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Friday, September 22, 2017

Fido To Go: The Perfect Bag For Dogs (And Humans)

I am not the most organized person in the world. But I get stuff done so everyone assumes I am super organized, but not so much. For the most part, I am OK with (and even enjoy) a little chaos, but my messy handbag drives me crazy. My bag is a place where things go and are never seen again. I spend what seems like half my day searching for stuff in my bag. All my bags are either too small, too large, too narrow or too heavy. Ugh.

I have yet to find the perfect bag for myself. But I have found the absolute perfect bag for Ruby, which is progress, right? The Fido to Go Bag is my new favorite thing!

Fido To Go Back Set is perfect for hikes with active dog

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Specials: Adopting A Deaf Feral Cat


We didn’t have nice things (like a couch), but we had Elsie. She was a black and white, domestic shorthaired cat with a crooked tail that, when upright, was shaped like a candy cane. Elsie was deaf and feral and had the most perfect black triangle on her nose. I foolishly thought I could tame her as I had with other feral kittens. But I couldn’t.

Rescuing and adopting a deaf feral cat

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ruby On K-9s For Cops


Earlier in August Ruby visited the bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota and last week the K-9s For Cops public art installation in her hometown of Chicago. It's been quite a summer!

On display from July through Labor Day, K-9s for Cops honored the canine unit and fallen police officers while raising funds for the families of officers wounded or killed in the line of duty and free spay/neuter services for residents in economically challenged communities. K-9s For Cops included more than 100 54-inch-tall fiberglass German Shepard statues standing guard in downtown Chicago, primarily along the magnificent mile. 

Yorkie-Poo with legs of K-9's For Cops
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ruby Sees (And Smells) Wildlife

We just returned from a trip to Custer State Park in South Dakota. You can read more about our adventure in Monday's post. This was Ruby's first trip west and she was able to see and smell all kinds of amazing animals!

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison at Custer State Park in South Dakota

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison that live in the park. 
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Exploring The Black Hills (And Life) With Dogs

Last week we took a road trip to Custer State Park in South Dakota. It was Ruby's first trip west and she enjoyed it much more than her trip to Cape Cod a few summers ago. She's definitely more of a woodsy dog than a water dog.

If you haven't visited Custer State Park, I highly recommend a trip. Custer is a state park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills in southwestern South Dakota. The park covers an area of 71,000 acres of hilly terrain, sweeping prairies, majestic rock formations and is home to a famous herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. In addition to bison, the park hosts elk, mule deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, coyotes, mountain lions, and feral burros (not really so feral). We were lucky to see all of these critters except bighorn sheep, coyotes (we see them in Chicago so not a big deal), and mountain lions, which are only spotted occasionally in the park.

Custer is also famous for its scenic Needles highway and wildlife loop as well as its close proximity to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, and Wind Cave National Park. However, there's enough to do in the park itself that you might not even make it to the other places.

Visiting Custer State Park and Cathedral Spires with your dog
Ruby hiking at Cathedral Spires
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