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Naperville chihuahua Lily adopted on Easter

Easter Brings a New Beginning for Naperville Senior Chihuahua Named Lily

What started off as a very sad and all too common situation turned out to be a happy Easter ending. Ms. Lily the Chihuahua was given up at 10 years of age when her family decided they no longer had time for her. Fortunately for this sweet little girl, the Naperville Area Humane Society took her, giving her new mom and dad the chance to fall in love with her.

Ms. Lily was named for the Easter holiday she was adopted on, and she is now ready for the next phase of her life enjoying endless loving care and (hooray!) daily visits from her adoring nannies at Out-U-Go!

Big hugs to you Lily, Janice, and Darryl…we are so happy for you all!

Naperville Pet Event 11th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show

Naperville Dog Event: 11th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show

Take part in the 11th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show, a fun Naperville dog event!

Saturday, May 17
10am-2pm
Aurora Turners Club (1335 Mitchell Rd., Aurora IL)

The event offers dog contests, silent auction, raffles, vendors, pet portraits, adoptable dogs, and more! All proceeds benefit Rover Rescue’s homeless dogs, who have been saved from high-kill shelters.

For entry forms and more info, call 630-897-7454 or visit Rover Rescue.

Tallahassee Red Hills International Horse Trials adopt a dog weekend event

Meet Adoptable Tallahassee Pups at Red Hills Horse Trials!

Check out the wonderful adoptable pups our local animal rescue groups, including Big Dog Rescue, have available March 7-9 at the 2014 Red Hills Horse Trials. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather while getting to know some of the available pups that local rescue groups have lovingly fostered. Even if you are at maximum density in the dog department, this is a great opportunity to meet these groups, learn about volunteer programs, and donate! You can do this while enjoying a world-class horse show at the beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park! I ask you…does it get any better than this?

This is a leave-your-dog-at-home event so that adoptable dogs can strut their stuff without distraction…plus, it is best not to disturb horses and riders with a badly timed dog fit!

If you are interested in attending, visit Red Hills International Horse Trials.

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Naperville’s Ms. Gretta In Search For Her Forever Human

Meet sweet 8-year-old Gretta who is ready and waiting for her forever home.

She’s a mellow, gentle girl in search of a quiet home where she can spend her golden years. She is very casual around most other dogs and gentle around cats as well.

She likes to spend her afternoons relaxing, but she also enjoys a nice stroll around the block every now and then. After all, she’s still a beagle, and her sniffer is far from being retired!

Find Gretta as well as many other incredible pups for adoption at Naperville Area Humane Society.

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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.

nutzy mutz & crazy catz madison wi pet boutique owner liz perry

Meet Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz Madison, WI, Pet Boutique Owner, Liz Perry

Meet Liz Perry! She is the owner of Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz, a local pet boutique in Madison that specializes in organic pet food! She has a wealth of knowledge about the best kibble to provide your pooch and kitties. She also loves Out-U-Go! Madison Pet Care!

Stop in to meet Liz and her adorable adoptable kitties while you are at it!

Pit Bulls: Fact vs. Fiction

Below we have compiled some awesome facts and incredible myths about our “bully” friends. Unfortunately there is an overabundance of pit bull type dogs in America’s shelters in large part due to the widespread myths and misundertanding surrounding these dogs.

 

Myth #1: “Pit Bull” is a breed

Fact: Pit Bull is NOT a breed. It’s a generic term often used to describe all dogs with similar traits and characteristics known to the public as “pit bulls”. When we use the term “pit bull” here it should be understood to encompass American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Take this test and see how well you are able to pick the “pitbull”: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

Myth #2: Pit Bulls are mean and vicious

Fact: No more vicious than Golden Retrievers, Beagles or other popular dogs! According to a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperment Testing Society (ATTS) pit bulls achieved a passing rate of 83.9%. That’s as good or better than Beagles (78.2%) and Golden Retreivers (83.2%). http://www.atts.org/stats1.html

Myth #3: Pit Bulls have “locking jaws”

Fact: Studies show that the jaw of the pit bull is in proportion to its size and is no different than any other breed of dog. There is no evidence that any kind of locking mechanism exists in the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Myth #4: Pit Bulls turn on their owners

Dogs, as a species, do not perform behaviors “just because”. There are always reasons for behavior, and when aggression becomes a problem the reasons can be such things as improper handling, lack of socialization or training, a misreading of dog behavior by the owner, or, rarely, disease. Aggression, when it presents in pet dogs, follows specific patterns. First occur warning signs, then more warning signs, and finally, when those signs are continually ignored or misinterpreted, the dog resorts to using its teeth. When an
owner is startled by a sudden, aggressive outburst, it is because they have been unaware of problems that were brewing. This is true of all dogs, not just Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls, indeed no dogs, “turn” on their owners.

Myth #5: The only thing Pit Bulls are good for is fighting

Unfortunately, a large amount of attention has been brought to the fact that the Pit Bull was originally created for fighting other dogs in the pit. Since the breed was selectively bred for and excelled at this task, there is a common assumption that fighting must be all for which the breed is good. The truth of the matter is that the Pit Bull is one of the most versatile of canines, capable of excelling at just about any task his owner asks him to complete. They are routinely used for: obedience trialing, conformation showing, weight pull, Schutzhund (a German sport which requires dogs to perform in obedience, tracking and protection phases of a competition), agility, and have even been known to participate in herding trials, search and rescue work, and a variety of other tasks including police and armed services work. But fanciers will argue that the task this breed performs best of all is that of beloved companion. http://network.bestfriends.org/9261/news.aspx

Berkeley at work as a certified therapy dog!

Out-U-Go! is fortunate to have many loving Pit Bulls in our pack. As a matter of fact, I am the proud parent of a Pit Bull named Berkeley Moon who became a certified therapy dog in 2008. Berkeley currently visits Naperville area schools to assist students with their reading.

For more information please take a look at the following sources and organizations, and hug-a-bull today!

www.bestfriends.org

www.pbrc.net

www.badrap.org

www.chicagolandbullybreedrescue.org