Category: animal welfare

Canine Cannabis might get Fido through the Fourth

  “Bay Area pet stores are cozying up to California’s cannabinoid craze to offer pot treats for pets whose stress levels rise during Fourth of July firework shows, NBC reports. Special treats infused with the cannabis compound CBD (cannabidiol) help reduce dog’s anxiety levels amid the chaotic cacophony of fireworks.”   [ibtimes.com]   On the Fourth... Read more »

Heavy duty in the OR and a rhinoceros named Layla

  “She[Layla]would become, for the second time, the first living rhino to undergo a CT scan, and she would have a second, groundbreaking head surgery to deal with a life-threatening infection and sinus blockage resulting from an impacted, unerupted molar.”   [from today’s Chicago Tribune’s A & E section]   There is much I could say... Read more »

Senate is poised to confirm EPA scourge

  “In 2014, for instance, Pruitt sued to block the EPA’s Regional Haze Rule. The rule is built on a 15-year-old program meant to ensure that air around national parks is especially clear. Pruitt lost his case.”  [theatlantic.com]   For the EPA Trump’s nominee is Scott Pruitt Who as Sooner A.G. did oppose it and... Read more »
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How I became a dog owner for the first time. And regretted it.

I envy people who have total command of their dogs. I’ve owned in my time  three of them  outright.  Although I shouldn’t  count the first one whom  we got early in our marriage. He —they’ve all been males—lasted  a very  brief time.  It was our first apartment on a corner across  from Gage Park High... Read more »

Pilling the cat: A fable in verse

  Author’s note: Written after reading Steve Dale’s “Pilling cats? It’s possible”. You can give medicine to a cat In the form of a shot where he’s fat But it’s more humane still To insert the right  pill If your cat would be open to that.    

Should chimpanzees enjoy some human rights?

      “According to a New York judge, two chimpanzees now have a right that until Monday was reserved for humans. The chimps, used in research at Stony Brook University, may never actually be released, but the court’s move represents a historic change in thinking about animal rights. Here’s what happened: In December 2013,... Read more »
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On Turtles, Vernon Hills, and Senator McConnell

  It may or may  not be a case of using their reptilian brains,  but the  good people of Vernon Hills—about 38 miles by car north of Chicago—-are putting up signs to warn drivers about turtle pedestrians. Vernon Hills is home to the Half-Day Forest Preserves in Lake County. It’s all of 7.92 square miles... Read more »

Marlin Perkins: A Man Noah Would Have Loved

Born today was Marlin Perkins Whose TV show combed wild lurkin’s. At the zoo, once, near the lake, He was  bitten  by a poisonous snake.   It happened at Lincoln Park Zoo in the early 1950s.  Years later he described what happened in an interview. “Another reptile mishap was less chilling but perhaps more embarrassing,... Read more »

Aldo Leopold: Eloquent Crusader for a Natural Preservation Ethic

Born today was Aldo Leopold. Environmentalist of old. He said that  we, its  stewards, should Preserve the wilderness for our own good.
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James Herriot: He Wrote "Little Cat-And-Dog Stories" with a Common Touch

Born today: James Herriot He wrote of his life as a English vet, Of the Yorkshire cattle you lariat Of man’s best friend or a feline pet. With a warmth and humor you seldom get.