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Feral Cat Colonies: Part Two

In Part One, Nick shared the story of he found two feral cats, Mama and Tommie, and was able to trap them to have them spayed. After being released, Mama and Tommie continued to return to the house for meals. Nick didn't yet realize what surprises the cats had in store for him.


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Feral Cat Colonies: Part One

It is tough to imagine being an outdoor cat enduring the Chicago winters, but there are an estimated 500,000 feral cats living in Chicago, and 60 million nationwide. It wasn’t something to which I gave much thought, until one afternoon in the fall of 2011. In our back yard, from under some evergreen bushes, four fluffy kittens were starting to venture out and explore. This was just the beginning.


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Identifying & Treating Allergies in Dogs

Spring is now in full bloom, which is great news for dog walkers; it’s easily the best time of year to spend all day outside walking with pups! But for many of us, the flourishing flowers and leafy trees bring along an unwelcome buddy--seasonal allergies. And just like humans, dogs can be affected as well.


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7 Helpful Tips for Taking Your Dog Camping

Bringing your pet along on a camping trip can make for a dog’s dream come true: fresh air, wide open spaces, all kinds of new smells, and plenty of quality time with Mom and Dad doing fun new things. Before you leave home, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring that everyone has a fun and safe time


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What Do Dogs Think About Canine Flu? One of Our Walkers Investigates

This week, one of our dog walkers, Marco, addresses the current canine flu outbreak that has hit the Midwest this spring. To get an idea of what dogs think, he goes straight to the source.


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Can You Clicker Train Without a Clicker?

Clicker training is an effective and dog-friendly application of behavior science used in training animals. It often involves a little plastic noisemaker that’s used to identify the behaviors for which your dog will be rewarded. But what if your dog is afraid of that noise, or can’t hear it at all? Can you still use this method?


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6 Tips For Visiting Dog-Friendly Patios

Bringing along our pets to the beer garden can make for a perfect summer afternoon, but it’s helpful to remember a few key tips to make sure that both our dogs and our patio-mates have a good time.


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Shake It Off: A Springtime Stress Guide

Think about it; stress is everywhere. Your life, my life – it’s really no different for your dog. While we humans have a rolodex of stress release rituals, it’s doubtful your dog can dive into a good book or pour itself a Pinot while walking. They can only shake it off. So, maybe you’re tired of hearing the song over and over, but it’s a dance your dogs do daily.


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Celebrating Earth Day With Your Pets

Here at Rover-Time, we have a few ideas we’ve put together that you can do with your pets to recognize and celebrate Earth Day.


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Walking My Way Into a New Home: A Dog Walker’s Story

Many people ask us what it's like to walk dogs for a living. One of our much-adored walkers, Becky, tells us about how joining the Rover-Time team after moving to Chicago on a whim has taught her how to navigate around her new hometown and create a lasting connection.


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