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Friday
Aug012014

animal rescue: maui

Nicknames: Snaggle-tooth, Falkor (from The NeverEnding Story), Baby Maui

Likes: Beaches and snuggling under blankets.

Pet Peeves: Being alone.

Favorite Toy: Up until last fall, my late 13-year old Cocker Spaniel.

Favorite Snack: Anything soft.

Guilty Pleasure: Hiding socks.

Talent Show: Prancing like she’s jumping rope.

Before she was famous: Maui was discovered near the boardwalk of Venice Beach, CA. Her owner, an older woman that called the beach her home, was trying to find homes for her and her brothers and sisters.
A well-intentioned teenage girl picked out Maui and took her home but unfortunately, she couldn’t keep her. So her friend, my co-worker at the time, offered to house Maui for a couple days until a new home was found. A week passed and no one adopted her. Before taking her to a shelter, she sent out a desperate inter-office email with Maui’s picture attached. Immediately after work I picked up Maui and brought her to her new, and permanent home.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Saturday
Jul052014

animal rescue: cassius

Nicknames: Cash-Money, Roast Beast.

Favorite Snacks: Carrots, Peanut butter, Smoothie leftovers.

Before he became famous: I found Cassius at the Chicago Animal Care and Control shelter—I was told it was his second time behind the CACC bars since his previous adopters had to return him.

He had already been housed at the shelter for over a month when I visited and things were looking grim for this energetic Lab/Pit—but fast forward 6 years, Cassius is still with me and very happy to share a home with two cats.

Hidden Talents: Despite his size—and 85lbs—Cassius thinks he makes for a fantastic lap dog… he is however very good at pulling me around Humboldt Park on my bicycle… raiding the recycling bin for plastic bottles he can chew on… sneaking on the couch when we’re not home.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…every year approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters.
…25% of adoptable dogs in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Tuesday
May202014

in memoriam: jimmy

jimmy, striking a pose, fall 2009 Jimmy was not only one of our first models—he inspired CB2 to raise awareness by featuring rescued animals in every catalog since.

After his first gig, Jimmy was “discovered” and actually went on to be a paid part-time model for JC Penney and CNA Insurance—and a total of 16 pets have been featured in our books.

Diagnosed with canine leukemia in January, he endured meds and our Chiberian winter to stay with us another 4 months—then quietly departed on May 14th, a sweet 16-year old.

He was an amazing dog with a great personality—so tidy and fastidious we used to say he was “the Tony Randall of dogs”. Jimmy was also lucky—to be part of a large and loving extended family who miss him greatly.

jimmy’s first CB2 catalog, spring 2008

Tuesday
Jan082013

animal rescue: lola

Just the facts: Lola was rescued with the help of Chicago Pit Stop Rescue and is just 18 months old.

Before she was discovered: Lola was roaming the streets as a stray dog so Animal Control gave her shelter. When they found her, she couldn’t use her front right leg—it’s possible she was hit by a car which shattered her shoulder. She got the medical care she needed, which included the necessary amputation of her leg, and was living with a foster family until we brought her home for the weekend—and that was that! Today, she has a trainer to help with her new transition to family life and is waiting for a cart that will allow her to be more active outside.

Nicknames: I call her Ms. Lolly—my husband often greets her with “rorry ro ro”, our kids refers to her as Snugglebug or Pooh Bear, and her walker affectionately calls her Lollipop because she loves to jump up and give you a kiss.

Favorite Snack: beef marrow bones, organic turkey breast—and nitrate free bacon.

Talent Show: using her puppy dog eyes to make you fall head over heels in love with her, and she has the gift of gab—very good at barking!

Favorite hangouts: snoring the day away on a bed and playing with her rockball in the backyard.

Guilty pleasure: a total belly rub Queen who would be content to lie by your side getting belly rubs until she falls asleep and snores like Grandpa.

Friday
Oct072011

joggers and doggers

photo by: NatalieMaynorFor over 30 years, the annual Chicago Marathon has been held in October and thousands of runners have been training all summer long.

For safety reasons, dogs are not allowed to join the marathon pack this weekend, but training with them can be a bonus for them and you. Just knowing how beneficial pets are to our well-being—whether at home or the office—imagine how they could enhance a good run.

And of course the exercise is great for them too. So if you’re a regular jogger looking for a four-legged running mate, check out jogsfordogs.com to get hooked up.