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 »

Trust Goes In Before the Pawz Boots Go On

Trust Goes In Before the Pawz Boots Go On
Dog lovers, I can offer you no better demonstration of how crucial trust building is with your pets before you attempt to do things like trim nails, clean teeth and that most challenging of winter tasks, putting on snow boots.  Here you will see not one, but two tiny dogs getting their Pawz waterproof dog... Read more »

Dog Toy Review: Dog Worker Puzzle by Nina Ottosson

In keeping with the theme of providing enrichment for dogs, particularly during times of year when outdoor activities are limited, I want to show you a great dog puzzle just added to the mix here for my pet sitting guests. I have a wide range of dogs that stay with me so watch for reviews... Read more »
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Need a Boredom Buster STAT? Raid the Recycling Bin for DIY Dog Toys and Be Prepared to Experiment

Need a Boredom Buster STAT? Raid the Recycling Bin for DIY Dog Toys and Be Prepared to Experiment
Yes. There is such a thing as needing dog toys stat. I just lived it and will lay out my first ever attempt at making DIY dog toys for you. I learned some fine points that I did not see on online tip posts that I am sure you will want to know. First, why would someone... Read more »

Is Your Perfect Dog Perfectly Bored? Middle Aged Dogs May Need Extra Help Getting Through the Winter

Is Your Perfect Dog Perfectly Bored? Middle Aged Dogs May Need Extra Help Getting Through the Winter
As a pet sitter, I am always on the lookout for solutions to keep my guests happy and comfortable. Every dog offers me a different puzzle to solve. There are the newbies who need help settling in to my home on their very first stay (Who are you and why did my mommy drive away... Read more »

500 Dogs Saved! Northwest Rescue Network Team Meets Milestone

500 Dogs Saved! Northwest Rescue Network Team Meets Milestone
Call it the Best Holiday Ever for this pooch. Six month old Rottie pup, Cody, was given the ultimate gift, a ‘freedom ride’ courtesy of the Northwest Rescue Network Team (NWRNT) who facilitated his transfer to the waiting arms of Reach Rescue. What makes this rescue even more special is that with Cody’s save, NWRNT reached... Read more »
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A Dog Foster's Open Letter to Open Hearts

A Dog Foster's Open Letter to Open Hearts
When rescue friend, Candice, recently commented that her dog fostering experience has made her wonder why anyone would not do it, I was anxious to hear more. Everything about her honest and heartwarming answer touched me as I hope it will you. Maybe she will even inspire you to team up with a rescue near you to give... Read more »