By Barbara Vondrasek, Special Contributor
LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Wags2Whiskers is a local niche business specializing in pet care. Lois Barta has been a Lake Zurich resident for 28 years and the proud owner of Wags2Whiskers for 10 years. She loves animals and started her business because of the joy she gets from working with pets.
The business started as a grass roots initiative based on advice from a friend and grew from there. Her business is focused on dog walks and exercising, cat visits and dog obedience/training. Wags2Whiskers is a word-of-mouth referral business, as Lois does not advertise, so you may not have heard of her business before now.
Clients depend on Lois and her crew, so they work throughout the day and in all weather. Lois says this is the most rewarding profession, as she gets to meet lots of people and animals. As a certified animal trainer, her focus is on animal enrichment. She gets satisfaction in meeting the needs of our animals – physically, mentally, emotionally and sensory.
Lois says daily exercise and socialization are key to a pet’s happiness. Dogs need a good walk or 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Dogs thrive with 5 to 10 minutes of training/mental stimulation like treat puzzles or basic commands – keep them occupied, as boredom leads to destruction. Companion animals love a routine and a good snooze during the day!
Shelters are filling up again
Fortunately, many shelters have been cleared through adoptions during COVID-19 shelter-in-place precautions. But the shelters are filling up again. If you are considering giving a pet a forever home – her tips are the following:
- Know what you want – Do your research on facilities and animals
- Know the needs of your pet and responsibilities of being a pet owner
- Give your pet time to settle in(about 2 months) – lots of change can be overwhelming
- Have patience, don’t expect miracles
- Get support if you don’t know what to do!
Wags2Whiskers Pet Services can be reached at 847-513-4350 or at www.wags2whiskerspetservices.com.
Barbara Vondrasek is a gypsy at heart, having lived in 6 states, and 16 houses. Moving is her specialty, and she has traveled all over. She’s had numerous careers including education but her favorite gig is being a grandma. Her interests are eclectic as she enjoys reading, cooking, puzzles, gardening, meeting new people, a good cocktail and telling her kids what to do.