Rocket Dogs owner speaks out after her business shuts down


FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – “I’m just starting to blossom, and now it’s all taken away from me,” says Julie Saatoof.

Just two weeks ago, she says she was told by her landlords that the building she rents for her corporate rocket dogs had been purchased.

He was told that someone had approached the owners to buy it.

“They didn’t put it up for sale and the money was too good to be true,” she says.

Saatoof initially had a 10-year lease.

But instead, her owners asked her to go monthly.

“I didn’t agree with that. I don’t understand why anyone would want to buy this building without even knowing what’s inside,” says Saatoof.

Due to COVID, she says her landlords have deferred some of her rent.

After saying no to the monthly payments, she received a letter from a lawyer stating that her deferred payments were now overdue and she needed to get out.

“I paid a lot of money for all of this. I cashed out my 401k, sold everything of value. I have no retirement to go back. I don’t know what to do. I don’t don’t know what to make of it all,” she said.

Saatoof would like to try moving, but there are a lot of hurdles ahead of her, including getting a loan and settling into a new space.

From now on, she has to figure out what to do with the things she already has.

“Then from there, whatever’s left, like the furniture and everything, will be put up for sale. Then it’s off,” she says.

And following news of the loss of another business in the area, Saatoof says she received an outpouring of support.

“I just didn’t know there were so many people who really loved this place,” she says.

Saatoof says Rocket Dog’s last day is March 20.

Here is the link for a GoFundMe designed to help with costs.

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