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Spring Break is around the corner, Pet Parents…

22e4a5e6-04d6-4b01-8e91-ff596c586fdaIt’s everyone’s favorite time of year to pack their bags, throw their family in the car, and head out for their own memorable Griswold style adventure. Now, more than ever, popular vacation destinations are welcoming to both human and canine family members. Below is a list of the 5 highest rated pet friendly vacation spots*:

  1. Mendocino Coast, CA
  2. San Juan Islands
  3. Telluride, CO
  4. Sedona, AZ
  5. San Francisco, CA

*Provided by the humans at iheartdogs.com

If your pup or kitty isn’t planning on traveling with you, that’s what Out-U-Go! is here for. We’d be happy to set up doggie vacation care, kitty sitting, or house sitting for your furry family members.

Shoot us an email, give us a ring, drop us a line, or send us a fax. (Actually don’t send us a fax, our fax machine is sitting in the same pile with our VCR.) Or even better:

Click here to schedule your spring break pet care

New pet parents can schedule a Meet & Greet here

– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!

March’s P.O.T.M. is…

Type: Dog
Age: 9

fun fact:
Meet Finnley! Our awesome Chicago sitter Kelsey recently welcomed a furry friend of her own into her family. Finn’s loves playing fetch, belly rubs & all things Out-U-Go!


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Doge weather

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!”

The Skittish Dog, Big-Bada-Booms and Me

Over the Fourth of July Holiday, I was scheduled to visit with two dogs I had never met, Molly and Clementine.

Molly - Boxer mix

Molly - Boxer mix

I’d been told that Molly, the Boxer Mix, could be a little wary of strangers and skittish with sudden movement or loud noises. Good to know.

That first visit, as I got out of my car, I could hear thunder in the distance. *Bada-Boom!* I walked up the steps to the apartment feeling the heaviness of the air. About halfway up, the barking started.

In an attempt to soothe the barking dog, as I unlocked the door, I sang in a soft yet high pitched voice. “Hello Ms. Molly and Ms. Clementine! I’m here to walk you and feed you and we’re gonna be good friends.”

The snarling, barking face that greeted me as I pushed the door open, did NOT want to be my friend. But, just beyond Molly was Clementine.

Clementine - Mt. Feist

Clementine - Mt. Feist

It was a strange juxtaposition! Clementine was practically dancing in place, she was so excited to see me. She ran to my other side and there she was – ears forward, running up to me and trying to lick my hand. On the other side was Molly – ears back, hackles up, teeth bared, snarling, barking and backing away.

I put my hands in my pocket, averted my eyes from Molly and kept singing. “Nothing to be scared of. I want to be your new friend. Let me give you a treat!”

Since Molly wasn’t rushing me, I moved very slowly to the kitchen table where the treats were. (Of all the times… I forget to have an emergency treat in my pocket like I usually do!) They both sat, though Molly still looked freaked out. While they were distracted with the treats, I fed them their dinners and read over the notes the pet parents left me. Then I took Clementine for a walk, hoping Molly would see how much fun Clementine was having and be okay with me.

While we were outside, I noticed that the weather had gotten worse. It hadn’t yet started to rain, but it is pretty dark and I could see lightening in the distance. Clementine didn’t seem to mind.

I gave them treats when I got back in and, since Molly seemed to be chilling out, I moved very slowly to put her leash on. Two things happened almost simultaneously: I heard a loud *Bada-Boom!* and Molly bit!

Fortunately, she only got my shirt.

Time to call for backup. (One thing I really like about Out-U-Go! is that if something goes wrong, I’m not alone.) Amanda, the Top Dog, was on a visit herself. We discussed the situation. She was baffled. She’d met Molly and had never seen her behave like that. But just talking to Amanda helped me think clearly. As we talked, I continued to give the girls little treats. Molly was no longer barking or snarling, but she was still fearful, stress panting and, every few seconds, her body would jerk… as if something was startling her.

That’s when it hit me. Though I couldn’t hear it, I realized there were fireworks going off in the distance. That combined with the thunder and this strange person in her house was terrifying her! I understood the situation. But what to do…

Thinking back to my work with not so friendly dogs in the shelter, I decided to try to lasso her with the leash. I pulled the leash through the handle end and looped it over her head. It worked!

We managed to walk and, even though it was sprinkling, the thunder was closer and I heard more fireworks, she did well. She finished up her business and we got back inside. While walking, the leash managed to get caught under her collar so I couldn’t just drop it to let her slip out of it. But I wasn’t taking a chance and putting my hand anywhere near her mouth. I found a long wooden spoon in a drawer and slid it under the lasso. It came right off. Phew!

The next morning, I come in with treats. Molly barked, but then settled down quickly. No snarling at all. Over the next few visits, she got more and more comfortable with me until I was able to cuddle with her in the living room. She even put her head in my lap while I wrote notes!

Just goes to show, you can’t judge a dog by the first meeting. Especially when Big-Bada-Booms are involved!

Awesome Fundraiser for Charity! “A Pampered Pooch Spaw Day”




We are thrilled to announce an AWESOME fundraiser for a great cause!  Out-U-Go! and Boulder’s Natural Animal are teaming up to co-host a fun, furry and hilarious event to help raise money for human and pet relief efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

With the help of many other local Boulder businesses, Out-U-G0! and Boulder’s Natural Animal are organizing a Pampered Pooch Spaw Day on April 16th, 2011 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  This event will take place outside of Boulder’ Natural Animal in South Boulder.

Bring your best, furry friend and come join us for an afternoon of fun times, tasty treats (for humans and pets), doggy massages, doggy pedicures, doggy nail painting, ice cream, food from the grill, music, laughs and an all around dog gone good time.

A $5 entrance ticket gets you and your pooch full access to our doggy “spaw” and all proceeds will be donated equally to the Red Cross for human help and to World Vets to help the animals affected.  What’s more, Out-U-Go! and Boulder’s Natural Animal will be matching all donations dollar for dollar!!!

If you’re a human, mark your calendars for April 16th, 2011 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, cruise by Boulder’s Natural Animal in South Boulder for the spectacle that is A Pampered Pooch Spaw Day!  If you’re a dog, just try to remember 🙂

A fairy-tale ending…

Last week, I was lucky enough to escape the frigid Chicago weather and head to Mexico for my best friend’s wedding!  We ate, we drank and most importantly, we enjoyed the sunshine.  What I didn’t know is that when I came home from Mexico I would meet a pup that would change my life forever.

As I drove home from the airport Tuesday evening at about 7pm (anxious to see my pup, Olive) I drove past what looked to be a possum laying still in the middle of the road.  I continued driving and slowed down when I saw a crowd of people around this animal and then realized it was a dog!  I slammed on my breaks,  my heart crumbled into a million pieces and I knew I had to help!  As I came closer to the poor dog it was quiet and  still and I feared the worse until  I saw her little ears wiggle, felt a strong heart beat and noticed her eyes blinking when I spoke to her.  At this point, I knew we needed to get her help ASAP and I was not about to wait until Animal Care and Control came.  With the help of other wonderful pedestrians (all helping as well) we made a little stretcher out of a piece of a furniture and hoisted her into the trunk of my car.  I put my seat belt on and sped as fast as I could to the Animal ER on Clybourn.

As soon as we got to the ER they scanned this sweet pup for a micro-chip and unfortunately could not find one.  From this point, it was just a waiting game to see how soon we could track down her pet parents and get her the help she needed.  That night, I posted her picture and story on Lostandpound.com, craiglist, emailed the Shiba-inu rescue (as that was her breed) and contacted all my animal related contacts/friends/resources.  I also posted her picture on my personal FaceBook wall and within minutes her picture and story was spread like wildfire  all over the web.  I received numerous emails  from people I hardly knew letting me know they would donate money to help this pup.  The way in which people came together was remarkable and truly a humbling experience.

The next day, after a very long day of e-mails, phones calls and tears, I got a call from the Shiba Inu rescue that the pup’s parents had been contacted and that she was in stable condition!  Apparently,  an e-mail I had sent to the the Shiba Inu rescue had been sent to numerous people  and somehow ended up in the hands of a volunteer at PAWS who knew  who the pet parents were (or so I’ve been told).  When I heard the news I literally “jumped for joy” and cried out of happiness.   I didn’t care at all how these pet parents were found or if they ever knew who I was, but simply that this dog was safe, sound and alive!.  It was a miracle!

To make a long story short– I will never know what would have happened if I did not stop.  Hopefully, the outcome would have been the same, but all I keep thinking is that I am so grateful that I did.  My love for dogs is indescribable and the joy I feel inside knowing that I helped save a pup’s life is something I can not even put into words.  Everyone take a minute and give your furry friend and huge kiss/squeeze/belly rub and let them know how lucky you are to have them in your life! 🙂

Shiba Inu