For now, this is what a Chicago area dog park should look like: Empty. In Chicago, and many suburban areas the canine influenza virus (dog flu) is at epidemic proportions. According to Dr. Donna Alexander, administrator, Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control at least five dogs have died, and over a thousand dogs in the region... Read more »
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 »
I contend the average monkey, black bear or lion at a zoo has a more enriched life than most of our dogs and cats at home. In fact, all pets require some enrichment – even lizards, and most certainly pet parrots. Enrichment is manipulating the environment to suit an animals’ natural behavior. Over a long... Read more »
Dogs and humans have evolved together. This is fact. It’s not dog lovers who have come to this conclusion, but rather evolutionary archeologists. I am aware that buzz on the Internet is sometimes only that, lots of noise about nothing. But according to Gladstone Institute International Policy Council, in places, Muslims are now protesting dogs,... Read more »
Finding homes for homeless animals is never a slam dunk. Anna Johnson of Chicago Canine Rescue delivered King into the WGN studio, an 8 year old dog who had done nothing wrong. Who knows why the previous family left him a big malnourished, literally tied to the shelter door. Steve Cochran on WGN Radio and the entire WGN... Read more »
Miss Meowsky of Barker and Meowsky: A Paw Firm joins the fun – though she is quite scary - Hear the interview right HERE from WGN radio. While some pet owners mock the idea of dressing up their animals, 17 percent of all pet owners have some sort of wardrobe for their pet, according to the American... Read more »
I was the keynote speaker at the Backer’s Total Pet Expo Awards press luncheon on September 20. My topic: ’The Importance of the Human/Animal Bond in Pet Retail.’ Backer’s Total Pet Expo TV host Kristen Levine, from Kristen Levine Pet Living,, emceed the awards and gave me kind introduction. Here’s what i said. These weren’t... Read more »
“Obviously the person who has diabetes is affected, but so is the entire family,” says Vicki Santo. Her husband, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Santo played major league baseball (1960-1974) with diabetes, and suffered consequences of the disease throughout his later years, including the amputation of both his legs. Vicki says her husband... Read more »
Very hefty cat VERY much needs to lose weight.
What’s interesting and sweet in this video? What might not be so good? Anything?