🎇 A Fido Friendly Fourth 🎆

Greetings, Pet Parents!

Sunshine, parties, and fireworks – all things we humans look forward to during the summer months. With the fourth of July upon us, it’s time to not only figure out how you’re going to celebrate Independence Day, but also how to keep your feline and canine companions calm, collected, and happy during all the excitement (and noise). Fireworks don’t make the list of almost any pup’s favorite things…

Tips for a Fido Friendly Fourth:

  • Keep pups at home – Even “relaxing” at a friend’s house can be stressful for pups that are in a new surrounding with loud, unfamiliar noises.
  • Create a happy environment – For pups that are crated, consider covering their crate with a blanket. For all pups, play some music or turn on the television to create background noise and help drown out the sounds from outdoors.
  • Avoid grill scraps – Most pups would find all the food pretty tasty. But, some of them are toxic and many (coupled with the stress) lend themselves to very upset puppy tummies.
  • Schedule some love – Either pop in back at home periodically to assure your fur-kids that fireworks too shall pass or schedule a visit with an OUG! B.F.F. – we’d love to keep our friends company.
  • Collars and identification – Be sure your pup is wearing identification and not left unattended. Nervous, pups are always more likely to jump, run, dig, etc.

Peace, Love, and Belly Rubs,

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!


June’s P.O.T.M. is…

(& Andrew)

Type: Dog & BFF
Age: 4 years

fun fact:
Whenever Andrew stops by to see his BFF Shea, she cannot wait to head out with him! Shea is named after the butter, and she loves talking about her day, basking in the sun, and going on the longest of walks!!

🌞 Five Warm-weather Waggie Activities

Greetings, Pet Parents!

As our lives get busier, vacations get planned, backyard barbecues are booked, and time seems to be moving all too quickly, be sure and block out some time outdoors with your pup! Outdoor play is just darn good for the soul. A few activities that will have your pup’s tail-a-waggin’ (and you smiling) are:

  1. Sprinkler time
  2. A stroll along the beach
  3. A canine play date
  4. Teach your pup to skateboard…and please send us a vid.
  5. Go for a hike

Peace, Love, and Belly Rubs,

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!

May’s P.O.T.M. is…

Type: German Shepherd
Age: 11 years

fun fact:
This old gal is always a delight! She never meets us with anything other than a smile. Always ready for a walk, even in the rain, this sweet senior knows how to get the most out of her walks. Love you Miss Coco!

It’s Blooming Pups & Kitties! 🌸🐕🐈

Happy Spring, Pet Parents!

This time of year, we all look forward to longer days with more sunshine, lots of time spent outdoors, and beautiful flowers popping up all over the place. Spring is here and it’s wonderful! It’s also a very popular time for humans to welcome new furry family members into their families.

If you have a new fur-babe in your life or know of a colleague, friend, or family member that does, we’d sure appreciate you spreading some Out-U-Go! love through our ReFURral program! For every new Pet Parent that joins the OUG! family referred by you, we’ll provide a $50 credit to you and a $50 credit to the person(s) you referred as our way of saying thanks!

Wags and Happy Sunshine,

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!


April’s P.O.T.M. is…


Type: Very Adorable Pup
Age: 1 year

fun fact:

Meet Ernie! Ernie is super cute and very loved by his Out-U-Go! BFFs. He’s often mistaken for the main character, Max, from the recent hit movie, “Secret Life of Pets”. As you can see, he loves cheesin’ for the camera!

Spring Break Pawwwty!! 🎉

Happy Spring, Pet Parents!

Itttttt’s travel time, friends! In this month’s edition of “pawwwty” advice, we’re talking less “suns out, guns out” kind of parties and more family (at least furry) friendly vacation spots. We don’t actually have much insight or knowledge on the former.

If you haven’t already planned a spring break trip to ditch any remaining signs of winter, our friends at Dogtime have some pretty pawesome places to consider—all of which include bringing Fido.

  1. For Beach Bums – Key West, FL
  2. For Hiking Junkies – Lake Placid, NY
  3. For the Glamorous Type – Los Angeles, CA
  4. For the History Buff – Alexandria, VA
  5. For the Nature Lover – Seattle, WA

For those of you planning a less fur-tastic or pet friendly trip, please be sure and reach out to Schedule Visits for your furry family. As always, we’re here to help and love providing a little stay-cation for all our canine and feline friends!

Woofs and Wags,

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!


March’s P.O.T.M. is…

Etta James
Type: Pooch
Age: 2 months

fun fact:
Etta James is a cute little pooch that we have the pleasure to visit with in Chicago! She loves cuddling with her new OUG! BFFs and her chew toys… who doesn’t love chew toys?

Valentine’s Day Love 💕

Hello & Valentine Hugs, Pet Parents!

Cupid’s big holiday is just around the corner, and we get super duper excited about showing our furry friends just how much we luuuuurve them!

Our office pups, kitties, and bunnies have voted. For Valentine’s Day, they would like the following, more snuggles, freedom to sprawl out on furniture before or after mud baths, Animal Planet on the TV all day, extra visits and belly rubs from their OUG! B.F.F., a free pass to slobber, and some sausage or bacon flavored truffles. Woof, meow, and thanks!

Oh, if swapping ingredients (chocolate for sausage) in truffles sounds a bit complicated, they mentioned these delicious treats would be fine, too. After all, treats don’t need to be limited to just one day.

DIY Frozen Peanut Butter & Yogurt Treats

Supplies Needed:

  1. Heart Shaped Mold
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Plain Greek Yogurt


February’s P.O.T.M. is…

Type: Puppy
Age: 12 weeks

fun fact:
Ernie is our adorable new furry friend! He loves playing with his toys & his new Out-U-Go! BFFs. We can’t wait to watch this cute little guy grow up!

GivingTuesday – Furry Friends in Need!


Hello, Pet Parents!

Tis the season, friends. For many of us, this time of year becomes hectic often involving even busier schedules with travel, hosting friends and family, and the general feeling of holiday frenzy.

With a day to give thanks, three days of shopping (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday [the clear winner of the three], and Cyber Monday) we’re glad #GivingTuesday, the fifth year of a global movement inspiring giving, gets the final designation on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

As you think about your efforts and impact, we encourage you to remember all furry friends in need. From donating resources, supplies, and time, your local community and pets in need could use your help.

Register on-line at GivingTuesday.org and hear more about all the local opportunities to be #unselfie in your neighborhood this year.

Happy Helping,

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!



November’s P.O.T.M. is…


Type: Pooch

fun fact:

Lucy is a little sweetheart! She loves walks, treats and belly rubs—especially when they’re from her Out-U-Go! BFFs!

Oh look—muuuuud!

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It’s no secret that our top priorities in visiting your furry family are that they are loved, very well cared for, and enjoy all aspects of their visits immensely.

With summer changing to fall and fall into winter, pups have some new and rather exciting opportunities while walking. Mud? What mud!? Which puddle should I walk through vs. sit in? Should I dry my fur on the couch or your bed? My parent(s) think my paws, which look just like these prints, are totally cute…right? #mylifeisruff #Ineedanap

While we can’t discourage ALL fun on walks, we do promise to keep any mess outdoors!

Helpful Tidbits:

  1. Towels are awesome: leaving one by the door is helpful for paw cleaning
  2. Paw wipes: a fancier version of a towel and great for making sure paws are really clean
  3. Soapy water spray bottle: another great trick is a spray bottle filled with soapy water. This combined with a towel is also a great combo.

Finally, with changes in seasons often come modified routines for fur-kids. Please keep us pup-dated in the office if you’d like to make adjustments to your pup’s routine. This will help us ensure that our team of Pet Sitters are all well informed regarding any new visit details.

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!

September’s P.O.T.M. is…

Type: Pooch

fun fact:
Meet Tekate! Tekate is a senior pup who loves visits from his OUG! BFFs. He especially loves belly rubs and playing with his toys after a nice walk.

Back to School – Avoiding the Pet Blues

Re-establishing a Healthy Routine

back2school-august-2016-newsletterLet’s be honest, getting back into the fall / school routine can be a bit ruff on everyone! After all the lazy days in the yard, frolicking at the beach, and family road trips, back-to-school is “for the birds,” said every pup and kitty ever!

Changes in our human schedules impact our furry family members. Pups and kitties often need some time to get acclimated to new routines too. The folks at MyPetPreference.com shared a few tips to “Ease the Back to School Transition for Your Pet,” a few that resonated with us are:

  1. Coming & Going: Keep it simple and non-emotional suggesting to your pet that it’s no big deal.
  2. Create Alone Time: Use puzzles, toys, and things they are happy playing with while you’re around and hopefully then when you’re not.
  3. Music & TV: Having some calm background noise can help pets feel a bit less isolated when you’re not home.
  4. Field Trips or Visits from Pet Sitters: Create events that help provide much appreciated stimulation for your pets. They’ll look forward to it and are less likely to become bored. (And by that we mean destructive!)

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!

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August’s P.O.T.M. is…
Type: Kitty
fun fact:
Meet Mele! Mele is a part of our OUG! Chicago family. She enjoys cuddles, play time and lounging with her brother Maleko. These kitties are two of our favorites and we love visiting with these two when Mom is away!

Celebrating 20 years!


The Big 2-0h!

Dear Pet Parents,

It’s Out-U-Go!’s cakeday—our 20th Year in Business (or 140th in dog years.) Either way, it’s a lot of years of waggin’ tails. As a big family of fur loving humans, we’re purrty proud of all that we’ve accomplished. We most certainly wouldn’t be here without your support, trust and ruv.

As we look back and reflect, it’s incredible to think that we’ve taken care of multiple generations of pets, watched many human babies grow up to be big “kids,” and have expanded our OUG family with wonderful Top Dogs in new cities all of whom are dedicated to spreading more peace, love, and belly rubs. Our hearts are full and our days filled with wiggles here at Out-U-Go!.

We’re humbled that all of you have welcomed and trusted us to be a part of your lives. We ask that you please pass along our gratitude in the form of chin scratches, slobbery kisses, and belly rubs to your furry family members—who we hope are snuggling with you while you’re reading this!

Thanks for a pAwesome Twenty Years!
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!


cae80e57-c4b5-48e5-8f31-3b5a28d3b309July’s P.O.T.M. is…


Type: Pup
Age: 1 year

fun fact:
Meet Otto! Otto is a fun loving pup and a favorite among our pawesome team of sitters. He has certainly got this whole dog thing down!

Super Food for Dogs – by Amber Kingsley

If you want to imply the excellence of an event or object, putting “super” in front of it usually works. The Super Bowl is far more important than a standard championship game. And most households will turn to Super Glue versus regular glue for those tough repair jobs.

The idea of eating superfoods follows along those same lines. Superfoods contain a greater collection of nutrients and vitamins than many other type of foods. When commercial dog food can contain unknown or potentially harmful chemicals or additives, making sure your dog receives the proper nutrients can be essential to its health. Best of all, some of the same superfoods can improve the health of both you and your dog, and can help with a recovering illnesses as strong as cancer.

Super Fruits and Vegetables

While you might not have considered feeding certain superfoods that you eat to your dog, some of these superfoods will give your dog additional energy and health benefits, just as these foods do for you. Many people wouldn’t consider feeding their dog fruit, for example, but there are a couple of fruits and vegetables that fit in the superfoods category that your dog may enjoy eating.

  • The antioxidants and fiber contained in blueberries can help to regulate your dog’s blood sugar, while providing benefits to the animal’s brain and heart functions. Blueberries are best given to your dog in moderation, as they can aid in digestion in small doses, but they can cause digestion problems if overdone.
  • One of the most nutrient-rich vegetables is broccoli, providing a large number of benefits for humans and canines alike. Your dog will receive improved eye, skin, and heart health with a regular incorporation of broccoli in its diet. A dog may like to chew on a raw broccoli stalk after you’ve cut off the broccoli head for use with your meal.
  • Carrots contain a variety of vitamins that can provide benefits for the dog’s internal organs, including the heart and eyes. And if you give your dog a large raw carrot to gnaw on, it can keep the dog’s teeth clean too. Some dogs will appreciate having cooked carrots added to their regular bowl of dog food.

Super Leafy Greens for Your Dog

If you’re more of a fan of leafy greens and eating salads, superfoods exist that will fit your desires here too. Your dog may especially enjoy a couple of leafy green superfoods.

  • Kale is receiving a lot of publicity among nutritionists for use in a human diet, but this leafy green is great for your dog too. Vitamin A, C, and K all are found in kale, as well as high levels of calcium and iron. Kale can be added to your dog’s diet in many ways, including baking it in treats or adding steamed kale to a bowl of dog food.
  • Spinach is a type of superfood that is believed to work to prevent cancer in dogs. It also provides benefits to the animal’s bones and heart. Vitamin K, iron, and fiber are available in high levels with spinach.

Making your own blend of Superfood to satisfy your dog’s taste buds may be difficult.  There are plenty of recipes available online that simplify the process of making your own dog’s food or dog treats, allowing you to add a variety of superfoods to recipes.

*By Amber Kingsley, pet writer.

Super Food for Dogs

Super Food for Dogs