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French Bulldogs Return to Jordan on Hold: For Now

September 28, 2020

Here's the latest alert from counsel for Chicago French Bulldog Rescue which was released late last night:“Out of ongoing concern by Chicago French Bulldog Rescue for the health and welfare of the 15 puppies rescued from a warehouse at O’Hare International Airport, I have informed all relevant agencies

French Bulldogs at O’Hare Airport Turns Out to be a Russian Ruse

September 25, 2020

The story of 30 dogs, mostly French Bulldogs, that landed on Royal Jordanian Airlines at O'Hare Airport in Chicago and were hidden in a warehouse without food or water for days just got crazier. It turns out that, according Mary Scheffke, founder/president Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, that these dogs

Bonking Dog Trainer Jeff Gellman Turned Away

September 21, 2020

Using kindness to teach dogs wins out. By viewing his own videos it's clear that Rhode Island-based dog trainer Jeff Gellman is abusive.Gellman was scheduled to appear at Bark Avenue Daycamp in Bartlett, IL. Oct 3-Oct.4. A core group and many other voices (thousands) participated in social media to impact

Aversive Dog Trainer and E-Collar Fan Coming to Chicago Area

September 16, 2020

I have received many comments (appropriately so) asking what to do about trainers who use clearly abusive techniques like those seen in this video by trainer Jeff Gellman (see post and video below). Living in Chicago, I was notified that Gellman is scheduled present a seminar in suburban Bartlett. Does

Identifying Animal Abuse for What It Is

September 16, 2020

Dogs are now overwhelmingly considered family members. Tragically, that doesn't stop some from bullying, doesn't stop some from mental or physical abuse. In my view this is never an explanation for "saving" an animal since we KNOW there are other ways to communicate with dogs and to change behavior using

Cats Saving the Day, Helping Humans to Deal with COVID-19

September 11, 2020

A new study published last week in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections (published September 1, 2020) suggests that cats may be catching the novel coronavirus at far higher rates than thought before, which could mean they have unique ways of fighting off the virus. Researchers are now confirming

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Post COVID Canine Separation Anxiety

For so many dogs, sheltering in place at our homes is a dream come true. But what’s next? Here’s the segment I did for Good Morning America on increased separation anxiety. I suggest this separation distress will occur most likely among the three following populations of dogs in particular: Dogs who previously suffered mild to more severe…

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The Bear-Necessities

These ladies do have the bear-necesities, demonstrating exactly what to do if this happens to you as they’re approached by a curious black bear in Mexico. My advice: Never play poker with these ladies.

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Anderson Animal Shelter Backyard Bash; French Bulldogs at O’Hare Update on WGN Radio

They’re not talked about enough for their forward thinking and successes at finding shelter animals forever homes, the Anderson Animal Shelter, with four locations in the Western suburbs. I speak HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Listen to my conversation with Cheryl Greenspan, director of marketing and Special Events Director…

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Help Save French Bulldogs Left to Die

What wrong with our once stellar Center for Disease Control and Prevention? Not paying attention or for whatever reasons, the CDC and other Federal Agencies allowed dogs to come into the country that should have been turned back. You can read the details of the story here, but then all but two dogs were hidden…

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Breed Bans Make No Sense with Ledy Van Kavage of Best Friends

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Best Friends Animal Society Senior Legislative Attorney Ledy VanKavage and I totally agree, breed bans do not work!  That typically means banning breeds you look and call pit bulls. She says the point of the breed ban legislation was always to make communities safer, but now we…

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Helping a Fearful Dog

Q: “Our 9-month-old Lagotto Italian Water Dog was grazed by a fast-moving car as we were on a sidewalk a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the vet technician at the emergency room was not gentle with him traumatizing him even more. Champ wasn’t seriously injured but is now frightened by the sound of cars even when…

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French Bulldog Rescue Saves Dogs: CDC Insists They Must be Returned

According to Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, on August 31st, approximately 20 dogs were confiscated from a warehouse within Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. These dogs arrived from Jordan on Royal Jordanian Airlines several days prior and inexplicably remained languishing for days in a warehouse without food and water, living in small cages in their own feces and urine. All…

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