In honor of national puppy day, I’d like to tell you about a story I recently did for Guidepost magazine on an wonderful young man. The man is know as the Mayor of Muttland Meadows. He is Caleb Griswold and Muttland Meadows is a private dog park in Grafton, Wisconsin. Caleb loves the dogs that visit the park as much as they love him; their mutual affection is obvious. Caleb is 17 and still in high school, but he can be found at the dog park volunteering just about any time he isn’t at school. Caleb greets visitors to the park – dogs and owners alike – by name. Caleb can be found walking through the park wearing a work belt around his waist loaded with poop bags, bug repellent, sunscreen and dog leashes. He pulls a wagon loaded with milk jugs to fill the water bowls around the park.
Caleb does this all on his own, which is amazing given some of the challenges Caleb has. He was born with cerebral swelling and a disorder that affects the connection between the hemispheres of his brain.
I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon with Caleb and witness first hand the love between Caleb and the dogs.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.
Thanks for looking!