That's My Dog! Owner Makes Dream Come True After Crash

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dozens of Dubuque dog owners rely on one woman to help tame their furry friends. Robin McFarlane runs "That's My Dog!" It's a doggie daycare and training center.

Although she's surrounded every single day by dogs, McFarlane says what she loves most is the people she interacts with.

"We are trying to help people understand what it means to be a really responsible dog owners," McFarlane said.

Those dog owners bring their pets to the center for training and doggie daycare. It's a unique business McFarlane always dreamed of creating.

On Oct. 31st, 1997, Robin was visiting California to help her sister move.

"We had driven less than 7 miles from our starting destination and the brakes failed," McFarlane said.

The sisters slammed into the side of the mountain. Robin's legs were crushed as she sat pinned inside a U-Haul truck.

"When I was stuck in that truck for three hours. I did a lot of bartering with the big guy upstairs," McFarlane said. "I said 'If you give me one more chance, I'm not going to waste so much time.'"

It was then and there McFarlane vowed to make her dog training dream come true. But first she had to learn to walk all over again with intense physical therapy.

Now 16 years later she reminds herself to remember.

"Everyday!" McFarlane said, with debris from the vehicle nearby. "That's a piece of windshield glass from the wheel because I want to be reminded that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And you get a second chance, don't waste it. "

No wasted day, doing what she loves.
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