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Stop Lyme and Stop Cancer in People and Pets

Rats don’t eat dog poop in the second place, and in the first place the proposed ordinance to fine people for not picking up poop in their own yards (when the city doesn’t even enforce the long-standing ordinance about not picking up poo in public places) makes little sense. On WGN Radio, listen HERE to my…

Plight of Animals in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray residents were ordered to evacuate so quickly many didn’t take their pets when the wildfires quickly hit May 3. Others were away when the evacuations occurred, and weren’t allowed to retrieve pets, or anything else for that matter. Aside from emergency crews, no one is allowed to return the city, leaving animals to…

Feral Cats Are Major Killers of Rats, Not Birds

Guest blog from researcher/author Anne E. Beall, Ph.D. is CEO of Beall Research, Inc. and the author of “Community Cats: A Journey into the World of Feral Cats.” Among her other books, “Strategic Market Research, 2nd Edition,” “Reading the Hidden Communications Around You” and co-author “The Operating Partner in Private Equity.” Beall is internationally respected as a…

Is a Pit Bull Really a Pit Bull, Or More Like Benji

The dog you see on the street or at an animal shelter that we mostly call pit bulls are, in fact, All-American dogs. They are merely mixed-breed dogs, mutts. They’re just like Benji (who was always a mutt) but with a different look. In dogs, it’s been proven repeatedly that phenotype (the way a dog…

Dog Flu Closes Chicago Shelters for Adoption

There are people who insist the dog flu is gone, that it’s all media hype. Apparently, then the Anti Cruelty is only using hype to describe how the flu has infiltrated the shelter. Chicago Animal Care and Control is dealing with the flu, and the flu has infected every single dog at the Humane Society…

Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Chicago

National Puppy Mill Awareness Day were held events all over the country, September 27. Here are some snapshots of what happened in Chicago.

More Than the Pet Show This Weekend, WGN Radio

I began doing radio in high school….and long before I was a pet guy, i was a radio guy…Worked at several Chicago area stations playing everything from Olivia Newton-John, to the Bee Gees to Bruce Springsteen to hosting general talk shows. It’s been YEARS since WGN has given me a shout out to have fun…

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

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…

Buying Pets Online or Not?

Q: There are so many rescues and they’re all online. We want to rescue a dog, but you’ve written there are hoarders and puppy mills in disguise online, and places like petfinder might include them. It’s all very confusing. Can you help?  S. P., San Diego, CA A: I get your confusion regarding buying pets…

Steve Dale's Pet World: Ten Years of National Radio

Ten years of hosting nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World means that by speaking with four to five phone callers each week, I’ve talked with and hopefully helped well over 2,000 pet owners. What’s most important are the dozens of email, and return calls from listeners saying that the advice I’ve offered has helped their…

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