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May 19 2020

It’s More than a Sense of Smell; Dog’s Nose is a Heat Sensor

We know that a dog nose can identify illegal drugs and explosives, not to mention to even identify various cancers. Dogs are even successfully being trained to detect COVID-19. However, until now, no has thought about dogs identifying if a person has a fever. In California, so-called fire chaser beetles of the genus Melanophila, commonly are…

May 12 2020

Treatment for COVID-19: Investigating Llamas and Pangolin

Desperate to seek a treatment for COVID-19, researchers are now studying a llamas and a species which few have even heard of, called pangolin. The pangolin is an anteater like mammal that’s covered with scales, which all species are highly endangered because they are so often illegally trafficked to wet markets where their scales are…

May 10 2020

Horse-Drawn Carriages No More in Chicago; Beverly Hills Dog Show on WGN Radio

Jodie Wiederkehr of the Chicago Alliance for Animals discusses why the non-profit tells all about the group’s long pursuit to ban horse drawn carriage rides in Chicago on my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on WGN.  Listen HERE to the podcast Wiederkehr  says their goal wasn’t to have people believe them – their goal…

May 5 2020

Giant Hornets Could Turn on One Another

Here’s the good new about giant killer hornets, which have arrived into the U.S. from Asia, when they have nowhere else to turn for food, they turn on one another. And heads will roll, literally. Their preferred preference of attack is decapitation. The bad news is that the largest hornet on earth much prefers a…

April 29 2020

Pug in North Carolina Reportedly Testing Positive for COVID-19; What Does that Mean?

It’s been widely reported that a Pug in North Carolina, named Winston, was found to be positive of the SARS corona virus 2 (SARS CoV-2) which causes COVID-19, and was coughing. Please understand that a coughing and/or lethargic dog is VERY UNLIKELY to be diagnosed with COVID-19, another cause is FAR more likely. Here’s what…

April 24 2020

Chicago City Council Says Whoa to Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horses have just had their day in Chicago. After years of wrangling, even without debate, City Council is pulling the reins on Chicago’s horse-drawn carriage industry, effectively banning them from operating in the city starting next year. This is a huge victory for the welfare of horses, led by Jodie Wiederkehr, executive director of  Chicago…

April 14 2020

There’s a Rhinoceros in Town

I posted an image of a motorcycle driver nearly paying an ultimate price for being out on the road in an Indian town as he turns a corner and comes face to face with an Asian Elephant. As cities around the globe become deserted, more and more wildlife encroaches. If they’re complaining about coyotes in…

April 11 2020

Planet is Getting a Breath of Fresh Air As a Result of the Pandemic

How can there be a silver lining to a pandemic? Maybe in some crazy way, it was planet earth offering a warning shot. And the good news, surprising even to many scientists, is how quickly the planet and wildlife who we share the planet with are responding.   The cloud of nitrogen dioxide that was…

March 16 2020

Pawsilates and Anxiety in Dogs on WGN Radio

Andrea Metcalf, nationally known exercise-diet-health guru, who happens to be both based in Chicago and a dog lover talks about exercising with dogs on my Steve Dale’s Pet World show on WGN Radio.. Listen HERE as Andrea describes her new “thing,” called Pawsilates, held at StudiosFUSE (2215 N. Halsted St.) This is a gentle and…

March 15 2020

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted by Touching Dogs

Many have asked me the following question regarding the possibility of a friend or stranger with the COVID-19 novel corona virus petting your dog and then the fear is that the virus can live on the dog and when you pet your dog, the virus is transmitted to you. Or among cats, that the cat…

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