on a leash. ...

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Re-Homing Your Pet
Posted Wednesday, November 6, at 9:19 AM

Most people consider their pets to be family. We take pictures of our pets, give them special treats and buy them the most comfortable doggy bed we can find. Some people consider their pet a best friend, confidante, or exercise buddy. Some people have pets that are used for working or hunting. ...

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Shocked, I'm Sure
Posted Tuesday, October 29, at 6:11 PM

My house just seems empty without the clicking of numerous toenails running across the hardwood floor. No, I'm not completely petless, but for some reason I always feel like I need to be taking one in that needs a little human compassion. While I love fostering, it can be a huge commitment of time. ...

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Take Out The Human in the Equation
Posted Friday, October 4, at 6:50 PM

My first edition of Boomer's Voice. I've been searching for a topic to get this whole thing started again, and today I heard it. Literally, my phone rang and the topic was brought to my attention. This is something that lights my fire everytime it is brought to my attention...

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It's Been A Long, Strange Trip
Posted Tuesday, September 24, at 9:17 PM

I had the opportunity to head to Rogers, AR with my motorcycle family last week to introduce that region to Klock Werks parts. I've told myself to always take opportunities as you never know if you will ever have them again. Of course part of my preparation is to find someone to care for my pets while I'm gone. ...

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Never Come Between A Boy And His Breakfast!
Posted Monday, September 16, at 11:30 AM

My fur kids and I have had a busy week. The Clay County Fair always gives me the opportunity to earn a little extra cash while making some sacrifices. I rent my house to some awesome vendors I've known from way back in The Fireside Lounge days. I pack up, and the dogs and I head for the lake to set up camp at a lake home (or two). It's a little inconvenient, but we suck it up for 9 days in order to have some Christmas cash...

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Emotion Overload
Posted Monday, September 2, at 8:54 PM

Sunday, I took Boomer to Sioux Falls, SD to meet a potential adopter. The gal had checked out all of the dogs available from Sioux Empire Pit Rescue via the website (www.pitrescue.weebly.com), completed the application and the rescue had followed up with their normal reference and home checks...

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White House Administration Does NOT Like Bullies
Posted Saturday, August 24, at 4:42 PM

Last week President Obama and his administration made a bold statement. In my opinion, it's the best one that has been made thus far. Mr. President has stated he is against breed specific legislation. To clarify for those of you not familiar with that term, basically he is saying that no dog should be banned from living in a community because of its breed of appearance...

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It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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