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    PAOLA – Life has come full circle for Jennifer Thomas Wright. One year after leaving the dog grooming business, she has returned with a new name and a new location.

    Wright ran a dog grooming business since coming to Paola in 2013. The business was on the south side of the Paola Park Square. After selling the business in 2017 to pursue other endeavors, including volunteer work at Living Proof Church, an engagement and marriage, she had an opportunity to start up her own dog business again.

    All God’s Paws was created, opening its doors a little more than a month ago at 14 S. Silver St. on the west side of the Square.

    “We took the name from our love for the Lord, but also from using the gifts he has given us,” Wright said. “That is why we have the Scripture on the sign.”

    During her year away, Jennifer met Mr. Wright, literally, and the two married. Jennifer and Tom Wright even lived for a while on Harmony Road.

    Her children Jackson, James and Jonathan joined his children Chevy, Savanah and Strong and became one big family.

    When she settled back into a routine, Jennifer knew she wanted to work with animals again and jumped at the opportunity.

    “I realized how much I missed being around the animals,” she said. “When the business closed, we definitely wanted to bring it back and help care for the animals in the community. There is definitely a need for it.

    “This time around, however, we wanted to offer more than pet grooming,” Jennifer said. “We offer a full line of organic dog treats, shampoos and toys. We want this to be a fun, open place for animal lovers to meet. Who doesn’t love their dog and cat?”

    The organic soaps and shampoos are made right next door at the Fire Lake Soapery.

    For those who just hate to be away from their little or big loved one, All God’s Paws has an open door policy for everyone.

    “If they want to stay here with their pet, or sit in the lobby and wait, they are more than welcome to do that,” she said. “We want everyone from the pets, to their owners to feel comfortable here and enjoy themselves.”

    They might even get to spend time with Elvis, the bull mastiff-German Shepard mix and Athena, the boxer-lab mix.

    Elvis was at the last store, when it was on the south side of the Square.

    Athena is a rescue dog, looking for a home.

    Store manager Reagan Ryckert and Jennifer Wright have been busy brainstorming new ventures, including dog therapy opportunities and other services.

    “I ask her what we want she has in her brain today, to write down,” Ryckert said.

    All God’s Paws is just getting started, Wright said.

    “This is just the beginning,” she said. “We love people and love animals and want to bring them together to help each other.

    “I think Elvis would be a great therapy dog to take to visit children in the hospital,” Wright said. “We are hoping to branch out with a rescue, service animals and animal assisted therapy programs.”

    While taking the plaster off the brick wall, the Wright’s also uncovered some interesting history, which dates the building back to at least the 1870s. Uncovered on the brick, which was preserved, was a masthead for the Kansas City Daily dated June 9, 1870.

    There was also an article uncovered about the battle, “fight,” on Trout River.
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