MLB Player Tyson Ross- Won Over by a Pibble Smile

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Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres pitcher, is no stranger to fans approaching him after a game, but one night after a training session, Tyson fell for a special fan – a stray pit bull. Lots of people would have turned away. Stray animals aren’t uncommon – especially in warmer climates where people will simply dump... Read more »

Pro Surfer Taylor Knox and the Little Lady that Keeps Him on His Toes

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I’m all about sharing the positive stories. This video was created by Petco, and is part of their new “Think Adoption First” initiative. As someone who has been working with animals in nonprofits for almost 20 years, I know that adoptions are more accessible than ever and I’m still astounded at the number of people... Read more »

Dogs Bring a Dose of Stress Relief to ICU Staff at Rush

Dogs Bring a Dose of Stress Relief to ICU Staff at Rush
2 April 2015 Smiles Everywhere After months of planning, the day finally arrived. Five fuzzy bodies waited patiently to meet medical staff at the hospital, but this time it was the doctors and nurses that would be receiving care. Healing Powers of Dog Interacting with pets can decrease blood pressure, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels,... Read more »
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Happy St. Pittie's Day! ADOPT

Happy St. Pittie's Day! ADOPT
You don’t have to be green with envy – adopt your very own companion. Your furever friend. A wiggly butt, sloppy kisses, and adoring glances every time you walk in the door. These three pups have all been waiting MONTHS to find their forever home. Please spread the word. Bully breeds get a bad rap.... Read more »

Pet Dental Health Month

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February is Pet Dental Health Month. Just like with people, dental health is key for pets’ overall health. Leaving food bits between your teeth leads to bad breath and tooth decay. Oral pain from cavities and tooth loss can lead to bigger health issues. Every loving pet parent wants their fur babies to be healthy... Read more »

Butterfly Tale - A Blind Girl Sees the Wonders of Nature

Butterfly Tale - A Blind Girl Sees the Wonders of Nature
Rachel Carson is one of my personal heroes. In a time when her own life was threatened for uncovering how chemical companies were seeping toxins into our environment, she held onto her convictions and continued to warn the masses with scientific facts. Beyond her bravery and intellect, she maintained a humble attitude and appreciation for... Read more »
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Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal is Breaking Pit Bull Stereotypes

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I love it when celebrities use their status to make a difference for animals. Well, Jon Bernthal from the Walking Dead just made a fan of me. In the last few decades, spay/neuter efforts have made a difference for animals across the country, but cats and pit bull-type breeds are still facing an uphill battle.... Read more »

The Birds of the Field Museum

The Birds of the Field Museum
WARNING: This post contains images of bird specimens (yes, dead birds – but I hope you’ll see as much beauty in them as I do). On Saturday, December 13th, I was given a rare opportunity to tour behind the scenes of one of Chicago’s great cultural institutions. Thanks to my friend, Joel Greenberg, I visited... Read more »

Teen Teaches Against Violence Through Art

Teen Teaches Against Violence Through Art
Twice a year, The Anti-Cruelty Society offers an anti-violence after school program for Chicago teens. The program culminates in a Showcase for the youth to present something that they are passionate about. On Thursday December 4th,  17-year-old Agnes Parzygnat from Lincoln Park High School presented a beautiful painting during the Showcase. The painting depicted a... Read more »
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Finding Hope in a Dog Fighter

November 5th, 2014 – This morning a man confessed to me that until recently, he fought his dogs for money. I have so many emotions swirling around the interaction, but I want to share the story because it is important that people know this is still an issue in Chicago and in many other cities.... Read more »