Did You Know Dinner, Formula and Flavor are Pet Food Packaging Code Words?

Did You Know Dinner, Formula and Flavor are Pet Food Packaging Code Words?
You know human foods labels are guilty of it. Take juice cocktails for example. Just look at the ingredient label on any cocktail blend and you will see a very low percentage of juice in the mix and a whole lotta sugar.  Turns out, pet food labels employ the same code word tactics. Being able to... Read more »

An Easy, Fast, Inexpensive Way You Can Help Shelter Dogs

An Easy, Fast, Inexpensive Way You Can Help Shelter Dogs
Not able to volunteer? Not sure about fostering? Not ready to adopt? NOT a problem! If you CAN do just one tiny thing, may I suggest picking up a can of cheese (or a package of hot dogs, or  training treats) for your local shelter? That simple, random act of kindness will do more than you think for the pups-in-need there. (As in:... Read more »

Eat, Drink and Be Awesome! It's Merkle's to the Rescue! July 1 in Wrigleyville

Eat, Drink and Be Awesome! It's Merkle's to the Rescue! July 1 in Wrigleyville
Love animals? Enjoy frosty cold drinks and tasty noshes on hot Chicago summer days? How would you like to combine those, plus some chances to win gifts from local businesses, for a super easy and fun way to help a new rescue get born? Of course you want to because YOU are just that kind of awesome. (We’ve been talking.... Read more »
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Caged for Canines Offers Rare After-Hours View of Shelter Life in June 24 Facebook Event

Caged for Canines Offers Rare After-Hours View of Shelter Life in June 24 Facebook Event
Have you ever had the opportunity to tour your local animal shelter? Even if you have, I will bet it was not like this. On Saturday, June 24th from 5:00pm -11:00pm, DuPage County Animal Care and Control (DCACC) staff and specially trained Orange Paw volunteers are inviting you to tour the shelter after hours, all from the... Read more »

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Boating Trips

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Boating Trips
Heading to Lake Michigan to escape the summer heat? Like many dog lovers, you may want to bring your pup along for some boating fun.  To help make sure the experience is a positive one, here are five tips provided by Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, on-staff veterinarian for Trupanion, a pet medical insurance company based out of... Read more »

The Power of 3: Rescues Team Up in a Tri-pawed Trifecta!

The Power of 3: Rescues Team Up in a Tri-pawed Trifecta!
I find myself wondering if I should even write a post below this stunning photo by Lindsay Chan because that means you have to take your eyes off it. I mean, seeeeriously, that is one ridiculously good looking bunch of pups. But I WILL! I WILL write (it is so hard to swoon and type at the same time) because,... Read more »
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BarkBox vs. PupJoy in Battle of the Boxes (Like if Battles Were Really Sweet and Made You Happy)

BarkBox vs. PupJoy in Battle of the Boxes (Like if Battles Were Really Sweet and Made You Happy)
Did you see the recent post on my switch to PupJoy? Well, BarkBox did and look at how they responded… I have some thinking to do on this situation since I DO like both companies very much. And as Mary MacGregor once sang, I have to ask myself…IS loving both of them breaking all the rules?... Read more »

Dog Bite Prevention: Are These Dogs Stressed? Does Your Kid Know The Signs?

For Dog Bite Prevention Week, I am sharing two videos on canine stress because understanding a dog’s body language is critical to trust building and being safe around dogs. How many stress signs do you see in this video? (Watch with the volume off once to see what you pick up on.) We can sometimes miss... Read more »

Why I Switched From BarkBox to PupJoy

Why I Switched From BarkBox to PupJoy
Before I tell you why I switched, I have to tell you I have ALWAYS had great experiences with the folks at BarkBox. There is a lot to love about them.  The themed boxes are pretty adorable. I think my husband and I got as big a kick out of them as my pet sitting... Read more »
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Need a Quality Custom Harness? Hug-a-Dog Harnesses are Durable AND Crazy Cute

Need a Quality Custom Harness? Hug-a-Dog Harnesses are Durable AND Crazy Cute
I am not generally a person who dresses up dogs. In fact, dressing up MYSELF is a pretty rare event, what with all the pup-related activities in my life. HOWEVER, I end every week with a special visit to walk two of the best dressed and sweetest dogs you could ever hope to meet and it... Read more »