First-Time Pet Owners’ Guide to Adopting an Animal

Guest Blog written by: Jessica Brody of Our Best Friends 

Have you decided to adopt your first pet? Adopting a pet can be very exciting, especially if it is your first time as a pet owner. But, it can also bring up a whole bunch of questions that you didn’t even know you had. Because of this, it is very important that you enter pet parenthood well-informed. Read More

Spooky Pupkin Treats


Our dear friends from Side By Side Pet have made a special video for us on how to make at home, SPOOKY PUPKIN treats!! Please enjoy making and tag us in your after photos!!

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Who Rescued Who, Vol. 1

This fall we created a bandana that was made to tell a story and provide 100% donation to the rescue of your selection. We are so excited to share this first story written by a girl crush of mine. She’s a CACC transfer volunteer who’s Instagram stories always warm and break my heart. Read More

Foster life turned Fetching Tails Foundation

Written By:

Kristen Gottschalk
Co-Founder | Executive Director
Fetching Tails Foundation

Where do I even start with Wrigley? I adopted him with my now-husband 12 years ago so I was only 23 years old at the time. He was my first personal dog. I never had a breed preference when it came to owning a dog as I grew up with all large-breed dogs my entire life. But Chris wanted a lab and I wanted a male dog so we compromised. I still remember the day when we went to the foster family’s home and there were two lab brothers and we picked out our Wrigley.  Wrigley was a rescue from Hurricane Katrina and came up on a transport from Louisiana. Read More

Who Rescued Who?

The Real Dog Moms of Chicago give a bark about helping homeless Chicago dogs. We know you do, too. That’s why we are working hard to help One Tail at a Time fundraise to pay for the mortgage and renovations for their new Isolation (ISO) Center. The ISO Center will be used to house dogs that come from local shelters (Chicago Animal Care & Control and Animal Welfare League Wabash) that have endemic contagious shelter diseases requiring animals to be quarantined once rescued. Their goal is to raise $350,000. Read More

A Look Inside Pooch Hotel – Lincoln Park

We thought it might be great to show you around some of our perk partners. Help you know why we’ve worked together to create these cost savings.  

After touring Pooch Hotel Lincoln Park, our gracious photographer told me how amazing the tour was and how back when they looking for a facility to bring their pup she felt turned off by places that weren’t transparent. I asked her if she would be interested in writing a blog about how this tour made her feel. Here is her description and experience behind the scenes with us at PHLP! 

by Amanda Schaeffer

From the moment you walk into Pooch Hotel Lincoln Park, what is abundantly clear is that they LOVE dogs. Not only is that their philosophy but it is exuded from the two women who have graciously opened the doors to give us a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

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Types of Therapy Dogs

You may have see on our website that we have a page called “Lending Paws.” On that page you can find a few local NFPs that rescue dogs/cats/rabbits and find ways to get involved outside of physically volunteering. We have also listed ways to donate financially or through things like Amazon wish-lists. Read More


It’s 9:30 AM on a Friday morning, and second-grade teacher Erica Rodriguez is setting up her classroom. The anticipation in the room is high – lots of excited wiggles and wide smiles color the landscape of her classroom. As students put on their nametags, they can hear their volunteers near and immediately get into the SitStayRead ready position. Along with the whispers from the hallway, there’s another sound that echoes among the school halls – paws walking on the tile and tags jingling from a secure collar. Read More

Senior Pets United

 Somewhere down the road you may have seen or heard how much senior dogs mean to Lindy & me. Our dream is to some day open a Senior Sanctuary. Until that day, we love supporting rescues such as Newman Nation: Senior Pets United. Our August recipient of the month from our co-hosted events at Mutt Jackson.  We are so excited to introduce you to them and you can meet them at Mutt Jackson on August 25th from 9-11am when they host their mini pop up! 

Newman Nation: Senior Pets United is a 501c3 foster-based rescue that saves urgent special needs and hospice senior cats and dogs from high-kill shelters. We believe that every senior animal deserves a chance to experience love and happiness and die with dignity instead of alone in a shelter.< Read More

What exactly is my dog eating?

Real Dog Moms of Chicago are so excited to announce our new perk!! We’ve spent the last couple of weeks talking to Side by Side Pet Food, setting up this blog, creating a discount special for you AND coolest of all: they are opening a store front in Lincoln Park in August. We will be hosting educational Yappy Hours with them to help you better understand your dogs health needs. Same great code & 15% off their food, treats & supplements. 

In the spirit of transparency, they are offering new customers 25% off with code: lovedog-25; so go take the assessment you’ll read about below. Get 25% off your first order, fall in love and then use our special perk code to always save on healthy food for your dog.  Read More

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