Kennel still rebuilding 1 year after tornado

Construction underway at The Well-Mannered Dog. (July 6, 2015)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — One year after it was ripped apart by the tornado that hit parts of Wyoming and Kentwood, a dog kennel is still working to rebuild.

The July 6, 2014 tornado tore the sides off The Well-Mannered Dog Center, located at 5949 Clay Ave. SW. More than 60 dogs were inside at the time, along with trainer Laura Kidea.

“I knew I was okay and that the building was falling down around me, so I knew the most important thing was to get all the dogs out,” Kidea told 24 Hour News 8 last summer.

The building sustained tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

“When I looked at it… It was one of those times when your brain, there’s nothing in your head. There’s nothing. You don’t think. You don’t- You just stare and it’s like, ‘Oh, my heavens,'” owner Kathryn Snyder said.

It has been a long, tedious process, but The Well-Mannered Dog Center is at last in the final stretch before reopening its doors.

Construction underway at The Well-Mannered Dog. (July 6, 2015)
(Construction at The Well-Mannered Dog.)

Snyder has spent the last year navigating one setback after another, mostly involving changing codes that caused delays, to try to get the building back in operation.

The goal is to reopen in time for Labor Day.

Snyder said that while the storm created chaos and disruption in the growth of her young business, she has learned how many people care.

“Things can happen again,” she said. “One bad problem, whether it’s huge or anything else, it doesn’t mean the end of your world. There are a lot of people that are ready to help you rebuild.”

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