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Losing a pet is hard and their absence often leaves the house noticeably quiet and lonely. This is how Anne felt after losing her beloved dog, Oreo, of 15 years who she adopted from Animal Humane Society. Two weeks after Oreo passed away, Anne and her mom decided to visit the Golden Valley location and see what dogs were available for adoption.

As soon as Anne and her mom walked in, they spotted Zoe in the very first kennel. There she sat so nice and quiet with just her tail wagging. The 4-month-old puppy had been dropped off without any information. Anne wasn’t concerned about her lack of history because after spending over 3 hours with her, she was convinced this was the dog for her.

Anne quickly learned that Zoe is a dog that needs to be busy all the time. She knew she needed to find positive outlets for Zoe’s boundless energy. They started with obedience classes where Zoe passed her puppy, beginner, and intermediate obedience classes at the top of her class as well as the Canine Good Citizen test.

In the summertime, Zoe can be seen flying through the air and into the water competing in dock jumping. Zoe wears a donation vest at DockDogs events to raise money for "Chase Away K9 Cancer," a program that has raised over $400,000 for canine cancer studies. Zoe and Anne also compete in Disc Dogs and placed 1st and 3rd in events at the Minnesota state championships.

Zoe will never replace Oreo, but her nonstop energy and zest for life has certainly eliminated the quiet, lonely feeling of Anne’s house and brought a new sense of joy to her and her family.

Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.

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Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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