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Louise Russell prepares dog booties while working at her business,, Tuesday afternoon on the second floor of the Goodwill Building at 700 Garfield Ave. in Duluth. Dog sledders and pet owners throughout the world use booties made by her company in Duluth. Derek Montgomery /

Duluth company cushions sled dogs' steps in Beargrease

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You could say the suiting up process for the 390-mile John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon kicking off this Sunday begins in a backroom of the Goodwill building along Garfield Avenue.


That's where Louise Russell and other women work at sewing tables making dog booties out of colorful stacks of tough fabric.

They are three of a cadre of eight who sew full time at, which has quietly grown into one of the biggest dog booty makers in the world.

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