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Animals around the world

Rescuing Isn’t Just For the Dogs: Earth Day Edition!

Happy Earth Day Month, Pet Parents!

Typically when we talk rescue stories, it’s in reference to our beloved pup and kitty pals. Earth Day, though, provides a great opportunity to consider a broader spectrum to include our wildlife pals, too!

Like pets, there are animals in nature needing human love and support. Sea lions are one such example, and The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has an incredible program to rescue them. The aquarium notably adopted a blind sea lion pup, Cruz, who wouldn’t have survived in the wild on his own. With the help of the Shedd team, he’s found a safe home filled with friends, both human and fellow sea lion. To see more about Cruz, check out his story.

Shedd Aquarium sea lion pup rescue, Cruz

Extra special wildlife wags this month!

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.

Oak Park dog Buster wears his SitStayRead Certified Reading Assistance Dog bandana

Meet Oak Park’s SitStayRead Certified Reading Assistance Dog, Buster!

We are lucky to take care of some amazing dogs and cats, and we are super excited to introduce you the the amazing, talented, and ADORABLE Buster!

Nickname: BooBoo

I’m in charge of: Guarding my half of the couch.

My favorite game: Not coming in from the backyard when called.

Favorite thing to do on a sunny day: Hang with my best friends, Daisy and Herbert (OUG! gets to walk them, too!).

Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: Go to school and read with kids! I’m a SitStayRead doggie!

Best gift ever: A home and someone who puts up with me eating poop!

Life philosophy: Keep it simple: snacks, naps, and walks in the woods.

If I could say one thing to the whole world: Take a chance on stressed out doggies and kitties at shelters!

Learn about Out-U-Go!’s partnership with SitStayRead!


Naperville Top Dog Dog Berkeley Moon on the Cover of Naperville Area Humane Society’s 2014 Pet Calendar!

Does this guy look familiar?! Our very own Top Dog Dog made the COVER of the 2014 Naperville Area Humane Society Pet Calendar!

We could not be more proud of Berkeley for all of his beauty, both inside and out, and are so thankful to NAHS for giving him a year in the spotlight! This calendar is filled to the max with incredibly adorable pups and kitties sure to make you smile throughout the year. Order HERE for just $15 to directly benefit the deserving pets at NAHS!

Meet Ralphie, rescued from Tallahassee Last Hope Rescue

Meet OUG! Tallahassee Rescue Dog, Ralphie!

Meet Ralphie, a handsome devil and super sweet rescue dog from Last Hope Rescue in Tallahassee. Ralphie won the dog lottery and is now part of a wonderful, loving family!

He is one of our all-time favorites—sweet and laid back but loves a good romp with his water bottle butterfly toy! He also specializes in couch-snoozing and cuddling. Visiting Ralphie is truly a pleasure!

OUG! helps homeless pets like Ralphie every day by giving HUGs. HUGs, short for Home-U-Go!, is our way of supporting the humans of rescues and shelters finding forever homes for pups and kitties in need.

Out-U-Go! Madison Pet Care Frisbees from Fetch Rescue WI Event

Fetch Rescue WI and Out-U-Go! Madison Pet Care

Who doesn’t love to play Frisbee? Out-U-Go! Madison provided frisbees and other fun stuff to all the volleyball participants at Fetch Rescue of Wisconsin‘s sand volleyball tournament to help raise money for rescued pets!

More photos of this event will be posted on our Facebook Page!

Zsa Zsa's story featured in coffee table dog book

Zsa Zsa’s Story To Be Featured in Dog Coffee Table Book

Here at Out-U-Go!, of course we think every dog and cat deserves a loving home. And we love a happy ending.

Zsa Zsa, a Cavalier King Charles pup, has one of those stories. Her mother, Izzy, was rescued from a Puppy Mill. When the organization rescued her, they discovered she was pregnant.

Zsa Zsa is one of her puppies. She will never have to endure a Puppy Mill. In fact, she will be showered with her Pet Parents’ and OUG! love furrrever!!

An author recently became interested in the story about Izzy and her puppies, including Zsa Zsa, and is putting together a coffee table book telling their amazing “tail”!

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!