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Chicago Winters

Winter is on its way and I typically do not look forward to the cold. I live in Chicago, where it seems the winters will last forever. The first winter I moved here, I was exhausted every day.  Towards the end of winter, I found out why.  I was vitamin D deficient. I had not received enough sunlight from staying inside as much as possible.  After adopting Annabelle and taking her on daily walks, I realized these walks were actually helping me! I felt more energized and I was no longer Vitamin D deficient. Now I love to run around with Annabelle and play in the snow.  It takes a lot to care for a sick pup but she gives so much back. ...

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BeBe's Breast Cancer Story

Our last Medical Case Monday of October goes out to sweet BeBe. Please read the story her amazing mom, Deborah, wrote on our blog. BeBe is another pup that might not have ended up with Mammary Cancer if she had been spayed at a younger age: BeBe was surrendered when her owner became homeless, and they were living in the back of a van in the dead of winter. She was taken in by The Barker Shop (now Bark From the Heart Rescue) where my husband and I volunteered often. She was six years old, not fixed and not current on shots, so she couldn’t socialize yet. However, I picked her up and took her on errands with me so...

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Tawny's Story

Tawny was a breeder pup and was adopted by Michelle after that life. Shocking news came soon after her adoption.   She found out Tawny had mammary cancer that had spread to her lymph nods. She had to have major surgery and chemo. Thankfully now Tawny has been cancer free for nearly 3 years!! The one message Michelle and Tawny want for all fellow pet owners is that this is very preventable!! If pups are spayed before their first time in heat or even by 1 year in age it will majorly reduce the risk that this will happen for your pup. Learn the facts and save more pups! Thank you Michelle and Tawny for sharing your story to help!...

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Annabelle's Journey

How many of you have experienced days where it is nearly impossible to accomplish all the things you need to get done? Now, add to that the burden of having a sick pet or sick relative. The weight just became ten times heavier. We have all been there. I grew up with a family dog as a companion. Buddy was the focal point of my family, and I loved him more than anything. Once I was out of the house and on my own, I knew I needed a pup to keep me company once again. This is a story about my cute, sweet pup named Annabelle. When I adopted Annabelle, I thought having her around would be all fun...

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