Ernie’s 2018 New Years Resolutions

I have a dog confession. This year I really plan to stick to my resolutions.  Honest Mary.

I’m going to patiently wait by the door to go outside.

I’m not going to pull on walks—unless I see another dog, cat or a squirrel.

I’m going to remember that I sniffed the corner fire hydrant yesterday.

I’ll just wait patiently for food to fall on the floor when you and Joe eat dinner.

I’m going to be off the sofa before you come home.

And I’m going to celebrate all 14 of my birthdays this year. (Remember it is just another year for people but seven for dogs and two for cats.)

And I’m going to make it another Happy Award Winning New Year for Wags on Willow and our prize-winning groomers.

Do You Love Golden Retrievers?

Every quarter, Wags on Willow partners with As Good As Gold to offer one-on-one opportunities to explore adopting, fostering and working with Goldens. As Good As Gold is an organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of abandoned or unwanted Golden Retrievers. Call Wags on Willow at 847-272-2918 to find out the deTAILS for the next in-store event of this kind.

Announcing New Treats for Special Occasions!


 Pawty Cake, Pawty Cake baker man, bake me a Pawty Cake as fast as you can!

There is nothing this little Pug likes more than a pawty!  Actually a Birthday Pawty! (I sometimes talk that way even though I’m not Boston Terrier.)

But every dog birthday pawty I’ve been to was missing one important treat—a cake.
No more. My Wags on Willow business partner Mary has solved that. 
She has joined with CubbieCakes to offer gourmet Canine Cakes, cakes that dogs can actually eat along with all their doggie friends at their doggie birthday parties!

This is a Wags on Willow Northshore Exclusive!!!

Bark, bark, yelp, howl, bark. I’m so excited.  Hope I get invited to all the pawties.

Each Canine Cake is made from dog friendly ingredients like banana oat cake and carrot, garbanzo bean flour cake and a yogurt based wheat flour, oats and blueberry cake.
I can’t stand it. My mouth is watering and my tongue is hanging out.
And I haven’t even mentioned the cakes topped with yogurt cream cheese and a crush Milk-Bone drizzle or the whipped peanut butter frosting on some.
Mary, you have outdone yourself.  Cakes that look like Princess Leia’s side buns (I love watching Star Wars movies) or one that even has a piped pig snout garnish.
Give your dog a Birthday Pawty they won’t forget, or just a party because she is a good dog or he is coming home form a Wags on Willow bath and groom. We are taking advance orders now.
Oh, and invite me, Ernie the Wags on Willow Pug.  I’m usually available after I finish work at the grooming salon.
On second thought, if it is a pawty with a scrumptious CubbieCake Canine Cake, I’m always available.

Annual Holiday Photo Session

November November 12th (noon – 3PM)

Grab your spot today! Each 20 minute session will result in:

  • 3 – hi-resolution, edited digital images
  • 3 – 4 x 6″ copies and
  • 1 – 5×7 print

Total cost: $60.00

Photos taken by Framed Write Media at Wags on Willow. Photos and digital images will be ready for pick-up at Wags on Willow November 20 – 22 (note: we’re closed 11.23 and 11.24). Call 847-272-2918 to schedule a 20 minute photo session.

4th Annual End of the Season Pool Party


Five Seasons, Northbrook
Image courtesy of Wags on Willow.

Bring your Pup for An End of the Season Swim

Five Seasons Family Sports Club

1300 Techny Road, Northbrook


Sunday, October 22, 2017 ~ 3-5pm


Raffle Prizes from Wags On Willow & Five Seasons

Hot Dogs, Soda & Dessert


Suggested donation $5.00

Happy Dogs in Politics Day

Did you know Saturday September 23 is National Dogs in Politics Day?
Now I’m not a political Pug.  I don’t care if you lift your right let or your left leg.  But I do like days that celebrate dogs.
My business partner Mary celebrates by giving me a treat from the Wags on Willow gourmet Chew Bar.  (Hope you read this Mary.)
Dogs in politics day was started in honor of former President Nixon’s dog Checkers. He got it as a present when he was Vice President.
Did you know that virtually every president had a dog beginning with George Washington? They had other pets too, weird ones. Thomas Jefferson had two bear cubs. John Quincy Adams had an alligator.  Who knew? Theodore Roosevelt had a garter snake he called Emily Spinach. There were hamsters in the White House when John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson lived there.  Both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter had Siamese cats. 
With all those animals giving presidents advice, you’d think they’d pay more attention to us. Well, maybe not to advice from reptiles or hamsters.

Happy National Check Your Chip Day!

This is my friend enjoying his ‘chips’.

When my business partner at Wags on Willow told me I was going to “get a chip” I thought “Oh Boy, another treat from Mary.”

“But why are we going to the veterinarian to get a treat?” I asked my canine self.

“You’ll like this chip,” Mary said. “Because with it you will never be lost.”

That sounded great because if I got lost or dognapped who would give me treats? And I would be so sad if I was ever separated from Mary. I’d worry who would help her run the business.

And that is a good reason to celebrate National Check the Chip Day on August 15—or any day. Microchips are security for dogs. They are like invisible electronic leashes that keep us attached to our owners.

Right after treats I love technology.

If you are not certain your pet has one of these identity tags implanted ask your veterinarian to check. He can also tell you if the records are up-to-date.

Veterinarians, pet shelters, some dog pounds automatically look for the chip and the information it yields when they meet a new furry four-ped.

And if you love your dog and haven’t yet had your favorite pet chipped, ask your veterinarian.

Ernie Defines Dog Days

Being a curious Pug I wondered about the “Dog Days” of summer.

Is it a national holiday?
Are there parties? Dog dances? Dog parades? Special Dog sales?
Will I get extra treats?
My Wags on Willow business partner Mary chased after the answer like it was a tennis ball or a frisbee. She was dogged. (Please excuse the Pug pun. Sometimes I’m pugnacious and other times I’m punnacious.)
Mary said ancient Greeks invented Dog Days because they are usually the hottest days of summer when dogs get lazy. 
We dogs think of it as chilling out.
Dog days correspond to the appearance of the astronomical (a big word for a dog) constellation Canis Major which looked like a dog to the ancients with the star Sirius as its nose.
This year the constellation comes into view between July 22 and August 23. Those are official dog days.
But bipeds call any summer hot spell dog days.
That’s fine with me as long as I get treats.


Exciting news from Wags on Willow!

Wags on Willow has done it again named as the Best Grooming Salon on the North Shore for the fourth consecutive year by readers of the popular magazine and website.
And the yelp website has just given us the 2017 “People Love us on Yelp” award.
This Pug is jumping for joy. If I could  jump higher I’d high-five my business partner Mary and our fantastic team of pet owning and pet loving groomers. They are the best! 
That makes seven awards since 2014 including two from readers of the 22nd Century group of community newspapers on the North Shore. 
There is a reason why Wags on Willow just keeps winning: We are really, really good and dogs and cats love us.
Celebrate with us. Look for our ad in the current issue of, cut it out and bring it for bargains on grooming, pet food and treats.  
Oh, and don’t forget me Ernie the Wags On Willow Pug.  I love treats.

Ernie’s Father’s Day salute

A big Ernie tail wag for dads.

It is their special day this month (June 18 Mary says) and I salute them for all they do.

They step in to feed the family four paws when others are too busy.

They take us on walks after dark when stinky skunks lurk in the bushes.


They pick up after us and they sometimes even hide our “mistakes” from mom. Sometimes they “accidentally” drop popcorn on the floor when they are watching movies or sneak a little food under the dinner table.

Just so you know in case you are invited for dinner, I like bacon.

They drive us to the doctor because nobody else wants to watch us get our shots or when we are really sick in the middle of the night.

And if we get lost (usually because they moved the house when we were sniffing around the neighborhood) they stay out all night calling our name until they find us.

Hooray for dads!

Happy two-legged Father’s Day.