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 made it official. After months of seemingly endless meetings, oodles of money spent, legal hoops jumped... Read more »
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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 »

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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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 »

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 »
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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 »