Tag: dog

What Is Pet Insurance?

Everyone has purchased insurance at some point, but very few people understand how it works. This is no surprise as it can be confusing, so when people hear of insurance for animals they wonder: “What is pet insurance and why would I ever need it?” First, consider the things in your life you deem worthy Read More

Winter Gloves For Dog Owners

UPDATE!! We have enough orders for free shipping (to rdmoc for your pick up) See details at end of blog.

It appears whether we intended to be our not, Real Dog Moms of Chicago has become a resource for all things dog. Most recently with the weather changing, we’ve been asked if we know a glove that saves us dog parents from freezing our fingers off when we walk/pick up after our dogs. Just like you, I had NO clue. Until now. 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

Rescue in style.

First, thank you so much for asking me to share my story! I’m thrilled to be talking to all the dog moms of Chicago because you are my people. I can’t technically consider myself a dog mom, but I do have two cats that act more canine than feline. I also write about pups looking for their forever homes, so I hope you’ll let me be part of the Real Dog Moms crowd.

While I’m fairly new the blogging world, my passion for animals started at a very young age. Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian in the worst way. I started my pre-vet career only to discover I couldn’t handle the whole surgical side of veterinary medicine, sort of a major component of the gig. With my dreams slightly dashed, I continued to volunteer at local shelters over the years, keeping my passion to help animals alive. Read More

DIY Paw Wipes.

We spoke to Alicia Boemi from @thediydogmom and she amazingly agreed to let us share her recent blog post about DIY Paw Wipes. With the changing of the seasons, we think this is a great time to share with you so you can make some natural wipes for your beloved, too!


I wanted to create some easy paw wipes that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that I can take with me when traveling and keep in my car. This is a super easy DIY for natural paw wipes that can clean irritated paws, or be used for everyday dirty paw cleanings. Read More

Take a Walk…With Your Dog – The Benefits of a Dog Walking Routine.

We all know that daily walks are great exercise for humans, so why don’t we apply the same concept to our four-legged friends? A routine walking regimen–if done in a safe way–can be beneficial to both the pet and their parent, helping your pooch live a long and healthy life. Read More