Before she becomes a royal grandmother, Carole Middleton is busy helping neighbors in her Berkshire village. According to the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper, royal portrait painter Basia Hamilton (who is neighbors with the Middletons) says that Carole recently helped her find her missing dog.

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"I am so grateful," Hamilton told the paper. "Our dog had disappeared and we didn’t know where it could be. Mrs. Middleton was driving in her car when she spotted a dog by the road. She got out and, when she saw from the collar that it was ours, brought it home."

Hamilton added of her neighbor, "She is very kind."

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Carole is also making headlines for reasons other than her heroic dog-saving efforts. The New York Daily News reports that Kate Middleton's mom and dad are planning to expand their family business -- a party-planning company -- in America.

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According to the Daily News, the Middletons are considering setting up an office in New York to help boost traffic to the online site Party Pieces. The move would reportedly mean more overseas trips for Kate's younger sister, Pippa, who edits the company's newsletter and wrote a book of party-planning tips and ideas.

"Many U.S. marketing groups see getting in bed with the Middletons as a great opportunity," the Daily News quotes a source as saying. "And they feel that these [opportunities] are too good to miss."

This article originally appeared on Kate Middleton's Mom, Carole Middleton, Rescues Local Dog, Considers Expanding Family Party-Planning Business