Raise The Woof

Dogs are simply amazing. They have become part of our family and an integral part of our society. Unfortunately, some people see dogs as property instead of a family member. Many people turn their heads to look away at the bad, but dog rescuers do not. My rescue world is filled with amazing people that I am proud to know. It is also filled with a ton of drama. Time to Raise the Woof and tell the stories that are long overdue.
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Dec 4, 2018

Joanna Konca broke down twice during this podcast. She feels real feelings and is not afraid to show them. Dogs will do that to you. She is a trainer and has an immense love for dogs from other countries. She also helped me get my start in this crazy rescue world. 

Nov 27, 2018

I thought I would tell the story of Roo and how Live Like Roo Foundation came to be. And on #GivingTuesday, what better way to honor our boy than to give him his own podcast. Check out our Giving RoosDay incentives.

Nov 20, 2018
"I love doing this. I hate why we have to do it, but I love doing this for people."

Laura Krill is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant for Integrative Pet Care and the Vice President/Medial Case Manager for Live Like Roo Foundation. She has a LOT going on and while she juggles it all, she gives people going through one of the toughest times of their lives the support and encouragement they need

Nov 13, 2018

"When I am with him, I feel like he does the talking."

Melissa Lipani has an amazing therapy dog, who has been battling cancer. It is heartbreaking, but she takes it all in stride and shares "Cappy" with the world to help remedy misperceptions of pit bulls. She works for Best Friends and has fostered over 100 dogs. She is a great human. 

Nov 5, 2018

Caragh from Wellness & Wags recently received her nation certification in canine massage. She helps Live Like Roo Foundation with their bucket list nights by giving dogs their massages in swanky hotels. She has a vast knowledge of a dog's body and what works for your dog. So much good info in this podcast. For more:

Oct 30, 2018

Not all owner surrenders and supports are bad. Many people judge without knowing the full story. I have had a lot of incidents the past few weeks that spoke volumes about this very subject. We need to remain compassionate with people that do not have the same resources as the rest of us. 

Oct 23, 2018

What was I thinking going live and answering questions. HAAA! It all turned out well and I hope you enjoy it. A different way to do things! 

Oct 16, 2018

"We as humans are destroying the breed (pit bulls). These puppies that are born are not programmed to say "I am going to maul a kid."

Formerly dubbed the "Pit Boss," Shorty Rossi has strong opinions about a breed that many want society to just accept. He has starred in TV and movies, but has a passion for pit bulls and has a rescue called Shorty's Pit Bull Rescue. He joined us at an event at Speakeasy Customs and Classics and gave us some insight on his unique life. 

Oct 9, 2018

"Introductions of a dog into their life change their life. A person may not have left their house or they thought blindness was the end of their life. Then we put a dog in their hands." 

Rod Haneline, Chief Programs and Services Officer of Leader Dogs for the Blind has seen so many success stories with animals and their humans that went through the Leader Dog program. What he does is simply life-changing. 

Oct 2, 2018

Did you know that a simple peppermint can calm your nerves?

Almost every podcast, we discuss compassion fatigue. Finally, I have a guest that can talk professionally about it. Linda Harper is a Compassionate Heart Specialist and provides a guide for animals loves that is unmatched. In just 25 minutes with her, I felt so much better and learned small things that have made for a more sane Sarah. 

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Sep 25, 2018

"Sorry you are not a good fit."

The trials and tribulations of adopting or fostering a dog are no joke, but the application and interview process has also been difficult as Heather has tried to find the perfect fit for her home. 

In this episode, I also ask Heather for advice on how to recover from a "I cannot do this anymore" moment. 

Sep 18, 2018
 "I want all the animals out there to be healthy. People food is animal food."
Marney Prince has done TONS of research on animals and food and now with the grand opening of Side by Side Pet in Lincoln Park, she is hoping to help people and their animals live the healthiest life possible. This is not a store where you just walk in and out and snag food (unless you are in a hurry :) ), they are there to help you choose the best possible food for your animal. There is a vet on staff and years of amazing research has put them at the forefront of pet nutrition. 
Live Like Roo Foundation is  honored to get 15% of the proceeds back for their Grand Opening Event on Saturday September 22nd, 2444 North Clark Street in Chicago... hope to see you there!
Sep 11, 2018

"A lot of rescues are getting together and working together more and if we all come together, we may be able to influence and make some change legislation and influence our politicians and get something in place to deal with this because it is a never-ending cycle."

John Garrido has built the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation after taking in strays from the streets and trying to reunite them with the owners. It is working and he is already seeing other districts implement it as well. It could be a game-changer for the future of Chicago's animals. John joins "Raise the Woof" presented by Fetch Pet Care Chicago to talk about that and so much more. 

Sep 4, 2018

CBD for animals, ice cream for animals. Andreana has brilliantly made amazing products because she cares and she does the research. Soooo many people ask me about CBD-this podcast is for you. She is a wealth of knowledge and is hitting the market with Blooming Culture at a PERFECT time. Raise the Woof is presented by Fetch Pet Care Chicago ( For more information:

Aug 28, 2018

Jodie Jean of Woof Gang Rescue often gets the challenge of rehabbing dogs no one else wants and she is magical as she gets them trained and adopted so quickly, leaving us all in awe. She also runs an amazing rescue called Woof Gang Rescue and her favorite story will surely leave you in tears. Raise the Woof is presented by Fetch Pet Care, for more information:

Aug 21, 2018

“If you are not helping a problem, you are part of a problem.”

“Raise the Woof” presented by Fetch Pet Care with Tiffany of Be Fido's Friend. She is senior dog extraordinaire and has aptly named her house the Fraley Senior Dog Center. Tiffany is a true gem and I am lucky to call her a friend.

Aug 14, 2018
"In life if there is anything you want to do, you will figure out a way to make time for it."

Peace for Pits slogan "Kindness is Greatness" is one to live by and they do SO MUCH GOOD in Chicago and beyond. For Mike and Megan, building a sense of community is just as important as saving dogs. They also have a 5-year-old daughter spreading love and knowledge about their mission and Malena joined the podcast this week and definitely has a future in podcasting! She is a gem! 

Aug 7, 2018


The newly-formed ATA Social Club is changing lives by assisting animal organizations that need their help. Organizing events and benefits to help the Chicago community is at their core and with great experience and contacts, they are braced to make a longstanding impact. 

Jul 24, 2018
"He was living in the basement. The fur was all gray and black and he was a white cat." 
I have never seen a more neglected animal and I have seen a lot. Sinbad the Cat is famous because of his amazing transformation. How he was found and how he is doing now is such a great story. 

Elliott Serrano, Sinbad's dad, the Community Program Manager at Anti Cruelty joins Raise the Woof today and boy was he a fun guest. Thanks E! 

Jul 17, 2018

“I think it is important to put the dogs out there. Let them speak for themselves through their actions. I think sometimes we get in their way.”

Roo Yori has an amazing platform for rescue dogs and pit bulls. He does not take it lightly. The American Ninja Warrior is brilliant when it comes to getting the work out about his Foundation and adopting from shelters. He is a GREAT guest.

Jul 11, 2018

A great conversation with Jon Mancinetti of Mancinetti Pictures. "Loss and Found" ( is a true comedic story about Jon losing his best friend, his dog Russell and how that launched him into a world of fostering and dog rescue. 

We will be joined by the Filmmaker for a special benefit screening of the film THIS THURSDAY July 12 at Patio Theater in Chicago. 

7pm: opening reception
8pm: film
9pm: after party and raffle

$25 for VIP tickets that include vip seating, popcorn and non-alcoholic drink


Jul 10, 2018

Chicago Animal Care and Control is one of the most important city-run organizations. Yet, a few weeks ago, without warning they fired what many thought was the best Director in decades. A shit storm ensued and we are trying to sort everything out to be sure people understand WHAT is going on and HOW they can help. Oh, and would Heather ever apply for the Director job? The answer made me giggle. 

Jul 3, 2018

“I thought of this all in bed at 11pm. I was scrolling through instagram and thought ‘this would be a great platform for fashion and a rescue dog’ and it was uncomfortable at first because I am not a model.”

Well, this is the first time the “t” word has been dropped in the podcast. Haaaa.  When I first saw Rescue in Style's instagram, I was confused. But once I learned about what she was doing, I realized it was brilliant. She is a great human and an amazing podcast guest. You will love this one... 



Jun 26, 2018

Steve. What is up with Steve, the new resident dog? 

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