Happy Pets, Happy Life
Keep your furry family members happy and healthy with this quick guide to
pet care providers in Milwaukee.
Woman's Best Friend
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.
Milwaukee's Motorcycle Dog
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.
Your 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.
15 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.
A 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.

So 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.
How much is too much?
M’s Editor-in-Chief shares her experience dealing with a sick pet and a difficult decision.

15 Minutes With: Dr. Roberta Wallace
Whether 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.
K-9 hero
Marla 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.

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 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.

Critter cure
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.

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. 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.

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 doesn’t 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, man’s best friends have stolen the hearts of these Milwaukee celebs, regardless of whether or not they will admit to it.

Pet foodie
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.


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