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Pet Safety Tips For A Happy Holiday Season!

by The Rullo Team

Ensure a happy holiday season for the furriest member of your family......your pet! During this time of year, our homes are filled with many new things that peak their curiosity. Their curiosity can cause damage to holiday decor or, and more importantly, be hazardous for our beloved pets! Keep your furry friend happy and healthy during the holidays by following these easy tips for pet safety!


  • Although we want to treat our pets during the holidays, avoid sharing table scrapes with them. There are many foods on our holiday plates that are toxic for them, such as chocolate, raisins, garlic, and onions. Keep them away from tables and garbage that might contain bones or plastic utensils. These items can be hazardous if swallowed. 
  • Alcohol can have incredibly serious effects on the the health of your pet. Keep all adult beverages far away from your furry friend. 
  • Candles are a beautiful part of the holiday season but they can very easily be knocked over by your pet. Opt for flameless candles so you can still keep the ambiance you desire. 
  • Cables seem like a delicious new chew toy to some pets but this can lead to electric shock to your animal. Hide any cables and/or use citronella infused covers to deter chewing. 
  • Poinsettas are a beautiful holiday plant but their leaves are incredibly toxic to animals. Avoid any health disasters by opting for silk plants or sprinkle pepper on the leaves to deter your pets from eating them.
  • Cats and dogs are invariably intrigued by the new tree in the house. Keep them away by using household ground white pepper or another natural deterrent around the lower branches and tree skirt. Avoid using ornaments made out of edible materials as they become far to inticing for your curious pet. 
  • Always have a responsible family member keep an eye on your pet during gatherings. This will ensure that your pet isn't stealing food from the table, getting into mischeif, or accidently getting outside. 
  • During large gatherings, find a quiet room that you can keep your pet in. Just make sure to provide them with lots of toys and treats to distract them. This gives you a break from having to watch them while you entertain and more importantly gives them a peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle (which causes anxiety in some animals).


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Moving With Pets

by The Rullo Team

Hello Everyone!

Spike Rullo here,

When you buy a house, your scaly, feathered, and fur babies can sometimes have a "ruff" move! Here are some helpful moving tips to keep them happy and safe:

1. Prepare an easily-accessible 'overnight kit' that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.

2. If you're moving out of the area, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you. See if they can recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.

3. During the move itself, the best way to reduce stress on an animal is to keep them in the quietest area possible. If you don't want to leave them with a friend or a kennel for the day (which is recommended), at least remove them from the action. This could mean emptying a bedroom on another floor and closing the door, or putting them in their carrier or kennel in the garage or car (take proper caution to ensure they'll be at a safe temperature and that they have water and food if they will be there for some time). Make sure you check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the time you usually would; having some sense of a routine in the midst of all the changes will help a lot.

4. Take the pet to the new house in your own vehicle. Cats and small dogs can be put in a carrier in the back seat, which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be moved in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible. Some animals feel more comfortable if you throw a blanket over their carrier during the car ride so they can't see the environment changing outside.

5. Be careful when transporting the animal to your new neighborhood because if they get out they can easily get lost. Once they're in the car, it's important to not open the kennel until the pet is in the new home, even if the pet is usually well-behaved or docile. Give them a few days in the new home to adjust. Tip for cat owners: more and more people are keeping their cats indoors for safety reasons, and a move is a good opportunity to get them used to being inside as they won't be used to being allowed out in the new home. Use this transition to your advantage.

6. Move the house before you move the pet. Set up as much as you can, even just in a room, before you introduce the animal to the new home. Confine them to a section of the house while they slowly adjust to their surroundings. Give your pet lots of attention and introduce familiar objects like toys or blankets as soon as possible. Make them feel as at home as you do!

7. After you move, make sure you update their tags or microchip information to the new address and phone number.

8. Are you planning on moving with fish? Fish respond strongly to stress and a move can be traumatizing, if not fatal. It isn't ideal, but you can transport them short distances in bags filled with their old tank water (check with your local aquarium store for supplies and more details). If you have a long distance to travel it's best to give them a new home with a friend, empty the tank, and buy new fish after you unpack.

9. Guinea Pigs also are known to suffer from change or being jostled around. Their hearts are particularly susceptible so please take care with guinea pigs and make sure they are transported in a warm, comfortable, small carrier.

10. Finally, more than one feathered friend has been known to fly the coop on moving day. Many people proudly announce that their bird has never flown off the shoulder, and sadly regret the complacency. Birds, like most pets, are very jittery about change. So even when the smartest parrot balks at the idea of being put in a cage, please do it on moving day!

That's all "fur" now, Happy Moving!

Spike's Corner - Dog Days Of Summer...

by The Rullo Team

Spike Rullo Here!

Boy, my human parents are sure enjoying the warm, sunny weather! I heard them say these sure are The Dog Days of Summer… Now, this smart pup looked into what this means…

Although "The Dog Days Of Summer" seems to refer to times of persistently hot weather in the summer, this term actually refers to a Star in the constellation Canis Major that is one of the brightest stars in the sky and is approximately 8.6 light-years distant from Earth. The Dog Days is named after Sirius, the Dog Star. The Dog Days come when the Dog Star begins to line up with our Sun. It was thought long ago that when the Dog Star aligned with the Sun, they combined their energy to make the weather even hotter. Even this pooch knows that no other star could warm the earth at even the smallest fraction that the Sun does since stars are very far away!

 I do know that this hot weather does make for some unique summer pet care challenges!

Although wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals like me can be just as susceptible to extreme temperatures as our owners are. When the temperatures get extreme, your pet’s safety should be top priority!



Here are 5 ways to stay safe while enjoying summer activities with your pet:

1-Respect the heat. Pets just as Humans can find a hot summer day overwhelming. Unlike you, we have limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while humans can sweat through all of the skin on their body. Also, dehydration can be a big problem. Animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. You should also keep an eye on elderly or overweight pets or animals with heart and lung disease. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around outside during the hottest parts of the day.

2-Keep bugs away - safely. Another summer pet safety issue is the presence of ticks and other summer insects. Not only can bugs carry diseases, but the ways people try to ward them off can also cause problems for your pet's health. Fertilizers and pesticides may help keep a lawn looking great, but they can be very dangerous. In areas where your pets play, try to keep the grass cut short to reduce the presence of ticks and other insects. Talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and other insects.

3-Beware of antifreeze. In the summertime, antifreeze can leak out of cars when they overheat, leaving puddles on the ground that your dog can easily lap up and swallow. The sweet taste of antifreeze is tempting to dogs and cats, but when this toxic substance is ingested, it's potentially lethal.

4-Find out if your pet needs sunscreen. Some pets, particularly those with short fine hair and pink skin, can be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about which types of sunscreen are safest on your pet's skin. But be careful! Do not use sunscreen or insect repellents that are not designed specifically for use on animals.

5-Practice water safety. As with other aspects of summer pet care, water safety is all about thinking ahead. It's fun to bring your pet to the beach or pool to stay cool together, but always keep a close eye on your pet when they're in or near the water. Even a strong swimmer could have trouble getting out of a pool, or get trapped by ropes and other obstacles. For more risky summer adventures with your dog, like boating, look into a doggie life preserver.

Well off to the pool, my mom has cool treats all ready for me!

Have fun and stay cool just like me!

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Spike, Tillman and The Rullo Team wish you a Happy Easter!

Remember...No chocolate for the furry friends!!


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How to Love ME (or Your Dog)

by The Rullo Team

Scratch me on the side of the neck or on my chest. I don’t like hugs and kisses (most of us don’t), but I love to sit with you while you read or watch TV.  See if I’m in the mood to be petted – If you stop and I try to get you to continue, that means I like it! I like to go for lots of walks!

When I’m happy, I pant and wag my tail loosely (or I might wag all over).  When I do something right, give me a treat or praise, petting or play. And finally, I always like a long-lasting chew treat while I’m lounging by myself.

Love your dog on Valentine’s Day (and everyday) ‘cause we always love you!


by The Rullo Team

No Table Scraps – Those wonderful pet treats are MUCH easier on my tummy than human food!

Pest Prevention – I hate those pesky bugs! Protect me from fleas & ticks all year!

Protect Their Paws – Even sled dogs wear protective booties!

Don’t Forget the Water – If you’re thirsty, I probably am too!

Get an Annual Check-up – regular visits are a great idea even if I look great (which I usually do).

Thanks for taking care of me!

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Time for my annual Christmas gift wishlist; I’m going to concentrate on treats because I haven’t been fed yet today and that’s all I usually think about anyway. Wet Nose, a shop in Geneva Commons (1510 Commons Dr, Geneva), has yummy treats, including ‘Lilly Hearts’- cookies made with carob, peanut butter, coconut, cinnamon & vanilla. (WOW, that sounds better than my mom’s baking but don’t tell her that).  ‘Woof! Waffles’ and the smaller sized ‘My Favorite Things’ Cookies shaped like bones, balls, dog houses and fire hydrants, are cookies flavored with yummy peanut butter. Petco (Geneva, St Charles, North Aurora, South Elgin) has one of my favorite treats, Merrick Holiday Sausage Treats in a gift box!  You can pick up a Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Maker when you attend the Santa Claws Photo Event on Saturday the 14th from 11am to 4pm at PetSmart, 1512 S Randall Rd, Geneva.  Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy your time with your loved ones, I know I will! Love, Spike

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by The Rullo Team

Research confirms that the Pilgrims weren’t the only passengers aboard the Mayflower in September, 1620.  25-year-old pilgrim John Goodman brought his dogs along for the voyage.  Guess which two out of these three dogs made the trip.


FROM SPIKE AND The Rullo Team!

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Spike's Bad Hair Day

by The Rullo Team

It was POURING outside today and I HAD to go potty.  So…I am having a REALLY BAD HAIR DAY, plus everything around me smells like WET DOG including my blanket.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a list of local groomers in the area in case you get caught in the rain like I did and need some tender loving care.

The Impeccable Pup Mobile Pet Grooming(Tell Randy "SPIKE SENT ME"!!) St. Charles, IL, (630)202-9007,

Ruffner's Luxury Pet Boarding & Doggie Daycare, 1880 Dean St, St Charles, IL, (630) 377-4589,

The Water Bowl, 321 Stevens St, Geneva, IL, (630) 232-9193,

From Shaggy To Chic, 501 E State St, Geneva, IL, (630) 232-1495,

DePAW University, Canine Campus, Inc., 100 S Glengarry Dr, Geneva, IL, (630) 232-8663,

A New Dog & Dirty Dog Gone Grooming, 2540 Kaneville Ct, Geneva, IL, (630) 878-3939,

PetSmart, 1512 S Randall Rd, Geneva, IL, (630) 232-6467,

Petco, 1885 S Randall Rd, Geneva, IL, (630) 232-2494,

Woofbeach, 1840 Mill St, Batavia, IL, (630) 326-9277,

Doggie Groom Room, 445 Elizabeth St, Batavia, IL, (630) 879-7750,

Paws In Time, 1891 E. Fabyan Pkwy, West Chicago, IL 60185, (630) 208-7772, 

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