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Fun at The Spooky Pooch Parade 2016

As a pet massage therapist, I love attending dog events and offering free massage to the dogs! It is a great way to meet dogs and their people, and talk about and demonstrate all the wonderful benefits of pet massage.

One of my favorite events is the Spooky Pooch Parade held at The Chicago Botanic Garden every year. This is the only time of year dogs are allowed in the Botanic Garden. This is probably smart as last year I saw one exuberant pup jump right in the Lily Pond. I don’t think the garden officials found this funny, but to the rest of us, well…

This year, the weather was beautiful – warm (especially for Oct 29!), sunny, and most importantly, DRY! The event was sold out, so lots of 2-and 4-leggeds were in attendance.
It is always interesting doing canine massage at large events. In the beginning, the dogs are too excited to even sit down. But after a little bit, most dogs calm down enough to experience a short massage. Many of the dogs I see at events are nervous and anxious. Events are loud, busy, and chaotic, a sure recipe for anxiety. I love seeing how the effects of massage can almost immediately calm most dogs nervous system and help them relax a bit. One little senior was carried over to me, and as the owner slowly handed him to me, he started growling. She quickly explained that he is an anxious dog, even under the best of circumstances. As I gently began massaging his head, he began to relax. After just a few minutes, he was relaxed and even calm. It was wonderful!

One of the most fun aspects of the Spooky Pooch Parade are the costumes the dogs, and often times owners, are wearing. The dogs all look fantastic! Many of the hand made costumes are ingenious with an amazing amount of detail. There are five categories with a prize for each category, so this is serious stuff. Of course, The Right Spot always donates a free massage gift certificate in the prize baskets.

This is an event that is well worth attending. Below are some pictures from this year’s event.

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A Beautiful Golden Boy

wrigleySo probably the worst thing about my job is when a beloved friend (some say clients) makes his/her transition. Last weekend a wonderful, sweet, gentle, and kind golden retriever made his transition. Wrigley was a bit older (12) but had the spirit of a much younger dog. He was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago, had his spleen removed, and was given a few months to love. Wrigley wasn’t ready to go, and outlived the expectations by quite a bit. His quality of life was fabulous, and he received amazing care from his people, his holistic vet (herbs, acupuncture, and chiro), and weekly massages. He passed quickly with grace and dignity, the way we all wish it to be. I will miss him, but will see him again on the other side. Rest well, sweet Wrigley!

MehrKatA Beautiful Golden Boy
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New Location at Love Fur Dogs

I am so excited to announce that The Right Spot Pet Massage will now be working in Glencoe, IL at Love Fur Dogs – 69 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe, IL

love-fur-dogs-logoLove Fur Dogs is a beautiful pet grooming salon with a brand new area for doggie daycare! Not only does Love Fur Dogs offer grooming, but you can get trained to be a groomer yourself! Check them out at

To set up an appointment with The Right Spot at Love Fur Dogs (or any other location), please call Katie at 773.329.7233. Hope to see you soon!

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Free Pet Massage Demo at Bentley’s Corner Barkery!

Come one, come all!
The Right Spot will be at Bentley’s Corner Barkery in Rogers Park Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Bentley’s Corner Barkery – Rogers Park is located at:
1257 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

I love doing these events!! It’s a great opportunity for people and their pets to experience animal massage! There is NO pressure, I promise! Just an opportunity to learn about dog massage and see personally how your dog responds to it!

MehrKatFree Pet Massage Demo at Bentley’s Corner Barkery!
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Free Pet Massage at Love Fur Dogs!


The Right Spot Pet Massage will be offering free pet massage at Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, IL. The event will take place TOMORROW 4/11/15 from 10:00 am – 3:15 pm.

There are still a few spots left! To schedule a FREE short massage (about 20 minutes), please call Katie at 773-329-7233.

Come learn and see for yourself the wonderful benefits of massage for our beloved family members.

Love Fur Dogs is located at
69 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe, IL

In the Hubbard Woods shopping plaza. Love Fur Dogs is a wonderful and warm grooming shop, boutique, and doggie daycare center! Check them out at

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Fun Event at Rex’s Place!

Come to Rex’s Place in Evanston on March 28 for an Easter Egg Hunt with your dog! Woo Hoo!! The Right Spot will be offering free massages to all canine participants! This is sure to be a great event! All proceeds benefit The Red Door Shelter in Rogers Park, Chicago.

K-9 Egg-stravenganza! Dog Easter Egg Hunt
March 28, 2015
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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. Egg hunt at Rex’s Place/Dog Obedience Group, 2120 Ashland, Evanston. All money raised goes directly to the homeless rabbits at Red Door.

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Why Pet Massage? Simply put…

In my work, many of my clients are looking for alternatives and additions to their traditional vet care. Massage is one of those alternatives. Massage helps ease muscle pain, arthritis, edema, injuries, high blood pressure, anxiety and stress, etc.  by working with the whole body system. By working with the whole body, I can feel where pain may be, and work with that area as well as surrounding areas that also may be affected. As with most humans today, pet massage is not simply a luxury, it is a way of helping your pet feel better, move better, and learn how to respond better. Think about it–you know how much better your body and mind feel after a massage, the same is absolutely true for you pet!

MehrKatWhy Pet Massage? Simply put…
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Kindred Spirits Open House

Kindred Spirits Open House

Saturday, November 16, 2013
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Free Massage will be offered by The Right Spot, as well as Tui-Na and Reiki!!

Please call Kindred Spirits to reserve a spot!

Kindred Spirits
1607 Simpson St.
Evanston, IL



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Miles for the Mothers – Benefiting The Puppy Mill Project

The Right Spot had a great day at The Miles for the Mothers Walk on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Highland Park, IL. This walk benefited and helps spread the word about a great organization located right here in IL – The Puppy Mill Project. Their goal is to educate the public about the sad state of puppy mills, while also working to shut puppy mills down.Below are some pictures of just a sample of the great dogs I met at this event!

MehrKatMiles for the Mothers – Benefiting The Puppy Mill Project
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Spooky Pooch Parade 2013

The Right Spot had a beautiful and very fun day at the Chicago Botanic Garden for their annual Spooky Pooch Parade/ Many dog and their people were dressed up for Halloween! We met some great dogs and had a very fun day! Below are some of the wonderful dogs I had the opportunity to meet and give “quickie” massages to! For more great photos, visit The Right Spot’s facebook page!

MehrKatSpooky Pooch Parade 2013
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