Articles: birds

Pet Snakes, Lizards, Birds, Rats: All Unlikely Companions

Dr. Laurie Hess, author of “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends Feathered, Furred and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love)” and Deb Krohn, AKC “the frog lady” from the Chicago Herpetological Society talk with me HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio about loving pet birds,…

Bald Eagles Fall Into Drain

Is the universe attempting to send a message to America? Bald Eagles are America’s symbol of Freedom and Independence. In Orange County, FL, what likely happened is that one eagle battled with a second eagle in-flight for territory. Somehow one dived and get stuck in a storm drain. The victorious eagle didn’t appear trapped in…

Pigeon Popped into my Life; A Good Pet?

Q: A pure white pigeon has been visiting me the past three days, and he hangs out for hours. I feed him and give him water. I’ve done some reading and this seems to be a pigeon that may have been used in a wedding and thrown into the air. I’ve read that if these…

Can You Catch Parrot Fever?

This no likely what Hillary Cinton’s pneumonia was about. In England, a 61-year old many was recently hospitalized with what doctors first identified as the flu, and later as pneumonia.  But his symptoms included forgetfulness, confusion, a rash and even a seizure. Doctors realized this was more than your ordinary flu, and while he appeared…

Man Saves Dog; Dog Saves Hummingbird

Inspiring – Story of a man who rescued a dog no one else would take.  The dog proceeds to rescue a hummingbird thought to be dead….and the little bird thrives making Ed Gernon feeling as if he had been rescued. “He was dangerous,” said Gernon of Rex, his shepherd-mix. “He was an animal that had…

Parrot May Know Who Committed Murder

A possible murder witness has something to say. His name is “Bud,” and he’s an African gray parrot in Ensley Township, MI, with a filthy mouth, according to NBC affiliate WOODTV. His latest phrase – the one he won’t stop shouting at the top of his lungs mimicking his owner’s voice – is a chilling…

Fear Free Veterinary Visits, Blum Animal Hospital

Fear Free is an initiative created by Dr. Marty Becker to eliminate fear-anxiety and stress from veterinary visits. Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago is the first Chicago area practice that has gone through the formal process of becoming Fear Free certified, and co-owner Dr. Natalie Marks explains HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.…

Celebrate National Pet Week

To our best pals who fill us with wonder, who unconditionally love, who teach about life and death….and who inspire us….and who we may share to secrets never to be revealed…Celebrate National Pet Week!

Tree House Supports Funds for TNR

Illinois House Bill 4671 provides funs for counties to spay/neuter for feral cat colonies, and additional spay/neuter monies. This is an existing bill that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner put a stop to the possibility before the amended bill even came to a vote. I counter the Illinois Department…

I Can't Understand that Accent

It’s funny how I’ve spoken to friends from Australia who have no clue what people in Arkansas or saying, or how people in the U.S. may say “what” a lot to those with cockney accent. It turns out there appear to be regional accents among various species of monkeys, songbirds, and most recently discovered sperm whales.…

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