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Great American Dog Writer Exits Stage Left

Mordecai Siegal passed away April 1. He was the most influential and prolific pet writer, authoring many top selling pet books. Here’s the tribute piece I just wrote about Mordecai Siegal’s career for my Tribune Media Services column. Morty authored 38 columns for Good News for Pets, and Lea-Ann Germinder has made those available. I…

FIP Resources (Updated)

Feline Infectious Peritonitis is the one disease you don’t want your pet to have. There’s no cure. Tragically FIP most often happens to kittens. Also, according to longtime FIP researcher Niels Pedersen from the University of California, Davis, FIP is more common than previously thought. I argue, despite it’s complexities if FIP (or a disease…

Tree House Humane Society – Celebrating a Crazy Fun Cat Shelter

I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of the coolest all-cat shelter, Tree House Humane Society – right here in Chicago. Shelters like ours (a no-kill facility) are about adopting animals, but without people nothing is possible….the very cool volunteers and employees working together for a common mission, and the donors who…

Guest Blog: Dr. Sheldon Rubin – Spring Is Here

This guest blog is written by Dr. Sheldon Rubin, past president of the Illinois and Chicago veterinary medical associations. Many times awarded and honored for his veterinary skills and civic contributions, Dr. Rubin is also president of the American Heartworm Society. Welcome to my first ever blog! So I thought I would start with just…

Everyone Loves Betty White

I spoke with Betty White just after she was recently honored by the Morris Animal Foundation for over 40 years of devotion as a member of their Board of Directors. Highlights of my interview with Betty White are seen in a video, and here’s my print story with Betty White from my Tribune Media Services…

The Tail of Two Species: Patricia McConnell Explains Why We Love Dogs

I’ve been asked many times who my favorite people are to interview. One day, I’ll figure out that answer, but I can tell you certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell is totally in the top-10. I love her books, I love the way she puts things. I’m a fan. And if you haven’t read “For…

Dr. Rubin to the Rescue – Answering Listener Questions on AM-890 WLS

Have a veterinary question? Dr. Sheldon Rubin, Chicago’s most honored veterinarian, answers your questions on Steve Dale’s Pet World, April 4, 2 pm cst, www.wlsam.com or AM 890 WLS. Mosquitoes are here! And those little buggers spread heartworm disease. Dr. Rubin, president of the American Heartworm Society will discuss heartworm prevention. Also, he’ll comment on…

America Loses A Great American Pet Writer

Profound, that is how I describe Mordecai Siegal’s influence as a pet writer. After suffering declining health for several years, the venerable author of 33 books just passed away. In 1970 when Morty and dog trainer Matthew Margolis teamed up for their first of 10 books together, “Good Dog, Bad Dog,” and as a result…

Chicago Blackhawks Help Homeless Pets

I visited Urban Outsitters on Randolph St., where Lake Shore Animal Shelter has lots of adoptable dogs. The Chicago Blackhawks TV crew joined me there, and also at Tree House Humane Society. The result will be our debut video on Sunday at the UC which will be shown between periods of the Hawks’ game. Here’s…

Chicago Blackhawks Scoring For Shelter Adoptions

The Chicago Blackhawks shot a video supporting pet adoption at the Tree House Humane Society, and here at Urban Outsitters on Randolph, where Lake Shore Animal Shelter dogs are. Soon, the finished product will be shown between periods at the UC. When that happens, there will be no stopping the Blackhawks.

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