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A new start for the new year at Fischer’s

As most of you have heard by now,  in August 2009,  I purchased Fischer’s Kennels & Hunt Club from Pete. For those of you that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet my name is Craig Klein and I look forward to meeting you and your dog(s) in the near future. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and how I came to know Pete and became involved in dog training.

As I said earlier my name is Craig Klein, I’m 32 years old married to my lovely wife Michelle and together we have two daughters, Hannah and Karlee. I grew up on a small farm in Richmond, MN. On the farm I learned many things that relate to the kennel business, first and foremost is work ethic, secondly farming, like the kennel business is a 24-7 job, lastly it taught me a little about animal behavior. Dogs and hunting have been my primary passion for as long as I can remember. Growing up, everyday after school I could be found following one of my dogs around chasing what ever was in season. On the farm growing up I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have dogs from each of the big three retrieving breeds, labs, goldens and chessies. I feel this helped give me a well rounded view of dogs and there different temperaments.

Out of college I worked construction and a sales job for a few years and then decided to go into business with a good friend of mine. We started a masonry / landscaping company. This was about the time I met Pete for the first time. I had just bought a new chessie pup and needed some birds for training my new pup. So I called Pete knowing that he was a dog trainer and most likely had some birds on hand, which he did and he told me to come on out. When I arrived Pete walked up and seen my chessie pup sitting on the front seat of the truck and a Dogtra e-collar on the dash. Pete jokingly said “well at least you got the right kind of collar“. (I get a lot of ribbings for having chessies) We got to talking so much I forgot to pay Pete for the birds, I called him when I got home I told him I’d stop by again and pay him, which I did. It was about a year later when I attended my first DU banquet, there I ran into Pete, we got to talking again and he asked me to join the local DU board, which was right up my alley so I did. Through the board meetings Pete and I got to know each other better. I was starting to really get into training and AKC hunt test so I always had lots of questions for him.

Another year or so went by and Pete hired my business partner and I to do a landscaping project in his back yard, after finishing the project Pete asked me “would you ever be interested in training dogs and buying this place”. I can’t remember what my response was but something along the lines of “ya in my dreams, I could never afford a place like this”. Pete’s response was “well, if there’s a will there’s a way, think about it for a while”. After that Pete and I began talking more often, started training together in the evenings. I also started working at the kennel on weekends and running some dogs in AKC hunt test for Pete. Long story short over the next 2 years we slowly put together a plan to make my dream become a reality. In July of 2009 I sold my share of my business and on Aug. 14th 2009 I purchased Fischer’s Kennels and Hunt Club LLC from Pete. Its been a great journey so far!

In closing I would like to thank you, our customer and also Pete for giving me the opportunity to make a living doing something that I love. I promise to treat every dog as if it were my own and look forward to developing relationships with all of you.

Sincerely, Craig Klein

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