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 »

Consumers, Pets at Risk as IL Senate Bill 1882 Opens Puppy Mill Loopholes, Threatens Existing Humane Ordinances

On February 10, 2017, Animal Welfare Bill SB 1882/HB 2824 was introduced to the Illinois Senate, ostensibly as a microchipping act (a good thing). However, also embedded in the bill are proposed amendments to the Animal Welfare Act which present a severe threat to those working to pass (and keep) Humane Ordinances which would prevent the... Read more »

Understanding Puppy Warranties at Major Pet Retailers and How They Circumvent the Puppy Lemon Law

Purchasing a pet is an emotional decision and in the process sometimes customers miss valuable information. This quote was taken from the site of Third Party Pet*, a company that provides operations support to major pet retailers (all testimonials on the site come from Petland stores). Oh, how right they are. To help customers be more... Read more »
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Petland, Mike Isaac's Naperville-based PAWSitive Solutions Issue "Gag Order" Before Paying Vet Bills

Petland, Mike Isaac's Naperville-based PAWSitive Solutions Issue "Gag Order" Before Paying Vet Bills
After my post earlier today outlining Naperville City Council candidate, Mike Isaac’s, retail pet business connections, I was contacted by a Washington D.C. animal rights advocate who addresses puppy mill issues nationwide. Turns out you may have a hard time getting information on some of the sick puppies purchased at Petland due to a “gag... Read more »

Petland, Retail Pet Business Ties Raise Serious Concerns in Mike Isaac's Run for Naperville City Council Among Citizens Supporting Humane Ordinance, End to Puppy Mill Ties

Mike Isaac publicly positions himself as an animal advocate, but for the citizens of Naperville who have been hard at work to encourage the city government to move in a more humane direction by banning businesses with puppy mill ties, his run for City Council appears tantamount to a fox campaigning to guard a hen... Read more »

Not For Dog Lovers Only: Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey Highly Recommended for Anyone Interested in Media, Politics, Power and Race Relations

Not For Dog Lovers Only: Pit Bull by Bronwen Dickey Highly Recommended for Anyone Interested in Media, Politics, Power and Race Relations
If I could put ONE book on your Must Read list this year, particularly THIS year as so many of us have become news junkies striving to understand the interplay of politics, money, media relations and how power and disenfranchisement work in our country, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey... Read more »
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Dog Rescuer? Animal Welfare Advocate? Know the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare and Put Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp on Your MUST Read List

Dog Rescuer? Animal Welfare Advocate? Know the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare and Put Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp on Your MUST Read List
NOTE: I make reference to two graphic rescue scenarios in this post as illustrative points in a larger discussion (no images). I will place them in italics so you may skim past if you are sensitive and would just prefer to read about the issues here without the examples. I know a lot of Dog... Read more »