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In Praise of Pet Parents on Mother’s Day

Written by Alison Moran, Out-U-Go! pet parent and Sports Commentator on WRLR 98.3 FM.

My dog, Duke Francis Moran, who made me a dog-mom 11 years ago in March.

“Alison, what’s wrong with it just being us two?” the ex asked on our 10th Anniversary.

“I need more. That’s what.” I said.

In Praise of Pet Parents on Mother's Day

And just like that, the two of us became three, as adoptive parents to Duke, a gorgeous, spirited, and intelligent lab-terrier mix, from our local animal shelter, the Animal Care League of Oak Park and River Forest. I recommend them highly if you are looking for your own pet. And in the interest of full disclosure, the organization was founded by my brother as his Eagle Scout community service project. And it grew.

I’ve never had any biological children. Not for lack of trying…just a lack of luck. I love children. So I’ve tried to be nurturing to those around me.

Yet, I am often discounted on the most sacred of parental holidays, Mother’s Day.

In fact, some people, thoughtlessly, have  told me that I “don’t count,” because I have never conceived, adopted, or fostered a child. Yet, I am a woman who has nurtured much, loved well, and provided for my parents, siblings and 11 nieces and nephews. I even helped raise my oldest niece when she was a toddler, during her parents’ divorce.

But then, there is Duke, my pride and joy. Life with Duke is magical, joyful and special. He is the one I come home to, and walk every night. The one I trust OutUGo to feed, walk and nurture when I need to be out of town, as I would a babysitter. I interviewed […]

Naperville Top Dog Aschley on Business Connection [Video]

Out-U-Go! Naperville Top Dog Aschley Hopkins Yanda and canine Office Manager, Berkeley, sit down with NCTV17’s award-winning Executive Director, Liz Spencer, in a thirty minute free-flowing conversational TV interview.  Aschley shares her unique experience as a local business owner, including her successes and community involvement.

By |March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

What’s In a Name? Franchise Times Magazine List

Out-U-Go! is included in Franchise Times Magazine’s list of best names in the franchising business, “What’s in a name?”

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By |March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Out-U-Go! Madison Top Dog Featured in Edgewood College School of Business Newsletter

For full or past issues, please visit Edgewood College’s School of Business Newsletter Archives.

Lisa Hartman, MBA ’11, opens Out-U-Go! Franchise in Madison

Congratulations to Lisa Hartman, who opened a new Out-U-Go! location in Madison in January. Out-U-Go! provides professional, personalized dog walking and pet care services for all of the family pets with the ultimate mission to make the world a better place for pets and people. Lisa previously spent 15 years in senior level positions with US Cellular, where she concentrated on creating superior customer experiences. She is looking forward to applying these experiences in her own business in addition to her strong educational background and passion for animals.

By |February 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Pet-sitting, dog-walking service Out-U-Go! opens in Madison

Out-U-Go!, a national pet-sitting and dog-walking service, opened in Madison on Thursday.

The Madison franchise, located at 330 W. Lakeside St., is operated by Lisa Hartman. It is the ninth location for the Chicago-based business and its first in Wisconsin.

Services offered include dog walking, cat sitting, house sitting, pet taxi and pet care.

For further information, contact Hartman at 608-268-9161 or

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January 25, 2013 3:50 pm  •  State Journal staff

By |January 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Naperville Business Owner Elected to Naperville Area Humane Society Board

Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) board of directors has elected local business owner Aschley Hopkins Yanda.

Yanda owns a local pet care company, Out-U-Go! Naperville, and has a long history working on behalf of animals in need and advocating for animal welfare. Through volunteer work with Naperville Area Humane Society, Don’t Bully My Breed, Safe Humane Chicago, Best Friends Animal Society and San Francisco Society for Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), she has accumulated years of experience creating awareness for animals in need and for the organizations which serve them.
asch event 3Yanda’s professional experience began with non-profit fundraising, then grew to include large scale event planning for restaurants and hotels in San Francisco and Chicago. In 2009, she opened the Naperville area pet care franchise Out-U-Go! Naperville where she oversees a team of pet sitters, providing in home pet care and dog walking for families throughout the Western suburbs.

“I am extremely excited about joining this board of talented and experienced individuals,” said Yanda, “I look to forward to supporting the mission of NAHS and to furthering community awareness about humane education and homelessness among pets in our community.”

Yanda and her family have four rescued pets, including two cats from NAHS. Her first rescued dog was Berkeley Moon, a pit bull mix who was AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) certified and along with Yanda became the first ever team in the NAHS Paws for Tales program.

About Out-U-Go! Naperville

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Chicago, Out-U-Go! provides professional, personalized dog walking and pet sitting services with the ultimate mission to make the world a better place for pets and people.

With a focus on its local […]

By |April 16th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

I Love My Job [Video]

I Love My Job”.  Out-U-Go! Chicago’s dog walker extraordinaire John Beisner is featured on WCIU TV.  See the story

By |April 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Keep pets safe while on vacation

Airline tickets? Check. Hotel accommodations? Check. Hold the mail? Check. Made plans for your pet?

Heading out of town for a long-awaited vacation takes a lot of planning. If you’re a pet owner, you have the added task of ensuring that Heathcliff or Sasha is fed, exercised and well cared for while the rest of the pack is away.

NAHS: Keep pets safe while on vacation

By Angie Wood March 12, 2012 5:38PM

Heading out of town for a long-awaited vacation takes a lot of planning. If you’re a pet owner, you have the added task of ensuring that Heathcliff or Sasha is fed, exercised and well cared for while the rest of the pack is away.

As stewards of the cats and dogs under our care, we at NAHS are well aware that an individual pet’s temperament, personality and social skills need to be taken into account when determining the best environment for him. Some cats and dogs enjoy being around other pets, while others are stressed by changes to daily routines. Whether you decide to board your pet or use the services of a pet sitter, choose the option that best suits your pet.

Boarding facilities

Boarding a pet might conjure images of chain-link runs and outdoor kennels. While those places still exist, many of today’s facilities offer more open environments that encourage group play. At Paws in Time, the basic accommodations include an individual room with a cot and a clear door for visual stimulation.

For more “deluxe” accommodations, child-sized beds and even TVs are provided.

During the day, Paws in Time offers cage-free play in a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility that includes full-time supervision, toys and swimming pools in warmer months.

Paws in Time founder and head trainer Julie Nelson recommends […]

By |March 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Out-U-Go! Chicago Hosts Doga Event with lululemon

A free doga session compliments of Out-U-Go!, pet care experts.

If you’ve been wondering about doing doga, an activity that integrates humans and their dog partners in traditional yoga exercises, you’ve got another opportunity to try a free session this Saturday, February 13, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Lululemon Athletica, 1627 N. Damen, Chicago, 60647.

Becky Solomon, founder of Lakeshore Athletic Club’s “Paws and Flow” class, will lead local pet parents in a free doga session compliments of Out-U-Go!, pet care experts, and Lakeshore Athletic Club, with space donated by lululemon athletica, a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company. Solomon, who has been leading doga classes for three years, will help introduce pets and their parents to the new phenomenon of doga.

The session will be a combination of socialization, stretching, and bonding techniques. Pets and their parents will practice breathing and relaxation while also learning different doga poses and stretches during the hour-long session.

For less patient pets, Out-U-Go! pet specialists will provide complimentary care and outdoor exercise for the dogs while owners enjoy the doga class. All participants and pups will receive Out-U-Go! goodie bags—including a chance to win pet portrait services from Sutton Studios. David Sutton ( has a unique style. His beautiful, fine-art, black and white pet photos have been highlighted in newspapers, magazines and television shows across the country.

Lakeshore Athletic Club Illinois Center is located at 211 N. Stetson in downtown Chicago. Paws and Flow Doga takes place monthly, on Saturdays at 12pm. Classes are free to members, and $10 for non-members. Contact Becky Solomon at (312)616-9000 x211 or log onto for more information.

Thanks for the info to Katie Patterson of Out-U-Go! Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Chicago, Out-U-Go! provides professional, personalized dog walking […]

By |February 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Winter Dog Walker

Out-U-Go! Oak Park’s walker, sitter, and blogger John Beisner expounds on the human hazards of dog walking.

Monday was exceptionally gloomy. Windy conditions coupled with the dreaded “wintry mix” made for a wet and cold start to the week.

Perhaps it’s fitting, then, I came across this excellent blog post on Monday authored by “John,” apparently a former California resident and current employee of pet sitting service in Oak Park. The post is about walking dogs  — “large and lunging beasts who have four-wheel drive” — during the often brutal Chicago winter. He writes:

“I’m growing a beard (or trying–hurry up!) not because it makes me look deep and sophisticated (it makes me look stupid and crazy) but because it counts as an extra layer in a place where one counts layers, and that extra wool helps keep my jaw from falling off.  And if my jaw falls off, how will I complain about the weather?

My dogs, on the other hand, don’t seem to mind.”

It’s well worth a read, especially if you’re an owner of pets, a hater of winter or maybe a little bit of both.

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By |January 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|