Archive for November 2012

Cat Can Learn, Between Catnaps

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Cats are smart – and this cat really has got it down. Simon Teakettle III is a very educated and very busy cat, at least between naps. Simon does ticks (albeit pretty simple ones) for treats….Simon’s not alone, i do the same. Sometimes, Simon gets the lady who shares his office to amuse him (it’s... Read more »

Pet Books for Holiday Gift Giving

"What's a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy and Politics of Man's Best Friend," by John Homans (Penguin Press, New York, NY, 2012; $25.95). Executive editor of New York Magazine, Homans' text is incredibly readable, though he offers lots of scientific facts. The connection between people and dogs may be innate in both species; Homans offers evidence that both species co-evolved. As evidence, he notes that though chimpanzees aren't as bright as dogs, canines pick up on our cues far more quickly (without training). Homans even tackles controversial topics from American Kennel Club breed standards to the plight of dogs referred to as pit bulls.
Pet lovers love to read about….pets. Of course they do! Here are seven new books, covering everything from beautiful images of puppies to a life-changing rooster to a controversial book (at least in some circles) about a less conventional approach to pet care.

Pet Behavior Questions Answered with Bill Moller of WGN

Pet Behavior Questions Answered with Bill Moller of WGN
Pet Talk with Bill Moller of WGN Radio. Spike O’Dell’s dog, Stoney, was posted on Bill’s pet page.  You can send in photos of your pets too  - Bill and I want to see them, email photos to wgmoller@gmail.com. I talk about some great  new pet products for the howlidays, for your own pets, or... Read more »
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Cats and Dogs: How Different Are They, Really

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‘They fight like cats and dogs’ – that old adage drives me crazy because it is just that, an antiquated myth. Truth is that increasingly (about a quarter of all pet owners) live with mixed species. If they really did fight like cats and dogs every day – people just wouldn’t be doing it. Truth... Read more »

Coyotes in the City: Are Pets Safe?

Coyotes in the City: Are Pets Safe?
Coyotes terrify people. Here’s a comment and question relating to coyotes and pets form my Tribune Media Services newspaper column. Increasingly, I’m receiving questions about cats or dogs being killed by coyotes. I undersand the anger, but believe it may be misplaced. Perhaps, pet owners should be angry at themselves for allowing small dogs in... Read more »

Fire at Hoarder's Home Kills at Least One Dog, Several Heroically Rescued

Fire at Hoarder's Home Kills at Least One Dog, Several Heroically Rescued
Hoarding does not happen without a price. Today a blaze spread through Northwest side home of a hoarder. This homeowner, according to new reports, routinely burnt “stuff” in his backyard. This time, somehow his house caught on fire. And the innocent dogs he kept paid a price, some with their lives. Like the things he hoarded,... Read more »
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Dog Grieves The Loss of Her Pal

Dog Grieves The Loss of Her Pal
Q: We lost our Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier, and it’s still very difficult to talk about and deal with the loss. Poor Gracie, our other dog, has also had a tough time, and it’s been heartbreaking. I think Gracie is still waiting for McGee to come home. There’s no way to tell her that’s not going... Read more »

Zoo Gorillas vs. Wild Gorillas: A Gorilla Baby Festival

Very attentive mom gorilla - newborn lowland gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Gorilla babies….Talk about culture shock, less than two months ago we were in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda with Terra Incognita Ecotours, coming face to face with wild mountain gorillas of all ages, from the largest silverback on the planet to tiny ones. The experience was a thrill of a lifetime. We twice hiked to... Read more »

Young Cat In Kidney Failure? Can It Be? Dr. Susan Little Answers Reader

Young Cat In Kidney Failure? Can It Be? Dr. Susan Little Answers Reader
Q: A year ago, my 7-year-old cat was diagnosed with kidney failure. Now, my 3-year-old Maine Coon has been diagnosed with the same problem. My veterinarian said his blood count is low and he’s been receiving a steroid pill for that. I’m 66 and have had cats my entire life. Is kidney disease in cats... Read more »
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Pet Blogger Mary Haight, from the Amazon to Boycotting Chicken Jerky Treats

Pet Blogger Mary Haight, from the Amazon to Boycotting Chicken Jerky Treats
Mary Haight, my friend and colleague in this WGN Radio Petcast. LISTEN HERE. Mary is an important pet blogger….a queen of pet social media. She’s not afraid to stand to bark the truth for the Dancing Dog Blog. Her blogs may be on serious topics, ranging from the tainted chicken jerky treats (we we discuss... Read more »
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