Dane Co. Humane Society – New Belgium Ski Scavenger Hunt – January 25

Madison area Ski Scavenger Hunt on January 25, 2014 – This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for Bigfoot, and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing and raising money for Dane County Humane Society! Bring up to three buddies or sign-up with the person you meet in the check-in line! Grab your gear, a lift ticket, and bring $10 per person to join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes for a scavenger hunt like no other! There will be an after-party in Devil’s Den for the awards ceremony. Don’t miss New Belgium’s release of their brand new Snapshot Sour Wheat, and a raffle drawing for a pair of Rocky Mountain Underground custom skis! All registration fees benefit our sick and homeless animals. See you on the slopes! Saturday, 1/25/2014 9am – 11:30am –> Registration 11:30am – 3pm –> Scavenger Hunt 3:30pm – 5pm –> Post- Hunt Celebration! Devil’s Head Resort S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, Wisconsin 53561

Ice Skating for Dane County Humane Society on Jan 21

Skate to Donate! Monday, January 21 12-2:20pm Hartmeyer Ice Arena (1834 Commercial Ave, Madison) Bring a donation for Dane County Humane Society and skate for free! Suggested donations include canned cat food, canned dog food, treats (for dogs and cats), cat litter, chew toys, and squeeze cheese. Money donations are also welcomed. Non-donation skating rates are adult $4, youth $3, and skate rental $2. All proceeds, including funds from non-donation skating rates, will be donated to Dane County Humane Society. Take a lap around the rink with Wisconsin native, Olympic gold medalist, Casey FitzRandolph!  For more info:  608-838-0413

Dentistry service at UW Veterinary Care to participate in AVDC Complimentary Program for Service Dogs

In August, the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care Teaching Hospital will participate in the first annual American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program. The event will honor the dogs who selflessly serve the public – guide dogs, disability assistance dogs, working and military dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Across the country, AVDC veterinary dental specialists participating in the event will offer complimentary oral healthcare examinations.

The dentistry and oral surgery service at the UW Veterinary Care Teaching Hospital will be proud to offer its own expertise to this cause, including the services of two veterinary dental specialists, Drs. Chris Snyder and Jason Soukup, who are diplomates of the AVDC. To become AVDC dental specialists, veterinarians must complete advanced education, training, and examinations to meet the strict standards set by the American Veterinary Dental College. Drs. Snyder and Soukup are two of only four clinically practicing veterinary dental specialists in Wisconsin who hold this distinction.

During the August event, the service dogs will be examined for signs of periodontal disease, fractured teeth, discolored teeth, oral masses, and other oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort. Although no treatment will be offered as part of the Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program, if oral or dental abnormalities are found, a treatment plan will be laid out that the owner or handler can pursue at a later date. The UW Veterinary Care Teaching Hospital will offer their service dog discount to any dogs who return for treatment. The veterinary dental specialists will also teach service dog owners and handlers about the benefits of preventative oral health care.

The dentistry and oral surgery team at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine has treated service dogs in the past and is well aware that oral pain can prevent these dogs from working effectively. This program aims to ensure that America’s service dogs nation wide are able to do their important work at peak efficiency, and the dentistry and oral surgery service at the UW Veterinary Care Teaching Hospital is pleased to be a part of that effort.

Owners and handlers of service animals who have been certified from a formal training program, or enrolled in a training program can register on-line between July 1 and August 15 at the AVDC website: AVDC.org. Once registered, owners or agents will receive a registration number and can schedule an appointment with the UW School of Veterinary Medicine in August on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ruffin’ It Resort wins Angie’s List Service Award

Ruffin’ It Resort, Madison’s premier doggie daycare and hotel, was presented the Angie’s List 2010 Super Service Award; only 5% of businesses nationwide on the List qualify for this coveted award!

 Angie’s List is a growing collection of consumers’ real-life experiences with local businesses. According to Angie’s List website, more than one million consumers nationwide use Angie’s List to find reliable professionals in their area.

 The consumers in our area have consistently given Ruffin’ It Resort an ‘A’rating across service categories.  Ruffin’ It Resort is honored to receive such a prestigious award and expresses gratitude to those who have shared their wonderful experiences with the community.

 Ruffin’ It Resort strives to treat every canine guest as their own and prides itself on making dogs’ dreams come true. With our state of the art facility and passionate caretakers, we are equipped to personalize each and every guest’s stay!

 Please visit http://www.ruffinitresort.com/  for more information regarding Ruffin’ It Resort’s countless “pawmenities”.


Danielle Luedtke

Ruffin’ It Resort

Assistant Pack Leader

Guest Services & Marketing


“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.

No Buddy Gets Left Behind

Ruffin’ It Resort, voted Best of Madison, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual ‘Great Pumpkin Bark Away’ to benefit SPCA: Operation Baghdad Pups “No Buddy Gets Left Behind” program.

Operation Baghdad Pups provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S. These important animals, befriended by our service heroes while deployed in war zones, not only help our troops cope emotionally during combat, but they also help them readjust to life back home. To learn more and to see photos from the various rescue missions, please visit www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.

Throughout the month of October, Ruffin’ It Resort suggests a $5.00 donation for this special cause and in return individuals can choose a FREE pumpkin from Ruffin’ It Resort’s ‘pumpkin patch’. There are many pumpkins to choose from, all unique in shape and size, but all united to make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.

 As a final celebration to the month-long fundraiser, Ruffin’ It Resort will host their annual Howl-O-Ween Party. Humans and their four-legged ghouls & goblins are invited to join in the festivities on October 29th from 7:15-9:00 PM at Ruffin’ It Resort. A $5.00 door donation will provide guests with a night full of howling fun. There will be many ‘paw’riffic games, costume contests, photos, spirits & treats. Come and celebrate Howl-O-Ween and support Operation Baghdad Pups!

 To see pictures from last year’s Howl-O-Ween Party, please visit: http://www.ruffinitresort.com/halloween2008.php

Dog Jog Results

More than 400 dogs and owners went dog wild in a race to benefit homeless animals during the 26th annual Dog Jog on Sunday, September 20.

“More than $25,000 was raised to benefit area humane organizations,” said Dr. Linda Sullivan, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine who helps coordinate Dog Jog each year.

Top pledge collectors were the Nelson family (Dave, Patty, Alexa and Kylie), of Stoughton, Wis. with their three dogs, Rex, RJ and Hula. They raised more than $2,600 in pledges. The family has maintained the top pledge collector slot for many years.

In second place was Beth Viney, with her dog Tzar. They raised $1,225. Sally Probasco and her dog, Rosie, were third-place fundraisers for the event.

Dog Jog proceeds benefit humane organizations that participate in the veterinary school’s Cooperative Shelter Spay/Neuter Program for shelter pets or that participate in other school activities that directly benefit sheltered animals. This year’s beneficiaries included Angel’s Wish (Dane County), Country Animal Haven, Dane County Humane Society, Iowa County Humane Society, Humane Society of Jefferson County, Rock County Humane Society, Sauk County Humane Society, Washington County Humane Society, and Watertown Humane Society (Jefferson County).

The top pledge winner received a gift certificate for a photo session with Dramatic Paws Animal Photography. The top 20 pledge collectors received goody bags filled with dog treats and toys. Winners of each category received a medal.

The school is also grateful to the event’s supporters, including Culligan Total Water (provided bottled water to keep dogs and people hydrated during the race), John Urban (emcee), Isthmus/The Daily Page.com (donated ad space), Doggie Doo (dog dropping pick-up), Merial Ltd. (race bandanas), Royal Canin, and Full Compass (sound system).

Veterinary medical students in the Companion Animal Club, along with assistance from area humane organizations, organized the event itself.

Out of approximately 400 participants, Kyle Gleason and his dog, Charlie, were the overall race winners. He was also first place in the men’s category. First place woman was Erica Barkei with Hundi. First place girl was Claire Checovich and Bennet. First place boy was Adler Schmidt and Maybe. Winners of the costume contest were Jessica Huittl and Ben Head with their chihuahuas dressed as Dr. Doolittle and company.

Dog Jog is an annual 2-mile run/walk sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine to benefit homeless animals.