Your Pet Parent Resource, Presented by NutriSource, Hosted by Susan Frank
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About Raising Your Paws

Raising Your Paws is the go-to resource for both cat and dog pet parents. Each episode will offer you quick tips, practical solutions and insights from leading authors and experts that will help you increase your skills, feel more in control, save time, and give you the confidence to know what to do, in caring for the furry, four-legged members of your family.

Susan’s Story

Susan Frank’s background is having been a naturalist (one who teaches about the natural world) and an educator. Her credentials include working at private nature centers, for the United States National Park Service as an Interpretation Ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, as an educator at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and as a Volunteer Coordinator at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

Susan was the former host of the Wild About Pets Radio Show, heard on Talkzone.com. Currently, in addition to being the host of the Raising Your Paws podcast, she is a certified Pet Tech Pet First Aid instructor, teaching pet parents and pet care professionals, CPR and pet first aid throughout Chicagoland.

Her passion is for helping people increase their understanding of and appreciation for all animals.

Rosy’s Story

Susan adopted Rosy, a Shetland Sheepdog/German Shepard/Mutt Mix, in 2011 when she was one year old. The dog had been living on the streets of Jackson Tennessee when picked up by the city pound. A foster woman who made regular visits to the pound saw her and rescued her, literally minutes before she was to be euthanized. Four months later, seeing a listing on Petfinder.com, Susan took a leap of faith and after only seeing a few photos of the dog and speaking to the foster woman, Susan adopted her. The skinny dog was transported from Tennessee to Susan’s doorstep in Chicago by car – traveling for 12 hours straight, through the volunteer efforts of 9 people who took turns driving “legs” of the journey across the country.

Rosy is a smart, sweet, fast running, wonderful dog, who likes, cats, people, other dogs, and helping out as a demo dog for people to practice with during Susan’s pet first aid classes.

Susand and her dog Rosy

Susan Frank and Rosy


Susan’s Dog Rosy

Susan and Rosy, Susan giving Rosy the "watch" command

Susan and Rosy

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