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At Rescue Buddy Boarding & Beyond your dog will feel right at home while you are away. With 1/4 acre fenced yard to play in, your pup will have lots of fun. Overnight stay is $30 and daycare is $15. We also offer a free foster dog slot and reduced overnight rates to local rescues. We are committed to helping homeless dogs. While volunteering with Pet Haven we have fostered 82 dogs and counting. We are changing the world one dog at a time. laura.leonard55@gmail.com

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Year in Review

As I look back on the journey of this past year I am amazed at the trip it has been. The year started with me deciding to take a year off from the art fair circuit to pursue my love of beaded sculptures.

This was a risky financial decision but one I had dreamed about for quite some time. I did have one commissioned piece to create so I knew there would be money coming in. Queen Mary Cometh was completed on time and the client was thrilled.

All along I continued to volunteer with Pet Haven and Red Lake Rosie's fostering dogs. By about April I started to realize that my passion for art was waning or at least taking a backseat to rescuing homeless dogs. I kept asking myself if there was someway I could stay home with the dogs and still feed my son?

Not being one to put too much energy into money-I think that gives it too much power-I decided to start a new home business boarding dogs. In June Rescue Buddy Boarding & Beyond was officially born. Mister was already occasionally staying at the house along with sometimes three fosters dogs at once so I knew what I was getting into.

From then on many dogs have come to stay, some several times. Thank you to all who have supported this new venture. Foster dogs are always welcome too. Paden is our 28th one and she has a good applicant coming to look at her on Saturday.

This year I was able to take three trips to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. Getting to know founder Karen Good has been inspirational and a definite highlight of my year. For all of you yet to go up north please make a date on your new calendar to do so. You will be changed forever.

My mom is even getting involved. Since July 4th she has been knitting sweaters for the dogs at Rosie's because the winters are so harsh. I think she is up to about 40 so far. She can not be stopped.

Here is Simon in the bumblebee style.

As the old year is passing my mom and I are looking forward to a new venture. We are excited to be asked to sell the sweaters in a store in downtown Minneapolis. Proceeds of course going to Karen for hiring someone to help her with the endless daily chores. Thanks to Charm a frequent visitor to Rescue Buddy Boarding and her mother who made the connection for us. Charm was shopping in this store while modeling her new sweater that "Santa" brought her when she stayed with over Christmas.

As for my artistic expressions for the new year, well I have gotten the knitting bug too. Yes I am on my first sweater. Of course I do not want to stop knitting so I think my first one will be for a snake instead of a dog.

To the two loves of my life, thank you for being so patient with all the dogs coming and going.

May the new year find you following your dreams.


  1. I'm so happy for you, Laura. You have done the right thing, to follow your heart in this last year. We are sure glad you have opened your house to so many dogs, and particularly to MISTER! :) I love all the pictures above.....Happy New Year to you and your whole great family, of humans and dogs!

  2. Yes, Laura .... I am also very happy for you. You have followed your heart and you are making a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless dogs (and whether you realize it or not, in the lives of people as well ;-) Thank you for all you do and for loving and taking care of Mister like he is your own. We never worry about that sweet crazy boy when he is with you :) May 2010 bring you even more joy and happiness.

  3. Wow, Laura, I just surfed over here from your entry in The Art of Fostering on FB. Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job of following the "do what you love, the money will follow" philosophy. The sculptures & sweaters are SO gorgeous. I have been up to Red Lake a couple of times with the spay-neuter clinics & am very grateful that you are helping Karen. I hope to meet you sometime - you sound like a lovely person, and you have a great family, too!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this entry. It's been a wonderful year getting to know you and your big heart! We're thankful for your passion for dogs and amazed by your talents. Keep it up and cheers to a spectacular 2010! (Suzy says hi and she misses you) Also - what store are your sweaters being sold at? Could be a perfect gift for my mother in laws dog :)