Archive for May 2010

Remember Military Working Dogs on Memorial Day

Those who stand up for our nation in time of war, putting themselves in harm’s way, are heroes. We honor the men and women of the U.S. Military this Memorial Day. And there’s one more group that deserves recognition: the dogs of the U.S. military. “No one knows how many lives have been saved (by... Read more »

Killer Bees Kill Two Dogs, Injure Two Others

Be thankful about where you live…No killer bees around Chicago. Killing two adult Rottweiler dogs, and injuring two others, these bees certainly can live up to their names. Then again, walking Lucy, our 30-lb. Miniature Australian Shepherd last night, we happened upon a rat that I believe was nearly as large she is. The video... Read more »

Guest Blogger: Dr. Sheldon Rubin - Overweight Dogs, Saving Money on Heartworm Preventative

Guest Blogger: Dr. Sheldon Rubin By Dr. Sheldon Rubin Winter is gone and now is the time to get those added pounds off of your pet.  Did you know 40 to 50% of our pets are obese? Sounds like a parallel to us, if you ask me.  Of course, it would be, since obesity in... Read more »

Steve Dale's Pet World Honors Military Working Dogs, and Cats Too

Exciting Steve Dale’s Pet World Saturday (May 29), 2 PM CST, AM 890-WLS. When John Burnam, author of “A Solider’s Best Friend” joined us last week to talk about military heroes with four-legs, we were inundated by calls and text messages This week, Ron Aiello of U.S. War Dogs joins us to talk about military... Read more »

Since Vick's Arrival, Dogfighting On the Rise in the City of Brotherly Love

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall is a New York Times blogger, and I credit her for this amazing blog post. Dr. Karen Overall Overall, who is at University of Pennsylvania Center for Neurobiology & Behavior in Philadelphia, explained that since quarterback Michael Vick joined the Philadelphia Eagles, reported cases of dogfigting have actually tripled. Hmm…thought... Read more »

American Humane Behavior and Training Advisory Committee

I’ve supported and promoted the Animal Behavior Research Institute website since its inception several years back as the best place for professionals to go to for pet behavior information. The site is free and also open to the public. So anyone can sneak in and watch superstars in the world of animal behavior instruct their... Read more »

Dogs Don't Mean to Be Mean, Their Brains Are Merely Misfiring

The control of different behaviors is a complex process that is influenced by both genetics and environmental factors, according to a story in Science Daily from May 25. A new study confirms what other researchers have shown – that there’s a correlation between aggression that the firing of those neurotransmitters in canine brains.  Here’s the... Read more »

Why Are Puppy Mills Allowed to Operate?

If puppy mills dogs are living in horrific conditions, conditions which are not anywhere nearly United States Department of Agriculture legal standards – how can these places operate? Federal investigators have uncovered grisly conditions at puppy mills where dogs were infested with ticks, living with gaping wounds and in pools of feces, according to a... Read more »

Consumer Guidelines for Care of America's #1 Companion

CATegorical Care: An Onwers Guide to America’s #1 Companion is FREE to download. It’s 24 pages of information about how to adopt cats (June is Adopt-A-Cat Month), about cat care and health; how to get cats to the veterinarian, how you might observe your cat needs veterinary care, how to train cats, why identification for... Read more »

Dog Park 101

I love dog parks, and even helped to spearhead their official creation in Chicago (though Wiggly Field had already begun as a trial). In Chicago, these fenced off dog parks are within larger parks, so they are called Dog Friendly Areas (DFA’s). The Chicago Park District offers lots of information – including DFA rules and... Read more »