Archive for 2011

2011 WGN Radio Petcasts

Upon returning to WGN, my first Petcast - Chicago dog trainers Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon from the Dog Obedience Group. "I remember Ethel when she was so small," said Dennis as he walked into the studio. "And she still loves me." Wendy added, "But Dennis, she loves everyone."
Here are 11 of the GREAT folks I was honored to have in-studio for Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio Petcasts (podcasts for Pet Lovers) in 2011.  Check them out, you can listen – it’s free…right HERE. Which was your favorite? Hard to say for me, but I do tell some behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

WGN Radio Petcast: David Frei Angel on a Leash

WGN Radio Petcast: David Frei Angel on a Leash
Listen HERE to my WGN Radio Petcast with David Frei, author of Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch. (Note: May take a few moments to load) I am proud to call David Frei a friend….he’s done so much for the world of dogs. Even if you don’t know David’s name,... Read more »

Reports Continue, Treats from China May Make Pets Sick

Reports Continue, Treats from China May Make Pets Sick
Chicken jerky treats imported from China apparently continue to be a serious problem. News reports are over the Internet concerning chicken jerky treats from China are making pets sick in America. The FDA issued a release (see below for the release) in November, word really never get out in a big way and there was... Read more »
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Breed Specfic Ban, FIV Cats, Where to Get a Pet: WGN-TV News

Breed Specfic Ban, FIV Cats, Where to Get a Pet: WGN-TV News
Steve Sanders makes life easy…He’s a longtime news anchor at WGN-TV, and I always enjoy talking with him on set. In this segment, from the 11AM news on December 30, we spoke about the case of the service dog that was removed because he’s presumed a Pit Bull in a town where Pits aren’t allowed;... Read more »

Cargill Recalls Dog Food for Elevated Aflatoxin Levels, Marksman and River Run

Cargill Recalls Dog Food for Elevated Aflatoxin Levels, Marksman and River Run
Potential elevated levels of aflatoxin is the explanation for another pet food recall (not mandated by the FDA or the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine). Cargill Animal Nutrition on Wednesday (December 29) said it was pulling two regional brands of its dry dog food – River Run and Marksman. Aflatoxins are produced by Aspergillus, a... Read more »

Pit Bull Mix or Not, Judge Orders Service Dog Returned to Jim Sak

Pit Bull Mix or Not, Judge Orders Service Dog Returned to Jim Sak
I have no clue what the issues are in Aurelia, Iowa, a town of about 1,100 people. I am confident that the town  wasted time and money which could have been better spent, maybe on improving services for children, helping citizens in need or enhancing their new community center – instead they spent resources taking... Read more »
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Service Dog Is Banished from Town; The Dog Is A Pit Bull

Service Dog Is Banished from Town; The Dog Is A Pit Bull
By Steve Dale “I didn’t know there was a Pit Bull ban,” says Jim Sak, who moved from Chicago to Aurelia, IA in November. Only days after moving to town a meter reader reported Sak and his wife Peggy Leifer to city officials because, to him, the new dog in town resembles a Pit Bull.... Read more »

Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment

Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment
This one is for those idiots who randomly kill snakes, particularly if they are venomous. A promising possibility exist for treating colorectal and we can thank sharp-nosed vipers for this possibility. A protein in the venon from this species (Deinagkistrodon acutus),has been shown to shrink the size of colorectal tumors in mice by 28 percent in... Read more »

Puppy Christmas

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For a guaranteed oxytocin rush, check this out (of course garland is not suggested for puppies and wrapping puppies as Christmas gifts not a good idea)….Thanks Jamie for sending.
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Retro Christmas: Snoopy vs. Red Baron

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Was the night before Christmas when Snoopy went in search of his foe….Snoopy vs. the Red Baron: A Classic! Christmas bells ringing through the lands.