“Dedicated to providing gentle, compassionate care for companion animals”

Meet our family!   Retired racing greyhounds:
  • Nessie - 11 years old, black and white, she had been in a couple of previous homes
  • Johnny - 10 years old, fawn (tan), we've had him since he was 2
  • Wyatt - 5 years old, black, also had him since he was 2
We have had 12 greyhounds over the past 19 years, including several foster dogs that we ended up adopting.  Our Greys have come through Greyhound Pets of America - MN, a local group that takes in retired racing Greys, fosters them, and finds permanent homes for them.  We don't foster any more, and usually have 3-4 permanent dogs at a time.  When we're ready to adopt again, we let the group know what sort of personality we're looking for, and they find a match.  To check out a new greyhound, we take a couple of our current dogs to the adoption appointment and see if they all get along.  With retired racers it only takes an hour or so to see how they connect since they're so used to being around other racing Greys all their lives.  Of course, we have to like them, too!

Wyatt's favorite toy is a knotted rope, which we lovingly call "dental floss".  It's the only toy he likes to chew.  He loves anything that squeaks! Johnny loves to lie in Greg's lap on the sofa in the evening, get petting and then fall asleep. Nessie has her own private sofa in the den that she loves to stretch out on for sleeping. She and Wyatt are best friends and lie close to each other where the sun hits the floor.

We knew Johnny wanted to be part of the family, when during his adoption appointment Greg took him outside for a bathroom break and Johnny peed on Greg's leg. Nessie loves to sneak a kitchen towel off the oven handle and stash it with her toys. Wyatt has taken to thoroughly licking Liz's hands and sometimes her face several times a day, especially when she's not well.  He is sensitive to her moods, and is a real comfort.

We started going to AWC in 1998, back when we had collies, a cat, and our first Greys.  We take our dogs regularly for their nail trims, plus they receive full and excellent care for regular exams, vaccinations, and the occasional illness or injury  The staff know us well and many of them lavish attention on the dogs (thanks, folks!).  We know most of the staff, including veterinary, boarding and grooming.  Wyatt sums it up best by getting super-excited to see everyone there - humans and pets - and enjoys making new friends every visit.  Other clients and their pets that come in while we're there are friendly and we enjoy our mutual time there.  We regularly recommend AWC to other people - the clinic is an unusually good, knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate, and clean, with a full range of services.

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Izzie is a 5 year old Siamese cat. She went from being very tan with little bits of black coloring to a darker blackish coat with tan spots. Her eyes have always been an amazing blue that everyone sees her comments on. She’s my beautiful, sweet girl!

I was not looking for a new kitty but I always look at the adoptable cats when I’m at the pet store. I saw Izzie and fell in love! Not only was she adorable, but her name was Izzie (I’m Lizzie), her birthday is 3/21 (mine is 3/24). Still, I wasn’t sure I was ready. I had one cat at home and had lost my older cat 2 years prior. But I woke up the next day obsessed with making sure I would be Izzie’s new momma! I called the store and the foster parent several times that day, I’m sure I was very annoying but I was very emphatic on making sure that no one else adopted her. I knew she was meant to be mine!

Izzie loves being mischievous! When she was a baby, I would wake up in the middle of the night to find her swatting things off of my dresser. I would find lipstick, hair clips and everything under the sun when I moved the dresser. Izzie loves to eat! She gets caught eating her canine brother’s food all the time. Izzie likes going on car rides! She never makes a peep and refuses to be in a carrier, she is mesmerized by the environment that passes us by.

Every morning Izzie gets up with me and she knows the last stop before I head out the door is at her food dish. As I’m mixing up her cat food concoction, she stretches up her paws to the edge of the counter top. She lifts one paw in the air and we literally high five each other. It’s our morning (and dinner) ritual and it puts a smile on my face every time. It’s a great way to start the day!

Izzie started her visits as a baby at AWC. The visits soon became about her breathing issues. Izzie has had three surgeries in her 5 years of life. Two have been invasive due to polyp removals. Her most recent, and hopefully last, surgery was this October. Dr. Engmann has been my rock, answering my multitude of questions, explaining all options of treatment, and reassuring me that this is best for Izzie. I have never felt in better hands. Everyone at AWC is so caring for the animals (and their parents). I am so grateful for Dr. Engmann and the AWC staff for helping me feel at ease with the scary events that Izzie has had to go through. 

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Hello humans,

My name is Cody.  I am almost 4 years old. My birthday is December 13th.  I am an English Teddy bear Golden Doodle (English golden retriever and poodle) and I was born and raised as a puppy in Alabama.  When I turned 8 weeks old, I went to live with a trainer for four weeks and was part of their family.  I learned a lot of things like how to sleep all night in my crate, started potty training, learned about all the things I might find in a house and also started working on my basic obedience skills.  When I was 12 weeks old, they put me on a big airplane and I flew all the way to Minneapolis.   I am not gonna lie  - it was a little scary but then my mama took me out of my crate,  I knew I found the perfect forever home!  My mama tells me it was love at first sight!  She tells me the story of waiting 6 months for me and many liters to find the perfect puppy and it was me! (Mama has a very bad dog allergy and needed an allergy friendly dog.  I am so glad I don’t make her sneeze. )

Mama thought it was very important that I learn how to be a good dog so we have been to many different training sessions.  Mama says I am a very good boy.  I know she wanted me to be a therapy dog but I just get so excited when I see people – I can’t contain myself.  I can’t help jumping up to say hi and give kisses – just ask the staff at Animal Wellness Center.  I love them all and I always say hi, give a big smile (yes I show my teeth) and I have to give sloppy doodle kisses to everyone I see. 

Here are some of the things I love:

  • Snuggling
  • Sleeping on the bed
  • Eating my meals and treats
  • Chewing on a bone
  • Running after whiffle balls and the Frisbee in the backyard
  • People
  • Giving kisses
  • Going for walks
  • Hunting for chipmunks, rabbits or squirrels
  • Going to daycare at AWC – my best friends are Stella, Ruby and Bella (yes they are all girls  - I LOVE the girls!)

So mama says her favorite story about me is one that happened at Animal Wellness.  One of the daycare employees told my mama the story.  I think this is how it goes. Once day we had a new pup join the group, her name was Stella.  I guess she was sad as her brother had passed away and her humans thought she might be lonely and enjoy some friends at daycare.  Well she was very sad and stayed by herself and didn’t want to interact or play.  So I did my best to be her friend, play and make her happy and guess what?? Now she is happy and we play all the time – she is one of my best friends!  Sometimes we even snuggle together during nap time.  I am glad she is happy again.  Mama calls me a therapy dog for dogs.  I don’t know what that means but I love Stella.

I have been going to AWC since my very first puppy wellness visit.  I love all the staff and everyone knows me by name.  I get groomed there as well which I don’t really like.  Sometimes I have to stay overnight.  I am not very fond of that either but I try to make the best of it.  Mama says she has seen me on the video camera barking and barking in my room late into the night.  I don’t think she likes that too much but I am hoping someone will hear me and let me out. 

Thank you for making me dog of the month for November! Sloppy Doodle kisses to you all – Muuuhhhhaaaa!



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As hard as it might seem to believe, it's already time to start thinking about your holiday greeting cards. We know you consider your pet a valuable member of your family, so why not sign up for our photo shoot fundraiser on Saturday, October 22? Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to dress your pet in an adorable Santa outfit to pose for a holiday photo. We are offering several different background choices and styles of cards.

We are pleased to have a special offer available for our customers this year. When you buy one set of cards, you get the second for half price. Your pet's adorable picture is on the front of the card with a variety of design choices for the back of the card. You also have the option of adding the names of each member of your family along with a short personal message. You have several font options to choose from as well.

About Helping Hands, Helping Paws
The proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Helping Hands, Helping Paws. This is our own non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to pet owners facing unexpected medical expenses. These pets all have a good long-term prognosis for survival, but could just use some extra help recovering from their illness or injury. 

When you think about how important your own pets are to your family, it's easy to understand why we provide this service to our clients. Everybody wins with our photo shoot fundraiser. You get a professional photo of your pet to send to family and friends this holiday season and pet owners can get them the medical help they need to live a long and happy life.

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Inara is an almost 5 year old long-hair Calico mix.  Amber had wanted a cat after graduating college and having a stable home for one.  When she saw Inara on a local Twin Cities humane society page, she knew right away that she was going to be her cat.  Upon meeting Inara, Amber saw that she was very sociable and playful with a loving personality.  Inara likes to knock everything over on tables, greet EVERYBODY that walks in the front door, and curl up in her favorite spot on the couch.

One of our favorite stories about Inara is when we were cleaning out our bathroom closet, we left the closet unattended for a short period of time, came back and put things away, closing the door.  A few hours later, we heard meowing but couldn't figure out where it was coming from.  We searched for ten minutes to find the source, only to find that it had come from the closet, where Inara had snuck into when we were not watching (she knows she is not supposed to be in the bathroom!)

River is a 6 year old tabby.  She was adopted at the same time as Inara from the same humane society.  When Amber was working on paperwork for Inara, Tim had mentioned that there was a "one cat adoption fee, get a second cat free" and how that was a "financially responsible way" to go about getting two cats.  Amber looked around the cats, and was drawn to the quietest and one of the smallest cats at the shelter.  Amber took her to a visiting room, and found out that she was also one of the sweetest.  River is a mommy's girl through and through - whenever she hears Amber's voice she comes running.  She is very shy and quiet still, but Inara and River quickly formed a very strong friendship.  River loves to cuddle with Amber and watch the birds out of the windows during the warm months.  Our favorite story about River was when Amber was doing laundry downstairs, and when she was finished came upstairs and couldn't find River.  She looked everywhere for River but could not find her.  She went downstairs to see if she had snuck down there, and when Amber got down there she heard meowing coming from the basement ceiling!  River had accessed the drop ceiling through a storage room, and there was no other way to access her.  Amber was afraid and called Tim, and as Tim ran home from work early to save River, River came out on her own, and looked at Amber as if nothing had happened and everything was alright.  Thankfully she was unharmed, but it made for a fun story (and a new policy to always leave that door shut).

Dax is a 7 year old Siamese-Snowshoe mix.  He was adopted from a local Twin Cities rescue group where he had been in a foster home for the last six months.  Tim was feeling left out as the cats gravitated towards Amber, and Tim wanted a cat of his own.  Tim found Dax through the shelter's website, and his "grumpy cat persona" immediately drew him in.  When Tim met him at the shelter, Dax was drawn to him too.  He was not happy about the kitty carrier, and went straight to Tim for help!  Dax was the final "missing piece" of our family puzzle.  Dax is the rambunctious one, who is always looking for a playmate in his two sisters, whether they want one or not.  Dax also loves catnip and can be content with a fresh toy for hours.  There is never a dull moment with Dax, and some of our favorite moments with him have been finding him in unusually high places where we can't figure out how he got up there on his own!  From the cabinet above the fridge to the tallest furniture or shelves, no obstacle is too high for Dax!

While the cats do not much enjoy being put in a crate or the car ride to AWC, the staff and in particular Dr. Ambrose always make them feel safe and at ease.  Dax loves going in the blanket-sack and Inara loves all the additional attention, while River is along for the ride. Thank you AWC for being so kind and caring towards all three of them - we know they are in good hands with you!

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