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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
847.869.8845

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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!

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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!

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Friends at Canine Corral!

Here are a few of the friends I’ve met at Canine Corral in Chicago. Canine Corral is a great place that offers grooming, doggie daycare, boarding, classes and now MASSAGE from The Right Spot! Check them out at www.caninecorral.net.

Some of my new friends are seen for anxiety issues, arthritis, fear, maintenance for agility, and overall well being.

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Wonderful Article Featuring The Right Spot!

Wow! What a great surprise! Lisa Davis recently wrote an article about Pets and Emotions. Lisa mentioned The Right Spot because of her bringing Benny, a wonderful pit bull she was fostering, in for a massage!

Pets and Emotional Pain

Published on May 8th, 2013 | by Lisa Davis

Does Your Furry Friend Ever Get Happy or Jealous?

As a dog owner and animal rights supporter, I have often wondered if animals feel emotional pain. Do they get jealous? Depressed? Happy? From my experience working with dogs, my answer is yes.

petpainRecently I fostered a dog named Benny. Benny had an interesting story – he was a former bait dog who was rescued and was in need of temporary housing until his adoptive family could take him. I fostered Benny for a weekend while my dog Boo stayed with a friend. (Unfortunately, Benny wasn’t ready to be around other dogs.) With Benny, I witnessed firsthand that a dog could express joy. Benny had the rare ability to literally smile when he was happy, like when he got a pet massage with The Right Spot. I could see his grin. Or when I would rub his belly, I could hear him laughing with this grunting noise.

My dog Boo, on the other hand, exhibited different types of emotion: jealousy and sadness. After Benny left my house, I picked up Boo from my friend. At first she seemed excited to see me, but then after she smelled Benny’s scent on my jacket and in my car, she looked at me and turned away, never turning toward me again that evening, not even for some ice cream I bought her as a truce.

A dog trainer at PetSmart in Mount Prospect, Illinois told me that Boo could smell Benny’s scent and that made Boo feel jealous, as if Benny was going to replace her. Of course, I felt terrible and worked to remove his scent, but still, it took Boo a couple days to warm up.

According to Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of the book, The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy—and Why They Matter, “No matter what we call it, researchers agree that animals and humans share many traits, including emotions.”

But not every scientist is so certain. Lynne U Sneddon, a senior lecturer in the Animal Behaviour Team and the Programme Leader for the B.Sc. in Animal Management and Zoo Management at the University of Chester in England, said some scientists suggest that only primates and humans can feel emotional pain, as they are the only animals that have a neocortex – the thinking area of the cortex found only in mammals. “An important issue in animal pain is empathy, and many arguments about what animals feel can only be based on the human experience and, therefore, may be tainted with anthropomorphism [the attribution of human characteristics and qualities to non-human beings],” said Sneddon. “However, research has provided evidence that monkeys, dogs, cats and birds can show signs of emotional pain and display behaviors associated with depression during painful experience, i.e. lack of motivation, lethargy, anorexia, and unresponsiveness to other animals.”

From my own experience, after Boo returned home, she didn’t eat, even turned down her favorite treat, ice cream. She also barely looked at me for several days, and seemed lethargic and sad. Some may say my observations were the result of anthropomorphism, but I disagree. I know my dog, and I know that she genuinely felt some type of emotional pain – jealousy or sadness – from me hanging out with Benny. And I know Benny experienced happiness and joy when he received his pet massage, as evidenced by the smile on his face. Regardless of what the skeptics say, I choose to believe that animals have feelings, good ones and even painful ones. (Watch this video of a dog responding to being taken to his owner’s grave.)

About the Author

Lisa Davis is the editor-in-chief of Pain Resource’s print publication and also a contributor to several award-winning health, lifestyle and travel publications, including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, About.com and more. When she’s not at the keyboard, she enjoys photography, hiking, yoga, playing tennis and working on her children’s book, featuring her puppy Boo, to be published in 2014. She is also a certified Pilates instructor teaching at health clubs in Chicago where she lives.

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Interview on WBBM Radio!

I received some EXCITING news! I received a phone call from WBBM radio and they are going to rebroadcast the Harry Porterfield interview I did last fall on Sunday 5/5/13 on both their AM (780) and FM (105.9) radio stations! HOORAY!! They will be at 7:53 am and 1:53 pm. I’ll be setting the alarm extra early on Sunday!

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

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