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BSU alum starts new pet care business

Karen Busch (Submitted Photo)

FERTILE -- Offering pet owners a way to leave home without as much hassle, BSU alum Karen Busch recently began the new business, “Paws Hoofs Claws” in Fertile, Minn., located about an hour west of Bagley.

The business provides on-site care for both large and small animals, which allows them to “stay in their homes,” according to a press release.

Busch provides basic care and exercise, such as playing fetch, walking and running. For large animals on farms, Busch provides assistance with seasonal animal work and daily animal chores.

“My type of business hasn’t exactly been available in the region, so pet owners have decided to ask neighbors, friends, or family to help them,” Busch said in the release.

With recent clients, Busch has visited for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening for pets whose owners are on vacations. Otherwise, she visits for an hour at lunch for the work day.

In addition to a number of other communities, Busch said she services clients in the Bemidji area.

Busch said she plans to develop the business further by turning to college students who are looking for the opportunity of working with animals. Some of the schools in the region she indicated working with include BSU, Northwest Technical College, Northland Community and Technical College, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Students interested in the opportunity should contact Busch.

For more information, call or text Busch at (218) 464-2154, email, or visit The business also can be found on Facebook.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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