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Heather’s passion for animals has been with her since she was a child and has led her to adopt many fur babies.  She has been a strong supporter of and has served as a volunteer at the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS)She shares her strong passion and love of animals with her husband.  Together, they have a senior mini Schnauzer/Chihuahua mix dog, named Belle Violet, and 4 cats:  Jack, Beatrix, Griffin, and Puckett.  Heather has trained her prior dogs in obedience and one dog even went on to become a registered dog/handler team of Therapy Dogs International (TDI). 


Heather has a degree in Accounting.  Most recently, she served as a manager, handling day to day operations, planning, public/community relations, bookkeeping, accounting, advertising, as well as many other duties, for a senior independent retirement community.  Heather has had a lot of customer service experience from past employment opportunities.  Heather is looking forward to learning everything there is to know in the pet hospitality industry. A real people and pet person, she can’t wait to get to know all of our customers, both old and new. 

General Manager

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Hannah is a new college graduate who has a passion for canine behavior and training.  Currently, she has a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Polka, an Australian Shepard named Satori and a Jack Russell Mix named Winston.   Hannah started training her dogs to compete in canine sports when she turned eleven years old.  She has worked in a pet care facility, before joining us at The Paw.  Hannah is excited to be offering more classes and events for people to enjoy with their canine friends in the future! 

Manager of Dog Training and Pet Care Team

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Maddie has always had a love for animals growing up and had plans of pursuing a future career doing so.  She is currently getting an associates degree as a Vet-Tech along with a business degree at MNSU.

Maddie recently started her fur baby family when she added her golden retriever, Jasper to the family.

Her favorite thing about working at The Paw is being able to build a relationship with each individual dog and getting to know their personality!


Front Desk Attendant and Pet Care Staff

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Logan is an animal lover who has had a pet ever since he can remember. Although he identifies himself as a “dog person,” he currently has a cat named Leo the Lion! Logan loves working at The Paw because it gives him the opportunity to get his fill of tail wags.

Pet Care Attendant

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Ben is pursuing a degree in Psychology at MNSU, minoring in Biology and Anthropology.  

He has a Terrier mix named Jocko.

His favorite thing about woking at The Paw is getting to know the animals on a personal level.

Front Desk Associate & Pet Care Staff

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Ami grew up in Propser, Texas.  She has four furbabies: Presto (mini pit), Jami (golden) and Macaroni & Gouda (orange tabby). Ami’s favorite thing about working at The Paw is meeting and getting to know all of the animals.

Front Desk Reservation Specialist

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Growing up in Mankato, Katie has had a wide varitety of animals. Her dog piper is in the furry little puppy in the photo with her!

She is a student at MNSU studying corrections and hopes to somedayserve as a probation officer working with adults.

Katies favorite thing about working at The Paw is having the opportunity to get to know every animal.

Pet Care Attendant

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Laura grew up in the country, in Mapleton, MN. She has always had an animal in her life; from hedgehogs and birds to dogs and horses. She currently has a mixed breed rescued pup named Thelma.  Laura learned about grooming as an assistant at The Paw's Vanity Fur.  She found that she loved grooming and expanded her skills, becoming a lead groomer for Vanity Fur.  Her favorite thing about working at The Paw, is that it challenges her to meet and exceed expectations.  In her free time she is active in softball and volleyball.

Grooming Technician

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Dogs have always been a big part of my life. My family once raised Brittanies, and we were active in the MN Brittany Club, competed in field trials, obedience shows, conformation shows, as well as hunting and field training. Throughout my adult life my interest in dogs and dog training has only grown. I currently participate in on a national level in agility, confirmation, rally, obedience and herding. I have had the opportunity to own and work with a wide variety of dogs - Brittany, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Pinscher, Rat Terrier, Basset Hound, Old English Sheepdog, Bluetick Coonhound, Australian Cattledog and mixed breeds. They have all given me experience in the diverse personalities and training needs of a wide variety of dogs. It brings me joy to share my lifetime of canine knowledge as an instructor. I enjoy competing with my dogs. However, my number one priority is for my dogs and I to have a strong bond. This is also my goal for every student team and family who comes through my classes.  

Dawn Finch
Dog Trainer

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I have attended obedience classes offered by almost every instructor in the Mankato area, beginning in 1976! In 1995, I attended my first agility class in St. Cloud. Since 2000, I have offered classes in Rally, Back Packing, Weight Pulling, Carting, Sledding, Nosework as well as Obedience Training. My own dogs have titled in obedience, rally, sheep herding, lure coursing, snow pull, weight pull, agility, conformation, Barn Hunt, therapy and working Samoyed titles. I am a member of numerous dog clubs and offer a diversified background of dog knowledge to my students.  

Linda Murray
Dog Trainer