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Meet Downers Grove Pet Sitter, Jenny N!

Meet Downers Grove’s pet sitter, dog walker, cat chin scratcher, & so much more..Jenny N!

My furry family: A spoiled Yorkie Maltese mix princess named Nikki and a 13 year old tabby cat named Mindy

My favorite walk is: Graue Mill

My favorite place to take a nap: A warm sunny beach

My favorite treat: Tiramisu

My favorite game: Currently, Monopoly. I’m on a winning streak against my family.

Best toy ever: My new pink iPhone

Best thing to do on a sunny day: Go for a hike

Best thing to do on a rainy day: Watch movies

Best gift ever: Tickets to my favorite music festival.

My super power would be: The ability to read minds.

Life Philosophy: Carpe Diem

If I could say one thing to the whole world it would be: Adopt pets! There are so many sweet furry friends out there that deserve a second chance at happiness!

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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!”

Downers Grove Pet Sitter Liz

Meet Downers Grove Pet Sitting Extraordinare, Liz! Warning: Her Dogs Will Make You “Aww” Out Loud! [PHOTO]

Hi there, I’m Liz, pet sitter extraordinaire covering Downers Grove! I’d like to introduce you to my furry family. I have a 7 year-old Chihuahua named Bigsby, who we call Bigs for short, a 4 year-old Yorki-Poo named Ella, and last but not least, there is my 9-month-old American Bulldog named Cooper.

Every day is an adventure with these three! My bulldog would definitely be the most social of the gang…we spend a lot of time at the dog park playing, running, and saying hi to every potential furry or human friend he sees.

As a joint decision, my furry family and I would declare the classic red Kong as our favorite toy! Each of my pups has their own size-appropriate Kong, and they go to town when I put their favorite snacks inside, like peanut butter, apple sauce, and pumpkin. Sometimes I freeze the filled Kong to make it last longer (shhhh… don’t tell them that!).

My pups also agree on having a favorite treat: they go absolutely bananas for Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch! We like to go back & forth between and try all the other flavors, too.

As cheesy at it may sound, the best gift I’ve ever received are my dogs! Their unconditional love is something that can never be replaced.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and my furbabies!

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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! 😉

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!).

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!

Downers Grove Hands for Paws Hinsdale Humane Society Donations

Downers Grove Out-U-Go! Pet Care Hands For Paws Holiday Donation Drive

Thank you so much to all of our generous pet parents and staff who made our annual Hands for Paws donation drive a major success. Together, we donated to Hinsdale Humane Society and West Suburban Humane Society:

  • 20 Packages of paper towels, toilet paper, and paper plates
  • 12 Bottles of bleach and liquid detergent
  • 16 Packages of disinfecting wipes
  • 21 Bags of dry food
  • 180 Cans of wet food
  • Bones, toys, treats, garbage bags, towels, batteries, postage stamps, office paper and money!

THANK YOU!!!

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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 care—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!