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Out-U-Go! Madison's Lisa and her dog, Finn!

First Year of OUG! Love in Madison


Big wags, Out-U-Go! family and friends!

High fives and congrats go out to OUG! Madison’s Top Dog, Lisa! Together with her crew of helpful humans, Lisa is celebrating her first year anniversary in business. In the past twelve months alone, her Wisconsin location has expanded to include 8 awesome pet sitters, causing more than 3,000 tails to wag!

We also couldn’t be prouder of OUG! Madison’s community contributions, namely a partnership with Dane County Humane Society to include fundraising event sponsorship and a holiday donation drive benefiting the shelter’s pets in need. We are thrilled about OUG! Madison’s year-one achievements and excited for new accomplishments to come.

Another round of high fives goes out to our amazing Out-U-Go! family…You! Without your continued support, we wouldn’t be able to share our love, belly rubs, and chin scratches to our growing furry family! We are forever grateful for your help spreading the good OUG! word to your family, friends, and neighbors.

Paws & Whiskers,

Interested in your own Out-U-Go! Franchise opportunity? Give us a “woof!”

Table Talk: How to Feed your Pet the Natural & Healthy Way

Guest Blogger:  Many of our pet parents are interested in feeding their furry friends a healthy & natural diet so we thought we’d check in with the experts over at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital for some advice.  Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Boulder, CO.


If you take some time to think about the trends and changes in the food products you find at your grocery store, you’ll notice that things are very different than they were even 5 years ago.

With more consumers adopting health-conscious and environmentally-conscious eating habits, natural and organic options have sprung up everywhere! Similarly, many companies have introduced ‘healthier’ options such as natural and fortified foods for your pet. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know what foods are right for your pet and what’s just plain hype. Have no fear: in this post, your friends at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital would like to help shed some light on the tricky subject of pet nutrition. We’ll discuss some things to look for as well as those to avoid and why, so you can be a savvy shopper and the best possible pet parent. Bon appetit!

Things to Look for

  • AAFCO Approved Foods: The motto of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is  “Feed Safety & Consumer Protection – Over a Century of Partnership & Progress”. This organization certifies pet foods that meet at least the minimum requirements for nutritional content. As such, seeking foods that are approved by the AAFCO is a good baseline. It’s also important to note that the AAFCO has not established official definition for the words ‘holistic’ and ‘organic’. So don’t be fooled by fancy language on the side of a bag.
  • Please Pass the Meat! Many people have made the choice to eliminate the consumption of meat from their diets. Some may also choose to feed their pet’s vegetarian fare. As a pet owner who places your companion’s well-being at the top of your list of priorities, it is imperative to note that dogs and cats are carnivores. Biologically, they need real meat and the proteins that come along with it to thrive. On the same note, Fido and Fluffy have not evolved to utilize grains as a source of nutrition. This means that rice, corn, and other carbohydrates are unhelpful at best and downright dangerous at worst. The only reason they are added to most pet foods is because they are less expensive and make the meal chunkier.
  • Watery Food: Though it may sound a little bit strange, the “waterier” your pet’s food the better. Dogs and cat’s alike need a large amount of water in their diets to stay hydrated. For their more wild relatives, a large amount of their daily water comes not just from drinking, but eating as well. This is because the bodies of prey animals are composed of up to 70% water! Compare that to your standard dry kibble and you might see a problem developing. If possible, feed your pet wet food at least a few times per week, but strive to make the mushy stuff a daily part of their diet if possible.

Things to Avoid

  • Enhanced, Fortified, Blah Blah Blah: If you put our ‘Things to Look for’ list into practice, you can forget all of the hype-filled claims that fortified foods come with. Remember that dogs and cats are biologically programmed to derive everything they need for optimal health from a natural diet. Additives can be harmful whether they present a short term danger or cause complications over time. In dog foods you should strictly avoid any brands that contain BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate, as they are known to be harmful and some are even carcinogens. For both dogs and cats, avoid foods that contain artificial preservatives in favor of those preserved with vitamins E and C.
  • By-products: The first ingredient in your pet’s food should be meat… and we’re talking REAL meat. Remember that your pet is a carnivore by nature and his body is fine-tuned to receive the maximum benefit by processing and using the nutrients from prey animals. Fillers and meat by-products sometimes contains additives that can be harmful to your animal companion. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if the meat isn’t human-grade, you shouldn’t feed it to your pet.
  • Overfeeding: This tip might be a bit different than the others that we’ve discussed so far, but we feel that it is just as important. America’s pets have a weight problem, just like many of our people. The key to a happy and healthy pet is feeding them the right things in the right amounts. Pets don’t have the mechanisms in their minds to turn town a delicious bowl full of food if it’s sitting on the floor in front of them all day. Make sure you feed your pet the proper amount of food for their particular size and breed and you’ll have a much happier camper on your hands.

We hope that you’ve found these tips to be helpful and informative. Some pet parents may decide that trying to navigate the complex world of pet food brands is too risky and preparing a home-cooked diet is the way to go. If you would like to explore the home-feeding option, schedule an appointment with one of the skilled veterinarians at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital – just call 303-494-7877.

– The Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital Staff



Minneapolis, Minnesota, this Blog’s for You!

Woof, meow and greetings!  This blog goes out to all ourMinneapolis,MNpeeps and followers who are curious about starting your own dog walking business.  We’re coming to your city next to show the right person how it’s done!  Out-U-Go! is on the prowl for our next Top Dog!  Viking country…here we come!

WhyMinneapolis, you ask?  After coming to terms with our Bears vs Viking rivalry, we studied the lay of the land, the people and the pups and kitties that make up the great gopher state.  We think it has has the nuts and bolts to make our next Out-U-Go! territory!  Of course, having the right statistics and numbers behind us is only half the battle—the other half is finding the right person to own and manage their very own dog walking business!

Like starting any business, starting your own dog walking business means having: financial stability, an entrepreneurial spirit, a love for pets (and an equal amount for their humans), a positive mental attitude, an incredible work ethic and personal dedication to be successful – the best in the industry!

Fortunately in our world, owning your own dog walking business and becoming a Top Dog also means spending your days and nights dedicated to all things furry.  Also, it happens to be a booming industry.  Really, a pretty great career and fun way to make a living.

If you think you’re a good fit, we encourage you to sniff around our website and get in touch with the Out-U-Go! gang soon!

Woofs & Wags,

Cara Haugh

Top Dog of Franchise Development & Support

Out-U-Go! Franchising

708-383-7905 ext. 151

Out-U-Go! Expands to Tallahassee, Florida

Friends, canines, countrymen, lend me your ears.

It is with great pride that we are thrilled to announce Out-U-Go! will be launching our newest franchise location in Tallahassee, Florida later this summer.  Out-U-Go! Tallahassee will be our 8th location servicing our third state, including Illinois, Colorado, and now Florida.

We are very excited to introduce our two newest Top Dogs. Elizabeth Amrheim and Elizabeth Tull, otherwise known as E² (at least that’s the MC name we trying to get to stick for them).  The two Elizabeths will bring their wonder twin powers together to offer the tail wagging professionally styled world of Out-U-Go! Dog Walking and Pet Sitting to the pet parents in the pan handle of Florida.

Out-U-Go! has provided awesome pet care to dogs, cats, and other furry creatures since 1996.  With nearly 1,000,000 pet care visits under our collective leashes, Out-U-Go! has developed a certain seasoned sophistication of pet care we like to refer to as Awesome Sauce.  It’s with this “Awesome Sauce” that E² will introduce Out-U-Go! to Tallahassee.

We are very excited to be expanding and even more thrilled to have two new awesome Top Dogs as part of our Out-U-Go! family.  To keep tabs on of the info and updates of Out-U-Go! Tallahassee and the Out-U-Go! franchise program please follow us at:

Vote for Out-U-Go!

Do you think Out-U-Go! is the best Pet Care Service in the Chicagoland area?

We sure hope you do and would be SO flattered if you voted for us in the following two surveys. We don’t want to toot our own horn, but our amazing Pet Sitters love your furry families and we think other pets in the Chicagoland deserve some belly rubs from this crew! Thanks for spreading the OUG love!

Links to the surveys are below:


A List Chicago:

Thanks again for all of your amazing support, we are so lucky to visit your furry families!


Poop Bag Drive!

Do you have extra plastic bags around the house? Don’t throw them away, we’ll take them!

Out-U-Go! Pet Sitters will be collecting plastic bags April 21 & April 22 (Earth Day) to Reuse (for poop pick-up, yes, lovely poop)!

Just leave them by your Report Card or Diary and we’ll put them to good use!

If you don’t have a visit scheduled either of those days but still want to participate, please email your Top Dog to schedule a pick up. Or just leave them for us with a note when you do have a visit scheduled.


The Out-U-Go! Franchise Program


“Awesome pet care doesn’t happen by accident.”  You hear that a lot around the Out-U-Go! water cooler, or dog bowl in our case.  All the members of the Out-U-Go! gang take great pride in the quality of care we provide.  But beyond our natural desire to take care of all the members of the Out-U-Go! family, furry and otherwise, the quality of our care comes from the systems, methods, and attitudes we have developed over our many years.

Since we started way way back in 1996 we have provided nearly 1,000,000 pet care visits.  Over the years we’ve done a lot of things right, but we’ve also made some mistakes.  We have used both our successes and mistakes to shape Out-U-Go! into what it is today.

Building off our experience we have combined our knowledge, systems, technology, and genuine passion to create the Out-U-Go! Franchise Program.  Our franchise program makes it possible for very special individuals to own and manage their own Out-U-Go! location.

For the right individual the franchise program offers a turn key opportunity to get started in the booming pet industry. Our program creates an easy-to-operate business that can be started quickly for a low investment amount.  And while there are many moving parts behind the scenes to operating a successful pet care business, our systems make it possible for our Top Dogs to spend their time doing what is most important, caring for pets and pet parents and growing their businesses.

Owning an Out-U-Go! is not for everyone, we are extremely selective when it comes to adding anyone new to the Out-U-Go! family.  Our perfect match is that special individual who is part entrepreneur, part furry friend fanatic, and part people person.

For more information about owning an Out-U-Go! location contact Cara Haugh, our Top Dog of Franchise Development at 708-383-7905 ext 151 or More information can also be found online at Out-U-Go! Franchising.