Category Archives: Chicago Catch

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ROMP Rescue's Sharpie & Taser selected to participate in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X show

Touchdown!! Chicago Superpups Sharpie & Taser Kick It at the Puppy Bowl

We’re so proud of our pet sitter, Liz, and her Puppy Bowl sports superstars! When Liz is not working for us part-time evenings and weekends in Oak Park, she’s running Chicago’s ROMP Italian Greyhound Rescue. This year, ROMP became the first Chicago rescue ever selected to participate in Animal Planet’s popular Puppy Bowl X show!

Tail wags to contenders Sharpie & Taser for a game well-played! Check out their friends still looking for forever homes at ROMP Rescue.

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Dear Doge, Is it Spring (Break) yet?

Furry intel has it that we’ve got a few more weeks of winter weather ahead of us (Punxsutawney Phil reports and Doge confirms). Thinking about heading for the beach this Spring Break? Let your B.F.F.s (Best Friend’s Friends!) at Out-U-Go! hang out with your four-legged family! While you’re away catching some rays, we’ll be here giving your pups and kitties all the love, chin scratches, and belly rubs they could ever imagine. And cookies. There will be cookies.

Schedule your vacation care visits or house sitting today! We book up quickly during this popular travel time, so give us a “woof!”

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Chicagoland Chills: Ice, Snow, & Cold..Oh, my!

When people know you’re in the dog walking world, they talk to you a lot about the weather. In the summer, we often hear “Dog walking must be the perfect job!” In the winter (especially this winter with Chicagoland’s Polar Vortex) that often turns to, “Dog walking must be really hard!”

Yes, the winter challenges our Pet Sitters. You’ve got to bundle up, find a parking spot in the mounds of snow, take your boots off in the house, put on the pups’ coats & booties, encourage pups to take care of business in the cold, wipe the snow off pups (stop to blow your nose), take your boots off again, take the pups’ layers off, etc. It’s a few extra steps, BUT, we love it! We are so lucky to swoop into your home in the middle of the day and let your pup know he or she is loved and cared for.

However your pups feel about the cold, they love to see their favorite Pet Sitter each time he or she visits. As for us, getting licks on our frozen noses makes winter weather worth it!

And kitty visits this time of year? Now THOSE are the cat’s meow! πŸ˜‰

Chicago dog walker outside with pup in winter

Meet Chicago’s West Loop Pet Sitter, Laura!

Laura is one of our brave, strong souls who bikes in all four seasons. We are especially proud of her for braving this Chicago winter..Polar Vortex has got nothing on this outdoor gal! Laura navigates through the West Loop, loving all the pups & kitties in this hip neighborhood.

Here she is pictured with Barkley, a pup she walks every day. Barkley LOVES the cold and snow!

My furry family: My dog, Parker!

My favorite animal (other than dogs & cats): Horses.

My favorite game: Skyrim.

Best gift ever: The gift of travel!

My superpower is: Empathy when combined with intuition.

Life philosophy: I believe in dog.

Flowers and Jewelry Ain’t Gonna Cut It: How to Spend Valentine’s Day with your Pet

Happy Valentine’s Day, Pet Parents!

Let’s be honest. Your furry sweetheart is expecting a pretty grand gesture of love this Valentine’s Day, and who are you to disappoint? This year, show your fur-baby how much you really care. From staying in to hitting the town, we’ve got you covered on ideas for how to spend your special day!

  • Sweet & Savory: What pup or kitty doesn’t love snacks?! Cookies are almost certainly what puppy dreams are made of. Whip up a tasty treat for your pal..try these festive Red Velvet Pupcakes!
  • Movie Night: Make it a movie marathon! Queue up Must Love Dogs and Lady and the Tramp, pop up a gigantic bowl of popcorn to share, and let the snugglefest commence.
  • Spread the Love: Not able to spend your whole day with your beloved? Ask your B.F.F. (Best Friend’s Friend!) for a Valentine visit! Extra belly rubs are complimentary on February 14..and every other day of the year.

Whichever date you choose, your furry kiddo will be elated to have spent it with you.

Big Hugs,
Your Human & Furry Friends at Out-U-Go!

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Dog-Friendly Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Pupcakes [Recipe]

via Raising Healthy Dogs

Baking a special snack is a great way to treat your four-legged friend this Valentine’s Day. Your fur-baby will love these festive Dog-Friendly Red Velvet Pupcakes!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup apple sauce (preferably natural without sugar)
  • 1/3 cup beet puree or beet juice
  • 1-1/2 cup wheat flour (all-purpose white will work, too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese for frosting

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with 15 baking cups
  • In a large bowl, combine honey, oil, apple sauce, beet puree or juice, and egg
  • Gradually add flour
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Spoon mixture into prepared cups
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Let them cool on a rack
  • For frosting, add the cottage cheese to a food processor or blender and puree cottage cheese until smooth (30 – 60 seconds)
  • Frost and serve!

Yield: 15 cupcakes and wagging tails.
Don’t plan on leftovers (but refrigerate any pupcakes that don’t get gobbled up!).

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Chicago & Oak Park Hands to Paws Donation Drive another Huge Success!

Big Wags and Thank You to all our wonderful Pet Parents! You did it again! We had the honor of delivering your gifts of food, supplies, toys, money, and more to Chicago Canine Rescue and Animal Care League.

Your participation in our Hands To Paws Holiday Donation Drive means so much to the dogs & cats and to the volunteers at the shelter who love them! Thanks for helping us make the holidays a little brighter for those pups and kitties awaiting their forever homes! Learn more about Out-U-Go!’s mission to give HUGs and support the people and places finding forever homes for pets in need.

Out-U-Go! Pet Care Services Partners with Village Green Property Management Services

Out-U-Go! Village Green Partnership

The OUG! Gang is very excited to announce becoming the official pet care provider of Village Green properties! Village Green is a wag-worthy and award-winning property management service with 40,000 units across the US. Furry residents can now enjoy customized packages for dog walking, dog and cat sitting, and puppy and critter care!

In addition to providing awesome pet care, we will be co-hosting pup and kitty events for our four-legged friends at Village Green properties! Keep an ear to the ground for upcoming dates to hang out with us. We can’t wait to shake paws!

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Meet Chicago’s Most Tech-Savvy Kitty, Vera! [PHOTO]

We have our own internet sensation right here at Out-U-Go! Meet Vera, the cat who loves to play on the iPad. Her favorite game? Catzilla!

Her Pet Parents left the iPad for Vera to play with while they were out of town. Her Pet Sitter sure had fun watching Vera play! Her brother, Thomas, wanted nothing to do with technology and preferred belly rubs instead.

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Look out, Fashion Week! New Out-U-Go! Apparel Hits Streets Winter 2013 / 2014

You don’t have to look to the runways of Paris or Milan for the latest fashion. Out-U-Go! Pet Sitters are sporting their newest apparel and looking quite spiffy if we do say so ourselves!

Our Sitters have always provided you and your furry families with professional love and careβ€”now they look the part, too! Don’t be shy to woof “Hello!” when you see us out in your neighborhood wearing our bright green and orange!