The Daily Pip

Life Lessons, resources, and random bits for rescue dogs, cats, bunnies, and their peeps

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saving Wonder Boy & Other Abused, Abandoned Dogs

We may never know the full details of what happened to Wonder Boy, and the abuse he clearly endured, but we know the most important part - he survived.

Wonder Boy was dumped with another dog on a vacant property. The abandoned dogs were left without food, water, or shelter. They grew desperate and eventually began to prey on each other, with Wonder Boy taking the brunt. But a weeks ago, an anonymous caller reported the situation to the police and both dogs were brought to Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Wonder Boy had fresh wounds on top of scar tissue. Both ears were damaged; his left ear had a chunk missing and his right ear was crumpled over from scar tissue. His eyes were cut up and there were puncture wounds over most of his body. The medical team aged him at about two-years-old and estimated that he had been living in these conditions for a year, possibly longer.

"I have rescued many bait dogs. And Wonder Boy was worse than any bait dog I have ever seen," says Tina Petraline, president of Unbreakabull Bullies. "There's definitely more to this story. For sure."

Abandoned and abused dog, Wonder Boy arrives at Chicago Animal Care and Control with injuries all over his body
Wonder Boy arrives at Chicago Animal Care & Control

Friday, April 28, 2017


Barkworthies is covering the adoption fees for dogs at Chicago Canine Rescue and One Tail at a Time as part of their  #ChewsRescue initiative for Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

April 30 is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day! According to the ASPCA approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year. Of those, almost 2.7 million are euthanized. An animal is euthanized every 13 seconds in the United States. In spite of such grim statistics only 29% of Americans looking for a pet choose to adopt form a shelter or rescue.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fur-Busting Tips For Multi-Pet Homes

Ruby doesn't shed, but occasionally likes to pretend she's invisible
Ruby doesn't shed but she likes to help by sometimes pretending she's invisible
We are a multi-species household (AKA Furry Vortex): two cats, a dog, and a rabbit - all rescues, all  extremely furry. At home, I'm totally OK being covered in fur. I call it the "well-loved" look and wouldn't have it any other way. Quite simply, fur happens. But alas, sometimes I must leave the house and participate in real world activities and I need to be fur free. Here are my favorite tips for keeping your clothing fur free (almost) while living in a multi-pet household. You can read additional fur-busting tips and hacks here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Full Moon Training Treats - What's Not To Love?

Ruby has never liked water - not the drinking kind, but the swimming and bathing kind. Although we knew that she would probably never be a dog that leapt into the waves, we always hoped that she would eventually grow more comfortable with the beach and water in general. We tried many things to change her mind, but hadn't had much luck ...until about two weeks ago when we tried Full Moon Training Treats

Ruby loves Full Moon's new bite-size, all natural Training Treats.

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