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Reveler, your friendly neighborhood bookdog

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Editor's note: This story is part of Faces A to Z, a series highlighting familiar — and not so familiar — faces around Goodhue County. Learn more about the series and how to get involed here, and check back to the A to Z page for stories, history lessons and Q&As.

Hi, I'm Reveler. People may think I'm just a dog, but I'm actually the supervisor at Fair Trade Books. Oh, you think my parents Rick and Fay DeVoe are the owners? No, you're wrong. They work under me. I'm in charge.

Let's start with what my job duties are. My day starts with a long, comfy nap under a table covered in books. It's important that I'm well rested for running a business.

As soon as the first customer arrives after we open at 9 a.m., I immediately wake up from my slumber and greet them. Licks, nudges and hitting you with my tail are my speciality. Once you pet me, I will show you around the store. Books in every direction, gifts and even a spot to sit and read if you would like. But I prefer it if you just sit and pet me instead.

Every day is Saturday for me. My job is the best. We are open every day of the week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Each month we have a variety of events, from open read, where local writers come together and visit; doc and talk, a documentary showing and discussion afterwards; and open mic night, my favorite, where I hang out with funny people who tell stories and sing. Every Saturday we also have authors come by and talk about their books. I'm always excited about meeting new friends.

Customers actually used to bring me so many treats that Rick, my dad, put me on a diet. The vet told him to, otherwise I would be considered overweight. But even people who don't buy books come to visit me. I love to be loved by locals and visitors from across the globe.

Sometimes customers even visit and take me for a walk downtown. I'm a good boy and don't need a leash, but dad makes me use one when I'm not with him. Come stop in, pick out a good book and cozy up next to me, I promise I'll make you smile.

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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