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Paige, German Shorthaired Pointer, is 2019 Little Yellow Dog
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Paige, German Shorthaired Pointer, is 2019 Little Yellow Dog

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2019 Little Yellow Dog Paige

Paige, the 2019 Goodfellows Charity's Little Yellow Dog, is shown Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in a portrait at the offices of the Sioux City Journal. Paige, a German Shorthaired Pointer, will be auctioned at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with the money raised from the sale going to provide Christmas toys to needy Siouxland children.

SIOUX CITY --  A little over two months old, Paige is already able to unwrap a Christmas package. That is, when she isn't chewing on a toy Santa Claus.

"My husband says Paige has two speeds: go and sleep," Dr. Michelle Bader said, while stage managing the rambunctious German Shorthaired Pointer during a photo shoot at the Sioux City Journal.

Paige will be the canine guest of honor at the 84th annual Little Yellow Dog Auction, which will take place at noon, Dec. 14, in the atrium of the Ho-Chunk Centre, 600 4th St. Proceeds from the auction benefit The Journal's Goodfellow charity, which distributes toys and books to 7,500 underprivileged area children at Christmas time. 

"She loves children and gets along well with my other, bigger dogs," said Bader, kennel master for the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog, veterinarian at the Family Pet Hospital, of Sioux City, and temporary mom to Paige.

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Bred by Jason and Diane Scholten (of Rock Rapids, Iowa's Pointers of the Valley), Paige was donated to the Little Yellow Dog Auction by Ron Peterson, who retired earlier this year as the Journal's publisher.

"Paige enjoys playing and will make a wonderful dog for any family," Bader said. 

Indeed, Paige is a part of a beloved holiday tradition.

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2019 Little Yellow Dog Paige

Paige, the 2019 Goodfellows Charity's Little Yellow Dog, is shown Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in a portrait at the offices of the Sioux City Journal. Paige, a German Shorthaired Pointer, will be auctioned at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with the money raised from the sale going to provide Christmas toys to needy Siouxland children.

The Goodfellow charity began in December 1914 when a Journal reporter, whose name has been lost to time, saw two youngsters gazing longingly into a department store window.

Today, Mr. Goodfellow is one of the oldest charities in Siouxland. In 1936, the charity expanded to include the auction of a puppy. The first puppy, Skippy, sold for $25, which was a sizable sum during the Great Depression.

The most expensive dog was Stoney, a yellow Labrador retriever, who fetched a handsome $45,000 at the 2011 auction.

2019 Little Yellow Dog Paige

Paige, the 2019 Goodfellows Charity's Little Yellow Dog, is shown Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in a portrait at the offices of the Sioux City Journal. Paige, a German Shorthaired Pointer, will be auctioned at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, with the money raised from the sale going to provide Christmas toys to needy Siouxland children.

Certainly, it will be going towards a good cause since it will help with the goal of raising $135,000 to buy books and toys for deserving Siouxland children.

Bader doesn't know how much Paige will bring but she is sure the tail-wagging puppy will become a cherished member in any family.

"Paige is just waiting to see who her new family will be," she said.

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