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December 30 2019

Why Are Other Great Players Ignored While Vick is Chosen?

Chicago Bear linebacker Khalil Mack reportedly donated $80,000 to pay off all active holiday layaway accounts at his hometown Fort Pierce, FL Walmart ahead of this year’s holiday season. He generosity helped around 300 to 350 people. Mack is scheduled to play in the National Football League Pro Bowl game in Orlando, FL January 27.…

December 16 2019

NFL Commissioner Doesn’t Care How Fans Feel About Michael Vick

I’ve made it abundantly clear that Michael Vick should be the captain of nothing. The National Football League decided that the now retired quarterback should be honored as an honorary captain at the upcoming Pro Bowl game. No way, I say – forgive him if you can – I cannot as he personally physically harmed…

January 26 2017

Humane Mexico Bans Dogfighting, Supports Animal Welfare

They may be right south of border about more than the infamous wall.  And the Mexican people want to do the right thing. The Mexican Senate has passed a dog-fighting bill that will prohibit the organization and staging of dog fighting events at the national level, and  now legislatively assure all dogs are treated with…

February 29 2016

Best Friends Animal Society Saved the Dogs, The Champions is their Story

Francis Battista, co-founder Best Friends Animal Society,  talks about the award-winning documentary The Champions. Battista talks HERE on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, about this movie opening around the country. In Chicago, the feature will be screened on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois…

February 16 2016

Safe Communities for People and Pets, Safe Humane Chicago

Safe Humane Chicago is a concept that should and ultimately will likely be replicated elsewhere in America. The mission is to create safer communities by encouraging positive relationships between people and animals. Listen HERE as Safe Humane co-founder Cynthia Bathurst joins me on Steve Dale’s Pet World to describe the amazing good this program does,…

March 20 2015

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…

October 26 2014

Safe Humane Chicago Reaching Out for Support

Safe Humane Chicago does exactly what the name says, this non-profit helps to encourage humane education. Your support can help to place animals out of Chicago Animal Care & Control and into foster homes, or forever homes….watch over court case dogs who otherwise don’t have a voice and support animal welfare education in neighborhoods where…

July 26 2014

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement: BSL is Ineffective

At the Animal Behavior Symposium on July 25, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) announced a new position statement on breed-specific legislation (BSL). This is when communities, ironically including Denver, where the Symposium was held, ban specific dog breeds. Pit bull-type dogs are always at the top of the list – sometimes the…

July 25 2014

Pit Bulls, the All-American Dog

Pits Bulls are the All-American dog – at least dogs we call them Pits. Of course, in reality, these are mostly dogs of a certain phenotype or a certain ‘look.’ In fact, take any five Golden Retrievers or West Highland White Terriers, and genetically they have much in common – aside from being dogs, moreover…

March 7 2013

Michael Vick Takes Dog Training Classes

Michael Vick taking dog training classes? What do I make of that? I’m honestly not sure. But, according to a report in USA Today, it’s true.  Vick admitted in October that his family owned a dog, something that he was legally allowed to do after his probation expired last summer. “I understand the strong emotions by…

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