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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, a lovable, playful friend


Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
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Gilbert loves people, especially children, and they love him. Why wouldn’t they? Gilbert is a fine specimen of a dog with a shiny black coat and a quirky, fun personality. His intelligence shines through his bright eyes. People are drawn to Gilbert and their response is to reach out and pet his glossy coat. Often, the question is, “I suppose I should not pet him?” as a hand is reached out to achieve this very goal. It is not my husband’s nature to be unfriendly, and so this poses a dilemma.

Shopping at a food co-op, the eager, smiling face of the young man with developmental disabilities was impossible to deny. He happily petted Gilbert to his hearts content before moving on to shop with his mother.

We arrived at training at Can Do Canine’s full of anticipation and a little intrepidation, at our first meeting with Gilbert. After seeing plaques on the wall with the appealing names of Gypsy and Gamble, we were reluctant to embrace a dog given the old-fashioned, out of vogue, name of Gilbert. What kind of personality could a dog named Gilbert possess? I pictured a gent with his hair parted in the middle, sporting a handlebar mustache and a bowtie. Imagine a dog looking like this human counterpart. I could see a shaggy black mane on our lab, parted in the middle, a mustache of the muzzle and a red bowtie affixed to his neck. After meeting Gilbert in a large room designed for training, we were quickly taken in by Gilbert’s charms and good looks. Dora, Gilbert’s handler, started the training process that would continue at home for some time. Lu placed a gauze pad in his pocket, prepared at home earlier with a low sugar breath, and Gilbert alerted him several times. Gilbert retrieved juice bottles, and a portable phone, as they would at home when requested by Lu. Training lasted two days and was intense, as Gilbert and Lu forged a connection and started the routine that was to be carried over to home life.

When Gilbert came into our lives at age two, he was still considered a puppy, and his playful nature was evident. Now, over four and a half, he is an adult dog, but still likes to play. He likes a yellow rubber chicken, and he will bring it to Lu to play tug-of-war. Another favorite is a purple football with a satisfying squeak in it when chewed. Even though Gilbert is a service dog, he needs to be “off duty” and play each day.

Our four-year-old grandson loves “Gibbert”, his tag for .....
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Wykoff news

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Columnists

John Rezarch resigned recently as Public Works Director/head waste water supervisor for the City of Wykoff. Misty Heusinkveld and Cindy Erding spent the weekend visiting Bethany Erding in Washington, D.C. Some have tulips in bloom and others hav ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.28.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
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A little bit of magic happens in Houston, Minn., every Tuesday and Thursday. Mature women wearing street clothes converge on the community center. They climb the stairs to the second floor and begin placing folding chairs in a semi-circle. Then t ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
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Marker tree On a warm, sunny March afternoon my daughter and I decide to sneak in a walk back through the woods to check on the maple syrup taps. We slide into rubber boots because the ground is beginning to get soft. We head off down the trail, en ..... 
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The Working Mom 3.14.16

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Mar 11th, 2016
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Butter, bread, and gadgets As a good Norwegian girl, my menu often consists of something with bread and butter and my hips have said “thank you” for many years. We moms are always hearing about what food is good for our family, bad for our f ..... 
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Sue's Muse - 3.7.16

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
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Easter eggs This column is a reenactment of one of our favorite family holiday traditions, dyeing Easter eggs. The evening is planned after checking everyone’s schedules to make sure the night is free. Then there are the usual hasty preparations; ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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Help! I am surrounded by descendants of the Vikings. No, they are not looting and pillaging. Before the recent thaw, these hardy, healthy people persisted in skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing. Obviously, their genes ma ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Desperately seeking spring

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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Finally, a couple of sunny February days arrive to let the passive solar rays stream through our southern windows and warm up the house. As outdoor temperatures rise toward the freezing point, a day or two without lighting the wood stove allows me t ..... 
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The Working Mom - 2.15.16

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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A wife and supper—the saga continues Warning: All of the good wives reading this column may gasp or be shaking their heads in disbelief after getting through the first few paragraphs of this column. However, the truth shall set me free---just k ..... 
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