Pizzeria Piccola “Society Sundays” to Benefit Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever

BROOKFIELD, WIS. – Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever, Inc. (WAAGR) is the nonprofit group that will be featured for “Society Sundays” Feb. 7 at Pizzeria Piccola, 7606 W. State St. in Wauwatosa from 4 -9 p.m.   It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so get your pizzas and appetizers here before the game starts!

Enjoy a meal and help WAAGR raise funds to help the Golden Retrievers in the group’s care.  WAAGR members will be the wait staff, the table bussing staff and greeters for this event.  WAAGR makes a profit from every meal sold (including take out) and keeps all the tips for WAAGR. 

Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, some frozen menu items can also be pre-ordered and picked up the day of the event between 4- 9 p.m. to take home to enjoy during the game.  Call (414) 443-0800 for more information, or visit our Web site at www.waagr.org to get the order form for pre-orders.  Pre-orders are due to WAAGR by Thursday, Feb. 4.

According to Pizzeria Piccola’s Web site, www.pizzeriapiccola.com, “As a part of a wonderful community that has been so supportive of us and of our sister restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, we are very excited to announce “Society Sundays.” On at least two Sundays a month, we are opening our doors to community organizations which need to raise money through fundraisers. Our first Society Sunday hosted the marching band from Wauwatosa East. They provided us with 10 volunteers, and in five hours raised $700.”  Visit the restaurant’s Web site for more information and to see a menu.

WAAGR has taken part in this fundraising opportunity many times since 2006 and has been very appreciative of the response the group has received at the restaurant.  The organization even brings a Golden along to meet and greet the patrons. 

“Come and enjoy a fantastic meal while helping the golden retrievers rescued by WAAGR,” said WAAGR President Craig Cwiklowski.  “WAAGR volunteers enjoy participating in this event and the restaurants’ patrons have been so supportive of our efforts through the years.  We rely solely on donations to help fulfill our mission and in 2009, we helped more than 160 Goldens and Golden mixes.  We thank everyone who has attended in the past and we hope to see you again.”

For more information about this event and other activities presented through WAAGR, visit www.waagr.org.  If your nonprofit group is interested in participating in Society Sundays, contact Pizzeria Piccola General Manager Irene Lannoye at (414) 443-0800.

About Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever

Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever received its 501(c)(3) in February 2005.  WAAGR’s mission is “To provide bright new beginnings to displaced golden retrievers.”  WAAGR is an all volunteer/member rescue organization based in Southeastern Wisconsin.  The organization also serves the Madison and Fox Cities/Green Bay areas.  For more information about WAAGR, to become a member, or find out more about the dogs available for adoption, visit the organization’s Web site at www.waagr.org.

Milwaukee Vet Marla Lichtenberger Hosts Pet Podcast

( Milwaukee ) January 22, 2010—If you think winter in Wisconsin is a chore for you, you might be surprised to learn that it may even be dangerous for your pets. Poisonings, frost bite and various injuries are among the many risks animals suffer when it’s especially cold out. “When they’re cooped up, they tend to get in more trouble,” says Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, guest expert for the new podcast, Pets & Vets, sponsored by Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals.

Protecting dogs, cats and other animals in the winter months is the first topic in Dr. Marla Lichtenberger’s bi-monthly 30-minute podcast. It’s available now at www.erforanimals.com and subscriptions are free. It’s also available via iTunes:

            “The Internet allows us an innovative new way to reach pet owners, and this podcast will help educate and inform them, thereby protecting these creatures,” says Dr. Lichtenberger, owner of Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA).

            Doctor Lichtenberger, a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist for animals, has been in practice since 1987. She has served as president of the Milwaukee Veterinary Medical Association (2002-2007) and on the executive board of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, she is an international speaker and published researcher regarding emergency care for small animals and exotics.

MECA is a 24/7 animal ER hospital located in Greenfield , Wisconsin . Referrals from veterinarians for emergency and critical care, specialists for emergencies, ultrasounds, echos, exotics—seven days per week from 10 a.m-9:00 p.m. 

For more information, please see http://www.erforanimals.com.

Dog Parks Have Increased in Milwaukee County Parks

(Milwaukee)- Last year the Milwaukee County Parks Department added two  Dog Exercise Areas for dog owners in Milwaukee County.  They are the Dog Exercise Area in Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd., and the Dog Exercise Area in Estabrook Park, 4400 N. Estabrook Drive.  These permit-based areas offer daily and annual passes for admission where dogs may run unleashed.  Open hours are every day of the week from dawn till dusk.

 With the additional two sites, the Milwaukee County Park System operates a total of four Dog Exercise Areas, two considered as regional dog park sites. The first is in the northwest portion of the county named Granville Dog Park, 11718 W. Good Hope Place, and the second is known as the Runway Dog Park, 1214 E. Rawson Ave., near the General Mitchell International Airport.

 Dog owners using the areas are required to have proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccinations. The dogs also need to be licensed through their owner’s local municipality.  Dog owners should follow the rules and suggestions at the Exercise Areas.  Dog tags may be purchased at Boerner Botanical Gardens, the Wilson Recreation Center, the Milwaukee County Parks Administrative Offices, the Wisconsin Humane Society and MADACC during normal business hours. 

 The cost for a single annual dog tag for the 2010 Calendar year is $25.  A senior pass for persons 60 years and above, as well as for persons with disabilities is $10. An additional dog tag is $5.  For an application or more information go to countyparks.com or contact the Milwaukee County Parks Department at (414) 257-PARK.

“Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest – Madison

Westside Family Pet Clinic  (WFPC) will kickoff their 2nd annual “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest at their Preventative Nutrition Open House which will be held on Jan. 16, 2010 from 12 to 2 PM. The open house will focus on the health benefits of ideal weight and evidence based supplements. The ideal weight contest will have 5 divisions:  “Biggest 4-Pawed Losers,” ”Iron Dogs,”  “Fat Cats,” “Special Care,” and a “Dog Pack Challenge.”  Both the open house and contest are free and open to the public.  WFPC encourages contestants to pledge to their favourite pet rescue organization based on pounds lost and they will have a donation matching program.

 “Pets Reducing for Rescues” Ideal Weight Contest

Free Contest sign up and initial weigh-ins will begin during the open house on Jan. 16th from 12 to 2PM, will continue during the week of Jan 18 thru 23rd, and will close on Fri., Jan. 23rd at 5:30 PM. The contest will run for 8 weeks and includes educational seminars given by the Drs of WFPC on Sat January 16th and Wed Feb 17th. Prizes and awards will be given at the Grand Finale on Saturday March 13th.  Pictures from our 2008 & 2009 contests can be seen at Facebook.com/westsidefamilypet   The following rescues participated and/or received donations at our 2009 contest: Friends of Ferals, Badger Kennel Club, Capital K-9’s, Dane County Humane Society, GRRoW, Madison Area Dachshunds, WAGS, Adopt-a-Husky , Wisconsin Westie Rescue and Angel’s Wish.

Preventative Pet Nutrition Open House

The open house will include preventative nutritional consultations, ideal weight assessments and supplements that have scientific evidence to support their effectiveness.  Drs

Ken Lambrecht, associate veterinarians, & our staff of Veterinary Technicians and assistants, and industry vendors will be on hand to answer nutritional questions on the most common preventative nutrition areas (ideal weight, dentistry, osteoarthritis) as well as the benefits of EPA & DHA (fish oils), joint supplements & probiotics. We will also have exercise demonstrations at  4 Paws Swim and Fitness  and experience sharing from previous contestants.


We hope this event will be educational with regard to the pet health benefits of preventative nutrition areas of ideal weight & evidence based supplements, raise funds for local rescue organizations and have fun in the process!  

Westside Family Pet Care Center is a full-service pet wellness and healthcare facility. To provide timely and comprehensive healthcare services we request that all contacts be made to our front desk at 608.271.5277.  Our hours are: Mon.-Thurs. 8AM-7PM; Fri. 8AM-6PM; and Sat. 8AM-12PM.

Please visit our website at westsidefamilypet.com for more information.