Zoe’s Dog Blog

Zoe’s Dog Blog

The Stanley Cup

I’m going to guess you’ve heard about the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup, National Hockey League’s championship trophy. If you haven’t heard about it, you either live on another planet or you’re a cat who can’t be bothered to watch TV. The Blackhawks players have created a level of excitement around here not seen since… last year when they ALMOST made it to the championship series… and the year before that when they actually won it… and a couple of years before that when the three-peat dynasty actually started. So I guess the excitement has been almost non-stop since 2010.

The Stanley cup is like a really fancy silver dog bowl on a huge pedestal. The players, coaches and fans kiss it, drink champagne out of it, pose their tiny babies in it and take pictures of it constantly. There’s even a wheresthestanleycup.com app so you can track where it is at all times. Hinsdale Humane Society has dedicated staff members who are extreme Blackhawk hockey fans, especially Kathy, Alan and Sam. They can tell you all sorts of things about the players, their statistics, team history, superstitions, etc.  Kathy even named her adopted dog Trevor after Trevor van Riemsdyk, the rookie player who suffered a devastating leg injury in November. (Trevor the puppy dog had to have his injured leg amputated.) Luckily, Trevor the Blackhawk player was able to recover from his injury AND came back in games 3 – 6 AND gets to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup!

My human dad screams loudly when the Hawks score and he’s happy. He makes the same screaming noises when the faucet breaks and water is spraying everywhere. One scream is happy and one scream is mad, but they both hurt my ears. There was a lot of screaming at my house in the last few weeks! Especially the “Hawks win! Hawks win! Hawks win!” kind.

Perhaps you know that the famous Mr. Quenneville, better known as Coach Q, lives in Hinsdale. He and his lovely wife adopted a dog from Hinsdale Humane Society. We are all hoping Coach Q will take a picture of his precious doggie sitting in the Stanley Cup. Wouldn’t that be fun?! We aren’t the only ones who think this is a good idea. Player Bryan Bickell is showing photos of #stanleypups, adorable adoptable pit bulls.

We’re all waiting to (hopefully) see Coach Q holding the Stanley Cup in the 4th of July parade in Hinsdale, just like he did in 2013. I know people who are cancelling their vacations just to stay in town on the possibility they might see the Cup. All of the adoptable animals of HHS dream of the chance to see the Stanley Cup stopping by Hinsdale Humane Society. (Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.)

To all the Blackhawks Coaches and Players: Thanks for working so hard to bring another NHL Championship to the Chicagoland area. We appreciate the excitement and the memories!

To all the adoptable dogs and cats out there: Your happy day is coming soon. Perhaps you’ll hit the championship jackpot and get adopted by someone like Coach Q! 

Thanks for your support. Go Blackhawks! 

Until next time, 

Love, Zoe

Canine Influenza or “Doggie Flu”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere (which I would recommend only for earthworms), you’ve probably heard about canine influenza or doggie flu.

CI (that’s shorthand for Canine Influenza, not Criminal Investigation) is a respiratory illness which has  affected dogs throughout the Chicagoland area, and has since spread into other states. There have been lots of reports in the newspapers and on TV and it’s not something to ignore or take lightly.

Let me begin by saying that Hinsdale Humane Society has had NO cases of canine influenza. We have been administering CI vaccinations to all dogs and puppies since the outbreak began. So what if it costs more than we had budgeted… it’s just the right thing to do.

Our volunteer veterinarians come to examine the animals twice a week and we are listening to their advice to prevent the illness. At the shelter, we have lots of cleaning procedures in place. We use pet friendly disinfectants. We bleach all the towels, blankets, toys, staff uniforms, etc. EVERY DAY! We also have these things called foot baths to prevent any virus from being spread on the staff’s shoes or boots. You would think a foot bath would be something like a spa treatment or a fancy pedicure, but alas, it’s really like a litter box filled with disinfectant that the staff walks through.

I know a couple of doggies who got the doggie flu at an overnight place when their pet parents were out of town, early on in the outbreak. They had symptoms of coughing, nasal discharge (that’s a fancy name for boogers), fever and loss of appetite. Their pet parents were really worried about them and fed them chicken soup… just like when humans get sick! Thankfully, those doggies are feeling better after about a week or two. Even though CI is a serious illness, it is good to remember that very few pets have died as a result.

Here is some general information from the American Veterinary Medical Association about Canine Influenza: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx 

My best advice to you if you’re worried about Canine Influenza is to talk to your own veterinarian. He or she will let you know your personal risk associated with the outbreak.

In the meantime, you’ll want to avoid nose to nose contact (except with your humans, of course) and forget about using shared water bowls you might see outside local restaurants or other pet friendly businesses.

We’re still having our 26th Annual Pet Walk on June 7. We’ve consulted with the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association and lots of our local veterinarians. After all, pet safety is our top priority! Please be a hero for animals by keeping your pet at home, safe from doggie flu. Instead, you could bring a stuffed animal or a photo of your dog, but please feel free to bring your other pets, such as well-behaved cats, birds, reptiles, etc... always in a container or on leash. Believe it or not, we’ve had ponies, snakes, ferrets, goldfish, parrots and hissing cockroaches at Pet Walk in the past, so maybe we’ll see some really exotic pets this year!

Although I’ll miss seeing all of you at Pet Walk 2015 I know you’ll understand that it’s important to stay healthy. We will still have lots of fun things for humans and their little offspring to do without your dog such as entertainment, the “Be a Hero” kid’s dash, a petting zoo and the K9 police dog demonstration. Please remember Pet Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the homeless pets at the shelter really need your support!

I hope all the doggies out there are healthy and flu-free and we’ll see the canines NEXT YEAR at Pet Walk, OK?!

Love (and no doggie kisses because that’s how germs are spread!)



My mom has a serious addiction to Starbucks. And so do I. She orders a Grande Nonfat Something or Other Latte. 

I know the sound of the slurp when she’s almost to the bottom of the cup. And then… oh, doggie heaven… I get to lick the foam out of the cup. It’s a sweet mixture of spicy, whipped foam, with hints of mocha. The sticky substance gets all over my face because I immerse my nose completely in the cup. It is so worth the messy hairdo that results. I love that stuff! Next time, order Extra Foamy, OK Mom?

But now I’m having Starbucks withdrawal because Mom is trying to wean herself from Starbucks. She’s trying to watch her wallet and her waistline, so she limits herself to only two a week. I know it’s going to be a jittery week if it’s Tuesday and she’s hit her self-imposed ration. Not a good idea, Mom. You know how you act when you don’t get your Starbucks!

For some reason, Starbucks does not allow dogs inside the store. So at my local Starbucks, people actually park their dogs outside the door. Dogs are tied to the bench or bike rack while the humans go inside for their caffeine fix. People, this is not the best idea. Someone could get dog-napped that way! You should leave a designated “dog watcher” or send a friend inside to get your Venti Double Shot Blah Blah Blah. (I still haven’t figured out Starbuck’s language!) 

Morris the Cat, a Hinsdale Humane Society alumnus, actually has his own bench outside the downtown Hinsdale Starbucks. The nice manager leaves doggie water bowls for the canine customers. For all you thirsty dogs out there, I must recommend cool water instead of hot coffee. Caffeine is actually poisonous to dogs and more than one or two slurps can be toxic or even fatal! That goes for cats, too.

Do you know what else I like about Starbucks? The atmosphere! You feel like you’re among friends, neighbors and nice people you’ve never met before. Strangers talk to me, people hug one another and the people behind the counter know your order before you get to the cash register. It’s like home away from home.

Last week the entire staff had a meeting at Starbucks to learn about greeting customers, meeting expectations, managing stress, and handling multiple tasks. You wouldn’t think that serving coffee and taking care of homeless pets would have that much in common! Monika the store manager was really enthusiastic and she shared some great advice. So now we’re sending her our thanks and appreciation.

I love Starbucks! Only I call it Starbarks. And I heartily give it my 4 Stars (or 4 barks) of approval.

Until next time,
Love, Zoe

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