(KARE) Losing a beloved pet leaves a space that is hard to fill.
For Katie Stulc and her husband Nick DuFoe, the heartache started in April when their black lab Minnie wandered into the woods and didn't return, leaving both her kennel, and the life of her family empty.
"I let her out to do her business, came out 15 minutes later and she was gone," Katie recalled. "We were very heartbroken, and knew at that point we couldn't get a dog anytime soon.
Maybe not a dog... but that didn't mean that Katie, Nick and their daughters would go pet-less. They soon heard from a friend with two kittens, followed by a more unusual offer.