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Monday, May 18th, 2009
11:43 am

Hahaha had to share these pics of Lucy in the bandanas! The expressions on her face crack me up!
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
12:57 pm

We finally figured it out! The snuggly warm dog hat and scarf is finally here! After some long, hard, tedious work, we finally got them past production! We made them in 3 sizes, XS, SM, M/L. We're also almost done with the slotted hats for the ears to poke out of. I'll post images of those when they're finally ready as well!

Thanks everyone for all the feedback and suggestions! You flippin' ROCK!

(modeled by Stewie & Lucy wearing the size M/L)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
12:14 pm

So last night I was going through last winter's bag of ideas for winter dog hats and I found this funny red corduroy one which Stewie just loves to wear. I always laugh so hard when he wears this one but it poses a good question for this season's line of winter-wear....

What is in more of demand by the customer???
a) Dog hats with cute lil teddy ears on the side or
b) Dog hats with lil slits for the pet's real ears to poke out of?

Help me out here... Let's put it to a VOTE!
Reply to this post and tell me your opinion.
Thursday, September 18th, 2008
10:57 pm

What a pouter!
Oh boohoohoo...lol.
Jeez, how do they learn to make such pathetic expressions? My goodness...
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
7:35 pm
Mr. Sway!

OMG! Check out this adorable nonsense!!! One of our customer's sent us in a photo of her boston terrier Mr. Sway wearing his customized & personalized carmel dog hoodie! Just look at his face! My my my, I can barely stand it!
Friday, July 25th, 2008
3:05 pm
HUGE NEWS! PLEASE READ! Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance
PAWS Chicago Call to Action: Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance

More info here: http://www.pawschicago.org/animalwelfare/petordinance.htm

Dear PAWS Chicago Supporter:

Next Tuesday, July 29 is a very important day for animal welfare in Chicago. Alderman Ed Burke, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Alderman Rugai, will be introducing the Pet Overpopulation & Safety Ordinance. Alderman Burke and Rugai have drafted this ordinance as a crime-fighting, humane and taxpayer friendly solution to Chicago's pet overpopulation, stray and animal crime problems.

This ordinance will require mandatory spay/neuter for dogs and cats more than 6 months of age. The ordinance includes seven clear exemptions that respect the rights of compliant animal breeders, police dogs, working dogs, show dogs, law enforcement animals and for family pets deemed by a veterinarian to have a valid medical reason not to be spay/neutered.

Those who do not wish to spay/neuter their pets will be able to purchase a breeder's license. Many backyard breeders keep pets in inhumane conditions and are not registered or inspected. This ordinance will require registration of breeders and a mechanism to monitor that breeders engage in safe and humane practices.

We need your support! This ordinance is receiving extremely heavy opposition from breeders and AKC organizations from all over the country.

Here is what you can do to show your overwhelming support of this ordinance:

1) Attend the City Council hearing
When: Tuesday, July 29
Where: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Council Chambers, 5th Floor
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Please Note: We will be meeting together at 9:15 a.m. We need as many people as possible to show support. Please RSVP to this email by hitting "reply" if you plan to attend

2) Email or send your own copy of this letter to the Aldermen on the Finance & Licensing Committee today! Please also call every Alderman on this list - they need to hear from you. For the Aldermen list, click here.

This is a very instrumental time for the animal welfare in the city of Chicago and we need your support. The passing of this ordinance will ensure Chicago will be a No Kill city and one of the most humane cities in the nation.

Paula Fasseas
PAWS Chicago Founder & Chair


This is WONDERFUL news and a big step forward to help control our problems here in Chicago. PLEASE do whatever you can to take action, to rally people to support this cause with you...and to spread the word!

You can imagine how much opposition this is getting, so we need to counter that by fighting back against backyard breeders and irresponsible pet owners!

Pass it along!

Saturday, January 13th, 2007
11:17 am
WTTW- Animal Attractions TV- WARNING- HELP!
WTTW- Animal Attractions -WARNING-

I do not know how many dog/pet owners watch the TV show Animal Attractions on WTTW, but I thought this warning to not watch and to inform WTTW and Bark Magazine to stop promoting/airing the show.

On Animal Attractions there is a segment where- to put it bluntly- an incredibly stupid family of dog owners needs the assistance of training their pet. The trainer, I do not know his name but he’s on the show every week, comes in Nanny 911 style to help save the family by taking the dog to his home for 30 days for training, and then comes back for 7 days after that do train the family.

I got past the fact that I do not agree with the taking him for 30 days instead of training the owners and letting them put theory into practice and continued to watch the show. Today’s episode, however, pushed me over the top of my threshold for this show.

The family needed help with their large, unruly dog that would jump on the kids while swimming, and dug many giant holes in their backyard- okay I understand they need help training their dog.

In steps the trainer tells that he’s taking the dog for 30 days and will be back to train their family. His training began alright- helping the dog to wait to come swimming until invited. Okay, so far so good, but still no positive reinforcement- he’d just ignore the dog if he did what was right.

Then it came time for him to address the hole digging.

THIS IS WHERE IT WENT TERRIBLY WRONG- The ‘trainer’ proceeded to THROW DIRT IN THE DOG’S FACE. He explained that when you want the dog to leave something alone, you hit them with it so they become afraid of it. The poor dog was shaking and was terrified of the dirt and more importantly the trainer- even though the trainer said he’d fear the dirt since he wasn’t hitting him with his hands. Obviously, the dog was afraid of both the dirt AND of him- but he couldn’t escape since he was on leash.

This is where your help is needed! I have already contacted Bark Magazine (they advertise the show in their pages) and WTTW (they air Animal Attractions on their channel) about this matter. I urge you to also contact both of these companies and express outrage that they support this show using an unskilled trainer. If you currently watch the show, please stop until they hire a new trainer.

Contact email and link:

Bark Magazine- bark@thebark.com
WTTW- http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=0,1,1

Thanks for the help!

Please pass this on to other dog/pet communities that you are in so as many people will know and can help stop this show until a new trainer is hired!

X-posed to: thedogcommunity, dog_lovers, dogs, beagles, beagleqa, catlovers, chicago_dogs, cf_pets, mixed_up_mutts, and chicagopets

Current Mood: busy
Monday, July 24th, 2006
1:31 am
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
9:26 pm

This is my community that I started a few days ago. Please check it out.

*Mods....I understand if this is not allowed. Please let me know and I will remove it immediately.

Brightest Blessings,
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
4:08 pm
Attention All Chicagolanders!
I would just like to take this opportunity to promote my community to anyone who lives in the Chicago area. Although we're currently having some technical difficulties with the layout of the community *growl*, I ask you to join us!! :)

This is a community for Chicagoland animal adoptions - but we also welcome any animal related posts!! If you have any stories, thoughts, jokes, pictures, or anything else to share - we encourage you to do so! Introduce yourself and make some friends!

Click Here To Join!

(let me know if advertising isn't allowed here and I will remove the post)

Current Mood: chipper
8:04 am
Adoptable Shephered mix at Chicago's Animal Control
I found a stray Shepherd/possibly Rottweiler mix yesterday at about 3:15pm on Chicago’s near west side (Western Avenue just north of the Eisenhower expressway & Congress Avenue). I lured the dog into my car with a can of Purina. She was much more interested in the dog food than people food, and generally did not have the appearance of a dog that was born homeless. Her nails weren’t too long and her coat was not incredibly mangy. I believe that she belonged to someone recently and has been outside anywhere from a few weeks up to two months.

Western Ave runs the length of the city, so this dog could have walked from anywhere (Northwest Indiana to Evanston, IL). Given the fact that the Eisenhower is one of the most dangerous expressways in the city, it’s doubtful to me that she would have survived walking along it. She had no collar, but has a fairly distinct pattern on her coat. She is mostly black, but where the chest and shoulder markings meet the black fur, there is a slight brindle pattern that is very beautiful and sandy caramel in color. Her shepherd markings are not the usual orangey-tan color; they are very creamy and subtle. Her eyes are an amber/ hazel color, and she had no wounds or injuries that I could see.

Overall the dog is not aggressive but was very uncomfortable in my van. When I first approached her with food, she was very excitable and wagged her tail. She then took food from my hand, licking my fingers as she ate. I took the dog home, but she refused to leave my car. I have an unheated garage, so the dog was shaking from the 30-degree temperatures we had last night. When I would get into the back of the van and sit with her, trying to lure her close so I could put a collar on her, she began to snarl and growl. I have three rescued dogs and two stray cats living in my two-bedroom house, so I was unable to take her in. I posted messages in lost and found forums and called every rescue I could think of.

Sadly, I had to take her to Chicago’s Animal Control facility at 8:00pm last night at 2741 South Western Avenue. I believe that she is an adoptable dog who was once someone’s family pet. If you or anyone you know can help arrange a rescue for this sweet three or four year old, female, 40-60 lb, floppy eared Shepherd mix, please contact Animal Care & Control at (312) 747-1406, inventory number 163263.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. My email is dustystar@elvis.com I will be checking it often given the circumstances. We may not have much time to help this girl get to safety. I will help in any way possible, and also contribute to any monetary costs and fees. Thank you!
Sunday, November 27th, 2005
10:40 pm
My Golden Retriever was so happy the other day... We actually had snow that stuck! She loves snow! Too bad it has to come with freezing weather though...
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
7:47 pm
Please donate to help us help homeless pets!

My dog and I will be participating in PAWS Chicago's annual fundraiser/walkathon "Run For Their Lives" on October 2nd 2005.
We are trying to raise as much money as we can to help PAWS Chicago save homeless pets! They also run a free and low-cost spay/neuter clinic. PAWS Chicago has made several trips down south to the areas affected by hurricane Katrina in the last 2 weeks and rescued many homeless cats and dogs which they brought to their centers to be adopted.

Please help me raise money for this worthy organization! To help in my fundraising efforts, please make a donation here:

I feel very strongly about saving strays; both of my dogs were strays and they are wonderful members of my family. I think all homeless pets deserve a chance at a great home!

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
12:12 pm
Welcome to anyone who reads this! :)
If you live near Chicago and have or love pets please join.

I'd love to hear about your pets, what you like to do in Chicago, any pet stores you love or anything else related!

Current Mood: accomplished
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