Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

The "Buddy Effect"

From the Editor


August 22, 2019

Bethany Helwig

When I first started working at the Star Gazette, I told my coworkers about my dog Buddy and was quickly encouraged to bring him into the office. I never imagined he'd end up becoming the office mascot and come with me to work practically every day.

It wasn't long before the ladies I work with suggested that I write a column for the paper about Buddy's adventures. I was hesitant at first. I didn't know if anyone would want to read about that.

Oh, how wrong I was.

I can't count the number of times I've had people approach me when I'm walking my dog because they recognize Buddy. He's happy to meet everyone that approaches him. He's very mellow and polite, giving a gentle sniff and accepting pets because he's a good boy.

We receive more positive comments about "Buddy's Corner" than anything else in the paper. Guess we have a lot of dog lovers in the area. Both Buddy and I really appreciate it.

As an aside, if you do happen to see me and Buddy out for a walk, you're bound to notice his pronounced limp. Since I get asked so many times, I figured I'd write a general response. Yes, Buddy has a limp (I am well aware, don't worry). He has arthritis and an odd bone deformation on the back of his front leg joint. He's being treated but it's not something easily fixed. We take easy walks and plenty of rest stops.

I've had people ask if I should be walking him at all. Yes, the exercise is still important and going for walks is his favorite thing. You try telling Buddy no more walks. Just look at that face.


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