Valerie Schultz – Bringing her Pint-Sized Bulldog in for a Great Experience

Valerie and her French Bulldog, Chez

Valerie Schultz lives about two-and-a-half hours away in Grinnell, IA. What brought her to all the way to Runde’s? She simply couldn’t find a better place to get her new vehicle and her salesman, Al Kloft, made her feel welcome and confident about her new purchase! We loved having her and her French Bulldog, Chez, come in and visit us. Read on to see how Valerie found Chez and how they liked their experience at Runde’s!

What brought you into Runde’s today?
I came in to get a poly coat on the vehicle I recently bought from Runde’s. I purchased a 2010 Nissan Rouge last Thursday, it’s awesome. It gets great gas mileage which I love.  It’s exactly what I was looking for and it’s perfect.

What did you think of Your experience?
I was really impressed. I was on the internet and I got to the website autosiniowa.com and I usually select Central Iowa because that’s around where I live, but I just so happened to look in Eastern Iowa and the perfect car came up that I was looking for. So I sent Runde’s an email to Runde’s and I was shocked by how fast I got a response.

On a scale of 1-10, what would you rank Runde’s?
I would give it a 10, definitely. Everything moved very nice. I’ve purchased cars where it takes all day to get the paper work and everything figured out. But here everything went really smooth and I got all of my questions answered.

What do you like to do in Grinnell?
We like to eat out. Our last child just went to college so we get a chance to go out quite a while. I personally Run and participate in Races so I travel a lot to attend these different races. I’ll drive up to 5 hours to do an 8k race, so gas mileage is very important to me which is why my new vehicle is perfect. We also do a lot of hiking and outdoor nature stuff in general.

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Josiah Mackenzie

What made you want to run?
I’ve been running for 10 years. I took a bet on my first race and entered Crazy Legs Race in Madison, WI. That race is crazy with over 18,000 people who enter. From that I ended up quitting smoking. My sister made me a quilt of over 50 shirts of various race events I’ve been to since I’ve started.

I’ve gotten first place in quite a few races. I usually take first or third in my age group. I’ve broken the master time record in the Muddy Monster Race in Cedar Rapids a couple of times.

Any tips for future runners? Shoes make a big difference?
I only buy this one particular model of Acics shoes.

How long have you and your husband been together?
We’ve been together for 16 years.

Any kids?
Three. My oldest son just turned 25, then I have a 25 year-old daughter and my youngest son is 18, he goes to Kirkwood-college.

Any big trips as a family?
A big thing is to take my kids up to Wisconsin and go to Devils Lake in Baraboo, WI. Oh my gosh I love that. Canoeing on Kickapoo River, which is right by Ontario, WI. is a blast and a half. It’s beautiful right now in October with all the trees changing. There’s a little town along the way called Rockton which has barbeques on Sunday. It’s just a great time with great food.

He’s a Cutie!

How did you end up with your cute dog?
I love looking through classifieds in newspapers and Craigslist etc. I happened to find an ad for this beautiful French Bulldog that was in my price range. So I went and picked him up and fell in love with him. I named him Chez.

Ever since I got him he has gone everywhere with me. He is very quite and nice when he’s with me but When he gets home he goes 100 miles per hour to let out all of his energy.We still have to get him a Halloween costume.

We also have a Doberman that weighs 75lbs – he pretty much thinks our Frenchie is a toy.

If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I’d build the house that we are waiting to build and I’d probably travel a bit. We’ve been to cozumel, Mexico for snorkeling and hiking etc. But we’d probably go to the Caribbean.

I wish there was someone who invented a camper that was just for dogs that you could take with you on trips Where you can put the dogs in while you go and do your events.

Anything you’d like to add?
Everything was really smooth, and my husband is going to be looking for a truck shortly and he’ll be coming here for that. I recommend Runde’s to all my friends and family, the experience was just great.

Thanks Valerie! We wish you and Chez a great trip home in your new ride!

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