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Dukie finally finds a home

November 8, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - At long last, Dukie has a home.

After nearly a year at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, the 7-year-old American bulldog-mix breed that won the hearts of many area residents has been adopted.

The adoption was announced on the UPAWS Community Fanpage on Facebook late Wednesday.

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Dukie went to his adoptive home Wednesday after a long wait as a resident of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter in Negaunee Township. The American bulldog-mix breed with special needs won many fans during his nearly one-year wait to find a home of his own. (UPAWS photo)

Dukie's search for a family to call his own was featured in The Mining Journal on June 2. He had been a resident at the shelter since December and faced some challenges because a tree fell on his left front leg a few years ago, causing Dukie to lose use of that limb.

Shelter personnel said Dukie needed special attention and now he's receiving it.

The posting on the Facebook page read: "His new family has been visiting with and learning all about Dukie the last many weeks ... and they have fallen head over heels for him! (well, most all people fall for Dukie)! Dukie took a car ride with our shelter manager Lareina (Van Strien) and board member Reva (Laituri) today to Dukie's new home. His new family is very excited to share their life and home with Dukie. And we are thrilled for this big, lovable guy to finally have the caring home he longs for.

"UPAWS has the best supporters in the whole world! You all have shared and cared and rooted for Dukie to find his family and we are so appreciative of all you do for all our shelter pets. So, now we can cry tears of happiness for Dukie is finally home!"

For more information about UPAWS and its work, visit or call 475-6661.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253.



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