Category Archives: Animals and Pets

BIGGEST Show on Earth! April

 

ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA RAISES ITS COLOSSAL

WHITE BIG TOP AT SOLDIER FIELD SOUTH LOT
THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION

MAKES FIRST VISIT TO THE MIDWEST; OPENS IN CHICAGO APRIL 1

 

The most impressive and immense big top on the planet – part of the largest touring production ever created – has been raised today at Soldier Field South Lot in Chicago, in preparation for the much anticipated Midwest debut of Odysseo, the latest theatrical adventure by Cavalia. Following the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production Cavalia, which enjoyed a very successful run in Chicago in 2009, the new $30 million theatrical production imagined by Normand Latourelle will begin its run April 1 with matinee and evening performances through April 23. Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live entertainment that marries the equestrian arts, stage performances, and high-tech theatrical effects in never-before-seen ways.

Tickets are now on sale at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

 

Standing 125 feet tall and covering a surface area of 58,397 square feet – the size of the adjacent Chicago Bears’ football field – Odysseo’s exceptional White Big Top is twice the size of the one that housed Cavalia. The giant tent is a mix of art, technology and advanced engineering. In order to break through the limitations of standard big top tents, allow for more flexibility in the performance area, and to give the horses the space they need to express themselves in all their beauty, Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s artistic director and founder, partnered with specialized companies in Europe and Canada to create this high-tech structure. By removing the usual supporting masts from the stage and shifting the weight of the structure from the masts to three arches above the tent, this specially designed White Big Top is the best environment for the horses and acrobats to perform breathtaking numbers and for the creative team to design immense staging.

This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than the United Center ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Surrounded by bleachers with 2,074 seats, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers a vast space of freedom where 65 horses and 48 artists can display their intimate collaboration.

 

To help immerse the audience in the magical world of Odysseo, images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world are projected throughout the show onto an 8,400-square-foot screen. Its technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.

 

Never afraid of using unparalleled technical, visual, and sound infrastructure, the Odysseo creative team has invented a feast for the eyes, a multi-dimensional spectacle with staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery. During the breathtaking finale, a vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs a lake made possible by an underground drain system that releases 40,000 gallons of recycled water onto the stage, in which horses, riders, and artists join to frolic, leaving behind them the traces of their splashes—and an astonished audience.

The White Big Top you see right now at Soldier Filed, is just one part of a larger community; the Odysseo village will take shape over the next few weeks and consists of five tents: the White Big Top, the stable tent, the Rendez-Vous VIP tent, the warm-up & artistic tent, and the kitchen tent serving the 200 employees. In total, 110 semi-trailer trucks will be required to transport the world’s largest touring production to Chicago. THIS WILL BE HUGE!

 

TICKETS – Adult tickets are priced from $34.50 to $144.50 (no service charge). Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). For an extra special outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous VIP package prices range from $144.50 to $269.50 (no service charge).

 

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Its first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 4 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, the company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia. #OdysseoCHI

Fred Says Fundraiser at Progress Bar for Photo Project June 14

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‘When Dogs Heal,’

a pet friendly HIV-campaign

Fred Says is hosting a fundraiser at Progress Bar for their new photographic project that raises awareness about HIV/AIDS and pet owners.
WHAT: “When Dogs Heal”, is a new project organized by Fred Says, highlights the incredible role dogs play in helping their owners heal from emotional and physical ailments. This Chicago fundraiser will feature award winning pet photographer, Jesse Freidin, who will take photo-booth style pictures of people and their pets while attendees sip cocktails and eat small brunch items at Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted Street. The event is open to the public and serves as a fundraiser for the Fred Says and their new project.
WHY: Fred Says is compiling the pictures taken for a book that will photographically depict the profound healing effect dogs have on humans. After receiving a cancer diagnosis and shortly thereafter an HIV+ diagnosis, Dr. Rob Garofalo, Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, adopted Fred, a Yorkie puppy and face of the charity, and quickly began to see a drastic change in his physical and mental well-being. Dr. Garofalo credits Fred with “saving his life.” While Saturday’s event is about pets and their owners, all photos will not have to used in the book
Studies have repeatedly shown that people with pets are healthier, happier and less depressed than those without pets. The social support a pet provides its owner decreases stress and encourages more social interactions which can help decrease depression and isolation. Dr. Natalie Marks is one of the owners of Blum Animal Hospital and voted “Veterinarian of the Year” in 2012 says, “Pets have an incredible ability to heal on not only a physical but also a mental/emotional level.

It is well documented that petting a dog or cat can significantly lower blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol (stress hormone) levels…The strength of the human-animal bond is almost beyond description and companion animals should be part of the healing process for many chronic illnesses.”
On June 15th, Jesse Freidin will be doing closed-studio portraits of people who are HIV+ and have dogs. Those interested in participating in this portion should email Zach Stafford, zstafford@luriechildrens.org.
HOW: A suggested donation of $15 is encouraged to attend, and $25 to attend and have a portrait taken by Jesse Freidin.

WHO: 21+ with proper I.D, dogs encouraged.

WHEN: Saturday, June 14th from 12pm-3pm. Doors open at 12pm.

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Two Dogs in Chicago Desperately Need a Home!

URGENT!
Sadie & Wilson
These two witnessed their owner’s death and were found 2 days later
in the home – they were then sent to a kill kennel and separated.
Famous Fido was able to rescue them from death and they are now together
again. They are being boarded together at a kennel but they are
depressed.

They have to leave the kennel by this Friday, July 26th.

Sadie is a very sweet 5 – 7 year old Lab mix, Dear, sad Wilson (a 5
– 7 year old Shepard) hasn’t fared as well. He’s despondent and truly
needs a truly experienced dog-nurturer (with patience and heart) to help
him through his depression. He needs a yard without any other dogs,
cats, or children.

Sadie & Wilson and bonded, but if they have to be separated we
will consider it. These dogs have no where to go and need help – these
lives are worth saving. Any donations would be helpful for boarding
costs and care.

Please contact GLORIA at 773.907.0305

Dog Poop in Chicago…The BEST bag ever Invented!

Is there anything worse, then walking down the street, minding your own business, and step in some business! Dog Poop. It stinks and it’s messy, it’s nasty, there is NO REASON for it  and Dog owners need to take responsibility.

 in some cities, people are SO LAZY,
they don’t bother to pick up their dogs poop! And I am so sick of it!
If you own a dog, clean up after it!

The island of Capri (Italy)  is going high-tech to deal with an age-old problem: dog
poop.They have solved the problem and more cities are talking about it.

The mayor of the island, located off the coast of Naples, is determined to
rid Capri of the rather distasteful predicament by using DNA testing.

The small island is a large tourist destination and is home to 7,305 people
owning 1,000 dogs. Unfortunately, some of the residents seem unwilling to scoop
up poop. In order to maintain the pristine setting Capri is famous for, the city
is using technology to track down pet owners who befoul the town by leaving
piles of scat behind.

The mayor plans to take advantage of a law that requires dogs to undergo a
blood test for canine diseases. The city will use the blood to perform DNA tests
on puppy excrement and identify the source of the smelly mess.

Ok – so lets say you ALWAYS pick your dogs poop. You grab one of those “recycle bags” that every store in the world  uses now, right? And you throw it away. But then what? Where does it go?? It gets sent
off somewhere, to live on forever and ever and ever.

You
may not think about it, but chances are if you have a dog you’re creating
excess waste, somewhere. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the
United States. That’s a lot of poop! 



A brilliant man in Chicago has come up with THE BEST solution, and THE BEST DOG POOP bags ever made!  Biodegradable Poop Bags by PoopBags.com meet the ASTM D6400
specification for biodegradability, compostability, and comply
with California’s compostable product claims.*
FACT  — 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

Various
plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” –
shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM D6400 specification puts a
kibosh on all of that. Basically, the specification requires that the
material is fully tested to ensure that it will degrade at a similar
rate as an apple (composting), and that no large plastic fragments
should remain.

More than likely, the loose and light manufacturers’ bags do not meet
biodegradable/compostable standards of any sort, and are just regular
plastic bags. All in all, bag manufacturers – who claim their bags are
biodegradable or compostable but do not meet the ASTM specifications –
are misleading consumers and are acting negligently towards the
environment.

California’s law, SB 1749, maintains that bags should meet the ASTM
D6400 specification for compostable product claims. Several other states
are also instituting policies like California. The Original PoopBags
proudly meet this standard, and our other bags meet national ASTM
certifications as well.

Additional Facts about Poop Bags:
– Made from a combination of corn and other renewable products.

– Shelf stable just like paper plates or paper towels.

– There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags
degrade naturally when exposed to the earth’s elements and
micro-organisms in the soil.

– “Breathe” – allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This
feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing
odor.

– Will decompose in a commercial composting environment between 60 and 90 days after use. PoopBags.com strongly urges consumers not to
place feces-filled bags into home composting systems or green bins as
this could lead to E.coli contamination. Basically, dogs eat meat.

– Will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable
to other naturally compostable materials, such as paper, leaves and food
waste.

If the poop bags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they
will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable/compostable
materials in the same setting. 

If the landfill is anaerobic/locked, no
biodegradable/compostable products will degrade – even banana peels.
 

*Please note this statement does not apply to the flushable bags.



BUY the ORIGINAL     BUY THE BEST.

Charity Bingo at Hamburger Marys April 8th

SAVE THE DOGS!
 FAMOUS FIDO RESCUE Founder and businesswoman Gloria Lissner has been rescuing homeless dogs since 1975. She had become increasingly frustrated with the staggering number of
adoptable animals destroyed every year in the Chicago land area. Her goal is to Chicago a NO KILL city.
Come by Hamburger Marys on April 8th for fun and charity!! 
Bingo, prizes, drink specials.
5400 N Clark St  Chicago

Chihuahua Rescue and Awareness Feb 24th


FRED SAYS Yorkie Raises Money for HIV AIDS Dec. 8th

Who Is Fred?

I’m a cute little yorkie

 with a big heart!

I am a Yorkshire Terrier in Chicago and adopted by my Dad, Rob Garofalo. 

Dad says I’m a miracle because I helped him through
some of the darkest periods in his life (professionally, health wise
and personally).

I seem to have a therapeutic affect on people,
because I’m cute as a button and sassy.

It was Daddy’s idea to put me
to work — using my image to sell boxes of greeting cards. The proceeds
go to care for HIV+ adolescents who do not have health insurance. I don’t
mind because it is a great cause.

AND WE’RE HAVING A PARTY!

Saturday, December 8, 2012
4:00pm until 7:00pm
 @  SCARLET      3320 North Halsted Street

Fred
is raising money to support the healthcare of HIV+ Teens this holiday
season at Scarlet! There will be drinks, complimentary hors d’oeurves
from the generous folk at Taverna750, raffle prizes and lots of holiday
cheer!!

Also there will be the live world premiere screening of
Fred’s first promotional video to support the charity’s work — it is
not to be missed!!

So please come join us and bring your friends.

Suggested donation of $10 or $20. The $20 donation includes a box of
Fred Says greeting cards – which make an excellent holiday gift.

Facebook  invite

Fredsays.org


Awesome Chicago Holiday Dinner Dance Gala for Famous Fido

On Friday December 9, Famous Fido will be hosting a Gala Holiday Dinner, and you’re invited! Not
only will this event be a chance to eat, drink, dance, and shop at our
Holiday Bazaar, Silent Auction and Raffle, and the proceeds will benefit Famous Fido’s important work
in the year to come. 

Come share the joy that animals bring to your life!

Friday, December 9, 6PM
Grossinger Auto Plex  @  1530 N Dayton Ave (North and Clybourn)
 
Tickets are $30 each, or $50 for 2
Dinner buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks! What a deal!

And Every
dollar will go back to the animals. Join us in ringing in the holidays
with some smiles, laughter, and joy, all for a great cause! Your support
keeps these animals off the streets and gets them into the homes they
deserve.

Purchase tickets
please call  773-907-0305    www.famousfidorescue.com

More details  online.

Famous Fido Dog Adoption Fun Oct. 15-16

PAWS Chicago Run Walk Fundraiser Sept. 25



 PAWS Chicago’s 11th Annual Run for Their Lives to Benefit Homeless Pets
 
A crowd of more than 5,000 runners, walkers and pooches are expected to attend!

 
The  11th Annual Run for Their Lives is expected to attract a larger crowd then ever before to raise money for Chicago’s homeless pets.  

 
Support PAWS Chicago’s mission to build a No Kill city by running or walking for homeless animals. Bring the whole family to participate in the child and pet-friendly 4K Walk or compete against the clock in the 8K Run.


By participating, collecting pledges, or both, you can win great prizes while helping PAWS Chicago build a No Kill city!  A canine carnival, animal communicator and Disney Spooky Buddies Howl-o-ween dog/owner costume contest are just a few of the other attractions offered at the event.
 
This annual event is extremely important in raising funds for PAWS Chicago’s life-saving programs. PAWS Chicago works to end the unnecessary killing of homeless pets through free spay/neuter for pets of Chicago residents on public assistance; adoptions through the Midwest’s only state-of-the-art, cageless Adoption & Humane Center; and community education programs.
 
Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 50 percent.  PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago—a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.
 
WHERE:        Montrose Harbor
                        – Just east of the Montrose Harbor Drive and Simonds Drive intersection
                        – Parking is available throughout the park
                       
WHEN:           Sunday, September 25      9 a.m.

PAWS  CHICAGO

Dog Adoption Sat. Sept. 10 in Andersonville


Over a dozen dogs need a home, this Saturday, Sept. 10th!!



Dogs who really need
Loving and Happy Homes will be on hand and available for adoption at the event – 
 
These dogs are  all saved from Kill-Shelters and REALLY  need your support!

Saturday, September 10, 2011       9:30am – 5:00pm

Famous Fido Rescue   and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark    Chicago, IL 60640        Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:   773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:    Famousfidorescue.com   


Dog Rescue Rummage Sale in Andersonville Aug. 21-22


 
  LET’S HAVE GREAT FUN
& HELP SAVE LIVES!


 
3rd Annual:
RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
 
Saturday, August 21, 2011
10:00am – 7:00pm


Sunday, August 22, 2011
11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing…


Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!
Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!
and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.
– in addition, you can help by donating items that can be sold – items from your attic or from your spring cleaning can help us raise funds and save a life!
 
Please contribute to our worthy cause, it will also help fund our rescue cookie boxes, allowing us to raise funds for the many animals we are trying to save lives at kill shelters!
 
Please contact Gloria to make donations and donate items at:
   
Famous Fido Rescue     and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark    Chicago, IL 60640    Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:      www.Famousfidorescue.com    
 
VOLUNTEER – ADOPT – DONATE   —   JOIN OUR ALLIANCE!

Animal RESCUE Rummage Sale July 16-17


2nd Annual:
RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
 
“CHRISTMAS IN JULY!”
Saturday, July 16, 2011
9:00am – 7:00pm
&
Sunday, July 17, 2011
10:00am – 5:00pm


Items for sale include:
Furniture, Home-decor & accersories, housewares, antique furniture, linens, one-of-a-kind collectibles, apparel, books, DVD’s, Children’s Items, and much more!
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing:
Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!
Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!
and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.

Famous Fido Rescue    and Adoption Alliance
 
5430 North Clark   Chicago, IL 60640    Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:
Famousfidorescue.com   

Rummage Sale – To Help Animal Rescue June 18-19 in Andersonville

1st Annual:

RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
in  Andersonville
 
Saturday, June 18, 2011
10:00am – 7:00pm
&
Sunday, June 19, 2011
11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing:

Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!

Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!

and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.

– in addition, you can help by donating items that can be sold – items from your attic or from your spring cleaning can help us raise funds and save a life!
 
Please contribute to our worthy cause, it will also help fund our rescue cookie boxes, allowing us to raise funds for the many animals we are trying to save lives at kill shelters!
 
Please contact Gloria to make donations and donate items at:
   
Famous Fido Rescue    and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark   Chicago, IL 60640     Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit:   Famousfidorescue.com

   

HELP! These Dogs Need a Good Home in Chicago!



THE FOUR DOGS DESPERATELY NEED  HOMES!


Gloria Lissner, owner
of Happy Tails,in Andersonville,  is founder of a new  Rescue & Adoption Alliance. She has 4 rescues in her shop that are ready & waiting for good homes. If you are  interested in adoption, please give her a call today and  make an appointment to meet the dogs. You won’t regret it!
5430 N Clark       773.907.0305


Daryl • 1.5 yrs, male
Shar Pei/Boxer mix. Has great energy and loves the outdoors


Foxy • 4-years, female Sheltie mix. She was badly abused and
could use a quiet home with consistent love and attention.


Lucky • 1-yr, male Terrier/ Bichon. Playful and loving,
he prefers consistency in routine and would do well with an affectionate family or individual.


Cookie • 1.5 yr, female Bulldog/ Boxer mix.Cookie was found
crated in the basement of a drug den. Despite this, she is super  sweet and loves to play.


All are neutered & have their shots.

Sunday April 3rd Famous Fido Animal Rescue Event Las Manos Gallery





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Best Friends – Help Homless Pets and SMILE

 

Frazzled from shopping yet?  Tired of the crowds?

This will put a smile on your face !

Watch these adorable dogs decorate cookies and get ready to celebrate the holidays in style. They’re not only spreading good cheer, they have an important message to share— Make a holiday wish come true for a homeless dog or cat…ADOPT!


HOMELESS PETS – It’s so sad.  Best Friends Animal Society   is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. At the core of Best Friends’ work is the dream that one day kindness will replace cruelty, and animals will no longer be destroyed because they are unwanted or imperfect. Spaying and neutering will be the rule for all pets and adoption will be the first option for everyone. Making this dream a reality is the mission we call No More Homeless Pets. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation. 

Sponsor an animal. Help buy food. Donate a dollar or two. Your contribution to Best Friends goes straight to work helping tens of thousands of animals both at the sanctuary at Best Friends and through outreach and rescue programs all around the country.

For more information visit: http://www.bestfriends.org/ 

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW !
(there are lots of fun videos on their site – sure to make you smile!)


Chicago Vegan Mania After Party to Benefit Mercy for Animals

After the VEGAN MANIA EXTRAVAGANZA, join  MERCY FOR ANIMALS   for the official after-party !
OCTOBER 9th  7-10pm  At  the  Funky Buddah Lounge, 728 W. Grand Ave, Chicago.

Purchase your tickets today!
Tickets are $20 per person and include delicious vegan snacks and a complimentary drink. There will also be a raffle, a silent auction and a live DJ! You must be 21 or over to attend.

Tickets are limited so be sure to secure your spot at The Official VeganMania After-Party today!

PAWS Chicago 8th Annual Beach Party A Huge Success

 Despite the economy and the threats of stormy weather, last nights PAWS Chicago beach party was a smashing success!  500  humans and  200  animals raised $250,000! We  ate, we drank, we danced and raised money for our furry friends in need.


PAWS  Chicago
  is the midwests largest NO KILL shelter!    4,000 dedicated volunteers enable the organization to continue to save lives and expand services. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 50 percent. PAWS  is working to build a No Kill Chicago—a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.

PAWS Chicago will find new homes for more than 4,000 homeless pets in 2010 through the state-of-the-art Adoption & Humane Center in Lincoln Park. The cageless Adoption Center provides homeless pets with the care and dignity they deserve while welcoming adopters, providing them with guidance in selecting their new pet and continued support for life.

It is such a great organization. And I met some of the newly adopted dogs last night. Dogs have SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE! If you are considering a pet, check out PAWS. They have loving cats and dogs that need  homes.

If you missed the Beach Party, upcoming  events  include  ANGELS  WITH  TAILS   happening this weekend. Angels with Tails is Chicagoland’s premiere adoption event that brings together local businesses, people, shelters and pets in an effort to find families for many homeless pets.  Sunday, July 25th Noon to 4:00 p.m.  in the  West Loop Area (Madison St. between Peoria & Racine).


PAWS  Run/Walk
   happens  September  26th. And  the  FUR BALL in December  is  Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black tie gala will draw more than 750 guests at  famous Drake Hotel, many escorted by their canine companions.

 

 

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Animal Rescue Benefit This Saturday at Wild Pug

Come join American Animal Rescue Society  for  Dog Days Afternoon at Wild Pug

Saturday, July 10       3-6 pm

Bring your dog, bring your friends, have a great
time! We will also have a raffle with great prizes.
Pre-sale can be purchased on the  Amer. Animal Rescue   website .

$25 wristbands, all you can drink
mixed well cocktails,  domestic draft, with proceeds donated to AARS.

Wild Pug      4810 N. Broadway St


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Animal Rescue Benefit This Saturday at Wild Pug

Come join American Animal Rescue Society  for  Dog Days Afternoon at Wild Pug

Saturday, July 10       3-6 pm

Bring your dog, bring your friends, have a great
time! We will also have a raffle with great prizes.
Pre-sale can be purchased on the  Amer. Animal Rescue   website .

$25 wristbands, all you can drink
mixed well cocktails,  domestic draft, with proceeds donated to AARS.

Wild Pug      4810 N. Broadway St


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PAWS Chicago 8th Annual Beach Party – Bring Your Pet!

The Eighth Annual
 PAWS  Beach Party

is one of the city’s largest
pet-friendly social gatherings. 

This popular summertime event includes
dancing on deck, cool cocktails, a beachy dinner buffet and a
one-of-a-kind silent auction including tickets to Dancing with the
Stars, all while enjoying a spectacular lakefront and city skyline
view.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 6 p.m. Castaways at North Avenue Beach. Emceed by Lisa Dent from US99.5, the Beach Party at Castaways will host more than 500 guests, and more than 100 beachwear-clad dogs! You and your pup will lounge by the beach drinking cool summer cocktails from an open bar while enjoying a beachy dinner buffet, the always-popular silent and live auctions, and live music courtesy of the Underwater People!

Every dollar raised from the 8th Annual PAWS Chicago Beach Party, All Paws On Deck! enables PAWS Chicago to continue their life-saving work.

PAWS Chicago Beach Party is a fun, summer celebration that will include cool summer cocktails and an open bar, a beach-themed dinner buffet, a doggie buffet, dancing and a one-of-a-kind silent auction!

Purchase tickets online !        Find out more about  PAWS Chicago !

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Missing Yorkshire Terrier in Roscoe Village Chicago

HELP!!!

$1000 REWARD
FOR SAFE RETURN OF SADIE!
Call: (312) 543-5000

We lost our baby (of 9 years) in Roscoe Village near Addison/Lincoln/Cornelia/Damen. (3550 North – 1800 West) Our Yorkshire “Yorkie” Terrier was last seen on the 1800 Block of West Eddy St. on 4/6/10 at 3.30 pm. If you have ANY leads or have seen our baby, PLEASE, PLEASE call me and help.

No questions asked $1000 Reward for the information or safe return of our little girl! ‘Sadie’ is 5 lbs with a stocky build. Mostly Black with tan paws and head, and a white patch (star) on her chest. She was wearing a black nylon color with a gold ‘bone’ identity tag(faded) and current Vaccine tags. She is electronically chipped–9 years old–and needs important daily medication!! So please bring her home to us or she will have complications! We are devastated and we will not stop looking until we find her. PLEASE call us if you have seen this dog or even one that looks like her! We will follow up on all leads!

Her hair is a bit longer now (photos are from 2/7-Superbowl Sunday ) she has a shorter nose than most Yorkies, and stocky front shoulder build, erect ears, and a narrow behind… very small and short… maybe the smallest dog you have seen with the biggest heart!

Call: (312) 543-5000

Anyone with any information, please help!

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Missing Yorkshire Terrier in Roscoe Village Chicago

HELP!!!

$1000 REWARD
FOR SAFE RETURN OF SADIE!
Call: (312) 543-5000

We lost our baby (of 9 years) in Roscoe Village near Addison/Lincoln/Cornelia/Damen. (3550 North – 1800 West) Our Yorkshire “Yorkie” Terrier was last seen on the 1800 Block of West Eddy St. on 4/6/10 at 3.30 pm. If you have ANY leads or have seen our baby, PLEASE, PLEASE call me and help.

No questions asked $1000 Reward for the information or safe return of our little girl! ‘Sadie’ is 5 lbs with a stocky build. Mostly Black with tan paws and head, and a white patch (star) on her chest. She was wearing a black nylon color with a gold ‘bone’ identity tag(faded) and current Vaccine tags. She is electronically chipped–9 years old–and needs important daily medication!! So please bring her home to us or she will have complications! We are devastated and we will not stop looking until we find her. PLEASE call us if you have seen this dog or even one that looks like her! We will follow up on all leads!

Her hair is a bit longer now (photos are from 2/7-Superbowl Sunday ) she has a shorter nose than most Yorkies, and stocky front shoulder build, erect ears, and a narrow behind… very small and short… maybe the smallest dog you have seen with the biggest heart!

Call: (312) 543-5000

Anyone with any information, please help!

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Bea Arthur and PETA Protest McDonalds Animal Cruelty in Chicago

When I see meat in the counters at  Whole Foods, things like hamburgers mixed with various herbs and cheeses,  Chicken marinated with herbs and sauces,  I don’t give much thought to how it got there. I don’t think most people do. I bet if videos were shown above the meat cases, showing live animals being slaughtered,  more of us would be vegetarian!

Honorary PETA director Bea Arthur had no intention of letting a little thing like, say, death stop her from speaking out against cruelty to animals. The Golden Girl is taking on the Golden Arches’ chicken abuse in a full-page PETA ad in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune—(McDonalds is headquarted in the Chicago area) paid for by Bea herself through a gift in her will.

PETA members dressed in black will also held a spirited protest outside a downtown Chicago McDonald’s to mark the ad’s debut and the one-year anniversary of beautiful Bea’s passing.

McDonalds BRUTALLY kill chickens. Even their own internal animal welfare advisors have asked them to stop this practice. But CEO JIM SKINNER refuses.

Will Bea’s plea from beyond the grave inspire McDonald’s to lessen the hellish suffering of the chickens who are killed for its restaurants? Please join Bea and PETA by taking action and urging McDonald’s to demand that its suppliers switch to a less cruel slaughter method called controlled-atmosphere killing. If Bea’s eternal activism has inspired you, please also consider joining PETA’s Augustus Club (which Bea helped launch) to ensure that your efforts to help animals live on long after you’ve gone!

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From Acrobatic Cats to Barbra Streisand, Skokie Theatre Entertains

LOOKING  FOR  SOMETHING  FUN
AND UNIQUE THIS WEEKEND?

HOW  ABOUT  ACROBATIC  CATS?!



Samantha Martin and The Amazing Acro-Cats and the Rock-Cats come to Skokie Theatre, Saturday March 20th at  12:00  and  2:00pm.


See the Amazing Acro-Cats Live and in Purr-son perform over 30 tricks and feats of agility. Audiences are astounded as they watch these fantastic felines push carts, ride skateboards, roll barrels, ring bells, turn on lights, walk tight ropes, jump through hoops and much more!

The Amazing Acro-Cats are part of Amazing Animals by Samantha, a private educational zoo owned and operated by Samantha Martin, a Chicago-based animal trainer and feline specialist. Her animal troupe have appeared on numerous national television shows, including TMZ, The Tonight Show and Animal Planet, as well as films, commercials and print advertising campaigns.



Ok, so you missed  One Night Only: Barbra Streisand & Quartet at  VILLAGE VANGUARD in New York City. The dvd will be out in a few weeks.  Until then, there is  BAB  FAB!

Celebrate the birthday of the legendary Barbra Streisand with the third annual “Bab Fab: The Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration”.  THREE NIGHTS! 

It kicks off on April 23rd with a Streisand connoisseur Matt Howe, and then continues with two great performances of Streisand’s work on April 24th and 25th.  All performances can be found at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.

Spend an evening with Barbra Streisand activist Matt Howe on April 23rd, 2010 at 8pm.  Matt’s passion for the life and career of Barbra Streisand has not only inspired him to create one of the most thorough informational websites on Barbra but has gained the respect and admiration of several of Barbra’s creative associates and top people in the entertainment industry.


“Bab Fab” will continue on April 24th at 8pm and April 25th at 2pm with A Barbra Streisand Musical Celebration.  This performance will cover Streisand’s fantastic musical career, from her early days in Greenwich Village to her incredible rise to super stardom.  Rob Dorn escorts audiences through a Streisand musical timeline assisted by some of Chicago’s leading cabaret and musical theater talent, including Amy Cole, Elizabeth Dowling, Hilary Ann Feldman, Laura Freeman, Scott Gryder, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Marianne Murphy Orland, Jason Paul Smith and more!


Skokie Theatre Music Foundation, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077.
order tickets by calling 847-677-7761  or  onlie  at  Skokie Theatre.

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From Acrobatic Cats to Barbra Streisand, Skokie Theatre Entertains

LOOKING  FOR  SOMETHING  FUN
AND UNIQUE THIS WEEKEND?

HOW  ABOUT  ACROBATIC  CATS?!



Samantha Martin and The Amazing Acro-Cats and the Rock-Cats come to Skokie Theatre, Saturday March 20th at  12:00  and  2:00pm.


See the Amazing Acro-Cats Live and in Purr-son perform over 30 tricks and feats of agility. Audiences are astounded as they watch these fantastic felines push carts, ride skateboards, roll barrels, ring bells, turn on lights, walk tight ropes, jump through hoops and much more!

The Amazing Acro-Cats are part of Amazing Animals by Samantha, a private educational zoo owned and operated by Samantha Martin, a Chicago-based animal trainer and feline specialist. Her animal troupe have appeared on numerous national television shows, including TMZ, The Tonight Show and Animal Planet, as well as films, commercials and print advertising campaigns.



Ok, so you missed  One Night Only: Barbra Streisand & Quartet at  VILLAGE VANGUARD in New York City. The dvd will be out in a few weeks.  Until then, there is  BAB  FAB!

Celebrate the birthday of the legendary Barbra Streisand with the third annual “Bab Fab: The Barbra Streisand Birthday Celebration”.  THREE NIGHTS! 

It kicks off on April 23rd with a Streisand connoisseur Matt Howe, and then continues with two great performances of Streisand’s work on April 24th and 25th.  All performances can be found at the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.

Spend an evening with Barbra Streisand activist Matt Howe on April 23rd, 2010 at 8pm.  Matt’s passion for the life and career of Barbra Streisand has not only inspired him to create one of the most thorough informational websites on Barbra but has gained the respect and admiration of several of Barbra’s creative associates and top people in the entertainment industry.


“Bab Fab” will continue on April 24th at 8pm and April 25th at 2pm with A Barbra Streisand Musical Celebration.  This performance will cover Streisand’s fantastic musical career, from her early days in Greenwich Village to her incredible rise to super stardom.  Rob Dorn escorts audiences through a Streisand musical timeline assisted by some of Chicago’s leading cabaret and musical theater talent, including Amy Cole, Elizabeth Dowling, Hilary Ann Feldman, Laura Freeman, Scott Gryder, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Marianne Murphy Orland, Jason Paul Smith and more!


Skokie Theatre Music Foundation, 7924 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077.
order tickets by calling 847-677-7761  or  onlie  at  Skokie Theatre.

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PAWS CHICAGO Annual Black Tie Gala FUR BALL

 

It’s that time of year again!  Just a week away! The  FUR BALL.  Chicago’s most glamorous premier pet-friendly black tie gala will draw more than 750 guests at  the  famous Drake Hotel, many escorted by their canine companions. Lucky dogs in attendance will be treated to a doggie buffet, animal communicator and dog spa, complete with an animal masseuse. Human companions will enjoy silent and live auctions with one-of-a-kind items, raffles, dancing and dinner buffet.

Date: 6 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2009
Location: The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place
Tickets: $400 for humans, $100 for pets.
Register Online!


PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the city’s largest No Kill humane organization. Through a solution-based approach to animal welfare, PAWS Chicago has placed Chicago on track to become a No Kill city where pets are no longer destroyed because they are homeless. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless pets killed per year has dropped from more than 42,000 to less than 19,000 – more than a 50 percent decrease.


In the fall of 2007, PAWS Chicago celebrated a milestone by opening the Midwest’s first No Kill, cageless, state-of-the-art adoption center for dogs and cats in Lincoln Park. PAWS Chicago is on track to find homes for more than 3,600 homeless pets this year. With higher adoption numbers, the cost of medical treatments and caring for homeless pets continues to increase.


Every dollar raised from the 8th Annual Fur Ball enables
PAWS Chicago to continue    life-saving work.


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PAWS Chicago Fur Ball November 14th at the DRAKE Hotel


    

Friday, November 14th, 2008, 6:00pm @ The Drake Hotel


The Seventh Annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball is Chicago’s pet-friendly
black-tie gala. Lucky dogs in attendance will be treated to a doggie
buffet, animal communicator and dog spa, complete with an animal
masseuse. Their human companions will delight in the silent and live
auctions with one-of-a-kind items, raffle, dancing and dinner buffet.

Presented by Bentley Gold Coast, Harry Winston and The Drake Hotel, the
Seventh Annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball will raise funds to support the
organization’s ongoing efforts to alleviate our city’s tragic pet overpopulation problem.

Tickets start at $400 per person, $100 per pooch.

PAWS Chicago is the city’s largest No Kill humane organization, focused on implementing solutions to end the killing of homeless pets. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 50 percent: from more than 42,000 homeless pets killed in 1997 to under 20,000 killed in 2006. PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago—a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.


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POOCH HOTEL – Voted Best Dog Day Care and Best Dog Hotel in Chicago


 


Let’s face it, pets are part of your family. And when you need a sitter or going out of town, you want peace of mind that your pet is comfortable, having fun and not stressing. You don’t want them locked up in a cage feeling  sad and depressed that you have deserted them.

While you are on vacation, renovating your home or throwing a party, let your pet live it up in a cageless boarding facility. Several have sprouted up in Chicago in the last few years. When we were recently faced with the decision of boarding our little Miss Trixie Lee somewhere, we started our search.

Actually 3 places in town called themselves THE BEST. So we checked them out. And decided on POOCH HOTEL, 2228 N. Clyburn @ Fullerton, was truly THE BEST. They have been voted  BEST DOG  DAY  CARE,  BEST  PET SERVICES  and  BEST DOG HOTEL  in Chicago!



  Pooch Hotel (with 2 locations now in Chicago) is an upscale dog day care, kennel and also offer spa treatments to pamper your little Trixie!  Thousands of square feet of play areas on multiple floors, and dogs are separated by size and groups to reduce noise and stress. Spacious glass suites for sleeping time, radiant-heated floors for maximum comfort and even a plasma TV in the common area in case your pooch wants to watch  The Dog Whisperer

Owner Robin Tomb says her staff  can provide any number of royal treatments. “The most popular treatments are the aromatherapy bath, pawdicure, and  milk bone bath.” The Pooch Hotel is open and fully staffed 24/7/365. Over 20 pet care professionals on staff and dogs are always under observation via cameras.


 
Rates  start at $47 per night for boarding and   $20-$35  per day for daycare, depending on how you need the services. They  can  even provide transportation of your dog, if needed.

 They are an accredited member of the Pet Care Services Association. And also bonded and insured.


                                                                         (our little miss Trixie Lee)

In business since 2004, they now have 2 locations in Chicago. 
2228 N. Clyburn @ Fullerton and also  at  1214 W.  Monroe
773-348-2646                                              773-932-2232


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