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Pumpkin & It’s Amazing Benefits For Pets!

Pumpkin For Our Pets – Not Just A Fall Treat!

It’s fall! Time for pumpkins! Pumpkin for everyone—even our pets!
I always knew pumpkin was healthy and good for my dogs (and us!), but I never realized it had SO MANY wonderful benefits! As I started researching the benefits of pumpkin for pets, I was amazed! This stuff is incredible! Keep it on hand – it’s great all year long!
I think I should start eating it too…..

Please Note! These is some generalized information—do your own checking if you are uncertain about something. Also, please consult your veterinarian before giving your pet pumpkin or changing your pet’s diet.

How To Use Pumpkin

First, start slow with small amounts (read further to find out why!)
Never use pumpkin that’s old, or been on display for Halloween—pumpkins can go rancid and grow mold quickly.
Many dogs, and maybe even some cats, love pumpkin, so it can be easily added to food or given as a treat. Both of my dogs love pumpkin and will eat it right off a spoon.

Using Pumpkin – A Variety Of Ways To Choose From

There are a number of different ways you can offer your pet pumpkin—raw straight from the pumpkin, freshly cooked, canned (which is already cooked), freeze-dried, or dehydrated. WOW! If possible, try to use organic.

Raw Pumpkin
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Dogs can eat raw pumpkin as a treat, or pureed with a bit of water or unsalted broth

+ If feeding in pieces, cut the pieces into the appropriate size for your dog.
+ Remove the skin and seeds before feeding.

Fresh Cooked Pumpkin
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Making your own pumpkin puree takes some effort, but in doing so allows for local (and hopefully organic) sourcing.
+ Pumpkin can be cooked in a variety of ways—steamed, boiled, or roasted
Use a small-ish pumpkin, such as a sugar pumpkin. Start by washing the outside, then cut out the stem and the bottom of the pumpkin. Clean out the seeds and inner “guts” and cut your pumpkin into pieces
+ The puree can be frozen for months or kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.
To Boil: Fill a pot with enough water to cover the pumpkin, add the pieces and boil for about 30 minutes or until both the skin and inner pumpkin are tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smooth
To Steam: Place the pumpkin pieces in a large pot with just enough water to steam the pumpkin. Boil for about 30 minutes or until both the pumpkin and the skin are tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smooth
To Roast: Cut your pumpkin into wedges, and place on a cookie sheet – do not add any seasonings or oil. Roast in about a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes, or until tender. Carefully remove, let cool and blend/mash (with or without skin) until smoot

Canned Pumpkin
The pumpkin in a can is already cooked and easy to serve. It’s that easy! Keep it covered and refrigerate after opening
Be sure to use 100% plain, pure pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin with anything added to it, such as spices or sugar
This is my favorite because it’s easy to use, easy to get pretty much anywhere, I can stock up on it, and my dogs love it!

Dehydrated Pumpkin
Dehydrated pumpkin is easy to mix into any moist food or can be hydrated with water or other liquid
Dehydrated pumpkin is a natural, healthy chew
Make Your Own Dehydrated Pumpkin Chews:
Thinly slice a pumpkin and place the slices in a 125°F oven and bake until dry. Keep an eye on them, it’s a slow process and the amount of time it takes to dehydrate the pieces depends on the size/thickness of the slices. OR…use your dehydrator if you own one!

Freeze-Dried Pumpkin
+ I have seen freeze dried pumpkin available as treats

20 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Get ready! This is a looong list!


+ 1 cup of canned pumpkin contains nearly 7 grams of dietary fiber
+ Fresh pumpkin, because it contains more water, has approx. 3 grams of fiber per one cup serving
+ Fiber helps the body in many ways—read on!


+ Because pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, it can help our pets with both constipation and diarrhea (WHAT??!!) + Pumpkin can help pets with indigestion or upset stomachs
+ Since pumpkin slows digestion, your pet will feel fuller for longer
+ Fiber acts as a prebiotic which stimulates the growth or activity of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, and also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria


+ Canned pumpkin is a great source of soluble fiber and essential vitamins, which help slow down digestion by absorbing water and adding bulk to the stool, thus helping ease diarrhea


+ Pumpkin can ease constipation due to it’s high fiber and water content
+ Fiber can help constipation by stimulating contraction of the muscles lining the colon (AKA large intestine)
+ Pumpkin naturally increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your dog’s diet which help move things along in a comfortable way. Thus your dog won’t be racing to the grass to use the bathroom


+ Pumpkin is low in calories and fat * Pumpkin has a high moisture and fiber content which will keep your pet feeling full
+ Since pumpkin slows digestion, your pet will feel fuller longer


+ Check out the nutritional information for pumpkin; pumpkin is full of beneficial nutritional vitamins
+ Pumpkin provides a natural source of many beneficial nutrients needed for cellular functions
Some of the essential vitamins and minerals found in pumpkin include Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune system support), iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and folate


+ Canned pumpkin contains Vitamins A, E, C, potassium, and iron
+ Pumpkin is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene
+ The zinc in pumpkin is beneficial for the skin and coat


+ Antioxidants help destroy free radicals, or “oxidants” in your pet’s system
+ Pumpkin is a wonderful, whole food source of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene
+ Beta-carotene helps slow the aging process and protect your dog’s body as he/she ages
+ While oxidants are a natural part of everyone’s immune system, too many oxidants can contribute to cancers and damage the body
+ The antioxidants in pumpkin are very absorbable and settle in your pet’s cell membranes to fight oxidative damage


+ Boost your pet’s immune system by including pumpkin–a fresh source of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which is integral for immune health
+ Vitamin C helps protect the joints, so it is especially important for aging dogs


+ The antioxidants found in pumpkin, and in the seeds especially, contain Omega 3 fatty acids, and these fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory properties


+ Potassium is an electrolyte essential to the body that often works in conjunction with sodium
+ Potassium aids in regulating blood pressure, improving muscle health, and assisting in metabolism to name a few of it’s important functions


+ Vitamin A is found in pumpkin and is vital for eye health
+ Because Vitamin A is fat-soluble, adding a bit of healthy oil will make the nutrients more effective


+ Pumpkins consist of approx. 90% water
+ Pumpkin adds moisture to your pet’s diet
+ Dry dog food/kibbble has a low moisture content, so adding pumpkin will help increase the moisture content which your pet needs
+ Some dogs do not drink enough water, so adding pumpkin to the diet will provide more water easily and naturally


+ Nutrients in pumpkin, including Vitamin A and zinc, improve your pet’s skin and coat * The high moisture content in pumpkin also contributes to healthy skin and coat


+ Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and fiber
+ Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and lipids (a beneficial fat for your dog’s diet)
+ The seeds are a great source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, iron and potassium
+ The omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory effects on the body * A few tips on feeding your pet the seeds:
+ Roast the seeds without salt
+ Offer to your pet one at a time and only a few in one setting, as the fat content and fiber could potentially cause softer stools
+ If your pet does not care for pumpkin seeds, grind them up and sprinkle over your pet’s food, but again, be conservative
+ Store pumpkin in a sealed tight bag or container. Pumpkin seeds can spoil and become toxic if they are left out for too long


+ Pumpkin seeds contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants which support urinary function
+ Pumpkin seeds can help treat & prevent conditions such as urinary tract infections, and inhibit the development of kidney & bladder stones (This is not a replacement for seeing your vet!)
+ Pumpkin seeds, specifically pumpkin seed oil and powder, may help dogs who struggle with incontinence or an overactive bladder


+ Regularly including pumpkin in your cat’s diet may help prevent the formation of new furballs
+ Pumpkin’s fiber, which increases the amount of waste in your cat’s digestive tract, helps move furballs through and into the litter box, rather than being regurgitated
+ Some cats may experience decreased colon activity as they age, resulting in constipation. The fiber from pumpkin helps with this


+ Pumpkin/pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid cucurbitacin, which may help to expel some common dog parasites
+ Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are a good preventative measure


+ In addition to gradually introducing a new food, try adding pumpkin to help ease and comfort the digestive tract


+ Pumpkin tastes great! Most, but not all, pets love the taste of pumpkin! Cats may be a bit more challenging…

Portion Size For Pumpkin 
+ Ask your vet for guidance on the appropriate portion for your pet
+ The amount of pumpkin to be given will depend on the size of your pet and his/her current health issues
+ Serving size may range from 1 teaspoon once a day, all the way up to 2-4 ounces per meal

I hope you have gotten some good info from this blog!
I’m off to eat some pumpkin with my pups!

MehrKatPumpkin & It’s Amazing Benefits For Pets!
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My (Not-So) Secret Anxiety Reducing Essential Oil Blend

I love essential oils, but I am definitely not an expert. I love learning about, smelling, and using them, but I sure couldn’t teach a class on them. However, I do use essential oils in my home, around my dogs, and only occasionally use them in my massage practice.
Ahh, but read on!

I don’t believe there is any one oil that works for everything or everyone, pets included. Like us, I believe pets should be given the opportunity to choose oils they like themselves. I tend to to bring the oil to my dogs to smell, and watch to see how they react to each individual oil or blend.

My younger dog has some fear and anxiety issues. I love lavender and know that it is beneficial for relaxation and calming. This would be great for my girl, right?! Wrong! When I brought the lavendar over for her to smell, you would have thought I brought her something awful! She turned away immediately and walked away, looking back at me as if I had really insulted her.
Well, OK then…
I have a friend who has two cats. She told me that one day out of nowhere, they started peeing on the clean laundry. As this went on for a bit (yikes!), my friend had the sudden realization that she had changed to a new detergent with a lavender scent in it. When she changed back to an unscented detergent, the issue stopped.
The moral? Introduce new scents to your pets – before adding them to your laundry! 🙂

A Custom Blend For My Dogs

I recently took a class focusing on essential oils and pets. In this class, we had the opportunity to create a custom blend for our pet(s). So, I created (with some expert help!) a great blend to help ease my girl’s anxiety (and my senior boy’s “old-age crabbies!”). When I presented it to my dogs to smell, no turning away! Both of them even lingered for a couple of seconds to breathe it in.s I now spray this blend in rooms, and I truly believe my girl’s anxiety decreases and my senior boy seems a bit lighter. I have also sprayed this blend in the room or even lightly on myself prior to a massage session, and again, I believe that some of my more anxious clients relax a bit more. I have to admit, when I’m feeling a bit stressed, I spray myself and always feel better!

Here is my recipe, enjoy!
Please Note:
*In this blend I used essential oils from Snow Lotus. The information listed under each oil is from their website. It is just a brief synopsis of the many benefits of each oil. There are many wonderful essential oil companies out there…use what oils you like.
**I used the .25 oz bottle from Flower Essence Services
Personal Note: I am not endorsing any one company or product. I am sharing what I used because oils from different companies may have slightly different scents. I have purchased oils from different companies, but because I had such great results with my original blend (created in a class), I chose to use the same essential oils from the class.

If you try this blend, I hope you have some great results with it!

 

MehrKatMy (Not-So) Secret Anxiety Reducing Essential Oil Blend
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Lovin’ The Senior Life!

If you are like me, you never want your pet(s) to age. Couldn’t they just stay young and spry and with us forever?! Sadly, no. Like us, the process of aging affects our wonderful four-legged family members. Throughout your dog’s entire life, he/she will go through many physical changes and stages. Learning to identify, understand, and respect the changes that are taking place will make the aging process easier for both of you.

Senior Changes

Senior changes are often slow to develop, and because of this, you may not even notice them until they are more severe. It is important to be aware of any changes, small or overt, in your dog’s behavior, physical health, emotions, and approach to life. Addressing age-related changes early is beneficial in slowing down or even preventing the issues from escalating or becoming chronic over time.

Some signs your senior dog may display include: slowing down, limping, developing arthritis or other degenerative conditions, yelping when playing, not being able to walk as far or play as long, sleeping more, having trouble with stairs, getting up, and getting into / out of the car. However, just like for us, there is much you can do to help ease the aging process for you and your dog.

 

 

 

Tips For Helping Your Senior

My number one recommendation of course, is massage!
Keep in mind that most of our pets’ number one goal in life is to please us and keep us happy. That being said, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain until that pain is severe. To avoid the pain reaching this severe stage, be mindful of your pet’s age and subtle signs of change.

As your pet ages, massage is a great tool for assessing any physical issues your pet may be experiencing. Massage is also a valuable preventative tool. As a massage therapist, I can detect areas in your pet’s body that are tight or stiff, have muscle tension, knots or muscle spasms, issues with mobility, areas of inflammation, areas of restricted movement, and reduced range-of-motion. Any one of these conditions can cause pain.

Some key benefits of massage include:

  • Reduces pain caused by muscle tension, stiffness, spasms, and inflammation
  • Improves muscle tone, flexibility and range-of-motion
  • Increases the release of endorphins
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymphatic fluids
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Decrease anxiety and stress
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

More Help For Seniors

As a canine massage therapist, I often talk with clients about adaptations that can be made to help their senior pet. Adaptations can be as simple as keeping your pet’s nails short, or as extensive as a wheelchair. Some adaptations are:

  • Runners with Rubber Backing – great for any area with a slick floor, such as hallways, areas where your pet likes to lie, in front of food dishes, etc. I bought many inexpensive runners for my senior lab. Because the runners gave her traction she felt much safer and more secure, and thus her anxiety was greatly reduced. I could also throw them in the washing machine when needed.
  • Shorter & More Frequent Walks – exercise is good for our senior dogs–it keeps their joints moving and their spirits young. Walks also give our seniors a sense of normality.
    When walking with your senior, keep the pace a bit slower so as not to tire him/her out too soon. It is also important to do shorter, but more frequent walks. Often our dogs want to walk and walk and walk, but then the next day they are exhausted and sore. Another consideration is that your dog may not tell you when he/she is tired because of wanting to keep up with you.
    Don’t be in a rush when walking your senior, enjoy the stroll and the time together!
  • Heating Pad – a warm (not hot!) heating pad can be placed over your dog’s low back and hips after a walk to help soothe and relax the muscles.
  • PAWZ – I used these for my lab and we both loved them! PAWZ are disposable booties that look like latex balloons. I used them for two reasons:
    1. She dragged her back leg and the PAWZ protected her nails and paws from getting abrasions
    2. She wore them in the house because they stopped her from slipping on the wood floors
    If you do use these in the house, be sure it is only for short periods as dogs sweat through their paw pads.
    I know there are many other types of booties out there, but this is the one I had great results with.
  • Ramps – great for pets who are no longer safe waking up/down stairs, or need help getting into/out of the car. Things to consider when purchasing a ramp: it’s walking surface and traction, the amount of weight it holds, it’s stability, and the length, steepness, and incline of both the ramp and the area you need to cover.
  • Stairs – great for pets who need some extra help getting on and off his/her favorite piece of furniture. Stairs come in a large variety of designs, heights, number of stairs, step depths, and weight bearing ability. Steps are usually very easy to move around as well.
  • Keep Nails Short – long nails can be very painful for dogs to walk on. Long nails can also affect a dog’s gait, and the last thing you want is for something that can be easily avoided to impede your senior dogs gait.
  • Brush Teeth – it is especially important to keep your senior dogs teeth clean so as to avoid having to knock him/her out for a teeth cleaning, or worse, teeth pulled. It is also important to brush your senior dogs teeth to avoid any type of mouth or gum infection.
  • Elevated Food Bowls – great for taller dogs so they don’t have to bend down to eat. This is even true for smaller dogs who may not have needed a raised dish when younger. It’s all about making your senior dog more comfortable and safe.
  • Sleep & Bed Situation – every dog is different, but many love an orthopedic (memory foam or egg-crate foam) bed. These beds provide support and extra cushioning for senior dogs’ achy joints.
    However, I discovered that my senior girl did not prefer an orthopedic bed. I am not sure why, but I think the bed was too challenging for her to get off. After trying a number of different beds, I discovered her favorite place to sleep was on two stacked soft bathroom rugs (with rubber backings so they did not move).
    I also know that many seniors prefer to lay on the cool floor. The firm coolness of the floor may feel good on achy joints.
  • Sling – typically used with larger dogs that need help standing up or need support for the hind limbs when walking. The store-bought slings usually have handles at each end, making them easy to hold on to. However, a towel or piece of very strong fabric can be substituted.
  • Bracesj, Splints, & Wraps – great for dogs with “wrist” and “ankle” issues. I often see dogs with arthritis in these weight-bearing joints. Braces, splints and wraps all provide extra support for these important joints, and help to both relieve pain and assist the dog in walking more “normally.” There are both custom made and premade ones available.
  • Harnesses – in general I feel that dog harnesses are a much better choice, especially for dogs with arthritis in the neck or back.  There is a wide variety of harnesses designed specifically for senior dogs. Typically these harnesses are very supportive and comfortable. The harnesses designed for seniors typically have 1 – 2 handles on the top to give owners an easy way to assist their dog in getting up and moving around.
  • Dog Strollers – often used for smaller dogs who may tire easily or are no longer walking comfortably. Owners may use a stroller to get their dog places, or even just to take them outside for a walk.
  • Dog Wheelchairs & Carts – deciding to use a wheelchair or cart can be a very difficult decision. However, it does not have to equate the end. Wheelchairs and carts are typically used with dogs that have limited hind end mobility and strength. Depending on your pet’s condition, using a wheelchair or cart can help the rehab process by allowing your dog to achieve greater mobility.
    There are many factors to consider when buying a wheelchair or cart for your dog. Although many companies sell directly to the consumer, it is beneficial to work with a vet or canine rehab therapist.

I hope you have found the above information beneficial! Regardless of your dog’s age, they remain our babies to the end of time.

MehrKatLovin’ The Senior Life!
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Let’s Celebrate National Dog Day!

Hooray! It’s National Dog Day!

Hang on – What is National Dog Day?

National Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26th. It was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, who has also founded many other philanthropic pet days. The goal of NDD and the other pet days is to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. The mission of NDD is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. NDD also acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day…
for personal protection
for law enforcement
forpeope with a disability
for our freedom
for our safety
and now dogs are even detecting cancer and seizures in people–things even humans cannot do.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet, and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions to consider choosing adoption first.

If you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a breed rescue group in your city to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues.

When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references, such as from a veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting. “Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”(taken from www.nationaldogday.com)

The Right Spot wants in on the celebration!

Hope to see you soon!!

MehrKatLet’s Celebrate National Dog Day!
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Massage Tips To Help Reduce Anxiety

I posted this video on Facebook and Instagram on July 3rd to give folks a couple of massage tips to help reduce anxiety in their pets before the fireworks started.

So,even though the Fourth of July has come and gone, and the fireworks are be over, I thought I’d post the video in a blog so people could access it at any time.
After all, anxiety in our pets is not limited to fireworks.
Try these massage techniques before a thunderstorm, at the vet, at the groomer….any place that induces fear/anxiety in your pet.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • RELAX – If you are tense, your pet will sense that and have a harder time calming down
  • BREATH – When we are nervous or tense, we tend to hold our breath. Try to breath normally, even takoing a slow, deep breath occasionally
  • PET STRUGGLES – If your pet is trying to get away, or seems to be getting more anxious, stop! Some pets may not be ready to relax. Never force your pet to do this.
  • BEGIN BEFOE THE EVENT – If possible, use these strokes before the actual event starts.

I hope you enjoy and get some useful info from this video!

BTW – if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube page to see more pet massage videos! 🙂

 

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Massage and Pooping – A Fabulous Relationship

WHAT?!
Yes, seriously.

The next time your pet gets into the poop position, look at his/her body and stance. This poop posture requires balance, strength, flexibility of the spine and the muscles surrounding it, the ability of the limbs to support the body in this position, and even tail movement. Much of the stance is related to the mid-and-lower back regions, although the front legs must bear weight and the neck must keep the head upright and stable. Don’t believe me? Try getting into that position and back up again.

A pet with a stiff and/or weak back and leg muscles will have a much harder time getting into and maintaining the poop posture. Muscle tightness, a rigid spine, arthritic joints, and muscle weakness and wasting can all add to the challenge of our pets having a bowel movement. Aging pets can have weak muscle tone and arthritis in the joints, which can affect not only their walking and standing, but also their ability to get into and maintain the poop posture.

And while we’re on the topic, Dr. Randy Kidd, DVM PhD makes another point. He states, “…it seems that dogs need to periodically refresh their memory of who they really are by turning head to tail to sniff their own butts. In the process they are able to lick themselves clean and thus keep the glandular openings unclogged.” FYi, glandular openings is referring to the anal sacs.

Massage and How It Can Help

Therapeutic massage is an excellent tool when trying to get muscles to relax, improve flexibility and range of motion, and help improve muscle tone. During a massage, gentle stretching can especially help the large muscles surrounding the entire spine. If the muscles along the spine are tense and/or rigid, your pet will have a difficult time arching his/her back, which is necessary to get into the poop position.

Having a relaxed body is also very beneficial to both the digestive and elimination processes. Massage aids in the poop process by keeping the fluids in the body moving, and since fluids aid in digestion, this all helps to keep things running smoothly. If the body is tense and tight, metabolism slows down and can cause some digestive issues.

Massage can also help with both constipation and diarrhea. When constipated, processes in the body are stuck and tight, including the muscles. The relaxation and movement massage provides allows the body to get things moving. When diarrhea occurs, the muscles of the intestines are in spasm, and massage can help relax them.

In my pet massage career, I am proud to say that I have helped dogs with poop posture difficulties, as well as helped dogs with constipation poop following a massage.

Ah the reward of a good massage!  

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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!

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