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Best Friends: Deb Krattiger
Times photo: Marissa Weiher

Best Friends is a weekly feature designed to highlight a local resident and his or her pets. To suggest

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Deb Krattiger of Monroe, owner of Exsalonce Hair Designs, talks about her best friend Hogan, a 3-year-old Aussie doodle.

Krattiger got Hogan from a breeder in Horicon after her son, Nick, had suggested it. She picked out Hogan while her son and his family picked out another dog and named it Boogie. When Boogie went missing for three nights after moving to Michigan in December, Krattiger brought Hogan with her to Michigan. He was able to get Boogie to come home after Boogie had been frightened away by the search party.
Describe Hogan's


Oh gosh, he's so laid back. You can look in his eyes and see he's an old soul. He just looks so wise. He communicates with his eyes. When you talk to him, he'll cock his head. He can be very playful, but he understands when it's time to settle down. He can sense people's feelings. We had a man who had just had heart surgery come in to the salon to wait on his wife, and Hogan laid down right by his feet like he knew. He loves all the customers, and they love him too.

What do you and Hogan do together?

We go on visits at the hospital. He's a registered therapy dog. We love to go on walks, and he loves to play Frisbee. Just wherever I am, he goes. He comes with me to work.

What has it been like having Hogan in your life?

I can't imagine him not being in my life anymore. The girls in the salon say they don't even remember what it was like before him too. It's been wonderful. He's my companion. We have some people come in the salon just to see Hogan. It's also been rewarding taking him to hospital visits.