Posts in category "animal welfare"

On Turtles, Vernon Hills, and Senator McConnell

  It may or may  not be a case of using their reptilian brains,  but the  good people of Vernon Hills—about 38 miles by car north of Chicago—-are putting up signs to warn drivers about turtle pedestrians. Vernon Hills is home to the Half-Day Forest Preserves in Lake County. It’s all of 7.92 square miles... Read more »

Marlin Perkins: A Man Noah Would Have Loved

Born today was Marlin Perkins Whose TV show combed wild lurkin’s. At the zoo, once, near the lake, He was  bitten  by a poisonous snake.   It happened at Lincoln Park Zoo in the early 1950s.  Years later he described what happened in an interview. “Another reptile mishap was less chilling but perhaps more embarrassing,... Read more »

Aldo Leopold: Eloquent Crusader for a Natural Preservation Ethic

Born today was Aldo Leopold. Environmentalist of old. He said that  we, its  stewards, should Preserve the wilderness for our own good.

James Herriot: He Wrote "Little Cat-And-Dog Stories" with a Common Touch

Born today: James Herriot He wrote of his life as a English vet, Of the Yorkshire cattle you lariat Of man’s best friend or a feline pet. With a warmth and humor you seldom get.

Thumbs Up For Cats: A Send-Up For Steve Dale

If cats had thumbs, They could play drums And hold a pen or pencil. If cats had thumbs, They’d pick up crumbs And handle a utensil. If cats had thumbs, They’d brush their gums And open any door. If cats had thumbs, Their world becomes Much better than before.

Bailey And Brueghel

I take our dog, Bailey, out on a leash now. Even if only down the driveway into our roomy backyard with its array of  mini- gardens. This has been the routine since  the vet informed us that  our portly mixed breed, in all likelihood, has a torn ACL. No, he’s not on the local  canine roundball squad.... Read more »

Are Republican Minds and Hearts Too Glacial To Listen To Siku?

Siku, the unbearably cute polar bear, has become a cyber-sensation. He was born on November 22 at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark. He weighs only about 8 pounds and because his mother could not produce milk, he must be bottle-fed by three zookeepers until he is one year old. His name means “sea ice”—something no... Read more »

A Canine Methuselah's Nirvana

  The world’s oldest dog has died. His spirit’s been set free. He has enjoyed his last car ride And tinkled his last tree. He’s left his master in Japan At sixteen years plus ten. He died in peace, Pusuke-san, Because he practiced Zen.

Baby Ape Etiquette

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo There’s a primate who’s new And her mom’s a gorilla named Bana. You may come and coo coo When  they put her on view, But the protocol is: No banana!

Obesity: A Pet Peeve

According to a group of vets, We tend to overfeed our pets. Our felines and our mutts or hounds Are packing on too many pounds. We love them to a fault, they say, And that is how they got this way. To put them in a better mood We’re using snacks and treats as food.... Read more »