The Just Love Project 010: Ragnar – the Fearless, Hairy, Drunk Uncle, Viking Dog of Love

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“Aren’t you so glad you were wrong?”  A loving family has many sounds. In the case of Jessica, her husband David, and their Aussiedoodle, Ragnar, that question is most certainly one of them. Today, Jessica and David couldn’t imagine living life without their furry, enigmatic Ragnar. But less than two years ago, that wasn’t exactly the case. For Jessica, it …

Wanna Have a Ball?

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As just about anyone who’s ever had a dog can attest, tennis balls aren’t for tennis at all. They’re tickets to a different world. It’s understandable why. For a pup, a game of fetch means they’re free to run. It means they have a clearly defined task and they’re (usually) very successful at completing it. Over. And over. Tennis balls …

Doggone Close

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At Mutt Jackson, we believe that being washed up can actually be a great thing. Especially when it means transforming a sandy dog into a shiny one before putting them in your car. As for our flagship location at Montrose Dog Beach, well, we’re not quite ready for a bath because we’re still kicking up dirt as we work to …

Building a Better Dog Beach

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The receptionist at Mike Shively Architecture announces your presence with fanfare and gusto normally reserved for royalty. By the time you’ve made it a few steps past the door, Finland has already run a couple laps around the office. In a final flourish, the exuberant Scottie slides to a stop at your feet and looks up with a smile. “Well, …

Enter to Win Free Dog Washes, Dog Training and More!

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If you’ve visited Montrose Dog Beach recently, you’ve inevitably noticed us kicking up dust in the northwest corner of the boat launch. After years of planning and persistence, Mutt Jackson will open to the public over this upcoming Memorial Day. What is Mutt Jackson? The short answer is that we’re a company that helps dogs and humans do more together. And, …

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The Just Love Project 006: Meet Zippity – An Unfinished Love Story

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Not all stories start at the beginning. For many dogs, the beginning reads much more like the end. Zippity, a three-year-old “court case” Pitbull has such a story. Zippity ended up with Chicago Animal Care and Control when her original owner was suspected of training her for dog-fighting. For a long time, dogs in her position were treated as evidence …

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The Just Love Project 005: Sheri Rush – On Montrose Dog Beach’s Past, Present and Future

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Before Montrose Dog Beach was permanently recognized by the City, and before there was even a fence, Sheri Rush and her Golden Retriever, Max, were regular visitors to the nascent Dog-Friendly Area. “I adopted this massive, energetic Golden, and I knew he needed a place to run. Like most people, I had no backyard, but I was fortunate to have …