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Meet Benny!

This past Monday, I had the honor of working on an amazing young foster dog – an amazing Pit Bull that had been rescued from a truly tortured life.

“Benny was used as a bait dog in his early life. His abusers poured bacon grease down his back to entice the other dogs. When rescued, he had an embedded collar, fear and trust issues. Despite his rough beginnings, Benny grew into a wonderful, loving boy.”

Loving doesn’t even begin to describe it! Benny bounded into the room, gave me many kisses, and lay right down to let me know he was ready for his massage. What is most amazing to me is that after a year or more of unspeakable abuse, this dog is able to still love, trust, and be full of joy. More people who only know Pit Bull’s as being a “fighting” breed should meet Benny. Pit Bulls may be strong, but they are extremely smart and sweet. Pit Bulls are not born to fight or be bad, people instill that into them.

Meet Benny the smiling wonder dog!

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Thanks Lisa Davis for the wonderful pictures!

MehrKatMeet Benny!
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Now at Canine Corral!!

The Right Spot is so excited to be bringing pet massage to Canine Corral in Chicago!

Canine Corral is a “doggie dude ranch and spa” right in Chicago’s north side. Canine Corral is a small family owned and operated business that strives to ensure that each and every pet in our care receives optimal attention, love, and pampering;  all in our safe and friendly environment! They offer grooming, doggie daycare, a self-service dog wash, boarding, and now PET MASSAGE!

They are located at:

6460 N. Milwaukee Ave (1/2 block North of Devon)
Chicago
773-775-1040

The Right Spot will be at Canine Corral on Tuesdays! Give them a call to set up an appointment!

MehrKatNow at Canine Corral!!
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FUN at The Chicaoland Family Pet Expo 2013

The Right Spot had a wonderful two days at The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo on March 16 and 17, 2013. A HUGE Thank You goes out to TAILS Pet Magazine for having me at their booth! It is an extraordinary magazine with a wonderful staff! The event was full of all kinds of wonderful things – but especially all of the rescue groups! These groups do amazing work to help our canine community!

I was thrilled to massage over 35 dogs at the event! Many of the dogs were from rescues, others were there representing the various rescue groups. I had the opportunity to massage Greyhounds, Pugs, hounds, German Shepherds, St. Bernards, the rare Mi-Kis, Maltese, Siberian Huskies,  an Abyssinian cat, and a wide range of other beautiful dogs!

Here are a few photos from the event.
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A huge THANK YOU to TAILS Pet Magazine!

petexpoBeautiful rescued Greyhounds from Midwest Greyhound Rescue. A beautiful Black Lab, an adorable Maltese, and a very sweet black Pug! Almost polar opposites! A big, beautiful Great Pyrenees and a very rare Mi-Ki. Both enjoying themselves though!

 

MehrKatFUN at The Chicaoland Family Pet Expo 2013
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The Right Spot at The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo!

The Right Spot will be at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013!

We will be at The TAILS Magazine Booth giving free massages to any dogs that are participating in the event!

Stop by for a free massage or just  to say HI!!

Hope to see you there!

MehrKatThe Right Spot at The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo!
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Too Many Recalls

UGH!

It’s a very sad thing, but there have recently been a number of dog food recalls. I have listed some below. If you want to stay up-to-date on the recalls and /or get more information and details, visit The Dog Food Advisory (www.dogfoodadvisor.com. Seems like more and more food and treats are being recalled.

Hy-Vee Dog Food Recall

February 22, 2013 – Hy-Vee, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain packages of Hy-Vee dog food due to elevated levels of a toxic compound commonly found in contaminated corn.

The recalled products carry three different “Best By” dates and were distributed between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013 to Hy-Vee stores in the states of…

  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 34 lb. bag) UPC #07545005647 with lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 8 lb. bag) UPC #07545005667 with a lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a Lot number ending with 29812KC and a “Best By” date of 11/24/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Complete Nutrition (Green 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005665 with a lot number ending with 29912KC and a “Best By” date of 11/25/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 20 lb. bag) UPC #07545005680 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13
  • Hy-Vee Complete Dog Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow 4.4 lb. bag) UPC #07545005560 with a lot number ending with 29312KC and a “Best By” date of 11/19/13

Kasel Dog Treats Recall Expands to Include More Products and Retailers

February 21, 2013 – The Food and Drug Administration has today announced that Kasel Associated Industries is expanding its recent recall to include other products and retail sales sources.

Kasel has already issued previous recall notices for specific products manufactured between April 20 and September 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria. They include: all products manufactured at its Denver, CO facility from April 20, 2012 through September 20, 2012 due to contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

The recalled Products of Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through various retailers from April 20th to September 19th.

Kasel Industries is recalling the following brands:

  • Boots & Barkley
  • Bixbi
  • Nature’s Deli
  • Colorado Naturals
  • Petco
  • Best Bully Stick items

According to the FDA…

“…there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.”

Where Were the Products Sold?

The Kasel-manufactured products are sold at various retailers including:

  • Target
  • Petco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Menards

Most of the products have a two-year shelf life.

All of the products were made in the U.S. This action is not related to FDA’s ongoing investigation of jerky pet treats made in China.

Feb 20, 2913 – Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

MehrKatToo Many Recalls
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Piper the Flying Reindeer

Again, I know this post is overdue – actually from December, but it’s too cute not to share.

Here is a picture of one of my clients – Piper. Piper is an amazing little Sheltie who knows one speed – FAST!! She is a fabulous agility dog. Here is Piper’s Christmas card! Too cute!

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MehrKatPiper the Flying Reindeer
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Photos from The Miles for the Mothers – A Benefit for The Puppy Mill Project

So, better late than never! Here are some photos from the Miles for the Mothers benefit held in October 2012. These are all such wonderful dogs, and many of them survivors of the puppy mills. The Puppy Mill Project is working to not only help stop puppy mills from selling dogs, but also to help people understand the dangers of puppy mills.

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MehrKatPhotos from The Miles for the Mothers – A Benefit for The Puppy Mill Project
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Miles For The Mothers In The Mills Pet Walk 2012

Come out for a great event to help raise money and awareness about Puppy Mills!

The Right Spot Pet Massage will be there giving free massages!!

Sunday October 21, 2012
Larry Fink Memorial Park
Highland Park, IL

11:00am to 2:00pm

Walkers & 2 Pets $30 – Includes T-Shirt & Goodie Bag

Family Fun For All Ages! Come For The Walk, Stay For The Fun.

Dress Your Pet for Halloween and Compete For Prizes!

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MehrKatMiles For The Mothers In The Mills Pet Walk 2012
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Happy Halloween!

Join The Right Spot Pet Massage at The Spooky Pooch Parade at The Chicago Botanical Garden

Saturday, October 20, 2012
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visit /www.chicagobotanic.org/dog/ for more info & to buy tickets

For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time.

Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. Parade spectators pay for parking only.

MehrKatHappy Halloween!
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Free Massage at Splash Dog!!

The Right Spot is having an Open House on

Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

at Splash Dog in Des Plaines

We will be offering free 30 minute massages to new customers! Come and have your four legged friend experience the benefits of massage! Learn about how massage can benefit his/her muscles, joints, coat and so much more! See first hand how your dog reacts and responds to massage!

Call Katie or call Splash Dog at 847-296-4007 for more information.

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MehrKatFree Massage at Splash Dog!!
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