Pets, Happy Life
Keep your furry family members
happy and healthy with this quick guide to
pet care providers in Milwaukee.
To commemorate National Women’s
History Month this March, five notable Milwaukee area females — all
of whom are both professionally driven and philanthropically minded
— share who and what inspires them, how they give back, and why they
adore their furry family members.
Milwaukeeans who frequent the Wisconsin State Fair, parades and charity
events may recognize a familiar face — the city’s famous German
shepherd, Molly the Motorcycle Dog. Molly’s owner, Hales Corners native
Jim Tremmel, was first attracted to the breed as a young boy growing up
with his father’s German shepherds.
Guide to Pet Insurance
“Pet insurance sold through the workplace is one of the fastest growing
and most popular employee benefits,” says Jon Rauser of The Rauser
Agency. If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that employs 1,000
or more people, such as Harley-Davidson, Aurora Health Care or Johnson
Controls, you could elect to take pet insurance through payroll
deduction and receive a group discount of 20 to 30 percent off retail.
Minutes With: Amy Dodge
Nearly 5,000 people in the
Milwaukee area are touched by dog owner/therapy dog teams from Pets
Helping People each year. In July, nonprofit pro Amy Dodge was named
executive director of the organization, now in its 20th year, and
she couldn’t be more excited about the challenges ahead.
Lifetime of Care
Pets give you so much — love,
laughs, companionship and crazy stories, for starters — but they
require a few things too. We spoke with veterinarians and a host of
other experts to get tips for how to become an ideal caretaker for
your furry pals throughout their lives and time with you.
a Dog Walks Into a Bar...
From Fido-friendly pubs and
restaurants to more exotic furry fixes, here’s our comprehensive
animal lovers guide to Milwaukee.
much is too much?
M’s Editor-in-Chief shares her
experience dealing with a sick pet and a difficult decision.
Minutes With: Dr. Roberta Wallace
she’s researching the diets of Humboldt penguins in Chile or
managing the blood pressure of a Western lowland gorilla, Dr.
Roberta Wallace’s days are rarely routine. As senior staff
veterinarian at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Wallace takes M for a walk
on the wild side.
Lichtenberger sees a lot of police and sheriff’s department K-9s at
her Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals and Specialty Services in
Greenfield. The board-certified critical care veterinarian not only
provides health care for the dogs, but she trains the officers in
first aid and CPR so they can help their K-9 heroes in an emergency.
former Marine Ryan Holiday of Cedarburg came home from the war in
Iraq, he knew he needed help.
days of summer
definite perks to being man’s best friend these days, beyond walks
in the park or playing fetch in the yard. Milwaukee is quickly turning
into a pet’s paradise. Here are some drool-worthy activities for the
leashed and well-behaved.
Sam was 26
years old, in graduate school on the West Coast, struggling with a
complicated mental illness known as schizoaffective disorder. He’d
been hospitalized three times for being suicidal. "I
was in an abysmal place mentally," he recalls.
than four years, Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe has assisted in saving 637
dogs from the inevitable, thanks in part to the Mod Squad program she
helped create at the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha.
at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital in Oconomowoc cares if
other members of the medical team spend their days horsing around.
After all, caring for the noble equus is their business.
vigorously wagging tail is an important tool. It’s also the secret
behind — so to speak — being a successful dog. Just ask Bentley, a
2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog with a purpose.
takes on new meaning when you add, well, a dog. At Astor Street
Dance Studio, bringing your puppy to yoga is a Sunday morning ritual.
Co-owner Chris Jansen introduced the class in February out of sheer
convenience. "I am always bringing my dogs to class," he
says. "It just made sense to me that I should try to get this (doga)
than 62 percent of American households now own pets, up from 56
percent a decade ago, according to the American Pet Products
Association annual survey. For many of us, our pets are just like
another family member. We want to make sure that they are safe and
well cared for. Consider the following ideas to make sure your home is
a pet-friendly environment.
Debra Lopez has always had a special love
"When Barbaro (the 2006 winner of the Kentucky Derby) was injured in
the Preakness, it was an emotional time for me," she says. "Like a
lot of other people, I was hoping for his recovery. But when he
died, it inspired me to take action."
pet can be your confidante, your closest companion in good times and
bad. If a pat on the head just doesn’t seem to cut it, there are
plenty of ways to pamper your pet with style.
One kid at a
before the Jan. 12 earthquake devastated Haiti, Mapleton veterinarian
Ken Schumann, a member of the World Community Service Committee of the
Hartland-Lake Country Rotary Club, was helping the impoverished
nation. In 1994 at the request of Rotary, Schumann, who owns a dairy
goat herd, made his first trip to Haiti to research the way goats were
bred and raised. As a result, the Goat Husbandry Project was born.
from pups or rescued from shelters, man’s best friends have
stolen the hearts of these Milwaukee celebs, regardless of whether
or not they will admit to it.
Stacy LaPoint isn’t barking up the wrong tree in her business by
producing a quality, raw, grain-free, natural pet food. Her dream was
to make the product available to pet owners interested in using diet
and nutrition to improve and maintain their animal’s health.
two friends created ShaggySwag, an upscale subscription box for
dogs: Beagle pup isn’t ‘devilish,’ he’s just acting like a
normal puppy 04-30-18
owners, there are rules for shopping with Fido — even in
pet-friendly stores 04-23-18
shelters across US teach cats how to high five 04-16-18
dogs: How do you get your dog to like bathing at home? 04-09-18
this cat have nine lives? Probably not — but it will land on its
dogs: Chubby pup? Bad nighttime routine? Trainer has answers 03-26-18
tale of Rex, the dog who took bullets for his teenage best friend
the adventure cat steps into the great outdoors 03-12-18
about the mouth-to-snout bill, but it could save your dog or cat
looking for a new home, consider pet’s needs 02-26-18
your dog have the flu? Here’s what to look for 02-05-18
groups, foster homes step up to help Chicago shelter animals at
risk of euthanasia 01-22-18
dogs: No, your dog isn’t dumb, a toy or a vegetarian 01-15-18
it is too cold to walk your dog outside, here’s what you can do
Fido is sick as a dog, more pet owners turn to aromatherapy,
massage, even psychics 01-08-18
to adopt a puppy? Santa can deliver your new family member to your
practice reading with dogs, learn compassion 12-18-17
apartment building collecting pets’ DNA to catch poop-a-trators
raining cats and dogs at theaters. Mostly dogs. 12-04-17
gifts, puppies might get a chain in the back yard for Christmas,
PETA says 11-20-17
every dog owner should know about first aid 11-13-17
dogs: When dogs gulp down their food: Medical issue or
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