I had the pleasure and honor of attending Touched By An Animal / Cats Are Purrsons, Too’s Spring benefit yesterday.
The event was beautiful with a wonderful vegetatian and vegan lunch buffet and fabulous auction and raffle prizes (I cannot wait to go to my first 2017 Cubs game thanks to this event and some fabulous donor!)
I also had the extreme honor of speaking on a panel with a very impressive line-up of speakers including: Dr. Share Siwek, DVM (Kindred Spirits Healing Arts), Dr. Ashley Rossman, DVM (Glen Oak Dog and Cat Hospital), Mary Szczurek, Flower Essence (Inner Spirit Healing), Gina Israel, RMT, Reiki Energy Healing (Alternative Therapies for Health), Linda Roberts, Animal Communication and Essential Oils (Whispers of Love), (me) and Dr. Christine Jurek, DVM (TOPS Veterinary Rehab).
WOW! What a group!
I LOVE doing charity events, but I typically am doing demos and offering free “minI” massages, so this was a real treat! Iam looking forward to many more events!
MehrKatTouched By An Animal / Cats Are Purrsons, Too
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.
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 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 www.lovefurdogs.com
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!
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!
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.
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.