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PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT
First Quarter 2016

PHOTO ESSAY - Pets at Work

photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

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First Quarter 2016

GETTING READY FOR THE SHOW

story by BOB LUDER
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Mark Schroeder applies the foamy, white froth to the long, shiny, golden hair as gently as if he were giving a first shampoo to a newborn.
His fingers dig in slightly, moving in tight circular motions over the back, sides and underbelly, careful not to miss a single spot. This ritual is followed by a soft, gradual, warm rinse which leads to a blow-dry and brushing out of excess, shedding hair.

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First Quarter 2016

LOCAL PET FOOD - LOCAL PET MARKETS

story by DEREK HELMS
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

The Kansas City, Topeka and Lawrence pet markets combined generate nearly $110 million annually in sales.
"We're just after 15% of that," explains Gary Rexroad, of Love Grub Dog Food, of Lawrence, with a chuckle. "If we can capture 15%, we'll be pretty happy."
Gary and his wife, Angie, started Love Grub Dog Food in 2013. The couple creates original dog food and dog treats from their home and a small factory in east Lawrence. In the short three years they have been in production, the company has turned a profit and is experiencing exciting growth. Not bad for a company they had absolutely no intention of starting.

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First Quarter 2016

MAN'S BEST FRIEND

story by LIZ WESLANDER
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

While most dogs provide their owners with invaluable companionship, the only work the average house pet does on any given day is fetch a stick or two. There are, however, some local dogs that live up to the old adage "working like a dog" by doing things like making the streets of Lawrence safer, assisting their owners with daily tasks or brightening the day of the stressed and depressed.
Kai and C.B., the Lawrence Police Department's new patrol service dogs, may be some of the hardest working dogs in town. These German Shepherd mixes work three shifts a week helping the department find evidence and track and detain suspects.

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First Quarter 2016

WHAT DO DOGS DO?

story by TARA TRENARY
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

It's not difficult to figure out that Lawrencians really love their pets. Take a walk down Mass Street or a jog out by Clinton Lake, and see how many dogs you spot happily trotting along with their owners. East and West side alike, these college town folks know a thing or two about having pets.
In the United States, 65 percent of households own a pet, according to the 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey, conducted by the American Pet Products Association. Americans spent more than $60 billion on their pets last year alone. It's no wonder there are so many businesses dedicated to this billion-dollar industry.

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First Quarter 2016

TALKING TO THE ANIMALS

story by EMILY MULLIGAN
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Veterinarians are ultimately scientists, but being the doctor for beloved pets who can't speak for themselves is a job with many (usually furry) layers. Vets must contend with pet owners' emotions, their own emotions, scientific data, finances and, of course, somehow relate to every single animal that comes in the door of their clinic.

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First Quarter 2016

NOT YOUR AVERAGE PET

by JULIE DUNLAP
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Many kids dream of owning a dog to train or a cat to cuddle, but the reality of owning one is often a different story. Allergies, environmental limitations and family lifestyle may not always be conducive to what a dog or cat needs to thrive.
Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to traditional pet ownership available, as the Marcellino family knows well.

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First Quarter 2016

WILD THINGS

by PAT MICHAELIS, Ph.D.
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

Bald eagles, snakes, beavers, deer, owls and an endangered black-footed ferret. These animals don't really make great pets, but children and adults in the Lawrence area can encounter them and other wildlife native to northeast Kansas at the Prairie Park Nature Center.

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First Quarter 2016

KATE MEGHJI

Lawrence Humane Society

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NEWSMAKERS
First Quarter 2016

THE OREAD - recognized as a TOP 50 College Hotel

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First Quarter 2016

Integrity Midwest Insurance, LLC is bringing its brand of "Big City Ability with Hometown Values" to Eudora, Kansas.

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NON-PROFIT

First Quarter 2016

KEESHOND LOVERS UNITED

story by MEGAN GILLILAND Communications Manager, City of Lawrence
photos by STEVEN HERTZOG

A lady in her 60s in St. Louis is hospitalized long-term and then passes away, but no one in her family can care for her beloved 12-year-old dog.
A family in Iowa has a 10-month-old puppy they say is too much for their family to handle.
A reputable breeder in Nebraska has a well-trained pet that has aged out of breeding but still has a long life ahead of her and needs a new home.
These are stories of a few of the dogs that have been cared for and eventually adopted through Keeshond Lovers United (KLU), a 501 (c)(3) and regional breed-specific rescue group based in Lawrence that is part of the Keeshond Club of America.

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CITY OF LAWRENCE

First Quarter 2016

A PUP'S PARADISE

story by Megan Gilliland Communications Manager, City of Lawrence - photos City of Lawrence

The City of Lawrence operates two dog parks where fourlegged family members can roam and enjoy scenic landscapes as part of their daily exercise routine. Mutt Run, locatedat 1330 East 902 Rd., and Riverfront Park, near the intersection of North Second and Highways 24 and 40, both offer dogs (and their human owners) areas to interact with other dogs and run free in a safe environment.

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LMH

First Quarter 2016

HEARTS OF GOLD

story by Janice Early, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

At Lawrence Memorial Hospital, they’re putting some heart into the 2016 Hearts of Gold Ball.
Every two years, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) Endowment Association hosts the community’s only black-tie event, with proceeds designated to benefit a specific need of the hospital.

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