We hope you’re all enjoying the final days of fall tromping through the last of the leaves and soaking up the remainder of evening sunshine. With Turkey Day just around the corner, the human gang at OUG! is getting excited for turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, and all the other deliciousness. Unfortunately, in our annual fall celebration of human gluttony our pups and kitties often get left out of the party.
The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing, and our pooches couldn’t be happier to get outdoors. Life is good…that is until October 31st. Halloween is arguably the best holiday to have a furry buddy and perhaps the worst day to be a man/woman’s best friend. After all, we’re not entirely sure that turning them into a hot-dog, yoda, or something else super silly for the day is quite as hysterical to them as it is their human counter-parts. But hey, we all make sacrifices within a family, right?!
OUG! ’s Halloween and can’t wait to see all those smiling-ish furry faces dressed to impress…or perhaps appease.
- Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
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October's P.O.T.M. is... Franklin Type: English Lab Age: 8 months
Franklin plans to run for mayor of Chicago in 2019. His campaign slogan: "Who's a good boy???"
Change is in the air this spring at OUG! We are thrilled and excited to announce that our Top Op’s Dog and GM, Sara Lorenzo, is expecting a human baby at the end of April. The whole OUG! pack is excited for her, with the possible exception of her furry-toddler pooch-son Vern. While we feel for Vern as his only-child gig comes to an end, we often remind him that in the near future he can look forward to a constant distribution of food on the floor (and everywhere) thanks to the tiny Lorenzo human. As Sara transitions to motherhood she will be taking time off to spend with her new addition then later returning to the OUG! team in a part time capacity.
OUG! Central General Manager Sara, her husband Dan, and the brother-to-be, Vern!
With that bit of exciting news, we are thrilled to introduce our newest OUG! team member Chris Causgrove. Chris joined our team in early February and has been in deep OUG! immersion preparing to take over as Top Ops Dog and GM when Sara’s new addition arrives. Chris brings many talents to our organization, in addition to his own rambunctious and delightful fur-child, Sophie!
Exciting news all around. We are thrilled for Sara and excited to meet her new furless bundle of joy and doubly excited to have Chris join our expanded team.
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.
This month, Out-U-Go! is woofin’ about pet health! We’re offering tips and tricks for caring for your furry kids, highlighting fun wellness facts (did you know pet parents are less stressed?), and sharing our favorite Pet of the Week portraits! Trot over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to see what the neighborhood pups are wagging their tails about!
Speaking of tail-wagging, we know your four-legged friends love to Get Out & Go! Is Bullet your #1 workout partner? We’re looking for the cutest, toughest, silliest, most slobbery photos of you and your furry fitness coach in action! Enter our pet health photo contest here for a chance to win $100 in free Out-U-Go! visits!
It is with a very heavy heart I share that earlier this month we lost our dear friend Dini. Dini had been part of our family and a fixture in the Out-U-Go! office since 2000, and her absence leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.
For me personally, Dini was my shadow. By choice, and by necessity, Dini was rarely more than 5 feet from me. The one exception to this was when she was at the OUG! office, where she felt happy and comfortable spending her time with everyone else. For the most part, though, Dini was always at my feet. This started from the day I adopted. That night she slept in bed with me. I quickly found out that just being in bed wasn’t close enough for her—she also needed to be touching me the entire night.
Dini’s original shelter name was Houdini, and we shortened it to Dini. It wasn’t for weeks that we really figured out how she “earned” her name. She was a natural born adventurer and escape artist. When she was young, she proved her ability to escape from any crate. Gates and doors? Hardly a challenge for her. Dini was even able to figure out how to escape situations by swimming away (twice).
Of all Dini’s ridiculous—her escapes, her rodent hunting, her undeniable talent for finding the grossest stinkiest thing around, then rolling in it—she was the sweetest and gentlest dog I have ever met. She always played perfectly with other dogs and was so child tolerant it was hard to believe. When my son Pierson was one year old he would use Dini as a step stool to get up on our couch. He’d put his little foot on her head and prop himself up there. Dini wouldn’t budge. She’d just sweetly lay there, with a slightly disappointed look on her face.
Dini touched so many people in her life, many of them during her 13 years at the OUG! office. She always made sure to greet all new people to the office by sitting next to them during interviews and meetings, happily offering herself up for pets and scratches. For so many people, she offered a warm welcome. For some, like the sales people in black suits, she offered the same—it just wasn’t received quite as warmly.
Dini even touched the people in our neighborhood. We live on a high traffic street in Chicago. Dini used to love hanging out in our front yard. She was just the right size to squeeze her head through the fence and look all the way up and down the sidewalk to see who was coming. After many years, Dini made many friends. People in the neighborhood would often bring their children and puppies by to see her and pet her through the fence. She was such a staple in our yard that you can even see her laying there on Google street view.
Not long ago my son asked me what kind of dog Dini was. I explained to him that she was a mutt and a mix of all kinds of dogs. He responded, “so you mean she’s one of a kind?”
Dini really was one of a kind.
Thanks to all of you who have been so kind and loving to Dini over the years. Dini was a very lucky pup who had a wonderful life. She gave out a whole lot of love, and it was returned to her many times over. And really, that’s all that we all want from life.
Every dog walker, be they professional or recreational, has been there: watching in horror as your dog struggles into that familiar squat while you check your pockets for a bag that you already know isn’t there.
Folks without dogs will almost always, at this point, assume the worst of you. Yet folks with dogs know that dogs enjoy counting beforehand the number of bags you’ve brought with you and then pooping that number of times plus one.
So, what are you going to do? Since litter and public trash containers abound, dog walkers usually have options. The next time you’re without bag, try one of these:
Prop a subscriber’s newspaper against their door and steal the bag it came in.
Paper towel tube. Can be found in dumpsters or gutters. Scoop it up like you would a snow cone. Once the mess is contained, DO NOT TARRY. Throw parcel away immediately or the structural integrity of the tube will fail and YOU DO NOT WANT THIS.
Grocery sack. These can be found in almost any tree.
In one of those lone shoes available by the roadside.
Weave a basket from blades of tall grass.
Ask to borrow a stranger’s sock for a magic trick.
If the dog was kind of constipated, you can use a penny and sort of Tiddlywink the poo into the storm drain.
Big Hellos, Woofs, Meows, Holas, Shaloms, and Bow Wows to all the Out-U-Go! family members, furry pet parents, and general supporters of the cats, dogs, and critters of the world. My name is David Lipschultz. I’m the president of Out-U-Go!, or in our world the TOP Top Dog. I’m thrilled to announce that 2011 is officially our 15th year in business. It’s been an absolutely amazing 15 years and I can’t say thank you enough to all of our wonderful pet parents, furry friends, and staff who have made it all possible!
When we started way way back in 1996 I had amazing days spent strolling through Oak Park with my furry buddies Callie, Molly, and Hazel to name a few. (Sorry if I’m name dropping). We started with just a 6-foot leash, a forty-pound dog, and a great big dream. Over the years we have been extremely fortunate to grow in to who we are today. Out-U-Go! currently has seven locations throughout Illinois and Colorado and over the years we have accumulated nearly 1,000,000 visits under our collective leashes.
Our fifteenth year promises to be a great one. We look forward to providing many great dog walks, kitty visits, and critter sits. Thanks again to all of you in the Out-U-Go! stratosphere. We couldn’t do it with out you!