A Lifetime of Care
Pets give you so much ó love, laughs, companionship and crazy stories, for starters ó 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.

So a Dog Walks Into a Bar...
From Fido-friendly pubs and restaurants to more exotic furry fixes, hereís our comprehensive animal lovers guide to Milwaukee.
How much is too much?
Mís Editor-in-Chief shares her experience dealing with a sick pet and a difficult decision.

15 Minutes With: Dr. Roberta Wallace
Whether sheís researching the diets of Humboldt penguins in Chile or managing the blood pressure of a Western lowland gorilla, Dr. Roberta Wallaceís days are rarely routine. As senior staff veterinarian at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Wallace takes M for a walk on the wild side.
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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Does your dog have the flu? Hereís what to look for 02-05-18

Rescue groups, foster homes step up to help Chicago shelter animals at risk of euthanasia 01-22-18

Talking dogs: No, your dog isnít dumb, a toy or a vegetarian 01-15-18

If it is too cold to walk your dog outside, hereís what you can do 01-08-18

When Fido is sick as a dog, more pet owners turn to aromatherapy, massage, even psychics 01-08-18

Ready to adopt a puppy? Santa can deliver your new family member to your door 12-25-17

Children practice reading with dogs, learn compassion 12-18-17

Minneapolis apartment building collecting petsí DNA to catch poop-a-trators 12-11-17

Itís raining cats and dogs at theaters. Mostly dogs. 12-04-17

As gifts, puppies might get a chain in the back yard for Christmas, PETA says 11-20-17

What every dog owner should know about first aid 11-13-17

Talking dogs: When dogs gulp down their food: Medical issue or personality? 11-06-17

Pet Vet: Dogís not bothered by broken tooth, should caretakers be? 10-30-17

Pet shelters try new tactics for hard-to-adopt dog breeds 10-23-17

Itís just a pillow with a tail. And itís coming to replace your cat 10-16-17

Pet Vet: Mass on catís nose could be dire 10-16-17

Social Graces: How to deal with a pesky pet guest without insulting the owner 10-09-17

Talking dogs: Taking your dog along for the ride? Modesto trainer has tips for car travel 10-02-17

Things that pets give us: broken stuff, healing love 09-25-17

Treats from scratch pamper your pooch 09-25-17

Tomato juice is a myth. Here's what you need to do if your pet gets skunked 09-18-17

Pet Vet: Afraid to have your dogís teeth cleaned? That fear is what puts them at risk 09-18-17

Fat cat? Pudgy pooch? Time to exercise 09-11-17

Talking dogs: Dogís aggressive, possession-guarding behavior, possibly dangerous 09-04-17

Pet Vet: Why a catís color can make it more susceptible to skin cancer 08-28-17

The doggy lived after falling off a bridge. But she couldnít survive this. 08-21-17

Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs. Itís huge 08-14-17


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