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AW, J UST LOOK AT THOSE EY ES. . . Here at Volume One, we love our pets. They’re just another part of the family: furry little friends that need love and care just like we do. So we put together this section as a way to highlight some ways local people’s pet enthusiasm has taken hold and some tips WORDS: BARBARA ARNOLD, TOM GIFFEY

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for proper pet care. Having a pet is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it every time your pup greets you at the door or your cat curls up on your lap in front of the TV. Pets can make families complete, so without further ado, here’s our Pet Project. •

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BELLA AND TEDDY, TWO LITTLE WHITE FIDO FURBALLS OF FUN, and their owners have experienced firsthand the benefits of pet therapy – for patient, pet, and volunteer – at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. More pets and volunteers are needed now that Mayo’s Paws Force program is expanding to Mayo’s Barron, Bloomer, Menomonie, and Osseo locations. “Health concerns can be stressful, and pet therapy visits make a world of difference for many of our patients and even our staff,” says Vicky Zehms, director of volunteer services. “These wonderful dogs and their handlers also make house calls through hospice.” Bella, a six-year-old Havanese, and her owner Cassie Meinholz, a high school math teacher in the Fall Creek School District, volunteered during the summers of 2012 and 2013, before the birth of her son Hudson in 2014. “When my husband Kevin and I first got Bella, pet therapy wasn’t even on our radar,” she says. “We trained with her at Rude Dog U, where her temperament and skills caught the eye of the owner, who thought she would be great because none of the dogs on Mayo’s team at that time were small – most were golden retrievers and Labradors – and few could do tricks.” Bella passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen exam and hospital-setting simulation tests with flying colors. And Cassie successfully completed the special volunteer and dog-handling training. “Bella loved doing pet therapy. For two solid hours, she was the center of attention,” Cassie continues. “Apparently, it was very tiring for her as well because afterwards, she would sleep the entire afternoon.” “We visited Pediatrics several times, and kids would unintentionally tug on her while petting her, and she took it calmly,” shares Cassie. “She was a good dog before pet therapy, and the patience she exhibited during her time in the program has carried over to her interactions with our son.” Terri Gardow, athletic assistant at North High School and mom to three teenaged boys, and Teddy, her twoyear-old bichon frise and Shih Tzu mix, completed obedience classes at Anne Braue’s Canine Training Center. Terri and Teddy together earned certification last fall through Pet Partners, the

PAWS FORCE MEMBER AND PATIENT, MAYO CLIINIC HEALTH SYSTEM

THERAPY DOG BELLA AND OWNERS’ SON, HUDSON

national therapy animal program that trains and screens volunteers and their pets. The program was established to ensure that “both ends of the leash” – people as well as animals – are wellprepared for any setting. Terri first became aware of pet therapy when accompanying her mother for chemotherapy for brain cancer

at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, where “having a dog there just took our minds off the situation.” Their first ever pet therapy visit was the most memorable. “Teddy and I were walking in the hallway, and suddenly Teddy veered towards a patient’s room,” she recalls. After she explained and asked for permission to enter, they

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DOES YOUR DOG HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM PAWS FORCE? Answering “yes” to the questions below may help you decide. For more information, call Volunteer Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire at (715) 838-3262. 1. Is your dog friendly and wellbehaved? 2. Does your dog enjoy meeting new people of all ages? 3. Is your dog reliable and friendly around other dogs? 4. Has your dog completed several levels of obedience classes in the past two years? (Note: Classes must be positive reinforcementonly training programs.)

came upon a patient near death surrounded by family. “One family member shared that the patient loved dogs, and (asked if) could Teddy be placed on the bed next to him. Teddy immediately snuggled near one of his hands, and while the family was reminiscing about his pet dogs, I noticed a tear falling from one of the patient’s eyes.”

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VETERINARY VISITORS VOYAGING VET SERVICE COMES RIGHT TO PET OWNERS’ DOORS

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WHEN PET OWNERS NEED TO GET SHOTS OR OTHER MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR FIDO OR FLUFFY, their options are usually limited to squeezing angry, anxious furballs into carriers and listening to them howl and yowl all the way to the veterinary office and back. The experience can be unpleasant for animals and humans alike. But what if – like the fabled M.D.s of old – small-animal vets made house calls? One local veterinary business does just that. If you live within a 40-mile radius of Chippewa Falls, Voyaging Vet and Tech Services will come to your door to treat your dog or cat. The business is the brainchild of Patrice Anderson, who got the idea when she began attending Eau Claire’s Globe University in 2008 to become a certified veterinary technician. “Can you come over and look at this? What do you think about this?” friends with pets would ask her when they learned she was studying to be a vet tech. These pet owners’ desire to have someone listen to them and give their critters personalized attention piqued Anderson’s interest. She graduated from Globe in December 2011, studied for and passed her board exams, and opened the business in June 2012. Meanwhile, one of Anderson’s former instructors, Dr. Erin Weiss, learned of her business plans and came aboard, putting the “vet” in Voyaging Vet and Tech. “It’s not like we reinvented the wheel. Lots of bigger cities have mobile practices,” explains Anderson, although she notes the closest such practice other than hers is based in La Crosse. “What we do is offer a much more personalized service, and from the conversations I had with a lot of people I decided there was a calling for that.” Although they have no physical location – just a paw-emblazoned van – Voyaging Vet and Tech offers most of the same services as a traditional brick-

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and-mortar vet clinic, including wellness exams, vaccinations, internal medicine tests, and end-of-life care. However, they aren’t equipped to do surgical procedures (including spaying and neutering) or to treat immediate emergencies. So what’s the advantage of a vet service that makes house calls? Convenience, for one thing, Anderson says. “Everybody’s so busy,” she says. “So many people have multiple pets.” For many customers, having veterinary care come to them makes life less complicated. Furthermore, a traveling vet service means less stress for the animals. Anderson notes that vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure can spike when anxious animals go to a veterinary clinic. By contrast, animals are calmer – and their readings are more accurate – when they are in their home environment. Amy Mewhorter of Chippewa Falls appreciates both of these aspects of being a client of Voyaging Vet and Tech. “They’re in their home setting,” she says of the animal patients, including her German shorthair pointer, Molly. “They

think it’s a friend coming in. There’s not that sterile smell of the clinic. They don’t have to get up on the metal table.” Anderson says she’s pleased to be able to bring personalized service to her human and animal clients. “I just enjoy working with the public, and the part that I love the most about it is watching

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the animal-human bond every day,” she says. “ Yes, these are people’s pets to put it simply, but they are children, they are family.” Voyaging Vet and Tech Service • serves clients within a 40-mile radius of Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-4676 • voyagingvts.com


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JENNIFER HOFFMAN HAS BEEN IN LOVE WITH RABBITS ever since she got one as a pet while stationed in Hawaii with the Army 17 years ago. Seeking a small household companion that wasn’t a cat (she’s allergic), she found a bunny in a pet store. “It was love at first sight,” she explains. Her first rabbit, was a high-energy Netherland dwarf she named Thrasher who loved to do what bunny aficionados call “binkys,” which she describes as “high jumps while kicking out their legs and sometimes flipping mid-air.” These days, she and her two rabbits, Reggie and Lil’ Girl, are frequent participants in Hoppy Time, a bunny gathering at emBARK, a dog daycare in Eau Claire. Hoffman talked to Volume One about what happens in a roomful of rabbits and what you should know before adopting one as a pet.

VOLUME ONE: From your perspective, what’s appealing about rabbits as pets? JENNIFER HOFFMAN: They are very comforting to me. I love their tiny twitching noses and their beautiful soft fur, their crazy jumps and twists, their high-speed running around furniture. It’s so great when you get home and they are there waiting for you – waking up from their daylong nap to get some pets. To see their eyes light up with excitement when they know they’re going to get a treat. They hear the rustle sounds of a bag of kale opening or the snap of a carrot. Rabbits have an amazing sense of smell – sometimes just opening a bag of raisins or apricots brings them running. Eating a banana gets them so excited that the fur on their backside twitches. They find joy in the basic things in life. Pets, treats, playing. They don’t ask for anything besides the basics and they give me everything in return. It’s very rewarding to me when I see them binky in the backyard, because I know they are unabashedly happy, they are in their element.

What kinds of rabbits make the best pets? There are different breeds that have different temperaments. There are some that are more nervous, some that are more relaxed. I think mostly if you are looking at getting a rabbit, you need to spend some time with them beforehand. When going through a shelter or rabbit rescue, usually they can pair you up with a good match. They know the rabbit’s personality. Larger rabbits that are heavier make better candidates for children. Rabbits in general are pretty delicate. They

need to be picked up, held, and put down in a certain way. They have a tendency to want to jump out of your arms if you are not careful, and they have very powerful legs that kick out and can scratch you.

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How does rabbit ownership compare with owning another kind of pet? Rabbits are of course quieter than dogs or cats. They do make noises, however: They even purr when content. Like all pets they require cleaning up after. They require grooming and nail clipping. They do require a space where they can stretch their legs and hop around daily. During the day they usually nap and groom themselves. It’s ideal if you can have two bunnies that keep each other company while you are away.

Do you have any particularly amusing rabbit stories you’d like to share? I had a rabbit who was name was Lil’ Dickens for a reason. She was so small she would get into everything! She would hide under the bed, where I couldn’t get her. All I would hear is the rustling around. She would “bark” at me when she was upset, which sounds like a grunting noise. She was adorable; this tiny little girl with so much personality! I miss her greatly; she was with me from 2005 to 2015. I’m not sure how old she was when adopted, but she lived to a grand old age for a rabbit. She would beg for treats on her hind legs and walk backwards. She would go absolutely insane for apricots, almonds, and bananas, even running in circles she was so excited. She was so well-trained she would wake up from her nap and be on her hind legs in seconds, begging for treats.

“They are very comforting to me. I love their tiny twitching noses and their beautiful soft fur, their crazy jumps and twists, their high-speed running around furniture.” - Jennifer Hoffman, on the joys of owning rabbits

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Dog owners have dog parks and doggie day cares to allow their pets to socialize. How do rabbits (and their owners) socialize? Over a year ago, I was at the Eau Claire County Humane Association helping a friend adopt two bunnies, and there was a flier posted about a bunny group called Hoppy Time, a playtime for local house rabbits. I was so excited! I took my babies to the first one. At first I was hesitant, because I know how territorial rabbits can be. They like to mark their territory and “chin” the items in their home. They have scent glands under their chin. But it turns out that when there are three or more rabbits in a neutral space there is no fighting, since there is no one specific’s rabbit scent there. It’s foreign turf. It was such a joy to see all kinds of different rabbits playing together, and better yet to meet other bunny lovers!

What do rabbits do when they hang out together? They check each other out by smell. They tend to want to show off in front of each other by jumping and zooming around. They are constant hay eaters so sometimes they just chill in a litter box, eating hay. Their ears are always on alert, listening. At Hoppy Time the rabbits’ humans get a chance to talk about different topics, swap ideas on rabbit DIY toys and treats, litter training, neutering, vets, food, and treats. It’s a great place to go with great people who absolutely love their pet rabbits.

What advice would you offer someone who’s considering getting a rabbit as a pet? Do your research! Know what you are getting into. Rabbits require a con-

siderable amount of care, time, and money. Really think it through for the long term. There are a ton of informative sites online such as rabbit.org that provide a lot of information. Plan for owning your rabbit for the next 10 years. Spend some time with them before you make the decision to adopt. I recommend looking on petfinder.com. They list all the rescue organizations and shelters where bunnies are available. Often, rabbits that are adopted will already be altered. What’s nice about adopting from a shelter or rabbit rescue is they usually know the animal, they know its temperament. Bunnies love to chew. If you don’t provide them with things to chew on, they will take it out on your furniture, carpet, etc. Bunny-proof your house, putting away cords, putting up books, covering exposed wires. They love to hide under things. If you don’t want them there, you need to block the area. Bottom line: Adopting an animal is for keeps. You can’t take your children back to the store, why would you do that to an animal? Know what you are getting into and the time and commitment that is involved. And of course spay and neuter! Altered bunnies make better companions and will live longer and healthier lives.

If you have to describe rabbits in three words, what would they be? Unique. Soft. Adorable. Want to bring your bunnies to Hoppy Time? The get-togethers for rabbits and their humans are held periodically from 3-4:30pm on Sundays at emBARK, 2109 Fairfax St., Eau Claire. The cost is $3 per rabbit family, and rabbits must be spayed or neutered and in good health. To learn more, search for “Eau Claire Hoppy Time” on Facebook.

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PURR-FECT RESOURCES E VE RY TH I NG YOU N E E D TO KE E P YOU R P E T HA P P Y & S A FE PET SUPPLIES Awards & More 2425 Seymour Rd., Eau Claire • 839-

8666 • awards@awardsandmore.com • awardsandmore. com A trophy and award business that specializes in engraving dog tags and making custom mugs. When visiting online, search under ‘Medals’.

Bark Avenue Bakery Available at the Phoenix Park and

Festival Foods farmers markets, Eau Claire • 214-4614 • barkavebakery@gmail.com Bark Avenue offers a large variety of all natural, homemade dog treats for the fourlegged members of your family. Bark Avenue also offers wheat, corn, and soy-free products for those special pups with food allergies. Treats are available year round by phone or email and can be shipped to pet lovers out of state as well. See us at the Festival Foods farmers market too.

Buena Vista Marketing, Inc. Oklahoma Rd., Osseo • 597-3102 Supplies for pets and babies.

Canine Comfort Inn 2600 S. Broadway St., Menomonie

• 235-8669 • caninecomfortinn.com Supplies include training collars, treats, combs, rubber curries, and anxiety relief products.

Leerburg (Dog Training) Video & Kennel Leerburg Ent.

Inc., PO Box 218, Menomonie • 235-6502 • jeff@leerburg.com • leerburg.com Purchase training DVDs (over 120)  and a variety of dog related equipment including collars, harnesses, vests, muzzles, toys, pens, treats, K9 gear, healthcare and grooming items, books, and much more.

Pet Food Plus 3460 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 835-5733 •

info@petfoodpluseauclaire.com • petfoodpluseauclaire. com Featuring the largest selection of premium dog and cat food in Eau Claire, including raw, organic, holistic and grain-free options, plus a variety of hunting dog and grooming supplies, bird seed and feeders, plus feeds for smaller pets, hobby farms and much more.

Petco 3731 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire • 832-0200 • petco. com Petco provides equipment and supplies for dogs, cats, and small animals. Their services include dog training, grooming, and affordable vaccinations.

PetSmart 4142 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire •

831-1532 • petsmart.com Petsmart provides a variety of equipment and supplies for dogs, cats, and small animals. Their services include dog training, pet grooming, and pet adoptions.

Pic-a-Pet Plus 2421 Hwy 25 North, Menomonie • 2354363 Food, equipment, and providing a variety of animals for adoption.

Poochie Heaven 2020 Prairie Lane Suite 101, Eau

Claire • 888-636-7798 • info@poochieheaven.com • poochieheaven.com Designer dog clothes, carriers, beds, accessories, toys, treats, grooming equipment, and much more. Visit online and check out their impressive webstore.

ProbioticSmart LLC • (888) 873-9719 • probioticsmart.

com Based in the Menomonie area, ProbioticSmart is a one-stop shop for pet food, information, networking and more. The online store provides dog, cat and horse owners with high-quality natural products that keep their pets healthy through proper nutrition and proper digestive balance.

R-Distributing LLC • 289-3320 • Rsmazal65@yahoo.

com • rdistributingllc.com Primarily in the business of deer and bear bait, this local webstore also sells premium dog food. Pickup locations available in Cadott, Colby, and Loyal, WI.

Sue’s Dog Grooming and Supply 120 W Greenville St., Chippewa Falls • 723-2118 See contact info for details.

Thompson’s True Value & Variety 319 E. Clairemont

Ave., Eau Claire • 834-1239 • ww3.truevalue.com/ thompsons/Home.aspx Selling dog supplies, cat supplies, bird food, small animal supplies, fish food, plus farm and ranch supplies.

Tropic Waters Pet Center & Bark Avenue Grooming Salon 3015 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire • 832-0174

• tropicwaterspets.com Featuring more than just fish, Tropic Waters provides small animal, reptile, bird, dog, and cat adoptions, equipment, food, and grooming.

Waggin’ Tails Training Co. & Doggie Daycare N4668

471st St., Menomonie • 235-3188 • waggintails@wwt. net • waggintailstraining.com Featuring training classes ranging from puppy and adult training, tricks, walking, agility and behavior, plus daycare (no overnight care), nail trims, washes and spa treatments, plus a retail area with leaders, collars, leashes, treats, toys and more.

Woof Naturals 577-5634 • woofnaturals.com Eco-

friendly boutique and bakery that specializes in making and delivering natural and organic products for dogs. Available at select pet-related businesses and online.

PET ADOPTIONS Bob’s House for Dogs • 878-4505 • info@bobshousefordogs.org • bobshousefordogs.org.

Buffalo County Humane Association • 569-7382 (cell) • bchapets@yahoo.com • bcoha.webs.com.

Chippewa County Humane Association 10501 County Highway S South, Chippewa Falls • 382-4832 • ccha@ cvol.net • chippewahumane.com.

Dunn County Humane Society 302 Brickyard Rd., Menomonie • 232-9790 • info@dunncountyhumanesociety.org • dunncountyhumanesociety.org.

Eau Claire County Humane Association 3900 Old Town

Hall Rd., Eau Claire • 839-4747 • info@eccha.org • eccha.org.

PET GROOMING All Pets Great & Small Boarding S12460 State Road 37, Mondovi • 926-3748 See contact info for details.

Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley 201 Industri-

al Dr. #1, Mondovi • 926-3836 • awcbv@cvcexpress.net • animalwellnesscenterofbuffalovalley.vetsuite.com A full-service veterinary medical facility with the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Ark Animal Hospital: Professional Grooming Services

2914 Mondovi Rd., Eau Claire • 834-3221 Dogs and cats welcome.

Bifrost Farms E2062 930th Ave., Boyceville • 643-2208

• info@bifrostfarms.com • bifrostfarms.com Offering boarding, grooming, and quality natural dog food, plus anesthesia-free doggie dental care and canine acupressure and massage.

Pic-a-Pet Plus 2421 Hwy 25 North, Menomonie • 2354363.

Tropic Waters Pet Center & Bark Avenue Grooming Salon 3015 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire • 832-0174 • tropicwaterspets.com.

289-4244 • reservations@northernpaws.com • northernpaws.com Offering rooms and services to make your pet’s “home away from home” a fun and stress-free experience. They specialize in the care of dogs, cats and even critters like birds, ferrets and bunnies.

Northside Pet Hospital 1727 Western Ave., Eau Claire •

835-0761 • info@northsidepethosp.com • northsidepethosp.vetstreet.com Providing a variety of veterinarian services, plus grooming, boarding, plus hospice and euthanasia services.

Paws & Claws 3820 Old Town Hall Road, Eau Claire

Pawsome Lodge Mobile Pet Grooming 2219 1/2 S.

Falls • 723-3655 • chipvet@chippewavet.com • chippewavet.com Established in 1902, the Chippewa Valley Clinic is a full-service mixed animal veterinary clinic dedicated to the health and well being of your animals. Also providing grooming and boarding services.

Cindy’s Grooming 4720 W Folsom St, Eau Claire • 8356140 • See contact info for details.

Daneville Grooming and Portraits N 3485 390th St., Menomonie • 235-1257 • danevillegrooming.com Specializes in grooming dogs under 60 lbs. Portrait services on location or at your home.

Eau Claire Animal Hospital 2504 Mall Dr., Eau Claire •

835-5011 • ecah@clearwire.net • eauclaireanimalhospital.com Providing the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients and committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

emBARK 2109 Fairfax St., Eau Claire • 864-3263 •

Foxy Fashions 2208 Heimstead Rd., Eau Claire • 239-

1532 • petsmart.com.

Northern Paws Pet Lodge 25927 115th Ave., Cadott •

Chippewa Veterinary Clinic 14961 81st Ave., Chippewa

235-8669 • caninecomfortinn.com Boarding, grooming, training, and dog supplies.

Petco 3731 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire • 832-0200 • petco. PetSmart 4142 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire • 831-

7555 • k9bathplus@gmail.com K-9 Bath Plus in Hallie is ready and able to meet your K-9 grooming cares one family at a time. By appt. only. K-9 Bath Plus offers a unique home like environment.

Canine Comfort Inn 2600 S. Broadway St., Menomonie •

Northwoods Animal Learning Center, LLC 2775 8th

com.

K-9 Bath Plus 1936 Hallie Rd., Chippewa Falls • 836-

• 831-1885 • info@pawsandclawstotaldog.com • pawsandclawstotaldog.com Featuring spa quality grooming services and superior quality boarding services complete with specialty suites, home-like kennels, and a swimming pool.

heather@embarkdog.com • embarkdog.com EmBARK is proud to have three glorious groomers who will spiff, poof, brush, bathe, clip, snip, de-stink, de-matt, de-fuzz, foof, dry, and bedazzle your dog

Ave., Chetek • 642-2421 • nalc@ymail.com • nalcofwi. com.

dogs.

5086 • horsedogloveis@live.com • foxyfashionsdoggroomingllc.yolasite.com Foxy Fashions Dog Grooming offers your pet great service and care, all at a reasonable price.

Fur ‘N’ Feathers Pets 1032 Oak Dr., Altoona • 832-6228

• Find this business on Facebook See contact info for details.

Grooming Hut 121 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 8352840 See contact info for details.

Happy Pooch Doggie Day Care 2208 Heimstead Rd.,

Eau Claire • 552-5298 • MPacovsky@yahoo.com • Find this business on Facebook Daycare and grooming for

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Broadway St., Menomonie • 944-4232 • pawsomelodge@gmail.com • pawsomelodge.com Cage-free oneon-one grooming, breed trims, special requests, senior dogs and dogs with special needs welcome, pick up/drop off service, canine relaxation massage available. Selfservice bathing tub available by appointment.

Petco 3731 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire • 832-0200 • petco. com Services include training, adoptions, grooming, and affordable vaccinations.

PetSmart 4142 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire • 831-

1532 • petsmart.com Services include dog training, pet grooming, and pet adoptions.

Puckabees 24 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 514-1003 •

puckabees.com Puckabees usees pet- and Earth-friendly products to keep reduce their carbon “pawprint” for a clearn world for litters to come. All products are chemical free, biodegradable, and untested on animals.

Puckabees Canine Salon 515 S Barstow St., Eau Claire • 514-1003 • Find this business on Facebook See contact info for details.

Shadynook Pet Salon W6150 Sunny Nook Rd., Mondovi • 926-3392 See contact info for details.

ShowStoppers Custom Dog Grooming 13672 300th St.,

Boyd • Find this business on Facebook See contact info for details.

Sue’s Dog Grooming and Supply 120 W. Greenville St., Chippewa Falls • 723-2118 See contact info for details.

Tropic Waters Pet Center & Bark Avenue Grooming Salon 3015 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire • 832-0174

• tropicwaterspets.com Featuring more than just fish, Tropic Waters provides small animal, reptile, bird, dog, and cat adoptions, equipment, food, and grooming.

Waggin’ Tails Training Co. & Doggie Daycare N4668

471st St., Menomonie • 235-3188 • waggintails@wwt. net • waggintailstraining.com Featuring training classes


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turing classes for obedience, agility, rally, conformation, show, hunting, and canine good citizen, for multiple levels (beginner to advanced). Private training available.

Westgate Animal Hospital 2135 N. Clairemont Ave.,

471st St., Menomonie • 235-3188 • waggintails@wwt. net • waggintailstraining.com Featuring training classes ranging from puppy and adult training, tricks, walking, agility and behavior.

Eau Claire • 834-7538 • mywestgateanimalhospital. com Providing physical exams, vaccinations, senior pet care, surgery, dental care, grooming, boarding, private cremation, and much more.

White Tie & Tails Canine Country Club N7218 County

Rd. H, Mondovi • 926-1101 Daycare with park walking, grooming, accommodations senior, sensitive, and small Canines, and more.

PET BREEDERS Birdstone Labradors 6555 Kestrel Rd., Eau Claire • 835-6100 • lisa@birdstonelabradors.com • birdstonelabradors.com Black and Yellow Labradors.

Brittany Hills Kennel N7130 740th St., Menomonie •

235-3106 • info@brittanypuppy.net Specializing in Brittanies.

Cutaway Kennel 8434 County Hwy N, Chippewa Falls •

726-1257 • cutawayspringer@ecol.net • cutawayspringer.tripod.com English Springer Spaniels (puppies and pre-trained hunting dogs). They also have on-site boarding for all breeds.

Freed’s Bull Dogges Chippewa Falls • 523-9909 • to-

ryfreed@yahoo.com • freedsbulldogges.com Strictly bulldogs. Oh, and check out their hard rockin’, thunder clappin’ website. It’s awesome.

Lakewood Labradors Altoona • 833-1880 • Rude-

dogu1010@aol.com • lakewoodlabradors.com Englishtype Labrador Retrievers, K-9 Dorms for boarding, and Rude Dog University training.

Shiloh Kennels & Stables E8561 530th Ave., Elk Mound • 879-4564 • ShilohKl@aol.com See contact info for details.

PET TRAINERS

Waggin’ Tails Training Co. & Doggie Daycare N4668

Cutaway Kennel 8434 County Hwy N, Chippewa Falls •

726-1257 • cutawayspringer@ecol.net • cutawayspringer.tripod.com English Springer Spaniels (puppies and pre-trained hunting dogs). They also have on-site boarding for all breeds.

emBARK 2109 Fairfax St., Eau Claire • 864-3263 •

PET SITTING & BOARDING

heather@embarkdog.com • embarkdog.com Drop off your wild & crazy dog off with us in the morning and they will return it to you in the afternoon for a calmer version.

All Pets Great & Small Boarding S12460 State Road 37,

Happy Pooch Doggie Day Care 2208 Heimstead Rd.,

Mondovi • 926-3748 See contact info for details.

Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley 201 Indus-

trial Dr. #1, Mondovi • 926-3836 • awcbv@cvcexpress. net • animalwellnesscenterofbuffalovalley.vetsuite.com A full-service veterinary medical facility with the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Bifrost Farms E2062 930th Ave., Boyceville • 643-2208 • info@bifrostfarms.com • bifrostfarms.com Offering boarding, grooming, and quality natural dog food, plus anesthesia-free doggie dental care and canine acupressure and massage.

Eau Claire • 552-5298 • MPacovsky@yahoo.com • Find this business on Facebook Daycare and grooming for dogs.

Hillcrest Kennel LLC See contact info for location de-

tails, Augusta • 830-8444 • hillcrestkennelsboarding@ hotmail.com • hillcrestkennel-llc.com A small familyowned boarding kennel. Offering a variety of kennel sizes and options. Guests include canines, felines, avians and other exotic/pocket pets.

K-9 Country Club 10055 County Hwy K, Cadott • 382-

4562 • k-9countryclub@hotmail.com • Find this business on Facebook Jolie Wittrock’s boarding facility is at her home, offering the advantage to be with the pets at all

Canine Comfort Inn 2600 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-8669 • caninecomfortinn.com Boarding, grooming, training, and dog supplies.

Chippewa Veterinary Clinic 14961 81st Ave., Chippewa

Falls • 723-3655 • chipvet@chippewavet.com • chippewavet.com Established in 1902, the Chippewa Valley Clinic is a full-service mixed animal veterinary clinic dedicated to the health and well being of your animals. Also providing grooming and boarding services.

Cindy’s Grooming 4720 W Folsom St, Eau Claire • 8356140 See contact info for details.

Cozy At Home Pet Sitting Service Eau Claire • 835-

1930 Quality petsitting care in your own home - keep your pets cozy and safe in their own environment.

Ann Braue’s Canine Training 800 Wisconsin St. #1, Eau

Claire • 839-0993 • info@abctc.com • abctc.com Classes  for  puppies, beginning, and intermediate obedience, foundations for agility and advanced agility, and personal training. Also offers K9 massage.

Canine Comfort Inn 2600 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 235-8669 • caninecomfortinn.com Boarding, grooming, training, and dog supplies.

The Canine Counselor, LLC Chippewa/Eau Claire

County, Bloomer • 612-251-3845 • caninecounselor@ gmail.com Private, in-home dog training. Puppy, obedience, behavioral/temperament issues. Master’s level clinician with 15 years experience. Free initial consultation.

emBARK 2109 Fairfax St., Eau Claire • 864-3263 •

heather@embarkdog.com • embarkdog.com More like a date night with your dog, classes at emBARK are informative with a dash of craziness to create an upbeat, positive environment.

Leerburg (Dog Training) Video & Kennel Leerburg Ent.

Inc., PO Box 218, Menomonie • 235-6502 • jeff@leerburg.com • leerburg.com Purchase training DVDs (over 120)  and a variety of dog related equipment including collars, harnesses, vests, muzzles, toys, pens, treats, K9 gear, healthcare and grooming items, books, and much more.

Northwoods Animal Learning Center, LLC 2775 8th

Ave., Chetek • 642-2421 • nalc@ymail.com • nalcofwi. com In-kennel-training, private lessons, in-home or onsite behavior consultations, classes, dog adoption program. All breeds, ages, temperaments accepted. Also featuring equine and canine “whole animal” wellness programs.

Paws on Positive Dog Training W. 573 US Hwy 10,

Mondovi • 926-6199 • Find this business on Facebook With over 35 years experience, Paws On is dedicated to helping people live happier lives with their dogs and helping dogs to live happier lives with their people. Featuring puppy, family dog, agility, and pulling training.

Petco 3731 Gateway Dr., Eau Claire • 832-0200 • petco.

com Petco provides equipment and supplies for dogs, cats, and small animals. Their services include dog training, grooming, and affordable vaccinations.

PetSmart Dog Training 4142 Commonwealth Ave., Eau

Claire • 831-1532 • petsmart.com PetSmart dog training includes many different types of classes for different types of dogs. PetSmart applies positive reinforcement techniques to gain positive behaviors and eliminate negative behaviors. Training is offered weekly with weekday and weekend options. Results are 100% guaranteed.

Rude Dog U & K9 Dorms 904 Lake Rd., Altoona • 8331880 • Rudedogu1010@aol.com • rudedogu.com Fea-

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times. Any kind of routine patrons have with your pet can be replicated.

Kon Aire Boarding Kennel S11800 County Rd. F, Eleva • 878-4400 See contact info for details.

Lake Wissota Animal Hospital 16780 County Highway X, Chippewa Falls • 726-8811 • lakewissotaanimalhospital.com Offering a full range of premium veterinarian services and boarding.

Mecca Kennels E 9976 County Road C, Elk Mound • 874-6863 See contact info for details.

Muddy Creek Kennels E7561 370th Ave., Elk Mound • 664-8708 See contact info for details.

Northern Paws Pet Lodge 25927 115th Ave., Cadott •

289-4244 • reservations@northernpaws.com • northernpaws.com Offering rooms and services to make your pet’s “home away from home” a fun and stress-free experience. They specialize in the care of dogs, cats and even critters like birds, ferrets and bunnies.

Northside Pet Hospital 1727 Western Ave., Eau Claire •

835-0761 • info@northsidepethosp.com • northsidepethosp.vetstreet.com Providing a variety of veterinarian services, plus grooming, boarding, plus hospice and euthanasia services.


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Northwoods Animal Learning Center, LLC 2775 8th

Ave., Chetek • 642-2421 • nalc@ymail.com • nalcofwi. com In-kennel-training, private lessons, in-home or onsite behavior consultations, classes, dog adoption program. All breeds, ages, temperaments accepted. Also featuring equine and canine “whole animal” wellness programs.

Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital 4616 Commerce Valley

Rd., Eau Claire • 835-0112 • info@oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com • oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com A full service veterinary hospital and boarding service for the communities of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona for over 35 years.

Osseo-Augusta Veterinary Clinic 12936 12th St., Osseo

• 597-3158 // 106 W. Brown St., Augusta • 286-2001 • osseoveterinaryclinic.com A practice in Osseo serving a three county area with services for large animal and small animal and offer boarding services, with a satellite clinic in Augusta.

Paws & Claws 3820 Old Town Hall Road, Eau Claire

• 831-1885 • info@pawsandclawstotaldog.com • pawsandclawstotaldog.com Featuring spa quality grooming services and superior quality boarding services complete with specialty suites, home-like kennels, and a swimming pool.

sible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

com Providing full services to our production animal clients located in Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, and Trempealeau counties. Small animal services are provided in the clinic.

Ark Animal Hospital 2914 Mondovi Rd., Eau Claire •

Northside Pet Hospital 1727 Western Ave., Eau Claire •

834-3221 See contact info for details.

Brakken Veterinary Clinic 2215-A Schneider Ave., Menomonie • 235-8404 • Find this business on Facebook.

Cadott Animal Clinic 504 E. Chippewa St., Cadott • 289-

4241 • cadottanimalclinicwi.com Offering a wide range of veterinary services to keep your pets feeling their best. Veterinarian Dr. Susan Schuette provides expert veterinary care in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Chippewa Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation 8135 Burnell

Dr., Eau Claire • 838-0326 • cvwildliferehab.blogspot. com The center rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals and return them to the  wild. The CVWR also provides info response to public inquiries about wildlife and provides provide wildlife education to the public. The center is licensed to care for raccoons, opossums, rabbits, squirrels, weasels, foxes, chipmunks and woodchucks.

Chippewa Veterinary Clinic 14961 81st Ave., Chippewa

Rude Dog U & K9 Dorms 904 Lake Rd., Altoona • 833-

Falls • 723-3655 • chipvet@chippewavet.com • chippewavet.com Established in 1902, the Chippewa Valley Clinic is a full-service mixed animal veterinary clinic dedicated to the health and well being of your animals. Also providing grooming and boarding services.

Shiloh Kennels & Stables E8561 530th Ave., Elk Mound

3380 • office@colfaxanimalhospital.com • colfaxanimalhospital.com See contact info for details.

Totaduck Kennels E 8559 620th Ave., Elk Mound • 879-

568-3621 • ctyveterinaryhospital.com Caring service for pets and small animals.

Rock Falls Veterinary Care E9348 135th St., Rock Falls • 875-4558 See contact info for details.

1880 • Rudedogu1010@aol.com • rudedogu.com The K-9 Dorm provides premium boarding options.

• 879-4564 • ShilohKl@aol.com See contact info for details.

5687 • totaduck@hotmail.com • totaduck.com/5052. html See contact info for details.

Waggin’ Tails Training Co. & Doggie Daycare N4668

471st St., Menomonie • 235-3188 • waggintails@wwt. net • waggintailstraining.com Featuring training classes ranging from puppy and adult training, tricks, walking, agility and behavior, plus daycare (no overnight care), nail trims, washes and spa treatments, plus a retail area with leaders, collars, leashes, treats, toys and more.

While Away LLC See contact info for location • 832-

0224 • whileawayllc@yahoo.com Professional home and pet care that comes to your home while you’re away.

White Tie & Tails Canine Country Club N7218 County

Rd. H, Mondovi • 926-1101 Daycare with park walking, grooming, accommodations senior, sensitive, and small Canines, and more.

ANIMAL HOSPITALS Animal Wellness Center of Buffalo Valley 201 Indus-

trial Dr. #1, Mondovi • 926-3836 • awcbv@cvcexpress. net • animalwellnesscenterofbuffalovalley.vetsuite.com A full-service veterinary medical facility with the best pos-

Colfax Animal Hospital 411 E. River St., Colfax • 962County Veterinary Hospital 1320 15th Ave., Bloomer • Eau Claire Animal Hospital 2504 Mall Dr., Eau Claire •

835-5011 • ecah@clearwire.net • eauclaireanimalhospital.com Providing the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients and committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Four Paws, Five Treasures LLC Oakwood Hills Animal

Hospital, 4616 Commerce Valley Rd., Eau Claire • 8350112 • 4paws5treasures@gmail.com • acupuncture4animals.com Featuring integrative veterinary medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. Inquiries & house calls 579-9472; office appts 835-0112

Kindness Animal Hospital 1902 Hallie Road, Chippewa Falls • 834-9201 • info@kindnessah.com • kindnessah. com See contact info for details.

Lake Wissota Animal Hospital 16780 County Highway

X, Chippewa Falls • 726-8811 • lakewissotaanimalhospital.com We offer a full range of premium veterinarian services, plus boarding.

Mondovi Veterinary Service 1006 E. Main St., Mondovi

• 926-3821 • mondovivet@frontiernet.net • mondovivet.

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835-0761 • info@northsidepethosp.com • northsidepethosp.vetstreet.com Providing a variety of veterinarian services, plus grooming, boarding, plus hospice and euthanasia services.

Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital 4616 Commerce Valley

Rd., Eau Claire • 835-0112 • info@oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com • oakwoodhillsanimalhospital.com A full service veterinary hospital and boarding service for the communities of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona for over 35 years.

Osseo-Augusta Veterinary Clinic 12936 12th St., Osseo

• 597-3158 // 106 W. Brown St., Augusta • 286-2001 • osseoveterinaryclinic.com A practice in Osseo serving a three county area with services for large animal and small animal and offer boarding services, with a satellite clinic in Augusta.

Painted Pony Equine Service N3302 630th St.,

Menomonie • 664-8140 • lvandebergdvm@yahoo.com • paintedponyequine.com/index.htm Preventative, medical, surgical, lameness and dentistry services for horses. Offers select dog and cat services as well (preventative care, neutering, and medical services).

Rock Falls Veterinary Care E9348 135th St., Rock Falls • 875-4558 See contact info for details.

Voyaging Vet Tech Services See contact info for location • 861-4676 • voyagingvts.com Offering wellness exams, vaccines, hospice care, and home euthanasia.

Westgate Animal Hospital 2135 N. Clairemont Ave.,

Eau Claire • 834-7538 • mywestgateanimalhospital. com Providing physical exams, vaccinations, senior pet care, surgery, dental care, grooming, boarding, private cremation, and much more.

DOG PARKS Happy Tails Dog Park 841 Chippewa Crossing Boule-

vard, Chippewa Falls • contact@happytailsdogpark.org • happytailsdogpark.org Open year-round, this park has 53+ fenced acres, a walking trail around the perimeter, and a small d og area. Dog waste bags provided but no water as of yet, so please bring your own.

Off Leash Recreation Area intersection of Gateway

Drive and House Road, Eau Claire • info@ecdogpark. com • ECDogPark.com Open daily till dusk - A facility where people may responsibly exercise their dogs without leashes. This fenced, nine-acre area is open yearround on a daily basis until dusk.

Menomonie Dog Park Brickyard Rd., Menomonie • doghouse@wwt.net 11.5 acre area available for dogs and their owners, founded and supported by “Friends of the Menomonie Dog Park.” Find permits at the park and City Hall.


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