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'Cutting' her way to class

" The dogs love her, the people love her," said Kranick. "We all love her here. We hear nothing but praise from the customers. She's going to do well here."

Kranick bought the pet shelter and boarding property, formerly known as the Emerald Acres Pet Motel, more than two years ago. A staple in Rotterdam for more than 38 years, Kranick has re-opened the property with the help of his wife. Happy Dog Pet Hotel has 35 kennels for boarding, grooming and acts as the animal shelter for the town of Rotterdam.

Cooley said she has repeat customers in her hometown and goes back to Petersham once a month to take care of those clients. Working only about twice a week, as her schedule allows, Cooley hopes to work more often in the summer as she looks for an apartment in the area between the end of spring and the beginning of fall semester.

Eventually, Cooley, who is a member of the campus Dairy Cattle Club, would like to attend veterinary school at Cornell University or at the Colorado State University to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine, but in the meantime, she is working to get through her freshmen year, while adjusting to life in upstate New York.

"It's great. I love being on my own. I love grooming. It's something I've wanted to do since high school and it's a great part time job while in school," said Cooley. "This is probably the best thing I could have done with my life."

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