Friday, February 25, 2011

Chicagoland Family Pet Expo: March 18,19, & 20, 2011

Make sure you stop by and visit our booth at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo in March!  We'd love to meet you (or say hello again)!  We will have all kinds of fun stuff for you to see as well as a very special drawing!  Oh, and I have a stack of $1 off coupons so let me know if you'd like one!

For anyone who has never been to this expo, you really should plan on going!  There is so much fun stuff to see and do, as well as cute animals to pet and cuddle!   It is amazing so plan on spending a full day!

Hope to see you all there!

Hugs & Wags, Jess

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Missing my pup

Last night I just got home from a double trip.  The first being a week and a half trip to China and the second a week long in Vegas.   The trips were great but it was a long few weeks and I'm glad to be back.  I will definitely be posting some pictures soon so watch for those! 

The worst part about being gone for that long is how much I miss my Maggie.  Of course I missed my husband too, but he joined me in Vegas.  Maggie on the other hand is still at Camp Run-a-Pup.  I know she is in great hands and she always enjoys her time there, but I am having doggy kiss withdrawal!  Maggie has been with me for 6 and a half years now and she is a big part of my life.  I am going to be leaving to pick her up in just a bit and can't wait to see her! 

And just because I love her so much, here is a picture of my baby girl:

Hugs & Wags, Jess

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow, Snow, and More Snow (and a snowy contest)!!

The last few days here in Chicago we have been...well...buried.  There is snow everywhere and some of it piled 6 feet or more in the air.  The city has to hire trucks to remove it.   They say it's the worst snow storm here since 1967.  I know for sure it's the worst I've personally seen.

I have had some crazy urges to run and jump into some of the big piles of snow but my adult brain took over reminding me how wet, cold and miserable I'd be.  One of the little girls who live next door to me was so restrained.  I let the dog out in the back yard only to find a big hole in a pile of snow near the fence separating our yards and one set of footprints leading out of our gate.  I only wish I had actually seen her jump off of their deck, over the 6 foot wooden fence into the snow pile in our yard.  That is a picture I wish I had gotten!

My pup Maggie has hated this and I can't blame her.  I know I wouldn't want to use the bathroom out there either.  It's cold!

So in the spirit of big snow and that "I can't wait for summer" attitude most Chicagoans are feeling right now, I'm having a contest!  Post a photo of your pup (or cat or any pet) loving or hating the snow.  The winner will receive a summertime pet photo session on a beach or other fun location and an 11x14 print (value of $240).

To enter, please post your favorite snowy photo and brief description on the Tails of Love facebook page.  

This contest is open to anyone in Chicago or Carbondale, IL (or a 30 mile radius of either) or willing to travel to one of those locations for the shoot.  This is a pet photography session, but as with all my sessions human family member are welcome in some of the photos.

The deadline to enter is February 19, 2011 and the winner will be chosen by the most likes (so tell you friends to like your photos!). 

If you have any questions about the contest please contact me the Tails of Love facebook page or email.

Hugs & Wags, Jess

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


 Today is a Daily Double for Freekibble, meaning they will donate 2X the amount of food.  All you have to do is click on their trivia question every day (there is a dog related one as well as a cat related one) and answer the question.  Right or wrong, they donate food to hungry shelter animals! 

Check out the Bow Wow and Meow questions today!  Sign up for a daily reminder so you don't miss a day of helping hungry animals!

If you haven't heard about Freekibble you should check it out!  It was started by an 11 year old girl from Oregon, Mimi Ausland.  She wanted to help feed hungry cats and dogs at her local shelter.  "There are 10's of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal." So in April 2008, she launced Freekibble.

Per their website, "'s primary mission is to provide healthy, nutritious food to the dogs and cats at shelters who are working so hard to see that none of their animals go hungry - they need our help. Now, in addition to providing free kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, Mimi and Freekibble are feeding many 1,000's of dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and through food-banks across the country... EVERYDAY!"

Hugs & Wags, Jess