Posts tagged "Michael Vick"

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing
Summing up twenty years isn’t easy, as I begin my third decade of writing my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column I have a wealth of memories to recall. I was the first journalist to speak with a search and rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours after September 11, 2001.  Driving... Read more »

Michael Vick Takes Dog Training Classes

Michael Vick Takes Dog Training Classes
Michael Vick taking dog training classes? What do I make of that? I’m honestly not sure. But, according to a report in USA Today, it’s true.  Vick admitted in October that his family owned a dog, something that he was legally allowed to do after his probation expired last summer. “I understand the strong emotions by... Read more »

Pit Bulls Are America's Most Beautiful and Misunderstood Dog

Pit Bulls Are America's Most Beautiful and Misunderstood Dog
A breed ban came very close to happening in Chicago. At this point, I’d like to think our city is beyond breed specific legislation….but all it takes is one mis-timed incident. And, who knows what can happen from there? Tonight, November 15 Ken Foster will sign copies and talk about his new book “I’m a... Read more »
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Toronto Rejects Pit Bulls; Welcome Mark Buehrle - Not Your Dog

Toronto Rejects Pit Bulls; Welcome Mark Buehrle - Not Your Dog
Mark Buehrle should have stayed in Chicago. Rarely does a major league baseball player get traded to a city where his family isn’t welcomed. After being swapped from Miami to Toronto on November 13  - it’s now happened twice, where the left-handed pitcher can move, but his entire family isn’t allowed to. Last off-season Buehrle... Read more »

Pit Bull Type Dogs, Their Images Slowly Being Resurrected

Pit Bull Type Dogs, Their Images Slowly Being Resurrected
If there’s a dog breed that represents Chicago – it’s actually not a breed but a mix of breeds which offers certain common features – we call these dogs pit bulls. Pit bull-looking dogs may be the most common dog in the city, and is arguably at the moment among the most common All American... Read more »

This Blog Post: Number 1,000

This Blog Post: Number 1,000
For about 18 months I’ve been the author of this blog – and I hope you join in celebrating my 1,000th post! Perhaps, I have set a pet blogger record. If so, I hope for the Tribune Company to present me with a silver scooper. When the Tribune launched ChicagoNow, I noted there was a... Read more »
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Pit Bull Fact and Fiction

In many places the over-population problem among dogs, and their numbers in shelters has diminished a lot! However, it seems most shelters in most places do have an abundance of Pit Bull-type dogs.
Pit Bulls today really do get a bad rap. A recent Yahoo.com story told the truth. Historically, Pit Bulls have always been terrific family dogs. It’s true, from Poodles to Pomeranians – all dogs are loyal, and love their families…Somehow, some way that devotion ranks even higher among Pit Bulls. In fact, they were chosen... Read more »

There is No Longer An App for Everything

Our voices have apparently been heard…. from all the blog postings (including my own I hope)….cries from national animal welfare groups….even Michael Vick getting into the act, the Los Angeles Police Department and various other voices….the dog fighting “game” application called Dog Wars (Kage Games LLC) has apparently been pulled from the Android Market. I... Read more »

Dogs Rescued from House of Horrors in Philadelphia Dog Fighting Bust

Bad news – Post Michael Vick (including all his community chats with Wayne Pacelle at HSUS), the impact has been a RISE in dog fighting in the City of Brotherly Love. Dogs rescued from “House of Horrors” in dog fighting bust Good news – After months of investigation, the Pennsylvania SPCA and Philadelphia police may... Read more »
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WGN Radio Petcast: Breed Ban in Illinois Could Be Overturned, Vick Dog Adopter Tries to Talk with Vick

My WGN Radio PETCAST: Listen HERE It was at WGN radio several years ago, that I worked with lots of folks to support an Illinois law which prevents breed bans. After some recent “incidents” with Pit Bulls downstate, Illinois Representative John Bradley (117tth district) has proposed that the Illinois law prohibiting breed bans should be... Read more »