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For families in the Pierre area, an animal shelter opened today, operated by Code 3. People can call the Pierre Police Dispatch (605-773-7410) to register pets at the shelter located between the terminal and fire station on Airport Road. Officials will evaluate all animals when they arrive and vet services will be available along with food and water. For a pet needs special food, owners must supply that. People can visit their furry family members while they stay at the shelter.

There’s a dog-gone good surprise for the DooCrew in the June issue of  605 Magazine. We don’t want to give away too much, but it’s a pretty stinky story! And don’t forget to vote for the band you want to play at the 605 Summer Classic!

Our friends at Shake, Rattle & Sew worked this weekend to make blankets to go to Joplin, MO to help families affected by the tornado there. For each blanket purchased this weekend, they will donate a blanket and give a blanket for each DooGooders yard! We love it when people doo good! You can also donate supplies by Thursday, June 3 that will be taken to Joplin at Personal Stitch in the Empire Mall.

Courtesy: Personal Stitch

Additionally, people asked about the pets affected by the tornado. The Joplin Humane Society needs dog food, cat food, cat box filler, puppy food, leashes, blankets, collars, crates and bottled water. To learn more about the rescue efforts, check out this story. For regular DooGooders families, if you put supplies out that you would like taken to Joplin on your regular route day, we will get them transported. All materials must be out by Thursday, June 3 (if your route falls on another day but want to give, just email us and we’ll come pick it up).

Courtesy: Joplin Humane Society

Our friends at Shake, Rattle & Sew know all about dooing good! They already donated 50 blankets to the folks in Joplin, MO after the deadly tornado that devastated the area. Now they’ll be sending a blanket for each item they sell between now and Memorial Day as well as donating a blanket if DooGooders does your yard this week!

Also, for families on our route Friday, May 28-Thursday, June 2 routes, if you would like to donate items for the families in Joplin, just place it by your door and the DooCrew will pick it up on your regular service day (if you want to give us a heads up you’ll be leaving something, just drop us a line at

You can also help out by volunteering to sew or cut fabric tomorrow/Friday, May 27 or Saturday, May 28 from 9a.m.-3p.m. at Sunflower Photography in Sioux Falls. Let’s doo some good for the families in Joplin!

Fabric for blankets for Joplin, MO

Happy birthday to our pals at Emily Eggebraaten Photography! This month they’ll celebrate their second business birthday (the DooCrew thinks of it as their 14th, since we like to count in dog years!). We love Emily’s puppy portraits, but she also does families, babies, seniors and weddings! Emily will give away from great prizes from our other friends including Shake Rattle Sew, hello., Puppy Love Bakery, South Dakota Babies and more! Click here to see how you can enter (and wish them a happy birthday!).

First aid for our four-legged friends can be an important topic we forget about until an emergency happens. Be prepared for your pooch and any problems that may come up by attending the Sioux Empire Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid class in July. The presentation teaches people how to prepare for pet emergencies with your cat or dog and how to protect yourself or your animal with fast and correct first aid. Registration is now open and also check out the other classes for the two-legged folks in our family!

Cat & Dog First Aid

Saturday, July 7, 9am-12:30pm

Sioux Empire Red Cross

808 N. West Ave.

Sioux Falls SD 57104

Cost: $50.00

Register online:

Spot’s Spotlight: Rocky & Bruiser
(Owners: Kimberly & Kendig B.)

Rocky & Bruiser

Welcome to Spot’s Spotlight! Each month DooGooders features a family so you can learn more about our best friends.

Name: Rocky is a little over a year old and a German Shepherd

Favorite Treat: Milkbones

Favorite toy: Squeaky football

Funniest habit: He goes nuts when Kendig’s cell phone rings (barks and runs in circles).

Favorite thing to do: Rocky loves his walks the most.

Least favorite thing: Rocky really hates to be alone.

How did Rocky join your family: We adopted Rocky from another family when he was about 10 months old.

Name: Bruiser is a 5-month-old Siberian Husky mix (probably with Bernese Mountain Dog)

Favorite treat: Milkbones

Favorite toy: A woven ring with a squeaker in it

Funniest habit: He does forward rolls when ever he plays with Rocky.

Favorite thing to do: Bruiser loves to run outside and chew on sticks.

Least favorite thing: Bruiser hates sitting inside when Rocky is outside.

How Bruiser joined your family: We adopted Bruiser from the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society when he was 10 weeks old.

If your pups could spent a million dollars on anything: Rocky and Bruiser would buy a giant doggie playground on 100 acres with tons of puppies to play with and they can dig and chew on anything.

Place they would most want to go: Bruiser would go anywhere with tons of snow and Rocky would go anywhere Bruiser goes.

If they could do anything: Rocky and Bruiser would spend every second of every summer day outside running around or laying in the shade outside.

 Guest Blog By: Mandy Sieck-Vavreck, Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery

We’re back! Lily and Mandy are here to talk about food allergies and the importance of feeding your dog the right food and treats! Does your dog seem to get ear infections often? Does your pup itch her skin excessively? Does Fido chew his feet? Your four-legged friend might be suffering from allergies! Though some dogs suffer from allergies related to the great outdoors, approximately 20% of allergy issues in dogs are food allergies. The most common food allergies in dogs include: beef, dairy products, chicken, eggs, soy, and corn. Allergies can cause itchy and dry skin, ear infections, hair loss and skin infections. In order to keep our dogs happy and healthy it is important that we make ourselves aware of the potential for food allergies and their side effects.

With all of those potential allergy culprits, why focus on corn? Corn is a cheap way for dog food and treat companies to add filler to their products, thus, corn is present in many dog foods. By using corn, companies can avoid spending extra money on healthier vegetable and fruit options. Even if your dog is not allergic to corn, it doesn’t provide them with a health benefit—it serves only to as filler. Make sure that the first ingredient in your dog’s food and treats is not corn. For every day food, a high quality meat should be the first ingredient. For treats, look for treats with the first ingredient is a fruit, vegetable, or high quality meat. It’s best if your dog’s treats are made without corn or corn products.

Just as we need to watch what we eat, we also need to watch what our dogs eat. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our pets are getting a high quality food and high quality snacks to help ensure they live long, healthy lives.

As an ending note, here’s a shameless plug for Puppy Love Bakery treats—as a precautionary measure, we never, ever use corn, beef, chicken, soy, eggs, or dairy products in our treats. Though we use whole wheat flour in our baked treats and pup cakes, we also offer all of our treats in gluten free options. Now, go check the ingredient list on your dog’s food and treats and make sure you’re doing your part to keep them healthy and allergy-free!

Additional Resources:

Modern Dog: Food Allergies 101 Food Allergies & Food Intolerance

Canine Cuisine is a guest blog by Mandy Sieck-Vavreck of Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery. Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery creates tasty, natural and healthy treats for your pooch.

April was a big month for DooGooders. It capped our biggest spring in history in terms of service, and we’ve now completely transitioned into our regular service routes, which are also the biggest in history. I want to take a second and welcome all of our new families and welcome back families from past years. We have several families that have been with us from the start! For those of you receiving your April invoice – you’ll notice that we billed for five weeks instead of four. Our service dates were on weekends this month, and we had one more weekend than normal. We changed our online store to accommodate those longer months – so hopefully this will be a more convenient way to pay this year. If you’re not comfortable paying online, you can always send a check or call and place an order over the phone. Soon, we’ll be transitioning to a Tuesday/Thursday/Friday route schedule. A few reminders as we get ready to doo this:

  • If the DooCrew feels threatened by your dog, they reserve the right to skip your house and reschedule (this rarely happens)
  • If your dog would rather not deal with the doo crew, please make sure he/she is inside during service
  • Please make sure your gate is unlocked on your service date
  • Please call us within 24 hours if you need to cancel service

We wanted to address some FAQ’s as we head into our regular schedule. Thanks for all you doo! DooGooders greatly appreciates it!

DooGooders and the Pug Owners Society of the Sioux Empire (POSSE) participated in the Brandon Loyalty Days Parade yesterday. Congress started Loyalty Day in 1958 to be held May 1 of each year to remember our patriotism. An estimated 10,000 people turned out for Loyalty Day activities in Brandon (it’s the third largest Loyalty Day celebration in the country!). When the parade passed the VFW, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the sacrifices our military men and women make and what a great place we live in!

Jolene Loetscher, Chief Doo Officer and Mayhem, Top Dog

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