My wife and I wanted to recognize a truly remarkable person in our community. Her name is Nancy Schutter; a longtime local and owner and operator of Vacation Doghouse near Catherine’s Store. For years Nance has been caring for dogs of every breed and size in her own home.
While some might find it strange that a person would share their personal living space with sometimes dozens of dogs, you don’t know Nance. The pups adore her and, believe me, their grateful owners too, as there are no cages. All the dogs hang out, socialize and play together in an open setting. Our two dogs are there each week and there’s no other place we’d consider taking them while out of town. Mani and Dulce know the phrase “puppy camp” and can’t wait to jump into the car to see Nance twice a week. In fact, without Nance, we would not have Dulce, a beautiful and loving ranch-mix she helped rescue and ultimately placed with us. Nance is also a fierce advocate for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Whether they come from kill shelters, have behavioral or health problems, or are the result of unintended pregnancies, she is always there with open arms and heart.
Despite her work with many of the local dog shelters and rescue organizations, her work and daily sacrifices often go unnoticed. She doesn’t sit on a fancy board of directors, get political, or solicit donations. Instead, she works in the trenches caring for the animals we all love and is happy to settle for a sloppy, wet kiss — from a dog or human.
Please support Nance and her local business. She is unique and a rare breed. We love her and recommend her to anyone who requires dog care and can’t stand to leave their dog at home in a yard or in a cage. Thanks for being part of our family Nance.
Scott, McLean and Bridger Bayens