Zoe’s Dog Blog

Zoe’s Dog Blog

Things I Wish My Mom Didn’t Do!

If you’re like me, your pet parents do things which are REALLY annoying and they have no idea of the havoc they create! So here are six things my mom does which I could do without.

She upsets my schedule. I like predictability… potty breaks at certain times and meals served like clockwork. But my mom likes to sleep in on Saturday mornings. Or she comes home late from work. I can only cross my legs for so long, you know! And then there are times when she wants me to go out around her schedule… right when I’m in the middle of my nap. Or she doesn’t get home until really late and feeds me dinner at like 8:00. 
Even if dogs can’t tell time, we know when our bladders are full and our tummies are empty!

She doesn’t share her cheese. I come running when I smell cheese because I love cheese! Dad shares, but my mom says it’s not good for me. Something about dogs being lactose intolerant and large quantities of cheese can cause… (Can I use this word? Is there another way to say?) … diarrhea. So mom won’t give me cheese except under certain conditions. She thinks I’m oblivious when she sneaks medicine inside pieces of cheese. Believe me, I notice! It’s just worth it to take those doggie pills when there’s delicious cheese involved!

She takes me places I don’t really want to go. Whether we’re traipsing over wet grass or visiting the vet’s office, I try to put the brakes on when I don’t want to go someplace. And even though I weigh only 8 pounds, I can be pretty stubborn! My mom is too kind to actually drag me anywhere. She just picks me up against my own free will. That is just embarrassing and undignified! What would she do if I was a 120 pound mastiff?! Get stronger muscles or wait it out? I realize that sometimes “mother knows best” and I should just cooperate, but I bet you wouldn’t like sticking your bare tushie in the cold, wet grass to go potty, either!

She scolds me for barking. Mom, have you ever noticed I’m a dog?! Dogs bark, so just get over it! You could possibly scold me for meowing or mooing, because that would be weird. (Pretty remarkable, but weird nonetheless!)

She comes home smelling like other DOGS! I get that my mom works in an animal shelter. A little mingling is to be expected. But I can tell when she gets entirely too friendly with some of the pets around there. I’ve come to expect the scent of dogs around the bottom of her pant legs. But, whoa! She’s been snuggling other furry ones in her arms and that stuff has got to stop. I’m the jealous type!

She’s BORING! Sometimes I want to play and mom says she’s tired. Sometimes I want to go to work with her and mom says she has meetings and I can’t wait for her in the car. Sometimes I want a little extra kibble and mom says I already ate. And sometimes I forget how great I have it here with my family. It’s not that it’s boring… I just take it all for granted.

Sometimes I feel sorry for the dogs (and cats) at the shelter. Even though they have nice comfy beds, plenty of food to eat, and someone to take them for walks and play time, I imagine they get pretty annoyed they aren’t in a home with people to love. They have staff and volunteers, but they are still lonely. And that’s where you can help.

Won’t you please consider adopting a homeless pet by opening your heart and your home? Even if you do some of the annoying things my mom does, I just know your new pet will feel eternally grateful. We’ll promise not to tell anyone your secrets or bad habits. And you’ll promise to love us forever. Deal?!

Until next time,



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!)


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