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Gigi is a 9 year old, fawn and white Great Dane.

I got Gigi from the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue. I had decided to adopt an older dog since they are harder to place in homes. Turns out she was probably a little younger than they thought, but lucky me - I get her for longer!

 Gigi's favorite toy is probably her Kong filled with treats. I give it to her before I leave for work to help with her separation anxiety. She barely notices that I have left!  She loves to nap anywhere there is sun, and her best friend is definitely my parent's dog, Sammy. 

I don't know if this should be my favorite, but I still think about the porcupine incident!  She saw something in the woods, but since she's pretty old and doesn't move too fast I wasn't too quick to go after her. She's never been able to catch a deer, squirrel, etc, whatever she might be chasing.  All of a sudden I heard a cry and knew it was a porcupine. Poor Gigi came running back to me with quills on her jaw.  I ran her into the nearest animal hospital so they could remove the quills.  Poor girl - it was a rough day for both of us!

I love bringing Gigi into AWC.  She had a rough start to her life before I had her.  It's pretty clear people were not very nice to her, but now she's spoiled as she should be and the staff at AWC make sure she's spoiled when she's there, too. She still gets nervous and will tremble as she sits next to me on the bench. Alyssa is always the first to come over with treats in hand to be sure she knows she doesn't need to be afraid.  Once we're called back to her room, she knows to stop to be weighed. Once in the room, she seems to be a little less nervous and the technicians and vets are so good with her.  They always sit on the floor with her and are so kind and patient. I can't imagine bringing Gigi anywhere else!

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Mojo is a Domestic Shorthair. He is 9 years old and all white with amazing eyes like the Mediterranean Sea.  

Our story is the typical Animal Humane Society Cliché- When you rescue an animal from the AHS, they rescue you right back.  I found myself merely making a "quick visit" on my way home from babysitting on a Friday night.  I had an hour before AHS was closing to peruse.  As the facility was closing, a woman had been bit by an animal she wanted to adopt and I was witness to the incident. The woman wanted desperately to take this animal home but AHS needed to keep the animal for quarantine to ensure safety for animal and adopter.  I felt her pain in desire to take her new pal home, but completely knew it was in everyone's true best interest to be safe too!

As I was sitting there waiting for my "interview", I observed as staff was placing small E's on certain kennels. One of them was Mojo's.  I had been in to see Mojo earlier and besides his amazing eyes, it was a volunteer named Mike who said to me, "this little man is pretty special and has been here a long time....Everyone that comes here just goes for the young ones".  My heart sank.   

I know the staff wasn't supposed to tell me the answer to my question, but when I asked if that "E" meant what I thought, she said, "yes". If I left there on that Friday night and came back Saturday, Mojo would not have been there.  

I told the woman interviewing me that I would not be leaving without Mojo the White Cat!  I had never owned a cat and now, I cannot imagine a day without him!!

After adopting at the AHS, I was directed to find a veterinarian familiar with feline's within 10 days for evaluation. I had only lived in Maple Grove for a few years. I inquired with several people and got rave reviews about The Animal Wellness Center. I was blessed to get Mojo in and Dr. Katie Ambrose and the staff at AWC could not have been more welcoming to me and Mojo.  My nerves for being a new cat owner and adoptee of a "middle age" cat were put to ease immediately.  Mojo's AHS write up stated he was a chewer, defecated in places besides litter box and "talked too much". Upon arriving to his new home, he has been nothing but a dream! Uses the litter box without fault, has not ever done damage to his or my items and only yells at me when he has to go in his carrier! He has had the opportunity to stay and the luxury boarding and although the drive is his distain, his stay is very much a pleasure and he loves the staff at AWC!! His first stay, he actually hid up in the tunnel because he wasn't ready to come home!!

Mojo is a simple man. His favorite toy is a $0.38 little bird that I got at Mills Fleet Farm and cannot find anymore. The tail feather's are gone, I have sewn it twice and yet, he will always choose this as his 3a.m. toy hunt.

Mojo was his given name and when I looked it up, I found it to mean "charm or spell"....He certainly is a charm and has placed a spell on me since the moment I laid eyes on him at AHS and found my rescue!

AWC has been the best gift to both Mojo and owner. From check in, Vet Tech's, DVM, scheduling, follow up and check out....I have never had a better care experience for my pet's and owner.  

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Meet our family!   Retired racing greyhounds:
  • Nessie - 11 years old, black and white, she had been in a couple of previous homes
  • Johnny - 10 years old, fawn (tan), we've had him since he was 2
  • Wyatt - 5 years old, black, also had him since he was 2
We have had 12 greyhounds over the past 19 years, including several foster dogs that we ended up adopting.  Our Greys have come through Greyhound Pets of America - MN, a local group that takes in retired racing Greys, fosters them, and finds permanent homes for them.  We don't foster any more, and usually have 3-4 permanent dogs at a time.  When we're ready to adopt again, we let the group know what sort of personality we're looking for, and they find a match.  To check out a new greyhound, we take a couple of our current dogs to the adoption appointment and see if they all get along.  With retired racers it only takes an hour or so to see how they connect since they're so used to being around other racing Greys all their lives.  Of course, we have to like them, too!

Wyatt's favorite toy is a knotted rope, which we lovingly call "dental floss".  It's the only toy he likes to chew.  He loves anything that squeaks! Johnny loves to lie in Greg's lap on the sofa in the evening, get petting and then fall asleep. Nessie has her own private sofa in the den that she loves to stretch out on for sleeping. She and Wyatt are best friends and lie close to each other where the sun hits the floor.

We knew Johnny wanted to be part of the family, when during his adoption appointment Greg took him outside for a bathroom break and Johnny peed on Greg's leg. Nessie loves to sneak a kitchen towel off the oven handle and stash it with her toys. Wyatt has taken to thoroughly licking Liz's hands and sometimes her face several times a day, especially when she's not well.  He is sensitive to her moods, and is a real comfort.

We started going to AWC in 1998, back when we had collies, a cat, and our first Greys.  We take our dogs regularly for their nail trims, plus they receive full and excellent care for regular exams, vaccinations, and the occasional illness or injury  The staff know us well and many of them lavish attention on the dogs (thanks, folks!).  We know most of the staff, including veterinary, boarding and grooming.  Wyatt sums it up best by getting super-excited to see everyone there - humans and pets - and enjoys making new friends every visit.  Other clients and their pets that come in while we're there are friendly and we enjoy our mutual time there.  We regularly recommend AWC to other people - the clinic is an unusually good, knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate, and clean, with a full range of services.

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Izzie is a 5 year old Siamese cat. She went from being very tan with little bits of black coloring to a darker blackish coat with tan spots. Her eyes have always been an amazing blue that everyone sees her comments on. She’s my beautiful, sweet girl!

I was not looking for a new kitty but I always look at the adoptable cats when I’m at the pet store. I saw Izzie and fell in love! Not only was she adorable, but her name was Izzie (I’m Lizzie), her birthday is 3/21 (mine is 3/24). Still, I wasn’t sure I was ready. I had one cat at home and had lost my older cat 2 years prior. But I woke up the next day obsessed with making sure I would be Izzie’s new momma! I called the store and the foster parent several times that day, I’m sure I was very annoying but I was very emphatic on making sure that no one else adopted her. I knew she was meant to be mine!

Izzie loves being mischievous! When she was a baby, I would wake up in the middle of the night to find her swatting things off of my dresser. I would find lipstick, hair clips and everything under the sun when I moved the dresser. Izzie loves to eat! She gets caught eating her canine brother’s food all the time. Izzie likes going on car rides! She never makes a peep and refuses to be in a carrier, she is mesmerized by the environment that passes us by.

Every morning Izzie gets up with me and she knows the last stop before I head out the door is at her food dish. As I’m mixing up her cat food concoction, she stretches up her paws to the edge of the counter top. She lifts one paw in the air and we literally high five each other. It’s our morning (and dinner) ritual and it puts a smile on my face every time. It’s a great way to start the day!

Izzie started her visits as a baby at AWC. The visits soon became about her breathing issues. Izzie has had three surgeries in her 5 years of life. Two have been invasive due to polyp removals. Her most recent, and hopefully last, surgery was this October. Dr. Engmann has been my rock, answering my multitude of questions, explaining all options of treatment, and reassuring me that this is best for Izzie. I have never felt in better hands. Everyone at AWC is so caring for the animals (and their parents). I am so grateful for Dr. Engmann and the AWC staff for helping me feel at ease with the scary events that Izzie has had to go through. 

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Hello humans,

My name is Cody.  I am almost 4 years old. My birthday is December 13th.  I am an English Teddy bear Golden Doodle (English golden retriever and poodle) and I was born and raised as a puppy in Alabama.  When I turned 8 weeks old, I went to live with a trainer for four weeks and was part of their family.  I learned a lot of things like how to sleep all night in my crate, started potty training, learned about all the things I might find in a house and also started working on my basic obedience skills.  When I was 12 weeks old, they put me on a big airplane and I flew all the way to Minneapolis.   I am not gonna lie  - it was a little scary but then my mama took me out of my crate,  I knew I found the perfect forever home!  My mama tells me it was love at first sight!  She tells me the story of waiting 6 months for me and many liters to find the perfect puppy and it was me! (Mama has a very bad dog allergy and needed an allergy friendly dog.  I am so glad I don’t make her sneeze. )

Mama thought it was very important that I learn how to be a good dog so we have been to many different training sessions.  Mama says I am a very good boy.  I know she wanted me to be a therapy dog but I just get so excited when I see people – I can’t contain myself.  I can’t help jumping up to say hi and give kisses – just ask the staff at Animal Wellness Center.  I love them all and I always say hi, give a big smile (yes I show my teeth) and I have to give sloppy doodle kisses to everyone I see. 

Here are some of the things I love:

  • Snuggling
  • Sleeping on the bed
  • Eating my meals and treats
  • Chewing on a bone
  • Running after whiffle balls and the Frisbee in the backyard
  • People
  • Giving kisses
  • Going for walks
  • Hunting for chipmunks, rabbits or squirrels
  • Going to daycare at AWC – my best friends are Stella, Ruby and Bella (yes they are all girls  - I LOVE the girls!)

So mama says her favorite story about me is one that happened at Animal Wellness.  One of the daycare employees told my mama the story.  I think this is how it goes. Once day we had a new pup join the group, her name was Stella.  I guess she was sad as her brother had passed away and her humans thought she might be lonely and enjoy some friends at daycare.  Well she was very sad and stayed by herself and didn’t want to interact or play.  So I did my best to be her friend, play and make her happy and guess what?? Now she is happy and we play all the time – she is one of my best friends!  Sometimes we even snuggle together during nap time.  I am glad she is happy again.  Mama calls me a therapy dog for dogs.  I don’t know what that means but I love Stella.

I have been going to AWC since my very first puppy wellness visit.  I love all the staff and everyone knows me by name.  I get groomed there as well which I don’t really like.  Sometimes I have to stay overnight.  I am not very fond of that either but I try to make the best of it.  Mama says she has seen me on the video camera barking and barking in my room late into the night.  I don’t think she likes that too much but I am hoping someone will hear me and let me out. 

Thank you for making me dog of the month for November! Sloppy Doodle kisses to you all – Muuuhhhhaaaa!



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