Better Chicago’s April Dog of the Month: Ellie

Meet Ellie, a therapy dog at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, who lives in Lakeshore East and is polite as can be. Ellie’s mom, Emily, answered some questions we had about Ellie, and the good work she is doing. Who: Eleanor (Ellie) Roosevelt About: 5-year-old Goldendoodle Lives In: Chicago born […]

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

With recent national disasters—tornadoes, tropical storms and blizzards—it’s important to review your emergency plan and make sure it includes your pets.   Living in the Midwest, winter storms may confine us to our homes, and confinement during adverse weather requires preparation. Protect your pets with these simple steps: 1. All pets should have a collar […]

Dog Vs. Groomer: When Your Pet Hates Getting Haircuts

A few months ago, I wrote an article for Make It Better about how much my Maltese-Shiatsu Jefe hates my husband Dan.   But there’s one person in the world Jefe hates more than Dan – the dog groomer. In the 7 years we’ve had Jefe, he’s been banned from two grooming establishments because he […]

Running with a Dog

My running partner is tall, dark, handsome, fit, loving and always ready for adventure.   His name is Jet, and he is my dog. Training, treats, patience, and finally, Jet is a great companion on my morning runs. Running is a great way for you and your dog to stay fit, expend energy in a […]

Do You Treat Your Dog Better Than Your Spouse?

“She’s so abusive!”  “He’s not attentive.”  “I don’t like the way she treats me.”  “He’s never around.”   These are some of the comments life counselor Robin Mitzen hears from married couples who are in therapy with her. Some of the things I hear from both men and women are so much worse, I can’t […]

Being Sent to 'the Dog House' Has Never Been So Good

Getting sent to “the dog house” might not be such a bad thing anymore. Consider some amenities available to the modern hound:   Doggie day care where the mornings are filled with supervised playtime, a midday nap and then more play “Hotels” or “boarding houses” (we used to call them kennels) where pup can have […]