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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

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, 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!


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)

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.
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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Too Many Recalls


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 ( 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.

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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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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.


MehrKatPhotos from The Miles for the Mothers – A Benefit for The Puppy Mill Project
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