Events

Pet Pandemic Pick-Me-Up

During this pandemic time, it’s really hard to stay grounded. One of the best ways for me to stay grounded is massaging pets. Yes, it is my “job,” but I really love it! I love working with the animals–figuring out what is wrong, and then doing my best to provide relief. It is all an amazing experience.

But….I also want to give back during this time when many folks are struggling. It’s a great time to pay-it-forward!

So…

Hope to see you soon! Stay safe and healthy everyone!

MehrKatPet Pandemic Pick-Me-Up
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Massaging Iditarod Dogs–A Dream Come True!

I recently followed a dream and went to Alaska in February/March 2020 to massage some Iditarod sled dogs. Funny thing is, I only realized I had this dream when I went to Alaska in June 2019 and visited a musher’s kennel. Not only did I go on a summer sled ride, but also interacted with all of the dogs and learned about the intensive journey of an Iditarod musher. Incredible!

While in Alaska, I was thrilled to get some publicity about my visit and working with the mushers and their dogs.

Below are the videos from my TV appearances.

In the first video I was interviewed by Michelle White for a CBS Special at Blue on Black Kennel in Willow, AK.

In this second video I was interviewed by Dave Goldman for the special Iditarod in Focus 2020 which aired the Friday before the Iditarod (3/5/20)

I hope you enjoy these two short videos because I sure enjoyed doing them and now sharing them!

A huge thank you to David Viggiano, Michelle White, and Dave Goldman!

MehrKatMassaging Iditarod Dogs–A Dream Come True!
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Let’s Celebrate National Dog Day!

Hooray! It’s National Dog Day!

Hang on – What is National Dog Day?

National Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26th. It was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, who has also founded many other philanthropic pet days. The goal of NDD and the other pet days is to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. The mission of NDD is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. NDD also acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day…
for personal protection
for law enforcement
forpeope with a disability
for our freedom
for our safety
and now dogs are even detecting cancer and seizures in people–things even humans cannot do.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet, and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions to consider choosing adoption first.

If you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a breed rescue group in your city to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues.

When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references, such as from a veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting. “Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”(taken from www.nationaldogday.com)

The Right Spot wants in on the celebration!

Hope to see you soon!!

MehrKatLet’s Celebrate National Dog Day!
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Upcoming Fun Dog Events

Summer is almost here and that means FUN DOG EVENTS!

The Right Spot Pet Massage loves to support local animal rescues! I go to lotw of events to offer mini-massages to the participants (4-legged only:)) It is a wonderful opplortunity to meet great sogs and their people, as well as support some wonderful organizations.

All of these wonderful events are fundraisers for local dog / cat not-for-profits. These events are a fantastic way to get involved and help raise awareness and much needed funds for these dedicated and hard working organizations! The events are also a fun way to participate, meet other pet-loving folks, get out with your dog and family, and enjoy a summer day! It is my privilege to be a part of them!

K-9 Pup Strut and Expo

Benefiting K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
Click here for the event page 
When: May 5, 2018 — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd, Highland Park, IL

Come for a 1-mile walk, with or without a dog, and attend FREE Expo. The Expo will feature 25+ dog-related businesses, great food, raffles, prizes and much more! Also in attendance will be WGN Radio Host and Pet Blogger, Steve Dale; Internationally Recognized Dog Behaviorist and Trainer, Dennis Hill; and Children’s Author Nancy Gee and Robin’s Dog Stars
K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore likes to say we partner with kids from pre-school to college because the bookends of our program are literacy and stress relief. Our therapy dog teams make reading fun for 3 to 4-year-olds, partner with at-risk readers in grades 1 through 8, and provide stress relief for high school students throughout the school year. Our monthly library program motivates kids to want to come to the library to experience reading to a K-9 Reading Buddy. Over 200 children register to read to our teams annually at multiple suburban libraries. We conduct community outreach in an animal-assisted therapy capacity at various facilities that include the Naval Station at Great Lakes where we receive up to 200 visitors per session.

23rd Annual Strut for Strays

Benefiting Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)
 When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 — 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Evanston Subaru in Skokie, 3340 Oakton St, Skokie

Come and join other fun-loving people, with or without your dog, at Evanston Subaru in Skokie for the Community Animal Rescue Effort’s annual Strut for Strays. Although cats and other pets are not allowed, you can run or walk in honor of a favorite animal friend. Hundreds of paws and feet will hit the ground walking (or running) for the 2.5-mile event. Help us raise money to care for the many animals that C.A.R.E. finds homes for each year. Community Animal Rescue Effort is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago’s North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to r educe pet overpopulation.

Pajama Party and Mutt Mosey!

Benefiting Young At Heart Senior Rescue
When: Sunday May 20, 2018 — 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Fox River Preserve and Marina, 28500 W Roberts Rd, Barrington

Approximately 200 pet lovers join in to help us save senior pets by spending an afternoon with their dog or walking to make a difference for senior pets in need. This year’s theme is a Pajama Party! This fun one-mile Mosey around the Fox River Preserve and Marina raises the much-needed funds to save the lives of senior dogs and cats in area shelters. This year, we’ll be opening our adoption center and sanctuary for senior pets, so we need to raise more funds than ever before to be able to help up to FOUR TIMES the number of senior pets than previous years! Be a part of this fun community event and come party to help homeless senior dogs and cats! ng at Heart Pet Rescue is a 100% non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs and cats. Young at Heart Pet Rescue is run by like-minded professionals who volunteer their time and resources to help save the lives of these animals.

Walk for the Animals – Summer of Love

Benefiting The Red Door Shelter
When: June 3, 2018 –10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Indian Boundary Park 2500 W. Lunt Ave,, Chicago

Don’t miss this year’s exciting Summer of Love-themed walk and fair. Rain or shine, it’s a fun event for all ages and it raises money for all the shelter animals at The Red Door Shelter. Dogs are welcome, but not necessary. The low key 2k walk through Indian Boundary Park in Rogers Park starts at 10 a.m. Feeling Groovy? Join us! The Red Door Shelter is known for their rabbit rescue, but they also rescue cats and some small dogs. Red Door Shelter’s mission is to promote respect for all animals through education, rescue, sheltering and adoption.

I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

MehrKatUpcoming Fun Dog Events
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The Event Was Fantastic Fun!

The Red Door Shelter held it’s K-9 Eggstravaganza on March 24, 2018 at Rex’s Place in Evanston. The event was a whole lotta fun – for both dogs and their people! Oh wait, there were even two cat’s there!

There were eggs to be found, pictures to be taken, gifts to receive and FREE mini-massages from The Right Spot! All proceeds benefited The Red Door Animal Shelter in Rogers Park, Chicago.

There were dogs ranging in size from 3 lbs all the way up to 110 lbs! There were senior dogs, puppies, rescue dogs, pure-breeds, therapy dogs  and everything in-between.

The photos below show some of the awesome dogs I was able to meet and massage.

                               

                  

Such a fun day full of dog (and cat!) love!

 

MehrKatThe Event Was Fantastic Fun!
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K-9 Egg-stravenganza! Dog Easter Egg Hunt!

Come On Out For A Fun Dog Themed Egg-stravaganza
All Proceeds To Benefit The Red Door Animal Shelter

So, get your pooch and come on out for this great event!

AND – The Right Spot will be offering FREE mini-massages to all K-9 participants!

When: March 24, 2018 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Rex’s Place/Dog Obedience Group, 2120 Ashland, Evanston. IL
General Info: 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.  All money raised goes directly to the homeless rabbits at Red Door.

Hope to see you all there!

MehrKatK-9 Egg-stravenganza! Dog Easter Egg Hunt!
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Small Business Saturday Celebration!

 

WooHoo! It’s Small Business Saturday!

To celebrate,  The Right Spot is having an Open House on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Skokie Studio!

Every dog, along with their human companion, should learn about and experience the many wonderful benefits of pet massage. Pet Massage is soooo much more than simple relaxation – it is highly theraputic and beneficial to your pet’s overall well-being. To help more pet parents and their animal companions learn first hand about pet massage, The Right Spot is offering NEW CLIENTS the chance to experience the amazing benefits of pet massage at a special price.

To make sure my wonderful existing clients don’t feel left out, I am offering: 

As with all deals, here is the not-so-fine print:
The Skokie Studio is located at 9244 Kilpatrick Ave, Skokie
Spots are limited, please contact Katie ASAP to make an appointment: 773-329-7233 / Katie@therightspotpetmassage.com
*one per customer, reg. $30, valid on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Skokie Studio only
**one per customer, reg. $60, appointment must be scheduled by Sunday, November 26, 2017

I am looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful companion on November 25! It’s a celebration!

 

MehrKatSmall Business Saturday Celebration!
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The Spooky Pooch Parade 2017

Every year, The Chicago Botanic Garden holds The Spooky Pooch Parade, a parade and costume contest for dogs and their people. It is the one time of year dogs are allowed to enter the garden. This year it was held on Saturday, October 21 and it was an absolutely gorgeous, sunny 72 degree day! A perfect day for a parade of festively dressed dogs and their owners!

The Right Spot Pet Massage has been participating in The Spooky Pooch Parade for about 5 years. Every year is fantastic, and every year I am blown away by the creative and fun costumes the dogs and their owners are wearing. To see pictures of the dogs and their people visit The Chicago Botanic Gardens website by clicking here.

Below are some of the dogs The Right Spot had the pleasure of massaging:

                  

                  

               

Happy Holloween Everyone!

MehrKatThe Spooky Pooch Parade 2017
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Mutt Putt 2017

Back in August (yikes!) I participated in a fabulous event – The First Annual Mutt Putt at Canal Shores Golf Club (1030 Central St, Evanston, IL). What do dogs have to do with this golf course?! It is a not-for-profit golf club that allows dogs to be on the greens! Dogs are allowed, especially when no one is golfing, to run around on the wide open grassy areas! Fantastic, right?

It was a very fun event with lots of great dogs, vendors, rescues, and agility/nose work demos. I had a great time meeting dogs and their parents and offering free mini massages. Here are a few pictures from the event:

                  

The Right Spot hopes to participate again next year! Hope to see you there!

MehrKatMutt Putt 2017
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