Today is very important day. It's World Mental Health Day.
I was diagnosed as having "PTSD with Depression" in 2017, but once I started taking medication, I began to realize that I have been depressed my entire life. I also learned that my medications helped relieve the unrelenting anxiety that I never realized wasn't "the norm" either. Side story: I will work endlessly to break the stigma about being medicated. The clarity and warmth that I felt when my meds started working will always be the moment I go back to when I feel down.
Paw Salvation, Inc. began because when founder, Peter, would visit downtown Chicago, he would see a lot of homeless people with pets and observed that most of the pets where not in good shape. One day he said to himself "Why don’t I start a charity that cares for this pets by providing them healthy meals, grooming, and vet checks?" This way whatever the human can make on the streets can be used to care for themselves and Paw Salvation cares for their pets.
Written by our friends at the Joel Schaub Mortgage Team
It should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me or follows Real Dog Moms of Chicago that I am a ridiculous dog lover. I blame my Mother. I grew up in a dog loving home; growing up with Rocky, Taffy, and Anna, during my childhood. In 2001, my senior year of college, I rescued an Australian Shepherd from a local farm. Emma was my first rescue and I would go so far as to say I was hooked. Shortly after my mom and I drove across 3 states to rescue a Border Collie, Lucy. Some where in there I started fostering for PAWS Chicago. Foster Failed a dozen dogs in, on a broken sweet German Shepherd, I named Greta Von Barken. Got my family to adopt one of my other fosters, a sweet pibble they named Molly. Anyway, you get the point.
Thinking of getting a puppy? That’s awesome, here’s what you should know about puppy mills and what to look out for.
Puppy mills still exist, they’ve just gotten sneakier. Online puppy mills create beautiful websites that make them look like loving breeders, and dang aren’t those little faces cute. The reality is quite different. We want to help you make an informed decision when choosing your next best friend.
You all know me as the co-founder of Real Dog Moms of Chicago, but did you know that my full time job is working as the Program Manager for Pet Partner of Illinois? With the current concern of the spread of COVID - 19 we are all sitting at home with our pets and seeking ways to keep ourselves busy. Eventually “normal” life will resume (it has to, right?) and we will seek wonderful new experiences to put the past behind us. I’d like to share one way I think you could spend your time now while at home following best practices to keep our community safe: become a registered therapy animal team. Since Pet Partners was the first in the industry to require training for the human end of the leash, now is the perfect time to take our online training course.
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