Scooby to mentor a new service dog for Luther Memorial Home

*Article featured in the Traill County Tribune April 27, 2019 written by James R Johnson

Not much goes on inside Luther Memorial Home that doesn't attract the attention of Scooby, the facility dog. Scooby came from Service Dogs of America in Jud, ND. an organization supported in part by Lions Clubs of North Dakota. Scooby may soon have a partner. 

Recently, Joan Amundson and her husband, Ron, moved from Williston to Clifford.  Joan's mother lives in Luther Memorial Home. During a recent visit, Joan, a former member of the Williston Korner Lions, noticed that Scooby is moving slower because of age.  "She's 11 years old, so it's a good time to start a project where Scooby can show a new dog the ropes, " Amundson told the Tribune.

Amundson contacted Kathy Clemens, Lions incoming district governor, about organizing a benefit to raise funds toward the purchase of a new facility dog for LMH.  The Jamestown Lions, Clemens' club, will sponsor the fundraiser.

The Lions are still trying to start a new club in the Mayville-Portland area, so North Dakota Lions Clubs are coming to Mayville for the benefit.  From 5 to 7:30 pm Saturday May 18 inside the Mayville Armory, the Davenport Lions will grill burgers and hotdogs.  Lions clubs from Fargo, Grand Forks, Horace and Jamestown will serve food to the public, the food coming via Miller's Fresh Foods.

The news was shared with Lisa Nelson, LMH activities director. "It's very nice that the Lions offered to do this," Nelson told the Tribune.  "We've been very happy with Scooby, who was two years old and well-trained when we got her nine years ago.  She's still energetic when she wants to be."

Crystal Dueker, Fargo Gateway Lions says "This event will help educate the public on how the Lions serve in our communities and reach out to help other Lions Clubs."

Dueker also discovered that "the dog will not be an apprentice, but a fully trained dog ready to server Luther Memorial Home residents from day one."

The announcement of the benefit was published in the April 2019 edition of North Dakota Lions.