Adopt MUTTwaukee Connects Dogs with New Homes

The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee hosted the inaugural Adopt MUTTwaukee event on Saturday, June 15. Described as a doggie social and adoption event, the pet-friendly hotel welcomed not only pets and their people but also organizations dedicated to our four-legged friends.

Stella & Chewy’s, co-sponsor of the event and Milwaukee manufacturer of natural, raw food for dogs and cats, dished out advice (and food samples) to pet parents. Whether or not your dog suffers from allergies, he can benefit from a raw-food diet, and the very informed Stella & Chewy’s representatives were there with advice on how to easily feed your dog a new diet.

A stop at the Canine Cupids rescue booth (“a dog for every lap!”) allowed patrons to meet adoptable cupids. And for just $3, you could adorn your dog’s collar with a handmade “ugly dog tie” – perfect canine formalwear! All proceeds benefited Hailey, a cutie rescued from animal control who is now awaiting much-needed surgery. After seeking advice from two vets, she’ll have a front leg amputated due to a break that healed poorly.

Stephanie Bartz Photography snapped photos of dogs and their people on the front steps of the hotel. Brew City Bully Club had adoptables and offered a chance to buy a raffle ticket prior to their annual Rescue Ride. Others in attendance included the non-profit Seniors Rock! (where “love has no age limit”), Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, Native Dogg, ROMP (Residents for Off-Leash Milwaukee Parks) and more.

Of the social, Iron Horse spokesperson Jordan Dechambre declared a success. “We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout and high dog adoption rate,” she says. In fact, the pet-friendly hotel was proud to be a part of connecting needy pets with loving families. “We believe ‘pet-friendly’ goes beyond providing food and water for our furry guests… Going the extra mile is something we do for all of our guests at the hotel, and our furry ones are no exception.”

For more information about the hotel and to view what awaits your dog on an overnight stay, visit

Stella & Chewy’s

Canine Cupids


Stephanie Bartz Photography

Brew City Bully Club

Seniors Rock!

Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center

Native Dogg


Prevent Lyme Disease in Pets

NAPPS Offers Pet Parents Tips for Keeping Their Furry Friends Safe from Ticks
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, is urging pet parents to take the proper precautions to help protect their furry friends from the dangers of Lyme disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of slow-feeding, hard-shelled deer ticks. Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for the disease, causes infections in both humans and animals.
Although ticks are active year round in temperatures above 40 degrees, the CDC reports that the most Lyme infections occur during the months of June, July and August.
According to these reports, the following states are considered “high risk” areas, making up 95% of the reported cases:
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin
The CDC offers the following list of symptoms to help pet parents determine if their furry friend has been infected by Lyme disease:
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Inflammation of joints or stiff walking with an arched back
“Pet parents must be aware of Lyme disease and thoroughly check their pets for ticks, especially during warmer months and after spending time outdoors,” said Sherry L. Suhosky, president of NAPPS. “Frequently checking pets for ticks can help to reduce the risk of Lyme infection.”
NAPPS urges pet parents to routinely check pets for ticks by following these steps:
  • Use your fingers to run through your pet’s fur or hair – work fingers down to the skin while
    you feel and rub slowly. A small bump may be a tick trying to hide.
  • Take extra care to examine each area of your pet’s body after a walk in the woods, grassy
    areas or in other humid areas where ticks thrive.
  • Be sure to spread your pet’s toes to check the area between each toe – this is a common area
    for ticks to hide.
  • Feel all around your pet’s head, starting with the mouth or muzzle area. Dogs especially
    can pick up nose ticks on a walk because of sniffing.
  • Fold back ears to see inside the ear opening and use fingers to feel gently around this area.
    Lots of fur or different skin colors could disguise a hiding tick.
  • Give your pet a bath regularly.
  • Watch pets that shake their ears, scratch oddly, bite themselves or are restless.
NAPPS encourages pet parents to familiarize themselves with the preventative tips offered by the CDC; understanding the harmful effects of Lyme disease and methods for preventing the infection are the first steps in protecting your four-legged loved one.
About NAPPS: NAPPS is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of professional pet sitters. The Association aims to help the pet owning public, those interested in pet sitting, and professionals engaged in the in-home pet care industry by fulfilling its vision statement, serving as “the most respected authority in professional pet sitting.” It does so by providing the tools and support to foster the success of its members. Additionally, pet parents can benefit from NAPPS’ free resources including a disaster preparedness guide, tips on how to select a pet sitter, and a nationwide referral service,. To find a pet sitter in your area, check out NAPPS’ nationwide “Pet Sitter Locator” at  For more information on NAPPS, please follow @TheNAPPS on Twitter or join us on Facebook at

Last Chance for Walk, Run, Wag Early Registration

Join us on Saturday, June 22nd at Hart Park in Wauwatosa for a 5K r
un and a 1 or 2 mile walk – dogs welcome! Nicole Koglin, Anchor for “FOX6 WakeUp” and “Real Milwaukee,” will emcee!
Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. is a chip-timed 5K for people, followed by a chip-timed 5K for people & their dogs (six-legged run) at 9:45 a.m. A one or two mile walk for people & their dogs begins at 10 a.m.
Run Registration:
$25 through June 16
$30 day of (T-shirt availability or size is not guaranteed for day of registration).
Walk Registration:
$20 through June 16
$25 day of (T-shirt availability or size is not guaranteed for day of registration).
Children 13 and under are free for both the run and walk!

A commemorative Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC tech t-shirt, as well as a goody bag, will be provided to all paid registered runners and walkers. Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K finishers, plus the top finisher in each of fourteen age groups.
Following the run/walk will be Central Bark Fido Fest sponsored by
Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists. Milwaukee’s “Ulti-mutt day out” also benefits Friends of MADACC and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with FREE admission. The event will include a wide array of vendors, canine activities, lure coursing, dock diving, live music, food, a beer tent, demonstrations, adoptable animals, kids’ area, and more. Did you know that a microchip can become inoperable if it’s touched when your cat or dog gets a shot? Find out if your dog’s microchip is still working! Lost Dogs of Wisconsin will be conducting free chip checks at Fido Fest’s “Safe and Found” booth. Fido Fest attendees can purchase a microchip for $20. Walk, Run, Wag participants will receive a discounted price of just $15! MADACC will also offer pet I.D. tags for $5.
Visit to register and stay up to date on all of the event details. Learn more about Fido Fest at


Help Honey find a home – One of the last dogs from Oklahoma tornado region has some special needs

Milwaukee – A 10-year-old Corgi mix originally from Oklahoma needs some extra help finding a home at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS). Honey was transferred to WHS’s Milwaukee Campus from a shelter in the Oklahoma City area after May tornados caused so many dogs to become homeless or separated from their families.


Honey had already been at a shelter; therefore, shelter workers in Oklahoma knew that no one was missing her – so Honey boarded a truck with 20 other pups bound for Milwaukee. She is one of the last dogs from that transfer to be adopted. And officials at WHS say they need a little help finding a great home for Honey. 

“Honey is the sweetest dog, and she has some chronic medical issues that will need to be managed in her new home, including chronic arthritis, dental issues and cataracts,” said Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS.

“We also suspect that she may have some additional underlying conditions that will need further tests to diagnose. We do not have the specialized medical equipment to do those tests at the shelter, and it will be much better for Honey to be treated while relaxing in a permanent home environment, as well. Honey will be going home with a special voucher for medical care to get her started on the right track,” Speed said.

Honey’s blood work was normal and x-rays revealed that she may have respiratory and possibly cardiac issues.  Honey hasn’t shown any symptoms of being in any pain; however, she would really benefit from seeing a veterinary specialist to determine the best course of care for her.

“We are confident we can find Honey a loving person to offer her the comfy place on the couch that she so deserves. She’s been through a lot, and we just adore her,” Speed said. “We’re going to work closely with her adopters regarding her medical conditions to ensure that she is well cared and loved in her new home.” 


On Sat., Aug. 17, from 8 pm to midnight at Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell, fans can pay tribute to late Milwaukee punk-rock icon (and animal lover) Richard LaValliere (1952–2012) at “Requiem for Richard / Rover Rescue,” a rockin’ cinematic/musical program that’s also a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS).

Says program organizer Paul McComas, a Milwaukee-born author/filmmaker, “As a teen in the early ’80s, I was a huge fan of Richard’s brilliant art-punk band the Oil Tasters; during the last years of his life, I was honored to become his friend and collaborator. Now, 18 months after his far-too-early passing, his family members and I have joined forces to honor his memory with a punky multimedia event benefiting WHS that will be as unique as Richard himself.” A “Requiem …” highlight will be the world premiere of McComas’ 48-minute film Time Trek, for which LaValliere composed and performed the original “SoundTrek” music—his final creative work—and in which Richard played “Leader of the Cave People.” The eighth installment in McComas’ national- and international-award-winning No-Budget Theatre cult-film series, the “Star Trek” homage/parody began shooting in Milwaukee 37 years ago by 14-year-olds “but couldn’t be properly finished,” McComas says, “without RLaV’s masterful music and scary/funny onscreen swan song.” Time Trek cast and crew members will be in attendance.

Between the film’s three screenings (8:30, 9:30, and 11 pm), LaValliere’s 40-year back catalog of recorded music will play (“really LOUD!”), interrupted only by brief tribute speeches and a five-song live performance at 10:30 by Oil Tasters tribute band “the Taste Oilers.”

Says Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS, “We are so grateful to Paul and to Richard’s family. Shelter animals rely on the public’s support, and we imagine Richard would be proud to know his legacy continues to touch the lives of animals.”

Richard’s sister, Cindy LaValliere of Wauwatosa, calls the event’s WHS tie-in “perfect,” adding: “Someone once asked me if my brother was actually one-third canine. I replied, ‘At least one third, if not more.’ His human ability to love, to be loved, and to have a huge impact on so many people was surpassed only by his love for dogs and his astonishing, inborn talent for calming the wildest of beasts. Richard never met a stray for whom he couldn’t provide shelter, health care, and food—even when his own refrigerator was empty.”

Admission to this 21-and-over show is $10, with all proceeds going to the WHS. In addition, copies of the limited-edition (250 numbered copies) Time Trek two-disc (DVD/CD) set will be available for purchase at $15 each, with all profits going to the WHS.

Paul’s published tribute to Richard:

Oil Tasters info: McComas info:

Ozaukee’s best restaurants to offer samples at fundraiser for homeless animals

Feasting for Felix tickets now on sale

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The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Ozaukee Campus is pleased to announce Feasting for Felix, a fundraiser to benefit the homeless animals at the shelter. This event on Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will include vegetarian tastings of creative cuisine prepared by Ozaukee County’s best restaurants, beer and wine, live music by String-A-Long, and a silent auction.

Advance tickets are $40 for adults, $75 for couples, and $20 for children under 12 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the shelter at 630 W. Dekora Street in Saukville, or online at At the door, tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for kids.

The list of participating restaurants include: Café 1505, The Centennial, Firehouse, Amy’s Candy Kitchen, Ferrante’s, Tello’s, Highland House, Riverview Inn Pizza, Fire Ridge Golf Club, The Chancery, Zaffiro’s, The Anvil, Remington’s River Inn, Harvey’s Central Grille, Cedarburg Coffee Roastery, and First Watch Mequon.

Beverages are being donated by the Chiselled Grape Winery, Pabst Brewery and Lakefront Brewery; sponsors include Sommer’s Subaru, Port Washington State Bank, Charter Steel, Milwaukee Radio Alliance, LLC, Saukville Veterinary Clinic, G.A.L.S. Inc., and the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.