Archive for August 2013

Puppy Mill Awareness Day hits Michigan Avenue in September

Puppy Mill Awareness Day hits Michigan Avenue in September
When The Puppy Mill Project decided to hit the streets last September for Puppy Mill Awareness Day, they decided to go big or go home. They decided to march on Michigan Avenue, invited the animal rescue community and then hoped for the best. “The support we received last year  was beyond my wildest dreams,” says... Read more »

Chicago Pet Events through August 25

Summer is coming to a close. That means there are lots of fun activities focusing on pets – from Pet Care 101 to Corn Fests and Picnics to adoption events and more…Even an Ice Skating Party. Yep, you heard it hear first. Check out the Chicago Pet Events below. Friday, August 23 It’s a Friday... Read more »

It's not cool to be cruel: When advocacy gets mean

It’s not cool to be cruel. Earlier this summer, I did a blog post with a young woman who had just purchased her first pet. Within a day, her pet store purchased puppy was deathly ill and was diagnosed with canine parvovirus. Her story had barely gone live when she called me and sounded heartbroken.... Read more »
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Governor Quinn signs the Puppy Lemon Law

Governor Quinn signs the Puppy Lemon Law
There will soon be some consumer protection for pet families like Stacey Kranz, Bryan Phillips, Stephanie Essex, SheaLynn O’Donnell and Paige Russell. All of these people walked into a pet store, fell in love with and bought a puppy and ended up with a sick puppy and large vet bills shortly after bringing their new... Read more »

Chicago pet events through August 18

There are so many great Chicago pet events planned for the area this weekend. Check out Pet Fests, book and bake sales, a Craft Beer Fest and many adoption events. The list below for a more comprehensive look. Friday, August 16 Pets Are Like Family will be at Haas Park on Friday from 10 a.m.... Read more »

Puppy Rescue Mission brings pets of war home

Puppy Rescue Mission brings pets of war home
A military installation in Afghanistan may seem a strange place to adopt a pet. In a dangerous land where the road to freedom is filled with treacherous turns, a stray cat or dog would also seem to be the least of anyone’s worries. But, for the American servicemen and servicewomen who are putting their lives... Read more »
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Dog lovers…that coyote’s after you

Dog lovers…that coyote’s after you. Dog lovers…if he catches you you’re through. OK. Those aren’t the words to the Roadrunner song. But, I’m seeing so many coyotes in my neighborhood these days, I’m having a hard time getting my version of the old cartoon jingle out of my head. The bad news is that coyotes... Read more »

Petland puppies and the Puppy Lemon Law

Four years ago, Stephanie Essex and her husband went into Petland in Bolingbrook to buy fish and fell in love instead with a little American Bulldog puppy. The couple, who lived with a rescued lab, purchased the dog they named Buster that day and picked him up a couple of days later. “That was the... Read more »

Block party for your pooch? Fun and games for dogs

Does your dog need to be inspired to play? You may not think so, but too many dogs don’t get enough play time or the right type of play time on a regular basis. Now a national tour – Beneful’s Play Date Tour – is hitting the parks of America to inspire play and get dogs... Read more »
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Chicago pet events: August 11 to August 18

There are so many great Chicago pet events on tap this week on Chicago’s pet scene. There are fun dinning events, HamBingo, a Pup Crawl, a Pet Fest, a Craft Beer Fest and many adoption events. Check out the list below for a more comprehensive look. Sunday, August 11 The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)... Read more »
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    I am a crazy cat lady and puppy mill warrior that blogs to advocate and educate about pet issues. In American animal controls, millions of pets are abandoned each year and an estimated 4 million die just because there are not enough homes. It truly seems like it’s Raining Cats and Dogs.

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