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.
written by Alysia Slusser
Unless you’ve been living under rock for the past month you should be more than aware of our current crisis. What you may not know is how this crisis will carry over to our beloved furry friends.
While we are all holed up in our cozy homes (hopefully) watching our favorite trash TV there are still animals being brought into shelters around the nation and with many adoption events having to come to a slow trickle, many of these animals are at risk. Animals will keep coming in and once the shelter is full very hard choices have to be made. If it’s a tough time to be human it’s an even tougher time to be an animal.
Written by Lisa Klobuchar
By Jillian Braun - Jillian is a foster, volunteer, and Associate Board member at One Tail at a Time. She’s been involved with the organization since 2017 when she adopted her little southern mutt, Albus.
The number of animals that we lose in our shelters each year is daunting which can make it feel like an overwhelming problem to solve and hard to nail down a place to start. Luckily, at One Tail at a Time (OTAT) there are so many ways to make a difference, no matter your location, background, or availability!
Freedom Rides & Transports
One of the best feelings is to be the first person a pup sees when they’re being rescued. Take little Enchilada, here, who was surrendered by his owner at Chicago Animal Care & Control. Thanks to the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program (CRISP), this little chihuahua avoided the shelters and was sent to foster through One Tail at a Time. Driving him to his foster where he transformed from a scared little pup to a confident dog was incredibly rewarding. All you need for freedom rides is a car and some spare time.
The goal of Real Dog Moms has always been doing good while having fun. We are here to help you have fun with your dog and meet fellow dog-loving people while giving back to those who need it most in our rescue community. There are already amazing people and rescues doing incredible things in the Chicagoland area and we want to support them however we can. In order to set ourselves up to help them even more, we will be handling our events and donations a bit differently moving forward.
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Our goal is to connect dog rescues, dog-friendly businesses & dog lovers. Based in Chicago, Illinois, we host fun events for dogs & humans at great places with all proceeds going to local dog rescues.