Meet Lauren & Elsie

Lauren & Elsie at the Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon, MI

Pawprints & Prairie is a team of two: Lauren Wade, a long time Iowa City resident and part-time student at the University of Iowa, and her canine best friend, Elsie, who wakes her up with face kisses every morning to make sure she’s on time for class.

On one fateful and rarely seen day off, Lauren responded to a craigslist ad and brought home a seven-week-old wrinkly-faced American Pit-bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier mix. Since then she has lost countless shoes to puppy teething, researched effective dog training until her head spins and made panicked calls to the vet more times than she’s visited WebMD.

Now, their free time is filled with exploring local dog-friendly places in the Creative Corridor and hiking Iowa’s hidden gems between the cornfields.

In between adventures and dog-park visits, Lauren is an multimedia artist and designer with a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa, and is finishing a Journalism and Mass Communications degree at the University of Iowa.

She also works as a server and bartender at a local restaurant, picking up extra shifts to afford expensive dog food to accommodate Elsie’s allergies and dietary restrictions. Elsie would still rather eat the deer poop in the backyard.