All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw

All Pet Foods are Not Created Equal and That Includes Raw
As neither a vet, nor a nutritionist, I will not give advice or recommend a diet for your pet here. However, I have gotten to know many pets very well in recent years as a sitter and their differing diets and fitness have certainly raised my curiosity about the role of nutrition in pet health. Here are my... Read more »

A First-Time Dog Foster's Story of Love, Letting Go and the Questions In Between

A First-Time Dog Foster's Story of Love, Letting Go and the Questions In Between
Fosters are the life’s blood of animal rescue. If you are one of the many animal lovers out there who are ‘foster curious’ but have hesitated…never the right time…not really sure you are cut out for it…this honest account of a foster’s first pup may encourage you to take that next step. “Having been a volunteer... Read more »

Rescue Dog Discovers Couches, Promptly Loses Mind

Rescue Dog Discovers Couches, Promptly Loses Mind
I am about to destroy your perfectly good work ethic and I don’t even care. Behold Merkle, meeting his first comfy couch. Named after the fine Chicago establishment that helped Wish Upon a Rescue with its first fundraiser, Merkle has made it official. After months of seemingly endless meetings, oodles of money spent, legal hoops jumped through... Read more »
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Looking for a Great Dog? You Will Love Jupiter to the Moon and Back!

Looking for a Great Dog? You Will Love Jupiter to the Moon and Back!
Looking to adopt a smart, well-trained gorgeous dog? Then Jupiter definitely needs to be on your short list. With rousing endorsements by my most respected connectons in the rescue community, Jupe is a real head-turner who appears to have some Catahoula hound in his mix. About 3 years old, he’s got maturity to go along with his engaging spirit, being both house-trained... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »