Never has a book inspired a change in me more than this one...
"It helps us to scrub off all those layers of bs."
Mary is such a great person and she is always finding way to give back. An old soul with a lot of ways you can improve your own life. I love how at such a young age, she keeps reinventing herself.
More about Unleashed Life and how to join: www.myunleashedlife.com
Info about the event that benefits Live Like Roo Foundation this weekend: https://www.facebook.com/events/514665152616221/
Animal-lover and advocate Pete Paxton has visited over 700 puppy mills. He has gone undercover at puppy stores and done amazing work bringing some real issues to the forefront. Now, he has a new book that pulls the curtain back on dog rescue, as well as his amazing work throughout the years. My jaw was on the floor for much of this interview. A great listen.
Kristen Strouse of the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance joins Raise the Woof. She was also assisted by Live Like Roo Foundation when her dog Isis was diagnosed with cancer. Raise the Woof is presented by Fetch Pet Care. For ore info: fetchpetcare.co
If you have been following my social media the past few weeks, you have seen the puppy roller coaster we have been on. Now, the story behind the story of the One Tail at a Time "M Puppies" with @megan Van Paris. Megan also has started Fear Free vetting at Blum animal hospital and is teaching others about the program that is changing the lives of human and animals.
Home Dog LA Founder Kerry Armstrong joins me for a frank discussion on helping owners who are attempting to surrender their animals to an open admission shelter. She is changing lives and doing amazing work, one dog at a time. www.homedogla.com
Mutts of the Midway may be new to the rescue game, but they have been involved in helping animals for many years. They make a huge difference in Chicago and beyond.
I am honored to be joined by Monica Kaskey, who I met at Chicago Animal Control when she saved a very scared dog named Harrelson. She has since adopted him, had another of her dog's beat cancer and together we have done some amazing things in rescue. She and her partner Sarah are hosting a tattoo event for Live Like Roo Foundation in Milwaukee on August 10. Hope to see you there! Raise the Woof is presented by Fetch Pet Care Chicago fetchpetcare.com.
Sarah Gaziano is the Director of Training & Behavior for One Tail At A Time. Her expertise with animals has paved an amazing path for her and while it is not always easy, it is certainly rewarding.
Chicagoland Rescue Intervention Support Program (CRISP) is a program at Chicago Animal Care and Control that aims to keep animals with their owners by providing help in the form of vetting or landlord help etc. If that cannot happen, CRISP tries to get the animals to rescue. On this Friday in June, CRISP was busier than ever. A little Day in the Life of CRISP.
Jamie Katz is a glimmer of hope during a time of total despair. She is a licensed private investigator in Florida and has many tips and trick and stories from her work in helping people find their lost pets. She is an amazing human, who does very difficult work. A great guest! jamiekatzpetdetective.com
"Take all the money spent on a few old or really sick dogs and put that towards healthier pets."
A few weeks ago, Foster Pet Outreach received a letter that scorned them for spending money on sick and old animals. I wanted to have Alyssa on the podcast to discuss the note and their rebuttal and we had a great conversation about it.
Zoey was simply the most magical creature ever. All of her quirks and all of her issues taught us so much. She was one of my biggest mistakes, but certainly my favorite mistake.
We met her on the way to the dentist in 2005. On the way home from the dentist after convincing Schipp we had to have her, I put $850 on my credit card at Happiness is Pets and we took her home. She was 9 weeks old. There are so many mistakes we made in that one little paragraph, but I am not here to rehash those.
We lived on the 3rd floor and we were constantly carrying her up and down the steps to house break her. We were young and dumb thinking we could raise a puppy.
She quickly became my whole heart and her and Ralph were best friends. She fostered over 20 dogs with us and though she was not a fan of the bigger dogs, she was so patient as we helped others find their forevers.
She was dramatic and vocal and cuddly and she leaves a huge f-ing hole in our family. Every day she did something that made me laugh or smile and though she came from a shi**y pet store, she is one of the main reasons that I am in rescue.
I love you Zoom Zoom. I miss you so much. Our lives are forever changed. I wish we just had more time.
Emily Porter has transformed so many matted dogs into beautiful gems. With a recent surge in gnarly dogs REALLY needing a makeover with The Hot Mess Express, Emily has been re-energized. She does so much amazing work and has so many great stories. Follow her on insta @emilygrooms dogs
"There is so much (domestic abuse) survivors can get from their relationship with their pets, not only during their crisis but in the healing after they have managed to escape. It can really help them take control of their lives again and feel loved."
Executive Director, The Safe Haven Network
In just 2 years, Jessica Hiltner, Co-Founder and President of Real Dogs Moms of Chicago, has built quite a brand. Many dog moms vie for a coveted feature on their social media, but more importantly, they have partnered with chicagoland rescues and foundations to bring in much needed funds for animals by throwing amazing events. She is a hustler and has a great future.
"We cannot imagine living without her."
Ah, my whole heart. A dog that I helped to save from Chicagoland Rescue and Intervention Support Program has the absolute best life after many years of being overbred and under loved. Miss Judy Big Pig has a cut following after being rescued by One Tail at a Time and adopted by 2 amazing dudes named Evan and Alex, who have changed her life forever....but she has change theirs, too. Adopting an older dog is the best.
Melissa Pena does everything in her power to save the animals others leave to fend for themselves. She is the go-to in Chicagoland when anyone needs help with a wild animal including roosters, pigs, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, horses and so much more. Did you know that bunnies poop 300 times a day? I learned SO MUCH from this podcast...you will too.
Some times you have to take a break so you do not break. Getting away from toxic is so important.
"Any time that I can create awareness, I am happy to help."
Jamie Buehrle has an amazing platform to spread awareness about Breed Specific Legislation as well as how incredible pit bulls are despite all the uneducated people spewing bs. She walks the walk and talks the talk and has done so much good for so many animals. Honored to have her as a guest this week.
Raise the Woof is presented by Fetch Pet Care Chicago. Fetch! Pet Care of Chicago is hiring professional pet sitters and dog walkers in Chicago. If you’re a lover of all animals you can go to their website to fill out an online application, www.fetchpetcare.com
An epiphany and a thank you.
Janice Gork is the Founder of Tails Pet Magazine and since 2000 she has helped and inspired so many pet owners to treat their animals as part of the families. The path from physical magazines to the digital age has been a project, but with a booming pet industry, her content is thriving.
Maritza has an amazing job as a dog runner, but it is filled with pressure. She also creates brilliant art that she donates to charities. Great stories from another spectacular guest.
Susan Elliot and Nicole Garza have seen just about everything working at an Animal Control in Waukegan. They have hearts of steel and though they do emotional work, they have made a difference in the lives of so many humans and animals. I was honored to volunteer with them a few times. We have some great stories to share.