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Meet Peggy Race

About Peggy Race

Peggy Race grew up on a dairy farm in Palmyra, Wisconsin. Rooted in the fertile fields of her youth, she cultivated an appreciation for nature and a love for animals.


After enduring a heartbreaking loss in 2009, Peggy found herself on a soul-searching mission. With two dogs to care for, Peggy’s chartered course took her down the road of animal welfare.


In 2011, Peggy adopted Desiree, a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. The journey Peggy shared with Desiree and the elements of herself that came to light propelled Peggy towards putting her story on paper.


Peggy spreads her seeds of hope through advocacy, fostering, and her writing. Today, Peggy lives with her two dogs, Faith, a ball-herding border collie and Deputy, a puppy mill rescue. She carries a treasure chest filled with memories of her rescued Hurricane Katrina dog, Desiree.

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Peggy Race with Deputy & Faith

My Purpose

Deputy Paws Book Signing


After adopting Desiree in 2011, Peggy found the rewards of adopting a dog worth the challenge. Peggy Race was propelled to put her story on paper and started her memoir. Through her journey, she joined Bailing Out Benji and met Deputy. Deputy was rescued from a Kansas puppy mill and was the character inspiration for Deputy Paws. 

Peggy Race Sharing Desiree's Story


After reading the Bark Until Heard book, a flame was lit inside of her and she was on a mission to be the voice for dogs whose feet may never touch the ground. Peggy joined Bailing Out Benji, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of puppy mills and their connection to pet stores.  

Puppy Mill Educator


Through Peggy's involvement with Bailing Out Benji, she identified the need for education and self-published a children's book to help educate the younger generation. It is the youth of today who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow and Peggy believes humane welfare education is an important component of change.

Albert's Dog Lounge Volunteer


After Desiree's passing in May 2019, Peggy chose to honor her memory by helping other dogs. Peggy began fostering dogs with Albert’s Dog Lounge in November 2019.

In 2020, Peggy participated in the Lounge Transport Day and helped with two different dog transports to Arkansas and back.  

...All Because She Loved a Dog

Peggy’s dogs are her alarm clock, exercise companions, and her inspiration for putting pen to paper.

Meet Deputy

Deputy was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue in July 2017. Deputy was born in a Kansas Puppy Mill in November 2016.  He shares the same birth month and day as his Human Mom.


Deputy finds loud noises and quick movements to be scary. Thanks to his Border Collie sister Faith, Deputy is learning what it means to be a dog.​

Meet Desiree

Desiree is a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog who was rescued two months post-Katrina by Best Friends Animal Society. Desiree was pregnant at the time of rescue and was transferred to Serenity Animal Hospital in Sterling Heights, Michigan by Dr. Karen Michalski. Dr. Karen is a vet who traveled to the Best Friends base camp to transport some of the abandoned animals from the devastation of Katrina. Desiree delivered 7 puppies two days after arriving.


Desiree was a challenging dog in that she was very choosy of her canine friends and she was a fence jumper. She was adopted twice in Michigan before she was transferred back to the Best Friends sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. I met Desiree during a two-week volunteer internship in Dogtown at Best Friends. Desiree became my project dog and eventually a member of my family. Desiree came into my life after the sudden loss of my husband.

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National Mill Dog Rescue
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