K-9 hero
Marla Lichtenberger sees a lot of police and sheriffís 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.
Man's best friend
Soon after former Marine Ryan Holiday of Cedarburg came home from the war in Iraq, he knew he needed help.
Doggie days of summer
There are definite perks to being manís best friend these days, beyond walks in the park or playing fetch in the yard. Milwaukee is quickly turning into a petís paradise. Here are some drool-worthy activities for the leashed and well-behaved.
Critter cure
Sam was 26 years old, in graduate school on the West Coast, struggling with a complicated mental illness known as schizoaffective disorder. Heíd been hospitalized three times for being suicidal. "I was in an abysmal place mentally," he recalls.

Good dog
In less 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.

Everything Equine
Nobody 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.
Healing paws
A vigorously wagging tail is an important tool. Itís also the secret behind ó so to speak ó being a successful dog. Just ask Bentley, a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog with a purpose.

Must love dogs
Downward dog 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) going."

Pet protocols
More 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.

Horse sense
Debra Lopez has always had a special love for horses.
"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."

Your pet can be your confidante, your closest companion in good times and bad. If a pat on the head just doesnít seem to cut it, there are plenty of ways to pamper your pet with style.

One kid at a time
Long 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.

Big love
Raised from pups or rescued from shelters, manís best friends have stolen the hearts of these Milwaukee celebs, regardless of whether or not they will admit to it.

Pet foodie
Stacy LaPoint isnít 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 animalís health.


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Pet Vet: Canary needs to visit vet to start singing again 03-13-17

Talking dogs: Patience is key when teaching puppy to walk on a leash 03-06-17

Introducing your dog to your baby: Thereís a class for that 03-06-17

Talking dogs: Take your dog to mundane destinations to teach him to be a calm car traveler 02-06-17

Pet trackers: Using tech to keep tabs on Fido or Fluffy has its risks 01-30-17

Pet Vet: Illicit pet hedgehog simply wonít stop scratching 01-30-17

High school students train abandoned dogs ó and give them a second chance at life 01-16-17

Talking dogs: Cheers and jeers as we start the year 01-09-17

Pet Vet: Catís hard stool could signal problem with colon function 12-26-16

What does a dog really cost? 12-26-16

Pet Vet: Dogís heart murmur doesnít necessarily mean heart disease 12-19-16

Pet Vet: Catís stinky breath could be sign of gingivitis caused by dental disease 12-12-16

Visiting tips for dog owners and their guests during the holidays 12-12-16

Talking dogs: Taking the stress out of getting into car for pup 12-05-16

Pet Vet: Doggone it! These pet anxiety-reducing meds really stress out owner 11-28-16

Pet Vet: Dogís facial swelling could be caused by tooth root abscess 11-21-16

Doggone it! These pet anxiety-reducing meds really stress out owner 11-21-16

Minnesota doctor pushing the notion of cannabis for canines  11-14-16

Pet Vet: Readers fear feral cats threaten health of companion cats 11-07-16

Pet Vet: How to help Eloise, a pet rat with a giant tumor 10-24-16

Pet Vet: Catís regular vomiting is symptom of a bigger problem 10-17-16

Pet Vet: Spanielís overzealous cleaning worries owner 10-10-16

Talking dogs: Meeting strangers can bring out the growls 09-26-16

Veterinarianís book offers help for neurotic pets 09-26-16

Ceremony assists in dealing with death of oneís pet 09-19-16

Pet Vet: Looking into causes of swelling on rabbitís face 09-12-16


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