Dogs That Heal: Canine Therapy Corps

Written by: Ann Davidson, Operations Manager at Canine Therapy Corp

We’re so glad to see that Real Dog Moms of Chicago has been featuring so many great blog posts about therapy dogs recently.  We’d like to tell you about one more local organization specializing in therapy dogs: Canine Therapy Corps. Read More

Lessons I Learned from Jeep, our therapy dog.


When I was first told to write about our therapy dog, Jeep, I did not know how to start. So I am starting with Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, a therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Good start huh?! Read More

Houndstooth Grooming

We at Real Dog Moms of Chicago won’t ever promote products we wouldn’t ourselves use, that we couldn’t afford or that don’t align with our morals and core values. When Houndstooth Grooming reached out to us, we had them send samples for the dog dads to try out.  We won’t work with something we don’t personally know. My husband is incredibly particular about his hair and hair products, he would naturally provide great feedback. They sent us two samples, the paste and the matte clay. He said he liked both, but the Matte Clay he felt was the best product he’d used in his hair in years. SO naturally we felt working with Houndstooth Grooming made sense since they give back to the rescue world. We proudly present to you… 


I’ll always be with you – K9s For Veterans

The Real Dog Moms of Chicago are very excited to introduce the recipient of our 4th of July photos AND our July beneficiary of the donations from our co-hosted events at Mutt Jackson.


“You will never walk alone because I will always be with you.” Read More

Pet Partners of Greater Chicago

Have you ever wondered about Pet Therapy (it’s official name is Animal Assisted Intervention).  Let us tell you more about it.

In general terms, Pet Therapy is having animals visit hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, college campuses and many other locations to help people’s mood improve and to bring cheer.  In other cases animals can also assist patients who are working on improving mobility – helping a stroke patient learn to walk by walking a dog, for example.  Read More

Love at first swipe.

Love at first swipe… A digital adoption story.

by: Candice Marie Shearman

Well guys, it’s official, I’m a crazy dog lady.

I grew up with cats but always, always, always wanted a dog. Almost the moment I moved out of my mom’s house for college I got a puppy and named her Ocho. I swore to myself then that I wouldn’t be one of crazy dog ladies that only talks about her dogs, forces people to look at pictures of her dog and plans her life around her dog. Fast forward 13 years, I now have a three dog home, you read that right THREE dog home.  I pretty much only go places were my dogs are also allowed, and stay in on Friday nights to hang out with my dog-pack. Oh yea, and my dogs have their own Instagram page. Whoops! Read More

Meet Famous Fido

Imagine this for a moment: You’re sound asleep in bed, and you get a phone call at 2 am, and it’s a complete stranger that has to “get rid of” their dog or cat right that moment. What do you do? Well, if you’re are the folks at Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption Alliance, that bed is a small bed in an office in a rescue center with over 100 animals you are taking care of. And what you do is; figure out a space for them, or call on your supporters to help find a temporary home so that dog or cat does not end up on a kill shelter or, worse, abandoned somewhere on the streets. Read More

Airline Pet Travel 101 | How to Fly with your Dog

A floofy butt prancing around the airport always turns heads, not just because they’re cute, but because people wonder how dogs can travel on an airplane. While many people don’t think it’s PAWsible to fly with your furry friend, it is. Read More

$26k Birthday Wish

The original blog post appears on Rescue In Style’s site. I read it Tuesday night and dove in head first, duh. Quickly sending along our paypal link and researching Kuranda for their donation program, which sells beds at a discount for shelters. Today, Thursday, we have raise approx $2100 for beds for Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Here’s her incredibly moving post:< Read More

Animal Assisted Therapy: Murphy’s Journey

As a School Psychologist, I am privileged to work with children of various backgrounds. When students look around my office, they often comment on photos of my Australian Labradoodle, Murphy. It is amazing to see how a few minutes talking about dogs can help any child in an emotionally dysregulated state become more relaxed. I often tell my students that I wish I could bring Murphy to school with me, and they always agree that Murphy should be at school. Even with Murphy not being physically at school, he helps build rapport with students and helps kiddos feel better. These experiences with students solidified my desire for our family to become animal assisted therapy volunteers. Luckily my husband, Matt, was completely on board with this idea. Matt works in healthcare, and has witnessed his patients’ benefiting from visits from therapy dogs. With that being said, I am so happy to share Murphy’s journey, and hopefully inspire others to consider volunteering as animal assisted therapists. Please note that we are merely sharing our experiences, and realize that there are MANY training opportunities within the Chicagoland area. Read More

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