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MARILYN HAGERTY: Springer Spaniel is Grand Fork's No. 1 dog; domestic short hair is No. 1 cat

Harry, a Springer Spaniel, is Dog No. 1 in Grand Forks for 2014. His owner John Shilling was first to get a dog license for the year to come. And the No. 1 licensed cat is Smokey, a domestic short hair owned by Earl Morrill. That's the word from ...

Harry, a Springer Spaniel, is Dog No. 1 in Grand Forks for 2014.

His owner John Shilling was first to get a dog license for the year to come. And the No. 1 licensed cat is Smokey, a domestic short hair owned by Earl Morrill.

That's the word from City Hall where licenses are being issued by the department of Finance and Administrative Services.

During the year just passing, 840 dogs were licensed in Grand Forks. And 175 cats had licenses.

Those numbers were down just slightly from the previous year, according to Sherie Lundmark at City Hall. She and Rebecca Johnson issue the licenses.

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Yet, it seems I have seen more than 840 dogs in my corner of Grand Forks. They come out with mostly friendly barking when I take Dot.Com, my Dachshund, out walking on Cherry Street or Belmont Road.

And who knows how many cats are lurking behind the drapes? They aren't outside barking very much.

So a person might wonder why get a license anyway.

... In the first place, it's the law. In the second place, it's nice to know you can get help in finding your pet if it has a license when it gets lost.

The fee is $5 for spayed or neutered pets and $17 if not. Owners can renew dog or cat license by mail if the rabies shots are up to date. And pet owners can call (701) 746-2620 with any questions.

Little dogs

Dachshunds don't know they are little dogs. Not until you put them outside after a heavy layer of snow. Then they are bogged down and it takes a shovel to give them a path in the backyard.

No one would know that better than Cheri and Bob Mattson over at Warren, Minn. They have had a total of eight "weiner dogs" since 1966.

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They were Duffy, Alfie, Sunshine, Sally Jo, Reggie, Maddie, Jimmy and Billie. A total of four females and four males.

Their current "bed warmers" are Jimmy and Billie. The dogs probably dream of the days when they will be free to run at the Warren golf course in the spring. They don't worry about their owners who try to keep them from stealing golf balls.

It's always a pleasure to learn of the amazing pets around this area.

Nathan, Mary Ann

Cheerful persons of the week: Nathan Olson and Mary Ann Devig.

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or (701) 772-1055.

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