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Going to the dogs

January 22, 2009 - Per Peterson
I sometimes spoil my dogs — either the big goldens outside, or the mini-football-sized schnauzer in the house. Why? They’re part of my family. One, I’ve had around for more than 11 years. Dogs, as many of you would agree, are often considered part of our families (and cats, too, I suppose). For true dog lovers out there, you’re gonna love this story. A Duluth woman who spent her life loving her dogs, and for that sake, all animals, has left an estate worth $335,000 to two animal shelters and the Duluth zoo. How cool is that? Whether or not you love dogs or cats, you have to admire this woman for showing her true devotion to animals. Her name is Katherine Hooey (sweet last name, right?) and she died two years ago. Her beneficiaries are the Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, Friends of Animals Humane Society of Carlton County and the Lake Superior Zoo. The estate was split up, and each got a $111,575 gift. That’s a good thing for these entities, especially considering the state of the economy in Minnesota. The story said Hooey didn’t have any children, but, in reality, she did, only they barked and had tails.


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