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Upcoming Fun Dog Events

Summer is almost here and that means FUN DOG EVENTS!

The Right Spot Pet Massage loves to support local animal rescues! I go to lotw of events to offer mini-massages to the participants (4-legged only:)) It is a wonderful opplortunity to meet great sogs and their people, as well as support some wonderful organizations.

All of these wonderful events are fundraisers for local dog / cat not-for-profits. These events are a fantastic way to get involved and help raise awareness and much needed funds for these dedicated and hard working organizations! The events are also a fun way to participate, meet other pet-loving folks, get out with your dog and family, and enjoy a summer day! It is my privilege to be a part of them!

K-9 Pup Strut and Expo

Benefiting K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Click here for the event page 
When: May 5, 2018 — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd, Highland Park, IL

Come for a 1-mile walk, with or without a dog, and attend FREE Expo. The Expo will feature 25+ dog-related businesses, great food, raffles, prizes and much more! Also in attendance will be WGN Radio Host and Pet Blogger, Steve Dale; Internationally Recognized Dog Behaviorist and Trainer, Dennis Hill; and Children’s Author Nancy Gee and Robin’s Dog Stars
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore likes to say we partner with kids from pre-school to college because the bookends of our program are literacy and stress relief. Our therapy dog teams make reading fun for 3 to 4-year-olds, partner with at-risk readers in grades 1 through 8, and provide stress relief for high school students throughout the school year. Our monthly library program motivates kids to want to come to the library to experience reading to a K-9 Reading Buddy. Over 200 children register to read to our teams annually at multiple suburban libraries. We conduct community outreach in an animal-assisted therapy capacity at various facilities that include the Naval Station at Great Lakes where we receive up to 200 visitors per session.

23rd Annual Strut for Strays

Benefiting Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)
 When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 — 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Evanston Subaru in Skokie, 3340 Oakton St, Skokie

Come and join other fun-loving people, with or without your dog, at Evanston Subaru in Skokie for the Community Animal Rescue Effort’s annual Strut for Strays. Although cats and other pets are not allowed, you can run or walk in honor of a favorite animal friend. Hundreds of paws and feet will hit the ground walking (or running) for the 2.5-mile event. Help us raise money to care for the many animals that C.A.R.E. finds homes for each year. Community Animal Rescue Effort is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to r educe pet overpopulation.

Pajama Party and Mutt Mosey!

Benefiting Young At Heart Senior Rescue
When: Sunday May 20, 2018 — 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Fox River Preserve and Marina, 28500 W Roberts Rd, Barrington

Approximately 200 pet lovers join in to help us save senior pets by spending an afternoon with their dog or walking to make a difference for senior pets in need. This year’s theme is a Pajama Party! This fun one-mile Mosey around the Fox River Preserve and Marina raises the much-needed funds to save the lives of senior dogs and cats in area shelters. This year, we’ll be opening our adoption center and sanctuary for senior pets, so we need to raise more funds than ever before to be able to help up to FOUR TIMES the number of senior pets than previous years! Be a part of this fun community event and come party to help homeless senior dogs and cats! ng at Heart Pet Rescue is a 100% non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs and cats. Young at Heart Pet Rescue is run by like-minded professionals who volunteer their time and resources to help save the lives of these animals.

Walk for the Animals – Summer of Love

Benefiting The Red Door Shelter
When: June 3, 2018 –10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Indian Boundary Park 2500 W. Lunt Ave,, Chicago

Don’t miss this year’s exciting Summer of Love-themed walk and fair. Rain or shine, it’s a fun event for all ages and it raises money for all the shelter animals at The Red Door Shelter. Dogs are welcome, but not necessary. The low key 2k walk through Indian Boundary Park in Rogers Park starts at 10 a.m. Feeling Groovy? Join us! The Red Door Shelter is known for their rabbit rescue, but they also rescue cats and some small dogs. Red Door Shelter’s mission is to promote respect for all animals through education, rescue, sheltering and adoption.

I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

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The Event Was Fantastic Fun!

The Red Door Shelter held it’s K-9 Eggstravaganza on March 24, 2018 at Rex’s Place in Evanston. The event was a whole lotta fun – for both dogs and their people! Oh wait, there were even two cat’s there!

There were eggs to be found, pictures to be taken, gifts to receive and FREE mini-massages from The Right Spot! All proceeds benefited The Red Door Animal Shelter in Rogers Park, Chicago.

There were dogs ranging in size from 3 lbs all the way up to 110 lbs! There were senior dogs, puppies, rescue dogs, pure-breeds, therapy dogs  and everything in-between.

The photos below show some of the awesome dogs I was able to meet and massage.

                               

                  

Such a fun day full of dog (and cat!) love!

 

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K-9 Egg-stravenganza! Dog Easter Egg Hunt!

Come On Out For A Fun Dog Themed Egg-stravaganza
All Proceeds To Benefit The Red Door Animal Shelter

So, get your pooch and come on out for this great event!

AND – The Right Spot will be offering FREE mini-massages to all K-9 participants!

When: March 24, 2018 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Rex’s Place/Dog Obedience Group, 2120 Ashland, Evanston. IL
General Info: This egg hunt will be so much fun for your dog! Every egg contains a treat–all of them for k-9s and humans. Treats include restaurant gift certificates, dog toys, dog biscuits, and chocolate bars for people. Also, a photo opportunity for your dog to pose in a spring background with owner. Participating dogs must be socialized, leashed and well-behaved. $10 per dog for egg hunt. Spring photos are $10 each.  All money raised goes directly to the homeless rabbits at Red Door.

Hope to see you all there!

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Are You Talking To Me?!

Communication is an extraordinary thing. We use it so often that we probably don’t even think about it much. However, communication between animals and people is different. Although our pets don’t communicate like we do using spoken words, sign language, the written word, etc, they definitely communicate! Our pets vocalize in a variety of ways, some pets point, others may pull on their leash, some may hide when scared, just to name a few communication efforts.

Communication During A Massage

There are numerous ways your pet may communicate during his/her massage session. Communication may be as obvious as moving away or toward me, a vocalization, and/or moving the body position; or it may be as subtle as a look, a slight body shift, a slight he     ad movement. or a sigh. I also watch your pet for communication signals such as yawning, scratching the ground, looking away, and others. As a pet massage therapist, I am trained to look for any type of communication effort your pet may display.

The Amazing Body

Your pet’s body itself is another type of communication I rely upon. I look at and feel your pets body itself to tell me what is going on. Is your pet favoring a certain leg or side? Are there areas of heat or cold on the body? Are there any areas of tightness? Are there any muscle twitches or spasms? All of these physical qualities  give me clues as to what may be occurring with your pet, and since your pet cannot tell me, it is up to me to figure it out.

YOUR Pet!

All of the above are great examples of how pets may communicate during a session. The next step for me is to learn each individual animal’s communication meaning(s). A bit more tricky! For example, some dogs are talkers so it could be completely normal for one dog to make a vocalization (growly sound) as I massage, vs. the vocalization being a warning from another dog. My own dog is a big talker, so what might sound scary to someone else I know to be just him. Another example is your pet getting up and walking around during the massage. Often this is simply your pet assimilating the massage into his/her body. However. it may be because he/she is guarding an area, or it could simply be your pet wanting to change position.

Eddy

Recently one of my regular clients, Eddy, came to see me. Eddy, an 11 year-old large muscular guy, came jogging in to his session wagging his tail. Typically, Eddy will lie down once he has greeted me. On this day, he did not. Hmmmm….interesting. His owner asked Eddy to lie down a number of times, but he would not. Good communication, but now I had to figure out why. As I ran my hands down Eddy’s back, I felt a raised tight area. After I worked on this area to loosen and relax it, I expected Eddy to lie down, but he still would not. Again, hmmm….As I ran my hand over his right shoulder blade (scapula), Eddy whimpered. Aha! I gently palpated this area and the muscles around it, but did not feel anything unusual. Eddy continued to whimper, but stayed by me, so I continued to gently palpate and massage the area. Finally a knot emerged. The knot must have been deeply embedded in the muscles and took a bit of coaxing to come to the surface. Eddy allowed my to work on it to loosen it, and then he laid down! Tada! Thank you Eddy!

I never cease to be amazed at how effectively our pets communicate with us! And while all pets are different, they all communicate. It’s just up to us to figure out what they are saying!

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Hooray For The Holidays!

I love the holidays! I start getting all excited just before Halloween until after the New Year has begun. I love all of it – the decorations, the music, the food, and especially shopping for gifts for my favorite beings – including MY DOGS!

With all of that said, as excited as I am, the holidays can bring about stress, including for our pets. Their routine can be messed up, different people are coming in and out of the house, all kinds of boxes and decorations are filling the house, furniture (and dog beds) may get moved, and for me, a great big tree is in the corner!

This stress can often produce anxiety, and anxiety can lead to one very unhappy pet, and of course an unhappy owner! You know what helps with stress and anxiety? MASSAGE!

Massage and Anxiety

It is well documented that massage helps to calm the nervous system, thus reducing stress and anxiety. The gentle, slow strokes of (Swedish) massage work directly with the central nervous system to calm our entire being. Our breathing slows and deepens, our blood pressure reduces, our muscles relax, and thus our entire being relaxes. The effects of massager, especially for our pets, often last longer than the length of a session. A massage session also gives our pets a break. It brings them out of their own anxiety to a time of relaxation – a time just for them to settle. I know that is one of the reasons why I love getting a massage myself!

A Few Holiday Tips

As we move into the holiday season, below are a few simple reminders and tips. You know your pet best, so some of these tips may apply, and others not so much.

  • Have a separate, quiet space available for pets during busy holiday festivities
  • Place possibly toxic plants out of reach (holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia)
  • Keep all dangerous / poisonous foods away from pets (cooked bones, meat-soaked strings, chocolate, grapes, raisins, alcohol, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, coffee, tobacco products)
  • Keep an eye on the holiday table and secure leftovers and garbage to prevent your pet from foraging among them
  • Avoid edible tree decorations – cookies, popcorn, cranberries, etc.
  • Keep an eye on the holiday table and secure leftovers and garbage to prevent your dog from foraging among the holiday foods
  • Tree needles, both fresh and artificial, can cause problems if ingested
  • Read about tree preservatives as they are often sugar-based (and inviting to dogs). Also, change the tree water often so it does not become stagnant and harbor potentially harmful bacteria
  • Be cautious with lights on lower tree branches, especially if you have a curious pet
  • Wires leading to tree lights or other decorations should be safely taped so they cannot be chewed
  • Watch the electrical cords – pets may chew them and get shocked
  • Be cautious with glass ornaments, which break easily and may cut a dog’s feet or mouth
  • Place candles up high so they are not accessible, or use battery operated candles
  • Keep wrapping paper, ribbons, strings and scissors off floors and low tables
  • Your dog may want to investigate wrapped packages; keep them out of reach
  • Always try to use chemical free cleaning products

I wish everyone a very joyous and festive holiday season! Give your pet (and yourself :)) the gift of massage! It will surely be a time of relaxation and calm for the both of you!

MehrKatHooray For The Holidays!
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Small Business Saturday Celebration!

 

WooHoo! It’s Small Business Saturday!

To celebrate,  The Right Spot is having an Open House on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Skokie Studio!

Every dog, along with their human companion, should learn about and experience the many wonderful benefits of pet massage. Pet Massage is soooo much more than simple relaxation – it is highly theraputic and beneficial to your pet’s overall well-being. To help more pet parents and their animal companions learn first hand about pet massage, The Right Spot is offering NEW CLIENTS the chance to experience the amazing benefits of pet massage at a special price.

To make sure my wonderful existing clients don’t feel left out, I am offering: 

As with all deals, here is the not-so-fine print:
The Skokie Studio is located at 9244 Kilpatrick Ave, Skokie
Spots are limited, please contact Katie ASAP to make an appointment: 773-329-7233 / Katie@therightspotpetmassage.com
*one per customer, reg. $30, valid on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Skokie Studio only
**one per customer, reg. $60, appointment must be scheduled by Sunday, November 26, 2017

I am looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful companion on November 25! It’s a celebration!

 

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The Spooky Pooch Parade 2017

Every year, The Chicago Botanic Garden holds The Spooky Pooch Parade, a parade and costume contest for dogs and their people. It is the one time of year dogs are allowed to enter the garden. This year it was held on Saturday, October 21 and it was an absolutely gorgeous, sunny 72 degree day! A perfect day for a parade of festively dressed dogs and their owners!

The Right Spot Pet Massage has been participating in The Spooky Pooch Parade for about 5 years. Every year is fantastic, and every year I am blown away by the creative and fun costumes the dogs and their owners are wearing. To see pictures of the dogs and their people visit The Chicago Botanic Gardens website by clicking here.

Below are some of the dogs The Right Spot had the pleasure of massaging:

                  

                  

               

Happy Holloween Everyone!

MehrKatThe Spooky Pooch Parade 2017
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Mutt Putt 2017

Back in August (yikes!) I participated in a fabulous event – The First Annual Mutt Putt at Canal Shores Golf Club (1030 Central St, Evanston, IL). What do dogs have to do with this golf course?! It is a not-for-profit golf club that allows dogs to be on the greens! Dogs are allowed, especially when no one is golfing, to run around on the wide open grassy areas! Fantastic, right?

It was a very fun event with lots of great dogs, vendors, rescues, and agility/nose work demos. I had a great time meeting dogs and their parents and offering free mini massages. Here are a few pictures from the event:

                  

The Right Spot hopes to participate again next year! Hope to see you there!

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Let’s Celebrate National Dog Day!

Hooray! It’s National Dog Day!

Come on out on Satdurday, August 26 to celebrate National Dog Day at a fabulous free dog event in Evanston!

“Mutt Putt” is taking place at The Canal Shores Golf Club – a not for profit golf course that ALLOWS DOGS!
There will be lots of great dog-centered vendors, activities, and of course FREE PET MASSAGE by The Right Spot!
Hope to see you there!
Hope to see you there! !

 

 

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