The Dog Library was created in the Minneapolis neighborhood in memory of beloved pets

Minneapolis, Minn. — In northeast Minneapolis, a creative project is causing a stir and plenty of tail wagging.

A ‘dog library’ was set up on Wilson Street this weekend, allowing people to share old dog items or take home what they need.

The library is filled with goodies, toys, leashes, bags and has a bowl of water.

“My neighbors came over with a little bouquet after I lost Charlie two and a half weeks ago,” said Lisa Kronk. “And we started talking about putting things out that we could share with other neighborhood dogs.”

That’s how the neighbors came up with the idea. In just three days, Will Mound built the library using his locally renowned woodworking skills.

Some of his projects include making a “Little Free Library” and fairy doors. During the pandemic, he wrote positive messages and posted them outside his home.

“I was one of the first rounds of layoffs at the start of the pandemic and it was hard to find work at the time so I guess I had to do something and it was kind of an outlet,” Mound said.

It’s not just the love of dogs that unites these neighbors — it’s the shared loss of a dog in the past year or so. A handful of dogs have their names displayed on dog tags in the library in their honor.

“It was nice because we all experienced it at the same time, so that way we could support each other a little bit,” said Dan Bullemer.

“It was very personal and very sweet for me to see Charlie’s name up there,” Kronk said.

The Mounds hope people will come and use the library. They also welcome donations.

“There’s so much negativity out there right now, so it’s kind of nice to feel something new,” Mound said.

The Dog Library is located on Wilson Street Northeast near Lowry Avenue Northeast. The Dog Library was created in the Minneapolis neighborhood in memory of beloved pets

Laura Coffey

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