FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A local woman whose job at the airport was cut due to the government shutdown is taking matters into her own hands and making some cuts of her own.
Cindy Shafer, who declined to go into the details of her job description at the airport, knows all too well the difficulties of being a single mom with two kids. Now she is dealing with the challenge of temporarily being out of work. She learned last Monday she no longer needed to report to work due to the government shutdown. But she's showing her boys you can overcome the worst of situations.
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Life in the Shafer household has changed over the past week, but everyone is adjusting just fine. What started off as Gracie the golden doodle's salon in the family's garage has grown into something more.
"What I did was I started grooming other people's puppies. So, you know it's also very therapeutic and as you can see very loving," furloughed worker Cindy Shafer explained.
It's not a business. Just a service she only offers to family and close friends to make a little more money. And a great way to pass the time with her sons Jacob and Conner.
"If it has been awhile since a dog has been groomed, it can take awhile."
Cindy said her sons Jacob and Conner were a little worried at first with what happened to her job.
"They thought maybe I had lost my job or something like that."
But she said she's showing the boys they can make the best of a bad situation.
"It's okay and you know we'll make it work."
Since Cindy has been out of work the past week, her sons are seeing the positives and negatives to mom always being at home.
"Bad because she's not getting paid. But, it's good because she has more time at home to get all of the work at home done so me and Jacob don't have to do it," Conner said.
"The grooming brings everyone together here and helps us because we are getting a little bit more," Jacob said.
Cindy said she never imagined she would get this type of experience.
"It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm just glad God blessed me with the option of being able to do it."
Cindy's not sure when she'll go back to work. As you can see though, she's staying positive not only for herself but for her children too.
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